Grand Canal

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Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 491 reviews

The man organizing the other gondola workers seemed frazzled. He took my phone when he asked to see my online voucher and was impatient as I tried to explain he was selecting the wrong voucher. I'm sure it comes with having to deal with foreigners all day though, so I didn't care but I know there are people with less patience. The ride was nice, lots of right canals and a trip along the grand canal for a spell. The gondola riders like to talk to each other and pick up the phone, but hey itd be an awful job if they just silently rowed all day. I can also confirm that as long as your party is 6 or less, you will have one gondola to yourself (the 3 of us had one boat even though there was space for 3 more - it's a private ride).

This was all we could hope for a special private gondola treat for my partner and I. From booking the trip to the experience itself. The pickup point was easy to find with email and text reminders being sent the night before with all details reiterated was very helpful. The trip through the labyrinth of side canals was leisurely and we were treated to the music being serenaded in other gondolas with our gondolier joining in! He was as friendly as we wanted him to be and even pointed out some of the sights we passed by including Mozart’s Venetian residence. We finished with him taking some photos of us and one with him. Magical and special from beginning to end.

Of course, riding in a private gondola in Venice was amazing. We will never forget it! :) However, the man who was steering the gondola hardly spoke to us, and when it was time for the tour to end, he dropped us off in some unknown area where we needed to navigate ourselves back... no pictures were offered to be taken, and the drop-off was hasty and felt rushed. For the amount we paid, we were hoping it would have been a more interactive and welcoming experience.

I have mixed feelings. The ride itself was professionally carried out but in a very ‘sterile’ environment. Gondolas passing each other in silence. The gondolier was very disengaged. He was not too interested to answer the few questions we asked. It would make a pleasant difference if gondoliers can provide a few simple commentary along the canals we passed.

Fantastic experience - and very romantic

Due to bad weather we didn't actually get to renew our vows in the gondola. Maria Rosa immediately came up with plan B, which was to have the ceremony inside the Doge Palace. Later in the afternoon the weather cleared up and we had our gondola ride - so amazing and romantic. I highly recommend Venice Events.