Gondola Ride, Venice
Last Updated: 10th Dec 2013
by – Mat Wass, Tour Manager, Europe
Nice and relaxing, with some friends cruising the canals and seeing a completely different side to the city and of course you can’t go to Venice and not go on a gondola!
by – Matt Vernick, Tour Manager, Europe
What trip to Venice would be complete without a gondola ride!
A ride on a gondola Gives you a totally different perspective on the city and has a reputation as being one of the more romantic experiences to be had while visiting Europe.
The waterways and canals in Venice are the lifeblood of the city and are used as ‘roads’ by the boat-going locals. Although Contiki uses a number of different gondola companies in Venice, all of them will take you along the Grand Canal (‘the most beautiful street in the world’ according to the Venetians) as well as through the serene ‘backstreets’ of Venice.
Most people really enjoy the Gondola ride (some even claim that it is one of their most memorable experiences in Europe) and even if it doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, it’s something that you almost have to do if only to say you’ve been there and done that.
The gondoliers (almost always wearing their striped shirts) are very protective of their gondolas (most are more likely to spend their time talking on their cell phone than serenading you with ‘That’s Amore’) but most are cool if you bring along your own bottle of vino (wine) and enjoy a few glasses along the way – perfect!
The gondola rides are usually in groups of 6 or less depending on the total number of people on tour taking the excursion and usually last form 35 to 40 minutes. If you’re after a private gondola you may have to organize it yourself (this will no doubt cost a lot more) or ask your Tour Manager and they may be able to organize something for you.
The Gondola ride is weather dependent and is offered as an optional excursion on Contiki’s European Tours visiting Venice, Italy.
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Hi :) how does the gondola ride compare with the canal trip contiki does? Do you see more / does he take you into certain spots that the large boats don’t go?
Trying to work out if it’s really worth it
The official costs (sanctioned by the City of Venice) is at http://www.gondolavenezia.it/storia_tariffe.asp?Pag=43 , while a map with the list of possible Stazi (Gondola stations) is at http://www.gondolieri.it/en/itinerari.php and organizing it by yourself you pay by the gondola, not by the person, so often it works out better.
can somebody please tell me how much the gondola ride cost in euros?
soooo amazing!! it was well worth it! you haven’t really experienced Veince in less you take a Gondola Ride
How much? :o)
This was awesome, well worth it!
Don’t miss the gondola hide!! I loved!