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Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

Venezia, Italy
Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

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Traverse the canals of Venice aboard a traditional gondola with your very own gondolier. Float along narrow waterways and hidden passages, admiring the beauty of one of Italy's most magical cities. Pass beneath centuries-old bridges and take in famous attractions such as St. Marks' Bell Tower and San Giorgio Island from the coziness of your flat-bottomed boat.
  • A gondola ride along Venice's waterways
  • Savor one of Venice's most sought-after and romantic experiences
  • Navigate secluded passages and beneath centuries-old bridges en route to the Grand Canal
  • See some of the city's top sights from a completely new vantage point
  • An ideal way to explore Venice, whether you're a couple, family or solo traveler
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Shared gondola ride with live guide (50 minutes tour including 30 minutes of gondola ride
PRIVATE GONDOLA RIDE 30 MINUTES (if chosen) without live commentary
Shared gondola: live commentary in Italian & English.
Shared gondola: commentary by app in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Hindi, Russian & Chinese.
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  • Venice Tours Assistance (NEWSTAND IN SAN MARCO) , Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1257, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    SHARED GONDOLA RIDE: With Piazza San Marco and the arches of Museo Correr at your back and the Poste Italiane in front of you, look on the left and you will see a big grey newsstand. The newsstand is between Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (Post Office). The guide will have a sign “Gondola Tour”.

  • Gondola Bauer , Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2091/b, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    PRIVATE GONDOLA RIDE: GO to the Gondola Bauer landing stage. If you arrive at the Hotel Bauer, you will see the landing stage in front of it. Go to gondoliers and show the ticket

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Each gondola can host maximum 5 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guests weight.
    • The Gondola Ride does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather or high/low tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded)
    • The itinerary may change in the event of wind or bad weather
    • The guide will be only on one gondola, the participants on the others gondola will listen to her/him with the audio-devices
    • The live commentary will be only in English and Italian. The commentary on German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian will be provided by mobile app downloaded on the own devices.
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • The live guide IS NOT included in the PRIVATE OPTION
    • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time
    • The customers health is the most important matter for us, the tour operates in according to the Covid-19 National directives in order to guarantee the experiences in a safe environment.
    • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned, and the tour will leave with small groups.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • We only ask the kindness to bring the own mask in case you need to wear it.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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    What is the policy on sanitization during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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    What is the social distancing policy during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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    • "We arrived early and were allowed to start early which was very helpful on a hot day." See review


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    Rip off...
    , May 2022
    We paid for 50 minute ride with commentary. What we got was a 25 minute ride with a guide who said maybe 10 words, merely pointing out a few famous houses. I've been to Italy several times before and knew that most of these gondola rides were rip offs but I thought scheduling through Viator would be different. It wasn't. Take the ride but keep your expectations low and expect to get ripped off...
    It was ok
    , May 2022
    The ride was nice but sometimes hard to hear the commentator. She talked about buildings that we were not there yet. So didn’t know what she was talking about (guide was on a different gondola)
    Excellent, informative,...
    , May 2022
    Excellent, informative, amusing guide. Careful gondolier. Terrific experience. Would highly recommend. Thank you.
    Not worth the money
    , May 2022
    This was notnworth the money at all. This gondola ride was just that, N amusement park ride. We were in a train of gondolas along a pre determined route. We spent as much time waiting for another gondola ahead of us to move than we did moving. This was such a disappointment and will not use this again nor recommend it.
    Tourist Trap
    , May 2022
    We enjoyed the relaxation of this trip at the end of a long day of tours, but it was definitely a tourist trap and not what it was advertised to be. We were supposed to have this at a time we could see sunset, and it was supposed to be 50 minutes. Our person kept us in small channels, so we didn’t see sunset, and he was busy talking to another driver and we were done 20 minutes earlier than we were supposed to be.
    Commentary not heard
    , May 2022
    The gondola ride was fine but we couldn't hear any of the guide's commentary. She mentioned the gondola we were riding iwas probably too far for the range of the headset. Disappointed.
    , May 2022
    Was hoping for some fun facts about Venice. Our guide didn’t say one single word. Was way shorter than was advertised. Blah.
    Not as advertised
    , May 2022
    Not as advertised. Only 25 minutes. No need to pick language for the guide because they didn’t even talk. Unfortunately they are running a constant assembly line of Gondolas from that location. You are just in the water in line with a bunch of other gondolas. Not a very fun experience. If you want somehting private find a gondola in the city that’s alone. Better price too
    , May 2022
    Crossing the canal and low overhang bridge. Highly recommended tour to everyone. The gondola operator is great and friendly it’s make our gondola ride a very memorable experience.
    Great time but too quiet
    , May 2022
    A gondola ride is a must when visiting Venice! My only complaint about this one was the awkward silence. I would have loved to hear about the history surrounding us or listened to a beautiful sunset serenade. Next time I might look into a private ride with my loved ones to ensure this more immersive experience.

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