The gondola ride was short and crowded and the people were nasty to the riders...I was pushed into the gondola and my husband who just had knee surgery was as well. the "captain" was equally nasty and corrected the passengers again and again. Go find another gondola ride!
In other reviews I read that it was best to take a gondola off of the Grand Canal, so that is what we did. It went down the "back streets" and was a very peaceful, beautiful ride. I've always wanted to take a gondola ride, so it fulfilled a bucket list item, but it wasn't as "romantic" as it's portrayed in the movies.
Did the gondola ride for two. So excited we rode in a water taxi (one of the cool wooden ones) rather than the big ferry from the cruise ship. Music was provided in the first gondola with three behind. Went through the back canals and then into the Grand Canal right as the moon was rising behind St. Mark's - just a perfect way to end our cruise. Then we went to St. Mark's Square and dined with music and stars and dancing - just perfect!
You can't go to Venice and not book a Gondola tour. Plus with Thomson, you wont get taken to Venice St Marks Square until they have to take you-so to maximise your time on shore-book an all day tour-the only difference between the all day tour is that you get longer in Venice to walk around
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