Venice Gondola Ride Excursion Reviews

A gondola ride, the quintessential activity for visitors to Venice, offers a different perspective of the city from the water along its narrow canals.
Motorised transport provided to and from central point.
Sail Date: August 2019
Motorised transport provided to and from central point. It was a good distance to walk to where we got onto the gondolas. The gondola ride was a must in Venice. We had about 2 hours to look around after the gondola tour ( half day tour)
Motorised transport provided to and from central point. It was a good distance to walk to where we got onto the gondolas. The gondola ride was a must in Venice. We had about 2 hours to look around after the gondola tour ( half day tour) Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
Nice experience especially the singer on one of the boats.
Sail Date: August 2019
Nice experience especially the singer on one of the boats.
Nice experience especially the singer on one of the boats. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
This was sold out when we signed up for excursions, however Alonya at Front Desk got us waitlisted ...
Sail Date: July 2019
This was sold out when we signed up for excursions, however Alonya at Front Desk got us waitlisted and cleared. It totally made Venice complete for us to go on the Gondola! Loved!
This was sold out when we signed up for excursions, however Alonya at Front Desk got us waitlisted and cleared. It totally made Venice complete for us to go on the Gondola! Loved! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
six to a gondola very uncomfortable certainly not romantic
Sail Date: June 2019
six to a gondola very uncomfortable certainly not romantic
six to a gondola very uncomfortable certainly not romantic Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
There are many options of gondola ride for private or groups.
Sail Date: June 2019
There are many options of gondola ride for private or groups. This one fits 6 people per gondola. The ride was amazing. It was very calm into the little canals of Venice.
There are many options of gondola ride for private or groups. This one fits 6 people per gondola. The ride was amazing. It was very calm into the little canals of Venice. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Really enjoyed the ride the weather was very nice and sunny, the gondola boys were cheering and ...
Sail Date: May 2019
Really enjoyed the ride the weather was very nice and sunny, the gondola boys were cheering and enjoying what were they doing
Really enjoyed the ride the weather was very nice and sunny, the gondola boys were cheering and enjoying what were they doing Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Would have liked a gondola driver who would have talked about what we were seeing.
Sail Date: November 2018
Would have liked a gondola driver who would have talked about what we were seeing.
Would have liked a gondola driver who would have talked about what we were seeing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Had to have a gondola ride in Venice!
Sail Date: October 2018
Had to have a gondola ride in Venice! It was very good and they had a singer for the group which apparently is not the usual gondola ride venue (they said that is in the movies only).
Had to have a gondola ride in Venice! It was very good and they had a singer for the group which apparently is not the usual gondola ride venue (they said that is in the movies only). Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Approximately 20 minute boat taxi ride to the port from the ship.
Sail Date: August 2018
Approximately 20 minute boat taxi ride to the port from the ship. Gondola ride on the canals was a lovely experience which lasted 30 mins approx. Walked to St Marks square and then a ten minute walk through the alleys to the Rialto bridge. ... Read More
Approximately 20 minute boat taxi ride to the port from the ship. Gondola ride on the canals was a lovely experience which lasted 30 mins approx. Walked to St Marks square and then a ten minute walk through the alleys to the Rialto bridge. Three pints of lager cost us 28 Euro but as it was boiling hot day we were glad for a sit down in the shade of a seafront restaurant/bar. The sail out of Venice was spectacular. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
The ride itself was all we anticipated and we loved seeing the sights by gondola.
Sail Date: August 2018
The ride itself was all we anticipated and we loved seeing the sights by gondola. We were with an older couple and the gentleman had much difficulty getting in and out of the gondola and was not assisted in any way by the gondolier. The ... Read More
The ride itself was all we anticipated and we loved seeing the sights by gondola. We were with an older couple and the gentleman had much difficulty getting in and out of the gondola and was not assisted in any way by the gondolier. The gondolier was not personable at all and shouted vulgar comments to the other gondoliers near us and said nothing to us. In spite of him, we really enjoyed the ride and got to experience another side of Venice. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
A bit bumpy and 80 euros but had to be done.
Sail Date: July 2018
A bit bumpy and 80 euros but had to be done.
A bit bumpy and 80 euros but had to be done. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
A must do in Venice but would have liked it to last a little longer.
Sail Date: June 2018
A must do in Venice but would have liked it to last a little longer.
A must do in Venice but would have liked it to last a little longer. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
The travel to and from the gondola dock was a little less hectic than the St.
Sail Date: June 2018
The travel to and from the gondola dock was a little less hectic than the St. Mark's square tour described above. We enjoyed the gondola ride and through it got a better feel for Venice.
The travel to and from the gondola dock was a little less hectic than the St. Mark's square tour described above. We enjoyed the gondola ride and through it got a better feel for Venice. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Good to get this perspective of the canals and the houses along the waterways
Sail Date: June 2018
Good to get this perspective of the canals and the houses along the waterways
Good to get this perspective of the canals and the houses along the waterways Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
The Gondola rides in Venice are typically expensive, but hey its Venice, and whats more Romantic ...
Sail Date: June 2018
The Gondola rides in Venice are typically expensive, but hey its Venice, and whats more Romantic than a private Gondola ride with the one you love in Venice! We took an half hour ride, which came with two small bottles of sparking Italian ... Read More
The Gondola rides in Venice are typically expensive, but hey its Venice, and whats more Romantic than a private Gondola ride with the one you love in Venice! We took an half hour ride, which came with two small bottles of sparking Italian wine and glasses. It is not a tour in that the Gondoliers simply operated the boat and banter with the other Gondoliers, which is part of the charm. The ride left on time and lasted the full half hour, which is a benefit of booking through an agency. Without a tour the lines can be very long, and it can be hard to get a full half hour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did our research and found that it was A LOT cheaper to book a gondola ride with one of the many ...
Sail Date: May 2018
We did our research and found that it was A LOT cheaper to book a gondola ride with one of the many local vendors along the river. A must-do in this beautiful city.
We did our research and found that it was A LOT cheaper to book a gondola ride with one of the many local vendors along the river. A must-do in this beautiful city. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Ho-hum.
Sail Date: May 2018
Ho-hum. Seemed more like a Disneyland ride. The gondola company employees were very rude and seem to be entitled. I guess everyone needs to experience, but was definitely one of the most overrated and undervalued excursions that we ... Read More
Ho-hum. Seemed more like a Disneyland ride. The gondola company employees were very rude and seem to be entitled. I guess everyone needs to experience, but was definitely one of the most overrated and undervalued excursions that we experienced in our 10 day cruise. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
30 minute Gondola Ride is a once in a life time opportunity.
Sail Date: April 2018
30 minute Gondola Ride is a once in a life time opportunity. The Gondola operators just aren't very professional. Smoking while you are in the boat. Talking to the other boat operators constantly, basically yelling the entire time.
30 minute Gondola Ride is a once in a life time opportunity. The Gondola operators just aren't very professional. Smoking while you are in the boat. Talking to the other boat operators constantly, basically yelling the entire time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I enjoyed the ride and the person was very informative.
Sail Date: October 2017
I enjoyed the ride and the person was very informative. I did not like the price 80 euros(that is the going rate, but i think its excessive)
I enjoyed the ride and the person was very informative. I did not like the price 80 euros(that is the going rate, but i think its excessive) Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
we made the reservation for six - the Gondolier was not thrilled with six and apparently had a ...
Sail Date: October 2017
we made the reservation for six - the Gondolier was not thrilled with six and apparently had a rough day. He was grouchy and downright rude. Compared to my previous visits and gondola rides - this was a 100% switch from Wonderful with ... Read More
we made the reservation for six - the Gondolier was not thrilled with six and apparently had a rough day. He was grouchy and downright rude. Compared to my previous visits and gondola rides - this was a 100% switch from Wonderful with serenading to "glade it was over"! You just never know what makes one tick.... Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Gondola ride quite short but you get a good sense of travelling on the canal system.
Sail Date: October 2017
Gondola ride quite short but you get a good sense of travelling on the canal system. Weight restrictions on boats (230 lb max) apply.
Gondola ride quite short but you get a good sense of travelling on the canal system. Weight restrictions on boats (230 lb max) apply. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
An amazing city.
Sail Date: August 2017
An amazing city. We did the "Venice on your own" tour so we got a boat to the port and walked around ourselves. Didn't have time to go into Doge's Palace or St. Mark's Basilica. If you get there early on your tour, ... Read More
An amazing city. We did the "Venice on your own" tour so we got a boat to the port and walked around ourselves. Didn't have time to go into Doge's Palace or St. Mark's Basilica. If you get there early on your tour, go to these first as the queues were short when we got there in the morning, but were huge when we went back at lunchtime. Who can go the Venice and not do a gondola ride?! Best part of the day and would definitely not miss out on that experience going up the Grand Canal. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
Gondola ride was a bit brief but a tick off the bucket list.
Sail Date: July 2017
Gondola ride was a bit brief but a tick off the bucket list.
Gondola ride was a bit brief but a tick off the bucket list. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
A little expensive 80 euros 25 mins
Sail Date: July 2017
A little expensive 80 euros 25 mins
A little expensive 80 euros 25 mins Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
I highly recommend Row Venice for a different kind of gondola experience.
Sail Date: July 2017
I highly recommend Row Venice for a different kind of gondola experience. Row Venice is a non-profit company that helps women find work. We had a private gondola with 2 instructors for 90 minutes for 85 euros. We had the best time ... Read More
I highly recommend Row Venice for a different kind of gondola experience. Row Venice is a non-profit company that helps women find work. We had a private gondola with 2 instructors for 90 minutes for 85 euros. We had the best time learning to row our own gondola and exploring some of the off the beaten path canals. I would absolutely do this again. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International