We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Gondola ride, must do or tourist trap?

Ohio
Level Contributor
123 posts
28 reviews
Save Topic
Gondola ride, must do or tourist trap?

We are planning an escorted Italian tour next spring and one of the options is a gondola ride. The cost looks exhorbitant to me ($65 US p/p) but our travel companions feel it is a "must do".

We are not exactly budget travelers but try to avoid blatant rip-offs (i.e. kissing the blarney stone pictures).

Any opinions?

Venice
Destination Expert
for Venice
Level Contributor
9,336 posts
48 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Gondola ride, must do or tourist trap?

Yes to it but NOT via the tour . Yes that price is a rip off as they will put 6 of you in a gondola for 40 mins probably and you will be paying $390 for a gondola. Euro ¬280 approx.That is a rip off. Go on your own there are stations all over Venice and pay the going price of Euro ¬80 that is the going price for the gondola and enjoy it with your firneds. No need to pre book

Edited: 22 October 2013, 13:25
Venice
Destination Expert
for Venice
Level Contributor
9,336 posts
48 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Gondola ride, must do or tourist trap?

Sorry no idea how my euro sign became sqiggles!!!!!!

Latina, Italy
Level Contributor
1,773 posts
Save Reply
3. Re: Gondola ride, must do or tourist trap?

It is a tourist trap but it is also a must-do. How often do you get to Venice? All those squiggles mean it costs 80 euros per gondola, not per person.

Chorley, United...
Destination Expert
for Venice
Level Contributor
18,708 posts
119 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Gondola ride, must do or tourist trap?

Whether you would like a gondola tour or not is a very personal thing. I loathe them and only use gondolas when on a traghetto across the Grand Canal.

melbourne,aus
Level Contributor
983 posts
114 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Gondola ride, must do or tourist trap?

Agree...it is a tourist trap but also a must do. We had another couple with us when we did it last month and we paid a total of €80 for the 4 of us for a 30 min trip. He did say it cost more after 7pm, not sure how true that was???

UK
Destination Expert
for Venice
Level Contributor
47,230 posts
86 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Gondola ride, must do or tourist trap?

This is the official tariff,

www.gondolavenezia.it/history_tariffe.asp…

I do think it is something to do once, it is rather special,

Seattle
Level Contributor
9 posts
40 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Gondola ride, must do or tourist trap?

I agree--it is so very touristy and yet it is such a special view of the city, it's a "must do." The thing we noticed on our ride was how very peaceful it is to float along, away from crowds etc. Our gondolier was low-key but professional--not cheesy. It's really an amazing perspective--and easy to do without the tour operator.

Chorley, United...
Destination Expert
for Venice
Level Contributor
18,708 posts
119 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Gondola ride, must do or tourist trap?

I should have said on my earlier post that I have done the gondola 'thing' way back in 1983 but did nt get much pleasure out of it.

Cincinnati, Ohio
Level Contributor
3,438 posts
58 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Gondola ride, must do or tourist trap?

Just do it on your own. There are lots of gondolas. Visit the official website some one else posted and find where the gondola stations are. We planned to take a gondola ride but when we got there decided we weren't that interested especially after seeing them bobbing around in the heavy boat traffic on the Grand Canal. The vaporetto was the better way to see Venice from the water. IMO take a vaporetto ride the length of the Grand Canal at night when the buildings are lit up. Sit outside so you have a better view. You may need a jacket since might be cool at night.

Venice, Italy
Destination Expert
for Venice, City of Venice
Level Contributor
7,751 posts
39 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Gondola ride, must do or tourist trap?

I have been on gondola rides a few times (I think 4 or 5), and got the most enjoyment by the amazement of my daughters (both born and raised in Venice, but little girls do seem to love that sort of thing, especially the 8y.o. that got invited up back to help "vogare" with the gondolier, who was the father of a friend of hers as well) or with other adult family and friends that wanted to do it. It is magical, but I agree it doesn't have that effect on me. But seeing the effect is wonderful as well.