Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration options: 2 - 3.5 hours
We weren't sure about doing this ride but really pleased that we did. We booked and paid for it online earlier in the day (about £100), went to the travel office in Campo san Luca at the allotted time, where we were issued with a voucher which we took to Bacino Orseolo to give to any of the gondoliers there. Three of us enjoyed having a gondola to ourselves (although we probably could have arranged a ride for just 3 of us on the spot earlier in the day at one of the quieter gondola stations), and booked for 6pm so we enjoyed sunset on the Grand Canal. The gondolier hardly spoke to us but that was fine, we just enjoyed the sights from the water.
Hard to find meeting place - it's pretty much next to H&M - so just ask for directions for there & it's a couple of doors down. Gondola was not as "tricked out" as some were & gondolier didn't say one word to us. There were only 4 of us & I don't think we could have had 2 more join as there would not have been anywhere for them to sit. I would book again hoping I would get a better gondola. I will say that if you have any mobility issues the boats are very hard to get in and out of.
the gondlier was very friendly and helpful...the ridge was also good as it went through smaller canals and also along the grand canal near rialto bridge. only reason it isnt 5 stars is because the journey was slightly short at 25 mins instead of 30.
Our Gondola ride was nice. Took around 30 minutes. Gondolier didn’t speak English and therefore didn’t say a peep. Other than that all good. :)
Our private guide was lovely and she told us about the Redeemer Feast!! I think private is the way to go with a Gondola ride!!