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Current going price for a gondola ride in Venice?

Current going price for a gondola ride in Venice?

Apr 23rd, 2007, 07:41 PM
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Current going price for a gondola ride in Venice?

In 2004, I think we paid about $150. We took one at dusk. (Amazing!!)

Can anyone who has recently enjoyed a gondola ride in Venice share how much they spent? My parents want to book one as a shore excursion through their cruise, but i am worried it will much more expensive that way!

thanks!!
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 10:44 PM
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June 2006 - €100 for 50min at dusk, from dock near Hotel Bauer. No waiting line on this day, several idle gondolas.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 01:08 AM
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we were told by our hotel not to pay over 80 euros.

thanks for website link.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 01:41 AM
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It's an extraordinary amount to pay for a trip in a rowboat.

Should you tip the gondolier?
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Apr 24th, 2007, 06:24 AM
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Padraig-now you understand why the gondolier association is so powerful in Venice, and why they make more than university professors, don't even mention secondary teachers.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 06:28 AM
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Last night I was looking through a copy of 'Europe on $5 a Day' that my parents used for a trip in 1965. In the section on Venice, there was a description of gondolas and how expensive they were--"as much as $3 for a 30-minute ride."

Pretty funny until I noticed that most of the hotels they were quoting were $2.50 a night for two people.

The more things change . . .
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Apr 24th, 2007, 06:32 AM
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We were there in May 2006 and paid 50 Euros, we were told that this was a special as business was slow. Yes a lot of money but difficult to leave Venice without a gondola ride. (first and only time).
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Apr 24th, 2007, 06:41 AM
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Rd wrote: "a lot of money but difficult to leave Venice without a gondola ride".

I didn't find it difficult at all. It's a rip-off, and I don't like being ripped off.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 06:46 AM
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We were there 3 weeks ago (end of March 2007) and paid 90 euros at around 1 pm. This was the cheapest we found, and it was right next to rialto (sp) bridge. We walked ALL over between san marco and san polo to try to get the best deal. We finally had to go with the 90 euro option and that was for about 30-40 minutes.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 08:50 PM
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Thanks everyone for all your input!
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Apr 25th, 2007, 06:11 AM
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Is the rate 'per gondola' and thus the same whether it's for 2 passengers or 4 passengers?
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Apr 25th, 2007, 06:21 AM
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No that is per person. I didn't remember paying that much in '05, since I took my mother twice.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 06:22 AM
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400€ for 4 people? nope, no way.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 06:27 AM
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Although, as indicated earlier, did not take a gondola trip, I'm pretty sure the rate is per gondola. They are usually fitted out to seat five passengers.

I enjoyed watching a very large party of about 100 people getting the gondola trip that was apparently part of their package. There was great fuss organising themselves into fives, and then the flotilla took off, rather like a tourist train on the water.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 06:30 AM
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Tip the gondolier, Padraig? Only if you don't mind getting wet.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 06:50 AM
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You can also buy per person tickets on a gondola "caravan." Three years ago these were 25 Euros each. The caravan is a group of gondolas, each shared with others. One of the group will have a singer. The ticket office is a few hundred meters behind St. Mark's. You can get directions from the visitor's info.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 07:57 PM
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Thanks everyone.

I checked the website. (Thanks, worldinabag!)Here's what it says:

NIGHT-TIME PERSONALISED AND STANDARD TOUR
(from 19.00 to 8.00, 40 minutes, maximum 6 people per gondola)
-- 100 euro

DAYTIME PERSONALISED AND STANDARD TOUR
(40 minutes - maximum 6 people per gondola)
---80 euro
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Apr 25th, 2007, 08:05 PM
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<<I enjoyed watching a very large party of about 100 people getting the gondola trip that was apparently part of their package. There was great fuss organising themselves into fives, and then the flotilla took off, rather like a tourist train on the water.>>

Im going to bed with that image in my mind; I'll probably wake up laughing.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 04:03 AM
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It's not per person. And I would not consider it a rip-off--though individuals might get ripped-off because they aren't comfortable with bargaining.

Gondolas are VERY expensive to buy and maintain, and the boat owners must make their money in the tourist season. Not a lot of call for gondola rides in January.

But don't waste your gondola time on the Grand Canal--the Grand Canal is best seen by vaporetto. The gondola is ideal for getting into smaller, back canals where you can get views that the typical tourist can't get any other way. High tide and low tide are not the ideal times for a gondola ride (though low tide can be interesting).
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