Gondola rides

Jan 25th, 2007, 02:53 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 2
Gondola rides

Hello,
Do Gondolas have to return to there starting point or do they go one way?? Also has anyone taken a gondola ride though the whole grand canal? I know it's expensive but it's our honeymoon....
Thank,
Peter
mrpeterk is offline  
Jan 25th, 2007, 03:01 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 11,134
you can talk to the gondolier before you accept him and work out where you want to go: one way, return, which canals, how long, the price can all be worked out before you set foot on board. Have fun.
SeaUrchin is offline  
Jan 25th, 2007, 03:36 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,550
Hi

This link may help too - http://www.gondolavenezia.it/storia_tariffe.asp?Pag=43
worldinabag is offline  
Jan 25th, 2007, 08:15 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 10,605
Any of those routes more (or less) appealing than the others..?
Travelnut is offline  
Jan 25th, 2007, 08:17 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 7,923
*Definitely* take one on your honeymoon!
annw is offline  
Jan 25th, 2007, 08:17 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 10,605
Wouldn't the Grand Canal be rather busy and choppier than going thru the small canals..?

Also, I read to be sure and check for high-tide to avoid unpleasant seaweed or debris that shows at low tide. Do you agree?
Travelnut is offline  
Jan 25th, 2007, 08:23 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 7,923
I like going around most of the smaller canals, with a brief foray onto the Grand Canal & view of the Rialto Bridge from the water.

We pick up this route in the gondola hub behind San Marco on the way to Locanda Orseolo.
annw is offline  
Jan 25th, 2007, 08:24 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 7,923
As for times, we've gone early morning, afternoon, and evening. I preferred the morning, but I think low tide is less likely in the afternoon - the hotel could be consulted about a good time to go.
annw is offline  
Jan 26th, 2007, 05:00 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 281
You don't indicate when you are going- will it be warm weather? It was recommended to us to go at sunset, and that was magical. The Grand Canal is choppy and filled with all kinds of other boats- most of the gondolas go through the smaller side canals. I think asking your hotel for help with which one to use is a great idea. However, we also got the tip to take the vaporetto up and down the entire Grand Canal as a final farewell before leaving-again, finishing around sunset- if you can manage a seat outside and in the front it is inexpensive and fantastic!
sglass is offline  
Jan 26th, 2007, 02:59 PM
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 2
Thank you all for you feedback. We're going to be there in early May with Caranval Cruise. My plan was to hire a gondola from around the San Marco area and take it to at least Rialto bridge. Does anyone knows how long that would take?????
Thanks
Peter
mrpeterk is offline  
Jan 26th, 2007, 03:27 PM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 36,417
Since the Rialto Bridge is actually in the San Marco area, it could take as little as 2 seconds. But if you mean taking it from St. Mark's Square, then I'd say it would take something like 15 minutes going strictly up the Grand Canal. Going through the much more scenic and calm back canals it could take as much as an hour (or days if you wanted to).
NeoPatrick is offline  
Feb 7th, 2007, 12:51 PM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 90
Bookmarking. . .
jkstrouse is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:33 PM.