When we were booking excursions last night we eliminated one that was very similar to another with the only difference being a Gondola ride , but the price difference being about $40 each ($80 total) for a "non private" 6 person per gondola 25 minute ride. Did we make a mistake? We will be in Venice in September for two days. How much can we expect to spend for that romantic gondola ride Gram dreams about? (somehow six passengers per gondola did not seem very romantic). Is there a best time of day or best place to do it from?
Well, I think you made the right decision. If Gram wants a goldola ride, she doesn't want one on a "BUS", and that's what the six person ride is like. I haven't been to Venice in about 30 years, so don't know what the private ride will cost you now, but once again, you made the right decision! Keep Gram happy!!!!!
Wish we could join you.
We did the six person gondola. Its great for two couples, but the third ends up split. We were all friends so it wasn't like we were sharing with strangers. We did the ship's tour and I don't remember the cost.
Here is something I found googling:
How much does it cost to ride on a gondola in Venice?
The official price is 62 euros for up to six people, for a 50 minute ride before 6:00 PM. However, that is only what the gondoliers claim to the tax man when they have to claim something. Expect to pay 75 euros for a half hour in the daytime, and 125 euros for a half hour in the evening. They can take you on longer rides, but they ask a considerably larger sum.
Here is the url for the site to learn all about gondolas:
Thank you friends for your comments and the great information. For those prices do I own the gondola at the end of the ride? Perhaps I'll move to Venice and become a gondolier. Sounds like they make out very well.
9/15/2002 I paid $80 euro for 2 to have a 50 minute ride about 1/2 way up the grand canal (we turned around just before the bridge) at 1100 in the morning. The expression on my girlfriends face was priceless and I would have paid alot more (and he did sing to us)
IMHO, If this is your first time in Venice, bite the bullet and do it. The memories and pictures will be worth it. Besides, you can't come home from Venice and actually tell your friends you didn't spend the money to take the ride.