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Author: benklee

Joined: 9/25/2012
Posts: 2
GCT Trips Taken: 2
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Traveler Since: 2013

May 02, 2013

 Hi, this is our first time with GCT, have been to Venice previously using the Rick Steves books.

Quick question:


Is the DInner and Gondola Ride with Seranade worth it?

Or should we do the Gondola ride without dinner?



Author: nancyf

Joined: 4/26/2010
Posts: 157
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 2
Countries Visited:

43 of the 50 United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, England , France , Italy , Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Africa (Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe. South Africa), Israel, Canada, the Carribbean, Peru, going to Egypt & Jordan in February 2011 ( canceled due to the unrest there, but I will take this trip later!), China, Russia, Kenya, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Sicily.

Traveler Since: 2007

May 03, 2013

We had a good time on the ride and dinner, but that was in 2007, and I no longer remember what the cost of this was. Guess you would need to see what the cost of a gondola ride would be, on your own, and then decide from there.......

Author: walshcs

Joined: 1/25/2011
Posts: 107
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Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Guatemala, the Canadian Maritimes incl. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI, Montreal (Quebec), Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic , and many USA cities incl. NYC, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington DC, Portland Oregon, the Oregon coast, Maine coast, Charleston, Savannah, southern California, Phoenix, Sedona, Tucson, and other parts of Arizona, parts of Florida. The wish list includes Portugal, England, South East Asia. Still no photo, of these days! Cate

Traveler Since: 2011

May 07, 2013

Hi there,

I did the Venice pre-trip in April 2012 and all 16 of us did the Gondola and dinner. I loved both. We were invited to sing along with our musicians,and people on the bridges and walking the streets beside the canals gave us a big round of applause as we floated by. It didn't matter that most of us didn't speak much Italian...the musicians coached us on the words, esp. the chorus. Our meal was excellent although we were in a private room that was rather "cozy" smallish.

Worth the cost is a personal decision, however, I couldn't imagine being in Venice and not doing this activity.

If you book your own...don't use the gondolas beside the Grand Canal...walk into the neighborhoods behind San Marco where you can book a ride at a better price and enjoy the romance of the intimate canals winding through the pretty neighborhoods.

Have fun,


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