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Adventures Afloat: Voyages to Antiquity: Italy, Croatia and the French Riviera

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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Candida Wolff-Vodden May 14, 2015 at 03:03 PM

Group (4) Gondola ride? The ‘official’ fares are listed on the official website for gondoliers www.gondolavenezia.it

According to the website, a 40-minute gondola ride should cost 80 euros for a maximum of 6 people. For each additional 20 minutes it costs 40 euros on top of that. Evening gondola rides after 7pm cost 100 euros for 40 minutes and 50 euros for every additional 20 minutes.

The reality is that gondoliers will try to charge you a lot more than this. The three factors you need to think about when choosing your gondola are 1) the length of time you want your ride to last 2) the sights you want to see 3) the price you want to pay. Make sure you are aware of exactly what you’re getting for you money. If you want your gondolier to play the accordion or sing songs, you’ll have to pay more.

You can find gondolas all over the city, but initially we went to the main gondola pier on the river next to Piazza San Marco and asked how much it would be. Being the most expensive part of the city- a complete trap for tourists- they quoted us prices all well over 100 euros even for the shortest rides. Astronomically high compared to what we had heard and compared to the ‘official’ prices. We tried negotiating down, but they were happy to let us walk away.

So on we moved to one of the small canals off the main drag. We were trying to haggle on the price, but the gondolier was very insistent on the prices and wouldn’t budge very much. I forget the prices now, but we were trying to negotiate on 20 minute or 30 minute rides. 20 minutes just covered some of the small canals, whilst 30 minutes covered the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge.


Margaret Griffin May 11, 2015 at 07:42 PM

We're interested in art glass and while in Venice would like to do a side trip to Murano. Is anyone else interested?


Christine Brown Apr 21, 2015 at 07:24 PM

I'm curious if anyone is on Delta flight 474 from JFK to Venice on May 19...
Sara Spatz May 06, 2015 at 07:50 PM

I'm on that flight too. I live in nyc, so hope to see you at JFK on the 19th


Candida Wolff-Vodden Apr 17, 2015 at 07:00 PM

I thought I would see if anyone else is on my Air France flight (#1726) to VCE on May 19th?


Christine Brown Dec 23, 2014 at 02:48 PM

Candida - If you're comfortable doing so you can reach me at my e-mail address - thebirdsandthetrees@yahoo.com, which I think makes it a lot easier to communicate. If you don't want to do so, I'll answer you here for now. I'm departing from JFK - staying overnight in NYC the night before in order to break up the distance somewhat. Hope to hear more from you. It would be nice to be acquainted when we meet in May.


Christine Brown Dec 23, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Merry Christmas to you as well, Candida. I'm glad you were able to reserve a space for this exciting trip. Are you traveling solo? What airport will you be departing from?
Candida Wolff-Vodden Dec 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Christine, I'm traveling solo and driving (5.5 hours) to the San Francisco airport. RS booked my flights with Air France. Wish I could afford those1st class cubicles they have now. My sister just flew Air France and could lay down and sleep on the flight! Where are you departing from?


Candida Wolff-Vodden Dec 22, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Merry Christmas Christine and others taking the Voyage to Antiquity trip on May 19th. I'm off the waitlist and have a space reserved!
I found an excellent source of info on the Aegean Odyssey that you may want to look at. I loved learning more about the ship, the cabins, the food, the excursions, etc from this Cruise Critic site: http://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=582


Christine Brown Nov 29, 2014 at 06:38 PM

Hello, Candida. Yes, I am traveling as a single. RS will only do roommate matching for certain categories on most of their cruise programs. If you have any questions about your status, call them. They are great at answering questions. I don't know anything about the waitlist you mentioned. It is possible to reserve your cabin so you will know exactly where you will be on the ship.


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