Monday, June 16, 2014

His and Her Travel Review: Venetian Gondola Ride

On our way back from Australia we decided to stop somewhere before heading home. The last thing you want to do after a 14 hour flight is hop on 2 more planes to get to the East coast. Instead of staying in San Francisco we decided to take an hour's flight to Las Vegas as the hotel rates were cheap and it was a place that we had never seen before. It would also give us a chance to see if Las Vegas was somewhere we would like to visit again. We didn't have any firms plans while we were there besides wandering through the casinos, but one thing Amanda wanted to do was a gondola ride at the Venetian Casino. I had heard it was expensive, but once I learned it was $18 a person I figured we could afford it.

The outdoor ride is at the front of the Casino
 They have an outdoor and an indoor ride. We chose the indoor ride since it was 106F/41C outside. The ride seemed to be in the back of the casino, but as long as you followed the signs it was not hard to find. The ride went down a short canal, under a couple of bridges and the gondolier sang a few traditional songs. It was fun to do once but  probably wouldn't do this again. I would consider doing the outside one as it looks totally different.

Amanda's Review: I have wanted to go on the gondola ride at the Venetian for years. I heard about it a while ago and have been enamored since. When Sean asked me what I wanted to do in Vegas, this was on the top of my list. We found the ticket office after a few wrong turns (definitely ask for help on this one) and was told it was a little bit of a wait. I would recommend going early in the day and getting the time you want. When we boarded the gondola, we were introduced to our gondolier and the other two women who would travel with us (you can pay for a private gondola but that was more than we wanted to spend). We traveled through the casino and admired the beautiful scenery and decorations. Our gondolier sang songs as we traveled and cracked some pretty good jokes. When it ended, the only thing I could think is "I want to go again". Maybe next time!

 Part of the indoor Gondola Canal

I loved all the little details they thought of throughout the casino.

The two ladies that we shared the Gondola with were nice enough to take our photo during the ride.

All along the canal were shops and restaurants. I would imagine it felt like eating lunch in Venice.

The Canal was beautifully decorated and made you feel like you were in Venice.

 Our gondolier had a good voice. I was impressed!

 The canal had other boats but they were spaced out enough so it wasn't crowded.

If you are in Vegas, I would highly recommend the Gondola Ride at the Venetian Casino. It is worth the time and money. 

Have you been to Las Vegas? What is your favorite attraction there?

Happy Traveling,

1 comment:

  1. I've never been on the gondola ride. Living in Utah, we always drove through Vegas to get to California. One time we decided to stop with our kids and take advantage of the sights available for families. What our boys had to say, after so many trips traipsing through casinos to get to the "attractions"-- "Gambling doesn't look as fun in real life as they make it seem in the movies." Haha, very excellent lesson learned, so I guess it was a worthwhile trip after all!


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