Honestly not my best decision to book this tour at 3pm and prior to that walk miles shopping and sightseeing. But that’s what I did— so by the time the tour came up we were hot, sweaty and had tired feet already— I was maybe not so secretively wishing the gondola ride came first, but it didn’t. Our guide was good, it’s just unfortunate that it was so hot, crowded and sticky in the square and around gondolas— the ear pieces worked great so you could hang back in the crowd a little and still hear very well. I really loved hearing about the city’s architectural history (snail tour, water barriers, fresh water accumulation, how the city was built, gondolas etc) and less about who conquered this or that— even though it is important in how Venice came to be. The gondola ride was a family highlight! We throughly have enjoyed it— what a treat!!