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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

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Waft by the beautiful sights of Venice on a 30-minute shared gondola ride and enjoy a serenade, too. Select an afternoon or evening trip, be welcomed aboard your six-passenger gondola by a traditionally dressed gondolier, and set off in a group of around eight gondolas, with a singer aboard one of the boats. Admire Palazzo Barberino and other romantic landmarks as your flotilla navigates the Grand Canal and smaller waterways, and soak up the dulcet melodies from the flotilla’s singer along the way!
  • Glide through Venice’s famed canals on a shared gondola ride
  • Ride a traditional Venetian gondola down the Grand Canal
  • A singer adds to the romantic atmosphere
  • Get a great view of palaces and other landmarks from the water
What to Expect
Take your pick of different departure times when booking and, on the day of your tour, board a gondola at the pier near Piazza Santa Maria del Giglio in central Venice. Settle into one of six seats as a professional gondolier dressed in traditional garb steers the boat out into the city’s famous canals. Ride along with a flotilla of up to eight gondolas in a shared experience that makes this tour more affordable than private rides. Glide along the most scenic stretch of the Grand Canal for unmatched views of historic palaces, such as Palazzo Barberino, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum, and other Venetian landmarks. A singer aboard one of the gondolas serenades the group with sweet Italian tunes, providing a romantic soundtrack as you turn into smaller, quieter canals. After several minutes on the water, the tour ends back at the starting point.
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Departure Point
Gondola Station - Santa Maria del Giglio, Campiello Traghetto, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Shared gondola ride in a flotilla of gondolas (approx. 30 minutes)
  • Serenade from singer aboard one of flotilla gondolas
  • Guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • Please note that there is no guarantee your party will be seated together
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed today via mobile

Very short but good fun. Singing was great!! We were in the boat with 4 other people but there was plenty of space and it was a laugh!!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank lizhE3828SY
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very rushed and rude service. The serenade is on one gondola that is in the middle of 6 or 7. So if you’re upfront or behind you wouldn’t be able to hear anything. A private gondola is 80euros and you wouldn’t have to share it...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank cqella
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed the gondola ride. But, they sent out 4 boats at a time with 6 to a boat, with musician and singer in one boat. How well you could hear was predicated on whether they were in your boat, and for us, they were...More

Thank cr1spy10
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The gondola ride isn't romantic. You are in a gondola with four other strangers and 10 gondolas all move together all with 6 on board. whilst the serenader is on a gondola 10 boats down. It's better and a lot cheaper to organise this trip...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Cantcathedralman
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a shared ride on part of the grand canal & down a side canal. There are 4-5 gondolas which go along together with a singer in one of the boats. Very relaxing. It would have been nice to have gone further along the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank lscCanfield_Ohio
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Alexa A
6 October 2018|
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Response from Sueseeque | Reviewed this property |
Do it direct with any of the gondoliers, easy.
Kellia H
6 July 2018|
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Response from Doris D |
My grandson of 18mths was aboard no problem
2 July 2018|
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Response from Kendall D | Reviewed this property |
The operator took a picture of my confirmation email and we were good to go.
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