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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

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Venezia, Italy
Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

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icon30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience Venice in the most Venetian way possible: via a shared gondola ride while being serenaded. Choose between an afternoon or evening ride and then hop on the six-person gondola by a gondolier who is clad in traditional garb. Then begin the ride, as part of a group of eight different gondolas, with a singer aboard one of the boats. In addition to the song being sun to you, enjoy the sites of Venice's main landmarks, including the grand Canal and Palazzo Barberino.
  • Ride on a six-passenger gondola along parts of the Grand Canal and smaller waterways
  • Listen to songs from a singer on board one of the gondolas in your flotilla
  • Drift by top Venice attractions such as Palazzo Barberino and Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum
  • Lose yourself in the romantic melodies as you soak up the passing sights
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Shared gondola ride in a flotilla of gondolas (approx. 30 minutes)
Serenade from singer aboard one of flotilla gondolas
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gondola Station - Santa Maria del Giglio , Campiello Traghetto, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting point: S. Maria del Giglio Gondola Station

This activity will end right where it started.
You can walk around Venice. You could take a water taxi. But, really, there's only one way to get around La Serenissima, as this city of bridges and canals is nicknamed. And that way is by gondola. Decide to take one of four starting times when you book and then, on the day of the ride, head to the gondola pier at Piazza Santa Maria del Giglio in the center of Venice. 

After your arrival, hop on the shared six-seater gondola and sit back and let to your gondolier, clad in traditional clothing, cruise you through the wide and narrow, popular and offbeat canals through Venice. Each gondola holds six people and you will be part of a flotilla of eight gondolas floating together. See the city's main landmarks, including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Grand Canal and various centuries-old palaces. 

At one point during the ride, a singer will board one of the boats and begin crooning traditional Venetian tunes as you float along the canals. Sit back and let your ears take in the gorgeous songs and lose yourself in the sound and the look of Venice. 

After about 35 minutes of floating through this magical city, return to the pier where your gondola ride finishes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Canal Grande
The Gondola Ride will take you along the Grand Canal, the most famous S shaped Canal of Venice.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Navigating along the Grand Canal, you will see the terrace of the building the hosts the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Pass By:  
Ponte dell'Accademia
Navigating along the Grand Canal, you will admire the Accademia Bridge, the only wooden bridge existing in Venice.
Pass By:  
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
During this Gondola Ride you will admire the beautiful Santa Maria della Salute Church, built in the 17th century as a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the black plague.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 5 people per booking
  • Please note that there is no guarantee your party will be seated together
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bucintoro Viaggi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade.

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  • "Waters were choppy from the rain, evening is cooler so bring a jacket." See review
  • "Expect to stand in a line, even though you have a reservation." See review

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star-5
Gondola ride in Venice
Victor_J
, Aug 2022
There were several places offering gondola rides but I was having trouble finding something for a last minute reservation. This tour fit my schedule perfectly. Many other vendors weren't singing to there guests either. We left in a group of 5 boats with one boat dedicated to the guys singing and playing guitar 🎸. While the ride wasn't super long, it was a fantastic value and experience. Don't miss out on this.
star-5
Loved It!
SANDRA_L
, Aug 2022
WOW… did it solo, but virtually had my daughter join me on zoom! Gondola ride was amazing! Perfect music even though he was on another gondola, I could hear him after we got off the great canal! Others on the gondola just fun people. Highly recommend especially at sunset!
star-3
It’s hard to hear the...
Raquel_O
, Aug 2022
It’s hard to hear the Serenade when you are in next Gondola. The organisers do not care how to distribute people in the gondolas. Overall it’s a good experience.
star-4
Great experience overall
Wallace_C
, Aug 2022
once in a life time expereince, worth the money even though it is short. The singer performed quite well as well. Nice view of Venice. You cannot get any other experience like this else where
star-5
Great experience
Marian_G
, Aug 2022
Greatest trip ever!!! Good company and amazing musician !!! I’ll come back to this experience if I can
star-1
worst trip ever
Rolando_S
, Aug 2022
worst trip ever waste of money. we were treated like cattle. they took the romance out of this experience i thought we would be by ourselves but they crammed us with another couple we had to set sideways. we are very unhappy. our driver looked like he was drunk
star-5
Very enjoyable!
Kirsten_S
, Aug 2022
The Gondoliers are very funny. There was a man who played an accordion and one who sang. Very entertaining!
star-5
Highlight of our entire Italy trip
LOURDES_G
, Aug 2022
This tour was the highlight of all our tours. There are many gondola tours offered but this one with serenade was the gondola that everyone was starring at because of how beautiful the man sang and also an accordion player on board ❤️❤️❤️
star-4
Performers were AMAZING!!
scott_g
, Aug 2022
The performers were amazing and well worth the trip. The organization and professionalism of the gondola drivers was lacking and should be improved.
star-1
Gondola ride total waste of time!
Richard_G
, Aug 2022
This trip was most disappointing in that we were squeezed into a gondola with 2 other couples. Actually separated from one another sitting upright on bow! Singing and music were share with 8 other gondolas, consequently we did not hear much at all….supposed to be a romantic ride but just a terrible experience,!! This ride was on our 50th wedding anniversary in May 2018…just saw this opportunity to post my review…sorry it’s late.
star-2
Disappointed, not what was expected.
Marcia_S
, Aug 2022
My daughter and her finance went on this ride. My husband and I had to cancel. They were rushed during the whole process. The seranade people did a nice job, however the driver was rude and rushed them off the boat. It wasn't romantic as would have been thought. They would not recommend this particular driver to anyone.
star-1
Not happy with experience
Lina_P
, Jul 2022
We were very disappointed with our experience. First, it was not an individual ride, it was a "tour" , we were forced to share gondola with other family. First family was let in first and they were sitting on comfortable seats like you see in the pictures. Our family were on horrible tiny side stools. There were ten gondolas in the "tour" and person who was serenading was in the last gondola, we barely heard anything. The whole ride was very short just around the block, I wouldn't consider that as a ride. And lastly, our gondolier was smoking all the time making experience even worse. If I could give negative grade I would.
star-2
Waste of money
Emanuela_F
, Jul 2022
Pack together with more than 20 people in 7 gondolas one man serenading very far away. Started late, went around the block and ended. Waste of money
star-1
Really bad experience. I was so dessapointed.
Lisandra_P
, Jul 2022
I would not recommend this tour, the serenade was barely heard, the gondolier was not interested in us having a good time, a bit rude and heavy. Very uncomfortable seats if you don't get the original gondola luckily. It would only be a good experience if you happen to sit in the gondola along with the musicians. I thought that the ride would be with a maximum of 5 gondolas around the musicians, and in reality there were about 10 gondolas at a time. You can imagine that those at the end did not hear anything. The unpleasant walk, through small and not pretty canals, in short, much to be disappointed in spending money miserably.
star-3
Only worth it to fulfill your "dream" for a gondola ride
Donna_H
, Jul 2022
The man who appeared to be the boss was VERY BOSSY and not very agreeable but the crew were extremely helpful The experience is mediocre We did it because we couldn't imagine a trip to Venice without a gondola ride but it really isn't worth the price unless you just have to have the gondola ride while there
star-5
MUST DO
Farah_K
, Jul 2022
I honestly believe that if you go to venice and don’t ride the gondola then you definitely didn’t get the full venetian experience, such an amazing experience!
star-1
Romance ruined!
Roger_H
, Jul 2022
The tour sounds great, but was the opposite of the ideal. Do yourself a favor and book your own ride while you're in Venice. The gonoliers on this tour were drunk, except for one that was high and one that was sober and mad at the rest of them. The musicians were great for the 5 minutes we could hear them. The gondoliers spent the entire ride fighting amongst themselves. And one of the gondoliers got into a fight with a done operator before the ride. All in all, steer clear of this tour.
star-5
AWESOME!
danielle
, Jul 2022
A fantastic experience!! We were on the gondola with the singer and the accordion player and they were excellent. We couldn’t stop smiling the whole time. We went at 7:30 and it was the perfect time. 10/10 would recommend
star-1
Horrible
Carolyn_B
, Jul 2022
It was horrible I went the day before to see location and the workers were mean. I went back the next day early and still very mean I took the lost of 80 dollars and found another gondola station elsewhere And the workers went out of there way to accommodate me
star-5
This was a bucket list experience!
Ana_T
, Jul 2022
We had so much fun on the gondola ride. The singer added an extra touch to the experience. I would recommend this highly.

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