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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 6 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

Reviews

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2,379 Reviews

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star-1
Company out of business
holli_h
, Oct 2021
I showed up at the meeting point for the gondola ride 15 minutes ahead of time and was told this company went out of business due to covid. We waited around until our meeting time and no one showed up. Do not book this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Bad experience
AnaAida_P
, Sep 2021
I booked this ahead of time and paid for the Gondola ride, when we arrived to do our experience they inform to us that this tour stop almost 2 years ago and is no longer available was very upsetting because we had to look and paid for a new Gondola ride
star-5
Honeymoon gondola ride
Mike
, Feb 2020
This tour was amazing! We were in Italy for our honeymoon and we have always dreamed of taking a gondola ride in Venice. The musicians were great and we could not have asked for anything more romantic.
star-2
Meh... Alright.
Lucas_D
, Feb 2020
Read the details closely as you are not in your own boat and you may barely be able to hear the music because only one of the group of boats has it on there. We realize we could’ve had our own private gondola for about the same price and 35 minutes instead of 30. Not a complete waste of money, but not what we had envisioned it even after reading the fine print.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
DO NOT BOOK THIS!!
Kristen_R
, Feb 2020
DO NOT BOOK THIS GONDOLA! My friends and I paid extra to be serenaded and expected a nice ride with singing, but we were wrong. We were placed on a boat with three other random people and NO SINGER. The man singing was placed on a different gondola. When I confronted the owners when we got back and said I had paid extra he was very rude and said that there was one singer for every seven boats?? I then tried to keep debating this because I wanted my money back and he turned around and refused to speak to me. We were expecting a nice ride with singing, but instead got a ride with a driver who was shouting at the other workers and smoked a cigarette. I was also under the impression that it would be hard to get a gondola without a reservation. DO NOT BOOK ONE!! There are tons of gondolas all over Venice and the workers try to get you on them every time you walk by. It is also much cheaper to wait. I paid 41€ for the ride, while others I know only paid 20€ and got a private gondola. Wish I had known before my ride and had cancelled for my money back!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
nothing special
ingeras20is
, Jan 2020
We had other expectasions, ''the gondola rider'' really not proffesionals en rude, it was like they ware making the people a favor, we where 5 gondola's en 2 people that whare singing- one voice en one whit chitaar- I would not reapet it again.
star-1
Don’t bother - waste of money
Siobhan_C
, Jan 2020
You only really get your moneys worth if you are in the gondola with the singer. My gondalo was stuffed full - 5 people and I had to sit on the step - Facing the other people not the view. not exactly romantic. We wasted time waiting for all the gondalos to get loaded and waiting at the station so only got to go up one canal and down another. Both had work going on so not picturesque. Man driving Gondalo not at all interested - cigarette hanging outta mouth. If you are going to take tourists make an effort. Book your own private gondalo - there are loads. And chose them near nice bridges and a drive that looks the part
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Not worth the price
Claire_F
, Jan 2020
This gondola ride was nothing like how it was described. My friend and I expected to get a lot out of the experience since each ticket was $40, but we could have easily had a better experience going on a $10 gondola ride. The ride was only 15 minutes, rather than the 30 minutes we paid for, and we were never serenaded! There was a man who sang for about 5 minutes on a gondola a couple boats in front of us, but we barely heard anything. It was super disappointing and we feel completely scammed. We highly recommend that you do not pick this company!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Brilliant Singer
juliett_c
, Dec 2019
Brilliant Singer... We got eengaged on your Gondola :) Desperatly trying to find the songs that were sang...Can you help?
star-5
Awesome and must do!!!
phillipbsalvador
, Dec 2019
My family (wife and 2 year old) had a blast! We were lucky to be in the same boat as the singer and the musician so that was great for us. Although I felt bad for the other boats who didn't have the signers in their boat.

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