Brilliant, This trip is a must. As long as you don't mind sharing this is great value for money. In fact we watched couples on their own not speaking . We on the other hand were having a hoot. The Gondoliers were funny polite and made the trip entertaining throughout. The trip was a good 40 -45 minutes long, it went up the grand canal then turned back with manoeuvres that showed their great skill. We then turned and went in a loop down the smaller side canals all the way serenaded from a great singer in the middle of a flotilla of six Gondolas. Exiting lower down the canal and returning to the starting point. It's got to be said though it's pot luck who you get seated with. We were lucky. Other friends have been, who were sat with a miserable bunch and it ruined it.
The restaurant was a family run affair in a back street and I would advise you have a wander before hand to find it. The food was great. This whole trip is well worth the price. and not a rip off as can happen. decent meal the wine was extra we paid about 40euros extra for the booze but had an excellent first night