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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:35 minutes (approx.)

Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade

Soak up the romance of Venice on a 35-minute private gondola ride! The elegant gondola boat seats between 2 and 4 people, meaning it’s a perfect intimate experience for just you and your special someone, or a small family group. As your gondolier serenades you with Italian songs and punts you around the canals, look out at Venice’s elegant palaces, buildings and boats. Your route includes the captivating Grand Canal as well as several atmospheric side canals.


  • 35-minute private gondola ride with a singing gondolier
  • Glide around the Grand Canal, seeing colorful boats framed by gorgeous Gothic palaces
  • Sit back and relax as your private gondolier serenades you
  • Explore the myriad of smaller canals that lead off from the Grand Canal
  • Enjoy a gondola ride in the day or at night, at a time that suits you best

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade

Private Gondola Serenade on the Canals of Venice

Head to Campo San Luca in central Venice either during the day or at night – whatever time suits you best – and then hop aboard your elegant gondola boat. With just your group (2-4 people maximum) on board, plus your own gondolier, your boat will glide away into the waters of the Grand Canal.

Once the main form of transport around the beautiful water-logged city of Venice, gondolas have more or less been replaced by the vaporetti (water buses) for getting quickly around. But nothing beats a pleasant glide around Venice by traditional gondola boat, passing the city’s Gothic palazzos and elegant bridges at a gentle pace.

Look out at the hustle and bustle of the ancient Grand Canal, seeing vaporetti, water taxis and other gondolas passing by, and then cruise along some of the quieter canals that act as side streets through the city. Sit back and relax as your gondolier serenades you with a song, and soak up the romantic atmosphere of Venice from the canals.

After 35 minutes out on the water, glide back to the start point where your gondola ride finishes. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was amazing. I did not expect an accordion player and a singer in addition to the gondola driver When we booked the tour, we thought it was just a singing gondola driver. It was our 50th wedding anniversary and we wanted a private gondola and we couldn't have asked for more. They played and sang beautifully. So romantic it still brings tears to my eyes.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Although we would have wanted it to be longer, it was only because of how wonderful it was. We loved every second of it. It is a little bit pricey, but totally worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The ride and the serenade were first class. Did we need to prebook?? Not sure there were only about half a dozen people in the queue. The board said 41 Euros for a 30 minute serenaded gondola ride I paid about 233!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

completly faultless. would highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

June 12th amazing
Once comfortable with so many eyes focused on you becomes the most romantic memorable experience.
Shall never be forgotten

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

As sappy as the idea seems, this actually is a LOTof relaxing fun. Our oarsman was skilled and kind. Our musician and vocalist and oarsman were REAL troopers since we got hit with a very rare summer hailstorm and rain deluge. The oarsman manuvered us under a bridge, but the gondola was too long to be completely covered. The oarsman and singer were soaked. All of us got pretty wet, but we laughed about it and it cooled us off. The musician had to protect his accordian, so we tried to keep him in the middle. The storm, unfortunately, spawned a deadly tornado a few miles away. For us, the ride was memorable and silly fun. I really appreciate the attitude of the singer and the oarsman who were forced to sit in the downpour and still laughed about it. What can you do?

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This gondola ride was amazing. The ride was about 35 minutes and went through both the main canal as well as some smaller side canals. The musicians were beyond amazing and had people coming to the bridges to take pictures as we cruised underneath.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Amazing! Wonderful! We were the only gondola ride being serenaded!

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