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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
For the quintessential Venetian experience, take a serenaded gondola ride on the canals of Venice, followed by lunch or dinner – depending on your afternoon or evening selection. You'll swoon to the magic of Venice on your 35-minute gondola ride as you coast down the Grand Canal. Then, wend your way through the city’s romantic minor canals while listening to the serenade. Enjoy a two-course meal at Hostaria Ai Coristi Restaurant, located near Teatro La Fenice (La Fenice Theater).


  • 35-minute Venice gondola ride with serenade plus a meal
  • Share a ride on the Grand Canal and glide down smaller canals
  • Listen to a musician and a singer serenade you aboard one of eight gondolas in your flotilla
  • Enjoy a two-course lunch or dinner at Hostaria Ai Coristi Restaurant

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What You Can Expect

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

Enjoy Venice in a Gondola Ride!

Likely to Sell-out! Serenaded gondola rides on the canals of Venice regularly sell out weeks in advance. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Settle into your comfortable seat aboard a six-person, 36-foot (11-meter) gondola and be captivated by the glamour and elegance of Venice as you glide through the city’s canals! Reminiscent of a time when gondolas were regularly used by upper class Venetians to traverse the canals, about 500 of the tapered wooden boats exist today, reduced from approximately 10,000 that filled the waterways a couple hundred years ago.

Departing in the afternoon or evening, drift along the Grand Canal and watch as the eye-catching palaces and churches, which line the famous channel, pass by. Your licensed gondolier – wearing classic black pants and striped shirt – will stand and expertly row with one oar through the busy watercourse throughout your 35-minute ride. A musician and a singer will also stand on board one of the boats in your flotilla to accompany your romantic journey with music and a serenade.

Admire other ornately decorated gondolas along the Grand Canal and soak up the quiet atmosphere as you float through Venice’s less crowded, narrow inner canals. At the end of the gondola ride, disembark at Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, one of the most famous piazzas (squares) in Venice.

From here, follow directions to Hostaria Ai Coristi Restaurant, located behind San Fantin Church near La Fenice Theater, for a two-course meal (choice fish or meat dishes), with a glass of house wine, water and coffee.

Please note that you can combine the 3:30pm tour with your choice of lunch (to be taken before the gondola serenade between noon and 3pm) or with dinner (to be taken between 7pm and 9pm).

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very nice ride through the canals. Dinner was very good too although hard to find it was well worth the walk in the heat!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Was a really nice outing.
Nice to hear and see the sounds of Venice at night, the restaurant was very nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Superb! Very romatic. The quality of the tenor and accordian player were exceptional. The meal that followed was also very good.

Very good value for the combined package.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The Gondola ride is a must if visiting Venice and this tour package was a great way to do it plus getting a wonderful meal after the ride.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fabulous. A great evening and a lovely meal. So well organised.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Loved the whole tour ! We lucky to have the singer and musician in our gondola- whst a voice !! Pure delight! Then walk to redtsurant where the waiter was great! Set menu but good choice! Totally recommend tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Fantastic! Would recommend the gondola serenade with dinner. We were lucky enough to get the best seats in the gondola and the musicians were in our gondola. It was really special. Dinner at Histaria Ai Coristi Restaurant was beautiful and the waiter went out of his way to make our night special.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

A great way to see a beautiful city. The serenading and scenery was a great experience and the dinner was nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

There were 6 gondolas in our group. I remember reading another review where a person said if you weren't right next the singer or music, you couldn't hear, not correct. The ride was great and dinner afterwards was too, went back the next night and ate there again. Tip for main gondola!

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