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Feel the romance of a classic Venetian experience with a serenaded gondola ride through Venice’s famed canals, capped off by dinner or lunch at a renowned local eatery. Settle into a traditional gondola boat for a 35-minute ride through the Grand Canal and some of the city’s smaller waterways, while onboard musicians provide a passionate soundtrack of Italian ballads. Savor an authentic Venetian meal at the top-rated Hostaria Ai Coristi Restaurant to conclude your enchanted evening or afternoon tour.


  • 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!

The quintessential Venetian experience of a serenaded gondola ride is so beloved by visitors that tours are likely to sell out weeks in advance. Book ahead so you don’t miss out on the ride of a lifetime!

Choose from an afternoon or evening departure, and then make your way to the launch point near the Grand Canal. Climb aboard a traditional polished wooden gondola, which comfortably seats six passengers. These beautiful handcrafted vessels used to be one of the primary modes of transportation for Venetians centuries ago, and their craftsmanship is a time-honored tradition. 

Settle in for the ride as your gondolier skillfully navigates the boat along Venice’s famous Grand Canal using a long wooden oar. Admire the historic homes, palazzos and cathedrals that line the canal as you travel along with a flotilla of several other gondolas. Head through some of the city’s smaller canals where you’ll pass under bridges and get a glimpse of quieter, charming backstreets. Adding to the enchanting atmosphere, a skilled opera singer and musician (usually an accordion or guitar player) will ride aboard one of the gondolas in your group and serenade you with classic Italian ballads.

At the end of your 35-minute ride, disembark at the picturesque Campo Santa Maria del Giglio and make your way through romantic alleyways to the nearby Hostaria Ai Coristi Restaurant. Savor a two-course meal including a fish or meat entrée served with house wine, water and coffee. 

Please note: If you choose a 3:30 pm departure, your meal can be either lunch (served before the gondola ride between 12pm and 3pm) or dinner (enjoyed after the ride between 7pm and 9pm). 

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Everything was great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The Gondola Ride and dinner were everything I expected!!

Graham E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great fun trip, enjoyable and pleasant

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016


Mary Ann D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a fantastic gondola ride and the dinner was amazing!!! One of the best meals we had in Venice. It was well worth it. Book it!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

taking gondola ride a must - reservation makes it easy and having an accompanying dinner already set up makes for a great evening

Martin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This trip was well worth doing. We shared a Gondola with another couple which was very pleasant and then we went for the meal after. We did find out where the restaurant was before the ride as it was rather difficult to find. Was a bit worried because it was a pre-booked thing the restaurant might get you in and out quickly but there was non of that. The food was fantastic and they could not have been more courteous. Would really recommend.

Celia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our Venice Gondola Ride was great! We were fortunate to have the singer and accordion player in our gondola. The meal was delicious and the staff at the restaurant were very attentive. We only had one night in Venice and feel it was well spent by booking this activity.

Andrew I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Well worth doing

Antonio S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


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