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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

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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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Well worth doing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Loved the Gondola ride. Only bad thing was that we did it at night and it was dark so pictures didn't come out so good. But the ride and the dinner were great overall!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The gondola ride was cool. You share the boat w a few other people. However the dinner portion was very disorganized. Finding that restaurant was quite a walk and required asking multiple people as the streets are so confusing. Finally made it to the restaurant. Food was good. It was very hot outside/no fan. The service was not excellent at the restaurant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The Gondola Ride was fabulous! We had the musicians on our Gondola. The restaurant was very quant and had very good food. We would recommend this to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great! Dinner was very good. The restaurant is a little hard to find. We explored how to get to the
restaurant before the gondola ride, if we didn't do that, we would be lost in the dark! The singer in the gondola was very good. The owner/manager of the gondola ride tour could be more polite to the customers!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful.. wonderfulllll.... justttt wonderfuuulllll 3

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great Experience, a bit confusing of how to get to the restaurant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was great. As advertised, we shared a Gondola and the group of gondolas shared a singer. Loved the singer, the canals, and the scenery. Little tricky to find the restaurant but once we did it was lovely, with great employees and delicious meal. Such a great evening.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great ride with the evening scenery....the accordion player and singer did exceptional well drew a lot attention to our gondola from tourist and other boats..the rider did well but was a bit drunk....The dinner was very great...the owner actually waived 10 euros extra charge for extra drink and water...Tagliolini with sea food and Adriatic fried fish was very delicious and i think best on the menu for me!!

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