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

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

Experience Venice in the most Venetian way possible: via a 35-minute shared gondola ride while being serenaded. Choose between an afternoon or evening ride and then hop on the six-person gondola by a gondolier who is clad in traditional garb. Then begin the ride, as part of a group of eight different gondolas, an Italian crooner aboard each gondola. In addition to the song being sun to you, enjoy the sites of Venice's main landmarks, including the grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge and Palazzo Barberino. 


  • 35-minute Venice shared gondola flotilla ride and serenade
  • Ride on a six-passenger gondola along parts of the Grand Canal and smaller waterways
  • Listen to songs from a singer on board one of the gondolas in your flotilla
  • Drift by top Venice attractions such as the Rialto Bridge, Palazzo Barberino and Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum
  • Lose yourself in the romantic melodies as you soak up the passing sights
  • Choose from four afternoon and evening departure times to suit your schedule

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What You Can Expect

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

Enjoy a shared gondola ride and serenade on the Venetian waterways

You can walk around Venice. You could take a water taxi. But, really, there's only one way to get around La Serenissima, as this city of bridges and canals is nicknamed. And that way is by gondola. Decide to take one of four starting times when you book and then, on the day of the ride, head to the gondola pier at Piazza Santa Maria del Giglio in the center of Venice. 

After your arrival, hop on the shared six-seater gondola and sit back and let to your gondolier, clad in traditional clothing, cruise you through the wide and narrow, popular and offbeat canals through Venice. Each gondola holds six people and you will be part of a flotilla of eight gondolas floating together. See the city's main landmarks, including the Rialto Bridge, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Grand Canal and various centuries-old palaces. 

At one point during the ride, a singer will board your boat and begin crooning traditional Venetian tunes as you float along the canals. Sit back and let your ears take in the gorgeous songs and lose yourself in the sound and the look of Venice. 

After about 35 minutes of floating through this magical city, return to the pier where your gondola ride finishes. 

Customer Reviews

arthur f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Not as romantic as the photo, but an amazing once in a lifetime experience. About 15 min on the grand canal - which is more than enough - think I-95 or I-5 ! then down some of the smaller canals for another half hour which are a delightful trip. The serenade was wonderful. The trip length was just right. Highly recommended.

Lisa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had the accordion player and the singer in our gondola! It was such a nice ride. Definitely a must do in Venice!

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Fantastic, would do again!

Ann B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great fun. Well worth doing.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was well worth it!

aida v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The singing was marvelous.

Zeida H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a fun tour ...

Penny United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really enjoyed our gondola ride with viator. It was on time, I also got reminders from viator which was great. The serenade was great. I would highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


Cristina G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

If you can do it this is a great experience. I highly recommend it. Our scheduled time was not totally correct and we waited for over an hour so beware of that but they noticed we waited and let us in first. It was fun and lovely.

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