Venice, Italy

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Overview

Embark on a quintessential Venetian experience with a private, serenaded gondola ride through the famed canals of Venice. Glide past ancient palazzi and magnificent cathedrals on a traditional handcrafted gondola, while musicians serenade you with mood-setting Italian ballads. Gondolas have room for up to four passengers, so it’s the perfect opportunity for romance or an unforgettable family experience.
  • 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
Gondolas have been used to navigate Venice’s watery ways for more than 1,500 years and are still locally handcrafted using time-honored methods. Your romantic journey aboard one of these traditional vessels begins at Campo San Luca in central Venice, where you’ll board a private gondola and meet your friendly gondolier. Choose from an afternoon or evening departure to suit your schedule.

Relax into the comfortable seats as your standing gondolier skillfully navigates the famed Grand Canal. Soak up the passing scenery of Gothic palaces and historic homes as you glide beneath stone bridges and into the quieter canals of Venice’s backstreets. To add to the enchanting atmosphere, an on-board singer and musician (or, in some cases, your gondolier) will serenade you with a selection of Italian ballads. Musicians are usually guitarists or accordion players.

After 35 memorable minutes, say farewell to your gondolier back at the original departure point and continue on your own Venetian adventure with amore in your heart.

Price listed is per person based on four passengers per boat.

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M
, Oct 2018

To see again Venezia after 28 year was a dream come true! Cannot describe the amazing feeling of a gondola ride with serenade. You just should do it!

l
, Aug 2018

This was a "bucket list" experience for me. My husband, 9 year old son and I finished our 10 day Italy trip with 3 days in Venice as a celebration of my 50th birthday and our 20 year wedding anniversary. We booked a private gondola ride to depart about an hour before sunset (for the best lighting), with an onboard musician (accordion player) and singer. We met at the Bucintoro Viaggi Agency about 20 minutes before our scheduled timeslot and were led to our departure point about 10 minutes away, on foot of course. I'm an emotional person to begin with, but when the music and singing started, I was just a puddle! I cried almost the entire time. It was so incredibly romantic and breathtaking. The weather had cooled down to a perfect temperature and the sunlight hitting the buildings and the water were so picturesque- like a postcard.The musicians were happy to take some photos of us throughout the experience and even took requests. "O Sole Mio" is so typical, but I asked for it, and boy- did they deliver!We glided along the smaller canals and onto the Grand Canal as well, so we got some amazing photos and left with an incredible once-in-a-lifetime memory to last forever.Thank you for making our dream come true.

F
, Jul 2018

This tour was definitely the highlight of my trip. I am unable to express how wonderful this experience was. The singer was amazing. He had a beatiful and astonishing voice. The musician was excellent. They both were extremelly friendly and attentive. It was a little pricy, but it was worth every penny! I will be back for more!!!!

A
, Jun 2018

This was one of the highlights of the trip for me and my family. We were serenaded by a male singer and a woman who played the accordion. Both were very good. One of the songs was Volare,and the singer encouraged us to join in the chorus, which we were happy to do. It was a lot of fun and a great way to end our trip. Some may consider it cheesy and expensive, but when in Venice...

D
, Apr 2018

My husband surprised me while in Venice with this thoughtful journey through Venice's canals. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I will never forget it!

G
, Oct 2017

This was one of the planned highlights of our trip and we had invested in it accordingly. We found the meeting point and waited to meet an agent who took us to a boarding point where we waited for a while to get to our gondola. It took a while. When we got on the trip was special, we had a guitarist and a lady singer who serenaded us on a half hour tour through the canals. We did feel privileged and special whilst we were there

d
, Sep 2017

The trip was poor value for the money . Paid for 30 minutes of singing and received only about 4 songs

R
, Sep 2017

My wife and I were celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary so decided what better way than a gondola ride with a serenade. It was amazing...with an accordian player and a singer, my wife and I and the gondolier we passed through the quiet canals of Venice. People on the bridges we passed under took pictures and cheered and some even tossed long stemmed roses to us...truly an amazing experience!

J
, Sep 2017

Amazing! Worth every penny. Expensive but worth it. It was pouring rain as we walked to the meeting point. As soon as we arrived at the campo the rain let up and blue skies arrived. The office was closed, but they had a sign with my name on it notifying the meeting time would be a few minutes later. No problem, because there is a wonderful bar right next door. My wife and I had a nice chardonnay for 5 euro total... excellent. Our guide arrived and led us to the departure point for the gondala. As previous commentators have said, try to stay off your phone/camera. As you glide down the canals, every tourist on every bridge will be taking your picture / video... my wife felt like a celebrity. It's only 40 min / 4 songs, but you have your own private gondalier, accordian player, and singer. Work some extra and splurge.... YOLO

A
, Sep 2017

Great experience! Reached out to the company Bucintoro Viaggi in advance by email to confirm the meeting point and they had someone standing there with a sign with my name so no problems at all with finding them. The musicians guitarist and singer were awesome and attracted a lot of attention from pedestrians and riders in other gondolas. It's a bit pricey and the ride goes by quickly but was worth it for the experience.


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