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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

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade

Private Gondola Serenade on the Canals of Venice

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.

Customer Reviews

Bob and Michele United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

One of the best things we did in Venice. It brought tears to her eyes. She loved it! It was perfect.

JoEllen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

OMG this was amazing, we were the envy of alot of the people in other gondolas. Our singer was spectacular, people were cheering along with us.
The private ride is well worth the extra cost.

Michael M A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My wife thought we were just taking a regular gondola ride. She was very surprised to see the singer and accordion player climb on board as well! While the tour is pricey, it was worth it. Both musicians were fantastic! I noticed that as soon as the singer starts, your boat instantly becomes a magnet for cell phone video. Everyone walking by was filming us. If that kind of thing makes you uncomfortable, this isn't the tour for you. We don't mind that so we had a blast! Our gondolier was great, too. Very quiet, but when he spoke he was very funny. I would definitely do this tour again!!!

Victoria T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Yes, it is expensive. But if you want a romantic boat ride, this is it. In the two days we spent in Venice, we rarely saw any other gondolas with serenades. It really stuck out as something special and we really enjoyed our specific soloist - his voice was wonderful and I know we will always associate our ride with our time in the city.

Lacey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great entertainment. Very nice experience!

Jennifer P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Thought this would be cheesy but was actually a cool experience. Accordion player and singer were extremely talented. There were many gondolas in the small canals but this is the only one I saw with music and singing. Everything went smoothly and was well organized.

Nicholas A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Magical experience. I was surprised that more people did not take advantage of this wonderful, once in a lifetime opportunity. The singer and musician were delightful, on-time and completely engaged throughout the entire ride. All the passing boats and people on the bridges pulled out their cameras to capture the our excitement. I caputure many momemts on my iPhone that will be cherished for many years to come. I highly recommend. Be prepared to find the office which is tricky to find so use your GPS. From there they walk you to the loading area where you will be placed in your gondola along with awaiting singer and musician. It could not have been more enjoyable!

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Unbelievable experience!!! Best gondolier ever and the serenade was so beautiful!!

Carlos G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very overpriced during high season, but well worth it. Unforgettable experience..,

Arturo A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The people from the agency walked us over to the where the gondola was and since we booked a private one for 2 they ensured that was what we got. the gondola people kept trying to put us a group gondola. the musicians were professional and great. this was truly a great experience

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