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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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

Patricia R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent! Great time! Enjoyed from start to finish; I highly would recommend!

Sheila S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was amazing. I did not expect an accordion player and a singer in addition to the gondola driver When we booked the tour, we thought it was just a singing gondola driver. It was our 50th wedding anniversary and we wanted a private gondola and we couldn't have asked for more. They played and sang beautifully. So romantic it still brings tears to my eyes.

Juan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Although we would have wanted it to be longer, it was only because of how wonderful it was. We loved every second of it. It is a little bit pricey, but totally worth it.

Anthea C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The ride and the serenade were first class. Did we need to prebook?? Not sure there were only about half a dozen people in the queue. The board said 41 Euros for a 30 minute serenaded gondola ride I paid about 233!!

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