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

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

Francisca R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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!!!!

Arthur B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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...

Doug P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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!

Robert I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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!

Justin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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

Andrew L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Tina J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Has such an amazing personal experience with the gondala and serenade has such a good time! Would recommend it to anyone who is planning a gondala ride however the private one with a serenade is the most amazing experience that we will never forget! Thank you so much for the great experience with the fun loving gondileia and the amazing singers who made our trip the most magical experience ever!

Kathleen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

It was excellent!! The accordion and singer were amazing!!! We would highly recommend it.

Mike A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This tour was amazing!

Jen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We had an accordion player, singer, and the gondolier on with us and it was magical! This is such a touristy thing to do but when you go to Venice, you have to do it. Having the serenade was definitely the exception rather than the norm from what we saw. We toured small canals and did a little on the Grand Canal as well.

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