• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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Feel the romance of a classic Venetian experience with a serenaded gondola ride through Venice’s famed canals, capped off by dinner or lunch at a renowned local eatery. Settle into a traditional gondola boat for a 35-minute ride through the Grand Canal and some of the city’s smaller waterways, while onboard musicians provide a passionate soundtrack of Italian ballads. Savor an authentic Venetian meal at the top-rated Hostaria Ai Coristi Restaurant to conclude your enchanted evening or afternoon tour.

Highlights

  • 35-minute Venice gondola ride with serenade plus a meal
  • Share a ride on the Grand Canal and glide down smaller canals
  • Listen to a musician and a singer serenade you aboard one of eight gondolas in your flotilla
  • Enjoy a two-course lunch or dinner at Hostaria Ai Coristi Restaurant

What You Can Expect

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

Enjoy Venice in a Gondola Ride!

The quintessential Venetian experience of a serenaded gondola ride is so beloved by visitors that tours are likely to sell out weeks in advance. Book ahead so you don’t miss out on the ride of a lifetime!

Choose from an afternoon or evening departure, and then make your way to the launch point near the Grand Canal. Climb aboard a traditional polished wooden gondola, which comfortably seats six passengers. These beautiful handcrafted vessels used to be one of the primary modes of transportation for Venetians centuries ago, and their craftsmanship is a time-honored tradition. 

Settle in for the ride as your gondolier skillfully navigates the boat along Venice’s famous Grand Canal using a long wooden oar. Admire the historic homes, palazzos and cathedrals that line the canal as you travel along with a flotilla of several other gondolas. Head through some of the city’s smaller canals where you’ll pass under bridges and get a glimpse of quieter, charming backstreets. Adding to the enchanting atmosphere, a skilled opera singer and musician (usually an accordion or guitar player) will ride aboard one of the gondolas in your group and serenade you with classic Italian ballads.

At the end of your 35-minute ride, disembark at the picturesque Campo Santa Maria del Giglio and make your way through romantic alleyways to the nearby Hostaria Ai Coristi Restaurant. Savor a two-course meal including a fish or meat entrée served with house wine, water and coffee. 

Please note: If you choose a 3:30 pm departure, your meal can be either lunch (served before the gondola ride between 12pm and 3pm) or dinner (enjoyed after the ride between 7pm and 9pm). 

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Customer Reviews

colin m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Very romantic, like being in a movie.

Deketa S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Such an amazing experience. The food and the included restaurant was so good. Definitely bang for your buck with this tour.

Fabio Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We loved the Gondola Serenade and will do it again next trip!!

Todd W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Beautiful ride with amazing seats from Viator! The serenade was fantastic and made the whole experience even better. DO THIS TOUR!!

David R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

From beginning to end, this was fantastic! We had a beautiful night for the gondola ride, the gentleman singing was outstanding, dinner was very good at Ristorante Ai Coristi, and the service across the board was awesome! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Susan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

enjoyable Tour

cynthia p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

I AM ONLY GIVING THE GONDOLA RIDE WITH THE SERENADE THE 5 STARS!!!! IT WAS GREAT AND GOING IN THE EVENING TIME WAS VERY ENJOYABLE.. THE SUN WAS SETTING AND LOTS OF GONDOLA'S WERE OUT..
THE GENTLEMAN THAT DID THE SINGING WAS REALLY GOOD AND YOU COULD UNDERSTAND AND IT WAS FUN..
I WOULD DO THIS AGAIN BUT WITHOUT THE DINNER AND HERE IS WHY---
AFTER THE GONDOLA RIDE THERE REALLY WAS NO GUIDE TO SEE WHO HAD THE DINNER WITH THIS BOOKING..
IT WAS LEFT UP TO ME TO FIND MY WAY TO THE RESTAURANT WHERE I WAS TO HAVE DINNER. IT TOOK ME A WHILE TO FIND THE RESTAURANT
AFTER ASKING A LOT OF PEOPLE I FINALLY FOUND THE RESTAURANT AND TO MY SURPRISE WHEN I WENT IN AND THERE WERE NO OTHER CUSTOMERS IN THIS RESTAURANT HAVING DINNER BAD SIGN. BUT I WAS SEATED AND TOLD WHAT I COULD CHOOSE AND I PICKED A PASTA DISH AND I WAS GIVEN A GLASS OF WINE WITH WATER.. THE PASTA WAS JUST OKAY.. THE WAITER'S WERE VERY NICE BUT IT WAS WEIRD TO BE THE ONLY PERSON IN THAT RESTAURANT.. MY SECOND DISH WAS SALMON BUT I ASSUMED IT WOULD COME WITHOUT THE BONES IN IT AND IT DIDN'T AND I COULDN'T EAT IT.. THE WAITER DID OFFER ME SOMETHING ELSE BUT BEING THE ONLY CUSTOMER MADE ME UNCOMFORTABLE
SO I POLITELY EXCUSED MY SELF AND LEFT..
I HOPE VIATOR DOES A BETTER JOB CHECKING OUT THE RESTAURANT THAT GOES WITH THIS TOUR AND BE SURE IT IS A QUALITY RESTAURANT THEY ARE SENDING YOU TO AND KNOW THAT THE FOOD IS QUALITY ALSO AND HAS A GUIDE THAT CAN DIRECT YOU TO THE RESTAURANT FOR THIS TOUR AND NOT LEAVE IT UP TO YOU.
DEFINITELY GO FOR THE GONDOLA RIDE FOR SURE!!!! YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND A NICE RESTAURANT NEAR BY TO EAT AT AND HAVE A BETTER EXPERIENCE...
CINDY FROM NORTH CAROLINA

gorringe_gang

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We enjoyed our gondola ride very much. Would recommend to anyone .

Kelvin United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The Gondola Ride was brilliant. The difficult bit was getting into and out of the Gondola. The dinner after was also superb and really great value. The waiters were very friendly especially one who, as soon as I told him I could not eat fish, told me - jokingly - that there was fish in everything - even the wine. A really great end to a perfect day

Melinda P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Loved this, so romantic and the meal was wonderful!

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