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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

Venezia, Italy

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  • 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Paper ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience Venice in the most Venetian way possible: via a shared gondola ride while being serenaded. Choose between an afternoon or evening ride and then hop on the six-person gondola by a gondolier who is clad in traditional garb. Then begin the ride, as part of a group of eight different gondolas, with a singer aboard one of the boats. In addition to the song being sun to you, enjoy the sites of Venice's main landmarks, including the grand Canal and Palazzo Barberino.
  • Ride on a six-passenger gondola along parts of the Grand Canal and smaller waterways
  • Listen to songs from a singer on board one of the gondolas in your flotilla
  • Drift by top Venice attractions such as Palazzo Barberino and Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum
  • Lose yourself in the romantic melodies as you soak up the passing sights

What's Included

  • Shared gondola ride in a flotilla of gondolas (approx. 30 minutes)
  • Serenade from singer aboard one of flotilla gondolas
  • Guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Gondola Station - Santa Maria del Giglio
    Campiello Traghetto, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    Meeting point: S. Maria del Giglio Gondola Station

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

You can walk around Venice. You could take a water taxi. But, really, there's only one way to get around La Serenissima, as this city of bridges and canals is nicknamed. And that way is by gondola. Decide to take one of four starting times when you book and then, on the day of the ride, head to the gondola pier at Piazza Santa Maria del Giglio in the center of Venice. 

After your arrival, hop on the shared six-seater gondola and sit back and let to your gondolier, clad in traditional clothing, cruise you through the wide and narrow, popular and offbeat canals through Venice. Each gondola holds six people and you will be part of a flotilla of eight gondolas floating together. See the city's main landmarks, including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Grand Canal and various centuries-old palaces. 

At one point during the ride, a singer will board one of the boats and begin crooning traditional Venetian tunes as you float along the canals. Sit back and let your ears take in the gorgeous songs and lose yourself in the sound and the look of Venice. 

After about 35 minutes of floating through this magical city, return to the pier where your gondola ride finishes.

Canal Grande

The Gondola Ride will take you along the Grand Canal, the most famous S shaped Canal of Venice.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Pass By)

Navigating along the Grand Canal, you will see the terrace of the building the hosts the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 5 people per booking
  • Please note that there is no guarantee your party will be seated together
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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Traveler Tips

Waters were choppy from the rain, evening is cooler so bring a jacket.
Expect to stand in a line, even though you have a reservation.
2,499 reviews
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Unfortunate experience
Ariana_C, Oct 2022
Unfortunately this experience was not as promoted. We did not receive a serenade and we had another couple added to our gondola. While there was a musician he was 5 boats ahead (yes, we were grouped with many other boats and not on a private ride) and it was not possible to enjoy him. Additionally, they started our trip 10 minutes late and did not extend our trip.
Terrible tour
Veronica_T, Oct 2022
Booked and expected 30 minute serenaded Gondola ride. Paid more for serenaded Gondola. Went out with 4 other gondolas, one of which had (I think) a guitar player that sang. We sometimes could hear but he was not in our boat as expected. Also, since we went out with other boats first 10 minutes was getting everyone out. So really only a 20 minute ride. Very disappointing. Plus gondolas all over, no need to book a ‘tour’. The spot this tour was is also off the main path. Waste of money.
Definitely choose this Gondola ride.
PENNI_D, Oct 2022
The musicians were great! We had a great time! Would definitely recommend if you are looking at taking an evening ride.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Do not do this!
Karen_T, Oct 2022
It was like a cattle call. Operators were rude. Paid for serenade but it was far far away. Only went around the block. Only 18 min ride. Operators were all yelling at each other
Good Way to lose a lot of money.
Paul_S, Oct 2022
We couldn’t find the pickup area in time and were not able to experience a gondola ride even though we paid €150.00.
Great Excursion!
christineonofry, Oct 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience! Serena was a great guide. Very informative! Thank you. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
1 traveler found this review helpful
Not worth the money
Kayleigh_P, Oct 2022
We experienced this exact ride 4 yrs ago and a wonderful experience we had. This time was so different! The singer was 4 boats back so we could hardly hear him- the gondola driver was constantly talking on his phone too which spoiled the experience. The venetian canals smelt very bad this time round too :(
Gondola and serenade!
Sylvie_R, Oct 2022
Enjoyed the 30 min gondola and serenade. Staff was on time and 6:30 was the perfect time to enjoy the sunset and a full moon. Great experience
We never had a serenade ....
Charlotte_W, Oct 2022
We never had a serenade . A large tour group went infront of us even though we had been waiting 45 minutes for our slot. Awful
1 traveler found this review helpful
Worth it!
Kristina_N, Oct 2022
Is this touristy? Yes should you still do it? Yes! We had a great time - it was a short 30 minutes. We started on the grand canal and then made our way through the smaller canals. We could hear the serenade perfectly in the small canals.
Leo_O, Sep 2022
Night gondola ride with serenade is a must in Venice. The experience was perfect. We had the musicians in our gondola so we didn’t miss a thing!
Accordion Music not a serenade
Tina_D, Sep 2022
A serenade to me is singing. They had an accordion player on another gondola near our group and called it a serenade. Our gondolier was talking on his phone during the tour which I personally find rude. It wasn’t super expensive so we got what we paid for but nothing like the gondola rides of past. The charm has vanished and just a fast buck to them now. Your experience not a priority is my impression but I would still say you want a gondola ride if in Venice.
Don’t do it
Ellen_S, Sep 2022
We rode on the gondola which was ok. The gondola ride was very rocky and when we were getting off the gondola I was about to fall because of how much the gondola rocks and I dropped my phone in the water. They charged me $150 to get my phone out of the water which was technically their fault because of how rocky the gondola was.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing Gondola Ride!
Megan_L, Sep 2022
An amazing gondola ride! Finding the gondola tour was easy and the gondoliers were very helpful in confirming our tickets. I had heard from other gondola tour reviews that some people had to sit on the floor so I was nervous that would happen to us, but they had a lot of boats lined up for all of us so that we only had 4 per boat and comfy seats for everyone, making the experience enjoyable! The views on the water were incredible and the serenade was nice as well! Highly recommend!
Very disappointed and annoyed!
angelica_q, Sep 2022
My wife booked the ride in advance. We got to the dock and what appeared to be the main man - round glasses, roughed up hair, middle aged, scruffy - sat there staring at his phone while my wife tried to check in. A gondola driver sitting next to him commented three times to him about her standing there before he looked up. Then he tells her for us to sit on the bench and wait. We had a set time but I guess that didn’t matter. While sitting there I noticed them looking at tourists, making comments and giggling. Overall, they were rude. The gondola ride was ok. We didn’t get the serenade and felt cheated. My two cents. Waste of time.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Very short ride. No...
Sarah_K, Sep 2022
Very short ride. No serenade as it was advertised. However I did appreciate being kept with the group of my friends. Over all, not a bad experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Would not recommend, not value for money
Varidhi_K, Sep 2022
The gondolier and the actual experience on the boat was great, but everything before and after wasn’t. We were booked for 7:30 pm right, but we arrived early at 6:35 and were told that there is only one option, to take the 630 boats because the 730 has been cancelled. This meant that we got onto the gondola only at 6:38. The singer and the right itself was amazing, the gondolier was very friendly. However we got off shop at seven, which meant we were only on the board for a few 22 minutes. Also expected that we would be out on the bigger canal for longer, it seems that all we did was going to small canals to wait for the other boats in our flotilla to cross us by.
Complete waste of time and money!
Patricia_B, Aug 2022
It was terrible! A complete waste of time and money. We were put in a gondola with two other strangers they got the seat and we were forced to sit on benches facing each other extremely uncomfortable! The gondolier said about five words the whole time. We followed five other gondolas out into the canal and down the canal alley and around the building the serenade was a joke ,another gondola 3 in front of us had the music , a total Cattlecall horrible. Ruined our experience.I want my money back!'!!!!!!!
Total waste of money spent over $150 for four people and wasn’t even serenaded the person that sang was in a different g
Sara_R, Aug 2022
Total waste of money spent over $150 for four people and wasn’t even serenaded the person that sang was in a different gondola. Paid a lot for a bad experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very cool gondola ride,...
Adeline_M, Aug 2022
Very cool gondola ride, but a little concerning safety wise as they did not tie up the gondola for boarding/deboarding. The serenade was nice, but sometimes hard to hear
1 traveler found this review helpful


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