Experience Venice in the most Venetian way possible: via a 35-minute 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.
35-minute Venice shared gondola flotilla ride and serenade
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
Choose from four afternoon and evening departure times to suit your schedule
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.
Needless to say this was a waste of money. Yes we got the gondola ride but the serenade was so far behind us that we could hear it or enjoy it. Our gondola driver was rude and didn’t even try to slow down so we could hear the serenade even after we made it clear we wanted to hear to here. Wouldn’t do this again.
We paid for a 30 minute tour and got 15 minutes. We also paid for a serenade which we didn’t get. My husband did this as a 50th Birthday present. I wouldn’t book again and would just do it when I got out there.
Far from what was expected, this was the worst Gondola and Serenade experience. Very bad customer service. We could not even hear the Serenade as the Gondolas very apart from one another. When we complained the guy who was running our Gondola shouted that he cannot do anything about it. We returned in 20 minutes rather than 30 minutes. I wish I had not wasted my hard earned money on this. I hope I can get some refund as I am going to dispute the payment. Others also were not that satisfied.
This was a great family experience. As a family of 5 with 3 children ages 9, 11 and 13 we thoroughly enjoyed experiencing a gondola ride (which we had to ourselves as the max seems to be 6) going down lots of narrow, interesting canals and under lots of bridges. An excellent, affordable way to experience a very special opportunity in Venice. Highly recommend to families of any ages!
Our gondola driver yelled at everyone who cut him off. As for the Serenade, you are sent out in a group of 5 to 6 gondolas if your the last in the group you cannot hear him. I would find a gondola ride on one of the small canals. My ride was to rushed and crowded
This our 3rd tour through Viator this week and all have been fantastic except this one. The reviews of the $30/per person were the same as I experience for twice the price. The guide was terrible, only spoke to the other drivers. The singer was about 500 feet away we could barely see him. Meanwhile I could see the other boats in the group having a blast. The flotillas really made for more of a city traffic feeling. So disappointed.
Visiting Venice you have to do a gondola ride once. This is a great way to have a semi-private tour and some entertainment at the same time. The singer and the two musicians were very good. It was more fun than I thought it would be.
As far as I’m concerned this is false advertising. There is no serenade. You pay a lot of money to go on s gondola with many other gondolas next to you and one of them carries the singers and accordion player. We were the first gondola on line bc you go through the canals on single file. We barely heard the singer. It is also very quick- you go in a circle. I would recommend to either skip the serenade part and do a regular gondola or spring for a private one with your own singer!
We pre-booked a gondola ride for 6 to include the serenade prior to traveling from the US to Venice Italy. Our flight was cancelled and rescheduled which made us run late for our reservation. I contacted the tour to let them know and rescheduled for the last ride that night. We were 5 min late and turned away. They told us to come back anytime tomorrow and they would honor the ticket. So we came back the following morning and were turned away again. The company told us that because our original reservation was in the evening we must return at that time. We came back that evening and got in line. A huge storm came through and the company immediately shut for the night yelling for everyone to return tomorrow. I’ve tried to contact the company for a morning ride as we have plans tonight. Saddened that I will leave Italy with no gondola experience. I’ve tried to request a refund but can’t until I return home in 2 weeks. That’s a $284.00 loss. We felt pushed around by the locals as they were not too helpful when we were there in person. Hopefully Viator does the right thing and refunds my money.