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Don't know if this will post more than once, as my computer shut off before I could submit (I think)..Anyway, this tour, too good for stars or a description! I think if you don't do this tour, you will be missing the best part of Venice! Forget about the simple gondola ride, you have to do the serenade tour! My family and I laughed so hard, we loved the accordion playing of Peter and singing of Francesco! If anyone has Italian roots, this will remind you of your Nono's basement and waiting on Nonna's cooking around the table with a soft tune in the background! Too awesome for words...A MUST DO!
Our experience Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade was fantastic! Our trip to North Italy was my birthday gift. We were very impressed with gondola and serenade where our guide was signing through all our ride which lasted 40 min. Loved the ride, loved the city!! Would definitely recommend! Worth the money :)
Brilliant, great time of day, weather gorgeous.had marvellous singer and accordion player in our gondola which made experience even better. Didn't want it to end. Thanks
Although we had to share our gondola (which I was aware of) it was still a wonderful experience. The gondolier was really funny and a pleasure. The person who sang to us was quite amazing. Loved it!
Loved it!! But would have loved to of heard the cornetto song!!!
Bit disappointed that they weren't dressed with typical outfits and a hat, puffer coat and spiked hair wasn't very traditional!!!
Loved the ride, loved the city!! Would definitely recommend
Wonderful experience-professional and romantic :)
This tour was awesome, and it was an experience not to be missed. The perfect way to see Venice...along the Grand Canal and into the smaller canals. The vocalist who sang and the accordion player were great and it was a fantastic authentic experience.
We really enjoyed this tour and the lovely Italian man singing to us had a beautiful voice and big smile,
For something a bit different, this tour will please. Although it was a bit cold, we had 3 gondolas of people which started in the Grand Canal with some light music from an accordion. When the serenade started, the look on my wife and kids faces was golden. The echos of his voice as we passed thru the smaller canals only added to the relaxing atmosphere. Even the people on the bridges we passed under were mesmerized. Would recommend this to anyone who have already been on a gondola and wants to try something different.
Amazing experience! We started with a tour on the Grand Canal and then we were moving slowly through lovely narrow streets while being serenaded by a singer with an amazing voice. Very special and romantic plus we were really lucky with the weather (beautiful sunny winter day).
Excellent ride, however we did not realize there would be a group of gondola's and only one man serenading for all of us. Had hoped it would have been a little more personal, sadly I did not even get the opportunity to sit beside my husband on this ride as it was our honeymoon. However, little bits aside, it was a great ride. We really enjoyed it!
It was fabulous! Viator was very specific about the meeting place and time. The gondoliers were very courteous and the singer was great. It was a very romantic experience and it surpassed our expectations. Well worth the money! My husband and I were the first to get on, so we got to sit together. Viator is a very credible and reliable company. James and Angie Lehmann
This tour exceeded my expectations! We were unable to book the daytime ride so opted for the 1830 one - what good luck! When we arrived in Venice and took the vaporetto down the Grand Canal we saw the gondolas being buffeted along by the vessels (and there were lots of them, all sizes) on the busy waterway and we didn't really think that the ride looked comfortable or enticing, in fact at times it looked quite scary! However, when we went on our gondola ride the Canal was comparatively quiet and as we glided along it was very calm and peaceful. It was dusk and the palazzos were lit up and everything looked totally different from the daytime vistas, which we saw many times from the vaporettos. There were 8 boats in our flotilla and the singer and an accordionist serenaded us all from one of the other gondolas - a superb rendition which really enhanced the atmosphere. We left the main waterway and silently glided along the narrow canals where the gondoliers were able to demonstrate their effortless skills as we soaked up the Venetian atmosphere...so easy to imagine all the splendour of past times.
I would do this tour again, it was excellent value for money. I would also recommend the evening tours as opposed to the day time ones for the reasons given above.