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Venezia, Italy
Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade

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Overview

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.
  • 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
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Experienced and licensed local gondolier
Private gondola ride
Serenade
Guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alilaguna & Bucintoro Viaggi , Riva degli Schiavoni, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure point: Alilaguna ticket office, situated in the royal gardens in Saint Mark'square

This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Gondola Station - Santa Maria del Giglio
The departure point of the Gondola Ride is in Santa Maria del Giglio Gondola Station
Pass By:  
Canal Grande
The Gondola Ride will take you on the Grand Canal, the most famous S shaped Canal of Venice.
Pass By:  
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Navigating along the Grand Canal, you will see the exterior of the building the hosts the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Pass By:  
Ponte dell'Accademia
Navigating along the Grand Canal, you will admire the Accademia Bridge, the only wooden bridge existing in Venice.
Pass By:  
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
During this Gondola Ride you will admire the beautiful Santa Maria della Salute Church, built in the 17th century as a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the black plague.
Pass By:  
Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto
Palazzo Barbarigo stands out for its beautiful golden façade made of mosaics of Murano glass.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Each gondola can take 2, 3 people, with a minimum of 2 per gondola
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Bucintoro Viaggi
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.

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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 Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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star-5
Highlight of our trip to Venice
Jonathan_C
, Aug 2022
Lovely experience. Due to a last minute medical issue we had to cancel on the day but they were really accommodating and changed us to the next day at the same time. We felt very special as we entertained the passers by and the restaurants along the canals. Around 30 mins - one of the highlights of our trip.l!!
star-1
Spoiled mood in Venice
Vineel_S
, Jul 2022
We were given a run around of location. Finally the prior ride location put us with other couple who paid less than fourth of what we paid
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Exactly like in the movies
Mindy_H
, Jul 2022
The gondola ride was everything I hoped for and more. The accordion player was excellent, and the singer was clearly a real local dude who enjoyed what he was doing. Our gondolier even got involved and sang a bit (also he was hilarious). People on the streets and in other gondolas were whipping out their phones to record us as we meandered along the canals. I'm SO glad I picked the musical gondola ride. It made my parents' year. I would be remiss not to mention Vanda, the tour company agent who collected us at the meetup point. She was SUPER attentive and friendly. She helped us quickly find a bathroom in the last minutes before the ride (when most of the public bathrooms had already closed - so be careful about that if you book an evening gondola ride). Thanks Vanda!
star-1
Help
Lilly_N
, Jul 2022
Still waiting for my refund. This was the worse experience during my whole trip. We paid $500 for a 20 minute ride that was not pleasant at all. Before check in we kept getting redirected and the ride was not fun at all. After this gondola ride we were not happy so we went on another random gondola ride for $100 for 45 minutes and that ride took us around explaining history on the buildings and the gondola was super friendly. Wish I didn’t book through this app first and just waited. You can find better gondolas everywhere in Venice. After emailing and requesting for a refund we never heard back. Extremely upset. Please refund me.
star-5
Once in a lifetime experience!
Julia_B
, Jun 2022
I bought this gondola ride as a 35th birthday present for my boyfriend. It was a lovely experience! Claudia met us by St Marks Basilica and walked us over to the departure point. It was great to have someone accompany us, and Claudia was so sweet! The gondola and the musicians were ready when we arrived. There was the gondolier, an accordion player, and a singer. The accordion player was great and the singer had such a great energy and voice! This experience is definitely much pricier than other gondola rides, but in the 2 days we were in Venice, we were literally the only people that we saw with a serenade. Everyone else was recording us! Overall a great once in a lifetime experience!
star-5
Unforgettable Highlight of Venice
desireesacdalan
, May 2022
It was one of the most romantic experiences, a private serenade with music with the one you love. This is a must with your spouse, so be romantic and make this once in a lifetime experience happen. They will fall in love with you all over again and be bonded to you for life.
star-1
Didn't get what we ordered and can't get an answer from TripAdvisor
Peter_F
, May 2022
The poor review is all about how TripAdvisor / the operator have handled what could have been a small, correctable issue. The gondola captain and the scenery was wonderful. I purchased a private gondola tour with serenade (yes, the cheese factor was high, but I wanted the surprise). Unfortunately, we didn't receive the serenade during the tour. I contacted TripAdvisor immediately for the partial refund as the difference between the serenade tour and the normal one. That was a month ago. Still no word after 2 emails, multiple chat sessions, etc. TripAdvisor should just do the right thing after not receiving a response from the tour operator for a month.
star-5
Exceptional Experience
Frances_S
, May 2022
We were a little unsure as to what to expect as we hadn’t seen a gondola where they were getting a serenade thus far in our stay. When we arrived at the gondola and realized we had a gondolier, an accordion musician, as well as a singer, we knew we were in for an exceptional experience. The music, the serenade and the atmosphere of a gondola ride at sunset made for an unforgettable experience. Very romantic adventure in the City of Love. Definitely a highlight of the trip!
star-5
Excellent tour.
Sydney_S
, Mar 2022
A very nice experience. The singer and guitarist were both excellent. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.
star-5
Anniversary private gondola ride with serenade
angelanic66
, Nov 2019
This tour couldn't have been any better. My husband and I were very pleased and it made our anniversary fantastic and very memorable. I highly recommend this tour. The singer and accordion player were fantastic. It was the highlight of our time in Venice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Memorable in all the wrong ways
ariel_t
, Sep 2019
I booked this tour for my wife's 50th birthday. We had been looking forward to it for a while. I wanted to surprise my wife with musicians and drinks and snacks. I originally booked it for four people so we wouldn't have to share the gondola with anyone else as it was a very special day and I wanted a romantic experience. I didn't mind paying extra for this. We arrived at the office, where we were told to go, a few minutes before our 7 p.m. scheduled time. We were then directed to go find the gondola, about 10 minutes away. We got there at 7:06 p.m. and were met with a very grouchy gondolier who greeted us with a sour face who unexpectedly said "you're late." My wife didn't appreciate his attitude. They weren't ready for us and still had us wait around for like 10 minutes, so that comment was totally uncalled for. We were told to get in the gondola with the very same rude gondolier, Lucca, and my wife refused. She didn't want the experience she had been waiting for on her special day to be tarnished anymore by this man. Anyone else but him, would have been fine. We were finally paired with a different gondolier despite, Lucca's disapproval who kept mumbling words in Italian as if he was cursing us. We asked the rest of our party to come with, as the musicians never arrived, so we had the two extra seats, nor did the drinks or snacks I paid for. I highly suggest you just book your tour in person, so you know what you're getting, and not be surprised in all the wrong ways by booking online. You will definitely be able to find an available gondola anytime all over Venice as they're just waiting around for tourists to take use their service and you would probably get a better price and not have to experience this nightmare.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect
Dan H
, Aug 2019
This was everything we hoped for and more. We brought our own bottle of prosecco. The musica was great.
star-5
She will never forget it - Amazing
David_N
, Jun 2019
Ignore the cost, this is something your partner will never forget. The music excellent our serenade trip was soooo romantic. everyone stops to listen. This is a MUST DO forget the cost be romantic
star-5
Unforgettable!
surzii
, Oct 2018
To see again Venezia after 28 year was a dream come true! Cannot describe the amazing feeling of a gondola ride with serenade. You just should do it!
star-5
Truly magical experience!!!
LindaG_P
, Aug 2018
This was a "bucket list" experience for me. My husband, 9 year old son and I finished our 10 day Italy trip with 3 days in Venice as a celebration of my 50th birthday and our 20 year wedding anniversary. We booked a private gondola ride to depart about an hour before sunset (for the best lighting), with an onboard musician (accordion player) and singer. We met at the Bucintoro Viaggi Agency about 20 minutes before our scheduled timeslot and were led to our departure point about 10 minutes away, on foot of course. I'm an emotional person to begin with, but when the music and singing started, I was just a puddle! I cried almost the entire time. It was so incredibly romantic and breathtaking. The weather had cooled down to a perfect temperature and the sunlight hitting the buildings and the water were so picturesque- like a postcard.The musicians were happy to take some photos of us throughout the experience and even took requests. "O Sole Mio" is so typical, but I asked for it, and boy- did they deliver!We glided along the smaller canals and onto the Grand Canal as well, so we got some amazing photos and left with an incredible once-in-a-lifetime memory to last forever.Thank you for making our dream come true.
star-5
Unforgettable, amazing!!!!
Francisca_R
, Jul 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!!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Once in a Lifetime
Cody_E
, Jul 2018
Absolutely amazing. The singing and music was the perfect touch. Everyone around the canal was stopping to take pictures of us on the gondola. We only saw a couple with the serenade the whole time we were in Venice. I would highly recommend this
star-5
This was one of the highlights of...
Arthur B
, Jun 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...
star-5
My husband surprised me while in...
Douglas_P
, Apr 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!
star-4
This was one of the planned...
Grace W
, Oct 2017
This was one of the planned highlights of our trip and we had invested in it accordingly. We found the meeting point and waited to meet an agent who took us to a boarding point where we waited for a while to get to our gondola. It took a while. When we got on the trip was special, we had a guitarist and a lady singer who serenaded us on a half hour tour through the canals. We did feel privileged and special whilst we were there

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