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Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade

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Venezia, Italy
Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade

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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
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Riva degli Schiavoni, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

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

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Pass By:  
Gondola Station - Santa Maria del Giglio
The departure point of the Gondola Ride is in Santa Maria del Giglio Gondola Station
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Canal Grande
The Gondola Ride will take you on the Grand Canal, the most famous S shaped Canal of Venice.
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Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Navigating along the Grand Canal, you will see the exterior of the building the hosts the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
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Ponte dell'Accademia
Navigating along the Grand Canal, you will admire the Accademia Bridge, the only wooden bridge existing in Venice.
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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.
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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.
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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Anniversary private gondola ride with serenade
, 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.
Memorable in all the wrong ways
, 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.
Dan H
, Aug 2019
This was everything we hoped for and more. We brought our own bottle of prosecco. The musica was great.
She will never forget it - Amazing
, 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
, 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!
Truly magical experience!!!
, 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.
Unforgettable, amazing!!!!
, 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!!!!
Once in a Lifetime
, 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
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...
My husband surprised me while in...
, 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!

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