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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade provided by Bucintoro Viaggi S.r.l.

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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 06/19/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/19/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Soak up the romance of Venice on a shared gondola ride through the Grand Canal and the city’s smaller waterways. Pass palaces, bridges, and piazzas in a flotilla of eight gondolas while a singer in one of the boats serenades the group with traditional Italian songs. Much cheaper than a private gondola ride, it’s an affordable way to enjoy a quintessential Venetian experience.
You'll start at
Gondola Station - Santa Maria del Giglio
Campiello Traghetto, 30124 Venezia VE, ItalyMeeting point: S. Maria del Giglio Gondola Station
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    Canal Grande
    Stop: 30 minutes -
    The Gondola Ride will take you along the Grand Canal, the most famous S shaped Canal of Venice.
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    Pass by Peggy Guggenheim Collection
    Pass by Ponte dell'Accademia
    Pass by Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
You'll end at
Gondola Station - Santa Maria del Giglio
Campiello Traghetto, 30124 Venezia VE, ItalyMeeting point: S. Maria del Giglio Gondola Station
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  • Glide through Venice’s famed canals on a shared gondola ride
  • Ride a traditional Venetian gondola down the Grand Canal
  • A singer adds to the romantic atmosphere
  • Get a great view of palaces and other landmarks from the water
What to Expect
Take your pick of different departure times when booking and, on the day of your tour, board a gondola at the pier near Piazza Santa Maria del Giglio in central Venice. Settle into one of six seats as a professional gondolier dressed in traditional garb steers the boat out into the city’s famous canals. Ride along with a flotilla of up to eight gondolas in a shared experience that makes this tour more affordable than private rides. Glide along the most scenic stretch of the Grand Canal for unmatched views of historic palaces, such as Palazzo Barberino, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum, and other Venetian landmarks. A singer aboard one of the gondolas serenades the group with sweet Italian tunes, providing a romantic soundtrack as you turn into smaller, quieter canals. After several minutes on the water, the tour ends back at the starting point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Gondola Station - Santa Maria del Giglio, Campiello Traghetto, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 6 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Arthur Lukhan wrote a review Feb 2020
Durban, South Africa19 contributions6 helpful votes
The gondola is one of the attractions in Venice and you cannot leave Venice without such a ride. Peaceful, exciting and true Venetian atmosphere. A great experience. loved too will
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Date of experience: March 2019
Response from RacheleSacco, Direttore at Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
Responded Feb 23, 2020
Dear joyshreel, thank you for taking some of your time to write this review. We love to read our clients’ feedbacks as they are key to know that we are going in the right direction. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed our Gondola Ride: We really think that it is a once in a lifetime experience and we are glad to have rubbed it off from your bucket list! We hope to see you again in your next visit to Venice! Best regards,
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Rachal B wrote a review Feb 2020
Abilene, Texas37 contributions3 helpful votes
First, it's not only a shared gondola ride, but ours was a whole fleet of gondolas riding together. Real weird. We had people we knew in the group, but they didn't even try to put us all in the same gondola, so my husband and I rode with strangers instead of the people we knew.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Siobhanx2 wrote a review Jan 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom2 contributions
Unless you are in the gondola with the singer you don’t really get the experience you paid for. My gondola was full with 5 people so I got put on the steps to sit!! So no seat and was facing into all the other people not the view. I know the guys steering the gondolas do it
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from RacheleSacco, Direttore at Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
Responded Jan 28, 2020
Dear Siobhanx2, we are really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy our gondola serenade tour. From your review we understand that you had different expectations from what we are actually offering. In fact, our Gondola Serenade is a shared one (as it's stated everywhere) and that's why you can get it at a such competitive price in comparison to a private gondola with live music on board. We also offer private gondola rides for whom would like to have a more exclusive experience and to explore different canals of the city. Thank you for choosing Bucintoro Viaggi, Best regards,
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Ileana M wrote a review Dec 2019
1 contribution3 helpful votes
I was very disappointed in this tour. We only got it because we expected to be serenaded as the description stated. There was one gondola up very ahead of us that had a musician and got the experience we were expecting. The whole tour we kept asking where OUR musician was and we
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Date of experience: December 2019
3 Helpful votes
Response from RacheleSacco, Direttore at Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
Responded Jan 28, 2020
Dear 494ileanam, we are sorry to read that you were disappointed by our tour. We apologise for not meeting your expectations, which were not actually matching to the product you chose. Our Gondola Serenade indeed is a shared ride with one musician singing live on board of one of the gondolas of the flotilla, as it's also stated in the description. We also offer private gondola serenade where you can enjoy a more exclusive experience, but of course they have to be expressly required by the client. Refund can not be accorded as we run/you took part to the tour you purchased (which again is a shared gondola serenade) regularly. Thank you for your understanding, Best regards,
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JavierRebelde wrote a review Dec 2019
Tampa, Florida1 contribution2 helpful votes
So. It was good, a group of gondolas navigating through the canals and a guy played the guitar while another one sings on one of the gondolas. The problem was that they advertised 30min and only lasted 15min. Oh. And at some point the gondolier star talking really loudly with
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Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Bucintoro Viaggi S.r.l.
Cheaper way to experience a Venice classic
Probably not recommended for a couple with romance in mind but a cost effective way to ride in a Gondola with poten
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Enjoyable must-do.
One of the bucket listt things to do in Venice. Thoroughly enjoyable. Could benefit from the gondolier giving a com
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Simon C
Waste of time. Construct your own tour using the ferry boats. The landing at murano was to their glass blowing fact
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Waste of time
I regret not taking vaporetto and going to Burano and Murano by myself. The tour takes you to Murano to the glass f
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Beautiful mirning strolling around 3 unique islands
Each island has its own quirks. Murano glass factory was great, we saw a demonstration of glass products being made
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definitely recommend
Stunning islands to visit! Well worth the small price! We had a lovely time on each island seeing the sites
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Misleading- not just 30 minutes
30-minute gondola ride didn’t include wait time or walking time to the gondolas. We also had to wait whilst a coupl
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good value for money
nice that it was time limited and we didn't use too much time or money... much less crowded than public transportat
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Tyler F
Must do!
It was fantastic! You have to do this tour and see these beautiful cities! Torcello was a little bit of a let down,
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A brilliant half day trip with lots of free time for meandering. Burano is simply stunning. One of the highlight
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A must-do!
A must-do in Venice! I've now done one in the day and one at night and I'd highly recommend a night-time ride. Very
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Overcrowded gondola ride
The gondola ride and gondolier were very nice, but I expected that 30-minute ride for $105 would be just for my fam
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Excellent Value Truely but disappointing information
First I’d like to say I very much enjoyed this tour and I believe at ~€18 it is excellent value and a must to visit
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Wonderful trip to Venetian islands
It is a wonderful tour of three islands that are just a few minutes away from major Venice attractions. Glass facto
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Great way to cover a brief history of Venice.
I liked that we all had an earpiece to hear easily, that our tour guide sought shade wherever possible so we didn't
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