Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

Waft by the beautiful sights of Venice on a 35-minute shared gondola ride and enjoy a serenade, too. Select an afternoon or evening trip, be welcomed aboard your six-passenger gondola by a traditionally dressed gondolier, and set off in a group of around eight gondolas, with a singer aboard one of the boats. Admire the Rialto Bridge, Palazzo Barberino and other romantic landmarks as your flotilla navigates the Grand Canal and smaller waterways, and soak up the dulcet melodies from the flotilla’s singer along the way!

What You Can Expect

Enjoy a shared gondola ride and serenade on the Venetian waterways
Enjoy a shared gondola ride and serenade on the Venetian waterways

Choose from one of four start times when you book and, on the day, make your own way to the gondola pier near Santa Maria del Giglio Square in central Venice.

When you’re ready, be shown onto your shared gondola by a traditionally dressed gondolier. Each gondola seats six people, and your craft will be just one of a group of around eight gondolas that will cruise the canals together as a flotilla. A singer will board one of the gondolas in the flotilla and will serenade your group of shared gondolas as you waft along the waters.

Sit back on your seat and soak up the gorgeous scenes as your gondola bobs along some of Venice’s prettiest waterways. Dip into romantic side canals and drift along a stretch of the Grand Canal past exquisite mansions and landmarks such as the Palazzo Barberino.

Enjoy the dulcet tones and melodies of the singer traveling with your flotilla as the notes drift through the air around your gondola. Lose yourself in the Italian songs as you watch for top Venice attractions including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum and the Rialto, the stunning marble bridge designed by one of the finest Italian architects of the 16th century – Anthony da Ponte.

After around 35 minutes of gliding along and around the Grand Canal, return to the start pier where your gondola ride finishes.

Days of Service




  • Shared gondola ride in a flotilla of gondolas (approx. 35 minutes)
  • Serenade from singer aboard one of flotilla gondolas


  • Guide
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Voucher Information

You must present a paper voucher for this tour. We will email a link to access and print your voucher at the Lead Travelers email address.

Schedule and Pricing

Departure/Exchange Point

Near Santa Maria del Giglio Square, central Venice


35 minutes

Return Details

Returns to original departure point


Refunds, when possible, must be requested at least 4 business days prior to the travel date. Refunds are subject to a 7% administration fee. The Rail Protection Plan™ does not apply.

Note: Tours may be delayed or run late. Please plan accordingly.

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Customer Reviews

arthur f

January 2016

Not as romantic as the photo, but an amazing once in a lifetime experience. About 15 min on the grand canal - which is more than enough - think I-95 or I-5 ! then down some of the smaller canals for another half hour which are a delightful trip. The serenade was wonderful. The trip length was just right. Highly recommended.

Lisa R

January 2016

We had the accordion player and the singer in our gondola! It was such a nice ride. Definitely a must do in Venice!

Michael R

December 2015

Fantastic, would do again!

Ann B

December 2015

Great fun. Well worth doing.


December 2015

This was well worth it!

aida v

December 2015

The singing was marvelous.

Zeida H

November 2015

It was a fun tour ...


November 2015

Really enjoyed our gondola ride with viator. It was on time, I also got reminders from viator which was great. The serenade was great. I would highly recommend.


November 2015


Cristina G

November 2015

If you can do it this is a great experience. I highly recommend it. Our scheduled time was not totally correct and we waited for over an hour so beware of that but they noticed we waited and let us in first. It was fun and lovely.

Eulalio M

October 2015

Very romantic and unique.


November 2015

The Gondola ride was awesome. The Serenade from the singer was moving. We hoped the ride could be longer because it was so beautiful. Of course I'll recommend!

Carolyn B

October 2015

Highly recommend this - it was an unforgettable experience indeed. A 'must-do' activity in Venice :-

Kenneth D

October 2015

Gondola Ride and Serenade was awesome. Great gondolier, good route, and good serenade!

Kathleen L

October 2015

Excellent tour! Is a great way to start your trip in Venice. The serenade was well worth it. Definitely recommend.


October 2015

Great choice.

Jennifer E

October 2015

I thought this might be cheesy, but it was really fun! I'm very glad we did this and booked it ahead of time from home.

Carlos I

October 2015

Great ride around Venice very romantic, all on time


October 2015

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the serenade. We didn't intend on booking it but it definitely added to the atmosphere! Gives you a more cultural experience. Would definitely do it again! Worth every cent.

Shu Lynn T

October 2015

Not to be missed. Ride could have been longer though :)

Chris and Dave

October 2015

Wonderful experience!! The Gondoliers and Musicians were amazing. Venice is a beautiful place to say the least. This tour truly gave an unforgettable experience with sights from a completely different point of view.

Thank you so much,
David Forbes and Family

Peter S

September 2015

It was our 30th wedding anniversary. I mean this is the quintessential Venice experience right? It was great! It would have been nicer if it was just the 2 of us on the gondola but it was fantastic nonetheless. The artists did not disappoint. So much fun, so corny, so romantic!

Agnes Y

September 2015

So romantic! I bought this package as my husband birthday present and we enjoyed it so much!

David S

September 2015

Thank you for this amazing experience! We'll never forget our romantic gondola ride with beautiful Italian songs... We got lucky - got the love seat, and the musicians were in our gondola. Unforgettable!