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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 19/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 19/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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.
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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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Highlights
  • 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
Duration
30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Shared gondola ride in a flotilla of gondolas (approx. 30 minutes)
  • Serenade from singer aboard one of flotilla gondolas
Exclusions
  • 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
  • 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 it...you too will
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from RacheleSacco, Direttore at Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
Responded 23 Feb 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
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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
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Response from RacheleSacco, Direttore at Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
Responded 28 Jan 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
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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
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Response from RacheleSacco, Direttore at Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
Responded 28 Jan 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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Squid93
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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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anastasiaaaa12
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Colourful beauty
This was so fun for my partner and I! When we went, the weather was a bit showery but this didn't ruin our experien
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BigBoss0273
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A bit of a let down
First of all, it did what it was promised to do. We had a 30 minute gondola ride. However, before hand we had to wa
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worldtraveler760686
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Best form of transportation
We booked a water taxi to our hotel from the airport through get your guide. The company was Bucintoro tours in the
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leemx
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Burano was the Highlight
Murano and Torcello were not too memorable, but Burano alone was worth the price of admission. I would recommend e
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Kayla S
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Very nice tour!
I didn't quite like the pacing of the tour. I felt we could have had more time in Burano and less in Murano, but ot
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David G
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Amazing
Venice Italy.......Romantic as hell, Great food and wines.... The sights are amazing...The Gondola ride was interes
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flintton
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A must in Venice
Had to be done as it was our first visit to Venice. The gondoliers were very helpful getting us on and off the gon
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trudy c
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3 in one
Really good way to catch a glimpse of these three islands. Murano we had a visit to the glass factory. Fascinating
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darrenernest
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Scenic gondola ride
Even though the weather wasn't too good (cloudy & cold), we still enjoyed the little trip through the little alleys
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Trail284870
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Gondola ride
This is a must when visiting Venice. Seeing all the homes right on the water. It just amazes me that they're all st
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Evelyn R
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Islands are Beautiful, issues with tickets
I had a lovely time once on the trip however it was not clear on trip advisor that they wouldn't accept my phone ba
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MelissaF96x
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Nice Tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello islands!
This was a great tour, but on the day we went it was quite foggy so while on the boat we couldn't see much of the s
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karencC3937HJ
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Venice was really cold
The walking tour was good other then we were freezing the entire time. BUT we definitely did get to see a lot of gr
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velarava71
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Murano, Burano and Torcello islands
Great to visit these unique islands in the Venetian lagoon. Murano has its glass blowing shops, Burano has the lace
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