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For the quintessential Venetian experience, take a serenaded gondola ride on the canals of Venice, followed by lunch or dinner – depending on your afternoon or evening selection. You'll swoon to the magic of Venice on your 35-minute gondola ride as you coast down the Grand Canal. Then, wend your way through the city’s romantic minor canals while listening to the serenade. Enjoy a two-course meal at Hostaria Ai Coristi Restaurant, located near Teatro La Fenice (La Fenice Theater).

Likely to Sell-out! Serenaded gondola rides on the canals of Venice regularly sell out weeks in advance. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Settle into your comfortable seat aboard a six-person, 36-foot (11-meter) gondola and be captivated by the glamour and elegance of Venice as you glide through the city’s canals! Reminiscent of a time when gondolas were regularly used by upper class Venetians to traverse the canals, about 500 of the tapered wooden boats exist today, reduced from approximately 10,000 that filled the waterways a couple hundred years ago.

Departing in the afternoon or evening, drift along the Grand Canal and watch as the eye-catching palaces and churches, which line the famous channel, pass by. Your licensed gondolier – wearing classic black pants and striped shirt – will stand and expertly row with one oar through the busy watercourse throughout your 35-minute ride. A musician and a singer will also stand on board one of the boats in your flotilla to accompany your romantic journey with music and a serenade.

Admire other ornately decorated gondolas along the Grand Canal and soak up the quiet atmosphere as you float through Venice’s less crowded, narrow inner canals. At the end of the gondola ride, disembark at Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, one of the most famous piazzas (squares) in Venice.

From here, follow directions to Hostaria Ai Coristi Restaurant, located behind San Fantin Church near La Fenice Theater, for a two-course meal (choice fish or meat dishes), with drinks available at an additional expense.

Please note that you can combine the 3:30pm tour with your choice of lunch (to be taken before the gondola serenade between noon and 3pm) or with dinner (to be taken between 7pm and 9pm).

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Tours

Escorted Tours

If time is short, or you need a hand to unlock the hidden pleasures of Venice, there’s plenty of choice of local experts to help you discover the city and the lagoon on land, water or air.

Boat Tours

Excursions to Murano, Burano and Torcello
+041 529 8711
Four-hour boat trip to the three northern lagoon islands, with a 35 minute stop . at each island.

Gondola Serenade
+041 529 8711
A 40-minute gondola trip down quiet canals, accompanied by musicians and singers.

Grand Canal Tour
+041 529 8711
One-hour boat tour with commentary in Italian, English, French and German . Traverses the Grand Canal from the Giardinetti Reali to the station and returns via the Giudecca and San Giorgio Maggiore.

Il Burchiello
www.ilburchiello.it
Cruises along the Riviera del Brenta, with stops at three important Palladian villas: Pisani, Barchessa Valmarana and Foscari Wilmann. Modern boats with catering, facilities and commentary.

Walking Tours

Venice on Foot
Two-hour walking tour around the main monuments of San Marco. English and French tours leave daily at 9:15 am. Spanish and German tours are also available.
+041 529 8711

Venice on Foot and by Gondola
A combined walking and gondola tour. Tours leave daily at 3:00 pm.
+041 529 8711

Venice Events
www.veniceevents.com
An Anglo-Italian company offering themed tours of the city concentrating on history, art and architecture. It also offers private tours emphasizing anything from museums and scuole to the lagoon and its wildlife.

Adventure Bellissime
www.tours-italy.com
A range of theme-based tours on foot in Venice. A host of options include art and architecture, photography, children’s Venice and specialist shopping. Boat trips around the lagoon and to the islands are also available.

Helicopter-airplane Tours

Venice Water Limousine
http://www.venicewaterlimousine.com/venice_helicopters.php?hlangs=en
The Company offers a wide range of services, from limo to bodyguards and aircrafts.
+39 335 634 7521