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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with FREE Murano Art of Glassblowing Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Gondola rides a must-do in Venice
  • Sail past stunning palaces, buildings and charming bridges
  • Cruise along the Grand Canal as well as some of the smaller canals
  • Be serenaded by a local musician as you glide along the Grand Canal
  • The wait for a Gondola Ride can be long when you arrive in Venice - pre book and save time!
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Gondola Ride: 25-30 minutes
    Glassblowing tour: 30 minutes

    Start time

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: 6:30pm and 7:30pm
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: 3:30pm

    Meeting Point

    Gondola Tour: Departs from “Campo Santa Maria del Giglio” in front of hotel Gritti, Venice, 30124.
    Art of Glassblowing Tour: Departs from Clock Tower Near "Yex" Exchange Office (The White Building With The Blue Clock Facade). St. Mark’s Square. Glass Factory Detail: Vetreria Vecchia Murano, Calle Larga San Marco #4392/A, Venezia.
    Please arrive the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time of the tours. .

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Book before 31st July, 2017 and get Murano Art of Glassblowing Tour for FREE!

    A gondola ride is an absolute must do in Venice! Share a approx. 35-minute Gondola Cruise with other travelers along the canals of Venice and be entertained with music and song as you glide along the Canals of enchanting Venice.

    With music filling the air and the wonderful Baroque buildings reflected in the waters, a Gondola ride is truly the best way to experience the magical city of Venice.


    The meeting point for your Venice Gondola ride is Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, a guide will accompany you to board your Gondola nearby.

    Board the distinctive Gondola and cruise along some of Venice’s backstreets as well as the Grand Canal.

    The Grand Canal has been called ‘the finest street in the world”. As your gondolier wearing the traditional costume rows the gondola, you will see a boulevard of baroque palazzo dating from the 12th to the 18th century. Some of the major highlights that you will pass by are Rialto Bridge, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Grand Canal and more.

    During the Gondola ride, a singer will board one of the boats and croon traditional Venetian numbers as you drift on the canal.

    Your gondola ride ends at the starting point.

    Free Murano Art of Glassblowing Tour:
    This tour departs daily at 12pm (noon) from the designated meeting point and will introduce you to the secrets of the Murano Art of glassblowing renowned since years all over the world. The tour includes a visit to a Glass Factory Showroom located near Saint Mark's Square, where you will be told about the origins of the Art of glassblowing, which dates back to the Roman Empire.Following this introduction you will attend to a demonstration by a Master Artisan that using the traditional old style techniques of Glass blowing will create for you a unique glass item. At the end of the tour you will receive a small glass gift as a souvenir of this unforgettable visit. Tour ends here at the glass factory.
    Book your tickets now, offer valid for limited period only.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 30 minutes gondola ride accompanied by live music
    • Free glassblowing demonstration by a master artisan in a glass factory
    • Small glass and souvenir every couple or each family


    • Meals & drinks
    • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Book before 31st July, 2017 and get Murano Art of Glassblowing Tour for FREE!

    Art of Glassblowing Tour is offered in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese (the visit could be multilingual).

    You must print two copies of your confirmation voucher; one for Gondolier and one for Glassblowing tour

    Tours will not operate in the event of bad weather, high tide or Gondolier's strike. Your tour will either be-rearranged or a full refund offered.

    Free for children under 2 years of age, if they're in the arms of their parents (Children should not occupy a seat in the gondola).

    The tour is not private, your Gondola will be shared with other guests, there can be up to 6 people per gondola. Seats will be allocated by the gondolier in order to balance the load on Gondola.

    The tour group "Gondola Serenade" includes a couple of musicians (a singer + a musician) that will be boarded in one of the gondolas to perform throughout the trip, there is not a couple of musicians on each gondola; to permit all participants to listen the serenade, the musicians will board on a gondola in the centre of the row. Generally, Gondoliers do not provide commentary.

    Please note that due to the popularity of the Gondola ride, the boarding area is likely to be crowded.

    Refunds cannot be offered in the case of late arrival and no show.

    We do not recommended this tour for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.This tour can easily be taken by those arriving in Venice as part of a cruise. Most cruise companies offer water taxi transfers into St Marks Square (approx 10 minutes) from where Campo Santa Maria del Giglo is less than a 10 minute walk. Alternatively if you have more time and would like to explore the enchanting back streets of Venice you can walk in around 1 hour.
  • Reviews
    • Awesome experience

      We had classical singers to listen to as we traveled through the narrow canal, there was six of us in the Gondola. It was a lovely experience that anyone who goes to Venice...

      Mrs Iziegbe, United Kingdom, 13/Feb/2017
    • The cherry on the cake

      An enjoyable and memorable experience the highlight of the holiday . A must do !!!...

      Dorielle Caruana, Malta, 14/Feb/2017
    • Song and music on gondola!!

      5 gondolas convoys with one musician's gondola went through small narrow canals approx. 30 minutes. "No music, No gondola !!"...

      MICHIHIRO HAYASHI, Japan, 18/Feb/2017
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