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A Taste of Italy

Gig Harbor Gondola

Living in Gig Harbor provides us with unique opportunities to enjoy not only the beautiful views but to also recreate in the harbor. Whether it is boating, kayaking or fishing, the opportunities to enjoy the harbor are abundant. And thanks to John Synco, those in our community are finding even more ways to be creative when it comes to planning their outings.

It has been just over a year since Synco launched his business, Gig Harbor Gondola, and the response has been amazing. People are discovering and taking advantage of a new and unique way to celebrate life’s special moments.

Gig Harbor Gondola provides the perfect venue for a romantic date, a special event, photo shoots, video shoots and more. Synco also is available for private parties and pick-ups and drop-offs for those who live on the water.

With private outings for anywhere from two to six people, Synco provides his guests with a 60 or 90-minute ride around the harbor as well as an appetizer prepared by the Harbor General Store.

“When you are on the gondola, you’re sitting among friends or family,” said Synco of the peaceful and fun experience. “Guests are free to bring their own beverage and any additional food they desire.”

Synco provides his guests with blankets and can accommodate any beverage by opening and offering cups or glasses if needed.

Synco said that to his knowledge Gig Harbor Gondola is the only business of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. He first became a gondolier in 2002 and has worked in Long Beach, California and lived in Edmonds prior to his move with his wife and daughter to Gig Harbor in May of 2015.

As your gondolier, Synco said he welcomes most out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to providing a customized experience for his guests. Whether it is a night that takes them out for a beer at a local bar or dinner at a waterside restaurant, Synco makes an enjoyable experience for all.

“Life slows down and pure relaxation takes over when you take a seat on an authentic Venetian gondola,” shared Synco, whose gondola is named Nelly, a name given by the original gondolier in Venice in honor of his mother. “The guests’ only job is to sit back, enjoy their company and the beautiful scenery. Being propelled by oar means each ride is peaceful, allowing you to hear the beauty of the harbor.”

Eager to give back to the community he now calls home, Synco has donated several gondola rides to many organizations in Pierce County to help them raise money. He loves Gig Harbor and looks forward to becoming even more involved in the community in the years to come.

If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift for those on your list this year, Gig Harbor Gondola has gift certificates available. And as long as the weather agrees, Synco said his December cruises will be full of lights and cheer.

“I tell my guests to simply dress for the chill and bring some seasonal, hot beverage reminiscent of the season,” said Synco. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty and sounds of the harbor!

Gig Harbor Gondola

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard

3117 Harborview Dr.

Gig Harbor, WA 98335


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