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Tour code: 2635GRANDCANAL
Discover Venice’s hidden charms on a 2-hour cruise through the city’s secret canals. Watch scenes of daily Venetian life as you glide through the lesser-known neighborhoods of Cannaregio, Dorsoduro and the Jewish Ghetto. A knowledgeable guide will accompany you and share insight into the city’s history, architecture and local legends. For a grand finale, head out into the wider waters of the Grand Canal and float beneath the iconic Rialto Bridge.

Numbers are limited to 9 people on this small-group tour for a personalized experience. 

Highlights

  • 2-hour small-group Venice canal cruise by motorboat including the Grand Canal
  • Explore the waterways of charming Venetian neighborhoods such as Cannaregio, the Jewish Ghetto and Dorsoduro
  • Discover pretty canals away from the well-trodden tourist trail, as well as top Venice attractions such as the Arsenale and Rialto Bridge
  • See craftsmen in work at a Dorsoduro gondola workshop and stop for photos at the Jewish Ghetto
  • Hear stories, anecdotes and snippets of Venetian history from an onboard guide
  • Small-group cruise with a maximum of 9 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Venice Canal Cruise: Grand Canal and Secret Canals by Motorboat

Enjoy your tour around Venice by boat!

See the quieter side of Venice away from the typical tourist track with this small-group canal cruise. Make your way to the departure point near St Mark’s Square to meet your guide and board a comfortable motorboat. Enjoy the quiet charm of Venetian backstreets and observe canal-side scenes of daily life, such as residents hanging up laundry to dry or chatting among sidewalk cafes.

Pass through the gates of Porta dell’Acqua to enter Venice’s 12th-century shipyard known as the Arsenale. Learn how this historic naval depot was once among the greatest in Europe during Venice’s reign as a maritime superpower. 

Next, glide through the narrow, picturesque canals of the Cannaregio neighborhood and make your way to Venice’s Jewish Ghetto. Disembark here for 15-20 minutes to explore the historic quarters by foot and capture photos of the centuries-old buildings that surround the main square. Continue on by boat to the neighborhoods of Santa Croce and Dorsoduro, and pass a traditional gondola workshop where craftspeople carefully carve and finish these classic Venetian vessels by hand.

Finally, make your way out into the wider waters of the Grand Canal for a cruise past the opulent palazzos and churches that line its banks. Float beneath the famous Rialto Bridge before returning to the original departure point near St Mark’s Square.

Customer Reviews

Patsy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A wonderful tour that was so informative and interesting - and FUN. Our tour guide Christina was absolutely wonderful. She was friendly, knowleagble, and also I loved how proud she was of her country too.. and she made the tour so very interesting - and always putting us and our needs first. We saw so many things and places that we just wound have never seen or known about if not going on this wonderful your. Also it was a small friendly group of people on the tour too that by the end of the two hours I felt like id known for years. I highly recommend you take this this tour you will LOVE it! xxx

Kerry M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Highly recommended - great way to see more of the city. Christina was a perfect guide. We were a small group so it was very personal and at our own pace. Really interesting to see quieter parts of this very busy city. Loved the Jewish Quarter.

Julius V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a very memorable experience on our venice Canal Cruise, organized by Viator. The duration of the trip included all the highlights covered in the programme and we were not disappointed. There were some stop-overs which allowed us to visit other interesting parts of Venice that we might have overlooked on our 5 day stay. Christina, our charming and knowledgable host provided us with a running commentary of all the facts relating to the venetian scene. We would not wanted to have missed out on this excursion for all the bridges in Venice !!

tanya c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I definitely recommend this tour. Directions to pick up a bit confusing but did not spoil a thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour. To add to the day the weather was excellent

Ruth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent would recommend to any one who wants to see a little more of hidden Venice. Out tour guide was excellent she made the excursion very interesting

Jeanette D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was an excellent tour, which was well worth the price paid.
Our guide, Christina, was very informative and paced things just right.
She answered our questions and showed us places that we would never have found on our own.
Thoroughly enjoyable

steven b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We found this tour to be thoroughly enjoyable, the guide was very knowledgable and spending a couple of hours on the canals seems appropriate when in Venice. There were a few opportunities to walk around en route and we learnt a lot about the Venice communities thru the generations and about who lived in some of the many magnificent buildings.

Stacey F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Nice overview of Venice with good tips for sightseeing.

S I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great guide, and beautiful boat.

Deborah A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great tour! There were only eight of us plus our guide so we were really able to see all the sights as well as get out of the boat several times to see different areas of the city. It was easy to stand up and take pictures whenever we wanted although beware of the salt spray making spots on your lens. We loved being able to see some of the smaller canals that are only available in this way. We saw parts of the city that we might otherwise have missed such as the Jewish Ghetto and the Gondola Boatyards where the gondolas are built. Our guide was great--very friendly and knowledgeable--and I would highly recommend her. I took her card so that I could include her in my review but alas it disappeared during the rest of our travels. I think her name was Katherine and she was originally from Croatia or the Czech Republic. We enjoyed her tour very much. It was totally worth the cost to see parts of the city that cannot be accessed by vaporetto.

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