4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Venice Canal Cruise: Grand Canal and Secret Canals by Motorboat. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Expensive but excellent. We've been to Venice four times and this was the best thing we've ever done there..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This was the perfect tour, we definitely recommend it. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was really nice to take the canal tour on a small boat with only a few other people, as opposed to some of the other large tour boats in Venice which cram as many people on board as possible.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Was expensive, but certainly got to see areas of the canals you wouldn't by walking around. Commentary was very informative and sights incredibly interesting. Well worth doing, especially if short on time to walk everywhere.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Excellent! So informative, guide, Cristiano was lovely and funny! Would highly recommend this trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was exceptional. The tour guide was very knowledgable and entertaining. We felt really special with such a small group in the boat. Be sure to find the meeting spot early we got lost in the small winding streets trying to get there and almost were late.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Knowledgeable guide and good boat captain. Saw some really interesting sights.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Another very talented lady guide with a great sense of humour as well. Enjoyed this tour and was very good value for the $$

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

If you only have the time or desire to do only one thing in Venice this is it. Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient answering the groups questions. The group size of 8 was great to. We were lucky everyone understood English so the guide was able to do the whole tour without subtitles! Considering our taxi ride from the train station to our hotel cost 80 Euros this 2.5 hour taxi tour was a fantastic bargain with a guide and very interesting destinations thrown in. Book it you won't regret it my wife and are still talking about it. R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Our guide was very good and fun! Our boat was comfortable. We were able to see places in Venice that we wouldn't of discovered on our own. This tour was not overbooked. Only 6 of us.....made the tour not feel crowded.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2014

Christina was a superb guide and the Ghetto tour was memorable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

We met our guide by the royal gardens Near St Marks just near the Vaperetto stops. She was hard to stop as she had no sign but there was a chap in there holding various tour signs up and he pointed her out. It was a small friendly group and the tour guide was really informative. It's more expensive than the other tours but well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

this for me was the highpoint of venice. the man guide was funny and friendly. it was us and another lady with her kids from canada so it was english throughout. we saw a lot of places we wouldnt have otherwise seen like the jewish ghetto and the gondola factory. i would go again in a heartbeat if im ever back in venice. this was the best thing about the place

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Fabulous overview of the city!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

We had Kristina as our guide and she was fabulous. We were able to ask questions about anything, it didn't have to be related to the tour. It tools is to parts of Venice that we wouldn't have visited ourselves eg: The Ghetto. We were fortunate enough to have a small group of 7. We also took our daughters 8 and 10 and they loved the tour and wanted to go again.
Would highly reccommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

We enjoyed the tour a lot and were able to see a lot more then we would have been able by foot. The tour guide was great and she explained things very good. We are glad we took the tour.

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2014

Good guide

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2015

I really wanted to love this tour, and really, any boat tour on the canals of Venice will give outstanding views however, if it is information you are after, this tour had some difficulty delivering it. There were only six of us on the boat which I believe is like a water taxi, and, after a bit of confusion, located the tour guide at the front of the Royal Gardens. Sitting inside the cabin would prevent any clear views for picture taking, so we ended up at the back bench, with the best views appreciated from a standing position. Sergio was pleasant enough and had a lot of information to share. Unfortunately, over the roar of the boats engine and outdoor noise, and perhaps due to his different inflection in English, very little of it could be heard or understood from his perch at the front through the weak speaker system, from either inside the cabin or the back bench. We let him know that he couldnt be heard, but was unable to fix the problem. At first I tried to lip read, but then resigned myself to getting an informative book on the area later and enjoying the view. The boat travelled to the Arsenale and Biennale areas, the Jewish Ghetto for a brief walking tour, and through a number of smaller canals. Ducking under the bridges was fun and memorable. I felt it was rather expensive, but did give us all the vantage points were looking for, as opposed to a gondola ride.

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2014

Tour was interesting as you got to see and hear about different areas of Venice and it's history. The one disappointing thing about Venice is the growing number of Roma Gypsies who continually annoy tourists. The authorities need to address this as it could spoil Venice as a tourist attraction.

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2014

This is worth doing if you'd like to see the waterways in and around Venice and have someone talk about the history and answer questions. Our guide was very upbeat and knew her stuff. For the cost, I think we should have explored a bit more - perhaps gone to the Lido or another island for a brief visit.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
December 2014

Horrid directions, never found the guide. Money wasted.

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