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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:1 hour 10 minutes

Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour

The best way to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of a city built on water is by boat. Gliding through Venice's Grand Canal and minor canals, you'll be introduced to the splendid palaces, churches, bridges, gardens and warehouses lining the city's liquid streets. Your luxurious motor launch boat tour of the Grand Canal brings the magic of Venice alive – ideal for photographers!


  • 70-minute afternoon motor launch tour of Venice
  • Cruise the Grand Canal and minor canals with a local guide
  • Learn the history of St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace in St Mark’s Square
  • Admire the churches of Santa Maria Formosa and San Giovanni e Paolo from the water
  • Travel into the smaller canals to see little-visited parts of Venice

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

An absolute must if you're a first-time visitor to Venice, the Grand Canal boat tour will provide you with memories that will last a lifetime! You'll be able to see more of Venice than you would in a gondola in a shorter amount of time with this motor launch boat.

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What You Can Expect

Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour

Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour

Unlike a gondola ride, this Grand Canal boat tour takes you through many diverse areas of the city for a thorough introduction to the city of Venice. Step foot on your boat near St Mark’s Square, admiring St Mark’s Basilica and Doge's Palace along with other landmarks as you disembark. While you ride, you'll learn about the origins and evolution of the Grand Canal, Venice's most important 'street.’

Marvel at the stunning palaces and churches that line the famous Venetian canal as you pass by squares like Campo Santa Maria Formosa that contain Gothic palaces and churches, like the magnificent San Giovanni e Paolo. Your guide will enlighten your group about Venetian architecture as well as the trade schools of Venice – such as the Scuola Grande di San Marco – that provided the foundations for the mercantile empire to flourish.

Then, take a fascinating journey through Venice’s minor canals to see parts of the city that are seldom visited by tourists. Take in the charming ambiance as you float through these less crowded canals. The boats are small enough to navigate the narrow canals, with enough space for you to comfortably sit outside to take photographs and listen to the detailed commentary provided by your guide. All boats are equipped with microphones and speakers so you can clearly hear the information.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour and great guide, the sites were perfect

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

IThe boat tour was FANTASTIC !!! The guide was great, and the history was amazing. A must
see while in Venice for sure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I was worried at first that this was going to be a big tour and wouldn't be able to see anything on the boat. But we were divided in groups of 10. Half of the group stayed in the front and other half stayed in the back of the boat. Our tour guide, Christina, was great and very informative. It was great to see Venice from the water. Definitely recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic. Of course the scenery was great, but what made it special was the knowledge and cheerfulness of our guide Christina.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide was engaging and knowledgeable. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the city of Venice. One of the best experiences. Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A wonderful way to see Venice. We opted not to take a costly short gondola ride. We throughly enjoyed tthia time seeing the sights and sounds of the canals. Standing in the back of this water taxi tour boat gave us a birds eye view of the canals with our very knowledgeable tour guide . Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very well done and great tour guide full of interesting information! I would definitely recommend this to a friend was so lovely seeing the island from a different perspective as I was keen to do a gondola ride haha.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great overview of venice and being able to see the sights from the water!! Excellent tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Perfect! Our tour guide Christina was very friendly, and informative about the various sites in Venice, along with fun behind the scenes facts. And best of all, NO WALKING! Your get to enjoy Venice with all its charm from a relaxing seat in a boat. This is by far better than the walking tours, and the gondolas!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great Tour. Very well worth going. Small group of people. Very informative guide. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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