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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  1 hour 10 minutes
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 August 2015

This was the perfect tour to view Venice by boat. We had a very knowledgeable guide who shared history, humor and her love of her home city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

very nice

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic . Highly Recommended. Best tour in Venice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was nice. A great way to begin touring the area. We would recommend touring the area by boat tour or boat taxi before beginning walking the area. It is a great way to get an overview of the area. Just watch your head when you go under bridges!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour was excellent. Guide was knowledgeable and the tour was taken to interesting locations.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very Good Tour. All the information about the sites were given very clearly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour and awesome guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Loved this tour. We were able to see so much more of Venice. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgable
We were able to take amazing pictures from the boat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Canal Tour was highlight of our trip to Venice. only three couples on our tour boat. went down the entire length of the Grand Canal along with several other side canals. tour guide was excellent. wonderful way to see the City. not comparison to taking a ride on the Vapporetti. sure you see the same stuff, but without any info. this is a must do for anyone staying in Venice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour. Registering and being put into groups was not very well organised.

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