4.5 star rating: Recommended 412 Reviews

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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!

Highlights

  • 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 September 2014

We were on a Tauck Tour which was wonderful, but which did not include a Grand Canal tour. Realizing this, we accessed "Grand Canal Tours", found Viator's, booked it on line a week before we were due to arrive in Venice, with no problem. We took the tour at 5:30 pm on the afternoon of our first day in Venice and found it to be a peerless orientation to that magical city. Our tour guide, Christina was welcoming, knowledgeable and beautiful. What a grand introduction to a grand city!
Feel free to use this endorsement as you will.
Many thanks!!!
-Keith Betten

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

I really enjoyed the Grand Canal Boat tour. The tour guide was very informative and friendly. I highly recommend this tour.

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