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Experience the beauty of Venice by boat with this Grand Canal Tour of the city built on water. Glide through the placid waters past palaces, churches, gardens and bridges as you make your way along the iconic waterway. Then journey into some of the minor canals on this luxury motorboat. Bring the magic of these liquid streets to life on a tour that’s ideal for lovers, photographers and travelers!

Highlights

  • 1-hour 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

Explore the liquid streets of Venice on this Grand Canal Boat Tour. Journey through the diverse areas of the city aboard a luxury boat that departs from St Mark’s Square. You’ll learn about the most important waterway in Venice as you make your way past St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and other landmarks.

Your guide will point out palaces and city squares, like Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where gothic architecture and old-world charm reign supreme. You’ll hear about the local trade schools that teach mercantile traditions that allow the city to flourish.

After exploring the Grand Canal, head off to some of Venice’s minor waterways, where you’ll see parts of the city rarely visited by tourists. It’s the best way to experience the beauty and charm of this old world city, complete with comfortable transport and a knowledgeable guide.

Customer Reviews

Kristine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fantastic experience and great tour guide. Christine Highly recommend. We arrived early in the afternoon and did this tour Late afternoon on the first day. Gives you an overview of the city and then you can explore areas that you like. Gives you a view from the canal and goes to smaller canals as well. Like the size of the group. Tourists just remember to look for your guides in front of the gardens. Instructions clearly state this but I was looking for people on the water front. Well worth it.

Peggy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very, Very disappointed in this tour. The boat driver kept talking constantly on the radio and we could not hear the tour guide. The tour guide seemed much more interested in waving to his friends and making pretty lame jokes. When asked a question his answers were very superficial. Our two subsequent tours left this one in the dust.

Anne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fabulous tour ! We started our 3 day trip to Venice with this tour. It was such an amazing experience and a perfect start to give us an overall view of Venice and it's history.
The tour was on schedule and our guide was very informative and enthusiastic. Plenty of space on the boat to take photos as there was only 8 people on board.
We booked 3 tours with Viator.com online. They were extremely efficient and our booking confirmations were e mailed to us in plenty time. It was a simple process and everything went according to plan.

Erica D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Wonderful tour! Really enjoyed the sights and getting to learn more about the city. The tour guide was very friendly and informative.

Daniela T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Was the best part of my stay in Venice

Mickey K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a beautiful sight-seeing experience.

Deb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Started our trip with the Tour and it was beyond our expectations.

Chris A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was actually a really great tour to do. I was travelling on my own and really wanted to see parts of Venice that are not on the tourist track. So this was a perfect way to see some of the neighbourhoods from the water. Plus having the tour guide was wonderful to explain what's what. Highly recommend. Especially good if you are doing a short stay and big to do list. I would put this at the top.

Kate F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had the lively and lovely Georgia guiding our tour. It was the perfect amount of time and a great general over view of the main artery of Venice - the Grand Canal.

Mrs C Hulme H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was great. Small groups so not jammed packed and saw so much of Venice that would would of not otherwise - plus the guide was informative and fun. They were so helpful - we took my 83 old mother and they really were considerate

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