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!
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 Travelers Choose This Tour
Get a standard Grand Canal tour and explore some rarely-visited waterways.
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.
Quick and easy boarding-Tour guide at designated spot on time and quite cheerful! Well kept vessel for tour and our guide was full of local knowledge and very engaging. We boated through many small canals and finally among the Grand Canal. Perfect day to understand Venice and see many places we needed to walk to on our visit. It was our first time to Venice and the tour was very informative and casual, giving us a good perspective of what to expect on our visit. Highly recommended for first time travelers!
I had booked this tour for our first afternoon in Venice to help us get our bearings and also to give us an introduction to the City.
We had a little difficulty finding the location of the meeting point as there seemed to be two entrances to the Royal Gardens but we stood between the two until we saw a crowd gathering in front of one. From thereonin it was easy enough. The guide led us onto the boat which was a few metres away and we were off. There was enough room for four people to stand at the back of the boat and four people to sit at the front.
We were led down many smaller canals, where we learned about how Venice was built, the way of life, the hospitals, means of transportation etc, before going back on to the Grand Canal where our guide pointed out famous buildings and sights. He also gave us lots of fun facts and made the tour very interesting in the way he presented it. It was a great way to start our trip!
We missed our scheduled tour because the instructions as to where to meet were so vague and unclear it was near impossible to find. Big hint: DO NOT look for a boat or signage near the water. The meet point is actually immediately in front of the gates of the Royal Gardens. Look carefully for the ladies holding A4 sized pieces of paper with Avventure Bellisme printed on it. Thats all the signage there is. Fortunately whilst we missed our appointed trip the company put us on a boat an hour later. The boat tour itself was quite good. The organisation sadly was hopeless. Overall a frustrating and stressful experience. Hence two stars.
This tour was short, sweet and to the point! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and friendly. The boat was a little tight for how many were on the tour, and I wish we had a boat that was open to enjoy the sights a little more. Great tour if you only have a short time in Venice and want the highlight reel of information.
When you first get to Venice the first thing you should do is buy a waterbus pass for the length of your stay. Their waterbus system is extremely efficient. Once you have the pass, you can just sit on the bus for as long as you like and see all of the islands and cancals. The bus seems to be extremely reliable down to the minute and saved my feet! I wish I knew about it the first day. If you get the bus, not much point to this tour.
This was a good tour. The guide was very knowledgeable. We did this the first night in Venice and it definitely helped give us a feel for the layout of the city. It just seems a little expensive for what it was though.