Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour - Reviews

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Linda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Our guide was friendly, informative and spoke perfect English. I wish we had chosen the longer tour we took the shorter of the two options! I wasn't sure our group would have the attention span or endurance for it we had a 9 year old and 2 senior citizens but the time seemed to pass so quickly, and there is so much to see!

Judith S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

This was a fantastic way to see Venice. Think we went into every canal, large and small. Our guide, Julianna not sure name was so knowledgeable and we enjoyed every minute of the tour. The lights came on after dusk, and it was like a fairy tale. Would recommend this tour for everyone. Thanks so much for an experience we will always remember.

Mark K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

This was only an hour but what a wonderful hour! It was pricey since it was a private tour but definitely worth the money! Our guide was born and raised in Venice and was very nice. He was a wealth of information about Venice and helped us understand the geography and history of the city. He was able to balance giving us information with letting us take it all in on our own.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Our guide met us near the Grand Canal and walked us to our water taxi for a one hour tour along the Canal. We had just arrived that morning so were still adjusting to the new time zone and little sleep on the flight over, but she was very informative without being dull in any way. We went along the Grand Canal as well as along some of the quieter canals, and into the Lagoon as well. All in all, a great way to spend a late afternoon hour and a good introduction to Venice.

Lynne D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Great tour. We did this our first night in Venice. We arrived in the late afternoon. This tour was the perfect way to get acclimated to the city. Our guide, Claudia was amazing!

Elliot R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Great way to see Venice and learn a lot more than with a group.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

ABSOLUTELY A MUST...especially if you have a lot of luggage:)) Great service TO and FROM Marco Polo Airport to ANYWHERE in Venice Italy. We will, with no question use this service again!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2012

Excellent tour. This was one of the highlights of our trip. We took it the first evening we were there and it is a great way to get introduced to the city. Our guide Ivanno was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and informative. A great way to see the city.

Jeff Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour as we were able to see more of the Venetian neighborhoods than we would have seen just by walking. Fiona provided excellent historical and architectural information that we would not have learned just from the guide books. She adapted our tour to show what we had not seen, and it was interesting to see more of Venice from the lagoon to understand the city.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2011

This was really worth paying the extra money for and it was our first tour in Venice. Our guide, Iliana went over and above what we were expecting from this tour. Thank you.

Nadeem H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2011

Our guide was a very knowledgeable native Venetian who took us through the canal for two hours and then walked us to our hotel...We enjoyed it immensely !

James F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2009

OUTSTANDING! The tour guide was a native Venetian well versed in the history, art and architecture of Venice. This was my 5th trip to Venice, and my childrens' first, so the idea was more for them, but I enjoyed it just as much. A definite tour to do.

Matthew M

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

Thinking it was just a water tour was a little dissapointing since we had already booked a walking tour. You should make it clear that it consist of a half water tour and half walking tour.


4 star rating: Recommended
April 2012

Good. One hour maybe too short, but we were tired form all the walking.

Anthony H United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2009

Most enjoyable trip and well worth doing. The only way it could be improved is to be supplied with some form of picture together with details of the various places pointed out and seen on the trip, or at least the major places of interest.

Cindy H

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2016

We enjoyed this very much and Barbara very very knowledgeable and friendly. However, they ended the tour 20 minutes early. I was going to complain (should not have to) but the others in my party asked me not to because they didn and #39;t want to spoil what was otherwise an amazing time. Not worth the money


3 star rating: Worth doing
March 2014

The boat taxi touring ride itself was excellent, and including a chance to see both lagoons, the Grand Canal, as well as many of the smaller canals and views. The tour and tour guide were below expectations. The tour guide was late, we waited for him to finish eating before leaving, and his moderating of the tour was modest; in addition, he arranged to stop the boat tour for 2 landings, both of which were interesting and unique, but were not listed by Viator as part of the boat tour and took away from our expensive time on the water. Overall, the taxi tour was among our travel highlights; however, as our first use of Viator, compared with other tour groups, I'd strongly recommend that you more closely evaluate your vendors. Thanks.

Ramkumar V

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2012

What was covered in 2 hours could have been covered by 1 hour. First off, the tour guide did not know it was 2 hours, then the tour started 20 mins late and finally the boat (taxi) had to be replaced. With all these things we managed to finish the tour by 1.5 hours approximately. Money charged for 2 hours is not worth it.

Hon En Joseph L

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2011

was good unfortunately for the fog.


3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2010

The guide was excellent. He really knew his way around. The length of the tour, though, was only 50-55 minutes. The add makes you think it's 2 hours but it's an hour boat ride with an hour walking tour. We couldn't all walk this far so we just did the boat ride. It was very expensive but be sure you know what you are buying. I'd do it again if I went back but the food is horrible in Venice, and very very expensive. Go once. Don't go back.

YanJuan H

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
August 2016

The Private Grand Canal Boat Tour was certainly not Grand as the the tour was entitled. The actual boat provided was a narrow covered boat with a small open seating area the rear, which was a tight fit for just four of us all small/medium framed and therefore, it not allow any room to take any meaningful photographs as there is no room to manoeuvre. In fact, the actual boat is a complete misrepresentation by the Tour writeup and its accompanying photograph. If the tour writeup was accompanied by the photograph of the actual type of boat, I would not have bought the tour for myself and family. Hence, it is not surprising that there is certainly the strong sour taste of being misled.
Furthermore, an hour prior to the tour, I had called the given telephone number to check on the specific location of the meeting place for the tour but I was given incorrect information to wait at the esplanade where there is a wooden booth in front of a flower garden to turn right of St Mark's Square, along the walkway by the waters. We had almost missed the tour completely as we had to rushed frantically to find the right meeting place after being advised by some people at the wooden booth.
However, the guide was knowledgeable and provided adequate commentary on the tour. Our rating would be a one-star rating and this is just for the guide of the tour only, and, for the Tour Company, its administration and logistics of the tour, our rating is a zero-rating.

Wandee S Thailand

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
April 2010

This trip was not good value for the money. It would have been better and far cheaper to spend 20 minutes reading a book, and taking a " Water Bus". The motor launch was 40 minutes late, and the windows were so dirty we had to stop the boat, and unsuccessfully clean the windows with 'salt water '.

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