• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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Discover Venice’s hidden gems on a 2-hour cruise through the city’s secret canals. Watch scenes of daily Venetian life as you glide through the lesser-known neighborhoods of Cannaregio, Dorsoduro and the Jewish Ghetto. A guide will share insight into the city’s history, architecture and local legends. For a grand finale, head out into the wider waters of the Grand Canal and float beneath the iconic Rialto Bridge. Numbers are limited to nine people on this small-group tour for a more intimate experience.


  • 2-hour small-group Venice canal cruise by motorboat including the Grand Canal
  • Explore the waterways of charming Venetian neighborhoods such as Cannaregio, the Jewish Ghetto and Dorsoduro
  • Discover canals away from the tourist trail, as well as attractions such as the Arsenale and Rialto Bridge
  • See craftsmen in work at a Dorsoduro gondola workshop and stop for photos at the Jewish Ghetto
  • Hear stories, anecdotes and snippets of Venetian history from an onboard guide
  • Small-group cruise with a maximum of 9 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Small Group Tour by Boat

Enjoy your tour around Venice by boat!

See the quieter side of Venice with this small-group canal cruise. Make your way to the departure point near St Mark’s Square to meet your guide and board a comfortable motorboat. Enjoy the quiet charm of Venetian backstreets and observe canal-side scenes of daily life.

Pass through the gates of Porta dell’Acqua to enter Venice’s 12th-century shipyard known as the Arsenale. Learn how this historic naval depot was once among the greatest in Europe during Venice’s reign as a maritime superpower. 

Next, glide through the narrow, picturesque canals of the Cannaregio neighborhood and make your way to Venice’s Jewish Ghetto. Disembark here for 15-20 minutes to explore the historic quarters by foot and capture photos of the centuries-old buildings that surround the main square.

Continue on by boat to the neighborhoods of Santa Croce and Dorsoduro, and pass a traditional gondola workshop where craftspeople carefully carve and finish these classic Venetian vessels by hand.

Finally, make your way out into the wider waters of the Grand Canal for a cruise past the opulent squares and churches that line its banks. Float beneath the famous Rialto Bridge before returning to the original departure point near St Mark’s Square.

Customer Reviews

Juanita B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was a wonderful tour. Christiana was very knowledgeable about the history of Venice and the neighborhoods along the canal. We were able to see sites that you can't see on gondola rides. I also particularly enjoyed walking through the Jewish Ghetto and viewing the monuments.

Christiana was very personable and professional.

Kari C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Great! Fun and informative!

Harvey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent tour - extremely interesting - loved seeing the different types of boats used.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The tour guide was very knowledgeable on the history and even many fun facts. With this tour, you really feel like you have been able to experience Venice in a unique way. Definitely recommend this tour.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our tour was changed to one hour, but we were notified well in advance. Our guide, Christina, was excellent, even in very cold conditions. Highly recommend.

Sally E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The cruise was great. I really liked that it was a small group. Our guide was wonderful. She brought the history and magic of Venice to life.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

My husband and I loved this small group tour. Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable! Would definitely recommend this tour!

Nicholas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a fabulous way to see Venice by boat. It was the size of and same type of boat as the water taxis. The guide was very informative. It was a small group. He covered most of the Grand Canal, got off briefly in the Jewish Getto, and saw some of the less touristy back canals. Really an awesome tour, well worth it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

What a way to see Venice! Loved the tour

The only downside - one of the boat drivers was on the phone speaking loudly during the early part of the tour which made it difficult to hear the guide. Several of us talked to the tour guide, she immediately spoke with him, it stopped.

Jana F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Loved cruising around the island and learning all about Venice. Our guide Cristina spoke excellent english and was very knowledgable. The time flew by before we realized it it was over. Highly recommend this tour for an overview of some of the best of Venice.

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