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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

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What You Can Expect

Venice Canal Cruise: 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

Steve H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour was excellent- only 4 of us. Christina was exceptional. Thorough, interesting and very passionate about Venice.
We saw canals and areas that we probably would not have done.
Well worth the cost
Highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We really enjoyed seeing the Grand Canal and the Jewish ghetto. Our guide was very informative and it was nice to walk around the Jewish ghetto and learn about the history associated with it. It was a great way to see parts of Venice that tourists wouldn't normal see.

Julia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was very nice. We were with one other couple and we got to see all around the Island. It was lovely and the guide did a very nice job of pointing out things and giving us information.

Elizabeth D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We got to see areas that would not have normally been available. Our guide was knowledgeable and explained what we were seeing for the entire tour. he walking tour was very good, too. We were on the water for most of the 4 hours - Venice is an incredible city and this tour was well worth it. There were only 5 of us on the boat so we had plenty of room to move around and get pictures.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour. Our guide was great. Learned a lot.

Warren C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great 2 hours on the water in Venice. Even though the tour was 2 hours our guide made sure that we did not miss any points of interest, including the gondola factory. The private taxi was so good rather than being on a public ferry with people who were not on the same tour. The tour finished at a central point where you were able to continue with your own exploring of this wonderful city. Highly recommended, a must when visiting Venice.

Laurie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour should be taken early in your visit to Venice as it gives an overview of the layout of the city and of course of the way in which the intricate system of canals are the arteries of Venetian life. The trip also includes a quick visit to the Jewish quarters which played an important role in the trade industry that was essential to the area. As with most Viator tours our group was small and our guide was excellent.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great trip. A small group of 6, aboard our own private boat, with cabin or outside space for all, accompanied by an excellent guide called Cristina. A thoroughly enjoyable 2 hours, I would highly recommend it to all new visitors to Venice or indeed to those returning who want to see more than the usual tourist 'hotspots'. We were shown and told many things which you simply could not find on your own. It was my first visit to Venice and I took this on the morning of the first day. It was really interesting, enjoyable and also gave a tremendous overview of areas assisting me in finding my way around afterwards. Such a wonderful tour on a hot summers day and definitely the way to see Venice.

Jason M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was the highlight of our time in Venice. The guide was wonderful and still very in love with Venice. He promised us boat was the best way to get the big picture of Venice and he was right. We also go on and off the boat and were able to see parts of the city we never would have on foot.

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It is a must do if in Venice! You get a completely differenct view point as well as historical information. Well worth the expense!

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