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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!


  • 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

Nigel W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour and trip along the canal. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered all questions and made the tour very interesting. Definitely recommend, great way to see Venice and take a trip on the canal.

Sonya B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour of the canal was great! It was fun riding in this luxurios Italian Taxi boat. The canal was very busy with boats, gondolas, and vaporettos. Our guide and taxi driver did a good job guiding us through the canal, as well as, pointing out interesting Hollywood tidbits regarding hotels.

Diane E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great basic tour of the grand canal. The guide was informative and friendly.

Theodore P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This is a great tour to take when you arrive in Venice, as an introduction to the city.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great boat tour really informative and funny.

George G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Just right!

Sharyl O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing. Great narrative and wonderful sights. I would recommend this tour.

Tina H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic trip. Tour guide very knowledgeable and you see parts of Venice you might not see otherwise!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour of Venice with a very knowledgeable and fun guide!

Linda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic tour. The guide was funny and knowledgeable and gracious. He really worked hard to share his knowledge with us. can't recommend this tour enough. You get out amongst the neighborhoods and away from the hordes in Venice proper. Money well spent!

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