• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
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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

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Venice Grand Canal Small Group 1-Hour 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

nicole p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Great and fun tour. Wish it was longer. The boat was fast and showed us places we should explore. I had a much better time on this tour than our gondola ride. Really great way to see Venice!

Marie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Loved doing canal in smaller boat with only six on board. Could see everything and ask questions. Very knowledgeable guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Well organized, small group. Great way to get your bearings in beautiful Venice. Also a good way to spend the hottest part of the day on the water!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

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!



5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

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!

Diane H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Our beautiful Venetian guide explained the highlights of Venice to us, explaining its history. Lovely day and wonderful little boat tour. Our boat boarded at the dock near San Marco Square. Very nice sharing the waterway with the gondola's and the vaporettos.

Douglas K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Venice is a great city to just walk around in, but definitely should get a perspective from the water, too, as the canals are really the roads. Our group was about 8 people, and transportation a small water taxi, which was ideal...still fairly small and intimate but able to cover a lot of territory, initially going up a couple of smaller canals, than about halfway around the perimeter of the island, then the full length of the Grand Canal


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Loved this boat tour! Wonderful guide, loved being able to move through the canals and cover more area with the motor boat option.

Alexandra F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was way better and longer than a gondola ride. Not to mention that the boat is bitter/more stable than a gondola. Also, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining, which was a bonus! Highly recommend!

Martin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great little boat tour to get around to see Venices waterways. We were late and missed our original time slot but was allowed on the next one,very good of the tour guide, which I forgot her name but she was excellent and knowledgeable about Venice. Well worth doing it as an introduction to Venice.

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