• 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

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.

Shelli S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

A great way to see and get aquainted with Venice, highly recommend

Stephen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great tour and well worth the money. Guide was great and knowledgeable. Comfortable boat especially on a cold day. On time. Good fun. Gondola ride is good...this was great....Thanks

Phillipa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great to be in a small group. Clean and tidy boat. Guide informative although at times difficult to understand

Matthew D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great trip and guide. The tour provides a superb look at the city. Do the tour on the first day you are there to help get the lay of the city.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I read from a travel book that a tourist should also try the grand canal tour in addition to the gondolas. It gives you a bigger view of the city from the grand canal. I am glad we did this tour!

Debra F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fabulous. Just long enough and a very informative tour guide.

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