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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 Small Group 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

Skip H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I really loved this tour. i am totally in love with the fabulous wooden boats and touring through the smaller canals was just wonderful. Christina, our guide, made the tour very enjoyable. Winter in Venice, while a bit on the cool side, was really worth it to avoid the tourist hordes.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed! Tour guide was excellent, charming and humorous.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Well worth doing, as the views around the canal are fantastic plus you hear the stories about the buildings from a well informed pleasant guide.

Elaine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

An absolutely lovely trip.

Ann C H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very knowledgable and helpful guide. Driver was efficient. Was glad I went on my first night in Venezia to get a feel for not only the lay of the120 islands but learn much history's swell to recall on subsequent vaporetto trips along the Grand Canal,

Ronald B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great guide! We had a wonderful trip through the canals of Venice taking in all the beautiful sites. For people visiting Venice for the first time, I would highly recommend this tour.

Rocco v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very enjoyable. Tour guide very friendly and knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour. I highly recommend taking it!

Robert D D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Toured big and small waterways. Saw all the sights.
Guide was excellent!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Well organised, enjoyable tour.
A very hot day in Venice so nice to finish on this and have some breeze on the water.
Seeing things from the water gives a different perspective.
The groups were small. Our guide was knowledgeable and interested in her subject and made sure that we all got a good view and an enjoyable experience.

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