Venice Canal Cruise: Grand Canal and Secret Canals by Motorboat

4.5 3 Reviews

  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2635GRANDCANAL
Explore some of the smaller, secret Venetian canals by motorboat on a 2-hour cruise, and discover the neighborhoods of Cannaregio, the Jewish Ghetto and Dorsoduro as well as the Grand Canal, too! While hearing anecdotes and history about the enchanting city from an onboard guide, look out for sights such as the Arsenale shipyard alongside intriguing lesser-known landmarks. See craftsmen at work at a gondola boat workshop, and then finish the cruise on a high note with a jaunt along the glamorous Grand Canal and underneath Rialto Bridge.

Numbers are limited to 9 on this small-group tour ensuring personalized attention at all times.

Highlights

  • Fully narrated tour
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Led by a local guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Small-group tour
Meet your guide in central Venice, near St Mark’s Square, and step aboard your motorboat for a 2-hour tour of the canals. While cruising away from the busy city centre, exploring the lesser-visited canals, look out for the Cattedral di San Pietro di Castello. Hear how the sleepy-looking place of worship served as Venice’s primary cathedral for centuries before Mark’s Basilica was ‘promoted’ from humble chapel status.

Pass alongside more quieter canals, seeing streets lined with drying laundry (a quintessential Venice sight), and enter the Porta dell’Acqua city gates into the impressive Arsenale, Venice’s historical shipyard and naval depot. Built at the start of the 12th century, the Arsenale grew to be one of Europe’s greatest shipyards, producing naval and merchant ships on a mass scale.

Relax as you cruise out of the old shipyard to the Cannaregio neighborhood, where some of the city’s most charming canals are found. Work your way around the quieter waterways, seeing romantic canalside restaurants and bars, and then head into the picturesque area known as the Jewish Ghetto. Enjoy a break of roughly 15-20 minutes to walk about and take photos of the pretty streets, and then continue by boat along the backwater canals of Santa Croce and Dorsoduro.

Loop past one of Dorsoduro’s gondola workshops to see craftsmen at work producing traditional Venetian gondolas, and then cruise down the famous Grand Canal. Have your camera ready to capture sights of the Baroque mansions and churches that line the busy stretch of water, and gaze at the thoroughfare of passing gondolas, vaporetto (water buses) and water taxis — all jostling for space on the water.

Cruise beneath Venice’s iconic Rialto Bridge, and return to the start point near St Mark’s Square where your cruise finishes.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Royal Gardens near St Mark's Square, in central Venice
Departure Time:
2pm
Return Details:
Concludes near the start point at approximately 4pm

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Pricing information

Venice Canal Cruise: Grand Canal and Secret Canals by Motorboat

Jewish Ghetto Canal in Venice

Inclusions:
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by motorboat
  • Stop at the Jewish Ghetto
  • Grand Canal ride
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Tour is not suitable for people in wheelchairs or with walking difficulties as passengers are required to step down onto the boat when boarding. The variation of the level of tides can make the vessel unstable
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Karen B, July 2014

We had Kristina as our guide and she was fabulous. We were able to ask questions about anything, it didn't have to be related to the tour. It tools is to parts of Venice that we wouldn't have visited ourselves eg: The Ghetto. We were fortunate enough to have a small group of 7. We also took our daughters 8 and 10 and they loved the tour and wanted to go again.
Would highly reccommend.

Reviewed by: Ed, July 2014

We enjoyed the tour a lot and were able to see a lot more then we would have been able by foot. The tour guide was great and she explained things very good. We are glad we took the tour.

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