Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour

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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2635VENCAN
The best way to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of a city built on water is by boat. Gliding through Venice's Grand Canal and minor canals, you'll be introduced to the splendid palaces, churches, bridges, gardens and warehouses lining the city's liquid streets. Your luxurious motor launch boat tour of the Grand Canal brings the magic of Venice alive – ideal for photographers!


  • Recorded commentary by audio headphones
  • Free drinks included
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
Unlike a gondola ride, this Grand Canal boat tour takes you through many diverse areas of the city for a thorough introduction to the city of Venice. Step foot on your boat near St Mark’s Square, admiring St Mark’s Basilica and Doge's Palace along with other landmarks as you disembark. While you ride, you'll learn about the origins and evolution of the Grand Canal, Venice's most important 'street.’

Marvel at the stunning palaces and churches that line the famous Venetian canal as you pass by squares like Campo Santa Maria Formosa that contain Gothic palaces and churches, like the magnificent San Giovanni e Paolo. Your guide will enlighten your group about Venetian architecture as well as the trade schools of Venice – such as the Scuola Grande di San Marco – that provided the foundations for the mercantile empire to flourish.

Then, take a fascinating journey through Venice’s minor canals to see parts of the city that are seldom visited by tourists. Take in the charming ambiance as you float through these less crowded canals. The boats are small enough to navigate the narrow canals, with enough space for you to comfortably sit outside to take photographs and listen to the detailed commentary provided by your guide. All boats are equipped with microphones and speakers so you can clearly hear the information.

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Tour departs near St. Mark's Square
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  • October 26 to November 14: 2:30pm
  • November 15 to March 13: 3:15pm
  • March 14 to March 31: 4:30pm
  • April 1 to October 23: 4pm or 5pm - Monday to Saturday
  • April 1 to October 23: 4:30pm or 5:30pm - Sundays
60 minutes (approx.)
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Returns to original departure point

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Departure at 2:30pm
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Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour. Starts at 2:30pm

USD $51.98
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Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour. Starts at 3:15pm

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Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour. Starts at 4pm

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Departure at 4:30pm
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Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour. Starts at 4:30pm

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Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour. Starts at 5pm

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Departure at 5:30
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Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour. Starts at 5:30pm

USD $51.98
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Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour

Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour

  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, 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.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Chris A, November 2015

This was actually a really great tour to do. I was travelling on my own and really wanted to see parts of Venice that are not on the tourist track. So this was a perfect way to see some of the neighbourhoods from the water. Plus having the tour guide was wonderful to explain what's what. Highly recommend. Especially good if you are doing a short stay and big to do list. I would put this at the top.

Reviewed by: Kate F, November 2015

We had the lively and lovely Georgia guiding our tour. It was the perfect amount of time and a great general over view of the main artery of Venice - the Grand Canal.

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Tour code: 2635VENCAN