Tours & activities by Sacred Destinations from Viator

  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
From USD $108.69

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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:
9:30am: April to October
1:00pm: November to March
Duration:
2 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes near the start point at approximately 4pm

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1:00pm Departure
Code: EN1300

Tour departs at 1pm

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10:00am Departure
Code: EN1000

Tour departs at 10am

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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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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Warren C, September 2016

Great 2 hours on the water in Venice. Even though the tour was 2 hours our guide made sure that we did not miss any points of interest, including the gondola factory. The private taxi was so good rather than being on a public ferry with people who were not on the same tour. The tour finished at a central point where you were able to continue with your own exploring of this wonderful city. Highly recommended, a must when visiting Venice.

Reviewed by: Laurie D, September 2016

This tour should be taken early in your visit to Venice as it gives an overview of the layout of the city and of course of the way in which the intricate system of canals are the arteries of Venetian life. The trip also includes a quick visit to the Jewish quarters which played an important role in the trade industry that was essential to the area. As with most Viator tours our group was small and our guide was excellent.