Private Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal And Secret Canals

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    04:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Giardini Reali, San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Explore some of the smaller, secret Venetian canals by motorboat on this 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.


  • Small-group tour
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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Meet your guide in central Venice, near St Marks Square, and step aboard your motorboat for a 2-hour tour of the canals. While cruising away from the busy city center, exploring the lesser-visited canals, look out for the Cathedral di San Pietro di Castello. Hear how the sleepy-looking place of worship served as Venices primary cathedral for centuries before Marks 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 del aqua city gates into the impressive Arsenale, Venice's historic shipyard and naval depot. Built at the start of the 12th century, the Arsenale grew to be one of Europes 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

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 Dorsoduros 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 Marks Square where your cruise finishes.


Professional English-speaking guide

Luxurious motor-launch

Stop at the Jewish Ghetto

Grand Canal ride

Enter via the Porta dellAcqua into the impressive Arsenal, the historic shipyard of Venice

Stop by a Gondola Shipyard in the charming Dorsoduro district



Hotel pickup and drop-off


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 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

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

During high water, the tour will take place, but it might happen we have to partly adapt the tour to the weather conditions

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

All passengers pay the same rate irrespectively from their age

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

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  • 29-Sep-2022

    This was a great tour of some of the less touristy parts of Venice. It's divided up into the boat portion of the tour and the walking portion of the tour, that is mostly in the Jewish Ghetto. All the locations that were picked out were interesting and our guide did a good job of relaying information to us. The one issue we had was that in the boat portion of the tour, we were sitting outside in the back of the boat and weren't able to hear the guide who was sitting in the front.

  • 29-Aug-2022

    There were 8 of us on this cruise and the boat used only had seating for 3 to 4 outside the cabin. Those seated inside the cabin really couldn't see what the tour guide was discussing/telling us to look at. A boat without the cabin should have been utilized Also, really not so many secret canals as the tour was titled, they were just canals that most tourists would not see since they were mostly away from the main tourist locations

  • 07-Jul-2022

    The tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke wonderful English. She took us to all the main attractions and then some, thank you

  • 21-May-2022

    This was an excellent tour and I wholeheartedly recommend it! Georgia was our guide and she was superb. She gave lots of history and background on the city and the buildings. One of the highlights was our stop at the Jewish ghetto where we spent a significant time learning about how it came about and how it has transformed over the years. This was such a great introduction to our visit to the city! The driver was great and the boat was excellent and smooth. Perfect trip!

  • 01-May-2022

    Lovely to travel all around Venice in boat with guide. Couldn’t quite hear all commentary from back, but a lovely couple hours

  • 29-Aug-2021

    The tour was amazing and just what we were looking for. Nice chance to explore outside of city center and check out other areas. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Shared tour but ended up being private as noone else was on the boat. 10/10!

  • 16-Mar-2020

    We very much enjoyed our Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Small Group Tour by Boat organized tour in September 2019. The instructions were sent to us well in advance i.e. the departure point was St. Mark's Square Royal Gardens, Piazza San Marco and they provided detailed directions telling us to arrive at the meeting point at least 10 mins prior to departure which, having read some of the TripAdvisor feedback from other customers, we made sure we did. Even so it was still quite a hassle finding the tour guide via multiple cellphone calls as there is more than one entrance to the Gardens and the instructions despite being detailed were not specific. However, we met the guide and the other couple we were riding with and soon set off. The plus of this tour was the guide who was completely professional and friendly and super-knowledgable. Also seeing the neighborhoods outside of the main tourist area around San Marco such as Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, and the Jewish Ghetto, were much appreciated. We toured multiple small canals, cruised around the Arsenal, and at the end went out onto the Grand Canal before ending the journey floating beneath the Rialto Bridge and back to the start. Our guide never stopped imparting information and knowledge the whole time. He was wonderful. Here’s the thing though - only about half the tour was on a boat! After the first 30 mins we disembarked for a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter. Don’t get me wrong, this was interesting, seeing the Jewish buildings and especially the holocaust memorial, but the point is this was never mentioned before the trip. In any literature. If you book a 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Tour shouldn’t the canals tour take two hours? And if it doesn’t, shouldn’t the tour be called a one hour boat tour/one hour walking tour?

  • 01-Nov-2019

    Booked well in advance and was really looking forward to this cruise but they cancelled it 2 days before as they were 2 people short of the minimum number of 5. Whilst I understand and offered to pay for another empty place they just cancelled it and it did leave us with selecting other trips at short notice

  • 14-Oct-2019

    I would recommend this trip, our guide was very knowledgeable and humorous. The grand canal itself is spectacular to see but the side arteries are where you see the real Venice and people going about their day to day lives. Made us realise just how much a water boat economy exists in Venice.

  • 09-Oct-2019

    We have been to Venice several times before. This time we wanted to get an a bit different view to the city and booked this tour (small group!) and we really saw things and got views we did not have before. Our guide Cristina was very knowledgeable, spoke good English, provided much information and shared many interesting stories. And just in the right dose - not too many details but enough to learn something new and at the same time not get overwhelmed with data you will forget the next minute anyway. We really got the impression that Cristina is passionate about this city and enjoys presenting it. And we enjoyed listening to her and watching some of the wonders that Venice has to offer.

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