Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour - Venice

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  • Duration: 1 Hr
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  • Departure Details :
    Royal Gardens, Piazza, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Book this 1-hour boat tour as it is 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 will 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. What's more? It is ideal for photographers!


  • Free drinks included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Recorded commentary by audio headphones
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Know More about this tour

Unlike a regular 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 Marks Square, admiring St Marks Basilica and Doge's palace along with other landmarks as you disembark. While you ride, you will 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 Venices 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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  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

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.

Boats are partly covered and partly uncovered. In the open area, there is room for 8/9 people normal size.

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  • 18-Nov-2019

    Loved this so much. well worthwhile doing! Go into the little canals that are impossible to reach by walking or on vaporetto.

  • 15-Nov-2019

    This tour was very expensive and fairly limited. We enjoyed being on the canal but it was very short for the price. For a family of four, it was close to $500.

  • 28-Oct-2019

    We really enjoyed this tour of the Grand Canal and several of the smaller canals. Our guide was really knowledgeable and entertaining and his English was excellent. I'm sorry I didn't get his name so won't be able to properly thank and recommend him. The weather was perfect and although we have been to Venice several times and have taken many boat trips to various islands, we've never toured the canals by boat as we were slightly worried that they wouldn't be worth the time or the cost, but this one definitely was worth every euro! Can wholeheartedly recommend.

  • 23-Oct-2019

    Very interesting tour. In addition to hitting the highlights of the Grand Canal, we also toured some of the smaller canals. We were in a small group of six in one of the "speedboats" - plenty of room in the boat and the guide was very good.

  • 19-Sep-2019

    We were told to meet at the royal gardens which come to find out was closed for construction. We waited around 30 min and even walked around a bit to find our tour guide/boat driver with a Viator sign. Someone should have emailed be about where to meet the tour guide. (I checked my email) Nope, no one. So we left. I paid good money for this. I was looking forward to it. I hope I can get reimbursed for the expense.

  • 26-Aug-2019

    Good tour. Well organised with clear instructions where to meet the guide.

    The group was split into smaller groups of 8 which was good. The organiser hired a water taxi with microphone system which was OK, but would have been better to use earpieces like most other tours that we did in Italy.

    The guide was a local and spoke very good English. Her knowledge of Venice and its history was fantastic. We certainly learned a lot during the hour. There was a mix of history and celebrity (e.g. where George Clooney got married).

    Remember that this is a tour mostly of the Grand Canal (e.g. Rialto Bridge and the buildlings directly facing the canal) but does include some of the back waters (which we found probably more interesting). In hindsight, we wish we booked a two or three hour tour that would have spent more time with the 'hidden' Venice and maybe even a quick glimpse of the three main Islands.

    But for the price and duration it was very good.

  • 19-Aug-2019

    The boat was actually a standard Vienna water taxi. It held 8 easily, could have held more but they thankfully broke up our group. The guide was well informed and pleasant, while a bit hard to understand.
    Route and number of places seen was EXCELLENT.. Far more than a gondola could accomplish in 4 times the time. Great for sightseeing if you want to skip the over-priced romantic option.

  • 26-Jul-2019

    An excellent walking tour. It was great to have someone who grew up around the area taking the tour. Would just like to say what a good tour guide she was. Kept everyone's attention and we learnt lots of interesting snippets of information. Size of the tour was small enough to be able to ask questions and she was aware of the younger and older people within the group. Cannot praise our tour guide enough!!

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Picture taking spoilt by rain but Christina B was excellent guide, very knowledgeable regarding history of Venice and answered all our questions

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Good information and history. Guide was delightful. It is costly but I would likely do something similar again.

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