Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour
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Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour

1 h
Small Group
Instant confirmation
About this activity
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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  • Professional guide
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Boats are partly covered and partly uncovered – In the open area there is room for 8/9 people “ normal size “ .
Leighton J
5 | 2019-08-26

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.

4 | 2019-08-19

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.

Doris D
4 | 2019-07-03

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

Steven D
5 | 2019-07-03

This was the perfect starter tour for Venice. Literally the first thing I did after checking into the hotel. Gave a great overview of the city and what do to where. Highly reccommended.

4 | 2019-07-03

I was looking for a tour that took us through the entire Grand Canal with lots of information and we truly got that on this trip. We learned more about the lagoon and other parts of the waterways as well as having notable buildings called out such as Peggy Guggenheim's Collection building. Although many people were signed up for this tour, they took us to multiple boats. Ours was not full which I appreciated.

Maria H
2 | 2019-07-03

With the motor running and the guise sitting outside of the "taxi" we could not hear anything. He was also very hard to understand. This tour needs yo have

5 | 2018-07-29

Well organized, small group. Great way to get your bearings in beautiful Venice. Also a good way to spend the hottest part of the day on the water!

5 | 2018-07-23

Quick and easy boarding-Tour guide at designated spot on time and quite cheerful! Well kept vessel for tour and our guide was full of local knowledge and very engaging. We boated through many small canals and finally among the Grand Canal. Perfect day to understand Venice and see many places we needed to walk to on our visit. It was our first time to Venice and the tour was very informative and casual, giving us a good perspective of what to expect on our visit. Highly recommended for first time travelers! 1

5 | 2018-07-22

I had booked this tour for our first afternoon in Venice to help us get our bearings and also to give us an introduction to the City. We had a little difficulty finding the location of the meeting point as there seemed to be two entrances to the Royal Gardens but we stood between the two until we saw a crowd gathering in front of one. From thereonin it was easy enough. The guide led us onto the boat which was a few metres away and we were off. There was enough room for four people to stand at the back of the boat and four people to sit at the front. We were led down many smaller canals, where we learned about how Venice was built, the way of life, the hospitals, means of transportation etc, before going back on to the Grand Canal where our guide pointed out famous buildings and sights. He also gave us lots of fun facts and made the tour very interesting in the way he presented it. It was a great way to start our trip!

Christine S
4 | 2018-07-17

This tour was short, sweet and to the point! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and friendly. The boat was a little tight for how many were on the tour, and I wish we had a boat that was open to enjoy the sights a little more. Great tour if you only have a short time in Venice and want the highlight reel of information.

Victoria H
3 | 2018-07-10

When you first get to Venice the first thing you should do is buy a waterbus pass for the length of your stay. Their waterbus system is extremely efficient. Once you have the pass, you can just sit on the bus for as long as you like and see all of the islands and cancals. The bus seems to be extremely reliable down to the minute and saved my feet! I wish I knew about it the first day. If you get the bus, not much point to this tour.

Diane H
5 | 2018-06-24

Our beautiful Venetian guide explained the highlights of Venice to us, explaining its history. Lovely day and wonderful little boat tour. Our boat boarded at the dock near San Marco Square. Very nice sharing the waterway with the gondola's and the vaporettos.

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