Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour

activities / Boating & cruises

Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour information and booking

from
$64
Duration
1 hour 10 minutes
Departs from
Tour departs near St. Mark's Square
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
April 1 to October 27: 5:30pm DailyOctober 28 to November 10: 2:30pm DailyNovember 11 to December 31 & February 10 to March 10: 2:30pm Tuesday, Friday, SaturdayMarch 11 to March 31: 4:30pm Daily
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Tour description provided by Viator

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!

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.

What's included

  • Professional guide

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink