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Venice by Boat: Grand Canal Tour

Explore this enchanting city on the water
From US$1,094 privately
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Tour Details
2 hours
Product Type
  • Ss. Giovanni e Paolo
  • San Marco Neighborhood
  • Grand Canal
Photos & Highlights
  • Travel Venice's labyrinth of canals in a private, covered boat
  • Led by a local historian
Tour Description
In this two-hour Venice Boat Tour, we'll explore the city's canals with a local historian for an immersive, in-depth experience. Designed to provide a taste of the rich history and architecture of Venice, this tour will traverse the canals and waterways that have inspired the musings of Hemingway, Byron, and James, among others. 
  • Grand Canal
  • St. Mark's Square
  • 2 hours with a PhD or MA-level guide
  • Private, covered motorboat
The first portion of our journey will allow us to get acquainted with some of the smaller canals that help weave a tale of the history of Venice. From our private, covered boat, our guide will point out the important aspects of these islands, as well as introduce us to the characteristics of the different Venetian neighborhoods, known as sestieri. We’ll spend our last part of the tour passing through the world-famous Grand Canal, a veritable jewel of opulent Venetian architecture, which serves as the main artery of Venice. Our guide will point out noteworthy sites and palazzi, and help you get oriented to this complex and unique city. 

As an introduction, this Grand Canal tour is lighter in flavor than some of our more in-depth walks and is led by guides who currently live, or have lived, in Venice for a number of years. We will spend time explaining the sites along the route, but we will also try to situate you in the city, orient you to the major areas, and answer any of your questions. In short, it is an excellent way to begin your stay here.

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Please note: if you're looking to book a Venice Boat Tour during the Biennale and Venice Film Festival dates, please be aware that availability is limited. Please don't hesitate to contact us via email at and enquire further.
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.

Is this a gondola ride?
No. This a private, covered motorboat.

What do we see on this tour?
This tour is quite flexible and is dependent on the elements (i.e. the tides). You will definitely see St. Mark's Square, the Grand Canal and smaller canals.

Do we get off of the boat during this tour?
Some guides may opt to take you ashore to climb the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore church, weather and time permitting.

Is the tour suitable for visitors with mobility issues?
If a wheelchair user can be lifted down into the boat, this tour is accessible, but one cannot wheel onto the boat. A wheelchair user has to come out of the chair to get into the boat. There are then seats on the boat.

 Do you reserve headsets for this tour? 
Depending on your group size, we may be required by the venue to order headsets in which case you’ll see a “Headset Fee” added to your order. If you would like to guarantee headsets for your tour regardless of your group size, please email us and we’ll be happy to get them reserved for you.

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The boat was clean and comfortable. Emanuele was very friendly and explained everything very clearly.
We throughly enjoyed our boat tour with Lorenza. She has incredible credentials and it was nice to be with someone who grew up in Venice.
Eireann is great. Incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. A great guide and experience all around.

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