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Tickets for Grand Canal Boat Tour

The best of Venice from her famous waterways

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60 minutes
  • Spectacular views of beautiful palaces on a 60-minute afternoon private motorboat tour of the Grand Canal (and a few of Venice's minor canals)
  • Hear the history of la Serenissima from your friendly English-speaking guide, and learn why (and how) it came to be built on the water
  • Snap great pics of the beautiful city of Venice from the best vantage point the city has to offer - a boat on the water

In our opinion, Venice's Grand Canal is the most beautiful Main Street in the world. The spectacular palaces, stunning skyline, gliding gondolas... it's like a real-life storybook. This hour-long tour puts you in the center of this picturesque action, as you cruise the Grand Canal - and some of the smaller waterways - with an English-speaking guide filling your ears with stories about this beautifully unique city.

The peak of Venice's power, when it was a mighty republic ruled by the Doge, is now well in the past. But the Venetian Republic's two most iconic legacies remain: stunning architecture and heavily used canals.

The styles of the buildings lining the Grand Canal show off the luxury for which the republic was famous for. (Keep an eye out for the oriental façades that testify to the riches acquired via trade with the Far East). And the canals are no mere charming quirk for the benefit of the tourist trade; Venice is still a city without cars - everything in the city moves by water or handcart.

This tour shows you the best of the city they call the Bride of the Sea, and your tour guide will answer many questions that will crop up during your float. You'll find out what the Grand Canal was like before the palazzos were built, learn about (and see!) the famous gondolas, and get to know the Venice of today.

You'll be fascinated by the stories of the main sights, but equally intrigued by the more secluded waterways - with the many picturesque small bridges and 'off the beaten track' sights, to introduce you to a quieter Venice.

Venice is a city meant to be appreciated from the water. And this boat tour offers the whole family an opportunity to get to know the Venice of then and now, and all while giving your feet a break!

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What's included
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Private water taxi
  • 60-minute guided tour
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and other beverages
  • Show your smartphone ticket at the Alilaguna ticket office, near the Palazzina Selva, on Riva degli Schiavoni
  • Make sure to be there 15 minutes in advance
  • In case of emergency, please call +390415239979 / +393493054767 before the start of the tour

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Riva degli Schiavoni
Riva Degli Schiavoni, 30124, Venice
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Live guide
In English
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Getting There

From St. Mark's Square it's a two-minute walk.

Aug 19, 2017
We were in Venice only for an afternoon (that's all you really need) and the only thing we did was this boat tour. It was perfect for seeing all the sights of Venice. Tour guide was a little less than enthusiastic.
Aug 18, 2017
Informative however not all the people on the boat had a good view because there were outdoor seats on the back of the boat two seats at the front and the rest were inside where there are only small windows with restricted views. There should be less people so that everyone has a chance to see the views properly outdoors.
Aug 14, 2017
Grand canal tour was superb. It was really relaxed and the tour guide was really nice.
Oct 11, 2016
Our Tour Guide was very knowledgeable and lovely.
Jul 10, 2016
Alex, our guide, was very enthusiastic. His commentary which included information on the history of Venice was informative and easily understood. The group of only eight people was a good size for a tour as it gave everyone an opportunity to ask questions.
Sep 14, 2017
the guide was Nice and had lots to tell. You have to search a bit for the exact location and then wait for your boat. the trip was 45 min, not 60! It was sold as a private tour but we were with 11 passengers +guide+ captain so it was very crowded. Therefore we couldn't sit outside and had a less view.
Make sure you enter the boat first so you van sit in the back. The normal bus boat has the same route, much cheaper but with no guide and probably better seats ;-)!
Sep 10, 2017
boottocht over het Canal Grande in Venetie was ronduit geweldig om op de eerste avond te doen! Hebben veel indrukken opgedaan en Venetie direct omarmd.
De aanwijzingen van waar je je ticket moet verzilveren en waar de boot vertrekt kunnen beter..............
Aug 16, 2017
Hat gut geklappt, bezweifle aber, dass in diesem Fall eine Vorreservierung notwendig gewesen wäre.
Jul 25, 2017
very kind, enthusiastic guide. Very good trip to get a hint of the Grand Canal and its main places.
Aug 30, 2016
Gids moeilijk verstaanbaar, oorapparaat zou aangewezen zijn. Boottocht beantwoordt aan de verwachtingen. Organisatie in orde.

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