Tickets for Grand Canal Boat Tour

The best of Venice from her famous waterways

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Overview
Opening hours
Agency
Thursday:  09:00 - 18:00
Friday:  09:00 - 18:00
Saturday:  09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:  Closed
Monday:  Closed
Tuesday:  Closed
Wednesday:  Closed
Duration
1 hour
Highlights
  • 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
Description

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 beverages
Instructions
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Tourist office VELA Actv
Piazza San Marco, 71/F, 30124, Venice
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Grand Canal
Canal Grande, 30100, Venice
  • Show your smartphone ticket to the guide in front of the tourist office VELA Actv, under the arches of Museo Correr, located on Piazza San Marco opposite to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Make sure to be there 15 minutes in advance
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket
Ratings & reviews
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Oct 16, 2019
The audio system used did not function well. We understand about 30% of what the guide said.
Sep 22, 2019
Lovely tour around not just the Grand Canal, but out into the Giudecca and along smaller canals in the other districts. Very friendly guide, with good knowledge.
Aug 23, 2019
This is one of the best thing to do in Venice. Guide was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed every bit of it.

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