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Venice Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour

Product ID: 12356
Indulge your senses on the ultimate Venice tour and journey up the Grand Canal. Sit back as you pass dreamy palaces and sail under romantic bridges. See the stunning Rialto Bridge, Ca d’Oro, Accademia and Giudecca canals.
About this activity
Duration: 1 hour
Starting times 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Sail along the Grand Canal on a private small group boat tour
  • Admire the many different styles of architecture
  • Cruise down the small canals of Venice to see façades that can only be seen from the water
  • Learn about the history of “La Serenissima” and what has made it the most beautiful city in the world
  • See iconic sights such as the Rialto Bridge and Accademia
Full description
Sail up the Grand Canal on a 1-hour guided small group boat tour, and cruise along some of the Giudecca canal.

The Grand Canal is without doubt the most spectacular 'High Street' in the world. It's lined with beautiful palaces constructed over hundreds of years - as you sail, you can easily imagine what it was like when it was lined with gardens, warehouses, stone masons, and squeri, where gondolas were built.

Discover why there are so many different styles of architecture, and why so many of the buildings are of Moorish or Eastern style. Experience first-hand why poets and writers, such as Shelly, Byron, and Browning, loved Venice so much. Then, nip down some of the city's more secluded waterways, unreachable by foot. Cruise under picturesque bridges, and explore a quieter side to Venice, where the façades of the city can only be seen from the canals.
  • Guided Tour of The Grand Canal and Giudecca
  • Live tour commentary provided by a highly qualified English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet 15 minutes before, in front of the tourist office Venezia Unica under the arches of the Correr museum 71/F in Saint Mark's square opposite side of the Saint Mark's Basilica. Arriving by boat (Vaporetto): Arriving close to Saint Mark's Square get off the boat (1 or 2) at the “Vallaresso” boat stop and walk directly down the street “Calle Vallaresso” passing Harry's bar on your right and the Hotel Monaco and grand canal on your left. When you arrive at the end of the street turn right and walk towards Saint Mark's square, before you pass under the arches, bear right and then go under the arches in front of the Chanel boutique making your way into the square. Here you will find on your right the Venezia Unica office and will see the assistant with a sign. By foot: Make your way into Saint Mark's square, the Correr museum is at the opposite side of the church right on the other side of the square under the arches.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card for children
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Remember to bring your camera
• This 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
• This tour operates in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately
• Maximum group size of 10 people on each boat plus guide
• There can be more than 1 boat leaving at the same time
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 123 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.2 / 5
  • Organization
    4.2 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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This boat ride was really interesting. We took it on our first day in Venice. I originally planned it for our last Ana I’m so glad I changed it. It gave us a nice sense of the city and good ideas for how to spend the rest of our time.

October 22, 2019

Wonderful Cruise Down the Grand Canal

In booking the one hour cruise I thought it would traverse the grand canal and come back, however the cruise goes around lagoon (which was pleasant) and then cruises from western end of grand canal to San Marco. The boat has main seating under cover, which can be uncomfortable on hot & humid day and only has room for three adults to be in open at either end. When in the open the breeze really cools you down, but be careful with hats as my daughters hat blew off into the canal. The tour guide did point out various locations, but there was no background information. As such I wonder whether simply taking the water bus would give same experience. Basically if you have six or less on the cruise then it is worth it, any more and it is better taking the water bus. I would not pre book this cruise as there are some many options available when we visited (last Saturday in July). The cruise is not alternative to gondola's, which can go downs the side and back canals.

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August 7, 2018

You must see Venice from the water!

One way or another you should try and see Venice from the water! We went on a tour and enjoyed the view and the commentary. Our group was split -with some very interested in what the guide had to say and the rest talking loudly amongst themselves at the back of the boat. The first 10minutes in the cabin (there wasn’t enough space outside to stand safely) weren’t so comfortable but once on the grand canal you could get out, take pictures and ask questions. I would recommend! We booked online but still needed to go to the booth and have tickets printed by the company to board the boat which is less than 50m from the booth.

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May 11, 2018

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Product ID: 12356