Grand Canal: Self-Guided Boat Tour with Audioguide

3.1 / 5

26 Reviews

Grand Canal: Self-Guided Boat Tour with Audioguide

From US$ 18.25 per person

Enjoy a self-guided tour along the world-famous Grand Canal with an innovative mobile app. See stunning residences and other sites of interest.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 1 hour
Starting times 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, German


  • Experience the stunning monuments lining Venice's Grand Canal
  • Learn about the fascinating history of the city's main waterway
  • Choose to enjoy the tour by day or night
Full description
Take a self-guided tour along Venice’s Grand Canal, with audio commentary provided by a mobile phone app. Discover the interesting history of Venice and many of its secrets along the way. Learn about the history of Ca’Vendramin, the ancient gambling house and the Palazzo Grimani, the residence of one of the most famous doges. Hear about the eccentric life of Peggy Guggenheim and see her stunning house. Board public boat line 1 for the 75-minute ride and begin to listen to the 24 site descriptions that are available in 8 different languages. The audio descriptions begin automatically on your mobile as you pass in front of each place of interest, and a picture will displayed on your phone.
  • Mobile app
  • Ticket for public boat line 1, which is a 75-minute journey
  • Hotel pick-up or drop off
  • Headphones
  • Audio device
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Collect your app and boat ticket every day from 09 AM to 2 PM at 'Venice Tours Assistance' The Assistance Point is the big grey newsstand between Fendi boutique and Poste Italiane (Post Office). You'll see a sign "VENICE TOURS - ASSISTANCE POINT".

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  The app runs on GPS only and does not use up data
  • You should take public boat line 1 to do the complete tour
  • Public boat timetable: every 10 minutes by day and every 20/25 minutes by night
  • The mobile app is supported by the following system:
  • Apple: from IOS 8; iphone, ipad and ipod touch
  • Android: from the 4.1 version system
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.1 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Review summary

  • Transportation
    2.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4 / 5
  • Service
    4.0 / 5
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It was a very interesting ride but I didn't think it was on the Vaporeto, the normal boat connecting the channels. So it wouldn't be worth it to book in advance and have an appointment because it could have gone at any time. The most positive aspect is the possibility of having audio for the explanations.

January 3, 2020

Frustrating. Had trouble getting set up.

June 23, 2019

Cheap way to see Venice and learn about its history!

Was worried how it would work but the app was brilliant. Very informative and ran smoothly. Would highly recommend it.

June 17, 2019

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Product ID: 148949