Water activity

Venice: Grand Canal Private Boat Trip

Activity provider: Venice Events srl
Water activity

Venice: Grand Canal Private Boat Trip

Activity provider: Venice Events srl

From US$ 389.22 per group up to 5

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.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
English, Italian, French, German, Spanish
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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 and enjoy the façades of the houses
  • Learn about the history of “La Serenissima”
  • See iconic sights such as the Rialto Bridge and Accademia
Full description

Sail up the Grand Canal on a guided 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, stonemasons, 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 of 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
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in Saint Mark's Square in front of the lagoon, between the 2 big columns of San Marco and San Teodoro. The meeting point is in front of the cafè - gelateria "Al Todaro". Your guide will have a sign with your name on it.

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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 128 reviews

Review summary

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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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April 1, 2023

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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April 1, 2023

This was a great tour. Leaves from St. Mark's port and goes through the grand canal. Nice tour guide and was a perfect intro to Venice. If you can, try and grab the back seats so you can see up out of the boat and take pics. They also let a few people in front of the boat to take pics. You check in at the Alilinguna ticket office in to exchange your voucher for a ticket and they direct you to the dock.

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April 1, 2023

Product ID: 12356