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City: Venice


Duration: 2 hrs


Start Time: 3:30 pm

Highlights

  • Escape the crowds, visiting the top sights in Venice from the water, with a special stop at one of the city’s least-visited islands, where you’ll climb the bell tower for panoramic views

  • Your luxury Venice Boat Tour will cruise the Grand Canal passing the most important palaces, buildings and bridges of the city, before stopping at San Giorgio Maggiore Island

  • This is our most intimate group tour, with only nine people per boat – so you’ll find it easy to hear your guide while they tell you the fascinating stories behind the sights as you pass them

Tour Description

Explore Venice in comfort from the water

One of Venice’s best traditions is boating down the Grand Canal. The city's main waterway serves as a passage for ambulances, cargo vessels and gondolas, while its shores are lined with the most beautiful palaces and bridges. You'll see them all and soak up the atmosphere of the Grand Canal on our luxury Venice Boat Tour. As you pass each one, your guide will tell you the stories and anecdotes that make them so incredible, from the Cà d’Oro and Cà Pesaro palaces, to the Rialto Bridge, Rialto Fish Market, and the Accademia Gallery.

From the water, you’ll see the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica like never before. You’ll explore the city’s prettiest inner canals, Venice’s 'backstreets', taking in the city’s beautiful palaces an...

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Explore Venice in comfort from the water

One of Venice’s best traditions is boating down the Grand Canal. The city's main waterway serves as a passage for ambulances, cargo vessels and gondolas, while its shores are lined with the most beautiful palaces and bridges. You'll see them all and soak up the atmosphere of the Grand Canal on our luxury Venice Boat Tour. As you pass each one, your guide will tell you the stories and anecdotes that make them so incredible, from the Cà d’Oro and Cà Pesaro palaces, to the Rialto Bridge, Rialto Fish Market, and the Accademia Gallery.

From the water, you’ll see the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica like never before. You’ll explore the city’s prettiest inner canals, Venice’s 'backstreets', taking in the city’s beautiful palaces and getting a sense of how Venetians really live.

Admire the best view in Venice from the Bell Tower of San Giorgio Maggiore

At this stage you’ll have seen the most famous sights of Venice so we’ll continue our off-the-beaten-path tour for something quite special. Few visitors take the time to visit the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. That’s their loss and you’re about to find out why.

We’ll stop just across the water from St. Mark’s Square. Ever seen a postcard of the Doge’s Palace and Venice from across the water? This is where that shot was taken! Your guide will lead you inside the stunning Basilica for a tour of its art and architecture, then you’ll have a choice to climb the bell tower (admission is included in the price of your tour and there is an elevator). We strongly advise that you do!

Stepping outside, you’ll be hit full force by an incredible view over all of Venice. Trace the route of the Grand Canal, admire the dome of St. Mark’s Basilica and marvel at this incredible – and incredibly unique – city. With your guide on hand to point out what’s what, you’ll get to grips with the city beneath your feet.

Small groups, luxury boat and an expert guide, for a truly VIP experience

It’s the little details that really make this tour. While riding a gondola is a fantastic experience, the Grand Canal is too busy and its current too strong, to make any real progress. We’ve opted instead for a luxury speedboat so you can choose to sit inside and listen to your guide’s commentary or stand outside, snapping the best photos. With audio headsets for every guest, you won’t have a problem hearing your guide whether you’re standing outside or relaxed inside. What's more, with small groups of only nine people or less – the smallest of our Venice experiences – you’ll be able to ask all the questions you can think of.

Our Venice Boat Tour takes you away from the crowds to experience the best that the city has to offer – from the Rialto Bridge to the secret spots locals show to visiting friends. And with a local on hand to tell you the stories woven into the fabric of the city, your experience will be as authentic as they come. You’ll return to Venice relaxed, refreshed and with tons of new knowledge and appreciation for this fascinating island city.

  • Sites Visited
  • Grand Canal by private boat
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Doge's Palace
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Cemetery of San Michele (outside)
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto fish market
  • Accademia Bridge
  • Palaces including the Cà d’Oro and Cà Pesaro
  • Island and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore
  • San Giorgio Maggiore Bell Tower (optional)
  • Madonna dell'Orto Church (outside)
  • Salute Church (outside)
  • Included
  • Two hour private motorboat ride
  • Headsets
  • Entrance tickets to the Bell Tower of San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups of 9 people or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 284 Customer Reviews

The canals tour was one of the highlights of our Italy stay. Our guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We toured with Walks of Italy in 2015 and were so happy with your small group service we trusted you would provide the same excellent service this year. We weren’t disappointed.

Dianne

Oct 15, 2019

great way to see the canals and get a great view of Venice

Amy

Oct 28, 2019

Lara was an absolute joy. She was funny, knowledgeable and made sure we had the best experience. She even made sure we had a certain boat because the seats were comfortable because we had older people on our tour, including my parents.

Karen

Oct 24, 2019

Andrew

Oct 17, 2019

Jennifer and the boat tour were fantastic. A great experience.

Edward

Oct 16, 2019

Daniel

Oct 16, 2019

The canals tour was one of the highlights of our Italy stay. Our guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We toured with Walks of Italy in 2015 and were so happy with your small group service we trusted you would provide the same excellent service this year. We weren’t disappointed.

Dianne

Oct 15, 2019

great way to see the canals and get a great view of Venice

Amy

Oct 28, 2019

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Important Information

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