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Venice Grand Canal Private Boat Tour

4.5 / 5 total 66 reviews
Duration: 1 hours
Tour ID: 2529
Overview

The Grand Canal of Venice is the most spectacular 'high street' in the world.

The beautiful palaces were built over hundreds of years and slowly the Grand Canal became what it is today.

Our tour helps you to imagine what the Grand Canal was like when there were still gardens, 'squeri' (places where gondolas are built), warehouses, and stonemasons.

  • Why are there so many palaces with differing styles of architecture?
  • Why are there those Moorish and eastern style windows?

Our guide will entertain you with stories of the most historical palaces (many having famous owners).

Our narrated tour helps you recognize each palace, who lived where and to discover why the poets & writers such as Shelley, Byron, & Browning loved this city.

This 60 min tour includes a cruise along the city's more secluded waterways to enjoy the picturesque small bridges and 'off the beaten track'' sights, to introduce you to a quieter Venice.

Venice was built to be appreciated from the water; the facades of the city can only be seen from the canals.

Enjoy a glass of the famous Bellini cocktail while taking in these special sights.

This boat tour is enjoyable for all ages and gives your feet a well-earned rest!

Our boat tour in a private motor-launch gives you a great overall view of the city, covering many of the sestieri (districts).

Highlights
  • Admire from the Grand Canal, the most spectacular and main canal of Venice.
  • Our guide will entertain you with stories of the most historical palaces
  • Cruise along the city's more secluded waterways to enjoy the picturesque small bridges and 'off the beaten track'' sights, to introduce you to a quieter Venice.
  • This boat tour is enjoyable for all ages and gives your feet a well-earned rest
  • Enjoy a glass of the famous Bellini cocktail while taking in these special sights
Good to Know
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English
  • Duration Duration: 1 hours
  • Printed Voucher Accepted Printed Voucher Accepted
  • The Tour Departure Is Fixed at 3.00 pmThe Tour Departure Is Fixed at 3.00 pm
  • This tour is available everyday during the SummerThis tour is available everyday during the Summer
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    Free cancellation until 2 working days prior to the date of the tour
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 2 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Private boat
  • Qualified private guide
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop off
Meeting Point
Pick-up at the hotel is available if centrally located (St Mark's Square Area), otherwise, the assistant will meet client under the two big white columns in Saint Mark’s Square (under the column of the Lion).
Know Before You Go
  • Kindly specify the language required for the assistance on the booking
  • Please note that no refund will be accepted for no shows or late arrivals. The tour will take place also with rain, in the event of exceptional high tide it might be cancelled and refund will be provided.
  • The tour will NOT take place on the following dates: April 25th, May 1st, June 2nd, July 14th, August 15th, September 2nd
  • This tour has to be booked at least 4 working days in advance
  • Free cancellation until 2 working days
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Reviewed by Dana Jesionowski US   March 16, 2018
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The Grand Canal was our last stop on our 7 day vacation to Italy. And I am so glad we made it there. Words cannot describe how beautiful it is. We had great views of all the fabulous architecture along the canal. Well worth it.
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Reviewed by Jennifer GB   March 10, 2018
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It takes a while getting used to no cars and no roads and having to travel by boat if you go anywhere. This is why a boat tour around the Grand Canal is an absolute must do in Venice. We all had a great time - tour guide was knowledgeable and sociable, and he made the tour very enjoyable. It really is like nowhere else on earth and you could easily sit and watch the comings and goings for hours on end. Jennifer and Matthew
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Reviewed by Linda C US   March 08, 2018
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The stunning buildings that line the canal and the different boats going about their daily business makes Venice a fabulous place to be. As this is a private tour and there are only a max of 10 people at any one time it is well worth the price. The building that line the canal are amazing and it was so nice to get away from the crowded streets for a while. A great tour and highly recommend.
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Reviewed by Helen21 CA   March 02, 2018
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We toured the Grand Canal by private boat and were overwhelmed by the sights we saw. Nothing can prepare you for Venice until you come and see for yourself. I would encourage everyone that visits Venice to be sure to tour the Grand Canal. This was a wonderful experience with a great guide and a MUST DO when visiting Venice.
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Reviewed by Neha Laghari IN   March 01, 2018
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GREAT TOUR. VERY INFORMATIVE WITH VERY BEAUTIFUL SIGHTS. GOOD TO DO AT BEGINNING OF STAY TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CITY AND WHERE ELSE TO VISIT.
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Reviewed by Pat Fitz2 AU   February 28, 2018
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WOW, this should be on your list of sites to see visiting Venice. The sight of old time Venice as you pass by is so romantic and it was fun and beautiful.
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Reviewed by Magdalena US   February 27, 2018
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Its wonderful to travel the length of the Grand Canal peering into the smaller canals and watching the skills of the gondoliers.
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Reviewed by S Erasmus ZA   February 23, 2018
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A very good experience – the guide was knowledgeable and fun, and who spoke perfect English. The boat trip was excellent and very nice sights.
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Reviewed by Belinha PT   February 16, 2018
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I COULD NOT STOP TAKING PHOTOS, THERE ARE PALACES EVERYWHERE AND THE VISUAL SIGHTS WERE BEAUTIFUL.
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Reviewed by Carlos2003 ES   February 10, 2018
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GREAT TOUR AND OUR GUIDE WAS VERY GOOD. OUR FAVOURITE TOUR SO FAR.
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Reviewed by Agostinelli2005 US   February 10, 2018
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Don’t forget your camera when you take this amazing boat tour. Venice was the highlight of our European vacation and the Grand Canal is something I will never forget. Booking online was easy and our guide was very friendly. Top marks for giving us an awesome experience.
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Reviewed by Kiwi2003 NZ   February 08, 2018
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A fantastic tour, which exceeded our (very high) expectations! The view from the boat was magnificent.
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Reviewed by Janice Brown GB   February 06, 2018
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It was just like the movies. There is something magical about travelling along the Grand Canal watching the city go by. Our guide was friendly and informative and having a private tour made it much more fun.
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Reviewed by Tanya Burman SG   February 04, 2018
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This was a fantastic introduction to Venice, the information given was interesting and the guide was genuine in her love of Venice.
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Reviewed by Barbara GB   February 04, 2018
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You can stand for ages just looking at the volume of traffic that goes along the Grand Canal and watching all of the people going about their daily business. However, for a truly unique experience you must take a boat ride on the canal. The buildings are majestic and this was the highlight of our trip to Venice.
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Reviewed by Katie Gifford IE   January 27, 2018
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Excellent tour. It gave us a better overall picture of Venice, the location of the various neighborhoods and highlights of each. Even though we did a lot of walking we would have never seen or found many of the things that we saw on this tour. Lots to see and do and one off my bucket list. Beautiful architecture and atmosphere.
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Reviewed by Johansson67 SE   January 26, 2018
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The Grand Canal was lovely. Surrounded by little bars, restaurants and beautiful buildings made for great photos. You cannot come to Venice without taking a tour on the Grand Canal.
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Reviewed by Koury AE   January 19, 2018
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Just so much going on and amazing sights wait for you when you take this short boat trip on the Grand Canal. It was well worth the money and thank you for providing a friendly guide.
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Reviewed by Mandy McIvor IE   January 16, 2018
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A wonderful tour where you discover so much history and architecture as you pass by in your private boat. A very good guide who really knew what he was talking about.
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Reviewed by Pam and Jeffrey GB   January 11, 2018
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Exploring Venice from the water is really a breathtaking experience. We took this private boat tour and enjoyed an hour on the Grand Canal. It was really amazing. Venice is a beauty, and you should really take your time to explore it. I give my highest recommendation. Have fun!
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