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Explore the Grand Canal, the most unique "street" in the world, on board a luxury motorboat, with a small group and an expert guide, to enjoy a completely different perspective of the city of Venice. Admire the historic buildings, the bridges, the splendid facades of the noble palaces and immerse yourself in the dreamlike atmosphere that only Venice is able to offer.

1 hour

Every day

Small Group
Max 8 people

Meeting point
Royal Gardens

Start time
2:30pm or 3:30pm

Venice is a city built on water, and the Grand Canal, or the “Canalasso” as called by the Venetians, is its bustling main street. Lined with sumptuous palaces and crowded with gondolas, water taxis, fire and ambulance boats, and vaporetti (public ferries), this thoroughfare is a feast for the senses. Explore the Grand Canal with a small group tour on a luxurious motor boat and a licensed guide and enjoy a completely different perspective of Venice.

Tour program of the Grand Canal boat trip with guide:

  • Meeting point at the Royal Gardens, on the waterfront of St. Mark’s Square and start of the boat tour.
  • In the first part of this small group Venice boat tours, you will cruise down the Grand Canal at a relaxed pace with numerous photo opportunities as your friendly and knowledgeable guide introduces you to the splendid palaces, churches, bridges and other monumental buildings that line the main waterway of Venice. Here some of the highlights you will see:
  • The facades of the magnificent buildings which stand on both sides of the water: the “palazzi”, which were the houses of the most important noble families of the city; and the “fondaco”, which are traditional buildings combining a warehouse and a merchant’s residence. Admire the Ca’d’Oro (Golden House), the Ca’Pesaro, Ca’Foscari and many other impressive facades from the different architectural style, a mix of Byzantine Romanesque buildings, Renaissance Palazzos and Neoclassical mansions.
  • Along the two-mile route there are four bridges, including the most famous and oldest one: Rialto Bridge.
  • Between the most amazing structures along the Grand Canal, you will admire the church of Santa Maria della Salute built in thanks for the end of the plague. A beautiful structure outside and inside, but also a fascinating one. Over one million timbers were driven into the floor of the canal to support its weight.
  • In the second part of the tour, sit back and enjoy a delightful journey through the minor canals of Venice. In the hidden Venice, as you travel through four of the city districts of Venice you’ll get a full overview of the city and enjoy picture postcard views of the most romantic parts of the city.

The price includes: Professional skipper – English speaking guide.

The price does not include: Hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Do not forget: Camera – Sun hat – Comfortable shoes.

Maximum: 8 people on board.

To know more about your boat trip...

A guided tour in Venice takes from 40 minutes to an hour or more. Considering the opportunity to have a guide, it is preferable to choose a tour of at least one hour to get to know Venice without excessive stress. Compared to a classic gondola ride, the one-hour guided tour of Venice in a small and luxurious motorboat will give you more time to admire the beautiful Venice while sailing on the famous Grand Canal. If you wish to have more time to visit Venice, we recommend this: two-hour boat tour on the Grand Canal and historic districts of Venice.


The boat tour lasts around 1 hour.

Small group Grand Canal boat tour with guide

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      • Guaranteed every day
      • Small groups of maximum 8 people
      • Professional skipper and English speaking guide
      • Travel in a luxurious motor-launch
      • Cruise along the Grand Canal and the smaller canals
      • Get a unique perspective of Venice from the water

      € 430 Adults

      Free cancellation within 7 days
      Duration: 1 hour
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      Grand Canal's Enchantment

      Carl G.
      The boat tour along the Grand Canal was a spellbinding experience. Our guide shared Venice's history and secrets, making the trip both enlightening and captivating. Experiencing Venice from its iconic waterway is an absolute must-do.

      Unique Perspectives of Venice

      Mark R.
      Drifting on the Grand Canal with an expert guide was a remarkable experience. We were treated to hidden stories and breathtaking views of Venetian palaces from the water. This tour is highly recommended for those looking to dive deeper into Venice's essence.

      A Journey Through Time

      Olivia H.
      Our gondola ride on the Grand Canal allowed us to travel back in time. Each building and bridge narrated its own tale, masterfully recounted by our guide. This experience comes highly recommended.

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