Join this two-hour tour on a luxurious motor boat with a small group and an expert guide and explore the famous Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge; you will travel through the cities “sestieri” (neighborhoods), but also enjoy the quiet charm of Venetian backstreets and observe canal-side scenes of daily life. All aboard, beautiful sights ahead!


Duration
2 hours

Available
On fixed days

Small Group
Max 8 people

Meeting point
Royal Gardens

Start time
10:00am

Venice was built to be seen from the water and the only way to appreciate its charm is by gliding through the narrow and picturesque streams of the town. During this two-hour tour on a luxurious motor boat with a small group and an expert guide, you will explore the famous Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge; you will travel through the cities “sestieri” (neighborhoods), but also enjoy the quiet charm of Venetian backstreets and observe canal-side scenes of daily life. All aboard, beautiful sights ahead!

Program tour of the boat ride along the Grand Canal and neighborhoods:

  • Meeting point at the Royal Gardens, on the waterfront of St. Mark’s Square and start of the boat tour.
  • While sailing away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, along the less visited canals, you will discover the Cathedral of San Pietro di Castello. This place of worship that seems a little abandoned was actually the main cathedral of Venice for centuries before the Basilica of San Marco was “promoted” from the state of humble chapel to that of cathedral.
  • The tour continues to the imposing “Water Gate“, the access to Venice’s 12th-century shipyard known as the Arsenale. Learn how this historic naval depot was once among the greatest in Europe during Venice’s reign as a maritime superpower.
  • Then, continuing our route through the labyrinth of back canals of the city, we will explore the Cannaregio district and see some of its most charming canals: the quieter waterways, the romantic restaurants and bars on the side of the canals and then head to the picturesque area known as the Jewish Ghetto.
  • At the Jewish ghetto, enjoy a quick stop (about 15/20 minutes) to explore the historic quarters on foot and capture photos of the centuries-old buildings that surround the main square.
  • Then, continue your journey via some of the back canals in the Santa Croce and Dorsoduro areas, stopping at a famous Gondola workshop where artisans still produce the traditional Venetian Gondolas.
  • And of course, during this small group Venice boat tours you’ll cruise down the Grand Canal. Sit back and enjoy the stories, as your guide will introduce you to the splendid palaces, churches, gardens, bridges and warehouses that line Venice’s main street.
*This experience requires a minimum number of 4 travellers. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. If so, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.

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...

The city of Venice is divided into six areas called sestieri and crossed by the Grand Canal . Each sestiere is particularly characteristic and has much of Venice’s history to tell. The six sestieri of Venice are: Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, San Polo, Santa Croce, San Marco and Castello. The most touristy sestiere is surely San Marco (St. Mark’s) with the famous Piazza San Marco (St.Mark’s square) where the Bell Tower rises, but also the Basilica of San Marco (St.Mark’s Basilica) and the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), where you can watch the water from the Ponte dei sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) and admire the Teatro della Fenice (Phoenix Theatre). Castello is the largest sestiere in the city: here the Venice Biennale is held and you can find, for example, the Basilica of San Pietro di Castello and the Arsenal. Cannaregio is, instead, the most northern sestiere of Venice where you can see, among others, Cà d’Oro and the Jewish Ghetto. The Santa Croce sestiere, then, is the historical heart of the city of Venice where you can admire Cà Pesaro, one of the most important museums of the city; while Dorsoduro is recognised as the university sestiere. The sestiere of San Polo, finally, is the smallest but equally frequented by tourists: here is the famous and very photographed Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge).

Small group Grand Canal & secret neighborhoods boat tour












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€ 129 Adults

Free cancellation within 8 days
Duration: 2 hours
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Highlights:

  • 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
  • Explore the neighbourhoods of Cannaregio, the Jewish Ghetto and Dorsoduro
  • See craftsmen in work at Dorsoduro gondola workshop