Venice Boat Tour

Grand Canal & San Giorgio Maggiore Island Tower Climb


2 hrs

running days

Wed, Fri, Sun

start time



Escape the tourist hoards, visiting the top sights of Venice from the water, with a special stop at little-visited San Giorgio Maggiore Island. Here you’ll have the chance to climb the bell tower for an unparalleled panoramic view of the city.


Our luxury Venice boat tour passes the most famous sights of Venice – from the Rialto Bridge to St. Mark’s Square, with an expert Walks tour guide onboard to tell you tales and anecdotes from the city’s long and fascinating history.


With a maximum of only 9 people, our Venice Boat Tour is our most intimate Venice experience. Engage with your guide and ask all the questions you want – passing so many exquisite palaces and bridges, you’re sure to have loads!

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What's included?

Venice boat tour along the Grand Canal by luxury speed boat; admission to Basilica San Giorgio Maggiore and its bell tower; expert Walks tour guide throughout; small groups of only 9 people or fewer.

The next running date for this tour is in April, 2015. Book now for dates after that or check out our Legendary Venice Tour, our only tour running year-round.

Why Choose this Tour?

How better to explore a floating city than by boat? While the streets and bridges of Venice may become clogged with tourists, there’s always space on the water. Not to mention the best views. Our Venice Boat Tour offers you a relaxed and authentic encounter with one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world.

Exploring the Grand Canal on our Venice Boat Tour

Explore Venice in comfort from the water, with an expert guide.

One of Venice’s grandest 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 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 the St. Mark's Basilica like never before. You’ll explore the city’s prettiest inner canals, Venice’s equivalent to “back streets,” taking in the city’s beautiful palaces and getting a sense of how Venetians really live.

Visit the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

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. 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 of 12 or fewer on our Venice boat tour

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, 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 however you choose to spend your experience. And with small groups of only 9 people or fewer – 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!

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements here.

Meeting Point: Meets and ends near the Doge's Palace. Full details provided upon booking.

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Prices for the Whole Family

Our tours aren't one-size-fits all and neither are our prices, which is why infants under 3 travel free and we have special pricing for children, students and seniors - just remember to bring ID on the day of your tour.

Adult: €98
Senior: €93
Child: €76
Student: €93

Private Tour Option Available

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5-star tours, as voted by TripAdvisor users

Kristina, our guide was fantastic. She was professional, knowlegeable about the history and architecture of Venice. Kristina was also a great person to spend time with. She pointed out the sights, important buildings and provided the history and significance of them as we passed through the canals. It was exciting to roam through the "back streets" of Venice via a private water taxi. We also saw the city from the top of the Basilica San Giorgio which was an unbelievable site. This tour exceeded our expectations and it shouldn't be missed. 

Walks of Italy won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2011, 2012 & 2013 - and we're on track to win in 2014!

Customer Reviews

"A wonderful way to experience Venice when it is hot and your feet ache! Kristina was an informative, enthusiastic guide with interesting stories about the mansions along the grand canal. The view of Venice from the island bell tower is fabulous, plus the water taxi also goes down some small canals to see the " real" Venice. Our kids (14 and 11) loved it."
Lucinda Schmidt
"Walks of Italy has a boat tour of the city that exceeded all of our expectations. Jennifer who guided our tour was knowledgeable, professional, and just a really fun person to spend the day with. She not only pointed out the sights and important buildings etc., she provided the history and the significance of them as we passed through the canals. We not only toured the canals of Venice on a beautiful boat, but also saw the City from the top of Basilica San Giorgio on Maggiore across the lagoon (what an unbelievable way to see the city!)"
Paul & Julie

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements here.

Meeting Point: Meets and ends near the Doge's Palace. Full details provided upon booking.

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