Walks of Italy


Key Details

  • City: Venice
  • Duration: 2hrs
  • Start Time: 3.30 PM

Tour Highlights

  • Escape the crowds, visiting the top sights of 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 the best panoramic views.

  • Your luxury Venice boat tour will cruise the Grand Canal passing the most important palaces, buildings and bridges of the city. Then stop at quiet little San Giorgio Maggiore Island.

  • This is our most intimate group tour, with only 9 people per boat – so you’ll find it easy to hear your guide while they tell you fascinating stories behind the sights as you pass them.

Climb the tower of San Giorgio Maggiore The view from San Giorgio Maggiore Tower The view from San Giorgio Maggiore Tower The view from San Giorgio Maggiore Tower Doge's Palace & St. Peter's Square from the tower Inside San Giorgio Maggiore The choir box of San Giorgio Maggiore Basilica With headsets you can always hear your guide Explore quiet canals on our Venice Boat Tour See the Rialto Bridge on our Venice Boat Tour The Rialto Bridge The Doge's Palace from the lagoon The Accademia Bridge Venice gondola-making workshop Venice gondola-making workshop Go beyond the Grand Canal The Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore Isola di San Michele: the island cemetery Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute Water taxis cover more ground than gondolas The beautiful bridges of Venice Get off the beaten path on side canals The colorful neighborhoods of the Jewish Ghetto The famous Venice Casino Ca'Pesaro, an incredible old palace Identify buildings with help from your guide Passing the Accademia Gallery See the best palaces on the Grand Canal


Venice boat tour 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 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 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.

The view from San Maggiore Tower


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.

The canals of Venice on our Venice boat tour


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 whether you’re standing outside or relaxed inside. 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.

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)


  • 2-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


5-stars from over 199 Customer Reviews

Barbara was such a pleasure to be around. She was entertaining and knowledgable would throughly recommend this tour. Thanks for making our trip to Venice so memorable.
Jennifer was a great guide. Helpful and fun with our little group.
Very informative and enjoyable tour - particularly liked the access to quieter areas not usually visited by tourists

Important information

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

Please remember to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and the knees as St. George's Abbey is a religious site

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Barbara was such a pleasure to be around. She was entertaining and knowledgable would throughly recommend this tour. Thanks for making our trip to Venice so memorable.
Jennifer was a great guide. Helpful and fun with our little group.
Very informative and enjoyable tour - particularly liked the access to quieter areas not usually visited by tourists
Perfect tour to kick off your Venice visit! Great energy and patience from Giuliano and very knowledgeable regarding our plans for the following days.
Another great tour! Thank you.
Great trip, no better way to see Venice!
Excellent guide!
This was a great tour and I would recommend -- wish it had been longer! I would've liked to see more of Venice by boat than foot :)
This was my favorite tour. The tour was great, but Barbara made it awesome. She was the best tour guide we had on all of our tours during our 2 week stay in Italy.
We were at sometime going on a gondola ride but after you very enjoyable canal ride we didn't bother
We enjoyed the explanation and the canal tour very much. Even though it rain during the tour, the boat driver did his best on the roughest parts of the canal. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. We saw places we would have not seen by ourselves. It was a great experience.
We enjoyed the Venice Boat Tour with Grand Canal & Tower Climb immensely. As a suggestion, I think it would be even greater if it was scheduled a bit later when everything is painted with the sunset colours. This way it would also be more pleasant when the weather is hot.
What a wonderful way to be introduced to the beautiful city of Venice! Barbara was a wonderful informative tour guide and she had a lovely relaxed manner and engaged with all seven people on the tour. I
Excellent, excellent, excellent - the guide was both knowledgeable and enthusiastic; thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Will certainly recommend to others and hope to use your services again when we visit Italy next year.
Barbara was a fun and well-informed tour guide with a passion for the city of Venice and a great deal of knowledge regarding its history and geography and current conditions (in terms of global warming and also its current issues with tourism). Barbara made it easy to ask questions and she speaks very well in English. I would highly recommend her as a tour guide, and I would highly recommend this tour to any first-time visitors to La Serenissima. Grazie and arrivederci! Jim Villone Jr.
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our guide Cristiano was EXCELLENT. magnificent tour.
Guide did a good job. Unfortunately the rain took all the joy out of the trip
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The boat tour started 15 minutes late because the police were blocking access to certain areas, but it still ended on schedule. So I was a little disappointed it only lasted 1 hour 45 minutes instead of the full 2 hours that I paid for.
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I had a great time! My tour guide was so knowledgeable and sociable, and he made the tour very enjoyable
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Francesca exudes an open pride in her beautiful Venice, as well she should. It was a delight to be with her on this tour.
Francesca exudes an open pride in her beautiful Venice, as well she should. It was a delight to be with her on this tour.
This was a wonderful experience with a great guide. So much better than a Silverseas experience.
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Very good experience. Local guide who was knowledgeable and fun, and who spoke perfect English. The boat trip was excellent, and the visit to the top of the church bell tower gave great views. I'd happily recommend this tour.
We would highly recommend it to everyone wanting to see Venice. It was fantastic!!!!
This was an excellent tour. The headsets were a great idea.
Barbara is fantastic. The tour was well paced, very informative, and Barbara was very charming. I would highly recommend this tour and Barbara to others. Thank you Barbara - you are awesome!
We had a great time. The tour was highly informative & enjoyable especially because our tour guide was a local. I highly recommend it.
Great Tour, Love Walks of Italy Tours and their guides
Giuliano Was our guide who had a great knowledge and was enthusiastic great boat tour!
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Jennifer was a great tour guide! She sprinkled in bits of movie/pop culture references along the way in addition to historical info. It was essentially the first thing I did in the city which helped get my bearings and plan some places I wanted to explore on foot. Would highly recommend it!
Jennifer was very genuinely friendly, provided detailed information.
Giuliano was a most fantastic tour guide. He was helpful and funny and we were very happy with his tour. He was helpful with my mother who has a great deal of trouble walking, and I couldn't have asked for a better tour of Venice.
Jennifer was attention to detail - she made a point of writing our names down and then addressing by name during the tour which gave it a personal touch and a lovely memory overall.
Excellent tour. Very knowledgable and charismatic guide! Enjoyed great chats about art history.
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Our guide Kristina was awesome!! I have taken many tours and usually lose interest about 3/4 of the way in, but not this time. She kept our interest the entire tour. We learned so much! Loved the entire experience!! Thank you Kristina!
The Boat Tour was great as well as Jennifer. I really enjoyed it, and as always the view from San Giorgio Tower is breathtaking.
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Loved the tour! I think this tour was most definitely the highlight of my stay in Venice.