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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

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

Venice boat tour with an expert guide

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 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

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 (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

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 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)

Included

  • 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

Reviews

5-stars from over 132 Customer Reviews

The Venice boat ride was a dream. Very comfortable. They loved the elevator to the top of the tower - explanations- and great timing- slow pace- getting around, observing, learning. EXCELLENT WORK!
Francesca was very entertaining and gave us a lot of the history of Venice from an actual born and raised Venetian. She really gave us a great lesson on the history of Venice which made us appreciate being there even more.
Everything was wonderful! The surrounding view at the top of the tower was incredible, giving a wonderful idea of how Venice is laid out.
Christine (?) was terrific. She was very knowledgeable and attentive to the comfort of all of us. She was lovely and very professional. Tour was great. We enjoyed it very much. We would have liked to stay longer at the church on the island.
Barbara was an amazing guide. Everything was perfect.
Lots of fun!
Roberta was a great guide. She really gave us a feel for how people actually live in Venice.
The guide was great, explained everything well, cared about each participant and kept things interesting and fun.
Outstanding as usual! Very knowledgeable and intimate with the area!
The guide was knowledgeable and the tour was great. Guides should always hold the mic to speak directly into it. This makes it much easier to hear.
Great way to experience Venice! We got to see and learn much more than we would have by walking around on our own. Thank you!
Giuliano was a fabulous guide. He was knowledgeable about Venice and presented the information in a nice mixture of facts and interesting stories. He was friendly, charming and knew when to duck for the bridges. Wonderful tour.
This was an absolutely amazing tour since it was a small group and our guide was wonderful.
Out of the four tours we booked this was the favorite
Lovely
Our guide was fantastic. She gave us a lot of perspective into the Venetians' way of life and culture as well as historical context for things we saw. Highly recommend this tour. It was our favorite tour of the ones we did in Venice.
This was a great introduction to Venice and a very useful orientation on our first day in Venice. Cristiano was an excellent guide.
Superb guide! A wonderful experience!
This was our first day in Venice and was a wonderful introduction to this unique city. Our only concern was that you could not heat the commentary from the guide with you were sitting on the outside of the boat.
Giuliani was fabulous and delivered a knowledgeable boat tour mixed with some humour. It was a good way to see Venice and the bell tower views were amazing.
Barbara was fantastic and tour itself amazing. My daughter and I said best time in Italy'
I love our tour and tour guide. Christina was the best!!
We truly enjoyed our boat tour in Venice. It gave us to see a side of Venice that we otherwise would have missed. Our guide Barbara, being Venetian, provided a perspective that was most interesting. We would highly recommend this tour to others.
We appreciate the knowledgeable and personable guides of your group (especially Cristina). We have taken many Walks of Italy and have always been very pleased. I recommend you to all my friends! Thank you.
Great tour. The best part was guide - Ms. Jennifer. So nice.
Barbara, was a great guide and we where blessed to have her as our guide.
shes great!
Getting away from the tourism hordes in Venice was an amazing experience, especially such a knowledgeable guide. Loved it.
Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and made the tour great fun and very interesting despite the inclement weather!
All four of our tours with Walks of Italy were awesome. Just a note that the company that provided the listening devices for the Venice boat tour gave your guide older, flimsy equipment that didn't work as well as the equipment provided for the other three tours.
Excellent tour!
Jennifer did an excellent job, the experience met my expectations and then some
The guide was excellent and very friendly. The Tower Climb was an interesting and unique part of the tour.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour in Venice!
The boat tour made my trip to Venice remarkable! Jennifer was extremely knowledgeable about Venice. The history she told us was varied and made it more interesting. I definitely recommend it for everyone!
We loved the whole experience!!
Very good guide. Very knowledgeable.
Great tour! Our guide was very friendly and informative. I will definitely recommend Walks of Italy to friends! Thank you!
Very enjoyable and informative tour with an excellent guide.
It's a great tour. No need to do the gondola ride.
Terrific tour guide, we tremendously enjoyed this one and very well worth it.
Cristina was fantastic - so much area and information to cover, and she did it with style and ease. Brava!
Our tour guide was amazing! We had a fabulous time and would highly recommend it.
Marina was fantastic! Very thorough, very interesting, and very good English which we appreciated!
The Walks In Italy tour was the highlight of my stay in Venice! I loved Kristina and felt so lucky to have had her as our guide. She shared many interesting facts of Venice present day as well as past history. Kristina's English is perfect so I didn't have to struggle to understand her.
This was a fantastic introduction to Venice, information given was interesting , the guide was genuine in her love of Venice.
Excellent tour and guide.
Kristina was a great tour guide and showed me sights I would never had found on my own. I will always cherish my tour of the Grand Canal as well
Cristina was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and friendly, we loved the tour, thank you., Sue and Noel Wordsworth
Jennifer was wonderful
Our tours was wonderful as was our guide, Cristina. Highly recommended!!
Great tour and our guide was very good. Our favourite tour so far.
We've taken a lot of similar tours around the world over the years and this was by far one of the best we have done. This was our third visit to Venice and we saw places we had not previously seen before and learned some new things about daily life in Venice. A great tour!
Very fun and informative tour. Jennifer was great and knowledgable and congenial. We met another family at dinner (a mom and her two teen sons) and recommended this tour for them.
Great tour thank you.
It was a great tour...tour guide was on time, friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable. This was one of the most relaxing afternoons we spent in Italy. The elevator ride up S. Giorgio Maggiore was a real treat. Highly recommend this tour. Worth every penny.
Francisco was a good guide and showed us sights from the water that we were not able to see any other time in our trip.
Loved our guide, informative and friendly! Thanks
Wonderful guide and wonderful tour around Venice! Would highly recommend this for an overview of Venice - and beautiful views from the tower! Thank you Walks of Italy! ~Stephanie Yount
Our tour guide was superb and our boat driver (who did not speak English) managed to communicate that he knew where Nebraska was (our home state) and knew about our the Cornhuskers, our favorite college football team.
Kristina is a wonderful tour guide with a great wealth of knowledge about Venice. She is very passionate and engaging. This tour is a must if in Venice we had a great time. The private taxi is fantasic.
Guide shared so much Italian history and made so interesting! We saw so much ! Great tour!
Awesome!!
Lovely tour, well organised, the number in the boat is just right. A great first approach to a beautiful city.
jennifer was professional and the tour was amazing , I learned so much about venice
Christina was excellent. Very professional and patient with our young kids. Hopefully our kids didn't bother the other couple who were in our group.
Our guide was amazing, you could tell she had passion for her job and loves Venice! Highly recommend to anyone!
It was great! However, I'd tell people they can bring their own headphones - that would have been much more comfortable (the provided ones didn't really fit and I just stopped using them.)
I am much appreciated with your utmost professionalism in providing above services. I would like to say I enjoyed the tour very much and looking forward to seek your services in future.
Jennifer was great. she kept the kids entertained and made the best of the extreme wind. And she had chocolate for Easter!! Great that this runs on Sunday.
Kristina had great energy and confidence. She packed a lot into our two hours together. We loved this tour!
Excellent tour. Would do it again especially with Cristina as the guide. Unbelievable look at Venice by boat with audio devices. Worth every penny!
Enjoyed this tour. It was relaxing on the boat even though it was hot. Nice to have all the information about everything you are seeing. This is the 3rd tour we did with Walks of Italy and I really like the small group and would recommend it to anyone traveling.
Boat tour was a really great way to see a lot of places that you couldn't possibly get to in a week. Kristina made the trip a lot of fun as she had some great great information and was very animated making the trip.
Boat tour was a really great way to see a lot of places that you couldn't possibly get to in a week. Kristina made the trip a lot of fun as she had some great great information and was very animated making the trip.
Incredible tour and extraordinary guide. Excellent tour.
Cristina did a fabulous job with Venice boat tour. Excellent, knowledgeable, personable and funny guide
I loved my tours and tour guides. My experience was excellent. We took our Venice in a Day with Mose and Kristina . They were wonderful, helpful and very attentive. I very much appreciated their knowledge and readiness to help and explain everything to us.
Incredible tour and extraordinary guide. Excellent tour.

Important information

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

The maximum number of people per boat on both group and private tours is 9. If your party is comprised of more people, please call us or write to info@walksofitaly.com. Small Children 5 years of age and under do not count in the 9 person maximum.

Access to the bell tower can be closed on special occasions due to liturgical celebrations held in the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. In this case you will stop off on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore to enjoy the view from the island but will not be able to climb the bell tower.

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The Venice boat ride was a dream. Very comfortable. They loved the elevator to the top of the tower - explanations- and great timing- slow pace- getting around, observing, learning. EXCELLENT WORK!
Francesca was very entertaining and gave us a lot of the history of Venice from an actual born and raised Venetian. She really gave us a great lesson on the history of Venice which made us appreciate being there even more.
Everything was wonderful! The surrounding view at the top of the tower was incredible, giving a wonderful idea of how Venice is laid out.
Christine (?) was terrific. She was very knowledgeable and attentive to the comfort of all of us. She was lovely and very professional. Tour was great. We enjoyed it very much. We would have liked to stay longer at the church on the island.
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Barbara was an amazing guide. Everything was perfect.
Lots of fun!
This is a wonderful tour. 3 generations of us really enjoyed this (from 18 years to 70). Cristina is a fabulous tour guide and she really brought the history of Venice alive. Her love of her city is apparent and she shared lovely aspects of Venice that made it all the more interesting. It felt really magical cruising through the canals and so unique. Seeing Venice from the bell tower on San Giorgio Maggiore Island was spectacularly beautiful. The clocks had just gone back and we saw it at dusk with the lights coming on. We saw so much more of Venice this way.
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The tour was really good. Our guide was a native Venetian that was not only knowledgeable about the history of Venice, but the current Venice. Riding the Grand Canal on the water taxi, getting the view of both sides, stories about the palaces and opportunities for pictures was great. Going over to San Giorgio Maggiore and getting the view of Venice and the lagoon from the bell tower was pretty special. The taxi driver was also helpful and professional.
Excellent tour! Emanuela was a wonderful guide, so informative which brought Venice alive to us first-time visitors. The boat ride was comfortable and afforded beautiful views along the Grand Canal and smaller canals, while the visit to S. Gorgio Maggiore was magnificent with the birds eye panorama of the island. 👍👍👍
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Roberta was a great guide. She really gave us a feel for how people actually live in Venice.
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The guide was great, explained everything well, cared about each participant and kept things interesting and fun.
Outstanding as usual! Very knowledgeable and intimate with the area!
The guide was knowledgeable and the tour was great. Guides should always hold the mic to speak directly into it. This makes it much easier to hear.
Our level of enjoyment would have been higher if the listening devices had provided more clear sound. We missed so much of the commentary. The tour was what we were looking for and the guide was knowledgeable and courteous however.
Cristiano did a good job
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Great way to experience Venice! We got to see and learn much more than we would have by walking around on our own. Thank you!
Giuliano was a fabulous guide. He was knowledgeable about Venice and presented the information in a nice mixture of facts and interesting stories. He was friendly, charming and knew when to duck for the bridges. Wonderful tour.
This was an absolutely amazing tour since it was a small group and our guide was wonderful.
Out of the four tours we booked this was the favorite
Lovely
This boat tour provided excellent vantage points for seeing many sites you can't see well from the land. The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore is impressive and the bell tower provides a breathtaking view of the Venetian lagoon. Cristiano was a knowledgable and personable guide. He went the extra mile by securing some ice for my wife who accidentally bumped her head getting into the boat cabin (don't forget to duck!).
Our guide was fantastic. She gave us a lot of perspective into the Venetians' way of life and culture as well as historical context for things we saw. Highly recommend this tour. It was our favorite tour of the ones we did in Venice.
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This was a great introduction to Venice and a very useful orientation on our first day in Venice. Cristiano was an excellent guide.
Superb guide! A wonderful experience!
This was our first day in Venice and was a wonderful introduction to this unique city. Our only concern was that you could not heat the commentary from the guide with you were sitting on the outside of the boat.
Giuliani was fabulous and delivered a knowledgeable boat tour mixed with some humour. It was a good way to see Venice and the bell tower views were amazing.
Barbara was fantastic and tour itself amazing. My daughter and I said best time in Italy'
I love our tour and tour guide. Christina was the best!!
We truly enjoyed our boat tour in Venice. It gave us to see a side of Venice that we otherwise would have missed. Our guide Barbara, being Venetian, provided a perspective that was most interesting. We would highly recommend this tour to others.
We appreciate the knowledgeable and personable guides of your group (especially Cristina). We have taken many Walks of Italy and have always been very pleased. I recommend you to all my friends! Thank you.
Great tour. The best part was guide - Ms. Jennifer. So nice.
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Barbara, was a great guide and we where blessed to have her as our guide.
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shes great!
Really good! Thanks! Guide was laid-back and in-touch, cool.
Getting away from the tourism hordes in Venice was an amazing experience, especially such a knowledgeable guide. Loved it.
Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and made the tour great fun and very interesting despite the inclement weather!
All four of our tours with Walks of Italy were awesome. Just a note that the company that provided the listening devices for the Venice boat tour gave your guide older, flimsy equipment that didn't work as well as the equipment provided for the other three tours.
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My husband and I took the Venice boat tour with Francesca and we enjoyed it immensely. She was an excellent tour guide - informative without overwhelming us with too much information. She also provided us with some local insights into Venice, which we really appreciated as well. The boat tour itself was amazing - hands down, one of our favourite experiences in Venice and something that we would highly recommend to anyone visiting Venice. Being able to see Venice from the canals was a truly unique experience and one that showcased Venice in the best way possible. We found the price somewhat on the higher end, but we would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you to Francesca again for a truly wonderful experience!