Walks of Italy

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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 91 Customer Reviews

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!

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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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!
Really great tour that showed us both some of the best known areas but from an alternative perspective and some of the lesser known places in this well known city. A great insight and a wonderful journey around the city.
Excellent tour!
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Brilliant tour. The boat trip along the Grand Canal and quieter, residential waterways was stunning and the knowledgeable guide was friendly and informative. The Tower Climb was incredible and the panoramic view of Venice was spectacular, a tour not to be missed. We have also used Walks of Italy in Rome and would highly recommend them.
Our guide was awesome and very helpful. I am so happy we saw Venice from the boat. I thought I was missing s lot because we could schedule the St marks basilica. I know after the boat tour we did the right thing. Thank you walks of Italy we are absolutely satisfied with all of the tours we had with walks of Italy. Will recommend to anyone who goes to italy.
Barbara was FANTASTIC! She was very friendly, and deeply knowledgeable about all things Venice. She made this tour a highlight of our entire Italy trip. The boat was clean and very well piloted. When we cruised the various canals it was such a treat. The tour exceeded our expectations in every way.
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.
Despite the extremely cold conditions, the climb to the top of the tower at San Giorgio di Maggiore and the private motor boat cruise around the canals of Venice were fab. Jennifer, our expert guide, was spot on with her narrative. I'll document my full experience in a blog post which I'll draft sometime next month.
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We had a great afternoon with Cristina as our guide. We boarded a private water taxi and toured the Grand Canal and the Minor Canals of several Sestieri. Cristina shared information about the areas, famous buildings and lesser known sites. We saw the quieter non tourist areas where Cristina gave us recommendations on some off the beaten path places we might want to further explore. The tour concluded with a stop at San Giorgio Island. We took the elevator to the top of the bell tower where we were able to capture magnificent photos of Venice and St. Mark’s Square. In addition to being very knowledgeable, Cristina is warm and friendly making us feel welcome to her Venice. At the conclusion of the tour we felt we had a new friend in Venice hugging as we said Arrivederci, with hopes of seeing her again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour in Venice!
We had trouble hearing/understanding with the noise of the boat as well as the guide's accent.
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!
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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.
Excellent tour. It gave us a better overall picture of Venice--the location of the various neighborhoods and highlights of each. Even though we did a lot of walking we would have never seen or found many of the things that we saw on this tour. Jennifer was very friendly and helpful. Sometimes the audio did not transmit well--for th most part-- a minor glitch.
Excellent tour. It gave us a better overall picture of Venice--the location of the various neighborhoods and highlights of each. Even though we did a lot of walking we would have never seen or found many of the things that we saw on this tour. Jennifer was very friendly and helpful. Sometimes the audio did not transmit well--for th most part-- a minor glitch.
This was a fantastic introduction to Venice, information given was interesting , the guide was genuine in her love of Venice.
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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
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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.