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Key Details

City: Venice


Duration: 2hrs


Start Time: 3:30pm

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.

Tour Description

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...

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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.

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.

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 262 Customer Reviews

Barbera was an excellent and considerate guide - The only and most important thing that would have improved this ‘luxury experience would have been a small bottle of water for each guest.

RAYMOND

Jun 22, 2019

Tour and guide were great! We thoroughly enjoyed the tour!

Colleen

Jul 11, 2019

The guide was wonderful! The tour was fun! We learned so much and made our vacation exciting.

Eduardo

Jul 06, 2019

The highlight of our Venice trip! Emanuela was an amazing guide and the experience of a more personal tour & being able to ask questions made it all the more special. Couldn’t have been better - will have lasting memories.

Gordon

Jun 30, 2019

The tour was just terrific and the guide was a goldmine of information and great fun to spend time with. I highly recommend the boat tour, and especially this guide, to anyone who wants to get to know Venice. The Walks emails and web site were a tad confusing, but no serious problem. Once we got going we loved what the guide told us and they way she interacted with us and took us seriously--quite different from some other tour guides on on different tours who did not look that interested. Keeping the group small--to nine--was perfect. And the tour climb (by elevator happily) was lovely. All in all, just the right way to get introduced to Venice. Thank you.

James

Jun 25, 2019

Barbera was a great guide! Very informative and entertaining. Was also helpful with local suggestions! WE loved the tour!

Sean

Jun 23, 2019

Barbera was an excellent and considerate guide - The only and most important thing that would have improved this ‘luxury experience would have been a small bottle of water for each guest.

RAYMOND

Jun 22, 2019

Tour and guide were great! We thoroughly enjoyed the tour!

Colleen

Jul 11, 2019

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Important Information

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