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Venice: Grand Canal Boat Tour

1. Venice: Grand Canal Boat Tour

Hop into a motorboat and cruise down the Grand Canal of Venice. See dozens of palazzos, mansions, churches, and iconic bridges that span the waterways. Marvel at the ancient Rialto, the oldest and most famous bridge, and then admire the modern Della Constituzione, a glass bridge constructed near Calatrava. Pass central Venetian patrician houses, home to art collections, museums, and university seats. See major city and state institutions like Ca' Grande and Ca' Balbi, and the luxurious hotel Gritti. Catch a glimpse of the bustling casino at Ca' Vendramin Caliergi, and the soirees' palace Ca' Pisani Moretta, before passing through international communities like Fondaco dei Tedeschi. You will also get to see the grand religious edifice of La Madonna Della Salute.

Venice: Grand Canal, Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

2. Venice: Grand Canal, Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

Climb aboard a private boat and travel down the Grand Canal. See the most beautiful parts of the city and its architectural masterpieces from the water. Learn about the noblemen and other inhabitants of the lagoon. Head across to the island of Murano, famous for its glass production. See a glass-blowing demonstration, and then go to the neighboring island of Burano. Stroll among the brightly colored buildings and get some time to enjoy a coffee. Discover secret streets and go to the most popular and lively neighborhoods. Return to the city center and get dropped off on Piazza San Marco.

Venice: Private Gondola Ride

3. Venice: Private Gondola Ride

It is estimated that there were 8-10 thousand gondolas operating on the canals of Venice during the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, there are just 400 that are still in active service. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Venice from one of these icons on a private ride. During the ride, you’ll enjoy the majesty of the Grand Canal as well as the silence and the mystery of the smaller canals, through some of the most beautiful locations that Venice has to offer. You will see the Rialto Bridge, the palace Papadopoli, the home of Mozart, Santa Maria della Salute, the Phoenix and the home of Desdemona and Punta della Dogana. All of this, from the best and most fascinating point of view in the city - directly from the water!

Venice: Grand Canal Cruise by Motor Launch

4. Venice: Grand Canal Cruise by Motor Launch

Climb aboard a motor launch and glide down the Grand Canal on a 1-hour tour of Venice. Escape the crowds of the city as you see the sights at a more relaxed pace. The luxurious motor launch is limited to a maximum of 8-9 passengers for a more intimate experience. Sit outside and enjoy the views and cooling breeze of the waterways. Feel like a VIP as you glide down the Grand Canal. Take photos of the splendid palaces, churches, and romantic bridges at almost every bend on the canal. Learn the evolution of Venice’s main thoroughfare, and hear anecdotes about the famous and infamous people that once lived along it. Then, meander through the minor canals to discover a more hidden side to Venice. Travel through 4 of the city’s sestieri (districts) to get a full overview of the city and lagoon. Return to St. Marks Square to disembark back in the bustling heart of the city.

Private Cruise: Venice Viewed by the Water

5. Private Cruise: Venice Viewed by the Water

There is no doubt that Venice was built to be seen from the water where it is at its most spectacular and magnificent. Enjoy a guided private boat tour to discover the charm and silence of the canals of Venice. Observe the silhouettes of the ancient rooftops against limpid skies. Glide down the Grand Canal with centuries-old palaces on either side. Experience a magic synthesis to the rhythm of the waves. Meet your guide at the designated meeting point to board your private boat. The trip will go along the Grand Canal and small side canals through vibrant neighborhoods, bridges, squares and secret gardens. This is a true Venetian experience that should not to be missed. Enjoy the possibility to have dinner in a typical Venetian restaurant at the end of the tour (optional).

Venice: Masterpieces of Modern Art Tour

6. Venice: Masterpieces of Modern Art Tour

Venice: Masterpieces of Modern Art Tour Join an extraordinary experience in Venice to see the most important modern art collections in the city. Start with Ca’ Pesaro, the permanent seat of the International Gallery of Modern Art in Venice. Discover the history of this magnificent monument overlooking the Grand Canal. Learn from your guide about the remarkable collections of the Pesaro family including works by artists such as Vivarini, Carpaccio, Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and Tintoretto, as well as the most famous Venetian artists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. See how the collection was enriched over the years by further acquisitions and donations such as the Venice Biennale with new critical ideas and unusual perspectives. Follow your guide on an efficient walk to see the masterpieces on display such as the famous The Thinker by Auguste Rodin and Giuditta II (Salomé) by Gustav Klimt together with the works of artists such as Medardo Rosso, Giacomo Balla, Adolfo Wildt, Arturo Martini, Gino Rossi, Giorgio Morandi, and Felice Casorati. Get on the Vaporetto ( water bus ) to get across the canal enjoying the grand views of Venice and have a break before the next Museum. Continue your journey of the modern art in Venice with your pre-reserved tickets to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection: one of the most important museums of European and American art of the twentieth century in Italy. Learn from your guide about Peggy Guggenheim who was a passionate collector and supporter of the arts. See the Palazzo Venier de Leon on the Grand Canal that Peggy acquired as an unfinished mid-18th century building. Marvel at works of modern art by Picasso, Pollock, and Dalí once you are inside. Spend time strolling through the Museum seeing also Picasso, Magritte, Pollock, and Calder at your own pace.

Grande Canal Boat Tour + Murano

7. Grande Canal Boat Tour + Murano

The best way to know and experience Venice is certainly by getting on a private boat and travelling around the Grand Canal defined as “the most beautiful avenue in the world." The crew lead you through the most beautiful parts of the city and recall the legends, history, monuments, architectural masterpieces, art and who created or enjoyed it: the artists, noblemen, courtesans and other inhabitants of the lagoon. To get a better insight into Venetian culture, you'll be invited to visit Murano island  known for its glass production.  It's well worth-seeing the mastery of blowing and shaping the glass that has a long history, like the city itself. Finally, through some smaller and secret channel pathways, you'll see the most popular and lively neighborhoods and reach the pinnacle of the tour - San Marco’s Square.

Venice: Grand Canal Private Boat Trip

8. Venice: Grand Canal Private Boat Trip

Sail up the Grand Canal on a guided boat tour, and cruise along some of the Giudecca canal. The Grand Canal is, without doubt, the most spectacular 'High Street' in the world. It's lined with beautiful palaces constructed over hundreds of years.  As you sail, you can easily imagine what it was like when it was lined with gardens, warehouses, stonemasons, and squeri, where gondolas were built. Discover why there are so many different styles of architecture and why so many of the buildings are of Moorish or Eastern style.  Experience first-hand why poets and writers, such as Shelly, Byron, and Browning, loved Venice so much. Then, nip down some of the city's more secluded waterways, unreachable by foot. Cruise under picturesque bridges, and explore a quieter side of Venice, where the façades of the city can only be seen from the canals

Venice: Private 2-Hour Cicchetti & Wine Tour w/ a Sommelier

9. Venice: Private 2-Hour Cicchetti & Wine Tour w/ a Sommelier

Follow your private guide in the morning to visit the Rialto Market and its joyful and lively atmosphere. Learn about its products and history and then pop into a typical bacaro for a glass of prosecco and a cicchetto, the Venetian style tapas. Enjoy them alongside Venetians who have also stopped by with their groceries before going home to fix lunch.  Then, get on a gondola and cross the famous Grand Canal and discover Cannaregio. Learn about its traditions and its people before enjoying another bacaro stop for some more delicious wine and food.  This private tour is a fun and enjoyable way to discover some of the most beautiful areas of Venice from a different - and very tasty - perspective.

1-Hour Motor Boat Ride on Grand Canal

10. 1-Hour Motor Boat Ride on Grand Canal

Venice was built to be lived from the water and the Grand Canal is the most important and best-known arterial water road in Venice. Get ready to be blown away and enjoy your tour along the Grand Canal discovering Venice from a different perspective. Sit on your water boat and enjoy all the stories and comments regarding Venice and its palaces from your knowledgeable and qualified tour guide. Learn Venetian history and culture and savor tales and anecdotes about the most famous building and people that once lived along the most beautiful “high way” of the world. The tour will start and end in St. Mark’s Square and proceed in an “unconventional” way, showing you all the splendor of minor Venice. Then, your journey will continue through the minor canals of Venice. Return to the Grand Canal and proceed straight to the whole canal, going back to Saint Mark. Going slowly, see the haze rising on the water and the best of Venice with no noise. Visiting the Grand Canal of Venice in this way will be breathtaking, one of the most spectacular sights in the world.

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What people are saying about Grand Canal

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 266 reviews

Sara was amazing and was so knowledgeable. I would definitely book this tour again because it got us to Murano and Burano to see all of the places on our bucket list. The tour at the factory in Murano was fantastic and seeing the lace and painted houses in Burano was so special. Sara snuck in one last surprise for us at the end that was so cool - you have to book to find out! You won’t regret going on this tour.

Thoroughly recommend this trip. A beautiful boat with a small group of people made the experience feel very special. An excellent way to view Venice and learn more of its history, even if a little difficult to hear the guide at times, this did not however detract from the tour of this stunning city.

This is a must have, especially if you want more time with few people and not want to splurge on a gondola ride. The guide will also show you a lot of bridges and buildings. The views are amazing as well.

This tour provides a great introduction to the canal system. The vouchers are easy to exchange at the ticket booth and the tour is well worth it!

Nicole was the best guide ever Super knowledgeable and very charming My family enjoy her tour very much