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Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour

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Venezia, Italy
Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour

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Spend a delightful evening cruising along the canals of Venice on this private boat tour. Take in the architectural masterpieces that line the Grand Canal and smaller waterways from aboard a comfortable modern water taxi, venturing further than a traditional gondola would allow. Learn about the artistic and cultural history of Venice from your English-speaking guide as you soak in the sights on your choice of a 1-hour or 2-hour ride.
  • One- or two-hour private tour of Venice by water taxi
  • Cruise up the Grand Canal and into smaller canals
  • Explore further than in a traditional gondola
  • Choice of one or two hours, before or after 6pm
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your tour escort and expert English-speaking guide on this special private water taxi tour of Venice
  • Professional commentary provided by your expert English-speaking guide
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Private tour
Professional guide
Private Venice water taxi hire (1 or 2 hours)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alilaguna & Bucintoro Viaggi , Riva degli Schiavoni, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Alilaguna ticket office, situated in the royal gardens of Saint Mark'square

This activity will end right where it started.
Many of Venice’s most impressive sites can be seen from the water, from the Byzantine glory of ornate churches to the intricate grandeur of Gothic palazzos. Soak in the amazing architecture of the city from aboard a private motorboat, which can cover more distance than a classic gondola ride. Meet your guide in central Venice in the early evening, and then hop aboard a comfortable, spacious water taxi. Cruise up the Grand Canal past the magnificent palaces, churches and homes that line this main thoroughfare while learning about the diverse architecture you see. 

Admire grand palaces such as Ca’ Rezzonico, Ca d’Oro and Ca ‘Foscari as you hear tales of the Venetian nobility that once called them home. Pass under the iconic Rialto Bridge that marks the heart of the city’s commercial district. Your cruise returns along the Giudecca Canal to take in sights like the Il Rendentore basilica and the island of San Giorgio Maggiore with its stunning cathedral. 

Enjoy the personalized attention of your English-speaking guide and feel free to ask questions about any aspect of Venice that interests you. Choose from three different evening departure times and select a 1-hour or 2-hour tour to fit your schedule. At the end of your tour, you will be taken back to central Venice, where you can continue exploring the city on your own.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.
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Canal Grande
Navigate on board an elegant water taxi the famos s-shaped canal, the Grand Canal
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Piazza San Marco
St. Mark's Square has always been the most important Square in Venice and it has been defined as "the most beautiful drawing room of Europe".
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Doge's Palace
The Doge's Palace is one of the finest example of Venetian Gothic style. It was the residence of the Doge, and the political and judicial heart of the city.
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San Giorgio Maggiore
The island of San Giorgio Maggiore is located right in front of St. Mark's Square. On the island there is a 6th-century Benedictine church designed by Andrea Palladio.
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Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore
The Church of the Redeemer was designed by the architect Andrea Palladio and built as a votive church to thank God for the deliverance of the city from a major outbreak of the plague.
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Giudecca is an island separated from Venice by the Giudecca canal, which is the largest one of the city.
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Ca' Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna
The Ca' Pesaro is a Baroque marble palace facing the Grand Canal built by the Venetian architect, Baldassarre Longhena, who also designed the church of the Salute and Ca' Rezzonico, for the noble and wealthy Pesaro family.
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Ponte degli Scalzi
At the beginning of the Grand Canal, the "barefoot bridge" connects the Railway station to the rest of the city.
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Ca' Rezzonico
It is a particularly notable example of the 18th century Venetian baroque and rococo architecture and interior decoration, and displays paintings by the leading Venetian painters of the period, including Francesco Guardi and Giambattista Tiepolo. Nowadays it hosts a public museum dedicated to 18th-century Venice (Museo del Settecento Veneziano)
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Museo Wagner
Designed in the 16th century, it now hosts the casino of Venice.
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Ca' d'Oro
The Ca' d'Oro or Palazzo Santa Sofia is a palace on the Grand Canal . One of the oldest palace in the city, its name means "golden house" due to the gilt and polychrome external decorations which once adorned its walls.
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Ponte di Rialto
Pass under one of the most iconic symbol of Venice: the Rialto Bridge.
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Ponte dell'Accademia
The Accademia Bridge is the only wooden bridge in Venice.
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Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th-century palace, which was the home of the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim for three decades.
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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
In the 17th century Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute).
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Bucintoro Viaggi
You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Venice from the water
, Jul 2022
Simona was a superb guide, with a deep well of knowledge about Venice and a most engaging personality. She brought Venice to life and made all of us wish we could spend more time here. As she said at the beginning of the tour - Venice is a city on and of the water, and the best way to see the city is from the water. We agree.
Absolutely Beautiful Canal Boat Ride in Venice
, Jun 2022
The most memorable part of this trip was seeing things that you would just never see in Venice unless you had weeks to spend here (e.g. the hands sculptures at the military base). Our guide, Catti, was absolutely terrific. There was a long delay with the boat, however - about 30 minutes. It was a lovely evening so we are glad that we waited, but we should not have had to. The tour was entirely by water - which is what we wanted. Some reviewers experienced part boat/part walking tours but we did not, it. It has been the highlight of our trip to Venice!
Private two hour boat...
, May 2022
Private two hour boat tour of Venice and the lagoons. Our was extremely knowledgeable and the boat driver was fun too. Worth the price!
Trip of a lifetime!
, Apr 2022
Thank you so much to Ketty and Paulo for an amazing tour of Venice. Ketty was so informative and a really lovely guide. She told us everything we needed to know and we felt so comfortable with her. The tour itself was so nice and was the highlight of our stay. Absolutely recommended!
Venice at night
, Sep 2020
Our guide was very knowledgeable and we had so much fun with her. She was able to give all the pertinent information about key sites without going into to much detail. We would recommend this for anyone who would like to see Venice during the sunset. It was beautiful.
Our guide was friendly, informative...
Linda M
, Jan 2018
Our guide was friendly, informative and spoke perfect English. I wish we had chosen the longer tour we took the shorter of the two options! I wasn't sure our group would have the attention span or endurance for it we had a 9 year old and 2 senior citizens but the time seemed to pass so quickly, and there is so much to see!
This was a fantastic way to see...
Judith S
, Mar 2017
This was a fantastic way to see Venice. Think we went into every canal, large and small. Our guide, Julianna not sure name was so knowledgeable and we enjoyed every minute of the tour. The lights came on after dusk, and it was like a fairy tale. Would recommend this tour for everyone. Thanks so much for an experience we will always remember.
This was only an hour but what a...
Mark K
, Oct 2016
This was only an hour but what a wonderful hour! It was pricey since it was a private tour but definitely worth the money! Our guide was born and raised in Venice and was very nice. He was a wealth of information about Venice and helped us understand the geography and history of the city. He was able to balance giving us information with letting us take it all in on our own.
We enjoyed this very much and...
Cindy H
, Sep 2016
We enjoyed this very much and Barbara very very knowledgeable and friendly. However, they ended the tour 20 minutes early. I was going to complain (should not have to) but the others in my party asked me not to because they didn't want to spoil what was otherwise an amazing time. Not worth the money
Our guide met us near the Grand...
, Aug 2016
Our guide met us near the Grand Canal and walked us to our water taxi for a one hour tour along the Canal. We had just arrived that morning so were still adjusting to the new time zone and little sleep on the flight over, but she was very informative without being dull in any way. We went along the Grand Canal as well as along some of the quieter canals, and into the Lagoon as well. All in all, a great way to spend a late afternoon hour and a good introduction to Venice.
The Private Grand Canal Boat Tour...
YanJuan H
, Aug 2016
The Private Grand Canal Boat Tour was certainly not Grand as the the tour was entitled. The actual boat provided was a narrow covered boat with a small open seating area the rear, which was a tight fit for just four of us all small/medium framed and therefore, it not allow any room to take any meaningful photographs as there is no room to manoeuvre. In fact, the actual boat is a complete misrepresentation by the Tour writeup and its accompanying photograph. If the tour writeup was accompanied by the photograph of the actual type of boat, I would not have bought the tour for myself and family. Hence, it is not surprising that there is certainly the strong sour taste of being misled. Furthermore, an hour prior to the tour, I had called the given telephone number to check on the specific location of the meeting place for the tour but I was given incorrect information to wait at the esplanade where there is a wooden booth in front of a flower garden to turn right of St Mark's Square, along the walkway by the waters. We had almost missed the tour completely as we had to rushed frantically to find the right meeting place after being advised by some people at the wooden booth. However, the guide was knowledgeable and provided adequate commentary on the tour. Our rating would be a one-star rating and this is just for the guide of the tour only, and, for the Tour Company, its administration and logistics of the tour, our rating is a zero-rating.
Great tour. We did this our first...
Lynne D
, Jun 2016
Great tour. We did this our first night in Venice. We arrived in the late afternoon. This tour was the perfect way to get acclimated to the city. Our guide, Claudia was amazing!
Great way to see Venice and learn a lot...
Elliot R
, Aug 2015
Great way to see Venice and learn a lot more than with a group.
Thinking it was just a water tour...
Matthew M
, Oct 2014
Thinking it was just a water tour was a little dissapointing since we had already booked a walking tour. You should make it clear that it consist of a half water tour and half walking tour.
The boat taxi touring ride itself...
, Mar 2014
The boat taxi touring ride itself was excellent, and including a chance to see both lagoons, the Grand Canal, as well as many of the smaller canals and views. The tour and tour guide were below expectations. The tour guide was late, we waited for him to finish eating before leaving, and his moderating of the tour was modest; in addition, he arranged to stop the boat tour for 2 landings, both of which were interesting and unique, but were not listed by Viator as part of the boat tour and took away from our expensive time on the water. Overall, the taxi tour was among our travel highlights; however, as our first use of Viator, compared with other tour groups, I'd strongly recommend that you more closely evaluate your vendors. Thanks.
ABSOLUTELY A MUST...especially if...
, Aug 2013
ABSOLUTELY A MUST...especially if you have a lot of luggage:)) Great service TO and FROM Marco Polo Airport to ANYWHERE in Venice Italy. We will, with no question use this service again!!!!
Excellent tour. This was one of the...
, Sep 2012
Excellent tour. This was one of the highlights of our trip. We took it the first evening we were there and it is a great way to get introduced to the city. Our guide Ivanno was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and informative. A great way to see the city.
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour as we...
, Aug 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour as we were able to see more of the Venetian neighborhoods than we would have seen just by walking. Fiona provided excellent historical and architectural information that we would not have learned just from the guide books. She adapted our tour to show what we had not seen, and it was interesting to see more of Venice from the lagoon to understand the city.
What was covered in 2 hours could...
Ramkumar V
, Jun 2012
What was covered in 2 hours could have been covered by 1 hour. First off, the tour guide did not know it was 2 hours, then the tour started 20 mins late and finally the boat (taxi) had to be replaced. With all these things we managed to finish the tour by 1.5 hours approximately. Money charged for 2 hours is not worth it.
Good. One hour maybe too short, but we...
, Apr 2012
Good. One hour maybe too short, but we were tired form all the walking.

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