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Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour

Venezia, Italy
Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that visiting Venice and not taking a boat ride down the Grand Canal is a travelling sin. Experience the Floating City in all of its glory on a 1-hour motorboat tour in a group limited to 12. Ideal for first-time visitors, you’ll pass beautiful palazzo and sail beneath famous bridges such as the Accademia Bridge and the Rialto Bridge.
  • 1-hour motorboat tour of the Grand Canal in Venice
  • A must-do experience ideal for first-time visitors
  • Pass beautiful palazzo and sail beneath famous bridges such as the Accademia Bridge and the Rialto Bridge
  • Learn about the history, culture, and architecture of the Floating City from a guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people
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Live commentary on board
Professional art historian guide
Motor launch ride long the grand canal
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Giardini Ex Reali, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Point: Alilaguna Ticket Office, in front of the Royal Gardens (St. Mark's Square) and next to the Vaporetto Stop "San Marco Giardinetti"

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depending on the start time chosen at checkout, greet your guide at the Alilaguna ticket desk at the gate of the Royal Gardens in advance of 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, or 6:30pm.

Start your motorboat tour at San Giorgio Maggiore, a 16th-century Benedictine church, and embark on a journey past grand palazzo, hotels, and buildings encompassing Gothic, Romanesque, and Renaissance architectural styles.

See highlights such as Palazzo Gritti and Palazzo Corner, and learn about the history and culture of Venice from your guide. Your tour concludes at St. Mark’s Basin, from which you can see the iconic Doge’s Palace.
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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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Casino di Venezia
Designed in the 16th century, Ca' Vendramin Calergi 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bucintoro Viaggi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour.


12 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Good tour.
, Nov 2019
Meeting point was poorly described and took a lot of questioning of locals to find the departure point. Rainy poor weather. Helped to get oriented to the Grand Canel and the city.
Grand Canal Cruise Review
, Oct 2019
the guide was knowledgeable and very informative, the trip was worth seeing and getting a feeling for size of the Grand Canal and the islands are and their locations. the boat ride was good and comfortable. The big issue was if you were on the inside you did not get any panoramic views and good photo shots. there were only 3 three seats on the back end and two in front with the driver and guide
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Sep 2019
The tour ran short of time stated. The guide seemed to have a hard time remembering some landmarks and kept asking the captain of the boat (who also seemed to be a close friend of hers) about what things were. The guide was friendly, but seeming a bit distracted. The boat was beautiful and I enjoyed the tour, but the guide was lacking in my opinion. Every other tour we’re booked through this company have been OUTSTANDING! This was a bit of a disappointment. She also had to make a phone call at one point during the tour, not sure if it was work related? Just seemed quite odd. Not our best tour.
A small boat, so only the first 3...
John P
, Apr 2018
A small boat, so only the first 3 aboard got to sit outside at the start. The rest of us sat inside and couldn't see a thing. When we got to the Canal the rest of us were able to stand outside, but were unable to hear the commentary. So it was a choice of seeing the buildings on the canal, or learning about them not both.
This tour was a disappointment. The...
, Jan 2018
This tour was a disappointment. The guide's English was fair but she spoke very quickly and this made it extremely difficult to understand what she was saying. She seemed to be a bit robotic and lacked much personality. Did not learn much from this tour. Would not recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Could not see much as boat sat low in...
, Jan 2018
Could not see much as boat sat low in the water and could not see sights clearly .
1 traveler found this review helpful
The views, the exhilarating feeling...
, Nov 2017
The views, the exhilarating feeling of tge speedboat. It was ALL so beond worth it!!! Venezia is a DREAM!!! And tge pictures i was able to capture upon this one hour tour were BEYOND words!!!
Venice is amazing and the boat trip was...
Kay H
, Oct 2017
Venice is amazing and the boat trip was a great way to see the Grand Canal

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