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Grand Canal Cruise, Venice

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Duration: 1 hour (approx.)
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  • Enjoy wonderful view of some of the most iconic monuments of Venice
  • A Canal Cruise is a must-do in Venice

The Grand Canal meanders through Venice and a cruise is an excellent way to see the city’s landmarks: palazzos, courthouses, markets and bridges. The French writer, Philippe de Commines in the 15th century described the Grand Canal as the “finest street in the world” and a visit to Venice would be somewhat incomplete without a cruise on the Grand Canal.

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We travelled the gran canal with an english speaking guide in a small group. She knew her stuff and was enthusiastic. You can see the same sites on a vaporetto but it was worth...

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My wife and really enjoyed this cruise and it was much cheaper to book in advance than when we got there....

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The tour starts from the entrance to the Royal Gardens on the water front of St. Mark’s square.

Accompanied by a guide you will be taken to board your private motor launch. Cruise down the Grand Canal, from where you will get a wonderful view of some of the most iconic monuments of Venice such as the Santa Maria della Salute, Ca d’Oro and the Rialto Bridge. Your guide will point out all the buildings of interest on the way and enthral you with their fascinating stories.

Your tour takes place on a small motor launch which means you can also cruise along some of the minor canals to see a hidden side of Venice which most tourists never see.

Your tour ends at St Marks Square.

Please note
Please call the local activity operator anytime between 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Saturday, atleast a day prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

Your tour guide will be holding a sign with the name of the tour written on it
  • English speaking local expert guide
  • Transport by luxury motor boat
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
10 Mar 14 - 15 Nov 14: Daily
16 Nov 14 - 08 Mar 15: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday
09 Mar 15 - 31 Mar 15: Daily
1 hour (approx.)
Start time
01 Apr 14 - 25 Oct 14: Daily; 1730h (5:30pm)
26 Oct 14 - 15 Nov 14: Daily; 1430h (2:30pm)
16 Nov 14 - 08 Mar 15: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday; 1430h (2:30pm)
09 Mar 15 - 31 Mar 15: Daily; 1630h (4:30pm)
Meeting point
Tour departs from the entrance to the Royal Gardens, located along the waterfront on St Marks Square. Follow the line of trees for around 100 metres to come to the Gardens entrance.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Ending point
The tour ends at St Marks Sqaure.
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
This tour can easily be taken by those arriving in Venice as part of a cruise. Most cruise companies offer water taxi transfers into St Marks Square (approx 10 minutes). Alternatively if you have more time and would like to explore the enchanting back streets of Venice you can walk in around 1 hour.

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We will never charge you any administrative fees for cancellations. For most tours and activities, there is no penalty for bookings cancelled a week in advance.

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