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Grand Canal Cruise, Venice

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Key Highlights

  • Experience Venice from the water in a private motor launch
  • Enjoy wonderful view of some of the most iconic monuments of Venice
  • A guide will accompany you and point out the main Venice attractions from the launch
  • Discover hidden canals and waterways that most tourists never see
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    14 Mar 16 - 23 Oct 16: Monday to Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 5:30pm
    24 Oct 16 - 12 Nov 16: Daily except Sunday at 2:30pm
    14 Nov 16 - 21 Dec 16: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday at 3:15pm
    22 Dec 16 - 05 Jan 17: Daily except Sunday at 3:15pm
    06 Jan 17 - 22 Feb 17: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday at 3:15pm
    23 Feb 17 - 28 Feb 17: Daily except Sunday at 3:15pm
    01 Mar 17 - 11 Mar 17: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday at 3:15pm
    12 Mar 17 - 31 Mar 17: Daily except Sunday at 4:30pm


    1 hour (approx)

    Start time

    01 Apr 16 - 23 Oct 16: 5:00pm & 5:30pm
    24 Oct 16 - 12 Nov 16: 2:30pm
    13 Nov 16 - 11 Mar 17: 3:15pm
    12 Mar 17 - 31 Mar 17: 4:30pm

    Meeting Point

    Tour departs from the entrance to the Royal Gardens, located along the waterfront on St Mark's Square. Follow the line of trees for around 100 metres to come to the Gardens entrance.

    Please read the below instructions to find the meeting point:

    Arriving by Water-Bus (Vaporetto):Get off at St Marco Vallaresso , turn right, cross over a small bridge and the Royal Gardens are located on your left after 100 meters.

    Arriving On foot: From San Mark’s square, facing the basilica, turn right and walk to the waterfront, then take another right and walk past all the souvenirs stalls for about 200 meters, Royal gardens are located on your right.

    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.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    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”

    A visit to Venice is incomplete without a cruise on the Grand Canal. Don't miss!


    Hop on the motor launch from the meeting point to begin your Grand Canal Cruise.

    Cruise down the Grand Canal, from where you will get a wonderful views 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 enthrall you with fascinating stories from the past.

    The small motor launch allows you to cruise along some of the minor canals that will show you the hidden side of Venice which most tourists never see.

    Your cruise will end at the original point of departure.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • English speaking local expert guide
    • Transport by luxury motor boat


    • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Please note & Additional info

    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

    Additional info

    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.
  • Reviews
    • Excellent Cruise

      Really enjoyed the experience and our guide was first class...

      Mr Philip Godwin
    • Very informative tour!

      Our guide (Massimo) was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone could hear him and pointed out all the beautiful sites of Venice. Lovely tour!...

      Susan F Innes
    • Great Tour Excellent Guide Unique

      Very nice Tour, Not a Gondola but a Motorboat Which covers more in less time besides it is also off the beaten track which means you learn much more things about venice that are...

      Ayhan Gedik
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