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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?

    01 Apr 17 - 22 Oct 17: Monday - Saturday; 4:00pm & Sunday; 4:30pm
    23 Oct 17 - 31 Oct 17: Monday - Saturday; 2:30pm


    1 hour (approx)

    Start time

    01 Apr 17 - 22 Oct 17: 4:00pm & 4:30pm
    23 Oct 17 - 31 Oct 17: 2:30pm

    Meeting Point

    Tour departs near St. Mark's Square Go to the entrance to the Royal Gardens near San Marco Square. The gardens are on the water side of St. Marks Square.

    Please read the below instructions carefully to help you find the meeting point.

    Directions from St Mark’s square: Facing St Mark’s basilica, turn right and walk to the waterfront and after passing the two giant columns, turn right again – Walk along the waterfront full of street souvenirs vendors, after 200 meters on your right find the Royal Gardens. Avventure Bellissime tour coordinator will have a sign with the name of the tour written on it.

    Arriving by Water-Bus (Vaporetto): Get off at St Marco Vallaresso stop , turn right , cross over a small bridge and after a few meters you’ll find the Royal Gardens on your left.

    If you get off at St Zaccaria waterbus stop: Turn left and walk along the waterfront until you will find the gardens on your right (approx 10 minutes walk from this stop to meeting point)

    Please report at the meeting point 10 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 driver-cum-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, United Kingdom, 21/Sep/2015
    • 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, United States, 04/Jan/2016
    • 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, Turkey, 14/Apr/2016
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