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Grand Canal Self-Guided Boat Tour with Audio Guide, Venice

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Key Highlights
  • Experience the charms of Venice on a Grand Canal self-guided cruise
  • Enjoy the cruise at a time convenient to you, during the day or at night
  • The hour-long cruise leaves you with the rest of the day to explore Venice on your own
  • Discover canals away from the tourist trail, as well as attractions such as the Rialto Bridge
  • Enjoy entertaining audio commentary on the sites that you will be passing
  • A Grand Canal boat cruise is an absolute must-do when in Venice
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    1 hour (approx.)

    Start time

    12:00am to 11:55pm (every 10 minutes during the day and every 20-25 minutes at night)

    Meeting Point

    You can join the tour from Embarkation point of San Zaccaria, close to St. Mark’s Square or Embarkation point of Piazzale Roma.

    Ending Point

    If you are boarding from Embarkation point of San Zaccaria, you need to get down at Embarkation point of Piazzale Roma. If you are boarding from Embarkation point of Piazzale Roma, you need to get down at Embarkation point of San Zaccaria, in St. Mark’s Square.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Discover the charms of Venice on a relaxing Grand Canal cruise and see its attractions from the water. Venice's main artery and primary boulevard, the Grand Canal is spanned by bridges and lined with more than 200 of the most gorgeous Venetian palaces.

    Enjoy Venice sightseeing at your own pace and take the cruise at a time convenient to you, at day or at night! Listed to entertaining audio commentary and feel the balmy breeze on your face as you immerse yourself in an authentic Venetian experience.

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    Reach the meeting point at a time convenient for you to start your Grand Canal self-guided tour.

    Grand Canal is the main water-road of Venice, 4 km long and with more than 200 magnificent palaces belonged to the Venetian nobles and the Doges (Head of the Venetian Republic). Sit back and enjoy a relaxing cruise as you discover the abundant charms of Venice from the water. Pass under the oldest bridge of Venice: Rialto. Enjoy fascinating audio commentary in many languages about the rich history of Venice and its splendid attractions! No more fixed timetable or rush, enjoy a quintessential Venice experience at your own pace by day or night.

    Delve into the rich culture and history of Venice as you pass the beautiful Venetian palaces, which were once home to the likes of Wagner, Byron, Robert Browning, Hemingway, Proust, Henry James, Ruskin, and James Fenimore Cooper.

    Get on the public boat number 1, the slower boat used by venetians to move around the city, put your earphones and enjoy the trip. The 24 descriptions will begin automatically on your mobile as you pass in front of each place of interest.

    If the cruise starts from Embarkation point of San Zaccaria, you need to get down at Embarkation point of Piazzale Roma. If you are boarding from Embarkation point of Piazzale Roma, you need to get down at Embarkation point of San Zaccaria, in St. Mark’s Square.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • 1 ticket for public boat valid only for line number 1
    • Mobile App with commentary in English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Japanese and Russian
    • Self-guided tour by mobile app with pictures, audio and written commentary of the exterior of 24 attractions and point of interest.
    • Hotel transfers
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Voucher Information: You must print and surrender a paper version of the public boat ticket before to get on the public boat and avail the self guided tour (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their boat ticket.

    Getting to Embarkation point of San Zaccaria:

    By Foot: The embarkation point of San Zaccaria is close to Saint Mark’s Square. If you have the Doge Palace in front of you just turn right and cross the Ponte (bridge) della Paglia. Then go straight until Hotel Danieli, on the right side you will see the Mooring point “San Zaccaria” letter “E” from when the public boat number 1 starts.

    The ticket line is valid for 75 minutes from the moment of validation and it is ONLY for the line 1(white circle with black number).

    You should take public boat line 1 to do the complete tour.

    You will be sent an email with the QR code, public boat ticket and instructions for activating the tour.

    You must download the app on your mobile phone before the tour starts.

    The app runs on GPS only and does not use up data.

    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.

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