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Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience

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Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Cruise along Venice's most famous waterway with a private, 1-hour boat tour of the Grand Canal, followed by a trip across the Venetian Lagoon to the renowned glass-blowing island of Murano. Zip alongside magnificent palazzos and soak up the quiet charm of smaller canals as your driver relates the legends and history of 'the floating city.' In Murano, watch master glassblowers at a factory workshop and admire intricate finished pieces at the showroom.
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
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local licensed guide
Hotels / port / train station / apartments pickup
Private boat tour along the grand canal and narrow canals 1 hour
glass blowing demonstration & show room visit
Return by shuttle boat offered by the glass factory
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
contact your travel agent for a customized pick up


  • san Basilio
  • terminal crociere venezia

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
2/15/2020 - 2/2/2023
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Top Venice
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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience.
What is the social distancing policy during Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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15 Reviews
3 stars

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Canal and Morano boat tour
, Nov 2019
Our guide Paula was the absolute greatest. Could' t ask for anyone better. Without her help, we would not have been ahle to complete tour
The trip was fine tour guide was nice but they tied to charge my card without my consent for very big amounts
, Aug 2019
I had very weird charges on my credit card after using it on this website! Be careful , i didn’t use this credit card on any other website or any other purchase just this one! and suddenly i find 5700 euroes the. 3000 euroes charge on my card which was declined fortunately! this is unacceptable and very weird! be careful
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Sarah You left this review for topvenice the local supplier in Venice , we haven’t charge your credit card, if you want to complain with Tripadvisor who charge your card please do it on the right page not on my company page... please remove this review urgently
The Perfect Start
, Aug 2019
This tour was the perfect start to my Venice vacation. Our tour guide Maria was a delight and extremely knowledgable. She was also eternally patient as my family lingered at the Murano Glass showroom. Highly recommended.
Great Tour!!
, Jun 2019
Had a fabulous time touring the glass factory in Murano! Our guide was terrific!! :) Would definitely recommend..bring your wallet b/c the items for sale are great quality but very expensive!!
Excellent way to Experience the Grand Canal and Murano!
, Jun 2019
We had an amazing time with Monica. She took great care of us and was full of information along the Grand Canal Tour. Once we arrived at Murano we had the best demonstration of glass blowing and how to make different items out of glass. We toured the showroom and it was just incredible to see the beautiful art!
, Jul 2018
This was our 3rd tour with Viator this vacation trip and bar far the best! Giacomo was terrific. The tour was fun and informative and he even helped us with our evening plans. I would definitely recommend this tour and would suggest you ask for Giacomo!
Grand Canal tour
Christina G
, Jun 2018
We enjoyed our boat tour on the Grand Canal very much! It was wonderful having perspective from the water with history included. The Murano experience was also a great experience and we're very happy we went and saw the factory
The tour is a 5-star event, but the...
Mark H
, Jun 2018
The tour is a 5-star event, but the logistics of meeting up with our guide subtracted from an otherwise great experience. First the bad - I booked this tour because it had an option to pick us up at our hotel. I put the hotel and the address in the computer when I booked the tour. But the website did not have an option to pick a start time although several options were listed. So I called the local tour company to set up a start time. While I was talking to the agent she confirmed our hotel information and told us that our guide would meet us at the public toilets at 1pm. Not being familiar with the area around our hotel, I assumed there were public toilets nearby and they would be easy to find. After 30 minutes of looking for the pickup point I got a text from our guide asking if we were near the meeting place on the island of Venice! She said we were supposed to meet her near the Grand Canal on Venice. We were on the mainland at Mestre at this point. It took us another 40 minutes to get to the train station in Mestre and get to Venice. I feel like there were chances on either the website or when I talked to the tour company to clarify the pickup location or tell me they did not pick up on the mainland. I feel I paid for something I didn't get with the hotel pick up. The guide later told me they don't pick up on the mainland. But the tour was great. By far the best way to see Venice. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The views were spectacular and we now have a much greater appreciation for Venice than if we had tried to walk and see the sights on our own. The Murano glass tour was also fascinating its a family business since the mid 1300's.The only downside to the glass tour is that maybe too much time is spent in their gallery - the art work is beautiful but we spent too long in their many showrooms. I would give it 5 stars except for the confusion over the hotel pickup. Make sure you clarify that important detail and you'll have a great time!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2018
TOUR OPERATOR COMMENT: Thank you for your feedback. Please be advised, as per our brochure page details, this tour picks up from either a Venice hotel, Piazzale Roma, Train Station, or Cruise Terminal. When you called to reconfirm, we advised you that your meeting location would be at the Piazzale Roma, close to the public toilette, due to the fact that you were staying on the mainland. We do not have a way to get to the mainland to pick up guests so they must make their own way to the designated meeting location. We apologize if you thought we were referring to a public toilette near your hotel, but Piazzale Roma is in Venice itself, not on the mainland. We're glad to hear you had a great time on the tour itself and look forward to being of service to you again in the future.
My family and I took this trip in...
Brian D
, Jan 2018
My family and I took this trip in December 2017, we were really lucky with the weather,with the day being cold and bright. The trip down the grand canal with the expert guide was excellent, we all learned so much about the history of varrious areas and buildings lining the grand canal. It is a great way to get to know Venice an the major attractions like st Marks. The trip to the Murano glass works was the second part of the tour, during the trip over to the island you get some excellent views of Venice and in the distance the Alps. At the glass works you get an up close and personal demonstration of glass blowing which is excellent. The only down side is the visit to the glass shop afterwards, there are some excelent glass art works, however the price of the items in most cases are well over 1,000. Some of the pieces are over 100,000. However there is no pressure to buy, but you are followed very closely during your visit which I did not appreciate.
An excellent experience with a...
Ian M
, Feb 2017
An excellent experience with a highly talented guide. The best way to see Venice is by boat and this tour did not disappoint. Our guide had an excellent grasp of the history and really brought the place to life. Murano glass experience was superb and watching a master glass maker at work was unforgettable.

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