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Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour

Venezia, Italy
Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour

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Experience the beauty of Venice by boat on this Grand Canal tour of the city built on water. Glide through the placid waters past palaces, churches, gardens, and bridges as you make your way along the iconic waterway. Then journey into some of the minor canals on this luxury motorboat. Bring the magic of these liquid streets to life on a tour that’s ideal for lovers, photographers, and travelers!
  • Cruise the Grand Canal and minor canals with a local guide
  • Learn the history of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Admire the churches of Madonna Dell'Orto and Santi Giovanni e Paolo from the water
  • Travel into the smaller canals to see little-visited parts of Venice

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get a standard Grand Canal tour and explore some rarely-visited waterways.
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Luxuriuos motor-launch for 1 hour
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drink
Giardini Reali , San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Entrance to the Royal Gardens, on the waterfront of St Mark's Square - You'll meet Avventure Bellissime tour coordinator outside the gardens, in front of the wrought iron Gate holding a sign with the name of the tour and Avventure Bellissime logo written on it.

This activity will end right where it started.
Explore the liquid streets of Venice on this Grand Canal boat tour. Journey through the diverse areas of the city aboard a luxury boat that departs from St. Mark’s Square. Learn about the most important waterway in Venice as you make your way past St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and other landmarks.

Your guide points out palaces and city squares, like Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where gothic architecture and old-world charm reign supreme. Hear about the local trade schools that teach mercantile traditions that allow the city to flourish.

After exploring the Grand Canal, head off to some of Venice’s minor waterways, where you see parts of the city rarely visited by tourists. It’s the best way to experience the beauty and charm of this old world city, complete with comfortable transport and a knowledgeable guide.
Stop At:  
Canal Grande
Enjoy a 1 hour tour of the Grand Canal and minor canals conducted by our English speaking guide in a small group of 8/9 people
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)
Pass by the famous Basilica of San Giovanni and Paolo
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Chiesa della Madonna dell'Orto
As you cruise in the picturesque side canals of the Cannaregio district , see the beautiful church of Madonna Dell'Orto with its famous Tintoretto Paintings .
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Enjoy visiting by boat the Cannaregio district .
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Rio de S. Trovaso
Depending on the phenomenon of high tide , at times we neec to slightly change the itinerary and include visiting this canal where you can see a famous gondola shypyard where gondolas are built .
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When there is high tide , at times we take this rote via the Giudecca Canal from where you can view the Giudecca Island with its famous Palladian Villas and areas of the San Polo district of Venice
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Tour is not suitable for people in wheelchairs or with walking difficulties as passengers are required to step down onto the boat when boarding. The variation of the level of tides can make the vessel unstable.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Boats are partly covered and partly uncovered – In the open area there is room for 8/9 people "normal size"
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • During high water, the tour will take place, but it might happen we have to partly adapt the tour to the weather conditions
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Most travelers can participate
  • All passengers pay the same rate irrespectively from their age
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Avventure Bellissime
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour?
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
See all safety measures taken by Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour?
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 Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Go into the little canals that are impossible to reach by walking or on vaporetto." See review
  • "Great for sightseeing if you want to skip the over-priced romantic option." See review
  • "The organiser hired a water taxi with microphone system which was OK, but would have been better to use earpieces like most other tours that we did in Italy." See review


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Terrible I want money back
, Jun 2022
Very disappointed no guide showed up at the garden gate. I want my money back. Terrible so disappointed
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Client, Yesterday I spoke with you and sent all proofs of us trying to get in touch with you by all means at disposal to suggest a change of time for your boat tour. You had booked via an agent, as I found out during our phone conversation, back in 2021. The only way we could communicate with you was by the Viator message site. All our messages got not answer. Then after the call I sent to your email all emails posted on your booking and I right away sent to Viator approval for full refund. Of course I’m sorry you could not take the boat tour but as far as we are concerned we tried very hard to reach you suggesting to take it in the morning. Kind regards, Monica
Venice by Water
, Apr 2022
The views we saw along with the commentary provided by our guide was fabulous. It was my first experience in Venice, and I understood and appreciated a lot more about Venice now. Loved this experience 😀
1 traveler found this review helpful
Every one who booked that tour was left standing at our meeting point.
, Apr 2022
The tour guide never showed up. both my wife and I and the other two couples were stood up by our guide. The couple from Bosnia contacted their tour guide agent and found out that our 10:00 tour was cancelled. The tour was being rescheduled for 1:00. We were unable to make that time because we had already scheduled our day beginning with your 10:00 tour.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear client, I sent one week before the tour, information via our resellers that due to decisions taken by the administration to stop tours down the grand over Easter holidays, we were forced to operate the tour at 1pm - I’m sorry you did not receive the message but as far as we are concerned we did all that was in our power to inform our clients. Majority of clients in fact turned up at the right and revised time . I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but we’ve tried very hard to get the message to you. Kind regards, monica
A must-do activity in Venice!
, Apr 2022
We are on my mom’s dream trip, touring Italy. One of her top things to do was a gondola tour, but after talking with many other travelers, we were cautioned to avoid avoid avoid the gondola rides as they are 20 minutes, if you are expecting musical accompaniment you must hire that separate, and there is not conversing with the gondoliers unless you get a chatty one. That bummed her out so I found this tour and Boy! We struck gold. We cruised several canal outlets, got a satisfying history lesson, and enjoyed the lovely teak boat’s comforts and beauty. We were extra lucky to have such beautiful weather!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Client, Thank you for taking the time and send your feedback about our small group Grand Canal tour. Touring Venice by boat is very special as you see areas of Venice that can not been see on foot or just by taking the waterbus as in this tour we cruise many back canals as well. Yours sincerely, Monica
A great time!
, Aug 2021
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the architecture, and it was lovely being on on the water
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Stacy, Thank you so much for your feedback about our knowledgeable guide. Indeed it's best to see Venice from the water to truly admire all the treasure this floating city has to offer. Thank you for joining our tour! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Manager
Good tour through the canals of Venice.
Arlene d
, Nov 2019
We not only had a comfortable boat to tour in, we had a very nice guide to introduce us to the Grand Canal. It was interesting and educational and fun, in spite of the light rain that fell during the last part of the tour. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. I can recommend it.
So worthwhile doing! Go into the little canals and nooks and crannys of Venice
, Nov 2019
Loved this so much. well worthwhile doing! Go into the little canals that are impossible to reach by walking or on vaporetto.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Christie T
, Nov 2019
This tour was very expensive and fairly limited. We enjoyed being on the canal but it was very short for the price. For a family of four, it was close to $500.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Client , I'm not sure you are referring to our tour , as the cost for 4 people would be around 200 $ ( 48 euro per person ) and not 500 $ . The tour is limited to 8/9 people and lasts 1 hour as adverstised on the tour description . Kind regards Monica
1 traveler found this review helpful
Throughly enjoyable boat tour
, Oct 2019
We really enjoyed this tour of the Grand Canal and several of the smaller canals. Our guide was really knowledgeable and entertaining and his English was excellent. I'm sorry I didn't get his name so won't be able to properly thank and recommend him. The weather was perfect and although we have been to Venice several times and have taken many boat trips to various islands, we've never toured the canals by boat as we were slightly worried that they wouldn't be worth the time or the cost, but this one definitely was worth every euro! Can wholeheartedly recommend.
Grand Canal Tour
, Oct 2019
Very interesting tour. In addition to hitting the highlights of the Grand Canal, we also toured some of the smaller canals. We were in a small group of six in one of the "speedboats" - plenty of room in the boat and the guide was very good.
An enjoyable boat ride!
Shelley S
, Oct 2019
The staff was a little late arriving and sometimes I had difficulty understanding the tour guide. However, I enjoyed her accent and personal knowledge of Venice. I learned some things and enjoyed standing up at the front of the boat. Overall, very enjoyable!
A must do in Venice!
Carmen C
, Sep 2019
We really enjoyed this cruise in Venice. They took us through some of the interior canals and gave us a brief explanation of the sites and the different neighborhoods. We enjoyed this much more the gondola ride that we did. Less traffic and more scenic. I would highly recommend this tour. We didn't have any trouble finding the meeting spot. It is right in front of the entrance to the Royal Gardens just like the instructions said.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Couldn’t find the tour guide
, Sep 2019
We were told to meet at the royal gardens which come to find out was closed for construction. We waited around 30 min and even walked around a bit to find our tour guide/boat driver with a Viator sign. Someone should have emailed be about where to meet the tour guide. (I checked my email) Nope, no one. So we left. I paid good money for this. I was looking forward to it. I hope I can get reimbursed for the expense.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
I’m very sorry that you did not manage to take the tour . I wonder though what might have happened for you not seeing our guide at the entrance of the Royal Gardens , which is where we meet for the majority of our tours in Venice . AS specified in the voucher we meet at the entrance of the Royal Gardens and not inside the gardens . Moreover I ‘m sure that if you had called the office number specified in the tour voucher , our staff would have helped you in finding the meeting point . Kindest Regards Monica
A nice overview of Venice
, Aug 2019
Good tour. Well organised with clear instructions where to meet the guide. The group was split into smaller groups of 8 which was good. The organiser hired a water taxi with microphone system which was OK, but would have been better to use earpieces like most other tours that we did in Italy. The guide was a local and spoke very good English. Her knowledge of Venice and its history was fantastic. We certainly learned a lot during the hour. There was a mix of history and celebrity (e.g. where George Clooney got married). Remember that this is a tour mostly of the Grand Canal (e.g. Rialto Bridge and the buildlings directly facing the canal) but does include some of the back waters (which we found probably more interesting). In hindsight, we wish we booked a two or three hour tour that would have spent more time with the 'hidden' Venice and maybe even a quick glimpse of the three main Islands. But for the price and duration it was very good.
Well done
, Aug 2019
The boat was actually a standard Vienna water taxi. It held 8 easily, could have held more but they thankfully broke up our group. The guide was well informed and pleasant, while a bit hard to understand. Route and number of places seen was EXCELLENT.. Far more than a gondola could accomplish in 4 times the time. Great for sightseeing if you want to skip the over-priced romantic option.
Awesome Tour and Guide
, Aug 2019
Really great introduction to the City. The tour guide was amazing!! She was informative and friendly. On time....
Fantastic Tour
, Jul 2019
An excellent walking tour. It was great to have someone who grew up around the area taking the tour. Would just like to say what a good tour guide she was. Kept everyone's attention and we learnt lots of interesting snippets of information. Size of the tour was small enough to be able to ask questions and she was aware of the younger and older people within the group. Cannot praise our tour guide enough!!
Perfect Intro to Venice
, Jul 2019
This is the perfect way to see the unique beauty of this special city. We are a family of four and we shared our boat with 1 other family so it felt very intimate. Lucia was our guide and she shared just the right amount of history on the beautiful buildings as we passed by. Now that our trip is coming to an end I can say this was our favorite tour in Venice. Highly recommend!
Good experience
, Jun 2019
Good information and history. Guide was delightful. It is costly but I would likely do something similar again.
Hard to hear anything
, Jun 2019
With the motor running and the guise sitting outside of the "taxi" we could not hear anything. He was also very hard to understand. This tour needs yo have
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear Client , Thank you for your feedback . I'm most sorry you did not have a pleasant time on our tour . Our guides uses microphones to explain on board of the boat , and I'm sure that if you had advised our guide promptly about the difficulties you had in listening to her , he/she would have come up with a solution . I understand from your feedback you were sitting inisde , while generally our guides ask clients to stay all outside in the open - Maybe the fact you were inside the boat prevented you to hear properly as the guide was standing outside in the open . This said , if you'd like to send us extra information that would help in understanding the day of your excursion and the guide name or how he /she looked like , I can further investigate . With so little information I can only answer giving what it is our normal practice on our grand canal boat tour . Yours sincerely Monica

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