Grand Canal Boat Tours

Venice Boat Tours of the Grand Canal & Waterways of Venice are ideal sightseeing tours of the city of Venice!

Highlights and what's included

  • Local Expert English speaking Guide
  • Luxurious Motor-Launch
  • Maximum 8/9 people a boat


Small Group Venice boat tours of the Grand Canal & minor canals of Venice provide the ideal sightseeing tours of the city of Venice for first-time visitors. One of our most popular sightseeing tours in Venice, because it offers our clients the opportunity to view the city from a completely different perspective. Escape the hordes of tourist to discover a relaxing and rewarding experience as you glide down the main street of Venice. You'll feel like a VIP on our small group boat tours of the Grand Canal

On all our Venice boat tours you'll travel in a luxurious motor-launch, limited to a maximum of 8/9 participants so that we should be able to guarantee that everyone sits outside to enjoy an intimate experience of the waterways of Venice while listening to the detailed commentary of your expert Venice tour guide.

In the first part of these small group Venice boat tours cruise down the Grand Canal at a relaxed pace with numerous photo opportunities as your friendly and knowledgeable guide introduce you to the splendid Palaces, Churches, Bridges and other Monumental buildings that line the main waterway of Venice. Learn the history and evolution of the main street of Venice, and be entertained by anecdotes about the famous and infamous people that once lived along this celebrated waterway.

In the second part of these marvellous sightseeing tours of Venice sit back and enjoy a delightful journey through the minor canals of Venice. In the hidden Venice, as you travel through four of the city districts of Venice you'll get a full overview of the city and enjoy picture postcard views of the most romantic parts of the city. These small group Venice boat tours start & finish at St. Marks square.

Other info

  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.
  • The cost of the tour does not include gratuities or hotel pick up and drop off.
  • During high water, the tour will take place, but it might happen we have to partly adapt the tour to the weather conditions.

Meeting Point

Entrance to the Royal Gardens on the water front of St. Marks Square. From St. Marks facing the Basilica turn right and walk towards the open water. At the two giant columns facing the water turn right, and following the line of trees after a 100 metres you will come to the entrance of the Royal Gardens where we will be waiting holding a sign with Grand Canal Boat Tour written on it

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Reviewed by Lynne on
We knew we had to take a Grand Canal boat tour on our first trip to Venice...we are so glad we chose to go with Avventure Bellissime. The various guides we met at the park, the fellow who guided our boat, the captain who drove the boat...all of them were very professional, approachable and knowledgeable. The info our guide presented as we toured the city was very helpful in understanding how Venice came to be and the issues it faces today.
We will be happy to recommend Avventure Bellissime to family and friends. In fact, we already have!!
Reviewed by Roberta on
We very much enjoyed our small grand canal tour with our guide Paola.
Reviewed by Tim on
What a fantastic way to see and learn about venice. Christina was clear and knowledgeable and the beautiful surroundings were brought alive from a canal perspective. Thank you we have already recommended your tour.
Reviewed by Mark on
My wife and I took the Grand Canal tour on our 10 year wedding anniversary. This was one of our highlights in Venice as the only true way to see it is from the water. The guide (Kristine) was knowledgeable and friendly. She also answered any questions we had. We were lucky in that there were only 6 people on our tour so everyone could stand outside and take in the views as well as take lots of photos. A water boat tour is a must do and I would recommend this one anyone going to Venice in the future.
Reviewed by Gabrielle on
We went on this tour last week. Our guide was very nice and the tour was very informatative. Group sizes were small as promised. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Venice.
Reviewed by Jordan C on
Great tour of the Grand Canal. No other way to see Venice. Very happy with the entire experience. Would highly recommend it to anyone.
Reviewed by yuri on
I'm so glad I did this tour. In one hour I experienced a wonderful boat ride as well as learned a lot about Venice. Our tour guide was amazing. She engaged us with stories and anticdotes about buildings, families, markets and other sites. Her tour really brought the city alive for me. I'd recommend this tour for sure.
Reviewed by Stacey D. on
We traveled in April with a group of eight, four adults and four kids. Our tour guide was informative and answered all our questions. She also allowed us time to just enjoy being on the water to soak up the sights!
Reviewed by emily on
During my vacation, this was the only guided tour I indulged in and I'm so happy I did! Massimo was full of funny stories and historical facts about Venice. The views were beautiful and fascinating.

The boat itself was a little snug for 8-9 people and didn't always offer me the best views but generally I saw MUCH more of Venice on the boat than I could have seen on foot.
Reviewed by Bruce C on
Nice tour. Massimo was great.
Reviewed by James M on
The one hour boat tour of Venice, while a bit pricey, was very well done and informative. The tour guide was exceptionally well spoken, knowledgeable , and amusing. It is a good first day overview of the city and then explore on your own.
Reviewed by Debbie B. on
We absolutely enjoyed our tours. First the walking tour with Marina; she was excellent and extremely knowledgeable. We enjoyed every moment and the portion in the less busy area. The gondola ride was so fun. We love being on the small canals taking in so many interesting buildings. Lastly, the canal ride was great. Christina was a very enjoyable tour guide. We learned so much from her about Venice and the wonderful buildings and landmarks. Everything was perfect. We only wish we could be there longer. We would highly recommend this tour package to everyone
Reviewed by Paula Grenyer on
we had a beautiful day for the trip but a mostly enclosed boat was used, so not everyone was able to comfortably sit outside to enjoy the tour to the full - limited space at the back and front of the boat.
The guide was knowledgeable and explained the key sights.
Reviewed by colleen on
This was our favourite tour whilst in Venice recently , and was exactly as described - plus only 8 people on the boat. The guide, who spoke excellent English, was very interesting and knowledgeable about Venice and its inhabitants, as we leisurely travelled through the smaller canals leading on to the Grand Canal, which offered stunning views. An excellent tour - should not be missed
Reviewed by Ian D. on
Here's my feedback: lots of useful information on the web site which was why I chose this over other tours. The tour then lived up to what was described. Easy to find tour guide. Info on trip was great and trip very enjoyable.
Reviewed by Marie & Eleanor, April 2014 on
Our Grand Canal Tour guide was knowledgeable, the weather was pleasant, and the experience was most enjoyable. Have no complaints or suggestions to improve.
Reviewed by Kanti on
The tour provides a good overview of Venice and its main attractions. The guide shared interesting information about the unique lifestyle of Venice and its challenges (who knew Venice has its own traffic jam problem too?) along with an impressive account of all the palaces and other places along the Grand Canal. The small group of the tour is an advantage too.
Reviewed by Jaspreet , UK on
The tour was amazing. Great weather, nice boat and it was an overall great experience.

The tour guide Christina, i believe, was also great. very informative and she was very welcoming.
Reviewed by Bruce - 12 September 2013 on
Kristine was good guide and told stories with background about Venice. Boat riding thru canals and with small group is fun. Thx, Bruce
Reviewed by Nichola - 26 August 2013 on
Fantastic experience would recommend to anyone. Christine gave an interesting and a very informative commentary
Reviewed by Jean - 6 October 2013 on
The Grand Canal Tour was lovely. The guide was informative and made the experience enjoyable
Reviewed by Robert - 14 October 2013 on
Excellent. I will also write up on Tripadvisor and give you 5/5.
Reviewed by Hans-Peter - 5 November 2013 on
it is true-nobody should miss this tour:combined cruising the lagoon and the channels, exciting and romantic at same time for all of us passengers as a mixed group between 5-60 years old (mainly 20/40/55).
Reviewed by Mary - 31 October 2013 on
We had a fantastic time on the Grand Canal Tour. It was the highlight of our stay in Venice. Our guides were super friendly and knowledgeable about Venice; the ride itself was leisurely and lovely. I would definitely recommend this activity over a Gondola ride, for half the price!
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