Small Group Grand Canal & Secret Venice Boat Tours

Small group two-hour Venice boat tours offer the perfect Venice city sightseeing tours for the first time visitor!

Highlights and what's included

  • Small group tour by boat of Grand Canal and minor canals
  • Highly qualified English speaking guide
  • See areas only seen by few visitors
  • Pass by the first cathedral of Venice, San Pietro in Castello
  • Enter via the “Porta dell’Acqua“ into the impressive Arsenal, the historic shipyard of Venice
  • Navigate through back canals in the Cannaregio district
  • Drop off in the Jewish ghetto for a 15/20 minutes stop over
  • Enter the side canals in Santa Croce and Dorsoduro district
  • Stop by a Gondola Shipyard
  • Description

    There's no better way than on one of Venice Boat Tours to experience the uniqueness of Venice. During this fascinating two-hour tour of the Grand Canal and Hidden Venice, you’ll travel through many of the cities “sestieri“ (neighbourhoods) as you enjoy a city sightseeing tours of Venice designed for the first-time visitor to Venice.

    These 2-hour Venice boat tours feature a diverse itinerary. You’ll admire the first Cathedral of Venice in the Castello area, San Pietro in this part of Venice), then you’ll enter the imposing “Water Gate“ to access the Arsenal, the historic shipyard and depot when Venice was an important mercantile city. By boat you’ll also sail out in the open lagoon, passing by Murano and the cemetery island of San Michele, while enjoying fine views (on clear days) of the Dolomites mountains in distance.

    Then, continuing our route through the labyrinth of back canals of the city, we'll explore the Cannaregio district and see some of its most charming canals. At the Jewish ghetto, enjoy a quick stop (about 15/20 minutes) to take some photos of this picturesque corner of the city. Then, continue your journey via some of the back canals in the Santa Croce and Dorsoduro areas, stopping at a famous Gondola workshop where craftsmen still produce the traditional Venetian Gondolas.

    And of course, during these small group Venice boat tours you’ll cruise down the Grand Canal. Sit back and enjoy the stories as your guide will introduces you to the splendid palaces, churches, gardens, bridges and warehouses that line Venice's main street. Sightseeing tours of Venice that really capture the beauty of the city and the Venetian lagoon.

    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.
    • Tour operates with a minimum of 4 participants.

    Meeting Point

    At the 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 Original Venice Walk written on it

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    Reviewed by Victor on
    Thank you for a wonderful tour of the Canale Grande on Saturday 15th October. Made all the better for some sunshine and what a fantastic way to experience your beautiful city. The commentary from your guide was extremely helpful and informative.

    My wife and I certainly have some great memories and pictures to cherish. We certainly won't hesitate to recommend you to anyone else, who is planning a visit to Venice.

    Many thanks again.
    Reviewed by Fred on
    Gee...I can't really add much to what most of the other reviewers have said. Georgia was our docent. She was very informative and learnëd. Everything we saw, especially the Ghetto, was put into the context of Venice's history. I appreciated also her frank comments about the MOSE project. As others have already written, I would book other tours with Avventure Bellissime "in a heartbeat".
    Reviewed by Greg K on
    Thank you for this wonderful tour. It was even better than the description! We visited all six sestieres of Venice, including the Arsenale [not normally open to visitors], the Jewish ghetto, the gondola repair dry-dock — and we got a feeling for everyday life in Venice away from the grand palazzi, although we also got a tour of the Grand Canal. I would recommend this as the best orientation to Venice for a first-time visitor, as well as an in-depth experience for a repeat visitor (as we were).
    Reviewed by Melvyn on
    Diane and I thank you for a really great tour. Cristina welcomed us and took us around the secret parts of Venice and leaving us with terrific memories.
    The walking part of the Ghetto
    was very moving and she explained everything beautifully.
    Reviewed by Marlene on
    My girlfriend and I had a great experience on your grand canal tour. The guide and driver were very knowledgeable of the waterways and historical information surrounding them.
    I would use this tour again in a heartbeat
    Reviewed by Sharon on
    Thank you so much. We loved the Canal Tour. It was a great way to start our vacation in Venice. The tour guide and small group was fantastic. Everyone had a spot to view the beautiful sites. Would definitely recommend this tour. Thanks again!
    Reviewed by Lisa Hauser on
    Fantastic way to see Venice's canals! The guide was waiting along the gate to the gardens as stated in the email confirmation and led us to a beautiful boat with a fantastic driver. Six of us were off on an informative tour that took us around the island, into the arsenal, a stop and short walk-through of the Jewish Ghetto, more back canals, a trip down the Grand Canal, over to a gondola workshop and then gelato. We learned so much from our guide and were
    Reviewed by Gina on
    This was an excellent way to tour Venice on a rainy day (down inside the cabin but had no problems seeing everything out the windows). Massimo was a very knowledgeable tour guide and we learned things about Venice that you don't find in the tourbooks. Special treat was to walk around the Jewish ghetto for a few minutes after being given the history of the area. I would absolutely recommend this tour - thank you!
    Reviewed by Phil T on
    The canal tour was excellent. The guide was well-informed, well-spoken and answered questions well. We were happy that we got a good overview of Venice and its history from this tour and the length and detail was just right. All of us enjoyed it very much.
    Reviewed by Kris K on
    I am totally impressed with the Avventure Bellissime tours.

    I took the small group tours of Grand Canal and secret Venice boat tour, of Day Trip of Veneto, and of San Gimiginano and Siena from Florence. The trips were perfectly organized, the transportation absolutely first class, and the tour guides faultless in showing us around and giving pertinent information. We got time to explore on our own and have our own experience too. Wow! Such an incomparable job.

    I took several other tours with a different company and wished I had booked those with Avventure Bellissime too. When I return to Italy you can rest assured I won't make that mistake again.

    Thank you for such a wonderful time.
    Reviewed by ChandlerTraveler on
    The tour was ok, and a little dry. It would have been better if the tour guide was outside the cabin narrating, as opposed to inside the cabin.
    Reviewed by Mark W on
    The tour of the Grand and Small canals were fabulous and so was our tour guide. Professional, sharp, well dressed and well spoken she was very informative perfect. I highly suggest the boat tour at the start of your vacation in Venice to get a better perspective of the city.
    Reviewed by Susie S on
    I believe it was Massimo who was our tour guide. The tour was excellent and so glad we took it the first day of our arrival in Venice. Our guide gave us so much information and was absolutely delightful!
    Reviewed by Rick B. on
    We very much enjoyed our tour and found Cristina to be a wonderfully information guide.
    Reviewed by Patrick H. on
    She might be called "Cristina of the thunderstorm." Our guide in Venice was
    marvelous. The weather was terrible--heavy rain almost the whole time, so
    we didn't get to see much. But Cristina's knowledge, her warmth of
    personality, and her love of Venice made it a worthwhile visit, one we will
    remember with much pleasure. You should be proud of her!
    Reviewed by David L on
    Absolutely brilliant,highly recommended, talia informative
    thank you
    Reviewed by Patrick H on
    She might be called "Cristina of the thunderstorm." Our guide in Venice was
    marvelous. The weather was terrible--heavy rain almost the whole time, so
    we didn't get to see much. But Cristina's knowledge, her warmth of
    personality, and her love of Venice made it a worthwhile visit, one we will
    remember with much pleasure. You should be proud of her!
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