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Grand Canal Cruise, Venice

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Key Highlights

  • Experience Venice from the water in a private motor launch
  • Acquaint yourself with the history of Venice and its reign as a powerful maritime republic
  • A guide will accompany you and point out the main Venice attractions from the launch
  • Discover hidden canals and waterways that most tourists never see
  • Enjoy wonderful view of some of the most iconic monuments of Venice
  • See Venetian patrician homes, traditional palazzos, and famous churches
  • Both printed and smartphone vouchers accepted!
  • Overview

    The Grand Canal meanders through Venice and a cruise is an excellent way to see the city’s landmarks: palazzos, courthouses, markets and bridges. The French writer, Philippe de Commines in the 15th century described the Grand Canal as the “finest street in the world”

    A visit to Venice is incomplete without a cruise on the Grand Canal. Don't miss!

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    1 April - 25 Oct : Daily except Sundays at 4pm & 5pm

    1 April - 11 October : Sundays at 4:30pm & 5:30pm
    26 Oct - 31 Oct : Daily except Sundays at 3:15pm


    1 hour (approx)

    Start time

    1 April 2020 - 25 Oct 2020: Daily except Sunday s at 4pm & 5pm
    1 April 2020 - 11 October 2020: Sundays at 4:30pm & 5:30pm
    26 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct  2020: Daily except Sundays at 3:15pm

    Meeting Point

    Tour departs near St. Mark's Square Go to the entrance to the Royal Gardens near San Marco Square. The gardens are on the water side of St. Marks Square.

    Please read the below instructions carefully to help you find the meeting point.

    Directions from St Mark’s square: Facing St Mark’s basilica, turn right and walk to the waterfront and after passing the two giant columns, turn right again – Walk along the waterfront full of street souvenirs vendors, after 200 meters on your right find the Royal Gardens. Avventure Bellissime tour coordinator will have a sign with the name of the tour written on it.

    Arriving by Water-Bus (Vaporetto): Get off at St Marco Vallaresso stop , turn right , cross over a small bridge and after a few meters you’ll find the Royal Gardens on your left.

    If you get off at St Zaccaria waterbus stop: Turn left and walk along the waterfront until you will find the gardens on your right (approx 10 minutes walk from this stop to meeting point)

    Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at St Marks Sqaure.


    Hop on the motor launch at the meeting point to begin your Grand Canal Cruise.

    Cruise down the Grand Canal, from where you will get a wonderful view of some of the most iconic monuments of Venice such as the Santa Maria della Salute, Ca d’Oro and the Rialto Bridge. Your guide will point out all the buildings of interest on the way and enthrall you with fascinating stories from the past.

    The mini motor launch allows you to cruise along some of the minor canals that will show you the hidden side of Venice which most tourists never see.

    Your cruise will end at the original point of departure.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • English-speaking driver-cum-guide
    • Transport by luxury motor boat


    • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Please note

    Voucher Information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

    Please call the local activity operator anytime between 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Saturday, atleast a day prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    Your tour guide will be holding a sign with the name of the tour written on it.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Infant seats are available on special request if advised at the time of booking.

    Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for people with mobility problems. However, please mention while booking so that alternative routes could be arranged.

    During high water, the tour will take place, but it might happen we have to partly adapt the tour to the weather conditions.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers of the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.This tour can easily be taken by those arriving at Venice as part of a cruise. Most cruise companies offer water taxi transfers into St Marks Square (approx 10 minutes). Alternatively, if you have more time and would like to explore the enchanting back streets of Venice you can take a walk for around an hour or so.
  • Customer Reviews
    • The tour was well organised and started on time. We were a small group which was great and the guide spoke very good English, was very knowledgeable and friendly. My only...

      Diane Francis, United Kingdom
    • Great Experience for a Solo Traveler

      This is a great tour if you wanting a short tour (1 hour) of the Grand Canal in Venice. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. It was a great way to see the...

      Danielle Walton, United Kingdom
    • Great Tour Excellent Guide Unique

      Very nice Tour, Not a Gondola but a Motorboat Which covers more in less time besides it is also off the beaten track which means you learn much more things about venice that are...

      Ayhan Gedik, Turkey