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Venice Grand Canal Cruise in a Water Taxi

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from US$ 33.43 per person pp

Key Highlights

  • Enjoy wonderful views of some of Venice’s most iconic monuments in a water taxi
  • See the glorious facades of the palaces that line the water’s edge
  • Enjoy ample photo opportunities during the boat ride
  • Cruising along the canals is a favourite among both visitors and locals in Venice
  • Overview
    See Venice from the waters as you glide along the famous Grand Canal. The canal meanders through Venice and a cruise along Venice’s Grand Canal is an excellent way to see the city’s landmark 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.”

    See the beautiful facades of palaces and noble residencies reflecting different architectural styles from eras gone by. From flamboyant Gothic-style constructions with brilliantly coloured frontages to the Eastern-influenced Venetian-Byzantine period housing, and the extravagant Baroque works, the many styles of architecture in Venice is truly amazing.

    Be mesmerized by the beauty of Venice and make sure to capture all your wonderful moments on your camera.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?



    Approx. 1 hour

    Start time

    April - October: 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm & 6:30pm
    November - March: 3:30pm

    Meeting Point

    From Alilaguna Pier, in front of the Royal Gardens at San Marco. Follow the line of trees for around 100 metres to come to the Gardens entrance.

    Please read the below instructions to find the meeting point:

    Arriving by Water-Bus (Vaporetto): Get off at St Marco Vallaresso , turn right , cross over a small bridge and the Royal Gardens are located on your left after 100 meters.

    Arriving on foot: From San Mark’s square, facing the basilica, turn right and walk to the waterfront, then take another right and walk past all the souvenirs stalls for about 200 meters, Royal gardens are located on your right.

    Ending Point

    same as starting point


    Board your water taxi from the Alilaguna Pier, located in front of the Royal Gardens at San Marco.

    Accompanied by a professional hostess, cruise down the Grand Canal, that reveals the magnificent facades of the palaces and lavish residences at the water edge. See the diverse range of architectural styles in the properties that were adopted by noble Venetian families through the years.

    Get a wonderful view of some of the most iconic monuments of Venice including 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 the fascinating stories behind these sites.

    Your tour takes place on a small motor launch, allowing the boat to cruise along some of the minor canals and explore a more hidden side of Venice which most tourists miss.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Expert guide
    • Transport by water taxi


    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Meals
  • Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

    Passengers have to reach the meeting point 15 minutes prior to departure.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Customer Reviews
    • Great experience but felt a bit short-changed.

      Overall the Grand Canal tour in a water taxi was a good experience but we felt a bit short-changed. The tour was supposed to last 1hour but in fact only lasted 45 minute...

      Ruth Carson-Byrne, United Kingdom, 01/Jul/2017
    • Peasant and nice experience

      Quick, easy, smooth and wonderful experience. Had a great time with utmost convenience. Since we were travelling with an infant, it was very comfortable. The only issue we faced...

      Kunal Seth, India, 17/Aug/2016