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Grand Canal

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13,977 Reviews
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Ponte Degli Scalzi, Venice

The Basics

A sail down the Grand Canal is a trip through centuries of Venetian history, as historic palaces dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries rise out of the water along most of the route. Though stretches of the canal are lined with walkways, many of the important landmarks can be seen only from the water, so a small-group Grand Canal boat tour or combination walking-and-canal tour is by far the best way to go. For a historical tour of the canal, opt for a daytime sightseeing tour so you can see the ornate facades of Venice’s famous palaces. For a romantic journey, choose a moonlit gondola ride. And for a truly Venetian experience, opt for a gondola ride with a serenade!

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Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour
Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour
star-4.5
$177.79 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A perfect intro to Venice
This was a fantastic tour! Cristina was very warm and welcoming, and extremely knowledgeable about the local area and the history of Venice. I was so glad to have her as a guide, as she pointed out so many things I would never have noticed by myself, and gave us lots of recommendations for things to explore ourselves after the tour as well. A great introduction to the city. Thank you for a lovely day!
Charlotte, Aug 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Group Gondola
Nancy_P, Sep 2021
Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary
Excellent tour Guide was great Enjoyed being on the smaller canals and of course the grand canal. I would recommend.
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Nice
Anton_N, Sep 2021
Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary
Nice gondola ride with extremelly friendly gondolier who provided us a lot of relevant historical info.
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Worth it!
Marilyn_D, Sep 2021
Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary
Great tour and commentary! Loved the gondola ride. Our guide was local and answered all our questions.
star-5
Amazing!
Dustin_B, Aug 2021
Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour
The tour was amazing and just what we were looking for. Nice chance to explore outside of city center and check out other areas. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Shared tour but ended up being private as noone else was on the boat. 10/10!
star-5
A great time!
Stacy_L, Aug 2021
Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the architecture, and it was lovely being on on the water
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A short little taste of gondola, needs better Covid protocol
Anami, Aug 2021
Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary
A nice little taste of gondola, great for a solo traveler. It’s short but sweet. You don’t enter the grand canal FYI. I think there are cheaper shared gondola rides available actually (if you check near St Mark vaporetto stop nearby) but this wasn’t bad. They did not check temps or green passes and my fellow passengers took their masks off - yes we were outdoors but gondolas are tiny and someone coughed directly into my face which was not great.
star-5
Valued beautiful tour we will never forget
Janice_L, Jul 2021
Grand Canal boat tour and Murano glass experience with Hotel pick up
Fantastic and knowledgable guide and driver took us on a well versed tour of the Grande Canal. He dropped us of at a beautiful factory in Murano, where we got a personal guide, denonstration and met the owner of the Factory. My teenaged daughters and I enjoyed an experience of a lifetime. We were also taken on a tour of the smaller, beautiful neighborhoods on our way back to hotel with tips on the best places to eat. Highly reconmend.
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Private boat-tour!
Paul_D, Aug 2020
Grand Canal boat tour and Murano glass experience with Hotel pick up
We had a great tour by boat along the grand canal en all the highlights! Gives a great idea of the City and how its built! Followed by a Tour to Murano which was great! VIP welcome and a Workshop just for two! Beautiful!! The Guide (Alex) was very informative and nice ...left us at our favourite restaurant, as was the deal! The tour was private and all we asked for was included! Super!!
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Best Way to Know Venice
Sunflower216, Feb 2020
Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour
We had Stefano for both the St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace tours, and he is outstanding! He made us fall in love with Venice even more. Really passionate about what he does and we really appreciate that. Grand Canal Tour was also great.
star-4
Good tour through the canals of Venice.
Arlene d, Nov 2019
Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour
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.
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Grand Canal Cruise Review
Vacation31245900034, Oct 2019
Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour
the guide was knowledgeable and very informative, the trip was worth seeing and getting a feeling for size of the Grand Canal and the islands are and their locations. the boat ride was good and comfortable. The big issue was if you were on the inside you did not get any panoramic views and good photo shots. there were only 3 three seats on the back end and two in front with the driver and guide
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Great introduction to Venice for first time visitors.
MariPasu, Oct 2020
Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour
The tour gave us a great introduction to the city on our first day in Venice and it helped us choose what to visit in the following days. As the St Mark's Basilica cannot be entered due to Corona regulations, our guide Cristina took us to some other very nice spots instead. For us it was just the right amount of explanations, walking, and breaks. I'd recommend the tour to anyone who visits Venice the first time.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most Grand Canal gondola rides begin or end in St. Mark’s Square, home to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and include a few picturesque minor canals along the way.

  • Alongside Rome and Florence as one of the most popular destinations in Italy, Venice can get extremely crowded. To avoid a long wait at the motor launch, book your Venice tour tickets in advance.

  • The palaces along the Grand Canal have architectural styles that span from the Byzantine to the Renaissance, and are best appreciated with an expert tour guide who can explain their history and importance.

  • Note that Venice and the Grand Canal feature a great number of bridges, many of which are not wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The Grand Canal snakes its way through the center of Venice from the train station to St. Mark’s Square. All of Venice is pedestrian only, so to get from anywhere in the city to the Grand Canal, you must either walk or take a boat.

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When to Get There

Venice is lovely all year round, and the Grand Canal is spectacular both by day and night.

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The Islands of Venice

Venice is made up of over 100 small islands, so for a different perspective of this unique city on the water, take a boat tour to one of the quieter outlying islands such as Murano, famous for its glassblowing industry; Burano, known for its lace-making artisans; or Torcello, thought to be the first populated island the in Venetian lagoon.

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