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Small Group Grand Canal & Secret Venice Boat Tours

Small group two-hour Venice boat tours featuring the grand canal and Venice back canals including the Jewish ghetto (with drop off and visit of the area), Arsenal, gondola shipyard – our Grand Canal Tour of Venice is the perfect way to explore the city from the water!

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Highlights and what's included

  • Highly qualified English speaking guide
  • Maximum 8 people per boat
  • Luxurious motorlaunch
  • Cruise the grand canal and many smaller canals of Venice
  • Drop off in the Jewish ghetto for a 15/20 minutes stop over
  • 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
  • Stop by a Gondola Shipyard in the charming Dorsoduro distrit


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 of this secret itineraries tour of Venice 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.

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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 tour name written on it

Other Information

  • 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.

Key Information

  • Prices from: 115.00
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Availability: View Calendar
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Oct 23 2019
Super easy to buy tickets online. Follow-up is professional.
Oct 12 2019
One of the best tours I have been on. 6 of us tourists on the boat was ideal as we could all stand outside to enjoy the scenery. It was an action packed itinerary including a 20 minute walk around the old Jewish quarter-the Ghetto. We managed to see parts of Venice you would not se on a larger boat-or hope to cover on a Gondola ride. The tour guide Christine was fantastic-excellent knowledge and explanation without being too intrusive. She was very friendly and made the whole experience what it was-brilliant.
Aug 03 2019
Fun tour but expensive for what you get.
Oct 30 2018
Our tour was just delightful, and the driver and guide were excellent. I took video of some of the trip, and just love that I get to relive the experience. The price was very reasonable for such a knowledgable and personable guide. It was one of the highlights of our trip!
Oct 13 2018
Perfect way to start your stay in Venice.
Aug 18 2018
Amazing tour and guide. Got to see so much in such a short time and having the private water taxi/boat for two hours was amazing.
Jun 02 2018
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Oct 25 2017
Worth the money! Great insight and information on Venice!
Jan 21 2017
This tour 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).
Jan 20 2017
Enjoyed seeing nearby neighborhoods from a different perspective.

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Small Group Grand Canal & Secret Venice Boat Tours


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