Venice Boat Tour With Grand Canal And Tower Climb

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2 hrs

Max 9

Why take this tour?

Walking through Venice is amazing, but boating through Venice is divine. Along with your local guide and a tiny group of nine people or fewer, you'll explore the winding canals of the city in a private motorboat, passing landmarks like St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, and more. Finish at San Giorgio Maggiore island and climb the tower for amazing views of the city.

Highlights

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    Cruise the Grand Canal in a private motorboat

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    Learn about the Rialto Bridge, the Rialto Fish Market, St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and the Accademia Gallery

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    Dock at the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, and ascend the Bell Tower for stunning views of Venice

Take a boat: The best way to see Venice is from the water (& air!)

Venice was never meant to be walked, it was meant to be rowed and sailed. On this Venice Boat Tour, we do one better by providing you with your own private motorboat, including a driver and guide, so you can see the city from the water.

Like VIPs of old, you'll cruise down the Grand Canal and take in the most beautiful palaces, like the Cà d’Oro and Cà Pesaro, and the most historic sights like the Rialto Bridge, Rialto Fish Market, St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and the Accademia Gallery and bridge. As you pass each one, your guide will tell you how they fit into the singular history of this unique city. Through their stories, you'll feel like you are stepping back in time to the...

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Venice was never meant to be walked, it was meant to be rowed and sailed. On this Venice Boat Tour, we do one better by providing you with your own private motorboat, including a driver and guide, so you can see the city from the water.

Like VIPs of old, you'll cruise down the Grand Canal and take in the most beautiful palaces, like the Cà d’Oro and Cà Pesaro, and the most historic sights like the Rialto Bridge, Rialto Fish Market, St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and the Accademia Gallery and bridge. As you pass each one, your guide will tell you how they fit into the singular history of this unique city. Through their stories, you'll feel like you are stepping back in time to the age when Venice's maritime empire stretched across the Mediterranean.

You'll also go off the well-rowed path and explore the city’s prettiest inner canals, to get a sense of the everyday life hidden behind all this medieval splendor.

Your Venice Boat Tour finishes up in an equally spectacular spot, the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, home to one of the city's most fabulous hidden gems. You'll follow your guide inside the island's abbey for a full tour of its art and architecture, then you'll be given a ticket (optional) to walk up to the bell tower. We recommend that you do; the view from the top is the very best in Venice. As you look out over the city, your guide will point out sites of interest and you will get a deep understanding for just how unique this place really is. Finally, head back to the Doge's Palace where we'll let you off near where you got on.

This is - hands down - the best way to experience Venice. Gondolas might be more traditional, but for long trips they are expensive and don't offer anywhere near the comfort of our private boat. With your expert guide and dedicated driver you'll be able to sit back, relax and take in the beauty of Venice like a local.

  • Sites Visited
  • Grand Canal by private boat
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Doge's Palace
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Cemetery of San Michele (outside)
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto Fish Market
  • Accademia Bridge
  • Palaces including the Cà d’Oro and Cà Pesaro
  • Island and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore
  • San Giorgio Maggiore Bell Tower (optional)
  • Tour Includes
  • Two-hour private Venice boat tour
  • Tickets to the tower of San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Expert local tour guide
  • Our smallest group size of nine people or fewer
  • Headsets
Nothing like a day of boating on the lagoon
A view of the Doge's Palace from the water
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great way to see the canals and get a great view of Venice

Lara was an absolute joy. She was funny, knowledgeable and made sure we had the best experience. She even made sure we had a certain boat because the seats were comfortable because we had older people on our tour, including my parents.


FAQ

Can the boat accommodate wheelchair users?
No. Unfortunately, the boat is not equipped to safely service wheelchair users.
Is the bell tower climb always included in the tour?
Very occasionally San Giorgio Maggiore closes access to its bell tower due to liturgical celebrations and they aren't in the habit of giving us much advanced notice. If this happens on the day of your visit we will stop off on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore to enjoy the view from the island but will not be able to climb the bell tower.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.
How many passengers can fit on the boat?
The boat we use for our private tour has a maximum capacity of 9 people. If you want to take the tour but have more people in your party please call us or write to info@walksofitaly.com. Small Children 5 years of age and under do not count in the 9 person maximum.

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