Venice Boat Tour With Grand Canal And Tower Climb

369 reviews

2 hours

Max 8

Why take this tour?


  • Cruise the Grand Canal in a private motorboat
  • Learn about the Rialto Bridge, the Rialto Fish Market, St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and the Accademia Gallery
  • Dock at the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, and ascend the Bell Tower for stunning views of Venice
  • Sites Visited
  • Grand Canal (by private boat)
  • St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)
  • Doge's Palace
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Cemetery of San Michele (exterior)
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto Fish Market
  • Accademia Bridge
  • Cà d’Oro Palace
  • Cà Pesaro Palace
  • San Giorgio Maggiore Island
  • Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Belltower of San Giorgio Maggiore (optional)
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided boat tour
  • Small group of 8 people or fewer
  • Ticket for San Giorgio Maggiore Bell Tower
  • Headset

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


Verified Customer Reviews

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4.8 /5
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Latest reviews
I had the most wonderful tour. I was the only person, so I got a 1:1 tour of San Giorgio, the bell tower and the canals. I learned to much and now have a whole new appreciation for Venice and its history. I cannot thank you enough for this tour. Thank you
Annette · Oct 31, 2022 · Australia · Female · 55 to 64 years
It's a different perspective to see Venice from the water and go down some of the back canals. I highly recommend the tour.
Karen · Oct 21, 2022 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years
Great tour! Loved seeing Venice from the water. Tour guide was knowledgeable & friendly. Highly recommend!
Jenny · Oct 15, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
The tour started off as somewhat of a disappointment. We were informed by our guide that the city of Venice had closed down the bell tower on San Maggiore for maintenance. Seeing the view from the bell tower was one of the reasons we picked this tour, so we weren't very happy about this. Our tour guide, however, quickly turned lemons into lemonade. She was funny, interesting, incredibly knowledgeable, and very patient with our questions. We took a very thorough tour all around the outside of Venice proper, as well as multiple smaller channels and the Grand Canal itself. We capped the tour off with a spritz in the Dorsoduro district. Overall, it was a wonderful experience, with awesome photos and memories to cherish.
Michael · Oct 14, 2022 · United States · Male · 45 to 54 years
Excellent tour! Our guide, Giovannna was a local, very knowledgeable & personable. Highly recommend!
Jenny · Oct 13, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point
Piazza San Marco 1 (Doge's Palace). Please meet at the winged lion column in front of the Doge's Palace in Piazza San Marco. Your guide will be holding a green Walks sign. 

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.


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 [email protected] Small Children 5 years of age and under do not count in the 9 person maximum.
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.
Can the boat accommodate wheelchair users?
No. Unfortunately, the boat is not equipped to safely service wheelchair users.

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