Venice Boat Tour With Grand Canal And Tower Climb

431 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!)

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Total Customer Reviews: 431

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4.6 /5
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This tour is a great diversion from the main attractions. Its a relaxing way to cruise the canals in a private shared boat and the trip to the tower was a lot of fun. Its a great tour for just a few hours.
Verified · Bruce · Jun 07, 2024 · USA · Male · 45 to 54 years
Tour was absolute great! We learned and saw a lot of Venice in a short time. We booked this trip so that it was within 2 hours of our arrival to Venice!
Verified · Jessica · Jun 06, 2024 · USA · Female · 35 to 44 years
Disappointed that the Tower was closed (no fault of Walks) but our tour guide was outstanding - great positive, infectious personality with a tremendous amount of information. Small group (6) was also a huge plus compared to other tours.
Verified · Pete · Oct 29, 2023 · USA · Male · 65 to 74 years
Despite the weather and acqualta which prevented us from doing some parts of the tour, we had a fabulous time. Daria our guide was wonderful, so knowledgeable and clearly a local who loves her city, one of the best tour guides we have ever had. I was with my 87-year old, not very mobile, mother and Adriano the pilot was amazing with her, helping her into and off the boat. If you dont have much time and really want to see the main sites of the city I highly recommend this tour.
Verified · Celine · Oct 20, 2023 · United Kingdom · Female · 65 to 74 years
All four of us agreed this was the highlight of our time in Venice! Thanks Barbara
Verified · Janice · Oct 06, 2023 · USA · Female · 65 to 74 years


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.
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.
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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