City tours

Venice boat tour with Grand Canal and Tower climb

based on 6 reviews
Availability: Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Float down the Grand Canal in a luxury speed boat - limited to only 9 people
  • Marvel at Venice's most famous sights as they were meant to be seen, from the water
  • Discover the hidden gem that is the island and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Climb (or take the elevator up) to the top of the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore
What to expect

Escape the crowds, visiting the top sights of Venice from the water. Tour the Grand Canal in a luxury water taxi and stop at the fascinating San Giorgio Island to climb the bell tower. Be amazed at the incredible views over Venice.

Any local will tell you that Venice needs to be seen from the water, but if you’re planning on floating down the Grand Canal, gondolas simply aren’t powerful enough. On board, your guide will share stories and history that will bring the city to life around you.

We’ll cruise past all of Venice’s most jaw-dropping basilicas, palaces and bridges; including St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, the Cemetery of San Michele, the Rialto Bridge, the Rialto Fish Market, the Accademia Bridge, the Cà d’Oro and Cà Pesaro palaces, the Madonna dell’Orto Church, and the Salute Church. As we pass each one your guide will share stories that have shaped the unique maritime history of this amazing city.

Next we’ll turn off the beaten path to stop at one of Venice’s rarely-visited gems, the island and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, where postcard pictures of Venice are taken across the water towards St. Mark’s Square. After seeing the inside of the stunning Basilica you will have the option to climb the bell tower (or take the elevator) with an all-inclusive ticket. From the top of the tower, you can admire the dome of St. Mark’s Basilica and soak in an incredible vista of the city stretching away from you.

This tour is all about seeing Venice the way the locals do: from water-level, and in stylish luxury. With a small group of 9 people or fewer and headsets to hear your guide no matter where you are on the boat, taking in the world’s most unique city has never been easier or more relaxing.

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)
  • Madonna dell'Orto Church (outside)
  • Salute Church (outside)
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What's included
  • 2-hour private motorboat ride
  • Headsets
  • Entrance tickets to the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups of 9 people or fewer
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Reduced price
  • Infants (0-3): free (no reservation required)
  • Children (4-12): reduced price
Where

Column of Saint Mark, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting point:

The meeting point is at the base of the Winged Lion column in front of the Doge's Palace.

What to remember
  • Access to the bell tower can be closed on special occasions due to liturgical celebrations held in the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. In this case you 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
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour
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When
  • Departure time: 3.30pm (meet strictly at 3.15pm)
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Provider
Walks of Italy
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the activity begins.
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