Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour

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Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour
from £109.18
Explore some of the smaller, secret Venetian canals by motorboat on a 2-hour cruise, and discover the neighborhoods of Cannaregio, the Jewish Ghetto and Dorsoduro as well as the Grand Canal, too! While hearing anecdotes and history about the enchanting city from an onboard guide, look out for sights such as the Arsenale shipyard alongside intriguing lesser-known landmarks. See craftsmen at work at a gondola boat workshop, and then finish the cruise on a high note with a jaunt along the glamorous Grand Canal and underneath Rialto Bridge.

Numbers are limited to 9 on this small-group tour ensuring personalized attention at all times.
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In Brief

Venezia, Italy
2 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Canal Grande, 30100 Venice Italy

Enjoy a 1 hour tour of the Grand Canal and minor canals conducted by our English speaking guide in a small group of 8/9 people

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

View the magnificent St Mark's Square and Doges Palace from the water

Pass By: Ponte di Rialto, Ruga degli Orefici (Rialto) San Polo, 30125 Venice Italy

Learn about the Magnificent Rialto Bridge as you pass by on your boat

Stop At: Campo del Ghetto, 30121 Venice Italy

Enjoy a walk in the fascinating Jewish ghetto of Venice

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Arsenale di Venezia, Campo San Biagio Castello 2148, 30122 Venice Italy

View the magnificent Arsenal of Venice during your guided 2 hrs cruise by boat

Pass By: Cannaregio, Venice Italy

Enter some of the back canals of the picturesque Cannaregio district

Pass By: Basilica Concattedrale di San Pietro di Castello, Castello 70, 30122 Venice Italy

See the first basilica of Venice in the Castello district

Pass By: Dorsoduro Dorsoduro 190, Venice Italy

Cruise down some of the charming canals of Dorsoduro district

Pass By: Ponte dell'Accademia, Campo de la Carita, Venice Italy

Pass by the Accademia gallery and bridge as you tour the Grand Canal

Pass By: Santa Croce, Venice Italy

Cruise some of the small canals of the Santa Croce district

Pass By: Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte Degli Scalzi, Venice Italy

Pass by the Ponte degli Scalzi near the train station , the third bridge connecting the two sides of the Grand Canal

Pass By: Chiesa di Santa Maria di Nazareth - Chiesa degli Scalzi, Cannaregio, 54, 30121 Venice Italy

See the Baroque church Santa Maria di Nazareth as you cruise down the Grand Canal

Pass By: Squero di San Trovaso, Rio San Trovaso, 30170 Venice Italy

See the famous Squero San Trovaso , one of the oldest and still active places where gondolas are built


  • Professional guide
  • Transport by motorboat
  • Stop at the Jewish Ghetto
  • Grand Canal ride


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Royal Gardens, Piazza, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour is not suitable for people in wheelchairs or with walking difficulties as passengers are required to step down onto the boat when boarding. The variation of the level of tides can make the vessel unstable
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We have been to Venice several times before. This time we wanted to get an a bit different view to the city and booked this tour (small group!) and we really saw things and got views we did not have before. Our guide Cristina was very knowledgeable, spoke good English, provided much information and shared many interesting stories. And just in the right dose - not too many details but enough to learn something new and at the same time not get overwhelmed with data you will forget the next minute anyway. We really got the impression that Cristina is passionate about this city and enjoys presenting it. And we enjoyed listening to her and watching some of the wonders that Venice has to offer.
• Submitted 09 Oct 2019
Christina B. was an exceptional guide, she answered many questions about Venice and it’s history. She was knowledgeable about her beautiful city and she made is comfortable and entertained. There was only 6 of us on the tour so it was a nice size for that tour.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
Kristina our guide was very engaging and informative. Beautiful views of the city from many angles. Would recommend to anyone and everyone!
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
This was a wonderful tour. Christiana was very knowledgeable about the history of Venice and the neighborhoods along the canal. We were able to see sites that you can't see on gondola rides. I also particularly enjoyed walking through the Jewish Ghetto and viewing the monuments. Christiana was very personable and professional.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
Great! Fun and informative!
• Submitted 22 Jun 2018
Excellent tour - extremely interesting - loved seeing the different types of boats used.
• Submitted 21 Mar 2018
The tour guide was very knowledgeable on the history and even many fun facts. With this tour, you really feel like you have been able to experience Venice in a unique way. Definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 19 Feb 2018
Our tour was changed to one hour, but we were notified well in advance. Our guide, Christina, was excellent, even in very cold conditions. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 10 Dec 2017
The cruise was great. I really liked that it was a small group. Our guide was wonderful. She brought the history and magic of Venice to life.
• Submitted 15 Nov 2017
My husband and I loved this small group tour. Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable! Would definitely recommend this tour!
• Submitted 19 Oct 2017
This was a fabulous way to see Venice by boat. It was the size of and same type of boat as the water taxis. The guide was very informative. It was a small group. He covered most of the Grand Canal, got off briefly in the Jewish Getto, and saw some of the less touristy back canals. Really an awesome tour, well worth it!
• Submitted 17 Oct 2017
What a way to see Venice! Loved the tour The only downside - one of the boat drivers was on the phone speaking loudly during the early part of the tour which made it difficult to hear the guide. Several of us talked to the tour guide, she immediately spoke with him, it stopped.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2017
Loved cruising around the island and learning all about Venice. Our guide Cristina spoke excellent english and was very knowledgable. The time flew by before we realized it it was over. Highly recommend this tour for an overview of some of the best of Venice.
• Submitted 29 Sep 2017
This was fabulous! It rained on and off during our tour but we didn't have to worry because we could go inside the boat during the showers and opned the roof completely during the sun. Our guide was thoughtful and great at explaining botht the large historical facts and small interesting details about Venice. We gained a much greater understanding of the canal systems than we thought possible. This trip is enjoyable, informative and fun. It is a great way to spend 3 hours in Venice
• Submitted 26 Sep 2017
Comfortable uncrowded boat. Entertaining and informative guide. A great introduction to Venice.
• Submitted 18 Sep 2017
Great way to explore the island your first day in Venice. Guide was very knowledgable. There was just the right amount of information given.
• Submitted 17 Sep 2017
Great tour. Small group. The tour uses a private water taxi to tour small canals and waterways such as the dock yard, the Jewish ghetto and several cathedrals and towers. The tour travels down the grand canal visiting many stately houses, museums, public buildings and the Rialto bridge. Get your cameras ready for there's lots to see. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we stopped to take a half hour walking tour of the old and newer Jewish ghetto. Plan to get there early for it is easy to get lost in Venice and the boat will leave without you if you are more than 5 or 10 minutes late.
• Submitted 11 Sep 2017
We loved this tour! Only 3 of us actually turned up, so it was more like a private tour experience, but the tour guide was lovely and provided lots of interesting information. I think if there were more people our experience may have been a little less comfortable on the boat, but as it stands we had a fantastic trip!
• Submitted 04 Sep 2017
Absolutely great experience.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2017
Excellent tour of all of the canals in Venice with detailed commentary. The water taxi was smaller in size. Seven were on our tour with three and the guide standing in the front and three standing in the back and one remaining inside the covered boat. An open-air boat would have better served the tour.
• Submitted 24 Aug 2017
What a great way to get off the beaten path. The tour was on the other side of Venice that's at the edge of maps. Our tour guide was extraordinarily knowledge and pleasant. We really did go where there were no other tourists. It was a nice split between a comfortable boat ride and walking through special neighborhoods.
• Submitted 04 Aug 2017
Wonderful tour!
• Submitted 03 Aug 2017
Christina was a marvelous tour guide. He expertise is unparalleled, and she was entertaining as well. My family and I loved this tour and highly recommend it.
• Submitted 03 Aug 2017
Barbarella was a wonderful guide and we cruised through canals of Venice in private water taxi. Fun way to spend a couple of hours seeing Venice from the3 water rather than busy streets.
• Submitted 14 Jul 2017

In Brief

Venezia, Italy
2 hours