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Grand Canal, Venice

Panoramic boat tour of Venice

Explore Venice as it was meant to be seen, from the water. This two-hour orientation tour with a private guide, by water taxi, is a wonderful way to view the city’s major waterways from the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Basin through to the smaller canals that wind their way through the different districts of the city. During the tour you’ll be able to enjoy excellent views of the city including sites like the Arsenale, Giudecca Island, St Mark’s Square and of course the wonderful palazzo-fronted Grand Canal. You’ll also get the opportunity to venture a little further out for views of the lagoon and outlying islands.

This is a superb tour that gives a perfect overview of the city’s key sites and hidden waterways while allowing you to relax in comfort on your own private boat. At the end of the tour, you will have the option to either return to your hotel or be dropped elsewhere to explore. Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby and escort you to your water-taxi. Please make sure you arrive at least five minutes before your scheduled departure as the water-taxi may not be able to wait on the dock. Your guide and driver will tailor the exact route of your tour depending on the location of your hotel.

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Other experiences in Venice

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

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You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.