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Venice Grand Canal Small Group 1-Hour Boat Tour

  • See more of Venice in a short time aboard a comfortable, zippy motorboat
  • Discover many of the city’s popular landmarks from the water’s edge
  • Explore the smaller canals that many other tours miss
Venice Grand Canal Small Group 1-Hour Boat Tour
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The best way to discover Venice is by water. Zip around the city in style on this comfortable motorboat tour, quickly taking in many of its famous landmarks. Learn about Venice’s history from your guide, and enjoy the company of a small group on your boat. Discover the drama of the Grand Canal and venture down the smaller canals that most visitors often miss.

What to Expect

This tour begins around the corner from St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco). Climb aboard your comfortable motorboat with a small group for company, and set off down the Grand Canal.

On the tour, you see many of the city’s most popular landmarks, from St. Mark’s Basilica to the Doge’s Palace. Take photos of the numerous churches and palaces, and catch glimpses of public squares such as Campo Santa Maria Formosa. As you go, your guide will share stories from Venice’s long history.

The motorboat’s speedy pace means you see more on this tour than on a slower gondola ride. Venture down the city’s smaller canals, which many visitors bypass, for a first-person experience of Venice’s old-world feel.

The tour ends near St. Mark’s Square.

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Reviewed 24 October 2018
Be the first one on the boat!

This tour could go either way depending on your seat on the boat. Other reviews have said this but let me reiterate that this tour is given in a hard roof covered water taxi (yes, covered). They take 10 people in a group. If you're...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MelaneeA2
monica368, Manager at Avventure Bellissime, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

Dear Client, Thank you for providing your feedback. Our boat tour operates with max 8/9 people per boat and not as you state 10 people. Often we have no shows so in most cases the number is even lower. Due to local regulations several types...More

Reviewed 21 October 2018
boat tour

Don't be confused like one other reviewer was, this isn't a gondola ride. It is on a taxi boat, but I don't think simply taking a taxi or taking the water buses is a suitable alternative to this, and we did each of those things...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Amy A
monica368, Manager at Avventure Bellissime, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Dear Amy, Thank you for the 5-star review about our Small group Grand Canal boat tour in Venice. Yes indeed this is not equivalent to a gondola ride - thank you for your attention to detail. We are truly pleased this was a much better...More

Reviewed 17 October 2018
boat tour

you are taken out in a taxi. It was difficult to hear the person giving the tour as the speaker system is poor, but otherwise a relaxing tour of the sites along the water. The truth is, you can see the sites for a lot...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank gcohn2018
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile
Get a water taxi instead

We booked this trip thinking it was what the description was. However, it was pouring rain and we called to confirm and although they said it would continue rain or shine the experience was clearly poor considering the rain. The guide is the only reason...More

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monica368, Manager at Avventure Bellissime, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Dear Client, As per tour description our boat tours operate rain or shine as our boats are covered. A tour operator is not responsible for the weather and has no control over rain, snow or any other phenomena. Giving us 2 stars for something we...More

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Very enjoyable tour

I'd recommend this tour. Our guide Massimo was funny and informative. This was a great way to see the city from the canals. Part of the boat is enclosed, but the group was small enough that all of us could stand outside at the front...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Brian M
monica368, Manager at Avventure Bellissime, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2018

Dear Brian, Thank you so much for your feedback - we will certainly forward your comments to Massimo. We agree that seeing Venice from the water is a unique experience. In peak season it is indeed recommended to show up early as Venice is very,...More

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13 September 2018|
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Response from Martin P | Reviewed this property |
If you are stuck below you will not be able to take photographs, you will be peering out through the long narrow windows that run the length of the cabin. Best you will be able to do is swop around with people sitting up... More
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Response from GrandadSouthEast | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think so. Room is limited and there are no life jackets. I also think youngsters would get bored as the tour lasts best part of an hour. Try a river taxi where you can get on and off when u want to. Enjoy ur stay but... More
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