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Venice is a city built on water, and the Grand Canal (Canale Grande) is its bustling main street. Lined with sumptuous Venetian palaces and crowded with gondolas, water taxis, and vaporetti (public ferries), this thoroughfare is a feast for the senses. The Grand Canal winds its way through the central neighborhoods of Venice from the Santa Lucia train station to St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), passing under the iconic Rialto Bridge along the way, and functions as the scenic main artery for transporting both people and goods around the City of Canals.

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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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Explore the famous sites and hidden charms of Venice on this walking tour, followed by a ride through the city’s canals on an iconic gondola. Follow your local guide through a romantic maze of surrounding backstreets to discover some of Venice’s lesser-known gems. Learn the fascinating history of Venice as you wander through narrow alleys and over stone footbridges, and then hop aboard a Venetian gondola for a leisurely ride along the Grand Canal.
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  • 2 hours 9 minutes to 2 hours 27 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.62
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$47.62

Classic 30-Minute Gondola Ride in Venice

Classic 30-Minute Gondola Ride in Venice

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Explore Venice's famous canals on a guided gondola ride through the city. Meander beneath bridges and along quiet, peaceful stretches in a traditional Venetian boat, taking in sights such as the Rialto Bridge and Campo Manin as you go. Join up to five others—along with your expert gondolier—in enjoying one of Venice's most leisurely and original pastimes, and don't miss this chance to experience the Grand Canal from the water.
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  • 25 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.80
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$32.80

Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

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See the best of Venice in a day on a tour that combines a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a guide, and visit St. Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.92
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$125.92
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Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour

Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour

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Experience the beauty of Venice by boat on this Grand Canal tour of the city built on water. Glide through the placid waters past palaces, churches, gardens, and bridges as you make your way along the iconic waterway. Then journey into some of the minor canals on this luxury motorboat. Bring the magic of these liquid streets to life on a tour that’s ideal for lovers, photographers, and travelers!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.60
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$83.60
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

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Experience Venice in the most Venetian way possible: via a shared gondola ride while being serenaded. Choose between an afternoon or evening ride and then hop on the six-person gondola by a gondolier who is clad in traditional garb. Then begin the ride, as part of a group of eight different gondolas, with a singer aboard one of the boats. In addition to the song being sun to you, enjoy the sites of Venice's main landmarks, including the grand Canal and Palazzo Barberino.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.21
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$40.21

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Visit Torcello, Murano, and Burano—three islands in the Venetian Lagoon—on this tour from Venice by motorboat. With a guide, watch glass being blown at a Murano glass factory, see historical cathedrals on Torcello, and admire exquisite handmade lace on Burano. This is a great way to see more than just the central sights of Venice and enjoy a cruise on the water. Select a departure time when booking.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$26.45
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$26.45

Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
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Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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Visit two of the most popular attractions in Venice on this guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Listen to your guide's commentary clearly with provided headsets and avoid hours-long queues with skip-the-line admission tickets. Entrance tickets to the Doge's Palace are also included for a hassle-free tour.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.75
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$101.75

Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace

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Delve into Venetian history on this tour that showcases two of the city's most iconic structures and sheds light on the stories behind them both. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both popular attractions. Your first stop is legendary St. Mark's Basilica. Wander around the mosaic-covered interior and Byzantine treasures while a local guide fills you in on how this collection came to be. Then continue to the Doge’s Palace to explore the former political heart of Venice.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.94
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$89.94

Murano & Burano Islands Fully Guided Small-Group Tour by Private Boat
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Murano & Burano Islands Fully Guided Small-Group Tour by Private Boat

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Explore the intricacies of two famed Italian handicrafts on a fully guided day trip from Venice to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano with a small group of up to 20 people. Watch centuries-old glassblowing techniques in Murano, and marvel at the detailed stitches of exquisite Burano lace. Your knowledgeable guide will share the history of these two artisan islands while you visit local workshops and wander the picturesque streets.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.27
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$41.27
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Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour

Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour

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Explore the best of Venice at a 10% discount with this Super Saver combo of three popular tours. Skip the line at the Doge’s Palace, where you can wander through ornate public rooms and across the notorious Bridge of Sighs. You’ll also head to the front of the long queue at St Mark’s Basilica to tour the dazzling interior of this Byzantine masterpiece and enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice’s hidden gems. Finally, cruise down the Grand Canal aboard a motorboat and soak in the majestic passing scenery.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.99
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$199.99
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30-minute Private Gondola Ride in Venice

30-minute Private Gondola Ride in Venice

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Reserve a classic Venetian experience with a private gondola ride through Venice’s romantic canals. Enjoy a beautifully crafted boat and professional gondolier just for your party as you glide down the Grand Canal and smaller waterways, passing historic palaces and landmarks like Mozart’s home and the Rialto Bridge. Book ahead to guarantee a private ride for you group and avoid the hassle of negotiating a price on the spot.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.53
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$76.53
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Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour

Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that visiting Venice and not taking a boat ride down the Grand Canal is a travelling sin. Experience the Floating City in all of its glory on a 1-hour motorboat tour in a group limited to 12. Ideal for first-time visitors, you’ll pass beautiful palazzo and sail beneath famous bridges such as the Accademia Bridge and the Rialto Bridge.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.75
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$31.75

Morning Walking Tour of Venice Plus Gondola Ride

Morning Walking Tour of Venice Plus Gondola Ride

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Combine a morning walk through Venice with a gondola ride for the perfect Venetian day. Get to know the canal city better with a guided tour led by an experienced local. Then watch the sights drift by from the water as you cruise through Venice in a gondola. This combined tour is an excellent way to experience Venice.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.98
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$66.98

Venice Gondola Experience

Venice Gondola Experience

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Explore the romantic canals of Venice the way that locals have for centuries on a 30-minute shared gondola ride. Climb aboard one of the ornate carved vessels and settle into your seat as a professional gondolier navigates past ancient palazzos, under footbridges and through scenes of daily life in the captivating city-on-the-sea. It’s a quintessential Venetian experience not to be missed!
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.42
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$37.42

Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
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Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride

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First time in Venice? Maximize your time in the city with a full-day itinerary that ticks off all the most memorable attractions. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge and browse the lively Rialto fish market, then hop aboard a traditional gondola for a romantic cruise along the Grand Canal. Next, access St. Mark’s Basilica and gaze down over the city from the cathedral’s rooftop terrace. Finally, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the grandiose Doge’s Palace. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.50
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$136.50

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

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Traverse the canals of Venice aboard a traditional gondola with your very own gondolier. Float along narrow waterways and hidden passages, admiring the beauty of one of Italy's most magical cities. Pass beneath centuries-old bridges and take in famous attractions such as St. Marks' Bell Tower and San Giorgio Island from the coziness of your flat-bottomed boat.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.92
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$34.92
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Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island

Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island

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Venice is famous for its UNESCO-listed lagoon, but the city’s islands are also renowned for their handicrafts. This half-day cruise by private boat stops at Murano Island, to watch a thrilling glass-blowing demonstration, and Burano Island, to visit a lace-making factory.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.04
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$37.04

Venice Marco Polo Airport Link Arrival Transfer

Venice Marco Polo Airport Link Arrival Transfer

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Book a shared Venice Link arrival transfer from Marco Polo Airport to your Venice hotel, and enjoy a stress-free start to your trip. It’s a simple, cost-effective boat transfer that’s available through the week.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.89
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$33.89

Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide
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Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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Explore the hidden corners of Venice on this walking tour and benefit from local knowledge. Stroll with a small group to the city square of Campo Santa Margherita, see the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Then cross the Rialto Bridge and walk past the Marco Polo House to St. Mark's Square. Upgrade for a private tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.87
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$15.87

St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace

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See the wonders of Venice's St. Mark's Basilica without the crowds during this after-hours, small-group tour. Learn about the basilica's famed mosaics from your guide and explore the crypt below the church to see where St. Mark's remains are said to lie. Upgrade to see the Doge's Palace after the basilica and wander the former home of the Venetian Republic's government.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.18
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Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours
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Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours

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Enjoy the best of Venice on this guided walking tour plus skip-the-line entry to the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica. Explore the best that the canal city has to offer, winding your way through narrow alleys, and see Venice's top attractions.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.78
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Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience
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Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience

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Cruise along Venice's most famous waterway with a private, 1-hour boat tour of the Grand Canal, followed by a trip across the Venetian Lagoon to the renowned glass-blowing island of Murano. Zip alongside magnificent palazzos and soak up the quiet charm of smaller canals as your driver relates the legends and history of 'the floating city.' In Murano, watch master glassblowers at a factory workshop and admire intricate finished pieces at the showroom.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$553.96
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Fall in Love in Venice: Romantic Gondola and Typical Venetian Dinner

Fall in Love in Venice: Romantic Gondola and Typical Venetian Dinner

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Treat your partner to a romantic evening in Venice with a private gondola ride followed by a traditional Italian meal at a charming Venetian restaurant. A private gondolier will guide you through the picturesque canals of Venice where you’ll take in such sights as the Barbarigo Palace and the Accademia Bridge. Then you'll enjoy a traditional, multi-course Italian meal at a lovely Venetian restaurant.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.34
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Private Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals

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

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Discover Venice’s hidden gems on a 2-hour cruise through the city’s secret canals. Watch scenes of daily Venetian life as you glide through the lesser-known neighborhoods of Cannaregio, Dorsoduro and the Jewish Ghetto. A guide will share insight into the city’s history, architecture and local legends. For a grand finale, head out into the wider waters of the Grand Canal and float beneath the iconic Rialto Bridge. Numbers are limited to nine people on this small-group tour for a more intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.69
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What people are saying about Grand-Canal tours and tickets

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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride
"Avisa was our tour guide and did a fabulous job navigating through busy San Marco square and through the narrow streets of Venice. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. Georgio, our gondolier was wonderful as well. We had a beautiful afternoon and ending to our trip."..."
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Classic 30-Minute Gondola Ride in Venice
"It’s a must in Venice. Very relaxing and enjoyable. Would recommend this ride to all. Great value for money"..."
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Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour
"Adriana was a knowledgeable local who provided a great introduction to the city. She helped us to add on to our experience based on our interest."..."
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Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour
"The views we saw along with the commentary provided by our guide was fabulous. It was my first experience in Venice, and I understood and appreciated a lot more about Venice now. Loved this experience 😀"..."
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
"Serenade was amazing!!! :) We are really enjoyed it. Guys are helpful on the board! Thank you so much the experience, we ready love it!"..."
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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
"We had a wonderful time! Loved how well the tour is lead. If there is anything I would change is just that I wish it were a little longer than 45 mins on each stop as it felt a little rushed to get back. But other than that sooo worth it!!"..."
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Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
"Mark was an amazing guide. He gave wonderful details that really brought the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s to life. He had a wonderful sense of humor that made the tour fun. And you can’t beat walking past a huge line of people to enter quickly-skip the line is the best!"..."
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
"Excellent timing . Nick has good personality and very experienced guide. Good sense of humor too. Would definitely travel with him again."..."
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Murano & Burano Islands Fully Guided Small-Group Tour by Private Boat
"Our guide Alexsandra was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable and had a great personality! The tour itself was wonderful!"..."
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Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour
"We enjoy the morning and afternoon tours very much. Our tour guides are brother & sister (Marco & Marina), they were very knowledgeable and full of history. The boat ride at the end was very relaxing. A good way to end the tour.🤗"..."
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30-minute Private Gondola Ride in Venice
"Our beautiful red, black and gold old world embellished gondola was gorgeous manned by Maximillian, a 4th generation son in the business. Our ride was absolutely enjoyable as we glided our way unde bridges and saw landmarks of beautiful Venice! It was well worth the money and a must to do!"..."
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Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour
"the guide was knowledgeable and very informative, the trip was worth seeing and getting a feeling for size of the Grand Canal and the islands are and their locations. the boat ride was good and comfortable. The big issue was if you were on the inside you did not get any panoramic views and good photo shots. there were only 3 three seats on the back end and two in front with the driver and guide"..."
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Morning Walking Tour of Venice Plus Gondola Ride
"This was fine. Could hear the guide. Very knowledgeable. Walked at a pace where everyone could keep up. Ride could have been better because had to sit sideways and missed some of the sights. Difficulty when having the gondola."..."
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Venice Gondola Experience
"It was a great experience for our family! We arrived 20 minutes early and had no problem locating the meeting spot."..."
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Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
"Mattie was an excellent guide - gave a great perspective and interesting cultural experience - not a “canned” presentation."..."
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Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary
"Wonderful activity! No lines to wait even during a busy weekend. Our ride was interesting and relaxing. Perfect iconic Venice experience!"..."
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Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island
"It was a wonderful experience. Our guide Nora was amazing, she was full of knowledge and had a great sense of humour. I highly recommend this trip."..."
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Venice Marco Polo Airport Link Arrival Transfer
"Just a great way to start a trip to Venice by taking this boat taxi. A bit of confusion at first but all sorted and drop off not that far from hotel"..."
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Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide
"Denise was a great tour guide! Fantastic tour and recommendations! We tried one of her restaurant recommendations and it was amazing!"..."
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
"Fantastic tour! We learned so much, and our guide Iola was knowledgeable and charming. Absolutely recommend!!"..."
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Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours
"Our guide, Elizabeth, was great. Her level of knowledge of the city and its buildings really made this a must do tour, you miss so much just looking at the city and it’s sites, it becomes alive with a tour guide and gives you so much more of an appreciation of its history."..."
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Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience
"Great way to see the city and get some advice from locals on where to go. Glass tour was interesting as well."..."
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Fall in Love in Venice: Romantic Gondola and Typical Venetian Dinner
"We showed up a couple minutes early and took off immediately. The gondalier pointed out sights along the way. It was a perfect evening ride. The restaurant was a short walk away, and the dinner was delicious. The service was excellent. Couldn't have had a better time."..."
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Private Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals
"The tour was amazing and just what we were looking for. Nice chance to explore outside of city center and check out other areas. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Shared tour but ended up being private as noone else was on the boat. 10/10!"..."
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Grand Canal hours of operation: Open 24 hours every day. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.