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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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$47.76
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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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$32.90
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$32.90

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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$126.29
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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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$83.84
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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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$40.33
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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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$200.58
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$200.58
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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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$76.75
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$76.75
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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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$31.84
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$31.84

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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$67.18
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$67.18

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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$37.53
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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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$136.90
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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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$35.02
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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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$555.58
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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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$115.68
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$115.68

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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$122.05
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$122.05
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Ticket & audioguide for Grand Canal

Ticket & audioguide for Grand Canal

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The banks of the Grand Canal have over 170 buildings, so exploring this area on a guided tour can sometimes feel rushed. This self-guided tour is ideal for travelers who like to discover a city at their own pace. You’ll avoid timetables and strict itineraries, and instead explore Venice at a time and speed that suits you. You can listen to the tour content easily by downloading a mobile app, and a boat ticket is included too.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 18 minutes
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$18.20
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$18.20

Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice
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Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice

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Enjoy a real taste of Venice on a tantalizing lunchtime tour of the Rialto Market and discover the city’s impressive culinary credentials. Follow your guide on a tour of Venice’s foodie hotspots, browse the fresh produce at the city’s famous markets, and tuck into traditional cicchetti (Venetian tapas) at a local inn. Finally, sample fine regional wines and prosecco at the city’s legendary Bacari bars, then leave armed with plenty of recommendations for where to shop and dine in the city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.45
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Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal
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Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

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Enjoy a private ride through Venice’s iconic canals aboard a traditional gondola. On this classic Venetian experience, soak up famous sights like the Rialto Bridge and the ornate Ca’ d’Oro palace while your expert gondolier navigates the beautiful handmade boat through the Grand Canal and other waterways. A friendly local guide accompanies you on the ride to share interesting facts about Venetian history and architecture along the way.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$397.97
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Venice Street Food Tour with Local Guide with Local Food Market Visit
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Venice Street Food Tour with Local Guide with Local Food Market Visit

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Taste your way through the canal city on a street food tour of Venice. Walk through gorgeous squares, see impressive churches, and visit the bustling Rialto Market. See Campo Santa Margherita, the Grand Canal, Basilica dei Frari, San Polo, and much more. Savor Venetian specialties like cicchetti, buranelli, tramezzini, and tiramisu.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Venice Gondola: Romantic Serenade on Canal Grande
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Venice Gondola: Romantic Serenade on Canal Grande

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Get swept up in the magical atmosphere of Venice on a serenaded gondola ride through the Grand Canal and smaller, more secluded waterways. A professional gondolier steers you in a traditional, hand-carved Venetian boat, while musicians and singers set the mood by performing classic Italian songs right onboard. It’s a timeless way to experience one of the world’s most romantic cities.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.51
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Your Evening in Venice
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Your Evening in Venice

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With the cruise ship crowds departed, Venice by night has a completely different feel. Experience the city with a guide and capture atmospheric photos of palaces, squares and monuments on this fascinating walking tour. As well as city signatures such as St. Mark's Square, the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge, savor local specialties: Venetian seafood cicchetti tapas and a touch of prosecco sparkling wine.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.48
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Historic Venice: St. Mark's Basilica guided tour, Doge's Palace & Gondola ride
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Historic Venice: St. Mark's Basilica guided tour, Doge's Palace & Gondola ride

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Skip the lines at Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge Palace and opt a shared guided tour instead. Then, enjoy the quintessential Venice experience—a gondola ride through the city’s canals and waterways. Your ticket also includes access to several landmarks surrounding Saint Mark’s Square, as well as access to a mobile app that provides commentary to a walking tour of the city at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.90
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$136.90

Hop on Hop off Venice: Islands, Canal Grande and walking tours!
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Hop on Hop off Venice: Islands, Canal Grande and walking tours!

Embark on a self-guided walking tour of Venice's most popular islands: Torcello, Burano, and Murano. With a 24- or 48-hour boat ticket included on the public vaporetto, transportation between the islands will be a breeze and you can hop on and hop off whenever you like. Download the app to your phone and move at you own pace, listening to the commentary as you go. Highlights include the Gran Canal, St. Mark's and Rialto areas, the Jewish Ghetto, and others.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.27
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

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Feel the romance of a classic Venetian experience with a serenaded gondola ride through Venice’s famed canals, capped off by dinner or lunch at a renowned local eatery. Settle into a traditional gondola boat for a ride through the Grand Canal and some of the city’s smaller waterways, while onboard musicians provide a passionate soundtrack of Italian ballads. Savor an authentic Venetian meal at the top-rated Hostaria Ai Coristi Restaurant to conclude your enchanted evening or afternoon tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.93
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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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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
"Nice little trip, a great way to have a gondola ride without paying the earth! Guide very knowledgeable and friendly but let us enjoy the tranquility of the small side canals. We'll worth it and enjoyable."..."
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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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Ticket & audioguide for Grand Canal
"amazing, on board of the public boat on our smartphone automatically we heard the history of the palaces."..."
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Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice
"Ana was our guide for a chiccetti tour near the Rialto Market. Her choices were great. We also got some great tips on restaurants for dinner that we were very happy with."..."
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Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal
"Our experience in Venice with our private gondola tour exceeded our expectations! I would highly recommend doing this. Our guide, Sylvia, was so wonderful and informative! We learned so many interesting facts we would never have learned if we did a gondola ride without a guide."..."
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Venice Street Food Tour with Local Guide with Local Food Market Visit
"Excellent tour with the very lovely Anna. She was very informative and took us to places well off the beaten track which are normally used by the locals. I thoroughly recommend this tour."..."
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Venice Gondola: Romantic Serenade on Canal Grande
"Petros P. is a great guide. Took the time to learn what we were interested in seeing. Very easy going and pleasant. He likes to laugh with his customers. Very enjoyable experience."..."
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Your Evening in Venice
"Great evening, great guide. Andrea was full of information and energy. We had several questions that he followed up with after our tour via text (something that does not happen that often). We highly recommend this tour as a great introduction to Venice."..."
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Historic Venice: St. Mark's Basilica guided tour, Doge's Palace & Gondola ride
"All 3 parts of this tour were unique and a wonderful experience. Our guide for St.Marks and the Doges Palace was thorough and informative and for me, most considerate that I couldn't claim a great deal of stairs, so made arrangements for me to use a lift to the top of the Palace so I wouldn't miss anything. Otherwise I would have missed the prisons and the view of the Bridge of Sighs from a unique perspective. The only thing was waiting for 3 hrs for the gondola ride after the 2 parts of the tour ended. Had it not been close to my hotel room, I probably wouldn't have walked back 3 hrs later. BUT, the meeting point was close, thank goodness, plus the young gal, I want to say her name was Alexia or Alexis was so sweet. Since I was the only solo guest, she took me under her wing and made sure my experience was fulfilled."..."
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner
"This was so much fun! The accordion player and the singer were like two Italian Uncles entertaining us! The experience was fantastic! I would recommend this experience!"..."
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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.