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Grand Canal Tours

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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.
Address: Venice, Italy
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$86.76
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$86.76
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.23
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$54.23
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$62.06
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$62.06
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$147.01
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$147.01
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Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola

Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola

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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 15 people ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$155.45
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$155.45
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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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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.77
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$39.77
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Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour

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

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$138.58
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$138.58
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$384.09
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$450.59
$66.50 savings
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$384.09
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$450.59
$66.50 savings
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.79
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$45.79
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.67
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$20.67
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Small Group or Private Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine

Small Group or Private Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine

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Taste your way through the backstreet bars of Venice on this delicious food and wine tour. Follow your local guide to different ‘enotecas’ (wine bars) to discover where local Venetians go to drink and mingle. At each stop, sample regional wines and Prosecco served alongside plates of the popular Venetian appetizers called ‘cicchetti.’ Group size is limited to 12 to ensure a personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.08
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$120.08
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Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$445.85
per group
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$445.85
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Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour

Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour

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Spend a delightful evening cruising along the canals of Venice on this private boat tour. Take in the architectural masterpieces that line the Grand Canal and smaller waterways from aboard a comfortable modern water taxi, venturing further than a traditional gondola would allow. Learn about the artistic and cultural history of Venice from your English-speaking guide as you soak in the sights on your choice of a 1-hour or 2-hour ride.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$451.88
per group
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$451.88
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.15
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$36.15
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.36
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$37.36
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Grand Canal Boat Private Tour: Murano and Burano 4 hrs

Grand Canal Boat Private Tour: Murano and Burano 4 hrs

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Glide through some of Venice's most famous waterways with a private 4-hour boat tour of the Grand Canal, Murano, and Burano. Watch glass blowers at work on Murano and lace makers on Burano. Travel by private motor boat along the picturesque Grand Canal.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,072.45
per group
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$1,072.45
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Group or Private Motorboat Cruise: Grand Canal & Basilica San Giorgio Maggiore

Group or Private Motorboat Cruise: Grand Canal & Basilica San Giorgio Maggiore

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See the sights of the surreal canal city in style with a luxury motorboat tour of the Grand Canal. Marvel at the unforgettable beauty of the famous canal as you ride past sights like the Doge's Palace and Rialto Bridge with a professional driver guiding the way. Arrive at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore to climb up into the bell tower for exceptional views over the city. Small-group tour size limited to four people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.32
Price varies by group size
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$125.32
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Venice from the Water: Grand Canal private boat tour

Venice from the Water: Grand Canal private boat tour

The best way to see Venice is from the water, and on this boat tour, you’ll experience the city’s complex network of water “roads” for yourself. Ride down the Grand Canal and minor canals, admiring the architecture and ornate bridges. Along the way, your guide shares stories about some of the famous events and people associated with the Floating City.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$215.61
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$215.61
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Grand Canal boat tour and Murano glass experience with Hotel pick up

Grand Canal boat tour and Murano glass experience with Hotel pick up

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Nip through Venice the stylish way, in a comfortable water taxi, on this private tour, with one convenient flat rate for groups of up to 10. Admire ancient palaces, secret gardens, the Rialto Bridge, and more, as your guide introduces the city’s signature buildings and the families that made them great. Finish at Murano island, famed for glass for centuries, with a private tour of a historic workshop.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$301.25
per group
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$301.25
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Venice: charming gondola ride on Grand Canal

Venice: charming gondola ride on Grand Canal

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Experience the history and romance of Venice with a shared 30-minute gondola ride through the city's famous canals. Save time and money by pre-booking your ride, and then relax and take in the scenery as a professional gondolier guides a beautifully handcrafted boat along the palaces of the Grand Canal and through smaller, atmospheric waterways brimming with charm.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.77
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$39.77
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Venice: Gondola ride on Grand Canal with music and dinner

Venice: Gondola ride on Grand Canal with music and dinner

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Experience Venice by Gondola with this romantic cruise on the Grand Canal. Enjoy skip the line access and admire landmark sites like Teatro La Fenice and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, learn about the legendary city via multilingual app or brochure, enjoy being serenaded by a gondolier, and savor a delicious complimentary meal at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$112.07
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$112.07
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Grand Canal Boat Private Tour: Murano and Burano

Grand Canal Boat Private Tour: Murano and Burano

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Venice is best seen from the water, so hop aboard a private boat for a floating tour of the city’s romantic grandeur. Cruise across the Venetian Lagoon to see the celebrated glass and lace workshops of Murano and Burano islands, and catch sight of prestige landmarks like the Doge’s Palace on a trip down the Grand Canal. A private guide and captain will also lead you through quieter canals for a look at hidden Venetian scenes.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,101.72
per group
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$1,101.72
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Private Grand Canal Boat Tour , Murano and Burano 6 hours

Private Grand Canal Boat Tour , Murano and Burano 6 hours

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Experience one of the world’s most enchanting cities on this private boat tour of Venice. After a convenient hotel or cruise terminal pickup, travel with a local guide to explore the city’s famed canals. Visit St. Mark’s Square, marvel at Burano’s technicolor homes and beautiful lacework, witness a master glass-blower in Murano, and learn about the Grand Canal’s rich history and architecture during one comprehensive half-day cruise.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$964.00
per group
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$964.00
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Venice: Grand Canal by gondola & St. Mark's Basilica guided tour

Venice: Grand Canal by gondola & St. Mark's Basilica guided tour

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Take a 90-minute gondola ride down Venice’s Grand Canal and see some of the city’s famous landmarks. Pass by Mozart’s House, La Fenice Theatre, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collections, and more. Then enjoy a guided tour, with skip-the-line admission, of the exquisite St. Mark’s Basilica to discover its beautiful Byzantine art and architecture. End the tour with a visit to a local glass factory to see local craftsmen at work.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$72.30
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$72.30
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Grand Canal hours of operation?
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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.
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