Water activity

2-Hour Boat Tour with Grand Canal & Tower Climb

4.6 / 5

43 reviews

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

2-Hour Boat Tour with Grand Canal & Tower Climb

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

From US$ 97.86 per person

Locals say that Venice needs to be seen from the water, and cruising down the Grand Canal on a luxury speed boat is the perfect way to do this. Hear stories that bring the city to life, visit San Giorgio Maggiore Island, and climb the Bell Tower.

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Duration 2 hours
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Limited to 9 participants


  • Cruise along Venice’s Grand Canal in a luxury speedboat
  • Marvel at the city’s most famous sights from the water, as they were meant to be seen
  • Visit the island and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore and climb to the top of the Bell Tower
Full description
Cruise past all of Venice’s most spectacular basilicas and palaces and under its historic bridges on this 2-hour tour package. Take in sights such as St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, the Cemetery of San Michele, the Rialto Bridge, the Rialto Fish Market, the Accademia Bridge, the Cà d’Oro and Cà Pesaro palaces, the Madonna dell’Orto Church, and the Salute Church. As you pass by these iconic sites your guide will provide commentary about the unique maritime history of this amazing city. Next you’ll head off the traditional route and stop at one of Venice’s rarely-visited gems, the island and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, where you’ll have postcard-picture views of St. Mark’s Square. After visiting the interior of the stunning Basilica you’ll have the option of climbing the Bell Tower (or taking the elevator). From the top of the Tower you can admire the dome of St. Mark’s Basilica and soak up an incredible vista of the city that stretches away from you. This tour is all about seeing Venice the from water level, and in stylish luxury. With a small group of no more than 9 people and headsets to hear your guide no matter where you are on the boat, discovering the wonders of the world’s most unique city has never been easier or more relaxing.
  • Luxury speedboat
  • Ticket to the San Giorgio Maggiore Bell Tower
  • Expert, English-speaking local guide
  • Small group tour (maximum of 9 participants)
  • Headsets
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-up/drop dff
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

At the base of the Winged Lion column in front of the Doge's Palace Directions: From St. Mark's Square, head south to the Riva degli Schiavoni. The meeting location is between St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Marciana Library, and the waterway, where gondolas may be docked. This tour meets at the base of the Winged Lion column in front of the Doge's Palace, which is next to St. Mark's Basilica.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The maximum number of persons per boat on both group and private tours is 9. If there are more than 9 in your party, please contact the tour provider. Small Children (5 years of age and under) are not counted in the 9 person maximum
  • The Bell Tower can be closed on special occasions due to liturgical celebrations held in the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. In this case you will stop off on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore to enjoy the view from the island but will not be able to climb the Tower
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 43 reviews

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A really good tour but lacked the advertised boat.

A really good tour with a great guide. Disappointing after a ‘luxury’ speedboat was advertised to find a plain old average water taxi was used. Definitely not luxury as the advertising and ticket guaranteed. We felt misled and particularly as there are some more luxurious water taxis in Venice than the two used in our tour. The first was very average and small which ferried the group to the island to go up the bell tower. The second boat for the remainder of the tour was also not a luxury speedboat. One other disappointing factor was the advertised tour set a maximum of 9 persons but 10 were booked. For the price of this tour what is advertised and promised should be met. A really good tour that could have been great if the boat was as advertised and the stipulated maximum number stuck to.

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October 12, 2019

Great guide...average boat

The guide was great. Very knowledgeable and English was good. Took her time and pointed things out!! Boat was just a taxi boat (not a luxury boat) and ours was very loud. Something was wrong with the boat and it had a very loud vibration. So it was hard to hear at times.

September 2, 2019

Interesting tour

Our tour guide Barbara was waiting for us punctually at the meeting point. We were lucky and were in a group of 6 people. With a small taxi boat we went through the Canale Grande and through many other smaller canals. During the whole time we got interesting explanations about Venice from Barbara. Her English was perfect and the way she organized the excursion was very pleasant. After driving through the canals we went to the opposite island with the church of San Georgio Maggiore. The lift ride up was included. From the tower we had a great view of the city and the surrounding islands. Thank you Barbara!

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August 19, 2019

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