Private Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour

1 hr
St. Mark's Square
Refundable booking
Private Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour LivTours

Enjoy an exclusive, luxury tour of Venice’s Grand Canal by boat, with an expert private guide.

Step aboard a quintessential Venetian Water Taxi and boat along the Grand Canal, taking in the spectacular views of this unique medieval and Renaissance city built on the water.

With a glass of prosecco in hand, sit back and relax as you sail past Venice’s most iconic sights – the grand palaces and magnificent basilicas that line the Grand Canal.

Feel like you’re in a Canaletto painting as you cruise underneath the Rialto Bridge, glide past piazzas and palazzos, and catch glimpses of everyday life down the waterways of this incredible city.


  • Enjoy a luxury water taxi tour along Venice’s Grand Canal with prosecco
  • Admire the spectacular views of palaces and basilicas along the Grand Canal
  • Sail under the iconic Rialto Bridge for fabulous photos from the water
  • Glimpse Venetian lifeways down smaller canals, glide past other boats & gondoliers
  • Explore Venice's central Saint Mark’s Square with its famous Basilica

Exclusive private Tours and Experiences. Also offered in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swedish and Russian

Our prices always include tickets and reservations fees (no waiting in lines!)

Our tour guides and staff are selected experts and speak perfect English

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Eco-sustainable tourism, designed to respect and support local culture, art and traditions

Venice is truly unique in the world: a city of astonishing and breathtaking beauty, built on 126 islands in a lagoon of the Adriatic Sea. There are no roads, only canals and open water, with the Grand Canal being the most famous thoroughfare. People get around by boat or on foot in Venice, which is connected by 472 bridges.

Your top-rated private guide will meet you under the Winged Lion’s Column on Piazza San Marco, the central square of Venice. The piazza is home to the Basilica San Marco, famed for its Byzantine mosaics and campanile bell tower overlooking the picturesque red roofs of the city. After an introduction and some history, your guide will escort you to your boat taxi. From here, you’ll cruise down Venice’s iconic Grand Canal, mingling with the water traffic, the wind in your hair, the sun on your face – and all you have to do is sit back and relax on this luxurious private tour. Glorious.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco as you admire the Renaissance and Baroque architecture, the grand palaces, and the magnificent churches that line the Grand Canal. Take photos of the most famous Venetian buildings and monuments, including the iconic Rialto Bridge, the Basilica of Santa Maria della Saluta, and dozens of grand palazzos from the Grassi to the Guggenheim.

Once a Republic governed by the Doge of Venice and a maritime trading powerhouse, Venice’s stature in the world is no longer associated with past military glory. Today it is considered one of the most romantic and beautiful cities on earth, and variously called “La Serenissima”, “City of Masks” for its glittering, costumed, Carnivale, “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City” and “Queen of the Adriatic” among other nicknames. With its dramatic beauty, it is no surprise that Venice features in many films from Indiana Jones to several James Bond movies.

Your tour of the Grand Canal by boat ends where you started back at the iconic Saint Mark’s Square.


  • Private guide
  • Private Water Taxi
  • Bottle of Prosecco
  • Ponte Rialto
  • Major sights of Venice
  • Grand Canal

  • Tours run rain or shine. We recommend coming prepared if rainy weather is expected

LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel, and we are proud to be at the forefront of change and innovation in the industry.  LivTours is committed to providing travelers with truly sustainable tours with the lowest possible environmental impact, all while supporting the local industries and people of each unique destination. To learn more about how you can actively support sustainable tourism  and how LivTours is contributing, click here.


When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable. *Some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.


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Hotel Pick-up
Get picked up by your boat from the dock of your hotel. Please check with your hotel that there is a dock connected to your accommodation. If there is no dock, please let us know and we will reach out to you with the closest possible pick-up location.
starting from 95 €

By selecting Choose Dates Later / Buy as Gift at booking, any tour can be purchased without fixed dates. This is the perfect option if you want to purchase your tour as a gift for a loved one, or if you are in the pre-planning phase of your vacation. After booking, you will receive a Travel Voucher Code and full instructions on how to schedule your tours when ready. Once your travel plans are confirmed, you can easily use the Travel Voucher Code on the LivTours website to formally schedule your tours. You can find out more here.