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Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour provided by Avventure Bellissime

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

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Updated 24/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 24/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Benefit from a small-group motorboat tour of Venice that accesses secret canals that most visitors miss. Hear live commentary from your guide as you glide through lesser-known neighborhoods such as Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, and the Jewish Ghetto, then cruise out to the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge to top off your sightseeing tour. Travel with a small group limited to nine participants, which allows for a more personalized experience.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Royal Gardens
    Piazza, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Entrance to the Royal Gardens, on the waterfront of St Mark's Square - You'll meet Avventure Bellissime tour coordinator outside the Royal Gardens, in front of the wrought iron Gate holding a sign with the name of the tour and Avventure Bellissime written on it.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Piazza San Marco
  • 1
    Canal Grande
    Stop: 60 minutes
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    Pass by
    Ponte di Rialto
    Arsenale di Venezia
  • 2
    Campo del Ghetto
    Stop: 20 minutes
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    Pass by
    Cannaregio
    Basilica Concattedrale di San Pietro di Castello
    Dorsoduro
    Ponte dell'Accademia
    Santa Croce
    Ponte degli Scalzi
    Chiesa di Santa Maria di Nazareth - Chiesa degli Scalzi
    Squero di San Trovaso
  • You'll end at
    Royal Gardens
    Piazza, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Entrance to the Royal Gardens, on the waterfront of St Mark's Square - You'll meet Avventure Bellissime tour coordinator outside the Royal Gardens, in front of the wrought iron Gate holding a sign with the name of the tour and Avventure Bellissime written on it.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Hear live commentary about Venice's history, architecture, and legends
  • Visit hidden waterways in picturesque districts as well as the Grand Canal
  • Have time to stop for photo ops at key locations
  • Small-group boat tour with a maximum of 9 people
Important Information
Departure Point
Royal Gardens, Piazza, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Luxurious motor-launch (max 8/9 people per boat)
  • Stop at the Jewish Ghetto
  • Grand Canal ride
  • Enter via the “Porta dell’Acqua“ into the impressive Arsenal, the historic shipyard of Venice
  • Stop by a Gondola Shipyard in the charming Dorsoduro district
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour is not suitable for people in wheelchairs or with walking difficulties as passengers are required to step down onto the boat when boarding. The variation of the level of tides can make the vessel unstable
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Boats are partly covered and partly uncovered – In the open area there is room for 8/9 people "normal size"
  • During high water, the tour will take place, but it might happen we have to partly adapt the tour to the weather conditions
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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TimWandMelG wrote a review Mar 2020
Austin, Texas227 contributions364 helpful votes
We very much enjoyed our Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Small Group Tour by Boat organized tour in September 2019. The instructions were sent to us well in advance i.e. the departure point was St. Mark's Square Royal Gardens, Piazza San Marco and they
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from AvvBell, Manager at Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Dear Client, Thank you for taking your time to provide your detailed feedback. I am very pleased our guide's knowledge and professional attitude are apreciated. As we have several male guides would you mind specifying your tour date so that we can check who was in schedule and forward your comments to the correct person? I can see you did not mention if you booked directly with us or via a third party. so I can only offer a general reply. On our website we mention that the tour features a stop for a visit of the Cannaregio district so yes this part of the tour is done by walking. If you booked via another tour operator please contact us with further details so that we can check if the information they provide is correct. Our meeting point for the tour is located: At the Entrance to the Royal Gardens on the water front of St. Marks Square. From St. Marks facing the Basilica turn right and walk towards the open water. At the two giant columns facing the water turn right, and following the line of trees after a 100 metres you will come to the entrance of the Royal Gardens where we will be waiting holding a sign with tour name written on it. I understand that overall you had a nice experience on the tour and you enjoyed your time exploring the secret corners of Venice with our expert guide. We appreciate your 4 stars rating and remain at disposal for any further clarification. Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept
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Paul M wrote a review Nov 2019
Lisburn, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
Booked well in advance and was really looking forward to this cruise but they cancelled it 2 days before as they were 2 people short of the minimum number of 5. Whilst I understand and offered to pay for another empty place they just cancelled it and it did leave us with
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Response from AvvBell, Manager at Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour
Responded 2 Nov 2019
Dear Client, Not knowing any essential details like your reservation number or tour name and date I can offer only a general reply. Most of our small group tours have a minimum number required to operate these tours. This information is provided on all our website tour descriptions and our tour vouchers. If the reservation was placed via a reseller this information should also be included on their paperwork. Now I don't know which tour exactly you are referring to but generally speaking we check the sales situation of all our tours in advance and if we notice any dates that have not yet reached the min number we contact the customer to notify them about the situation offering for example alternative dates or other solutions (if available). I don't know all the details so it's difficult for me to address this review more, if you could please contact me with more details I will of course investigate the matter further. I remain at disposal Sincerely Aleksandra Sales Dept
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Elizabeth F wrote a review Oct 2019
Dumbarton, United Kingdom66 contributions42 helpful votes
I would recommend this trip, our guide was very knowledgeable and humorous. The grand canal itself is spectacular to see but the side arteries are where you see the real Venice and people going about their day to day lives. Made us realise just how much a water boat economy
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from AvvBell, Manager at Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour
Responded 14 Oct 2019
Dear Elizabeth, Thank you for your review! Indeed, taking a boat tour is the best way to see the real Venice. Our 2-hrs tour includes not only the famous Grand Canal but also the less known secret corners of Venice including Jewish ghetto as well as minor canals of Cannaregio district, stop by the Gondola shipyard etc. Would you mind letting us know your tour date or perhaps you can recall guide's name? Thank you for joining our tour! Kind regards Aleksandra Sales Dept
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Nigel M wrote a review Oct 2019
8 contributions6 helpful votes
This was one of the best tours I have ever been on. Just 6 of us tourists plus guide and one crew on a motor boat on Saturday 5 October 2019. A 2 hour tour which gives a fantastic overview of the Venice waterways and a 20 minute walk around the ancient Jewish Gheto. Christina
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from AvvBell, Manager at Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour
Responded 8 Oct 2019
Dear Nigel, Thank you for your 5-star review, I will be happy to forward your comments to Cristina. This tour allows you to see Venice from a different perspective visiting also the less touristy parts of the city including the Jewish ghetto and many minor canals. I am sorry about the sunglassess but it seems it was just an unfortunate accident. I understand that overall you had a fantastic experience on our tour. Thank you for joining! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept
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Tim & Nickie wrote a review Sep 2019
Cornelius, North Carolina9 contributions12 helpful votes
Our favorite tour by far, of (4) purchased. Sergio was outstanding. Very personable, funny & knowledgeable. Saw many things not seen in prior 3 days. Also learned more. Nice to have a guide with near perfect english, easy to understand.
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Response from AvvBell, Manager at Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour
Responded 19 Sep 2019
Dear Client, Thank for your kind and positive review about our small group 2-hr boat tour of Venice with Sergio. I am very happy it was an exceptional and favorite tour and I have already forwarded your comments to the guide. Thank you for joining our tour! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept
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Smart Money
I have been to Venice before but wanted to show my wife the most of Venice in 3 days before we departed for our cru
126albertd
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HIGHLY Recommend This Company for All Your Italian Tour Needs!
For our honeymoon in July 2017, we purchased the "Semi-Private 12-Day Magic of Italy Vacation Package" that let us
Cremare
Cremare
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great way to experience Venice
did this tour in June 2019 for honeymoon, such a cool way to experience Venice - knowledgeable friendly tour guide,
maripasu
maripasu
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Great introduction to Venice
Great introduction to the city for anyone visiting Venice for the first time. Our guide Cristina was great. She was
goodguyjas
goodguyjas
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How good it is depends on where you are on the boat
I think this is a nice enough boat ride which for the most part goes along the grand canal and you get to see some
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E5842AJgeralds
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The tour parts that happened were very good.
I booked this with Tripadvisor before leaving the UK. While I was on the way to Venice I was sent an email informin
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We had tour guide Mark for the walking tour. He was amazing! Great sense of humor, very informative and knowledge
188sallyc
188sallyc
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fantastic day with Beauriful Christina
Wonderful private walking venice tour, professional and knowledgable english speaking guide Christina and our whole
PompeyWhite
PompeyWhite
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Perfect
Just 9 of us enjoying great views of Venice. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recomm
gaynorjoy1967
gaynorjoy1967
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Stunning Scenery
Small group tour in minivan, tour guide was Nicolo who was very knowledgeable and friendly. Well worth the early ge
EileenTayPedro
EileenTayPedro
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Expected
I went to see Venice in the beginning of February with temperatures in the mid to high 40 F degrees. The boat tour
jadeash88
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Great tour!!
Really enjoyed the tour! It was really informative and interesting. Our guide, Christina, was lovely! She really we
jeanninej428
jeanninej428
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Walking Tour and Grand Canal Tour
Our tour guide was Christina and was excellent. She gave our very small group a wonderful walking tour, with much h
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Excellent overview of Venice
I agree with the other reviews. Very nice tour and overview of the city and surroundings. Tour guide was great.
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Family with teenage kids
Excellent tour. Excellent guides both on the walking tour and Grand Canal tour. Good tour of St Marcos Basilica Inf
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