The Great Grand Canal Expedition: What to Expect

Venice is world-famous for its maze-like streets, glamorous architecture and myriad masks. But, above all, there’s one thing that’ll grab your attention wherever you go: the city’s glistening canals, which twist and turn their way through La Serenissima and radiate an utterly romantic charm.

Although Venice’s extensive aquatic network branches off at every possible opportunity, there’s one canal that stands head and shoulders above the rest: the Grand Canal, an all-time favourite attraction among tourists and locals alike. While most Venice tours will tell you about this historic waterway, there’s nothing better than actually getting out on the water and experiencing its captivating allure firsthand.

On our Great Grand Canal Tour, you’ll get to do just that – you’ll hop onto one of the city’s famous gondolas and leisurely cruise through Venice with one of our experienced guides. Let’s talk about what you can expect from this leisurely introduction to the Floating City.

Learn About the Canal
Although we’ll tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Grand Canal on our tour, I’m going to give you a sneak preview here. Perhaps, you’ll even be able to impress your guide and fellow guests with your pre-existing knowledge!

The canal is sixteen feet deep, up to three-hundred feet wide, and two and a half miles long, spanning all the way from the Saint Mark Basin to the lagoon outside Santa Lucia Railway Station. It’s a major landmark today, but that’s nothing new: in fact, it’s been in use since the Roman Age, during which it developed into a popular trading route.

Today, surprisingly little has changed: the canal is still heavily in use, accommodating 60% of the city’s traffic. If watching commercial ships, water taxis and gondolas gracefully glide past sounds like fun, one of our aquatic Venice tours is your best bet.

Discover Famous Monuments
Along with becoming an expert on the canal’s past, you’ll love cruising past the 170 buildings that line the waterfront. Many of these elegant edifices have been around for a huge chunk of Venice’s history, having cast their imposing shadows over the canal for over eight centuries. What’s more, you’ll definitely want to get your cameras out when we take you past the city’s palaces, churches and most celebrated bridges. Our guides will give you an inside scoop on the following miraculous sights – and on many more.

  • Doge’s Palace
  • Accademia Gallery
  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Cà d’Oro Palace
  • Cà Pesaro Palace
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Ponte dell’Accademia
  • Ponte degli Scalzi

Get the Gossip
If you want to avoid those Venice tours that are overwhelmingly informative and dense, we have the perfect solution. You can always expect a good dose of fun on our boat trip – that means plenty of gossip and tittle-tattle!

Our guides, who know the city’s cool, amusing and even scandalous stories inside out, will make their historical accounts come alive with plenty of anecdotes about past and present celebrities who live in or have visited this spectacular metropolis. They’ll also point out the locations that were featured in some much-beloved films, such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

While our guests are always enthralled by these tales, many have told me that they especially enjoyed hearing our taxi skippers’ personal stories. Many have ferried the world’s super stars over the canal themselves, and one was even a stunt driver for Casino Royale, the film for which Venice is most renowned.

If you’re ready for an outing that strikes the perfect balance between educational and entertaining, why not sign up for one of our Venice tours on the Grand Canal? This unforgettable experience will offer you a comprehensive and unusually fun insight into the wonderful waterway and its surrounding city.

The Practical Stuff
Tour Duration: 1 hour

Dates & Times:

  • From 17 April to 31 July and from 1 to 30 September: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:15pm.
  • From 1 to 31 October: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3:45pm.

Suitable For:

  • History and Architecture Lovers
  • Nature Lovers
  • All Ages

To book a place on one of our most sought-after Venice tours, visit our website today.

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