Grand Canal Boat Tour

Experience the Grand Canal Boat Tour

You’re sitting at a cozy café right on the Grand Canal, having a double espresso and maybe a scoop of Gianduja gelato. The wooden boats are speeding by, but slow enough for you to see the smiles of locals and tourists cruising through the whitecaps. You want in. And with our Grand Canal Boat tour, you can be.

For one hour, you’ll be exposed to the grand palaces and churches that line the banks of the Grand Canal, and how it has grown into the most beautiful “street” in the world. Your tour will take you to intimate, smaller canals so you can savor the true essence of Venice. And not to worry, the whizzing sound of the motor won’t stop you from hearing your well-coiffed guide, thanks to microphones and speakers on board.

This might all sound like fantasy, but it’s not. It’s Venice.

Here’s what’s included:

    • A one-hour guided boat tour
    • Tour includes travel on the Grand Canal and minor canals of Venice
    • English commentary



    • Reservation must be made at least 72 hours before tour begins. Details on making reservations are included with your voucher.
    • Travelers should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their tour departure and present their Rail Europe Voucher upon arrival.
    • Tour Operates from January 2 - December 31.
      • January 6 - January 31: departs on Tuesday and Saturday at 3:15pm.
      • February 1 - February 13: departs on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 3:15pm.
      • February 14 - February 17: departs daily at 3:15pm.
      • February 18 - March 8: departs on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 3:15pm.
      • March 9 - March 31: departs daily at 4:30pm.
      • April 1 - October 25: departs daily at 5:30pm.
      • October 26 - November 16: departs Monday through Saturday at 2:30pm.
      • November 17 - December 23: departs on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday at 3:15pm.
      • December 24 - January 5: departs daily at 3:15pm.
    • Tour does not operate April 5, April 25, September 6, December 25 - 26 and December 31.
    • Please note: once the tour has been reserved, the tour is partially refundable (if canceled prior to tour departure). Contact the number provided on your voucher for cancellation. Then contact Rail Europe to apply for any applicable refund:
      • You will receive an 85% refund if you cancel the tour at least 8 days prior to the tour departure. 
      • You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel the tour within 4-7 days of the tour depature.
      • You will receive no refund for tours canceled within 3 days of the tour departure date.
Where does the tour start?

The tour departs from the entrance of the Royal Gardens by the waterfront of St Mark's Square. When facing St. Marks Basilica turn right and walk towards the open water. At the two large columns facing the water turn right again, and follow the line of trees. After about a quarter of a mile, you will come to the entrance of the Royal Gardens where your tour guide will be waiting for you holding a sign with "Grand Canal Boat Tour" written on it.