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Grand Canal Boat Tour and Tower Climb

Highlights / General details

Escape the crowds, visiting the top sights of Venice from the water. Tour the Grand Canal by luxury water taxi and stop at the fascinating San Giorgio Island to climb the bell tower. Be amazed by the incredible views over Venice. Any local will tell you that Venice needs to be seen from the water, but if you’re planning on floating down the Grand Canal, gondolas simply aren’t powerful enough. That’s why onboard to tell you the history and stories that bring the city to life around you. We’ll cruise past all of Venice’s most jaw-dropping basilicas, palaces and bridges; including 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 we pass each one your guide will share the stories that have shaped the unique maritime history of this amazing city. Next we’ll turn off the beaten path to stop at one of Venice’s rarely-visited gems, the island and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, where postcard pictures of Venice are taken across the water towards St. Mark’s Square. After seeing the inside of the stunning Basilica you will have the option to climb the bell tower (or take the elevator) with an all-inclusive ticket. From the top of the tower you can admire the dome of St. Mark’s Basilica and soak in an incredible vista of the city stretching away from you. This tour is all about seeing Venice the way the locals do: From water-level, and in stylish luxury. With a small group of 9 people or fewer and headsets to hear your guide no matter where you are on the boat, taking in the world’s most unique city has never been easier or more relaxing.

Inclusion

2-hour private motorboat ride; Headsets; Entrance tickets to the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore; Expert Walks of Italy tour guide.

Exclusion

Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Gratuities.

Hours of operation

Available Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing at 3:30pm. No tour departures on September 4.

Duration

Approximately 2 hours.

Location

Meeting Point: At the base of the Winged Lion column in front of the Doge's Palace.

From St. Mark's Square, head south to the walkway 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.

Additional Information

Small Group Tour with a minimum of 2 participants, maximum 9 participants. Small Children 5 years of age and under do not count in the 9 person maximum.

Access to 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 bell tower.

Participant restrictions

Children 0-2 years of age participate free.

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.

Policies

Clients must reach the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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