Grand Canal

Grand Canal

The Heart of Venice

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Grand Canal

As the main fairway through Venice, the Grand Canal is at the heart of Venetian culture and is one of the most famous canals in the world. At 3.8 km in length and shaped like an S it divides the two islands, Venice was built upon. It flows through the central part of Venice and provides access to some of the most popular attractions like St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace.
Lined with more than 170 buildings, the Grand Canal boasts centuries of history and style. As you travel down the canal, you’ll get a glimpse into the centuries-old tradition of aristocratic families who once used these houses to compete for status and local celebrity within the city.
Most of the city's traffic cruises up and down the canal, be it by private boats, vaporetti (water buses) or the Venetian classic - a gondola. While foot traffic has the option to travel across three different bridges: the Rialto Bridge, the Ponte Degli Scalzi, and the Ponte dell'Accademia. A fourth, modern bridge was recently constructed: the Calatrava Bridge.

Opening Hours

Grand Canal is always open


  • Is an advanced booking necessary or can I just show up at the meeting point?

    We strongly advise against arriving at the meeting point without a booking as we cannot guarantee that there will be space left on the tour. Our guides are unable to accept payment for tours so any bookings made on the spot will still need to be processed over the phone with payment by credit card.

  • What happens if it rains on the day of my tour?

    Our tours run rain and shine! We encourage our clients to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

  • Where do I meet with my tour and guide?

    The meeting point differs from tour to tour. Upon booking you will receive a confirmation voucher containing your tour details and some important information. There, you will find the meeting point details along with some images, tips, links to Google Maps and GPS coordinates.

    All our meeting points are located close to metro stations and are easy to access. Our Customer Care Team is also happy to provide guidance and help with locating your tour meeting point.

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