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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.

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  • When can I cancel a booking?

    On tours cancelled more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund. For tours cancelled less than 72 hours before scheduled departure time, we are unable to offer refunds. Instead we suggest that customers reschedule their tour for another time more convenient for them.

  • When can I make a amendment to a booking?

    Changes made to bookings within the 72 hour window will be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling, headsets and administration.

  • 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.

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