Venice private Boat Tour in Grand Canal and the Bell Tower

Venice Small Group Boat Tour in Grand Canal with San Giorgio Maggiore Tower Climb

2 h
Something different
difficulty Very easy
Wheelchair Not Accessible

San Giorgio Bell Tower visit and Grand Canal Boat Tour in Venice

With this small-group tour, you will be able to visit Venice from the Grand Canal by boat, with a professional expert Walks of Italy tour guide that will tell and show you the incredible history of the city. 

Venice private Boat Tour in Grand Canal and the Bell Tower highlights: 

  • Float down the Grand Canal in a luxury speed boat - limited to only 9 people on the boat plus your dedicated local tour guide
  • Marvel at Venice’s most famous sights as they were meant to be seen from the water
  • Discover the hidden gem of Venice, San Giorgio Maggiore Island and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Climb (or take the elevator up) to the top of the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore and bask in the sight of the entire city stretching out before you - this is easily the best view in Venice
  • With such a small group and guided audio headsets for every guest, you’ll easily hear your guide whether inside the boat or lounging on the deck

Escape the crowds by participating in our Venice luxury boat tour through the Grand Canal visiting all the top Venecian sights. The tour is with a small group, no larger than 9 people. Including headsets guides, you will be able to hear your guide no matter where you are on the boat.

Grand Canal Tour of Venice 

Be amazed by the incredible views of Venice from the Grand Canal viewpoint. 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. 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 site, your guide will share stories of the unique maritime history that shaped this amazing city.

The Gem of San Giorgio Island

Our next visit will be Venice’s rarely-visited gems, the San Giorgio Maggiore Island, where the famous massive oil painting of Wedding of Cana by Mannerist Italian painter Paolo Veronese was commissioned by the Benedictine Monastery in 1526. Being stolen by Napoleon, it is now in full displayed in the National Museum of Paris. This island that held fewer tourists is the perfect place for a true exploration of the Venetian atmosphere. After that, we will head off to the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, where postcard pictures of Venice are taken across the water towards St. Mark’s Square.

Vista of Venice from Bell Tower

After seeing the inside of the stunning Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, you will have the option to climb the Bell Tower (or take the elevator) with an all-inclusive ticket. At the top of the tower you can admire the dome of St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Square as well as the Doge’s Palace. Soak in the incredible vista of the city that stretches ahead of you.

More tours of Venice

Live Venice at the maximum with our Private Gondola Ride or with our Private Tour of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace!

  • Doge's Palace
  • The Bridge of Sighs
  • Cemetery of San Michele
  • The Rialto Bridge and the Rialto Fish Market
  • The Accademia Bridge
  • San Giorgio Maggiore Island
  • Visit to Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Visit to the Bell Tower of San Giorgio Maggiore 
  • 2-hour motorboat ride 
  • Headsets
  • Panoramic Tour
  • Entrance tickets to the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Expert tour guide
  • Tips (Optional)
Meeting point: 

Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.


Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Please note that the minimum number of people per booking is 2. 
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.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability. Once your booking is confirmed we will email you a voucher. This is your ticket and proof of purchase.