Venice is a destination unlike any other. The floating city got us under its spell from the very first moment we laid eyes on its beautiful canals and pastel-coloured buildings. Walking around Venice’s picturesque cobblestone streets is enchanting. Yet seeing the city from the water is pure magic. Be it a private gondola ride, a vaporetto ride or a Venice boat tour the best vantage point to marvel at the charms of La Serenissima is the water.
Both gondola rides and boat trips are among the top things to do in Venice. However, to the budget-conscious traveller they sound quite overpriced. It’s true, you need to spend a little extra for such activities. This is why we always look for the best activities available so as to make the most of both our money and our time when travelling. We have already shared our fabulous gondola ride experience with you. Now it’s time to tell you how much we loved the Venice Boat Tour With Grand Canal And Tower Climb we joined during our trip to Venice. This tour is organised by Walks and we can’t recommend it enough.
At this point I would like to mention a few things about this tour operating company. Walks specialise in small group tours in various cities around the world. We have also joined one of their tours in London. From customer service and e-mail correspondence to the actual tours and their guides, we have nothing but praise for this company.
But let’s get to the matter at hand. The Venice boat tour itself. Our local guide, Ketty, met us near Palazzo Ducale. Once our headsets were in place and tested, we were all ready to go. Our small group of six got on a shining hired water taxi. First we headed to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore for our only stop during our 2h boat trip. There, our guide shared with us some facts about the history and the architecture of this tiny island. After that, we climbed the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore for what must be the best views of Venice and the entire Venetian lagoon. The top of the bell tower, accessible by a modern lift, offers unique 360° views. You certainly don’t want to miss those.
Half an hour and hundreds of snapshots later, we were back on the boat. We sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the splendor of Venice from the best possible vantage point: the water. During the entire Venice boat tour, our guide provided us with funny stories and factual information about the city. One of the major sights we passed was San Michele, the Cemetery island of Venice. Then we explored some of the smaller canals in the Cannaregio district. However, the absolute highlight of this Venice boat tour for us was cruising down the magnificent Grand Canal as the afternoon sun painted the noble palaces in all hues of red imaginable. The end of the tour found us smiling broadly and already planning our next trip to Venice in our minds. After all we never miss a chance to plan yet another trip to our beloved Italy.
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Disclosure: Walks kindly offered us the Venice Boat Tour With Grand Canal And Tower Climb free of charge but, as always, we express nothing but our very own and honest opinion about the experience we had. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate ones. This means that, if you book through them, we will receive a small commission to help us run this website at no additional cost to you. Rest assured that we only recommend services & products we have actually tried & immensely enjoyed.