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Hop aboard your water taxi at the Rialto Fish Market pier, and cruise out into the waters of the Grand Canal. Pass underneath Rialto Bridge as you head into the heart of the Venice canal network to discover the areas off the beaten tourist trail.

See Venice’s historical city hospital and the cemetery island of San Michele. If the tide permits, glide through Cannaregio to pass the Jewish Ghetto, Madonna dell‘Orto Church and Campo dei Mori, as you guide gives you the lowdown on each sight.

Return to the Grand Canal, admiring the palaces and noble houses that flank the banks, and step near Piazza San Marco for aperitivo time. As the sun sets over the city, enjoy a glass of prosecco teamed with cicchetti — the Venetian’s answer to tapas — and chat with your guide about the city and its food. The small plates of cicchetti are never the same, but typically the servings include bite-sized meat or vegetable crostini (toasted bread), or perhaps seafood or juicy olives.

Chat with your guide and group about the city, and then bid your farewells. Your tour finishes at the pier, leaving you ideally placed for the sights of Piazza San Marco.
Locations visited
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square
Chiesa della Madonna dell'Orto
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Cruise through Venice in style, aboard a chic water taxi, and see Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal and some lesser-known canals that make up the city’s atmospheric backstreets. Look out for the Jewish Ghetto as you float through the Cannaregio district, and hear fun facts about Venice from the driver-guide. Before the experience ends, enjoy a traditional aperitivo with tapas-style ‘cicchetti’ at a pier near Piazza San Marco.
  • 1,5 hour Venice canal cruise with aperitivo
  • Cruise along the Grand Canal and underneath Rialto Bridge
  • Explore the lesser-visited canals of Venice and hear local stories
  • See the cemetery island of San Michele and the sights of Cannaregio
  • Watch the sun set over Piazza San Marco with prosecco and cicchetti
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Reviewed 7 July 2018
A private canal tour.

We had booked this tour from Australia expecting up to 10 tourists & were pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be only 2 of us. Beatrice our guide was particularly knowledgeable. What a great way to explore the canals of Venice.. sipping prosecco and...More

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CeciliaCy, Gerente at Venice Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Thank you for this wonderful feedback! Our boat has a capacity for max 6 people on it, we don't want it to be crowded. Your experience goes first! We are happy to read the great time you had with our team and to read you...More

Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile
I could have given this 6 stars!!

This is not the cheapest option, but it was really worth the amount. Abigail was outstanding as a guide and they whole canal experience was amazing. You must not come to Venice and not do some sort of boat ride. Food and wine on this...More

Thank Kevin M
CeciliaCy, Gerente at Venice Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Wow! Thank you! We are so happy to read the amazing experience you had during the Canal & Aperitivo tour with Abigail! The tour is a life memory, cruising along the canals while tasting local snacks and drinking Prosecco wine, always with enthusiastic guides who...More

Reviewed 24 May 2018
Perfect way to start a Venice trip

This is absolutely the way to see Venice! Walking can be incredibly crowded with tourists (especially in the St. Marks/Rialto areas), and seeing it by boat is such a nice way to orient yourself. Susanne was a lovely tour guide committed to giving us an...More

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CeciliaCy, Gerente at Venice Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you for this wonderful review! We are so happy you had a great experience during the "Canal & Aperitivo" tour with our team! This experience is a great way to explore Venice from the water while learning a bit about the city from our...More

Reviewed 21 May 2018

This trip was absolutely AMAZING!! We ended up being the only people who had booked onto the tour and had a private boat ride around Venice and watched the sun set over the City! Valentina was a brilliant tour guide and gave us plenty of...More

Thank Carly S
CeciliaCy, Gerente at Venice Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2018

Thank you for this wonderful feedback! Our Canal & Aperitivo boat tour is a fantastic travel memory. A boat ride along the main & small canals while learning about the places you are seeing with our knowledgeable but also fun guides while sipping some Prosecco...More

Reviewed 22 December 2017

What better way to spend time in Venice!! Great water taxi tour, complete with cocktails and appetizers including local pizza. What a way to spend in Venice - do this the gondolas are overcrowded and pricey. This will show you real Venice...More

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CeciliaCy, Manager at Venice Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you! What a wonderful review! We are so happy to read the great time you had with Urban Adventures! We try our best to make sure our guests have the best time and get to know our city. We hope to see you again...More

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