Private Tour

Welcome to Venice Private Tour by Land & Water

Off the Beaten Path
Duration: 2 Hours
Languages: EN, ES, ZH, RU

This Venice private tour by land and water combines one-hour off the beaten path walk with one-hour cruise along the Grand Canal and through the side canals. From this unique experience, first timers and returning visitors alike will get a feel for what it is like living life on the Floating City. The perfect tour for those who want to take a journey into the real Venice with limited walking involved.

Perfect for:
  • First Timers
  • Families with Kids
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures

What to Expect

Our Venice private tour by land and water offers a great introduction to the many marvels of the Floating City, from St. Mark’s Square through the alleys and canals to the iconic Rialto Bridge. Venice’s layers of history and mazes of calle can seem like a big undertaking to first-time visitors, but with a little guidance and the proper introduction, the city becomes yours to discover.


This tour gives you a complete introduction to Venice, from its foundation, to its historical significance to the city today, covering the must-see sites and hidden corners! Capture the city’s essence and live it to the fullest on this Venice private tour by land and water. Our hand-tailored route allows you to step off the beaten path without missing any of the once-in-a-lifetime highlights.


Your expert local guide will take you to St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge, but you’ll also leave the crowds behind, wending your way through the typical narrow Venetian streets (calli) and squares (campielli). Stroll along picturesque lanes, view tiny hidden churches, palaces and courtyards while your guide fills you in on the stories that make Venice so unique.


In St. Mark’s Square your guide will debrief you with a comprehensive history of the city, followed by an explanation of the square’s importance as the religious and political center of Venice. This section of the tour includes an introduction to the architectural wonders of the square, such as the ornate Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, the majestic Doge’s Palace, Sansovino’s Library, and the Bell Tower.


From this stunning piazza, your guide will help you orient yourself to the city, introducing you to present-day Venice and its people. You’ll navigate Venice like the locals do, crossing bridges and snaking through the interconnected streets and canals. After exploring on foot a side of Venice that many visitors won’t experience, it’s time to see it from the water.


Explore Venetian waterways on a narrated guided tour through the charming canals. Step into your private motor-launch and head down this mesmerizing waterway under Venice’s most famous bridges, admiring firsthand the sights that crown its waterfront. Watch as the St. Mark Square comes into view and see it with a completely new perspective from the water for a snapshot memory of your perfect day in Venice. You’ll glide down the 2.3-mile inverted “S” of the Grand Canal delighting as the locals do.


During the course of your exclusive ride through Venice, you will also explore the lesser-known side canals, where the traffic consists of fruit-and-vegetable boats, fireboats, delivery boats, and private boats. Overhead are the ornate gothic windows, flower-bedecked balconies and leaded-glass windows of the very lucky residents who live in the palazzo lining these canals.



  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Hidden alleys & bridges
  • Cruise along the Grand Canal & smaller canals

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide for 2-hour
  • Private luxury water taxi with a dedicated captain for 1-hour cruise section of tour


What Is Not Included

  • Transportation during the 1-hour guided walking tour portion
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

In your hotel lobby (only for centrally located hotels) or at an easy to find location. Full details provided upon booking.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request any day from 2pm.
  • From August 6th, 2021 until further notice, all public venues in Italy will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require to present valid ID matching the vaccination or test results. This does not apply to children under 12. You can read more about it here.

Good to Know Before You Go

  • Each water taxi can accommodate up to a maximum of 10 people (guide and captain included) so with bookings of more than 8 people, your party will be divided into two or more boats.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    The tour will only be reserved upon full payment in advance of the tour. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details including the meeting point and phone number. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Do you offer this Venice private tour by land and water with gondola?

Yes. Please see our alternative tour option Secret Venice Private Tour with Gondola Ride

Can we do this Venice private tour by land and water in the morning?

Yes, absolutely. Please request this in your initial email inquiry bearing in mind that due to navigation rules on the Grand Canal the itinerary by water will include the smaller canals only. The Grand Canal is off limit for private water taxis until 3pm.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.

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