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Venice is a city built on water, and the Grand Canal (Canale Grande) is its bustling main street. Lined with sumptuous Venetian palaces and crowded with gondolas, water taxis, and vaporetti (public ferries), this thoroughfare is a feast for the senses. The Grand Canal winds its way through the central neighborhoods of Venice from the Santa Lucia train station to St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), passing under the iconic Rialto Bridge along the way, and functions as the scenic main artery for transporting both people and goods around the City of Canals.

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Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola

Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola

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First time in Venice? Maximize your time in the city with a full-day itinerary that ticks off all the most memorable attractions. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge and browse the lively Rialto fish market, then hop aboard a traditional gondola for a romantic cruise along the Grand Canal. Next, access St. Mark’s Basilica and gaze down over the city from the cathedral’s rooftop terrace. Finally, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the grandiose Doge’s Palace. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$155.33
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$155.33
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Prosecco Wine Tour from Venice

Prosecco Wine Tour from Venice

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Head outside Venice and into the countryside of the Veneto region on this tour that introduces you to prosecco—Italian sparkling wine. Learn about the production process of prosecco at a local winery and enjoy guided tastings. You also indulge in a light lunch made of local products before heading back to Venice.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$143.29
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$143.29
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Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

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Traverse the canals of Venice aboard a traditional gondola with your very own gondolier. Float along narrow waterways and hidden passages, admiring the beauty of one of Italy's most magical cities. Pass beneath centuries-old bridges and take in famous attractions such as St. Marks' Bell Tower and San Giorgio Island from the coziness of your flat-bottomed boat.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$33.11
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$33.11
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The 10 Tastings of Venice With Locals: Private Food Tour

The 10 Tastings of Venice With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Explore Venice without the hassle of researching or planning on a food tour with multiple food and alcoholic beverage tastings, from fresh mozzarella to prosecco. Booking a private tour ensures the full attention of your guide, who provides little-known facts about Venice’s history and robust food scene as well as recommendations for the duration of your visit. A range of departure times is available for your convenience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.58
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$109.58
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Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

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See the best of Venice in a day on a tour that combines a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a guide, and visit St. Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$103.56
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The Real Hidden Venice

The Real Hidden Venice

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Discover the real Secret Venice with a native Venetian guide! The experience to live the uniqueness of the most authentic local districts. From Cannaregio, admiring its small canals and millenary legends, the tour will take you back in 1400s, learning the stories of the Venetian Republic, full of secrets and mysteries. During this exciting walk you will breathe a 100% local atmosphere, out of the beaten tracks, to admire the real life of Venice with its locals and crafts. The experience will arrive up to Rialto bridge where your guide will show the old trade center from completely a different perspective! Last but not least, an insightful exploration of San Polo where the oldest "mascareri" (creators of Carnival masks) are still working following the tradition of centuries ago. Histories, Legends and Secrets.. from the Venetian eyes!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.96
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Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride

Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride

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Skip the lines at Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge Palace and opt a shared guided tour instead. Then, enjoy the quintessential Venice experience—a gondola ride through the city’s canals and waterways. Your ticket also includes access to several landmarks surrounding Saint Mark’s Square, as well as access to a mobile app that provides commentary to a walking tour of the city at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.21
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$119.21
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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Explore the famous sites and hidden charms of Venice on this walking tour, followed by a ride through the city’s canals on an iconic gondola. Follow your local guide through a romantic maze of surrounding backstreets to discover some of Venice’s lesser-known gems. Learn the fascinating history of Venice as you wander through narrow alleys and over stone footbridges, and then hop aboard a Venetian gondola for a leisurely ride along the Grand Canal.
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  • 2 hours 9 minutes to 2 hours 27 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.19
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Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour

Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour

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Discover Venice’s hidden gems on a 2-hour cruise through the city’s secret canals. Watch scenes of daily Venetian life as you glide through the lesser-known neighborhoods of Cannaregio, Dorsoduro and the Jewish Ghetto. A guide will share insight into the city’s history, architecture and local legends. For a grand finale, head out into the wider waters of the Grand Canal and float beneath the iconic Rialto Bridge. Numbers are limited to nine people on this small-group tour for a more intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$138.47
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Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade

Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade

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Embark on a quintessential Venetian experience with a private, serenaded gondola ride through the famed canals of Venice. Glide past ancient palazzi and magnificent cathedrals on a traditional handcrafted gondola, while musicians serenade you with mood-setting Italian ballads. Gondolas have room for up to four passengers, so it’s the perfect opportunity for romance or an unforgettable family experience.
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  • 35 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$438.65
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Fall in Love in Venice: Romantic Gondola and Typical Venetian Savors

Fall in Love in Venice: Romantic Gondola and Typical Venetian Savors

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Treat your partner to a romantic evening in Venice with a private gondola ride followed by a traditional Italian meal at a charming Venetian restaurant. A private gondolier will guide you through the picturesque canals of Venice where you’ll take in such sights as the Barbarigo Palace and the Accademia Bridge. Then you'll enjoy a traditional, multi-course Italian meal at a lovely Venetian restaurant.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$131.25
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Classic 30-Minute Gondola Ride in Venice

Classic 30-Minute Gondola Ride in Venice

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Explore Venice's famous canals on a guided gondola ride through the city. Meander beneath bridges and along quiet, peaceful stretches in a traditional Venetian boat, taking in sights such as the Rialto Bridge and Campo Manin as you go. Join up to five others—along with your expert gondolier—in enjoying one of Venice's most leisurely and original pastimes, and don't miss this chance to experience the Grand Canal from the water.
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  • 25 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.33
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$37.33
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Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice

Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice

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Enjoy a real taste of Venice on a tantalizing lunchtime tour of the Rialto Market and discover the city’s impressive culinary credentials. Follow your guide on a tour of Venice’s foodie hotspots, browse the fresh produce at the city’s famous markets, and tuck into traditional cicchetti (Venetian tapas) at a local inn. Finally, sample fine regional wines and prosecco at the city’s legendary Bacari bars, then leave armed with plenty of recommendations for where to shop and dine in the city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.17
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Enchanting Venice - Private Gondola Experience

Enchanting Venice - Private Gondola Experience

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For centuries, Venice has been synonymous with its most iconic mode of transport, the water gondola. On this private, luxury-minded tour, you’ll cruise the city’s fabled lagoons in your own specialty boat, partaking in a time-honored tradition. Soak up the elegant atmosphere and discover Venice’s picturesque waterfront—including crumbling palaces and stone bridges—from new perspectives, unseen by pedestrians.
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  • 25 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$167.72
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Doge's Palace: Skip the line tickets with audio guide

Doge's Palace: Skip the line tickets with audio guide

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This self-guided audio tour gives you the insight of a guided tour with the flexibility of independent exploration. Skip the lines to enter the Palazzo Ducale and Saint Mark’s Basilica and explore them at your own pace.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.14
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$42.14
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Grand Canal boat tour and Murano glass experience with Hotel pick up

Grand Canal boat tour and Murano glass experience with Hotel pick up

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Nip through Venice the stylish way, in a comfortable water taxi, on this private tour, with one convenient flat rate for groups of up to 10. Admire ancient palaces, secret gardens, the Rialto Bridge, and more, as your guide introduces the city’s signature buildings and the families that made them great. Finish at Murano island, famed for glass for centuries, with a private tour of a historic workshop.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$301.03
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Murano by Private Watertaxi Including Glass Blowing Demo with Hotel Pickup

Murano by Private Watertaxi Including Glass Blowing Demo with Hotel Pickup

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Visit the famed glassblowing island of Murano via private water taxi, and watch glass artisans at work. Explore the seventh century cathedral in Murano's historical center before learning about the skill required to blow glass. Step inside a traditional glass factory for a full demonstration, peruse showrooms, take advantage of discounts on glassware, and slip your foot into a glass slipper. If it's your size, you'll walk away with a specially made souvenir crafted from Venetian glass.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.19
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Venice Street Food Tour with Local Guide with Local Food Market Visit

Venice Street Food Tour with Local Guide with Local Food Market Visit

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Taste your way through the canal city on a street food tour of Venice. Walk through gorgeous squares, see impressive churches, and visit the bustling Rialto Market. See Campo Santa Margherita, the Grand Canal, Basilica dei Frari, San Polo, and much more. Savor Venetian specialties like cicchetti, buranelli, tramezzini, and tiramisu.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.57
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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The ideal introduction for first-time visitors, this classic walking tour combines the blockbuster sights of history-packed Venice with a relaxing gondola ride. Listen to legends and stories from the city’s Renaissance heyday as you travel down cobblestoned streets and over picturesque footbridges. Tours cover Saint Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, and the legendary Calle Varisco.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.50
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Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

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Enjoy a private ride through Venice’s iconic canals aboard a traditional gondola. On this classic Venetian experience, soak up famous sights like the Rialto Bridge and the ornate Ca’ d’Oro palace while your expert gondolier navigates the beautiful handmade boat through the Grand Canal and other waterways. A friendly local guide accompanies you on the ride to share interesting facts about Venetian history and architecture along the way.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$451.55
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30-minute Private Gondola Ride in Venice

30-minute Private Gondola Ride in Venice

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Reserve a classic Venetian experience with a private gondola ride through Venice’s romantic canals. Enjoy a beautifully crafted boat and professional gondolier just for your party as you glide down the Grand Canal and smaller waterways, passing historic palaces and landmarks like Mozart’s home and the Rialto Bridge. Book ahead to guarantee a private ride for you group and avoid the hassle of negotiating a price on the spot.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.08
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Venice Gondola Experience

Venice Gondola Experience

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Explore the romantic canals of Venice the way that locals have for centuries on a 30-minute shared gondola ride. Climb aboard one of the ornate carved vessels and settle into your seat as a professional gondolier navigates past ancient palazzos, under footbridges and through scenes of daily life in the captivating city-on-the-sea. It’s a quintessential Venetian experience not to be missed!
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.58
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

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Experience Venice in the most Venetian way possible: via a shared gondola ride while being serenaded. Choose between an afternoon or evening ride and then hop on the six-person gondola by a gondolier who is clad in traditional garb. Then begin the ride, as part of a group of eight different gondolas, with a singer aboard one of the boats. In addition to the song being sun to you, enjoy the sites of Venice's main landmarks, including the grand Canal and Palazzo Barberino.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.76
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Venice in a Day: the main highlights of the city

Venice in a Day: the main highlights of the city

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If you’re looking to see most of Venice’s well-known sights all in one day, put your trust in this fun combination day tour. This package includes a walking tour of the city away from the crowded streets into the treasure filled pockets of the Castello area, a skip-the-line privilege at Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and at St. Mark's Basilica and a gondola ride on the Grand Canal and smaller canals.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$158.94
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What are Grand Canal hours of operation?
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Grand Canal hours of operation: Open 24 hours every day. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Grand Canal tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Grand Canal can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 137 Grand Canal tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Grand Canal 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Grand Canal costs USD 10.30. Guided Grand Canal tours start around USD 10.30 per person. See all 137 Grand Canal tickets and tours on Viator.
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