Hop On Hop Off Venice: Boat Tour with Audio Guides and Map
With the Hop on Hop off Venice Boat Tour of 24 or 48 hours you choose to visit Venice and its lagoon in a comfortable, fast and sustainable way! This is a very valid alternative to the classic tour of the islands of Venice organised with a guide on board but a predefined programme.
This tour is therefore ideal if you want to explore Venice and its lagoon islands by organising your itinerary and your days with greater freedom. The convenient audio guides that can be downloaded onto your mobile phone and are included with your ticket will guide you through the stories and anecdotes of more than 120 points of interest narrated by author’s voices and personalised for adults and children; they are available both on board the boat and along the recommended itineraries on land in Venice San Marco, Murano, Burano and Torcello.
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WHY DID WE LIKE THIS EXPERIENCE SO MUCH?
- comfortable, fast and sustainable service
- ability to get on and off the boat at will
- more freedom in managing your own time
- 9 convenient departure points
Until 3 November 2024:
- adults (12 years and older) 25 €;
- children (6 to 11 years) 13€;
- children (o to 5 years) free of charge.
- family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) 67 €
From 29 March to 2 November 2024:
- adults (12 years and older) 34€;
- children (6 – 11 years) 17€;
- children (o – 5 years) free of charge.
Other practical information
For availability consult the updated calendar by simulating a reservation.
N.b. Punta Sabbioni stop is suspended from November 1, 2023 to March 28, 2024.
Those travelling with their dog are advised to bring a muzzle in case there are other dogs on board.
After purchasing your ticket, you will receive an e-mail with the name of the application and login details to download the audio guides
The internet connection is only required to download the APP and the audio guides; once installed, you can use it offline, only the GPS signal will be active.
Included / Excluded
- boat ticket valid for 24/48 hours (depending on the service chosen) from the moment the hostess scans the voucher at the time of the first departure
- audioguide directly downloadable to your smartphone via QR CODE
- information on each Departure Point via audioguide app with the active “Guide me” service to reach the stop
- visit to the glassworks in Murano with a demonstration of glassmaking
- food and drink
- entrance to museums and monuments
- pick-up from hotel and/or station
- earphones headphones and devices
- anything not mentioned under “what’s included”
For cancellations up to 24 hours before the experience, a 20% penalty will be deducted.
For NO-SHOW or cancellations within 24 hours prior to the experience, no refund will be given
- Pet Friendly
- Child Friendly
- Accessible with public transport
With the hop on hop off service in Venice you choose to visit Venice in a comfortable, fast and sustainable way!
You will be able to enjoy the wonders of the entire city to the full, either on foot or on board the boat itself, choosing to hop on and off at any stop along the entire route to visit the city’s main attractions.
To discover the most hidden treasures of Venice, 24 hours are not enough; for this reason there is also a ticket valid for two days (48 hours), surely the solution that best satisfies all needs.
Also included in the ticket is a demonstration of glassmaking on the island of Murano.
There are two operating lines:
- line A, which departs from Venezia Santa Lucia railway station and with a panoramic cruise takes you first towards St Mark’s, where you can admire the Piazza, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, and then in the direction of Murano;
- line B, which runs a tour of the lagoon islands (Murano Burano Torcello) departing from Punta Sabbioni, a very convenient point if you are on holiday on the beaches of Lido di Jesolo and Cavallino.
Important: in Murano you can organize a connection between Line A and Line B, i.e. between the route between the islands and the one towards the historic centre. Study the timetable and itinerary, you will find that the Battello Hop
Hop on Hop off Venice Boat Tour: explanations from true connoisseurs
While you admire the breathtaking scenery from the boat, thanks to sophisticated geo-localisation tools, you can listen to audio guides that will accompany you on your journey about the history and secrets of more than 120 points of interest in the city.
The audio guides are easy to download and use on your mobile phone. Obtaining them is very simple: just download the app, scan the QR CODE, select the language and you’re done!
The ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours, depending on the duration chosen.
Those who will accompany you on your day, along the itinerary you have chosen, are local people capable of conveying authentic values and information about Venice, precisely because they are true connoisseurs of the lagoon’s history and main sites. The voice of the famous Venetian Alberto Toso Fei will be your guide both on board and once off the boat to visit the main attractions.
For children, on the other hand, a more dynamic audio guide has been created; thanks to the explanations of Nicola Padovani, they will be able to help the Winged Lion, symbol of the city, in an exciting treasure hunt.
Visits to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, on the other hand, will be delighted by the explanations of Silvia Zanella, an expert local guide who has been active in the sector for many years.
Hop on Hop off Venice Boat Tour: why choose this service?
Because it is a comfortable, fast, and sustainable service.
The boat on which you will travel has been created in an innovative way, so that you can be pampered throughout the entire navigation; a hull takes care of reducing the wave motion, and this allows you to enjoy the experience to the full.
The hop on hop off service is already operating in several cities and is finally landing in Venice too.
Choosing to use it has many advantages such as enjoying complete freedom of movement and managing your time, thanks to the variety of times at which you can hop on and off.
If desired, it is also possible to make the complete tour and enjoy the panorama from the means of transport, with maximum freedom.
The boat’s timetables extend from morning until evening; you can browse them all by clicking on the button below:
You will no longer have to plan your trip according to previously chosen times and schedules, and above all you will be able to avoid wasting a lot of time in long queues between trips, thus avoiding all kinds of difficulties.
Hop on Hop off Venice Boat Tour: what can you see?
The Venice Hop on Hop off boat is the perfect way to explore the beauty and city sightseeing of Venice. It takes you easily to some of Venice’s main attractions such as Murano, Burano, Torcello and the beaches of Punta Sabbioni. You can check out all these sights in just one day. With this boat tour, you will see the beautiful architecture, picturesque bridges and fabulous canals that make Venice such a popular tourist destination.
You will also experience the local culture and cuisine as you enjoy breathtaking views along the way by walking at your leisure or following the suggested itineraries with our audio guides:
Unmissable Venice itinerary: choice of short or full tour
Venice is a city of incredible beauty and history, and the area between the Zattere and the Rialto Bridge is no exception. From majestic churches to quaint calli, this area offers visitors a unique glimpse into the past. With its rich cultural heritage, Venice offers the ideal setting for an unforgettable audio-guided walking tour.
Along the way, you can explore some of Venice’s most iconic attractions such as St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), Doge’s Palace, Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute and more. You can also find hidden gems such as quaint cafes and local shops offering unique souvenirs to take home with you.
Mysterious Venice itinerary
If you wish to explore the area between the Zattere and the Rialto Bridge, you can choose an alternative route, where you will discover many mysterious sights to see. Along the way you will come across stones, engravings and reliefs that testify to events that marked the city’s most important events. Churches, canals, ancient palaces, there is something for everyone in Venice.
Get ready for an unforgettable journey through the history and culture of Venice! Enjoy a walking tour with an audio guide and discover hidden attractions amongst iconic sites. Visit monuments such as the home of the Guggenheim Collection, La Fenice Theatre, the Grand Canal, Campi Santo Stefano and Sant`Angelo with their curiosities and much more!
Children’s itinerary with treasure hunt
Venice is an enchanting city that offers children a unique experience. The city and the islands are perfect places for a fun treasure hunt.
The Winged Lion of Venice is sad: he has lost his inseparable open book and asks the children for help in finding it.
Is the book somewhere in St. Mark’s Square? Or has it ended up in the middle of the Grand Canal between the gondolas and the vaporetti?
Venice loves to surprise… the book will appear in the most unimaginable place! Have fun looking for it with the whole family on this Venetian tour that will allow you to visit Venice with children in a fun way.
Itineraries on foot to discover the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello
These audio-guided itineraries will take you to famous and hidden places on the most beautiful islands of the Venice lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello. On arrival in Murano, you can visit one of the glass factories for which the island is famous. An important place that deserves your attention is the church of Santa Maria e San Donato, one of the oldest churches in the Venice lagoon, known for its Byzantine mosaics and Romanesque bell tower.
Stroll along the picturesque streets of Murano, admiring the beautiful houses and artisans’ workshops. And if you want to learn more about the island’s most famous craft, visit the Glass Museum.
On arrival in Burano, admire one of its main attractions, the island’s colourful houses!
Visit the Lace Museum, where you can see Burano’s precious lace and discover the history of this ancient art. Stroll along the island’s main canal and discover the artisans’ workshops.
In Torcello, the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, one of the oldest churches in the Venice lagoon, with Byzantine mosaics of great artistic value, and the Torcello Island Museum, where you can learn about the history of the island and its community, await you. Say hello to the geese that live on the island and admire the rural and natural landscape that surrounds it. And if you have an appetite, we recommend a tasty stop at the famous Locanda Cipriani.
Hop on Hop off Venice Boat Tour o waterbus ACTV?
Deciding between the Venice Hop on Hop off boat and the ACTV vaporetto may seem a difficult decision for tourists visiting Venice for the first time. The former is a little more expensive for 48 hours for adults, but offers the convenience of getting on and off at various attractions without having to queue. The price for 24 hours is instead the same.
Note that the hop on hop off boat offers a price range for 6-11 year olds, which the regular boat does not (a child older than six has to pay full price).
In our experience, not to be underestimated is the fact that the Vaporetto can be really crowded during rush hours and sometimes you have to stand in line for a long time to catch it.
So our advice if you want to visit the city and the islands in comfort is to choose the Hop on Hop off boat service. You will save time and get to know Venice and its lagoon in many interesting details that you might miss without the support of the audio guide.
It really is a great option if you want to experience the city at your own pace, as it allows you to hop on and off at different stops during your journey.
If you like the idea of exploring the city and its islands on an excursion with a guide – board a boat with our organised tours. There are also options with lunch included. See here: