• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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Sail across the Venetian Lagoon on this romantic, 2-hour sunset cruise. Get a new perspective on the towering cathedrals and historic palazzos that line the isles of Venice from aboard a traditional Venetian boat. Pop open a half bottle of Prosecco and soak up the glorious sights of St Mark’s Basin and Venice Lido bathed in the golden light of sunset. Tour numbers are limited to 11 people to ensure an intimate, personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 2-hour Venice sunset cruise with Prosecco
  • Marvel at the kaleidoscopic sunset from a traditional Venetian boat
  • Cruise across the Venetian Lagoon and St Mark's Basin with an expert skipper-guide
  • Pass by Venice Lido and some of the area’s remote islands
  • Savor half a bottle of delicious Prosecco as you watch the sun set
  • Small-group tour limited to 11 people per boat for an intimate experience

What You Can Expect

Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

Enjoy your cruise by a typical Venetian boat!

Choose from one of two afternoon departure times, and then meet your skipper-guide at central Venice’s Ospedele vaporetto (water bus) station. Your cruising vessel will be either a sampierotta fishing boat for smaller groups or a two-masted trawler known as a bragozzo for groups of 5 to 11 people. Both are traditional, handcrafted Venetian boats. Climb aboard and watch the iconic architecture of Venice recede as you make your way out into the Venetian Lagoon.

Admire a new perspective of St Mark’s Basilica and its neighboring bell tower as you cross St Mark’s Basin, and see the 16th-century fortress of Sant’Andrea. Soak in the sights of Venice Lido, San Clemente Le Grazie and more as your guide points out highlights of the passing scenery. At a particularly beautiful spot between the islands of Giudecca and San Giorgio Maggiore, your skipper will stop the boat so the group can enjoy bobbing up and down on the lagoon’s calm waters and toast the idyllic scene with complimentary Prosecco (soft drinks also available). 

As the sun descends towards the horizon, see the majestic beauty of the Venetian islands bathed in a rosy glow. Continue learning about the history of this magical place as your guide steers the boat back toward central Venice, where city lights will soon be turning on. Say farewell to your guide and fellow passengers back at the original departure point at the end of your 2-hour cruise.

Please note: from December to February, there is a maximum of 4 passenger per booking

Customer Reviews

Graham M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A great way to see the islands. There were only the 3 of us in the group so a very small tour. Tommaso our guide and captain was brilliant and had so many suggestions for our visit, absolutely great!
The timing seemed early at 4.30 but the lighting was beautiful and the whole experience so relaxing

Rhonda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This private sunset cruise was awesome and I guide was awesome!!! We learned so much from him about Venice and the surrounding islands. One of the highlights of our trip!!!

zachary l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

in his traditional flat bottomed Venetian boat it has a motor but can also sail. The boat is about 40 years old but the design is over 300 years old. The lagoon is calm, the horizon a little hazy. I forgot that this was a tour of the lagoon and its other islands so we do not head down a canal into Venice. Instead, we head along the shore as Giamba guide talks about the ecosystem and how Venice developed in this lagoon which is only a few feet deep. It provided a natural fortress against the invading barbarians. Horses, the preferred transportation of the Huns, would simply get stuck in the mud.

The two hour boat ride was great. We motor through some natural areas, we watch a huge sailing regatta returning to the harbor with spinnakers aloft, past the island of Lido where the money is today and back in towards Venice where we get the waterside view of St. Marks and the Doges Palace.

We polish off a bottle of prosecco as Giamba tells us how much he loves Brusa Springsteen. A musician, he learned to play drums from Max Weinberg while sitting in his mothers arm chair. My wife complains about Donald Trump. Giamba tells us that Berlusconi was just as bad and lasted 17 years. We called this hope.

The sun is setting as we return to our start, down a serene canal and past the Arsenal a huge shipyard and thank Giamba for his hospitality.

Angus P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Incredible! A unique way to see Venice and some of the surrounding islands. Tomasso is a genuine Venetian and has a wealth of information that is hugely better than any regular tour or guidebook. He is a wonderful friendly guy who takes pride in his work and Venice itself. The Prosecco flows during the cruise and it really is a very special experience. We went to celebrate our silver wedding and it was a wonderful way to do it. Thanks Tomasso!

Thomas H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Amazing tour! Highly recommend it.

fernemurray

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great tour , really lots of info and beautiful sites

Lori C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Tomasso was our guide for our sunset cruise. He was very knowledgeable of the area and had a great sense of humour.
We went as a family of 6 and each and every one of us enjoyed the beautiful views and the time he spent explaining the areas we went to. We had 2 members in our group who have disabilities and he was great getting them on and off the boat safely. Highly recommend this tour.The sparkling local wine was also delicious.

Matthew T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great tour of the lagoon with a friendly and knowledgeable local guide. Comfortable boat and a beautiful sunset. Wonderful experience.

carrieann54

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Our tour was fantastic! There was so much more I learned about the Venice area by taking this cruise than if I would have stayed in Venice.

Sara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Excellent experience. Fun. Lovely chatting to the guide. We did this on the last evening so it was a perfect end to the trip.

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