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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
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
Great tour of the lagoon with a friendly and knowledgeable local guide. Comfortable boat and a beautiful sunset. Wonderful experience.
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.
Excellent experience. Fun. Lovely chatting to the guide. We did this on the last evening so it was a perfect end to the trip.
This is definitely a trip to take. We saw Venice from a different view. Thomas, our guide was superb - as a born and bred Venetian - he was so knowledgeable, and taught us a lot about the Islands. it was so not your usual 'touristy' trip.
There were 5 of us in our party and Tomasso was simply amazing. There was a lot of information he provided that we would never have known otherwise. He also took us around the islands which was nice to see. This tour is a must do when you are in Venice. You sit back, relax, watch the beautiful views even though in late May/early June the sunset is not until after the tour ends, but don't let that stop you from going, sip on Prosecco and learn about the history of the islands and of Venice.
Highly recommend a relaxing afternoon cruise around the lagoon with Tomasso. He is very generous with his information about the various islands you cruise pass and also the prosecco!! If you also like taking photos, you get some amazing views of the famous landmarks around Venice and beautiful Venetian sunsets.
Take this tour! and skip the gondola......Tommaso was so helpful and friendly and the trip was so relaxing and beautiful. We thought this was an excellent value for our family of four. Excellent way to beat the summer crowds. We couldn't have asked for more! Thanks Tommaso and best wished to your family.
We had a private boat for the four of us and we had an amazing time! Half a bottle of Procecco and a tour hour cruise around Venice was such a pleasant experience. Would highly recommend for a nice relaxing tour before dinner. It really made our last day great!
This was amazing one thing that truly made our holiday. We had phillipo who was amazing let us take in the views and atmosphere while also giving us the history. The weather had started to turn where we where due to go but changed the route but it was still amazing. Thank you phillipo
Beautiful tour of the lagoon! Tomasso was an excellent guide, and the views were stunning. Great way to see Venice!
Loved this tour! We had the ride all to ourselves, a guide who spoke very good English, and enjoyed learning more about Venice. This was a romantic way to start off our honeymoon in Venice. Definitely recommend doing this!
We love small boats and had no problems, but the water can get a bit choppy when larger boats pass by. Even though our guide was also an excellent driver, I would reconsider if you get sea sick - or take some medicine first.
This tour takes you around the outer portion of Venice, by Lido, and past the top of the Grand Canal. It's not a tour of the canals inside Venice. We also did a gondola tour, which is what you need to do to go down the small/inner canals. Do not be confused and think this is a gondola tour. We loved our ride and don't want anyone to book this thinking it's something else and come back with bad reviews. Highly recommend doing both!
My husband and I had a great time with Tomasso! He's fun, friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. We got lucky, too, in that we had him all to ourselves on a Monday in October. Even though it was just the two of us, he gave us a very full 2-hour tour. We learned a lot and shared a lot of laughs. Would very much recommend this tour as an unique way to view Venice.
What a wonderful experience! Our Captain, Tomasso, was so knowledgeable and so nice! He showed us the lagoon and the islands in it. We learned so much about Venice- its history, culture, food and people. This was our first activity upon reaching Venice and it was the perfect welcome to this amazing city. I cannot recommend this too highly. You will not be disappointed.
PS Tomasso's traditional Venetian boat is exquisite- a floating work of art.
Great boat, the guide was full of information and made the whole trip a very pleasant experience. We were very lucky , the weather was perfect.
This tour was great! Our guide was very knowledgable and friendly. He regaled our group with tales about old Venice, as well as what it's like to live in modern Venice. The prosecco flowed as we made our way around the beautiful city. I highly recommend you take this tour- hopefully you end up on 'Il Sultana'!
Would highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide Tomas was very knowledgable about Venice. Two thumbs up!
Tomasso was inspired guide knowing lots of history and anecdotes in very good English. Good length of tour so saw many sites we would other wise have missed. Really worth doing.
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