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The best time to take this Cruise is the last sailing because it's when the sun begins to set, making all the sights one sees from the water look very attractive.
Though everything was expertly set up for us by Il Bragozzo's kindly owner, Tommaso Serantoni, it was with Captain Jean Baptiste that we sailed into the vast Venetian waters.
Jean Baptiste ensured that throughout most of the Tour we were shown unseen facets of Venice-lesser known areas of the city, islands that tourists would never know existed, a military boat yard, luxury hotels so exclusive, that unless you took this Cruise you would never know that they existed!
With Jean Baptiste's commentary it felt as if we were being let in on and shown secrets in and around Venice that other tourists would not even know of. He made whatever he showed us so exciting, that we couldn't wait until he took us to the next marvel. We heard about victims of the plague, saw aboandoned settlemts, saw a University ensconed on an island and much more.
The icing on the cake was the glorious views of Venice city, namely of Piazza San Marco and it's environs that we saw from the water bathed in the light of the setting sun.
The boat used for the Tour is entirely open, plus it can't accommodate many people, so the entire experience of this Tour is vey intimate and immersive.
Complimentary wine and soft drinks are served on board. However, if you're a teetotaller it's best to mention this at the time of making the booking because most times they may just only have a chilled bottle of wine on board and nothing else!
At the end of the Tour, Jean Baptiste very kindly recommended restaurants and advised each group on how to find their way to their next destination from the boat drop off point.
If there's one Cruise you do in Venice, let this be the one you choose.
-Felicia Variava Albert, Managing Director, Blaze Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India
Good but not super great. I guess it's not what we were expecting. The boat is motorized with uncomfortable narrow bench seating considering its a two hour ride. The tour travels the outer waters of Venice only, and we didn't each receive our own half bottle of Prosecco as advertised. Seven of us shared one bottle of Prosecco drank out of scratched clean?? plastic champagne glasses our captain pulled from his well-used backpack. Our captain was very accommodating and loved sharing his knowledge of his home city, this was the best highlight of the tour. For the price we paid for this tour, I wish we had hired an expensive gondola instead.
This trip exceeded our expectations. Gian showed us corners of the Venetian Lagoon that we would never have seen. He gave us the rich history of the Serene Republic with true passion for the history. All of this while sipping Prosecco as the sun sank behind St Marks! Truly a Memorable trip.
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
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!