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Few experiences in the world can match the delight of being serenaded by a gondolier as you sail past floating palazzi and underneath marble bridges on the Grand Canal. We’ll stay in the heart of Venice within walking distance of St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge, providing easy access to the city’s iconic highlights and restaurants, and most importantly, for twilight strolls to absorb an authentic Venetian ambience as the day time crowds dissipate.

Whilst visiting this enchanting city, we’ll explore the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Basilica and St Mark’s Square before walking in the footsteps of Casanova and Byron through the winding streets and canals of the island. Venice was central to the Renaissance movement and development of Baroque music so we’ll also spend an evening in true Venetian style with dinner and a Baroque musical show.

Our trip also includes visits to the neighbouring island of Murano, of international renown for glass production, Burano for lace production and finally Torcello, an older and quieter version of Venice dating back to 639AD. There will also be time to explore world-class museums, hearty Italian restaurants and bars, artisanal shops selling Venetian masks and jewellery, or to simply get lost in the spectacular canals and historic squares.

Tour Highlights

  • Stay in the heart of the island of Venice
  • Explore St Mark’s Square and cross Rialto Bridge
  • Discover the wonders of the Doge’s Palace
  • Enjoy a fancy dinner and a show of Baroque music
  • Tour the islands of the Venetian Lagoon
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  • Dates & Prices

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    May 16 - May 21, 2020 (6 days)


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    a sideways view of a gondola, with an impressive bridge in the background
  • The winged Lion of Venice, representing Saint Mark

    What's Included

    • 5 nights at Hotel Belle Arti in central Venice
    • All breakfasts and one dinner
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Venice walking tour
    • St Mark’s Basilica visit
    • Doge’s Palace tour
    • Baroque music concert
    • Murano, Burano and Torcello tour
    Beautifully decorated Venetian masks

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Saturday 16th May

 

Arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport this afternoon and approach Venice by water. Upon arrival, we’ll check into our hotel which is located close to the Grand Canal. As twilight descends on the city and the crowds begin to thin, tonight will be the perfect opportunity to soak in the magical ambience of Venice with a leisurely stroll and dinner by a canal, or in the prestigious surroundings of a Campo (Venetian Square).

 

Overnight in Venice.

Sunday 17th May

 

Our first morning in Venice will be enjoyed on a walking tour around the streets and canals of the city. We’ll begin with a walk around St Mark’s Square, Venice’s historic heart. Surrounded on three sides by stately marble buildings, the Piazza leads to the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica and is crowned by St Mark’s Campanile, a red and white bell tower that is just shy of 100 metres tall.

 

Next, pass through the narrow winding streets of Venice, cross charming canals over ancient marble bridges and enter crumbling campi (squares). We’ll make our way to Santa Maria Formosa, a shining white marble church, before heading to another of Venice’s most iconic spots, the Rialto Bridge.

 

This afternoon, why not venture into a museum, relax with a cappuccino or espresso and browse some iconic wares in Venice’s many boutiques.

 

Breakfast included. Overnight in Venice.

 

Monday 18th May

This morning we return to St Mark’s Square where we’ll enter the Doge’s Palace. Instantly recognisable thanks to the 14th century Gothic marble facade, the palace was the centre of Venetian power where money flowed in from Venice’s tight grasp of the Silk Road trading routes and numerous Mediterranean ports. Once inside, our private tour guide will bring the treasures and artefacts of the palace to life as we explore the many stately rooms and chambers.

Following this, we’ll head next door to St Mark’s Basilica for a visit. The Cathedral is a rare example of Italo-Byzantine architecture, decorated with glittering mosaics and tiles and crowned by the Horses of Saint Mark-Lysippos, four huge bronze horses that date to Classical Antiquity and once adorned the Hippodrome of Constantinople.

This evening we’ll rendezvous for dinner together before enjoying a memorable evening concert of baroque music.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Venice.

Tuesday 19th May

Board a boat to tour the other famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon. Murano is a small island north of Venice where famous glass is produced. The glassmakers of Venice were ordered to move to Murano in 1291 as the factories represented a fire danger to Venice. Since then, the skill of the glass makers spread worldwide and colourful glass ornaments are still produced here to this day.

Next up is Burano, a chain of four small islands connected by bridges and lined by humble yet colourful town houses. Here, ladies of the island often sit in the sun crafting beautiful lace products.

Finally, Torcello is at the northern end of the Venetian Lagoon and was the first of the lagoon islands to be occupied by the mainland population fleeing the Germanic incursions of the Early Middle Ages. Evidence of this can be found in the 7th century Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta. Nowadays, only a few people still call this island their home.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Venice.

Wednesday 20th May

Today will be a free day for you to explore and discover at leisure.

You may wish to explore a famous museum such as Ca’ Rezzonico, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Mocenigo or the many more that are scattered throughout the island.

Alternatively, you may wish to purchase some famous Venetian crafts and trinkets in one of the many shops, discover a hidden church or synagogue, wander through the Arsenal or take a gondola ride on a canal.

 

Breakfast included. Overnight in Venice

Thursday 21st May

Our flight departs in the evening so you still have the day to further explore Venice. Why not take the opportunity this afternoon for one last lunch and a drink as you soak up the unique ambience that simply cannot be captured elsewhere.

Breakfast included.

Single supplement – £350

Please note that the date of the concert and dinner is subject to change depending on its schedule and availability.