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Venice – La Serenissima

A week in and around Italy’s most charismatic city...

As the sun sets, the light dims as you return replete from dinner. Travelling slowly down the Grand Canal you are afforded a magical peak into rooms with their ceiling murals and chandeliers that typify canal side grandeur, another unique view of this serene city.

During our week we take in the Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica, and other treasures of the Venetian Republic. The great double bend of the Grand Canal cuts Venice majestically in half, and lesser canals and quiet walkways allow us to explore here as well as the nooks and crannies which often evade the daytripper. The outer islands provide a fascinating contrast, the glass blowing on Murano, the coloured houses of Burano, the cathedral on Torcello and even the grave yard on San Michelle. Everything moves by boat, as will we too.

Great art abounds – this is the city of Titian and Tintoretto, whose works can be found not only in the art galleries and palaces, but in the churches for which they were painted. We also take time to explore the everyday treasures – the fish market tucked away behind the Rialto Bridge, a coffee in an out-of-the-way square, a gondola boatyard and more.

For a change of scenery we will take the train inland for a day. Our hotel is a short stroll from the train station. The train crosses the flat plains of the Veneto and takes us to the Euganean Hills, ideal for a morning stroll. We have time in the afternoon to visit Padua, another great art city. At Christmas when the days are shorter we’ll spend our time in Padua only, exploring the old town and the notable artworks. 
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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



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    09 Nov 2017
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    23 Nov 2017
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    17 Feb 2018
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  • Itinerary & Map
    09 Nov 2017 - 16 Nov 2017

    Day 1 - Venice
    We fly to Venice Marco Polo Airport and take the short transfer to Venice Island by public transport.

    Day 2 - Venice
    We explore San Marco and Castello areas of Venice. St Mark's Square is one of the most recognisable city squares in the world.

    Day 3 - Venice
    We have a day looking around the much less well known but equally engaging Cannareggio and San Polo areas.

    Day 4 - Venice
    We are off to the Venetian islands today, Murano, Burano and Torcello. All the transport is included on our Venice transport pass.

    Day 5 - Venice
    A free day. Some might like to just take some ferries around the Lagoon. Others may prefer a day in Verona or Vicenza

    Day 6 - Venice
    Today we travel out to Padua across the plains of the Veneto. Padua is another great art city and well worth a look. We will also include a walk in the Euganean Hills to the south of Padua.

    Day 7 - Venice
    On our final day exploring Venice we visit San Giorgio, Giudecca and Dorsodoro areas.

    Day 8 - Venice
    We return to the airport for our flight back to the UK.


  • Accommodation

    We stay at the Continental Hotel, ideally located on the Canal Grande, in the Cannaregio area of Venice Island, a boat ride or 25 minutes stroll from St Mark’s Square and about 5 minutes’ walk from the train station.

  • What's Included
    • Flights and airport transfers.
    • B&B en suite accommodation.
    • Dinners in restaurants used by the locals.
    • Seven day pass on Venice’s transport network.
    • All local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Exploring Piazza San Marco when only the pigeons are there.
    • A boat trip across the lagoon to Murano, Burano and Torcello.
    • Contemplating Tintoretto’s amazing paintings in the Scuola di San Rocco.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins).
    • Flights: Gatwick-Venice Marco Polo, British Airways (c2hrs 15mins). Manchester flights may be available supplement from £40.
    • UK add-on flights and upgrades to Business Class available, please ask for a quote.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



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