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So much to discover

  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of the classic sights of enchanting Venice
  • Marvel at St Mark’s Basilica during a timed visit
  • See the glorious Doge’s Palace
  • Explore the lesser-seen ‘Venice of the Venetians’ on a guided walking tour
  • See the peaceful old Jewish quarter
  • Take a boat ride across the lagoon to the island of Murano
  • Watch a traditional glass-blowing demonstration

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4 nights in 4-star accommodation
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Overview

Venice paints a truly unique picture of beauty within Italy – a city which sits atop wooden pillars with enduring limestone foundations that allow its ornate buildings to rise out of the azure waters and bask in the golden sunlight. 

Every few minutes you’ll find yourself stopping to admire yet another astonishing building or stunning view, which captures the romantic essence of Venice. Fingerprints of the old Venetian Empire can still be found throughout the city, linking back to the rich merchants and world-class artists who resided here, adding lavish touches to the architecture and artistic masterpieces that have been carefully preserved throughout the centuries.

Venice today, however, is so much more than art, monuments and buildings. It has a quieter side too; wander where your feet take you and lose yourself in the tangle of alleys within the delightful smaller parishes, discovering another Venice – that of the Venetians. Here you’ll find the traditional shops heaving with colourful fresh vegetables, children playing in the streets and the locals stopping to pass a few words in the street. The city still has a distinctly Italian atmosphere – from the bustle of St Mark’s Square, home to arguably the world’s most beautiful basilica, to the quieter areas where time has stood still, and you can take your time to enjoy an unhurried macchiato or ristretto.

Whether you’re exploring by foot or by vaporetto, soaking up as many sights as Venice has to offer will ensure even the most well-seasoned traveller is satisfied.



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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN VENICE

The Grand Canal of Venice

Arrive at the airport to take your flight to Venice or Treviso. On arrival we transfer by coach to out hotel for four nights. 2019 departures stay at the four-star Hotel Principe, with breakfast. 2020 departures stay at the three-star superior Tritone Hotel, with breakfast.

Each afternoon of this tour is at leisure to allow you to explore as you wish. The options are endless – perhaps a trip in a gondola along the backwater canals or maybe a more up-tempo journey on the vaporetto (water bus) along the Grand Canal, which teems with vessels of all sorts. 

Art-lovers can head for the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, situated close to each other and brimming with classic and modern masterpieces. The Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni are full of works by Tintoretto and Carpaccio respectively, plus other pieces by giants of the Renaissance. 

The view from the top of St Mark’s Campanile, one of the great landmarks, is unmissable and perhaps the finest place for views of Venice in all its glory. In the evening you could enjoy one of the numerous classical music concerts taking place throughout the city. 

Sivoli Bistro Terrace

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4* Hotel Principe – Venice (2019)

Chosen for its prime position on the Grand Canal.

  • Great location
  • Restaurant terrace over the Grand Canal
  • Pre-bookable dining options
Venice Mestre Hotel Tritone - Reception Area

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3* superior Tritone Hotel – Venice, Mestre (2020)

Chosen for its comfortable rooms and access to the centre of Venice.

  • Convenient location
  • Classic style
  • Welcoming staff

DAY 2 - WALKING TOUR & ST MARK'S BASILICA

St Mark's Square

Morning

We have a walking tour of the classic sights of Venice, with a local guide explaining the fascinating stories behind the iconic sights, including the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and a host of other architectural wonders. 

Next, we have a timed entrance to St Mark’s Basilica. A true wonder of human achievement, there aren’t enough superlatives to do it justice. The floor is made of coloured 12th-century marble, while the walls and vaulted ceiling are covered with over 86,000 square feet of glittering mosaics, mostly from the 12th and 13th centuries. Another highlight is the Treasury, which contains the magnificent Pala d’Oro, a gem-studded golden altarpiece containing over 250 enamelled panels. 

Finally, there’s the Doge’s Palace, traditional home of Venice’s most important citizen and effectively the city’s seat of government for over a thousand years. As well as exquisite wood carvings, this masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture contains works by Titian, Veronese and many other masters. 

Afternoon 

The afternoon is free to explore as you wish.

DAY 3 - JEWISH QUARTER

DAY 4 - MURANO

DAY 5 - RETURN FLIGHT

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Gondola on the Venice canal
  Classical sheet music at Viennese concert  Dining terrace on the Grand Canal - Hotel Principe, Venice
 

Gondola ride through Venice - from £24 per person

Explore Venice from a different perspective on a leisurely gondola ride through the city. Glide along the enchanting maze of waterways and the famous Grand Canal, admiring Venice’s iconic sights as you go.

Share a gondola for £24 per person, or enjoy a private one for two for £51 per person. 2019 departures only.

Classical concert in Venice - from £25 per person

Attend an extraordinary classical performance of Baroque arias by skilful Venetian musicians dressed in fabulous period costumes. The concert is held at the historic Scuola Grande di San Teodoro. 2020 departures only.

 

Dining Choices

We offer a dining choice on this tour, so you can dine independently to sample the local cuisine or stay in and have dinner at your hotel. 2019 departures only.

Dining at the Hotel Principe - from £22 per person

Stays at the Hotel Principe include daily breakfast only, so you have the flexibility to enjoy the local cuisine at the town’s fine restaurants.

If you wish to dine in at the hotel, you may pre-book dinner for 1 night at £22 per person or 3 nights at £65 per person.

Please contact us to add any of the above experiences to your booking.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us.

Airport Hotel location Transfer time
Venice Marco Polo Airport Venice 30 mins including coach & private boat transfers
Venice Treviso Airport 1 hr including coach & private boat transfers

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What is included in the price?

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room and includes:

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • All touring and local transport as mentioned
  • All local accommodation and airport departure taxes
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

We guarantee there are never any hidden costs or surcharges, inflated prices or artificial discounts.

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