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Venice Holidays

Mysterious canals, golden squares, waterside palaces – it’s little wonder that Venice is billed as the most romantic city on earth.

A city for the curious, getting lost in Venice is half the fun. Time-worn streets lead you past tiny pizzerias and shops hung with Venetian masks. Gondoliers glide down waterways navigated by their ancestors, while vaporetti speed down the Grand Canal to St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. Islands gather in the surrounding Venetian Lagoon – and each have their own specialty. Nip over to Murano to see the masterful glass blowers or to Burano to wander the canals framed by rainbow-coloured houses.

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Festivals

Carnivale (16 Feb – 05 Mar 19)

This spectacular celebration turns the whole city into an array of colour with people in ornate, baroque costumes and masks. Book ahead to attend a masquerade ball or simply enjoy the chaotic and unique atmosphere of the piazzas.

Regatta (01 Sep 19)

The Historical Regatta is a spectacular flotilla of colourful boats on the Grand Canal with the golden Bucintoro, representing the Serenissima at its head.

Festa del Redentore (late July)

One of the most important traditions on the Venetian calendar, Festa del Redentore combines religious events with family parties and a huge fireworks display.

Venice Film Festival (early September)

This annual event is part of Biennale and is one of the oldest film festivals in the world, attended by numerous directors and world-famous actors.

Experience More

Hidden Venice

With a city as popular as Venice, it can be hard to find its authenticity. But Cannaregio, Venice’s most northern sestiere, has it in droves. Duck into side streets and you’ll find little bakeries, market stalls and locals going about their everyday life. Head to the oldest Jewish Quarter in the world to see a glimpse into a fascinating history. Evenings are lively with families and friends enjoying drawn-out dinners in Fondamenta della Misericordia.

Useful Information

Resort Code: ITVE

Languages spoken: Italian

Time difference: GMT+1

Currency: EUR

  • Maximum Group Size: 26
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Begin this fantastic tour in the magical city of Venice, where you’ll learn about its history and sample its food and its wine. Next you’ll head to Florence, where you’ll experience the local delicacies before ending in Rome, a centre of culture and religion. This small group tour allows you to experience the highlights of each of the cities as well as heading off the beaten track with authentic activities.

  • from£665pp
  • 12 rooms
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This charming Venetian courtyard hotel is a small and tranquil guest house in the centre of Venice and a short walk from St. Mark’s Square.

  • from£770pp
  • 99 rooms
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From its prime position on the San Marco Basin, the Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal offers luxurious accommodation and stellar service alongside exceptional views of the island of Giorgio and Santa Maria della Salute church. 

  • from£1675pp
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Surrounded by lush gardens on the island of Giudecca, near St Mark's Square, this hotel is the perfect Venetian retreat. Boasting some of the finest restaurants in Venice, you'll have many delicious foods to choose from during your stay.

  • from£676pp
  • 30 rooms
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A true hidden gem in the very heart of Venice, the Venice Times Hotel is the epitome of modernity and elegance in this ancient city. Just steps from the Santa Lucia station and famed Casino, this property offers one of the best locations for sight seeing Venezia has to offer. 

  • from£756pp
  • 43 rooms
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A beautiful palazzo which has been lovingly modernised in designer style with a cosmopolitan vibe. Across the canal from the Ca’ d’Oro gallery, this hotel occupies an enviably central yet tranquil spot. Bedrooms are distinctly modern in design with retro touches. A common thread throughout the hotel is the artwork referencing clock mechanisms and timepieces from which the hotel takes its name.

  • from£1157pp
  • 91 rooms
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A member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ , Baglioni Hotel Luna is a luxurious property dating back to 1118, making it the oldest hotel in Venice.

  • 40 rooms
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Boasting a private pier and enviable proximity to both the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square, the SINA Palazzo Sant’Angelo is an exceptional base for exploring the city.

  • from£920pp
  • 50 rooms
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A former Palazzo of the Genovese family, the SINA Centurion Palace is the epitome of Venetian luxury. The friendly staff provide stellar service in this five-star property whilst the central location provides easy access to all of the city’s most charming landmarks.

Excursions

Walking Tour of Venice with San Marco Basilica (half day)

Enjoy a guided walking tour that starts in Piazza San Marco – known all over the world for its unique beauty and architecture. You’ll then discover St. Mark’s Basilica, which was founded in the 9th Century to house the body of St. Mark when he died, and Palazzo Ducale, a stunning Gothic building that was the Doge’s official residence. You’ll learn interesting facts about these popular Venice monuments with an experienced and passionate guide.

Departs: Daily except Sundays from 01 Apr – 31 Oct

Price: £24pp (£42pp including entrance to Pala D’Oro) – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

The Doge's Palace (1 hour 30 mins)

Learn the fascinating history behind the Doge’s Palace – the iconic Gothic building that sits on St. Marks Square in front of the Venice’s Grand Canal. Built sometime between the 10th and 11th Century, Palazzo Ducale has seen over 120 Doges govern over the city of Venice for almost 1,000 years.

Departs: Daily from 01 Apr – 31 Oct

Price: £43pp – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Tour of the Venice Lagoon (half day)

This popular excursion will take you away from the bustle of Venice’s centre and to some of the picturesque islands that dot the lagoon. You’re first stop is Murano where you’ll be able to view a glass-blowing demonstration and shop for some souvenirs in the factory. You’ll then visit Burano, which is known for its lace-making and colourful houses. The quite pace of this little island makes it a pleasure to walk around its small network of canals. You’re final stop is Torcello, a sleepy island that’s home to Venice’s very first cathedral.

Departs: Daily from 01 Apr – 31 Oct

Price: £19pp – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Gondola Serenade (30 mins)

No trip to Venice would be complete without an iconic gondola ride through the city’s romantic canals. This unforgettable tour will show give you a unique perspective on the beautiful sites of Venice before enjoying a traditional dinner.

Departs: Daily from 01 Apr – 31 Oct

Price: £40pp – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Absolute Venice (3 hours)

This tour combines two of Venice’s most popular attractions – Doges Palace and St. Marks Basilica. An expert guide will talk about these fascinating buildings and by pre-booking you’ll be able to head straight in and skip the typical long queues.

Departs: Daily except Sundays from 01 Apr – 31 Oct

Price: £79pp – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Venice is close to some of Northern Italy’s most picturesque scenes. Lake Garda is a short drive away and its neighbours, Como and Maggiore, are worth adding onto the end of your city break to turn it into an unforgettable Italy escape.

Combine a trip to Venice with a stay in Florence and Rome for the ultimate city break, or start or end your holiday with a trip on the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for a truly luxurious and romantic experience.

Call us to help create your perfect multi-centre itinerary.

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