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Venice: Classic & Undiscovered with Venetian Gondola Rowing Lesson
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Experience stunning Venice with an included Venetian gondola rowing lesson.*
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
London Gatwick
End Destination
London Gatwick
  • Guided walking tour of Venice - probably the world’s most enchanting city
  • Timed visits to St Mark’s Basilica with 40,000 square feet of mosaics covering the entire interior - probably the world's most opulent cathedral - entrance fees included
  • Visit to the glorious Doge's Palace, the customary ruler of the city - entrance fees included
  • Guided walking tour of undiscovered Venice, the old Jewish quarter and Venice of the Venetians, almost entirely overlooked by the crowds
  • Visit to picturesque Murano in the Venice lagoon including a Murano glassblowing demonstration
  • Venice museum pass to allow free access into a number of museums across the city
What's included
  • Four nights in four-star accommodation including all local taxes, with breakfast
  • Return flights from London Gatwick.  Other regional airports are available on request on alternative dates at a supplement.  Please call for details.
  • Transfers to and from your hotel included
  • Venetian gondola rowing lesson*
  • Excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. 

*The Venetian gondola lesson is an optional excursion which has been included in the cost of the tour and it's timing is arranged at the time of booking.  If you do not wish to partake in this excursion the £39pp cost of this option can be removed from the final cost of the tour.

Day 1
Arrive in Venice

You should arrive at the airport to take your flight to Venice or Treviso from your selected airport.

On arrival you will transfer to the central four-star Hotel Principe staying four nights with breakfast and the rest of the day will be spent at leisure, allowing you time to settle into the hotel and start exploring the city if you wish.

Day 2
Walking Tour &St. Mark's Basilica

Venice, La Serenissima, really is unique in the truest sense of the word and this morning’s guided walking tour reveals many of the city’s most famous sights including the glorious Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s with its magnificently decorated Basilica and grandiose square, the legendary Bridge of Sighs plus a host of fascinating features.

Next we have a timed entrance to the incredible St Mark’s Basilica, final resting place of St Mark the Apostle with its interior for which there are not enough superlatives! Entrance fees into the Basilica are included. Firstly the floor is made of beautifully coloured 12th century marble whilst the walls and vaulted ceiling are completely covered with an amazingly intricate 4,000 square metres of 13th century coloured mosaics. There is also superbly crafted treasure and artefacts you can visit too at a small extra charge. This is probably the world’s most opulent cathedral!

Finally we have a visit to the Doge’s Palace, traditional home of Venice’s most important citizen the Doge, also effectively the city’s seat of government and crammed with yet more art treasures. Entrance fees into the Palace are included.

Every afternoon of this holiday is at leisure to explore as you wish, perhaps starting with a peaceful jaunt in a Venetian gondola on Venice’s backwaters or take the iconic Vaporetto water bus along the Grand Canal which teems with vessels of all sorts just as it has for centuries. For art lovers, visit Accademia, with its worldclass masterpieces, or the Guggenheim for modern art. The view from the top of the Campanile bell tower is unrivalled probably anywhere in the world or enjoy the resonating melodies at one of the numerous classical music concerts taking place throughout the city.

Day 3
Jewish Quarter

Away from the bustle though, is another equally fascinating Venice - endless quiet corners waiting to be discovered, washing stretched high across narrow canals between picturesque yet crumbling buildings, locals chatting in tiny bars and local shops dotted here and there. It is remarkable how close these wonderful quarters of the city are to the classic ‘sights’. This morning we take a tour of the city’s undiscovered face. We see the old Jewish quarter – the original ‘ghetto’ now wonderfully restored, the house of Tintoretto and where Marco Polo used to live, plus much more. Your guide will enhance the tour with anecdotes and stories bringing the city of the more humble Venetians to life before ending at the traditional Rialto market. You could round the morning off with a leisurely lunch in one of the charming cafés and restaurants of all styles – perhaps al fresco in one of the delightful piazzas to be found everywhere in this fascinating city – the choice is yours.

Day 4

This morning commences with a boat ride across the lagoon to the smaller island of Murano, famed across the world for its exquisite coloured glass, produced here for centuries. The glassblower’s skill is just mesmerising and we see a demonstration of this ancient art. Each artisan has their own individual style with some making jewellery, others vases, bowls and some even complete chandeliers. The beautiful colours, intricate and imaginative design is quite outstanding. After this captivating display you are free to explore the rest of the island as you please. Murano is far quieter than Venice itself and is representative of how the city was decades ago, or should you wish you can return to Venice.

Day 5
Return flight

Today at the appropriate time, you will transfer to the airport for your return flight home after a memorable tour.

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