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ITALY: Venice

ITALY: Venice Extension Tour

Destinations: Italy

Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an above average level of fitness and mobility

Tour Commences In: Venice

Number of Days: 4 days / 3 nights

Accommodation: Luxury / Deluxe

Leaders: Australian Tour Manager and professional expert guide

Tour Concludes In: Venice

Tour Style: Luxury / Deluxe Escorted Small Group Tour

Meals: Breakfasts; 3: Lunches; 1:

Transportation: Luxury / Deluxe private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles

Tour Summary

If you are travelling to Italy, Venice is a treasure not to be missed.

Venice is an engineering marvel, ornate palaces and marble churches built on top of ancient posts rammed into the very muddy banks of the lagoon. The Venetians were such practical people, escaping the barbarians from the north they managed to build a stunning city in the most inhospitable of places- and what a city it is.

Venice is magnificent. Its main square, St Mark’s, can quite clearly be judged the most beautiful in all of Italy – the Doge’s Palace sits overlooking the lagoon next to the magnificent St Marks Basilica – so many treasure in such a small space.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore St Mark’s basilica (Basilica di San Marco), often seen as the living testimony of Venice’s links with Byzantium
  • Doge’s Palace, once Venice's political and judicial hub; Doge's Palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice. It was built in Gothic style
  • Visit Torre dell’Orologio, a clock tower built between 1496 and 1506
  • Punt down one of the city's picturesque waterways in a private boat
  • View the Bridge of Sighs - known by the sound the prisoners made when they glimpsed their last view of Venice before their incarceration.
  • Experience the Grand Canal is on board a vaporetto
  • Discover the city's best shop for gelato

 

Tour Inclusions

  • First Class fast train travel to the train station in Venice from Florence
  • Accommodation in superior 3 or 4 star hotel close to Rialto Bridge – twin share
  • All transportation while in Venice and accompanied by a guide
  • Exclusive Classic Tour of Venice with expert guide
  • Grand Canal Tour on our own private boat with our expert  Venetian guide
  • Meals where indicated in the itinerary
  • Expert local guides
  • Entrance into all houses, churches and galleries, when accompanied by a guide

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1:    Arrive Venice
  • Day 2:    Venice
  • Day 3:    Venice
  • Day 4:    Depart Venice

Full Itinerary

Day 1

We meet at the train station at midday and travel to our hotel by private boat where, after settling in, we will have an orientation walk to St Mark’s Square to discover one of the most beautiful squares in all of Italy.

Breakfast

Day 2

After breakfast, we take our first exclusive tour of Venice – this tour is just for our group with an expert Venice guide.

Our exclusive Classic Venice Tour

Our small group tour to Venice will allow us to take a sneak peek inside the most important buildings in Venice: The Doge’s palace and Saint Mark’s church. The Doge’s Palace tells of the fascinating history, art and culture of the Venetian Republic.

We’ll visit the magnificent halls of the Venetian government so richly decorated by the most important artists of the XVI th century and the Doge’s private apartments. We’ll also cross the famous Bridge of Sighs to see the old prisons of the Republic.

Saint Mark’s church. Close to the Doge’s palace is the church which was once the Doge’s private chapel and nowadays the Venetian cathedral - a rare example of Byzantine art with its golden mosaics and the “Pala d’Oro” (Golden Alterpiece) rich in enamels, precious stones and jewels.
Inside this church one can also visit the Gallery in order to see the original bronze horses brought from Constantinople during the second Crusade

In the afternoon, you might decide to further explore the many intriguing back-streets of Venice, where daily life can be observed.

Breakfast and lunch/dinner

 

Day 3

This morning we take a tour of the Grand Canal of Venice by vaporetto.

Our Grand Canal Tour

The Venetian “Canalasso” (Gran Canal) is the main “street” in Venice; it was once the main residential area for Noblemen and seat of the most important commercial activities.

Moving along its banks you’ll be enchanted by the extraordinary sequence of palaces and churches facing the water.

In the afternoon you might decide to tour the outlying islands of Murano, Burano etc to view the artisans at their work of glass making. The window shopping here is irresistible with the fascinating colours of the glass and jewellery.

Breakfast

 

Day 4

We say arriverderci to Venice…from here you can move to other parts of Italy easily Milan, Verona, Bologna etc, please contact us if you need assistance.

Breakfast

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