|5 days and 4 nights|
Italy (Venice, Murano)
Day 1 Venice
Arrival in afternoon in Venice. Check-in at your hotel, then you are free to soak up the atmosphere, perhaps starting with a peaceful jaunt in a Venetian gondola on Venice’s backwaters Dinner and overnight stay in Venice.
Day 2 Venice
Our guide will introduce you to some of its most famous sights of this extraordinary city built on a maze of more than 150 canals and 400 bridges studded with palaces and Renaissance architecture. In St Mark’s Square you will find two of the most important buildings in Venice, the Doge’s Palace, once home to the Venetian rulers, with its well-known Bridge of Sighs, the Clock Tower and the Campanile, and the other one is Basilica di San Marco with its Romanesque carvings and beautiful mosaics. We have a ‘timed’ entrance here before taking a walk over the Rialto Bridge, one of Venice’s most famous sights, to watch the activity of the boats on the Grand Canal below. You are free to do as you please after the guided tour, you can explore the maze of canals and bridges without any specific destination or take a seat in a local café and watch the world go by. Alternatively, you could visit Academia or Peggy Guggenheim museum opened in a mansion, her old home on the Grand Canal, and the big city churches: the Church of San Zaccaria with Bellini's, Tintoretto’s and Tiepolo’s paintings, Santa Maria Formosa with its Bell Tower and the Church of Santa Maria della Salute. Dinner and overnight stay in Venice.
Day 3 Venice
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 to be found everywhere in this fascinating city – the choice is yours. Dinner and overnight stay in Venice.
Day 4 Murano
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. 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. Dinner and overnight stay in Venice area
Day 5 Venice
Breakfast and departure for return journey. End of our services.
Accommodation, depending on your option, in good 4* hotels centrally located or 3* not centrally located hotels, double occupancy rooms, as described:
4 night accommodation in hotel in Venice area on a half-board basis, drinks not included
Local English speaking guide
Entrance to Basilica San Marco
Boat ride to the Island of Murano
Demonstration of glass making in a workshop in Murano
Bus GT for the entire tour with arrival and departure from Venice airport, including all expenses (check point and parking fees, board and lodging for driver)