Venice at New Year
At the head of the Adriatic, floating on the ephemeral islets of the lagoon, is the city of Venice. We explore the history of this maritime republic through its great churches, palaces and museums. We start with a visit to Altinum, the once wealthy Roman coastal city abandoned after Atila’s incursions in AD 452 when people made their way to the safety of the islands in the lagoon. We then visit the islands of Torcello, site of the first settlement in the Venetian lagoon and Murano, famed for its glass. This is a very privileged view of the city. We have special access to the iconic Doge’s palace, where we visit the cells and historic offices of state. We explore the once-mighty republic on-foot and by boat. Our tour culminates with a private evening visit to St Mark’s Basilica a chance to view the gilded ‘Chapel’ of the Venetian Patriarchs in splendid isolation, after the crowds have departed.
Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $910
Day 1 - Venice
We meet at Venice airport in the morning and drive to Altinum, an ancient Roman coastal town that was abandoned after the Hunnic and Gothic invasions, when the population sought refuge in the Venetian lagoon. Later, we transfer to our hotel and we can relax for the rest of the evening.
|Hotel||Hotel Saturnia & International Venezia, Venice|
Day 2 - Torcello - Murano
Our day starts on the tiny island of Torcello, where we explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. This afternoon, we make our way to the nearby island of Murano where we visit the fascinating Venier glass factory, as well as the popular Glass Museum.
Day 3 - Venice
This morning we have free time for you to explore the city. After an early lunch, we have a private tour of the magnificent Doge’s Palace, the highlight of which are the prisons and Bridge of Sighs. This evening we enjoy a very special private tour of the legendary St. Mark's Basilica.
Day 4 - Venice
We make our way to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore before travelling by vaporetto to the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. After lunch, we proceed to the Scuola Grande Di San Rocco before walking via the Rialto Bridge to the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Tonight we will enjoy a gala dinner and watch the spectacular Venetian Firework Display from the island of San Giorgio.
Day 5 - Venice
After a leisurely lie in, we start with a visit to San Pantalon church, famous for its magnificent Baroque ceiling. We then walk to the Ghetto, in order to consider the darker side of Venetian history. This afternoon we will embark upon a private boat tour of the Grand Canal.
Day 6 - Venice
Our tour ends and we make our independent onward journeys.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
- Field notes
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Availability|
|December 28 2020||AVEX201228||December 28 2020 (Monday)||January 2 2021 (Saturday)||Dr Eireann Marshall Leonie Loudon||$4,205