Classic Sites and Secret Spots: A Luxury City Break in Venice
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Venice is one of Europe's (and indeed the world's) most
beautiful cities, and a luxury city break here makes for a perfect
romantic trip. Let this culture-packed long weekend itinerary
introduce you to both the classic sights as well as a few of
Venice's best kept secrets.
Itinerary at a Glance
Take a romantic gondola journey down the city's canals.
See the world famous Murano Glass being crafted on Murano
Marvel at the Byzantine masterpiece of St Mark's Basilica.
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After an early morning flight, you will arrive in Venice as the
sun is warming up the pavements. After you have cleared customs and
collected your luggage, you will be met for private water taxi
transfer into the city centre - possibly the most romantic arrival
After dropping your bags at your hotel, you will spend your
first day exploring the classic must see sights with an expert
guide. Start with St Mark's Basilica and marvel at its beautifully
ornate architecture, dome-shaped turrets and commanding stature,
once inside, keep your eyes aloft for it's the gold painted ceiling
which really impresses. Next, dodge the crowds as you navigate your
way onto the Rialto Bridge and capture that perfect gondola shot.
Then, when the afternoon starts to fade, head back to St Mark's
Square and test your weary legs with a climb up the Campanile;
it'll be worth it for the sunset views across the square and the
floating city beyond.
For dinner tonight why not stay central and head to Harry’s Bar, just behind St Mark’s Square. This historic and sophisticated little restaurant is a Venetian institution and tops off your day of bucket list experiences.
Day 2: Venice Lagoon
Today you will head out into the lagoon to discover the history
behind two of Venice's most famous exports, exquisite blown glass
and hand sewn lace.
Your private guide will meet you at your hotel and then take you
first to Murano, world renowned for its beautiful glass-making;
then to Burano to see the island's colourful houses and famous lace
makers, and finally to Torcello, the oldest settled island on the
This evening, we recommend heading to the quieter Jewish Ghetto – it’s not like it sounds, we promise – for an aperitif and a leisurely seafood dinner, ideally al fresco while enjoying the lively atmosphere and some live music. To get back to your hotel, negotiate a price and hop into a gondola and as the lights twinkle in the dark be gently guided along the winding canals of this beautiful floating city. We know it’s cliché but hey, why not?
Day 3: Hidden Gems
On your final day in Venice there's time to really get beneath
the radiant surface of La Serenissima.
Start your morning with a late breakfast, before a guided tour
of the state rooms and prison cells of the Doge's Palace (as travel
types, we tend to linger in the Sala dello Scudo with its maps and
globes). Then, with a gelato to keep you going, opt for a walking
tour around the Cannaregio district.
After a final, Aperol spritz-filled late lunch it's sadly time
to head home. Your water taxi will meet you at your hotel for a
private transfer back to the airport in time for your two-hour
Workshops of the 'Ferrari of Gondola' builders in
All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you
This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
While all of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like time of year and level of accommodation, we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost. The below prices are based on two people sharing.
If you would like to book the itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.
If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.
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If you are looking for something extra special, we can discuss with you upgrading your accommodation, flights or activities.
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