Itinerary Highlights
  • Stay on the Grand Canal in an authentic palace turned prestigious hotel
  • We've booked tickets to La Fenice, the opera where Verdi created La Traviata
  • Arrive and leave by private boat taxi, sip a Bellini at Harry's Bar, and enjoy a coffee at Cafe Florian
  • Exciting add ons include being able to experience Venice with a photographer; take a private tour of San Lazzaro degli Armeni; and visit St. Mark's Basilica outside of opening hours.

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Serenity & Serenissima

You'll reach the island of Giudecca by boat. A splendid varnished wooden yacht awaits you on the docks of St. Mark's Square. Just a five-minute crossing away is a whole other world. The pretty gardens and large house full of antiques are a haven of calm, far from the tourist crowds of the nearby city. A beautiful swimming pool - a real luxury in Venice - which guests can lounge around in good weather, and cosy fireplaces for evenings when the mist shrouds the lagoon create the perfect escape. The palace is also famous for its restaurants: the antipasti buffet at lunch is quite simply divine. The Michelin star restaurant offers colourful dishes, or head to the other restaurant, located on the quay opposite St. Mark's, where you can enjoy the best view of Venice.

La Fenice

This
opera house is a Venetian paradox: while water poses a permanent threat to the city, the theatre has been rebuilt twice after being destroyed by fires. The theatre's name, meaning Phoenix in Italian, refers not only to the sacred fire that sometimes captures singers, nor to the burning enthusiasm of the bel canto singers, but also to the theatre's ability to rise from the ashes. Its swirling rococo decoration makes it one of the most spectacular theatres in the world. Audiences of the Fenice have applauded Verdi for his innovation, but also the perhaps less well known performers of Benjamin Britten, Luciano Berio or Luigi Nono, and even Woody Allen. An evening at La Fenice is often top of the must-visit lists for those who love the arts.

The Grand Canal

This is the S that gives Venice its yin-yang symbol shape. This canal is the main artery of the city. All of the city's major architectural monuments are located here. The Dukes (or Doges) legacy is apparent, from medieval fondachi (trading houses and warehouses) to great Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance buildings, the history of Venice is etched into its buildings. Attracting people from all over the world, make the most of the excellent people watching as hundreds of people from all walks of life cross the famous Rialto Bridge.

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Venice with photographer

Explore this photogenic city with a professional photographer knows Venice by heart. This art-focused route covers some iconic sites of the city and some other more intimate, hidden spots, to immortalise the trip through photography.
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A private tour of the island of San Lazzaro deglie Armeni

Very close to the Lido, this small island (a former leper colony) was given in the 18th century to the Armenians, who, driven away by the Turks, established a convent there. The island was an important centre for the dissemination of Armenian culture. The convent houses a museum, a picture gallery, a unique printing press, and a rich library of more than 150,000 volumes, including a valuable collection of illuminated manuscripts. It also offers the visitor beautiful grounds to explore with its huge garden. As soon as the Vaporetto is docked, a nun guides visitors around the church, the refectory and the archives room where over 4,000 manuscripts are kept.
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St. Mark's Basilica outside of opening hours

After the doors have been closed to the public, St. Mark's Basilica has a second life and reveals its splendour free from the noise and crowds of the day: mosaics, the 12th century paving with animal and geometric motifs, and the altarpiece made with gold and precious stones fascinate church-goers and visitors. The Basilica is a remarkably rich and ornate treasure.
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A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip is £2,700 to £3,200 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost will vary depending on several factors, including the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average cost for this trip is £2800 per person.
  • Return flight to Venice
  • Airline taxes
  • Private transfers
  • Two nights in a double room with breakfast
  • A ticket to a performance at the Fenice
  • Our local Concierge service
  • A few of the benefits of travelling with us
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