Day 1 – No visit to Italy is complete without experiencing the marvel which is Venice, the capital of the Veneto Region. On arrival at the train station you will be immediately exposed to its water culture in the boat transfer to your hotel. Once settled you may choose to relax or walk to one the many excellent cafes within a short walk from your base. Alternatively with time premitting you might elect to take one of the many optional tours (An additional cost).
Day 2 – Following breakfast you depart for the first part of your Venice walking tour. Visit St. Mark’s square, the Basilica and its Byzantine heritage, the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining prisons. Then leave the square and crowds behind to discover the “real Venice”, through narrow passageways and alleys where this city of canals is stitched together with delicate bridges. The tour will explore the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its outstanding Gothic Palaces and the Scuola di San Marco where the famous trade schools of Venice provided the foundations of the great mercantile empire.
See Marco Polo’s House and enjoy tales of this legendary globe-trotting Venetian. Admire the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo “the Pantheon of Venice”, enter an old merchant’s warehouse and see the most beautiful well-head in Venice before finishing the tour near the Rialto bridge. Your afternoon offers the relaxing and rewarding cruise along the Grand Canal where you’ll learn the history and stories about the stunning palaces and churches that line its banks, as well as a few anecdotes about the famous people who have resided on Venice’s most important street. Enjoy a glass or two of sparkling Prosecco wine during your fascinating tour of the minor canals of Venice to complete your Venice Tour.
Day 3 – Today, following your breakfast you may embark on your own exploration of the local area or take one of the optional tours as mentioned to the left. Venice is definitely seen best on foot and getting lost is part of the fun and the adventure. Find a little spot for lunch but be back in time for your evening “Ghost walking tour”. In addition to the ghost stories and legends this walking tour will pass by many architectural treasures that are lost in the back-streets of the Hidden Venice. From the Rialto bridge you’ll descend into the labyrinth of the hidden Venice, crossing quiet canals and abandoned campi, you will feel as if you have Venice to yourself.
Day 4 – Following breakfast we say Ciao as you continue to your next adventure.