Venice Guided City Break

Ride on gondolas
Duration: 4 nights
Type: European Centre Based
from £779pp with flights

A guided City Break to Venice with an HF Holidays’ leader is the ideal way to explore this north Italian city, known for its waterways, gondolas and spell binding architecture. Travel down the Grand Canal to St Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace and see the stunning Rialto Bridge. Hop between the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello; admire masterpieces by Bellini, Carpaccio, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese at the outstanding Accademia gallery; and explore the awe-inspiriting architecture and endless mysterious passageways.

Holiday Highlights

Each day our experienced leader will lead you on a sightseeing walk of Venice, exploring the different areas of the city. Although you should expect to spend most of the day sightseeing by foot, water buses will also be used during the programme.
Highlights of the sightseeing programme include

  • Stunning Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal
  • Visit St Marks Square with its Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Enjoy the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello
  • Small, sociable groups of up to 14 guests

What’s included

  • A full programme of sightseeing
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
  • Good quality and centrally located accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • Bed & breakfast
  • Pre-payment for fast-track entry to Doges’ Palace

Trip Notes

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Arrive in Venice

Once called 'the finest street in all the world’ Canal Grande is Venice's main thoroughfare. Spanning the Grand Canal, is the Rialto Bridge - perhaps one of the city’s most famous sites and within a stone’s throw of our hotel. Many of the main façades of the palaces that line the Canal are only properly visible from the water. But we can enjoy these on our vaporetto ride down St Mark's Square. Famous all over the world, the Square is Venice’s central landmark with its imposing basilica, one of Europe’s most exotic. It forms a great marble saloon surrounded by galleries sheltering famous cafes and luxury shops, and opens onto the Grand Canal through the delightful Piazzetta.

We take in the Doge's Palace or Palazzo Ducale, a symbol of Venetian power and glory and the most exotic of Europe's cathedrals, the Basilica di San Marco. A short ferry ride from St Mark’s takes us to the little atmospheric island of San Giorgio Maggiore, where we find a church and monastery. It is possible to take the lift to the top of the campanile for a superb view over Venice and the lagoon.

Our opportunity to escape from the city centre comes as we take a ferry to a number of the most interesting islands in the lagoon. Murano consists of a number of tiny islands connected by bridges; the island has gained worldwide recognition for glass-making and it's possible to visit the glass workshops and see glass-blowing in action.

Burano is the most colourful of the islands and is famed for its brightly painted houses. The tall, tilted tower of its church makes it easily identifiable from across the lagoon. Traditionally Burano was noted for its lace-making.

The main attraction of the little, sleepy island of Torcello is its Byzantine cathedral and monastery.

The Dorsoduro area lies on the western side of the Grand Canal to the south of St Mark's Square and is home to a number of important galleries. Out tour begins at the wooden Accademia Bridge, one of only three bridges across the Grand Canal, and leads us to the Gallerie dell'Accademia, the largest and most important gallery in Venice. We see the Santa Maria della Salute, the huge Baroque church built in white stone - its domed roof is one of Venice's most imposing landmarks.
Standing on the tip of the promontory, at the entrance to the Grand Canal, is the Dogana di Mare or customs post which offers us a good place to view the boats in the canal and the lagoon.
For those who want to enjoy a superb collection of modern art including works by Picasso, Magritte, Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock, there is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. To view five centuries of Venetian art from the medieval Byzantine era through Renaissance, Baroque and Rocco, you can visit Gallerie dell'Accademia, the largest and most important gallery in Venice. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is the largest and possibly most important church in Venice, with Titian’s painting of the Assumption of the Virgin.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, vaparetto jams on the canals or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Hotel Malibran - Venice

The 3-star Hotel Malibran is close to the Rialto waterbus boarding stage and has a strategic position in the heart of Venice’s historical centre, overlooking the famous Malibran Theatre and adjacent to the houses of the famous Venetian merchant Marco Polo. In less than 5 minutes' walk you can be at the Rialto bridge and in 10 minutes you can be at wonderful St Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and the famous shopping street Via XXII Marzo.


The 35 en-suite rooms are furnished in Venetian style and are equipped with:

  • Hairdryer
  • Satellite TV
  • Direct line telephone
  • WiFi
  • Mini-bar
  • Air conditioning with individual control
  • Safe deposit box


The Hotel Malibran has a:

  • 24 hour reception
  • Lift access to all floors
  • A light and airy breakfast room, decorated in the Venetian style

The Malibran Restaurant serves Italian cuisine and seasonal Venetian specialities.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at the Hotel Malibran are on a Bed and Breakfast basis.


The hotel offers a continental buffet break, served in the light and airy breakfast room.

Lunch (payable locally)

Lunches can be bought during the day in local cafés or shops - or you may prefer to make up a small packed lunch. Your leader will advise you of the options each day.

Evening meal

In the evenings enjoy group dining at carefully selected restaurants or dine independently if you prefer. Your leader will be happy to offer suggestions and advice.

Your Evenings

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before a leisurely meal, either independently or with your fellow guests.

Your leader will also be checking out for any local events.

Getting to Hotel Malibran - Venice

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What to Bring

Suggested Kit List

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Walking sandals
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved light coloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun.

Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Torch
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Universal travel plug
  • Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets

Essential Equipment

  • Passport (and copies)
  • booking confirmation
  • insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form

Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.

Optional Equipment

  • walking (‘approach’) trainers
  • trekking poles
  • camera
  • umbrella
  • binoculars

Please note that your HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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4 nights
European Centre Based

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