Guided City Break to Venice



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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Culture
  • History
From £495.00 - 4 nights


Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

A guided City Break with an HF Holidays’ leader is the ideal way to explore this North Italian city known for its waterways, gondolas and spell binding architecture. Feel the city's magical aura with its maze of romantic canals, awe-inspiring architecture and medieval vibes. View Venice from the waterways as we hop between the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Admire masterpieces by Bellini, Carpaccio, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese at the outstanding Accademia gallery 

Holiday highlights:

  • 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

Great reasons to book with us

  • Great value: all prices include ensuite bed & breakfast accommodation in the centrally located Hotel Malibran
  • Knowledgeable leader: explore the city of Venice on foot and using local transport with our friendly leader
  • Sociability:we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays, explore together, relax together, and if you want, dine together in the evenings


The 3 star Hotel Malibran occupies a quiet location just a few steps from the Rialto waterbus boarding stage, one of the main stops along the Gran Canal. The building 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, minibar, air conditioning with individual control and safe deposit box.

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The Hotel Malibran has a 24 hour reception, lift access to all floors and a light and airy breakfast room, decorated in the Venetian style. The Malibran Restaurant serves Italian cuisine and seasonal Venetian specialities. 

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

Breakfast: the hotel offers a continental buffet breakfast, 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. You leader will advise you of the options each day.

Evening meal (payable locally): 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. 

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Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before a leisurely meal, taken either independently or with your fellow guests. Your leader will also be checking out for any local events. 

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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: 

Rialto Bridge: Spanning the Grand Canal, Venice’s main thoroughfare, this bridge dating from the 1500s is perhaps one of the city’s most famous sites and is within a stone’s throw of our hotel.

St Mark’s Square: Venice’s central landmark with its imposing basilica, one of Europe’s most exotic.

Doge’s Palace: The symbol of Venetian power and glory. Erected in the 12th century, it was both the residence of the Doges and the seat of government.

San Giorgio Maggiore: This atmospheric small island offers superb views over the lagoon and is also home to a church and monastery.

Murano, Burano and Torcello: Away from the main city, these islands offer an insight into traditional arts and crafts including glass blowing and lace making.

Gallerie dell'Accademia: The largest and most important gallery in Venice which takes you through five centuries of Venetian art from the medieval Byzantine era through Renaissance, Baroque and Rocco.

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari: The largest and possibly most important church in Venice with Titian’s painting of the Assumption of the Virgin.

Holiday information

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.

Admission fees: Admission fees are not included in the cost of the holiday. As a general guide, you should allow around €150 if you visit all the attractions on the itinerary, although reductions on admission costs are often available for students and senior citizens.

Local transport: During this City Break the sightseeing programme will involve the use of water buses. We recommend that you buy a 72-hour public transport ticket ticket (ACTV travel card) which costs around €40 and your leader will help you purchase this once you're there.

In the evenings: This holiday is sold on a Bed and Breakfast basis. However, your leader will make arrangements at local restaurants should members of the group wish to eat together.  You will find that most guests enjoy dining together but the choice is yours. If you do choose to dine independently, your leader will be happy to offer suggestions and advice. The cost of living in Venice means that a quick lunch will cost around €10 - 15 (more if you have a leisurely lunch in a restaurant) and an enjoyable dinner with wine will cost around €30 - 40. Of course, your individual taste will influence how much you indulge and spend. Don't forget to make room for gelato!


‘With Flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

We offer flights from Heathrow to Venice.

If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers by boat between the airport and the hotel, which take around 45 minutes. There is a 600m walk from the water taxi stop to the hotel.

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included.

Some City Break itineraries can involve sightseeing on your arrival day, depending on flight times. If you travel independently and arrive after the HF Holidays' flight, you may miss some of the first day's activities (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). If your flight arrival time coincides with that of the HF Holidays' flight you can join our hotel transfer at a cost of £15.50 (single). Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet this transfer.


David Smith

David Smith is a secondary school history teacher in London who has thoroughly enjoyed leading innumerable groups for HF Holidays for over 20 years and the great company he has always enjoyed with guests, along with the copious amounts of laughter shared, keeps him coming back for more. His travels have taken him to many parts of Europe and he still derives as much pleasure as ever from introducing guests to the historical delights of cities, both well-known and hidden. Art, architecture, everyday life, cuisine - the differences evident in the various cities visited make each location an exciting prospect.

Christine Brook

Christine has been an HF Holidays Leader since 2005 and spends much of her time exploring the UK and Europe. She particularly enjoys leading City Breaks in Italy where she shares her enthusiasm of its culture and the arts with guests. Her particular favourite is the unique city of Venice. As she takes guests through its narrow streets and along its busy canals she reveals the city’s fascinating history, its power, its wealth, and the stories of its people.

Jim Marriott

Jim has been a leader with HF Holidays since 2002 and has led holidays in nine European countries . He is a National Park Ranger in Derbyshire and a volunteer in the local village shop.  He has travelled extensively to European cities and loves the “buzz” of these places – the art, architecture, café life and music. As a university student, Jim studied the character of urban places and still enjoys seeking out the less obvious charms and curiosities of a city that complement the more famous sights and colour in the city picture.

Alan Winfield

Alan is passionate about all things Italian, loves the people and the food, and has been leading our City Breaks in Italy since 2004. In his home town of Cambridge, Alan gives a course each year on the geography, architecture, art, history and culture of Rome, Venice, Florence, Sienna, Pisa, Lucca and Naples. Alan speaks Italian and also leads HF Holidays walking holidays all over Italy. Alan's other interests are musical theatre, where he can be found on stage acting, singing and dancing; voluntary work teaching adults with disabilities; and lecturing in environmental chemistry. 

Viv Marriott

Viv enjoys an active retirement doing a variety of tasks for the Peak District Park as a Voluntary Ranger, pursuing her interest in yoga and keeping fit and keeping herself busy with voluntary work in the community. Viv is an HF Holidays’ Walking and City Break leader who works mainly in Europe. Viv is very much an outdoor person. Apart from a love of walking Viv also skis, swims and gardens and she combines this with an enjoyment of art, architecture, music and literature and takes regular City Breaks to keep her mind refreshed! Viv speaks French with some Italian and German and a smattering of Greek.


Deirdre Bartley

Deirdre has worked for HF Holidays since 2003 leading walking and sightseeing holidays in Europe as well as Guided Walking Holidays in the UK.  She has taken her interest in walking, history and European Culture further by leading City Breaks, particularly in Venice, and really enjoys using her language skills to enhance guests’ enjoyment of their visit.



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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
12 Jun 2017 VELCL - Venice City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 12 Jun 2017, 8:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Jun 2017, 12:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Venice Tessera

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 16 Jun 2017, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Jun 2017, 2:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Venice Tessera
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
4 £715.00 Book Now
12 Jun 2017 VELCL - Venice City Break - Without Flights 4 £495.00 Book Now
3 Jul 2017 VELCL - Venice City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 3 Jul 2017, 8:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Jul 2017, 12:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Venice Tessera

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 7 Jul 2017, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Jul 2017, 2:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Venice Tessera
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
4 £715.00 Book Now
3 Jul 2017 VELCL - Venice City Break - Without Flights 4 £495.00 Book Now
11 Sep 2017 VELCL - Venice City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 11 Sep 2017, 8:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 11 Sep 2017, 12:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Venice Tessera

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 15 Sep 2017, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Sep 2017, 2:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Venice Tessera
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
4 £715.00 Book Now
11 Sep 2017 VELCL - Venice City Break - Without Flights 4 £495.00 Book Now
2 Oct 2017 VELCL - Venice City Break - Without Flights 4 £495.00 Book Now

Prices are per person


  • Single room: £26 per night (2016), £16 per night (April 2017), £28 per night (other departures in 2017)
  • Extra night: £52 (2016), £28 (April 2017), £55 (other departures in 2017)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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