Venice Guided City Break
Feel the city's magical aura with its maze of romantic canals and medieval vibes
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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.
- 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
- 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
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:
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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.
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.
|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.
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.
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:
An introduction to 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.
A Trio of Islands
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.
Admission fees are not included in the cost of the holiday. As a general guide, you should allow around €150 if you visit every single attraction on the itinerary, although reductions on admission costs are often available for students and senior citizens.
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 €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!
For guests who book an independent flight, the following link may be helpful in getting to and from Venice aiport: http://www.veniceairport.it/en/transport/venice.html
‘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.
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. If you'd like more information on getting from the airport at Venice, visit this website:
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 £20 (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.
Sandy Smith is a university academic, specialising in geology and environmental sciences, and has written books on these topics. She is particularly interested in the origins of landscape, both natural and human-made. With her wealth of experience, she leads a wide range of HF Holidays’ Walking and Leisure Activities holidays in the UK, Europe and worldwide
Brilliant - made everything so interesting and her local knowledge was really appreciated.
Christine has been an HF Holidays Walking Leader since 2005 and spends much of her time exploring the UK and Europe. She particularly enjoys leading sightseeing and city breaks where she shares her enthusiasm of its culture and the arts with guests. She has previously led holidays in Sorrento, Dubrovnik and Venice and she looks forward to revealing to you each region’s stories through its culture, its history and its people.
Mike E Craze
Mike Craze is a professional Blue Badge Guide who enjoys combining the facts and stats with a bit of fun and trivia. A keen historian and member of a local archaeology group, he likes nothing better than researching new places and learning about their ‘hidden secrets’ and telling their story. ‘History fascinates me. It’s like pulling at a thread that never stops unravelling.’ He is quick to acknowledge though that “sometimes it’s just about relaxing. Sharing a breathtaking piece of landscape or soaking up the atmosphere of a beautiful garden or mediaeval cobbled street is a great way to relax on holiday”.
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, especially in Venice and Dubrovnik, where she really enjoys using her language skills to enhance guests’ enjoyment of their visit.
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Dates & Prices
|15 Sep 2019||VELCL - Venice City Break - Without Flights||4||£479.00||Book Now|
|15 Sep 2019||
VELCL - Venice City Break
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)
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|15 Sep 2019||
VELCL - Venice City Break
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)
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|6 Oct 2019||VELCL - Venice City Break - Without Flights||4||£479.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Single room: £32 per night (2018), £36 (2019)
- Extra night: £66 per person (2018), £60 (2019)
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person