Venice - opera, gastronomy and the hidden wonders of La Serenissima

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5 Nights: 18 - 23 September, 2022
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Includes: return flights, 5 nights accommodation with breakfast, stalls tickets for two operas, top price seats for the Interpreti Veneziani, welcome dinner & Gala farewell dinner, two lunches, an afternoon and three morning walking tours, entrance fees as detailed and return airport transfers by private launch in Venice.

The magic of Venice is often marred by the overwhelming cruise ship crowds of San Marco & Rialto but 'our' Venice is one of local neighbourhoods, wonderful sestieri, excellent food and the magic that still thrives, sometimes just 100 metres from the Doges Palace. We have just received the details of the 2022 season at Teatro La Fenice and we plan to include their productions of Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Verdi's Il Trovatore

We have stayed for many years at the Hotel Al Sole. It’s tucked away on its own little canal and has a perfect location in the heart of the real Venice (with restaurants and shops that locals eat at and buy from). It sits in Santa Croce between the north end of the Grand Canal (just five minutes walk away from Piazalle Roma) and the mid-point of the canal at San Toma (just ten minutes walk in the other direction). A few minutes walk to the north and you have the San Rocco and Frari and to the south Campo San Margherita & Campo San Barnaba.

The hotel occupies an old palazzo and, as is the case throughout Venice, the standard rooms don’t have any view but you can step out of the door and take a coffee at the lovely café next door and drink in the atmosphere and the view. We do have the chance to upgrade to garden view rooms and a couple of front facing canal view rooms.

The highlights included in the tour are:

  • Private transfers by launch from the airport to the front door of the hotel (& back)
  • Welcome dinner with wines at an excellent neighborhood restaurant
  • Mid-morning coffee on each of our four walking tours
  • Two lunches with wine included at the end of two of the tour days
  • Front stalls seats for two performances at La Fenice
    Reserved seats for a performance by the baroque musicians Interpreti Veneziani
  • Transfer from the hotel to La Fenice for each opera by private launch (we walk back crossing the Grand Canal by Vaporetto)
  • Four half-days of sightseeing covering the Sestieri of Santa Croce, San Polo, Dorsodoro, Castello and Cannaregio
  • A farewell gala dinner at the final home of Richard Wagner, Palazzo Ca' Vendramin Calergi on the Grand Canal
  • A five day vaporetto pass allowing you to explore at your own pace as well as with the group

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Thank you to Ken & Stacey and everyone else involved in two recent trips. After the awful weather in England it made me feel guilty to find ourselves in warm, sunny Tenerife in January, hearing the wonderful Dudamel in that wonderful concert hal. Atoned for it somewhat with the even deeper, slushier, icier snow in Berlin in February, but with true Maestro flexibility it was arranged for the coach to take us everywhere door-to-door so we never needed to walk more than the width of a pavement. The Goetz Friedrich productions were outstanding, Lohengrin in particular being as good as I ever expect to see!
PB, Liverpool

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