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

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5 Nights: 18 - 23 September 2022
£1835 per person sharing a standard double or twin room
£1995 per person, sole use of standard double or twin room
room upgrades (per room/stay): Garden view £150 Canal view £250
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. Our visit this year will include two performances at Teatro La Fenice, 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
  • for our guests travelling from airports other than Manchester the Sunday afternoon visit to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco will take place on Friday morning before departure to the airport. 

Flight information and supplements:

Manchester – Jet2
Manchester – Venice     0800 - 1130
Venice – Manchester     1215 - 1350

Gatwick - EasyJet
Gatwick – Venice             1230 - 1540
Venice – Gatwick             1615 - 1730

Luton - EasyJet
Luton – Venice                 1330 - 1640
Venice – Luton                 1635 - 1750

Heathrow – BA – supplement £70
Heathrow – Venice         1255 - 1610
Venice – Heathrow         1740 - 1900

Glasgow – BA – supplement £120
Glasgow – Heathrow      0910 - 1040
Heathrow – Venice         1255 - 1610
Venice – Heathrow         1740 - 1900
Heathrow – Glasgow      2100 - 2225

Edinburgh - BA – supplement £120
Edinburgh – Heathrow    0915 - 1050
Heathrow – Venice         1255 - 1610
Venice – Heathrow         1740 - 1900
Heathrow – Edinburgh   2100 - 2225

other departure airports on request.

To request your place, please click the link above and fill out the Booking Form. We will then send you a payment link for the deposit or full payment as appropriate. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us on: 0800 678 5747 or email

Grateful thanks for the wonderful week in Vienna . It was our second year and still so much to see and hear it was glorious.
BF, London

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