Ah, Venice. Bask in the gloriously romantic and enchanting atmosphere of the Floating City. Your small group will delight in exploring classic cultural treasures of this remarkable region. Guided tours for sightseeing, meeting with artisans, and learning about wine making reveal Venice’s rich layers of history, art, and dedication to good food and drink.
Day 9: Depart Verona / Arrive Venice
Arrive in Venice Santa Lucia and transfer to your hotel by private boat. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Venice from the water. Cross the Grand Canal, the city’s main “street,” lined on either side by palaces, churches, hotels, and other public buildings in various architectural styles. Connecting waterways bustle with transport as automobiles are banned throughout much of the city. See iconic landmarks, including St. Mark's Square, Giudecca, and San Giorgio Maggiore. The rest of the afternoon and the evening are at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Nani Mocenigo Palace
Day 10: Venice
This morning visit a squero, or boatyard, and learn the fascinating secrets of the art and science of traditional gondola construction. See these symbols of Venice under construction and hear about the techniques used by artisans to build and repair gondolas for generations. Did you know that before 1884, gondolas were symmetrical and required two gondoliers to row the boat by standing on opposite sides of the hull? Discover which materials are used, such as multiple kinds of wood—and how—by proud craftsmen.
Later, meet an artisan who creates amazing masks, and learn about the history of the Venetian Carnival. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Nani Mocenigo Palace (B)
Day 11: Venice / Mazzorbo / Venice
After a leisurely breakfast, board private motorboats to reach the island of Mazzorbo. Rich in agricultural tradition, here one finds hundreds of artichoke fields, vineyards, and fruit trees. Visit a local vineyard and discover how wine producers have overcome the challenges of the area's high tides to create celebrated Venetian wines. Savor a lunch pairing a menu created by a Michelin-starred chef with various wines produced by the property. Traditional dishes such as locally caught fish and shellfish with fresh vegetables and wild herbs cultivated on the grounds are highlights of this delightful, relaxed osteria—traditionally a wine bar recognized for its welcoming and informal atmosphere.
Cross a pedestrian bridge and explore colorful Burano at your own pace. Perhaps in Galuppi Square engage with locals to admire the lacework, Burano's main craft product. Lacemaking dates back to the 1500s, and the island has precious works from the Burano Lace School's collection exhibited in a museum. Then, return to the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Nani Mocenigo Palace (B,L)
Day 12: Depart Venice for U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport via water taxi for your flight home. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch
This post-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Space is limited, so it's recommended to reserve early for best availability.
Activities are generally not very strenuous, however, we expect that guests can enjoy two hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled surfaces, can walk up and down hillsides and stairs, and can board/disembark a water vessel without assistance. Historic city centers are usually more accessible by foot than vehicle. Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled may be limited.
Hotel Nani Mocenigo Palace
An oasis of class and tranquility, the Hotel Nani Mocenigo Palace located in the charming and picturesque district of Dorsoduro—in the heart of Venice—welcomes guests with elegantly appointed rooms and helpful staff. Sumptuous furnishings including magnificent chandeliers, comfortable beds, authentic antique furniture, marble bathrooms, and contemporary amenities make this meticulously restored property an enjoyable stay. Unwind in the peaceful, private garden and Vitraria Caffè located on the ground floor for a wide range of coffees and teas, or some of your favorite aperitifs served with tasty canapès and small savory delights.
Room Amenities: Individual climate control, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee and tea maker, safe, minibar, bathrobes, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.
Post-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.
- Transfer by train (in business class) from Desenzano del Garda to Venice accompanied by your Orbridge Travel Director, who will see you to your hotel for check-in, then bid you a fond farewell
- 3 nights accommodations at Hotel Nani Mocenigo Palace (or similar)
- 3 breakfasts and 1 lunch
- Guided touring accompanied by an art historian
- Private visit to a mask artisan workshop
- Private gondola boatyard visit
- Guided vineyard tour and wine pairing with lunch designed by a Michelin-starred chef
- Water taxi transportation for canal and lagoon tours, and transfers to and from your hotel on arrival and departure days
- Luggage porterage
- Gratuities to hotel staff, local guide, drivers for included activities and excursions, porters, and wait staff for included meals