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 glass blowing reveal Venice’s rich layers of history, art, and dedication to good food and drink.
Day 9: Depart Verona / Arrive Venice
Saturday, September 28, 2024
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
Sunday, September 29, 2024
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 how proud craftsmen use multiple kinds of wood to build their vessels.
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 / Murano / Venice
Monday, September 30, 2024
After a leisurely breakfast, board private motorboats and cruise to the island of Murano. Here, learn about the island’s long tradition of glass-making dating back to the 13th century. The small island is one of the most prominent centers of glassmaking in the world. Enjoy a private visit to an exclusive glass blowing factory to see artisans creating exquisite objects.
After lunch at a local restaurant, have a stroll on the island and visit the Glass Museum. Then, return to your hotel by private motorboat.
Overnight: Hotel Nani Mocenigo Palace (B,L)
Day 12: Depart Venice for U.S.
Tuesday, October 1, 2024
After breakfast, transfer to the airport 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 on this post-tour 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
September 28 - September 30
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
- 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 an artisan mask workshop
- Private gondola boatyard visit
- Private glass blowing factory visit
- Private water taxi transportation for canal and lagoon tours
- Luggage porterage
- Gratuities to hotel staff, local guide, drivers for included activities and excursions, porters, and wait staff for included meals
- Airport transfer for guests departing during the suggested time on departure day