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(Tour code: CVE19)

An Exuberant City at Wintertime

Enjoy a memorable rail break to the Floating City of Venice, where the dynamic atmosphere of carnival time is infectious. Experience the vibrant, theatrical ensembles first hand and enjoy excursions to some of Italy's famed attractions.

  • Lausanne
  • Venice including a guided tour
  • Visit to Ca’Macana mask-making workshop
  • Venice’s spectacular carnival
  • Turin
  • Visit the Doge's Palace
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    1 Lunch
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Venice Carnival 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Eurostar

London to Lausanne and Venice

We travel on the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris after meeting at our Departure Office. Here we change trains and continue to Lausanne. We overnight here, then on Day 2 we take the train along the shores of glittering Lake Geneva, beneath the Swiss Alps and through the Simplon Tunnel into Italy, before reaching Venice. Here we transfer by private boat to the 4-Star Hotel Cavalletto for a four-night stay.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Venice Grand Canal
Venice Grand Canal

Venice and Ca’Macana

Today we enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice. We visit the ever-impressive St Mark's Square and Basilica and the superb Doge's Palace. Following our tour, we pay a visit to the world-renowned Ca'Macana mask workshop. At this time of year, this studio is at its busiest, producing some extraordinarily intricate masks of all shapes, colours and sizes. We enjoy a talk here on the history of the Carnival and how the handmade masks are made, as well as their significance.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Venice

Venice islands cruise

Today we explore the attractive islands which make up the Venetian lagoon on a relaxing private boat cruise. We stop at Burano, Torcello and Murano where we enjoy some time to explore the unique atmospheres and characters of these beautiful islands.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Venice Carnival
Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival

You enjoy a morning at leisure today to enjoy the magnificent Venice Carnival in all of its resplendent glory. Take some time to enjoy the incredible range of costumes on display as the people of Venice don their masks and put on their finery to celebrate this superb city and its legacy. You may wish to take a gondola tour or alternatively simply stroll through the sea of masks and elaborate dresses. This afternoon, we visit the Doge's Palace, where we embark on a guided tour which takes us to all the hidden areas and nooks of the palace, places which are ordinarily locked off from the general public.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 6-7 Turin

To Turin

We bid a fond farewell to Venice today, travelling by rail to Turin for a two night stay at the 4-Star Hotel Concord. On Day 7, we enjoy a guided tour of this elegant city which dates back to Roman times and boasts a wealth of attractions, restaurants and bars. Tonight, we enjoy a farewell meal together in Turin.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Return Home
Return Home

Return Home

We leave Italy today, taking the high-speed train to Paris where we connect with the Eurostar service back to the UK where our tour concludes.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel throughout (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys)
  • All coach transfers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation, including 1 outbound overnight stay in Lausanne, 4 nights in the 4-Star Hotel Cavalletto in Venice and 2 nights at the 4-Star Concord Hotel in Turin

Delicious meals included

  • 13 meals including 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners, including one final farewell meal in Turin

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Venice Carnival with time to explore
  • Guided city tour of Venice
  • Visit to Ca'Macana, a famous Venetian mask-making workshop
  • Venice islands cruise, stopping at Burano, Torcello and Murano
  • Private guided tour of the Doge's Palace
  • Sightseeing tour of Turin

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Lynne Broadley
Julie Pacalon
Helen Laverack
Venice Carnival

An Exuberant City at Wintertime


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