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.
Your Venetian adventure begins at London St Pancras where you meet the rest of your group and Tour Manager, as we board the Eurostar service to Paris, changing trains for Nuremberg, where we spend the night. On Day 2 we travel on through the Alps, passing from Austria to Italy via the impressive Brenner Pass, and on to Venice, where we walk the short distance from the station to our hotel, the 4-Star Hotel Papadopoli.
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, enjoying a 'seceret itinerary' tour, which takes in this intricate palace as well as over the famous 'Bridge of Sighs', named thus because it gave prisoners their last views of Venice before incarceration.
Today, 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.
This morning, we walk to the train station to transfer to Verona, famous for being the setting of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. After some free time for lunch, we head to our hotel for the next two nights, the Hotel Accademia Verona.
Your day is free to soak up the atmosphere of one of Italy's oldest Carnival celebrations today, dating back to 1531. The different districts of the city all jostle and compete for attention in an extravagant parade around the ancient city streets, upholding centuries of tradition.
We bid a fond farewell to Verona today, travelling by rail to Turin where we overnight. On Day 8, we take the high-speed train to Paris where we connect with the Eurostar service back to the UK where your tour concludes.
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.
For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
An Exuberant City at Wintertime