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.
Meet your group and Tour Manager at our Departure Office as we travel on the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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