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Venice Carnival

(Tour code: CVE17)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.

Tour Highlights
  • Lausanne
  • Venice including a guided tour
  • Visit to Ca’Macana mask-making workshop
  • Venice’s spectacular carnival
  • Turin
  • Palazzo Ducale
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    1 Lunch
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Days 1-2

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 Sant'Elena for a four-night stay.

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

Venice and Ca’Macana

Today we enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice, seeing the iconic floating city's most famous sights such as St Mark's Basilica and the staggering Doge's Palace. Following the tour, we visit Ca'Macana, one of the oldest and finest mask-making workshops in Venice. Each mask is unique, as no design is ever repeated. Here we enjoy a talk on the Venice Carnival and how the authentic handmade masks are created, using the same techniques that have been handed down for 800 years.

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Venice
  • Ca’Macana Mask Workshop
Day 4

Venice islands cruise

Our excursion today takes us on a private boat cruise through the shimmering lagoon and its assorted islands, taking in the landscape that has made Venice justly famous. We make stops at Burano, Torcello and Murano, where we enjoy lunch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Islands Cruise
Venice Carnival
Day 5

Venice Carnival

Enjoy a leisurely morning to experience the spectacular Venice Carnival. Admire the masked revellers in elaborate costumes thronging the streets, and enjoy the performances taking place throughout the city. This afternoon we make a visit to the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace, a Gothic masterpiece dating from 1340. Here we embark on a secret itinerary guided tour which gives us the opportunity to explore all the hidden nooks and crannies and secret passageways of the palace, normally locked off from the general public.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Venice Carnival
Days 6-8

To Turin and London

Today we leave Venice and travel by rail through the Italian countryside to Turin for a two-night stay at the Hotel Concord. On Day 7 we enjoy a guided tour of the city in the morning, followed by an afternoon at leisure. We take the high-speed train to Paris on Day 8, where we connect with the Eurostar service to London. On arrival in the UK, our tour concludes.

  • Day 6-7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal
  • Day 7 - Tour of Turin

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.


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