Italy: Venice

Select Experience Tour, Italy: VeniceSelect Experience Tour, Italy: Venice

Italy

Venice

overview

 

Stay in Venice—a city beloved for its romantic maze of walkways, canals, campos (squares), and majestic palaces—and you’ll be enchanted. From your luxurious hotel centrally located between the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco, you’re conveniently situated to experience it all—from a wine tasting at an authentic osteria to a private water-taxi tour of the islands of the Venetian lagoon Experience what makes this iconic city tick on a guided walking tour, which takes you from the winged lion in front of the Doge’s Palace over arched bridges to Renaissance palaces and down lesser-known narrow walkways. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience—brimming with history and artisan traditions.

 

Activity Level
Activities vary and
are accessible to
most fitness levels;
see full itinerary
Meet
Venice, Italy
Depart
Venice, Italy
Select Experience 
4 days, 3 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Three breakfasts
  • Accommodations in a luxury hotel
  • Half-day private walking tour of Venice with expert bilingual certified guide
  • Evening wine tasting with appetizers (a local representative will accompany you from the hotel to the osteria)
  • Half-day private water taxi excursion with expert guide to islands of the lagoon
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
Number of Travelers
Total in your party
Price From
per person double occupancy

Surcharges may apply for solo travelers as well as for trips during New Year’s, Christmas, or national holidays.

Call 800.234.6900 to book this trip.

REQUEST RESERVATION

gallery

Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Venice
View on map
2
Venice
View on map
3
Venice
View on map
4
Venice
View on map
Day 1

Venice

Arrival in Venice

Upon your arrival in Venice, you check into your room at the Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati, perfectly situated in the heart of Venice, right behind St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. You can settle in to your luxurious haven and begin to enjoy Venice.

Rising from the waters of the lagoons like a mirage, the city of canals is unlike any other. A romantic maze of alleys, waterways, squares, and majestic palaces, Venice is perennially intriguing. Steeped in history and art, you can follow in the footsteps of Vivaldi, Titian, or Marco Polo, or enjoy a private art collection, learn all about the gondolas and Carnival masks, climb the Renaissance Campanile clock tower for stunning birds’-eye views, or simply explore and enjoy the beautiful shops lining Venice’s streets and canals.

Dinner is on your own this evening in one of Venice’s many fine restaurants or trattorias. A list of recommended restaurants is available for dining ideas.

Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati

Venice, Italy

A luxurious four-star hotel in the historical heart of Venice, with elegant and contemporary Italian design and furnishings, featuring plush individually decorated rooms with rich colors and unique artwork. It is also equipped with a top-floor fitness room, sauna, steam bath, whirlpool bath, and sunbathing terrace. A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival. *Please note that this hotel is completely nonsmoking.

Day 2

Venice

Venice guided walking tour, 3.5 hours, easy. Early-evening wine tasting in a favorite “osteria”

After breakfast in your hotel, your expert local guide meets you in the lobby and you depart for a private walking tour of Venice, the perfect introduction to this unique city. You begin at its heart, the area in and around colonnaded St. Mark’s Square. Your guide not only explains the sights and atmosphere of Venice, but also provides a deeper understanding of the city, what it offers, how real Venetians live here, and how they cope with 30,000 visitors a day. From St. Mark’s Square, with its famous winged lion that strikes the hour, you learn about St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), as well as touring the neighborhoods outside the square. Before the tour concludes, your guide provides excellent shopping and lunch suggestions and ideas for enjoying Venice to the fullest for the remainder of the afternoon and your time here.

In the early evening, a local representative meets you at your hotel to accompany you to a true Venetian wine tasting. Held in a favorite osteria known for its excellent wines, food, and typical Venetian atmosphere, the experience lasts about two hours and includes an introduction and tasting of three local DOC wines (the “quality assured” certification of Italian winemakers), local cheeses, typical Venetian cicchetti or appetizers, and breads. If you are still hungry, you may dine on your own at one of Venice’s many restaurants.

Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati

Venice, Italy

A luxurious four-star hotel in the historical heart of Venice, with elegant and contemporary Italian design and furnishings, featuring plush individually decorated rooms with rich colors and unique artwork. It is also equipped with a top-floor fitness room, sauna, steam bath, whirlpool bath, and sunbathing terrace. A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival. *Please note that this hotel is completely nonsmoking.

Day 3

Venice

Private guided tour by water taxi to three islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano, Torcello (4 hours)

After breakfast in the hotel, you depart from your hotel’s private boat landing, with your expert local guide, via water taxi to the three main islands of the waters surrounding Venice—Murano, capital of glassmaking; Burano, known for its lace; and tranquil Torcello. En route, your guide gives an overview of the history of the Serenissima Repubblica (“Most Serene Republic”) and the islands of its archipelago. The island explorations include meeting local people and learning about their way of life, their livelihoods (which are primarily glass and lace), the relationship between the islands and the “mainland” of Venice, and of course, the opportunity to visit the lace and glass workshops and observe the artisanal techniques that are still used. Completing the tour of the islands, you return with your guide by water taxi back to your hotel or to St. Mark’s Square, where your guide can advise on shopping and dining to enjoy the rest of the day and evening in Venice.

Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati

Venice, Italy

A luxurious four-star hotel in the historical heart of Venice, with elegant and contemporary Italian design and furnishings, featuring plush individually decorated rooms with rich colors and unique artwork. It is also equipped with a top-floor fitness room, sauna, steam bath, whirlpool bath, and sunbathing terrace. A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival. *Please note that this hotel is completely nonsmoking.

Day 4

Venice

Departure

Following breakfast in the hotel, you check out and depart at your leisure.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Experience More

Select Experience Tour, Italy: Florence

Italy: Florence (4D/3N)

This four-day stay in Florence delights with its combination of the city’s best known art, history, culture, and cuisine—from your base in a luxurious hotel on the banks of the Arno River... Departure Dates: This tour is available on request.
Select Experience Tour, Italy: Bellagio

Italy: Bellagio

Touch down in the perfect combination of lake and mountain scenery—deep blue Lake Como shimmers below hills and mountains... Departure Dates: This tour is available on request.
Guided Walking Tour, Italy: Piedmont

Italy: Piedmont

In Piedmont, rolling countryside, sun-swept vineyards, and breezy orchards contrast beautifully with the snowcapped majesty of the Alps... Scheduled Group Departures: May 17, 2015, June 7, 2015, September 27, 2015, October 4, 2015
Select Experience Tour, Italy: Rome

Italy: Rome

To walk in Rome is to feel the ebb and swirl of three thousand years of living history—an enchanting melánge of Roman ambition, Baroque decadence, and modern-day Italian chic... Departure Dates: This tour is available on request.
Guided Walking Tour, Italy: The Dolomites

Italy: The Dolomites

With distinctive limestone spires, wind-etched cliffs, and lush, green valleys, the Dolomite Mountains are a naturalist’s dream.... Scheduled Group Departures: June 27, 2015, July 11, 2015, September 5, 2015
Guided Walking Tour, Italy: The Lakes

Italy: The Lakes

The contrasts of Italy’s incredibly beautiful lake country are a vision you will long remember... Scheduled Group Departures: September 28, 2014, May 17, 2015, June 14, 2015, August 30, 2015, September 13, 2015, September 27, 2015
PDF Download Capture: