Magical, unique no words can fully do justice to Venice, the most serene of cities.
13th Mar 2021 – 20th Mar 2021
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Tour code: 18180
Last Modified: 19th May 2020
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The great double bend of the Grand Canal is lined with the impressive Palazzi of Venice’s merchants spanning 800 years and now repurposed. The lesser canals and quiet walkways often evade the day-tripper but we’ll have time to explore the nooks and crannies seeing something of how real Venetians live. The boat journey to the outer islands is an experience in itself. See master craftsmen making the famous Murano glass into flowers, indented leaves, and multi-coloured ornaments, the coloured houses of Burano- home to lace making, the cathedral on tranquil Torcello Everything moves by boat - how many different things will you see – Amazon parcels, a grand piano?
This is the city of Titian, Tintoretto and other Venetian greats whose art can be found in the buildings and churches for which they were painted. Works by Palladio – the great influence on Western Architecture include San Giorgio and the Redentore churches with their unusual double interlocking triangular pediments.
We also take the train inland for a day, across the plains of the Veneto to Padua once part of the Venetian Republic. It is the home to one of the first Universities, the exotic Basilica of San Antonio with its minaret like spires and Byzantine domes, the renowned Scrovegni Chapel with its stunning frescoes by Giotto and much more. The time will pass all too quickly!
What's not included?
This is a Grade 2 leisurely holiday which involves active whole day sightseeing. Walking in Venice is largely free of motorised transport, for obvious reasons. Apart from bridges, crossing the canals the terrain is almost completely flat. It certainly pays to look out for uneven surfaces but generally the ground is easy underfoot. As in any city walking can be tiring but the distances covered are likely to be small. Any comfortable footwear is fine for the city.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
We fly to Venice Marco Polo Airport, then take a vaporetto to sail across the lagoon to Santa Maria Elisabetta on the Lido from which it is a short walk to our hotel.
Transfer Time = 45m
Breakfast & Dinner
We take the vaporetto and travel the full length of the Grand Canal passing under the Rialto bridge on the way. Walking from the Railway Station we reach the small island Ghetto where the Jews were locked in each night. Following quiet canals and alleyways where ordinary Venetians live we come to Tintoretto’s House and the Church where he worshipped. Nearby is the square of the Moors with its unusual statues set into the buildings. Returning to the Grand Canal we can see close up the exterior of the Ca D’Oro – once the most spectacular of the Merchant’s Houses. Northwards is the Gesuit Church with an ornate baroque interior and exterior. From the north shore of Venice on a clear day it is possible to see the Dolomites. Next to the city hospital ambulance boats are moored and the hospital entrance is unusually ornate – being the former Scuola San Marco. Nearby is the massive church of SS Giovanni e Paolo which contains the tombs of 25 Doges. In a little square is the House of Marco Polo. After lunch we walk across the Rialto Bridge and see the fish and fruit and veg market areas. Further on is the church of San Polo with art by Tiepolo and Tintoretto. We take the vaporetto to return to the Lido and our Hotel.
Breakfast & Dinner
We take the vaporetto to San Zaccaria which was richly rewarded for giving up its grounds to build the Doges Palace. Walking round to St Mark’s Square we pass the Bridge of Sighs and meet our guide who will explain all about Venice in its hey-day and St Mark’s Cathedral. We should be able to see the Mosaics both inside and out. Walking around the San Marco sestiere our guide will explain everyday life for ordinary Venetians whilst also pointing out important buildings such as La Fenice opera house and the different architectural styles. Our guide leaves us and after lunch we go to the quieter Castello area and see the imposing entrance to the Arsenale – once the ship building powerhouse which underpinned Venice’s maritime and trading success. Also in this area is San Pietro the Cathedral of Venice before St Mark’s was built, the house where John Cabot lived, sad reminders of Italians fate at the end of the second world war and the gardens where the biannual art festival is held. We return by vaporetto to our hotel.
Breakfast & Dinner
The boat trip to the islands is an experience in itself. We go past the cemetery island of St Michele and on to Murano – a miniature Venice and famed world-wide for its glass. We visit a glass factory and see master craftsmen at work perhaps creating flower heads complete with coloured petals as parts of a chandelier. In the show rooms and the shops along the quay you can marvel at the intricate designs, the range of colours, traditional designs and the very modern too. It is possible to visit the glass museum to learn about the history of glass making and see glass ware from different periods – both the every-day and the luxurious. The Basilica of SS Maria and Donato is well worth visiting. It has a fine exterior and a very special mosaic and paved floor which underwent a major preservation scheme. Moving on by boat to Torcello, once more important than Venice but now almost deserted, we can visit the empty Cathedral with its Byzantine mosaics and the adjacent Byzantine church of Santa Fosca. There is also a small museum. A short boat ride takes us to Burano the home of lace making. You may see ladies in shops hand making needle lace and the museum has displays of lacework as well as explaining its history. The houses in Burano are multi-coloured so some people just enjoy wandering the streets and canals. Finally we take the vaporetto back across the lagoon to Venice and the Lido.
Breakfast & Dinner
Possibilities include an early morning visit to the Rialto markets, the Doges Palace, the Clock Tower, the Piazza San Marco campanile, the Correr Museum with historical collections, art gallery and the ornate formal rooms of the Library and special exhibitions, Jewish Museum and Synagogue visit, The Scuola San Rocco almost entirely painted by Tintoretto, The Guggenheim Museum, The Accademia Art Gallery, Ca’ Rezzonico, a rich merchants house with 18th C interiors and art, visiting other churches, chilling out at the hotel or in the quieter parts of Venice.
Breakfast & Dinner
We take the vaporetto to the railway station from which there is a regular train service to Padua which abounds with art and history – too much to see in one day. It was once ruled by the Venetian Republic . We have a timed entry to the Scrovegni Chapel filled with frescoes by Giotto. The adjacent Museums and Art Gallery are included. Examples of other possibilities are frescoes in the Eremitani Church, art both inside and outside the impressive Palazzo della Ragione with its adjacent markets. Medieval frescoes in the Cathedral Baptistery, a tour of one of the oldest Universities-, the pilgrimage church of Saint Anthony with its domes and spires and impressive interiors, and one of the oldest botanical gardens. We return by train to our hotel.
Breakfast & Dinner
We take a vaporetto to the island of San Giorgio and explore this Palladian church with two works by Tintoretto and intricately carved choir stalls. A lift takes us to the top of the campanile from which there is an amazing view over the whole of Venice. Next we move on to another Palladian Church – the Redentore built to commemorate deliverance from the Plague in 1576 also with significant art. Every 3rd Sunday in July there is a bridge of boats but we cross by vaporetto to the Dorsoduro where there is a chance to see one of the last remaining gondola boatyards. Passing the salt warehouses we reach the distinctive Customs house and equally distinctive Salute church also built to commemorate the end of a plague epidemic. We pass the Guggenheim and Academia art galleries. There may be time to see the Frari Church before we take the vaporetto back to the Lido.
We take our last trip on a vaporetto to the airport for our flight back to the UK.
Walks & Excursions
The incredibly rich treasures of Venice are under threat as never before from a combination of subsidence of the city caused by natural gas and water extraction (now ceased), rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events - both a result of global warming. This means that high tides (acqua alta) are more frequent and some flooding of parts of Venice (especially St Mark’s Square) is more common. Local shop keepers, hoteliers and restauranteurs are well prepared and remarkably resilient and adaptable.
You also need to be adaptable and prepared too with wellington boots to just below the knee and waterproof over-trousers. Should you struggle in packing wellington boots you can buy disposable versions locally and we suggest you spend around €20 avoiding the really cheap versions.
We hope not, but you may be one of the last generations to see the splendour of Venice if it proves impossible to defend it in the coming decades.
Local Transport Costs
We include a 7 day vaporetto pass that offers free transport anywhere on the lagoon for the time we stay in Venice. The only limitation of this card is it cannot be used for trips to the airport but as we include airport transfers anyway this should not be an issue.
Your Ramblers Walking Holidays leader will purchase these tickets and hand them out on the first morning in Venice. For interest details of the Venice transport system can be found at: www.actv.it
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day. In Venice all lunches will be taken in local cafes or restaurants for very good reasons which are fully explained later both in the section on "Meals" and the section on "Italian Laws and Customs", which follow later in our information. Please allow €10 for a light lunch with drinks.
Entrance fees to sites visited are not included. If all museums and galleries are visited this could cost a further £60.00 for the week.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.
Your Travel Details
We fly from London Heathrow to Venice (Marco Polo) Airport.
Transfers between Venice Airport and the hotel are by public transport and foot for a short distance. Airport to hotel should take about an hour. It is an easy journey for those making their own way. Please ask us for details.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Regional Flights (R2). We offer regional flight options on this holiday but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer vehicle between the airport and hotel. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passports and Visas
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Where are we going to stay?
Gran Viale S.M.Elisabetta 5 30126 Lido (VE), Italy
+39 041 5260031
The hotel is located on Venice Lido, the island that forms part of the barrier between Venice Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. It is a short boat ride from Venice Island and St Mark's Square. Frequent ferries ply the route making this a quick and simple journey. The hotel is a former palazzo across the road from the main ferry landing stage and has lovely views across the lagoon to St Mark's from the front. It is also a 10 minute walk from Lido beaches. It offers terrace, breakfast and dinning room, free WiFi through out and a fitness centre available at extra cost. It is close to shops, restaurants and cafes.
Room facilities include a safe, hairdryer, and television.
Each morning will start with breakfast in the hotel before heading out for our days activity.
Lunches are not the normal Ramblers Holidays packed lunches because to protect the fragile environment of Venice the city authorities have banned the consumption of food and drink in public spaces. This means that picnics are not an option so we will be eating in cafe/ restaurants. You can get a light lunch for around €10 with drinks extra. On the plus side there is somewhere to sit and have a chat, a handy toilet, also warmth and shelter inside should the weather be less kind!
To finish each day your leader will take you to sample local culture further in local restaurants experiencing the different local cuisine and of course sampling the classic Italian dishes including fresh pastas, pizza, or rich local seafood.
Footwear & Kit List
Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.
Remember to take knee length wellington boots in case there is an acqua alta (high tide) and parts of Venice are flooded or be prepared to buy over boots locally. It may only be for one day in the week but it will be worth it!
Footwear As Hand Luggage
We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
We will be visiting many churches and religious buildings in Venice. Local rules require you do not wear shorts, nor for ladies to wear revealing clothes. In deference to these rules please dress appropriately.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Italy
Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
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Visas and Passports
No Visa Required
Staying Healthy On Holiday
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Italy
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
Italian Laws & Customs
In some Italian towns and cities you may be fined for dropping litter and in some towns or cities it’s an offence to sit on monument steps or to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of main churches, historic monuments and public buildings. It’s also an offence to enter or bathe in public fountains.
In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.
Illegal traders operate on the streets of all major Italian cities, particularly tourist cities like Florence, Venice and Rome. Don’t buy from illegal street traders. You could be stopped by the local police and fined.
It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy. Doing so may result in heavy fines. It’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas. For more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Staying In Touch
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Grade 2 Sightseeing
Mixes active sightseeing with short city or countryside walks. Any walks will take up to 2 hours and any ascents or descents will be taken at a leisurely pace. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.