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Venice - La Serenissima

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Magical unique no words can fully do justice to Venice, the most serene of cities. It is a city built on water, a city which owes its fame and fortune to the sea.
  • Product Code 18180
  • Holiday Type Sightseeing And Walking Holidays
  • Grade Grade 2
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays Venice - La Serenissima

As the sun sets, the light dims as you return replete from dinner. Travelling slowly down the Grande Canal you are afforded a magical peak into rooms with their ceiling murals and chandeliers that typify canal side grandeur, another unique view of this serene city. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. 

During our week we take in the Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica, and other treasures of the Venetian Republic. The great double bend of the Grand Canal cuts Venice majestically in half, and lesser canals and quiet walkways allow us to explore here as well the nooks and crannies which often evade the day-tripper. The outer islands provide a fascinating contrast, the glass blowing on Murano, the coloured houses of Burano , the cathedral on Torcello and even the grave yard on San Michelle. Everything moves by boat or on foot, as will we too. 

Great art abounds – this is the city of Titian and Tintoretto, whose works can be found not only in the art galleries and palaces, but in the churches for which they were painted. We also take time to explore the everyday treasures – the fish market tucked away behind the Rialto Bridge, a coffee in an out-of-the-way square, a gondola boatyard and more. 

For a change of scenery we will take the train inland for a day. Our hotel is a short stroll from the train station. The train crosses the flat plains of the Veneto and takes us to the Euganean Hills, ideal for a morning stroll. We have time in the afternoon to visit Padua, another great art city. At Christmas when the days are shorter we’ll spend our time in Padua only, exploring the old town and the notable artworks. 


Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy Piazza San Marco in peace and quiet with only the pigeons for company.
  • A boat trip across the lagoon to Murano, Burano and Torcello, all three a world away from Venice Island.
  • Titian’s and Tintoretto’s amazing paintings amongst all the world class art on view.
  • The included week’s travel pass gives you freedom to roam at will.
  • A trip inland past Palladian villas to Padua, another city of art and elegance.
  • Explore the everyday treasures – the fish market tucked away behind the Rialto Bridge, a gondola boatyard and more.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick or Heathrow to Venice Marco Polo (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      B&B en suite accommodation
      Dinners taken in local restaurants
      Seven day pass on Venice’s transport network offering free travel
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 2

  1. Day 1

    We fly to Venice Marco Polo Airport and take the short transfer to Venice Island by public transport.

  2. Day 2

    We explore San Marco and Castello areas of Venice with our local guide. The guide will spend the morning with us leaving afternoon for further exploration. St Mark's Square is one of the most recognisable city squares in the world. Everything is a short distance from the hotel and sightseeing will be done on foot.

  3. Day 3

    Still on Venice Island and hence within walking distance of the hotel we have a day looking around the much less well known but equally engaging Cannareggio and San Polo areas.

  4. Day 4

    We are off to the Venetian islands today, Murano, Burano and Torcello. Murano is famed for glass production, Burano for lace making and Torcello for its cathedral.

  5. Day 5

    A free day. Some might like to just take some ferries around the Lagoon. Others may prefer a day in Verona or Vicenza

  6. Day 6

    Today we travel out to Padua across the plains of the Veneto. Padua is another great art city and well worth a look. We will also include a walk in the Euganean Hills to the south of Padua.

  7. Day 7

    On our final day exploring Venice we are back on Venice island and visit San Giorgio, Giudecca and Dorsodoro areas.

  8. Day 8

    We return to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick or Heathrow to Venice Marco Polo (British Airways) 
  • Arrival transfer by road c.45mins
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions

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Hotel Continental

We stay at the four star Continental Hotel, ideally located on the Canal Grande, in the Cannaregio area, one of the most authentic areas of Venice Island. The 15th century building used to belong to a Venetian noble family, and is in keeping with the historic charm of this unique and beautiful city. It is situated a boat ride or a 25 minute stroll from St Marks Square and about 5 minute walk from the railway station, so we can easily head inland and see something of the Veneto. The hotel has two large terraces, one on the canal side and another adjacent to the square. We start our day with the special experience of breakfast in the restaurant overlooking the Grand Canal and its passing gondolas. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with a bath or shower, TV, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and a room safe. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout.


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