Bus Gt Lux - Hotel 4**** in Venice - Full board treatment - Welcome drink at the hotel on arrival - Guided tour for all cities mentioned - English speaking tour leader at disposal for the whole tour - Coach at disposal as described in above program - All taxes - 24h assistance.
Groups size:min. 40 persons.
Day 1: Venice - Jesolo/Mestre
Arrival to Venice airport and private transfer to the hotel 4*, dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Venice
Breakfast, meeting with our escort in the hall of the hotel and visit of the secret gardens of Venice, hidden throughout the city, from the palaces along the Grand Canal in Cannaregio and the island of Giudecca. You can admire this gardens of enchanting beauty, oases of green, kept in the orchards and in the most mysterious corners of a luxurious palace. Lunch in a local restaurant. Perhaps the most famous of the Venetian, Casanova lived countless love affairs. In the afternoon the guided tour starts in the magnificent Piazza San Marco, in front of the Palazzo Ducale, from whose prisons Casanova escaped. It continues with the Hotel Monaco, the Theatre Foyer, Ca 'Rezzonico, well-known places of "hunting" of the romantic libertine. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello
Breakfast and departure for guided excursion of the islands of the Venetian Lagoon by boat. We begin from Murano known for its glassmaking, Glass Museum, and several historic churches. Continue for Burano, an island of fishermen, lacemakers, and colorfully painted houses. End of the excursion with Torcello, once a city larger than Venice; today, a bucolic island with a 1,000-year-old cathedral and a handful of outdoor restaurants. Lunch during the excursion. Come back to the hotel for dinner and night.
Day 4: Carnival of Venice
Breakfast, full day in Venice to see and take part in its magnificent Carnival; walking round in fancy dress in this city's magical scenery means taking part in a truly exceptional happening. Those mysterious, disturbing Venetian masks, eyeing you from the city's alleyways are part of what we imagine the Venetian world would have been like 300 years ago. They are an irresistible attraction for what is undoubtedly one of the world's most unique experiences: the re-living of 18th century Venice. Wearing masks has always been more than just simple fun for the Venetians; it is still a strongly felt tradition with deep cultural roots. Venetians were famous for being libertines and for transgression - they didn't just use masks during the official Carnival. Putting on a mask in Venice meant taking forbidden liberties: you could jibe at the powerful, gamble without being caught, take risks over love or business deals and even enter convents without being seen. A numbers of restrictive laws passed on dressing up prove how widespread the habit was.Lunch in a local restaurant. Come back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Verona
After breakfast, transfer to Verona by bus for a private walking tours of the city. During the visit you’ll quickly understand that this city is much more than the famous Roman arena where the Verona opera is held and Romeo & Juliet's ill-fated love affair. Starting with the Romans conquering Verona, and ending with its contemporary history, the different ages of the city are visible through all the various monuments scattered around its historical centre. During this walking tour of Verona of course recount the story of Romeo & Juliet and visit Juliet's home and see her famous balcony. Lunch during the visit in a local restaurant. Come back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Padua
Breakfast, and departure by bus for Padua meeting with the guide at the equestrian monument to Gattamelata in front of the Basilica of St. Anthony and visit of the Basilica. Afterwards you will walk the medieval streets of the city to get to the city centre. Here you can admire Palazzo del Bo, Caffè Pedrocchi and the historical squares that host the street market, to be followed by a visit to the interiors of Palazzo della Ragione, the symbol of the city, wonderfully decorated with frescoes about the signs of the Zodiac. Lunch during the excursion. Come back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: Venice
Breakfast and departure by private bus for Venice airport.