Venice at New Year

Fireworks over the Rialto Bridge on New Years Eve
Fireworks over the Rialto Bridge on New Years Eve
Doge's Palace
Doge's Palace
San Giorgio Maggiore
San Giorgio Maggiore
Rialto Bridge
Rialto Bridge
Murano Island
Murano Island
Murano Glass
Murano Glass
St. Marks Basilica
St. Marks Basilica
St. Marks Basilica
St. Marks Basilica
Typical Pizzeria in Venice
Typical Pizzeria in Venice
Redentore Sestiere Giudecca Church
Redentore Sestiere Giudecca Church
Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs
Arsenal and Naval Museum
Arsenal and Naval Museum

At the head of the Adriatic, floating on the ephemeral islets of the lagoon, is the city of Venice. We explore the history of this maritime republic through its great churches, palaces and museums. We start with a visit to Altinum, the once wealthy Roman coastal city abandoned after Atila’s incursions in AD 452 when people made their way to the safety of the islands in the lagoon. We then visit the islands of Torcello, site of the first settlement in the Venetian lagoon and Murano, famed for its glass. This is a very privileged view of the city. We have special access to the iconic Doge’s palace, where we visit the cells and historic offices of state. We explore the once-mighty republic on-foot and by boat. Our tour culminates with a private evening visit to St Mark’s Basilica a chance to view the gilded ‘Chapel’ of the Venetian Patriarchs in splendid isolation, after the crowds have departed.

  • Travel by private transportation to the islands of Torcello and Murano
  • Watch the stunning fireworks on New Year's Eve from the Island of San Giorgio
  • A private visit to the iconic Doge’s Palace
  • A special evening visit to the Basilica of Saint Mark

Themes

  • Romans
  • Historic Churches
  • Great Cities
  • Christmas - New Year

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • Just One Hotel
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We leave London and arrive in Venice. Upon arrival we head directly to Altinum, an ancient Roman coastal town abandoned after the Hunnic and Gothic invasions after the population sought refuge in the Venetian lagoon. After we have discovered this historic area, we transfer to our hotel where we can relax for the remainder of the evening.
Hotel: Hotel Saturnia
Meals: Dinner only

Day 2

Our day starts at the tiny island of Torcello. During our time here we explore the breathtaking interior of the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral. We also visit the Santa Fosca and the Archaeological Museum. This afternoon, we make our way to the nearby Venetian island of Murano. Here we will tour the legendary glass factory and museum.
Hotel: Hotel Saturnia
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

Today we explore the treasure troves of some of Venice’s most important churches. We first travel to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore for its wonderful Tintoretto paintings and to ascend the campanile to enjoy incredible views of Venice. Next, we travel by vaporetto to the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, which is notable for its impressive tombs and important paintings. After lunch at a traditional osteria, we continue to the Scuola Grande Di San Rocco to explore the important functions of these confraternities and admire its artwork. We continue by walking via the Rialto Bridge to the Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo - a stunning Italian Gothic church and the traditional resting place of the Doge. Our final visit of the day is to Santa Maria dei Miracoli, a gem of a church with a glorious marble interior.
Hotel: Hotel Saturnia
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

This morning we tour the magnificent Doge’s Palace, a marvel of Venetian Gothic architecture. Our special tour here offers an unique insight into the political and civil history of the Venice Republic. After lunch, we move on to visit the Archaeological Museum and Correr Museum, home to enchanting exhibits on Venetian history. This evening we enjoy a very special private tour of the legendary St. Marks Basilica.
Hotel: Hotel Saturnia
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Today we explore the cosmopolitan area of Venice near the boatyard and dockyards. We begin our day with a glorious walk that takes in the Orthodox church of San Giorgio dei Greci, which houses important Greek icons and which played a crucial role in the lives of Greek traders and merchants who emigrated to Venice after the fall of Constantinople. Next, we visit the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, an ethnic confraternity founded by the Dalmatian population, where we see the famous panels painted by Vittore Carpaccio. We then continue on to the Venetian Arsenal to view the Lion Gate and consider the crucial role this boatyard played in developing Venetian power and trade, and end the morning by visiting the Naval Museum. After lunch, we view San Pietro in Castello, the city’s first cathedral. Tonight we will enjoy a Gala dinner to celebrate New Year's Eve and we can watch the spectacular Venetian Firework Display from the island of San Giorgio.
Hotel: Hotel Saturnia
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

After a leisurely lie in, today we walk to different Venetian sestieri, or regions, to get an off the beaten track view of Venice. We start with a walk along the iconic Ponte dell’Accademia which leads us to San Pantalon church, famous for its magnificent Baroque ceiling painted by Fumiani. We then walk to Cannaregio to visit the Ghetto, in order to consider the darker side of Venetian history. This afternoon we will embark on a tour of the Grand Canal.
Hotel: Hotel Saturnia
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

Depending on times, we have free time in the morning before returning home.
Meals: Breakfast only

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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2019 Tour Details

Fri 27th December - Thu 2nd January

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£3,295

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Led By: Dr Eireann Marshall

Guide Lecturer

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