Venice at New Year
At the head of the Adriatic, floating on the ephemeral islets of the lagoon, is the city of Venice. We explore both the great churches, palaces and museums, and the lesser-known archaeological remains, still being uncovered. We visit the islands of Torcello and Murano, where underwater investigation has revealed much about the trade that underpinned Venice’s rise to greatness.
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.
- Special access to the Doge’s Palace, drinks reception at the Church of the Madonna dell’Orto and a private evening visit to St Mark’s Basilica
- By vaporetto across the lagoon to the evocative, almost deserted island of Torcello, home to the oldest buildings in Venice
- Wonderful festive atmosphere of Italian New Year’s Eve, with fireworks over St Mark’s Square
- Historic Churches
- Great Cities
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- Just One Hotel
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We arrive in Venice and visit the ruins of Altinum.
We take a vaporetto across the lagoon to Torcello and visit the extraordinary 7th-century cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. We continue to the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon we board a ship to visit the Medieval island of Murano, home of the Venetian glass trade. We end the day with a boat trip along the Grand Canal. Tonight, we have a private drinks reception, tour and lecture at the 14th century Church of the Madonna dell’Orto.
We enjoy a day at the heart of power of the Venetian Republic at the Doge’s Palace - home of Venetian political power since the 14th century.
We have special access to the labyrinthine offices of the bureaucrats, and the cramped cells of the prisoners - including that of Casanova, who escaped his ‘inescapable’ cell in 1757.
We continue to the Archaeological Museum and the Correr Museum which charts the story of Venice as an imperial trading centre.
We explore the power and art of the Church in Venice. We begin at the astonishing Basilica of St Mark, nicknamed the ‘Church of Gold’ for its truly opulent interior. We continue to the churches of the religious orders at the Frari and SS Giovanni e Paolo. We end the day at the parish churches open to a cross-section of Venetian society: architectural gems like Santa Maria dei Miracoli and the frescoed church of San Zan Degola.
We enjoy a gala dinner tonight, before heading out to watch New Year fireworks light up the sky around St Mark’s Square...
We tour the city, considering its principal bridges, including the Rialto - the oldest and most iconic in the city. We also explore Castello, home to vast historic naval dockyards. We end the day at the former Cathedral of the city at San Pietro di Castello.
On our final day in Venice, we venture to one of Europe’s earliest industrial sites, the mighty Arsenal. The history of this site is displayed at the Naval Museum. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore.
After a final dinner, we enjoy private access to St Mark’s Basilica - with views of the crypt, sacristy and treasury.
We return home.
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included - dinners with wine
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Field Notes
- Hotels - 6 nights in a traditional 14th century Venetian building and is one of the historical family run 4 star hotels in Venice, located close to the famous St Mark’s Square
- Flights - Scheduled return flights from London to Venice
6 nights in a traditional 14th century Venetian building and is one of the historical family run 4 star hotels in Venice, located close to the famous St Mark’s Square