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Spotlight on Venice in Winter

7-day escorted tour with Collette

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Collette Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Ciao, Venezia!

Day 2 Venice, Italy - Tour Begins
Arrive in Venice and join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and Italian wines. (Dinner)

Day 3 Venice
Today, come to know the city during a guided walking tour of La Serenissima (the most serene). During your tour you will view the church dei Miracoli; the church of San Giovanni & Paolo; the church of San Martino; and the majestic Arsenale, seat of Venice’s once mighty naval power. Continue to Riva degli Schiavoni to board the boat to Murano* for a visit to a glass-making factory. See how the world’s most spectacular blown glass is artfully crafted. After returning to San Marco, the city’s cultural hub, enjoy time on your own for lunch before exploring the historical center of Venice. View the Tower Clock, an early Renaissance marvel. Turn your gaze towards the Bridge of Sighs where many a convict took their last look at the beauty of Venice. Visit Basilica San Marco to see its brilliant Byzantine altarpiece, the Pala d’Oro. Then, enter the spectacular Doge’s Palace from which the Doge ruled Venice. Your guide reveals its secrets as you view its sumptuous and splendidly decorated rooms. Later this afternoon, relax as you try the famous cicchetti & one ombra di vino - small snacks and wine - at a local Venetian wine bar. (Breakfast)

Day 4 Venice
The day is yours. Your tour manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps you will explore Venice’s cultural treasures independently. Delve into the local cuisine, find your own spot by one of the canals or stroll the endless pathways. The locals say the best way to experience Venice is to “get lost.” Perhaps sign up for a Venetian mask workshop to learn about the decadent symbol of the city or set out on a glorious gondola ride. (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 5 Venice
This morning we embark on a guided visit of Rialto Market, the centuries-old daily market area where visitors and Venetians alike shop the colorful display of fruits and vegetables. Then, stop at Frari Church, home to an array of stunning works of art: Giovanni Bellini’s "Virgin Mary" and Titian’s "Assunta". Pause to reflect on Venice’s deep artistic heritage before continuing to a squero - the Venetian word for boatyard - and learn how gondolas are made. No visit to Venice would be complete without a visit to the Academy Museum to view its rich collection of paintings from the Byzantine era to the Renaissance. (Breakfast)

Day 6 Venice
Today we step off the beaten path and meet a local guide for a walking tour of lesser known areas of Venice. Visit the old Jewish Quarter with an expert and discover this area that remains a center of Jewish life. Learn more as you explore the Jewish Museum. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure for shopping or exploring the city’s many museums and other attractions. This evening celebrate your new appreciation of Venice during a joyous farewell dinner. (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 7 Venice - Tour Ends
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Tour Highlights
  • Come to know Venice during a guided walking tour of La Serenissima.
  • Explore the Academy Museum to view its rich collection of paintings.
  • Enter the spectacular Doge’s Palace from which the Doge ruled Venice.
  • Stroll though the centuries-old, colorful Rialto Market.
  • Visit Basilica San Marco, including its brilliant Byzantine altarpiece.
All This Included
Join us as we illuminate the beauty of Venice in winter. You’ll have the city to yourself as we set out on a guided walking tour that brings to life how this city gained its wealth and power. Visit San Marco Basilica, including its brilliant Byzantine altarpiece. Step of the beaten path during a walking tour of lesser-known areas of Venice. Explore Doge’s Palace and the Academy Gallery with a local guide. Indulge in Venice’s famous snacks and wine at a local wine bar. Explore the Rialto Market. Through your time in Venice, enjoy a blend of cultural inclusions and free time to explore on your own. Come to know the people and places that make this city one of the world’s most spectacular destinations.
  • Accommodations for 5 nights
  • 8 meals (Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties)
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Accommodations on this Tour
Venice: Hotel Santa Marina
  • Average 3.5 miles of walking per day, some inclines. There are no significant elevations on this tour.
  • Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking.
  • Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.

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