These breaks are perfect for those wanting to embrace all things Venice; Whether this is a romantic weekend break, arriving on the iconic Venice Simplon Orient Express, or even feeling like a real Venetian at the Venice Carnival.
There is bound to be something for you here if you love the idea of a Venice short break to celebrate a special moment in your life.
Think romance and celebration, think Venice. Whether it's a special occasion or you just want to treat yourself and a loved one, this is the perfect trip.
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La Fenice Opera House is the perfect venue for a full schedule encompassing some of the world's best loved operas and ballets. Take your top tickets for a night to ...Click for More Details
Our Number 1 experience for celebrating a special birthday or wedding anniversary. Choose from the three unique dining cabins, add the Champagne breakfast, put on your party ...Click for More Details
The Mascheranda Ball is a party like no other. Be attentively dressed by the one of the finest atelier's in Venice, before you arrive in all your finery for the ball.
Nothing says Once in a Lifetime then this! The Venice Simplon Orient Express is the perfect way to arrive in Venice after an overnight of opulence and fine dining. Then arrive in ...Click for More Details
Il Ballo del Doge is the carnival ball for those wanting a top level VIP experience. Be dressed in one of Antonia Sautter's intricate costumes, before attending the most ...Click for More Details
If tradition is top of your Venice Carnival package requirements, then the Tiepolo Ball is the one to choose. Learn from the Master of Dance traditional dances including the ...Click for More Details
If you have been to Venice before and you want to return, but the crowds were too much, this is the perfect break for you!
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Luxury Venice Breaks
Venice is the perfect location for a short weekend romantic break with its many canals and evocative buildings rising out of the waters. Not many people realise it is actually 118 small islands in a lagoon separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. Only @ 55,000 people live actually in historical Venice, but its numbers are swollen by sightseers on a Venice city break.
Whilst a Venice short break is now considered one of the ultimate special occasion holidays and a big tourist destination for romantic breaks, Venice in its prime was a crucial trading station of art, silk, spice and grain. During the mediaeval ages and Renaissance it was considered a maritime and financial power as a result. After the Napoleonic Wars Venice was annexed by the Austrian Empire until Italy regained it in 1866.
On your Venice Holiday you have the choice to relax and enjoy wandering around the narrow callas and enjoy just discovering hidden gems, or taking a more organised effort to explore Venice. If the later is your focus on your Venice city break then we would recommend you use the water buses which run up and down the Grand Canal to get you closer to your destination as it can get tiring walking around on your Venice city break.
For those of the more spontaneous type who are happy to go for a less focused explore then we would also recommend the water bus for the views of the Grand Canal . If you time it right you can enjoy sitting on the front, outside in the sunshine, and just enjoy the journey up and down the Grand Canal passing under the Rialto Bridge; a wonderful Venice experience.
On most of the Italian Short Breaks Venice romantic trips we include a gondola trip on the Grand Canal and side canals. Admire the decadent buildings as your gondola slowly glides through the waterways on your Venice Short break. The canals in themselves are plentiful and whilst any Venice trip can be heavy on walking, a journey by gondola provides the best way of escaping the crowds on foot. It’s also a slower pace!
Venice is a great city for those passing through or for staying longer. You can experience the lavish Venice Carnival, enjoy a Venice romantic weekend city break, experience La Fenice Venice opera house, escape the crowds staying on an exclusive island spa hotel, or why not even arrive by the Venice Orient Express. With a Venice holiday, you can make it as indulgent as romantic as you wish!
The stunning Teatro la Fenice is the Venice Opera House and hosts many classical operas such as La Traviata and Barber de Seville as well as experimenting with more modern composers. Named as the Phoenix it has been rebuilt after 3 fires and so has lived up to its name! It is certainly a Venice experience whether you visit during the day to just see La Fenice Venice or go dressed up to experience Venice La Fenice Opera at its very best.
We also offer a more intimate Opera experience at Musica a Palazzo which has the personal feel of an 18th Century musical parlour in a beautiful Palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal and with frescoes by Tiepolo. The performances move through various rooms in the Palazzo so you have the opportunity to experience more of this historical building whilst listening to splendid Opera.
Most of our main Venice holidays include a St Mark’s Pass Card which provides free, beat the queues access to both St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. These are the “must visit” places for any first timer to Venice. St Mark’s Basilica is adorned with gold leaf throughout and a few steps upstairs gives you lovely views over the square and the Campanile opposite.
The Doge’s Palace is the main museum in Venice, housing map rooms, portraits of the old Doge’s (the ruler of Venice), along with many other treasures. You will also get to see the prison made famous by Casanova as the only person ever to escape. To travel to the prison means walking over The Bridge of Sighs, being named as it was the prisoner’s last view of the outside world before reaching the prison underground. Both the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica get very busy in spring and summer time with excessive levels of queuing, which your St Mark’s Pass Cards helps you avoid so you have quick access.
The islands of Murano and Burano are popular to visit and can be reached by public or private boat. The highly colourful houses of Burano are an extremely attractive stop and it is also well known for its wonderful lacework. The glass blowing in Murano is a popular visit and has had a reputation for specialised and coloured glass blowing for centuries, and the current artisans still use these centuries old techniques.
There are some stunning hotels that we recommend located close to St Mark’s Square as well as on the Grand Canal for those wanting the ultimate view. All offer typical Venetian refined design and elegance with gourmet dining as the norm. These hotels include Hotel Metropole overlooking St Giorgio Island and the lagoon, Sina Centurion Palace diagonally across from St Mark’s Square on Giudecca, Palazzo St’Angelo right on the Grand Canal and close to the Rialto Bridge, and Hotel Bonvecchiati just to the side of St Mark’s Square and perfect for La Fenice Opera house nearby.
If you have already enjoyed at least one Venice break before then we recommend a different Venice experience staying at an exclusive spa hotel away from the crowds.
You can enjoy the local islands of Burano and Murano either by boat, or for that very special Venice romantic experience by air in a private helicopter ride. With St Mark’s Square being only a complimentary water taxi ride ten minutes away, you will be at St Mark’s and the main hub of the city in no time.