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Venetian Special Occasion Retreat

Break available: 15 March - 24 November 2018
4 days

Most people have been to Venice before, but if you want to return and celebrate a special occasion in style, escaping from the crowds has to be high on your priority list. San Clemente Palace Kempinski is the perfect blend of being away from the hustle and bustle of Venice, but also only 5 minutes away from St Mark’s Square by complimentary watertaxi.

Venice has something for everyone, whether it is a romantic gondola ride for 2, a trip to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano, or an opera experience. Venice is fortunate in being able to offer not one but two very different opera experiences;  the first is a night at the stunningly beautiful La Fenice opera house, the second taking place in a palace with no stage between you and the performers!

 

Highlights

  • Staying in 5 Star San Clemente Palace Kempinski, located on its own Venetian island
  • Thrilling Helicopter Ride over Venice and the nearby islands
  • Flexibility to tailor your break how you want
  • Complimentary Watertaxi from the hotel to St Mark’s Square as needed
  • 3 Breakfasts & 2 Dinners included
  • Private airport transfers
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 

DAY 1
Fly to Venice, Private transfer to your hotel and Dinner

Fly to Venice and take your meet & greet private watertaxi transfer to your 5 star hotel.

San Clemente Palace Kempinski is located on it’s own private island just below Venice, and is the perfect tranquil haven away from the crowds. This former monastery has been lovingly converted into a boutique 5 star hotel. The island and hotel are very self sufficient with an outdoor pool, beautiful gardens, tennis courts, Wellness and Spa Centre and both indoor and outdoor dining, the latter with a view over the lagoon. It is an easy 5 minutes by watertaxi to St Mark’s Square and the hotel runs a complimentary service between the two islands every 30 minutes.

Waiting for you in your room will be a bottle of chilled Prosecco to toast the beginning of your romantic adventure.

Please click on the first photo opposite for a video sample of this beautiful romantic hotel.

After you have settled in, wander down for your included 3 Course dinner prepared in the Michelin Starred restaurant.

DAY 2
Helicopter Ride and Afternoon at Leisure

This morning you are in for a treat! Your private watertaxi transfer will collect you and take you to Nicelli Airport on Lido Island. It is here you will get to enjoy a 20 mins helicopter ride which takes in Venice and the nearby islands.

Begin flying over Lido before heading over Sant’Erasmo, Burano, Torcello, Murano, San Michele, Arsenale and San Giorgio Maggiore. Then fly over St Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace, Santo Spirito and even Venice’s golf club! Complete your tour hovering over the Palazzo del Cinema, before returning to the Lido. Your private transfer will return you to your hotel after.

Then you have the rest of the day to yourself. You can either stay around the pool, book the tennis courts, indulge in a pamper session at the hotel’s spa, visit the island’s only church, or perhaps opt for further exploration. We would particularly recommend the Sunset Gondola Ride.

This evening enjoy your 3 Course dinner overlooking the lagoon.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Venice - Gondola Ride
  • Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Venice - Gondola Ride

Take the complimentary hotel watertaxi into Venice to start your sunset gondola ride tour. Sit back and relax seeing this floating city the only way it can truly be seen.

Head along the Grand Canal past a vista of stunning palaces and bridges, before your 30mins tour comes to a finish.

Price Per Person: £65 per person

Gondola, Venice
Gondola, Venice
Gondola ride under The Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House

This evening attend the opera at La Fenice in your top seats. La Fenice, (The Phoenix) is aptly named as it has burnt down twice in its lifetime. It has been recently re-mastered to its current glory as one of the most famous theatres in Europe.

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

La Fenice Opera Schedule 2018:

The Merry widow – Feb 2, 4, 8, 10, 13
The Barber of Seville – Feb 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, Sept 2, 4, 15, 19, 23, 27, Oct 4, 6, 20, 24, 26, 28, 30
La Boheme – Mar 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
Madame Butterfly – Apr 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 22, 24, Aug 31, Sept 5, 14, 20, 22, 29
Orlando Furioso – Apr 13, 15, 17, 19, 21
L’elisir d’amore – Apr 20, 28, May 6, 12, 18, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, Jun 3, 5
Signor Bruschino – Apr 27, 29, May 4

La Traviata –  May 5, 11, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 30, Jun 1, Aug 25, Sept 1, 6, 9, 13, 16, 18, 21, 28, 30

Norma – May 13, 16, 19
Il Regno della Luna – May 15, 17, 18
Richard III – June 29, Jul 01, 03, 05, 07
Semiramide – Oct 19, 21, 23, 25, 27

Price Per Person: From £175 with Stall (top level) tickets

La Fenice opera house, Venice
La Fenice opera house, Venice
The Barber of Seville, La Fenice opera house, Venice

DAY 3
Day at Leisure

Today is entirely up to you what you want to do.

We have a range of fantastic Optional Extras which can arrange for you, or alternatively you can enjoy the pool, spa, tennis courts or a good walk around the island.

We have left this evening free for you to choose what you want to do. Why not head into St Mark’s Square on the complimentary watertaxi service for a final dinner (meal not included) or book in a night at the opera.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Venice - Private Highlights Tour
  • Venice - Lagoon Island Regular Excursion
  • Venice - Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
  • Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House
  • Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Venice - Private Highlights Tour

For first timers to Venice, this is a great introduction. Your own private guide will take you on a 3-4 hr tour around the Basilica and Doges Palace. You will be able to walk through the prison made famous for temporarily housing Casanova, along with walking over the Bridge of Sighs; prisoners last glimpse of the outside world.

Price Per Person: £190 per person

Autumn in St Mark's Square, Venice
Gondola, Venice
Venice Basilica

Venice - Lagoon Island Regular Excursion

Begin this 4hr excursion sailing past San Giorgio Maggiore before disembarking on your first island of Murano. Murano is known for its glass manufacturing and the tour includes a visit to one of the factories.

Travel onwards to Burano, an archipelago of four islands, and sample the lace which Burano is famous for.

Finish the tour on Torcello, visiting the cathedral and church on this quieter island. Transfer back to Venice.

Please note this is in a small group and is not private.

Price Per Person: £30

Murano Island, Venice
Burano Island
Torcello, Venice

Venice - Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano

The boat will collect you and take you onto both Murano and Burano with your guide. For no more than 8 people in total, this semi private tour, also includes a glass blowing demonstration on Murano.

Price: From £160 per person for the small group (up to 8 people in total), to Burano and Murano with glass blowing introduction. Please note this is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.

Murano Island, Venice
Burano Island, Venice
Glass blowing, Murano

Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House

This evening attend the opera at La Fenice in your top seats. La Fenice, (The Phoenix) is aptly named as it has burnt down twice in its lifetime. It has been recently re-mastered to its current glory as one of the most famous theatres in Europe.

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

La Fenice Opera Schedule 2018:

The Merry widow – Feb 2, 4, 8, 10, 13
The Barber of Seville – Feb 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, Sept 2, 4, 15, 19, 23, 27, Oct 4, 6, 20, 24, 26, 28, 30
La Boheme – Mar 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
Madame Butterfly – Apr 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 22, 24, Aug 31, Sept 5, 14, 20, 22, 29
Orlando Furioso – Apr 13, 15, 17, 19, 21
L’elisir d’amore – Apr 20, 28, May 6, 12, 18, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, Jun 3, 5
Signor Bruschino – Apr 27, 29, May 4

La Traviata –  May 5, 11, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 30, Jun 1, Aug 25, Sept 1, 6, 9, 13, 16, 18, 21, 28, 30

Norma – May 13, 16, 19
Il Regno della Luna – May 15, 17, 18
Richard III – June 29, Jul 01, 03, 05, 07
Semiramide – Oct 19, 21, 23, 25, 27

Price Per Person: From £175 with Stall (top level) tickets

La Fenice opera house, Venice
La Fenice opera house, Venice
The Barber of Seville, La Fenice opera house, Venice

Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening

Whether you are an opera lover wanting a new opera experience, or someone wanting a taster of the opera, this is a great option. Located just along the Grand Canal, this opera takes place right in front of you. There is no stage but only a limited number of chairs, with the singers performing right in front of you!

Click on the first photo for a short video.

Schedule 2018:
La Traviata – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
The Barber of Seville – Wednesdays & Sundays
Rigoletto – Fridays

Price: £100 per person.

Musica a Palazzo, Venice
Musica a Palazzo, Venice
Musica a Palazzo, Venice

DAY 4
Private transfer to the airport for flight home

At leisure until your private watertaxi transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Alternatively, if you want to make your romantic break the ultimate in special occasion trips, why not arrive or depart by the Venice Simplon Orient Express?

For more information on Venice Simplon Orient Express dates, please click here.

From £1,995 per person

What's Included?

  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast & 2 dinners at San Clemente Palace Kempinski
  • Helicopter Ride over Venice and nearby islands
  • Private airport transfers
  • Flights back to the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)

Departure airports:

  • Gatwick
  • Heathrow
  • Most regional airports

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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Birds eye view of San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice Lagoon
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Pool area at San Clemente Palace, Venice
Spa at San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice Lagoon

San Clemente Palace Kempinski

This 5 star hotel has been recently renovated from a former monastery, and sits on its own private island. Located only 5 minutes by complimentary watertaxi transfer to Venice and St Mark's Square, this is perfect for those wanting to escape the crowds and enjoy a more peaceful trip.

The hotel has plenty to keep you amused including a Michelin Starred restaurant with views overlooking the lagoon, an outdoor pool, tennis court, gardens, wellness centre and spa, and even a church. At the end of a busy day, why not recharge the batteries with a pamper session at the spa or cool down with a swim in the pool?

All the rooms have a balcony overlooking either the gardens or the lagoon.

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Testimonials

The booking process was made easy with the team answering any questions quickly and in detail. The standard of care shown on the holiday was very good and all the plans worked well. Just to let you know, I would just like to say thank you for providing the bottle of prosecco in our room - it made our anniversary celebrations that little more special. Thank you.

Jeanette

A brilliant trip. Thank you so much for the perfect organisation. We will recommend you to all our friends!

Wendy & Len

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