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The Ultimate Verona Opera and Romantic Venice Break

Break Available: SOLD OUT FOR 2022
6 days

From £1,795 Per Person

This break is perfect for celebrating that special birthday or wedding anniversary. Begin the trip staying in the heart of Verona visiting the Arena di Verona to experience a magnificent opera in the Roman amphitheatre. Delight in this history-rich location while enjoying opera in the best seats in the arena.

Then travel by first class train to Venice for several days relaxing in this romantic city. With a whole host of wonderful experiences, you can tailor-make this trip exactly as you had in mind.

To see the full Verona Opera Schedule.

Highlights

  • Attend the opera at the open-air Arena di Verona in the Best seats in the arena (Complimentary Free Upgrade)
  • Verona & Venice Pass Cards providing free access to some of the local sites
  • 3 Nights in Verona staying in traditional hotel within minutes walk to the arena
  • 2 Nights in Venice staying close to St Mark’s Square
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Day 1
Fly to Verona and Private Airport Transfer to your hotel

Day 1
Fly to Verona and Private Airport Transfer to your hotel

Fly to Verona and take your private transfer to your chosen hotel in the centre of Verona, within walking distance of the Arena di Verona where the worlds preeminent outdoor festival take place .

Waiting for you at hotel reception will be your opera tickets and your Verona Pass Card. The Verona Pass Card allows free access to many of the local churches and museums. It also comes with a handy map so you can find your way around this small city in no time.

Rest of day at leisure.

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Day 2
Day at Leisure and Attend the Opera at the Arena di Verona

Day 2
Day at Leisure and Attend the Opera at the Arena di Verona

Spend the day exploring Verona. You can enjoy Juliet’s Balcony and Tomb, Castelvecchio and the various museums and churches all free with your Verona Pass Card.

Alternatively, why not add in our Optional Extras wine tasting at Al Cristo. Sample some of the finest wines from the Valpolicello region.

This evening attend the opera at the Arena di Verona in the very best seats in the arena, which we are currently offering as a Complimentary Free Upgrade. Located on the ground floor and the first 11 rows affords the best view of the stage. With stunning sets and incredible acoustics, this a night to remember! For more information on Seating & Practical Advice.

For a flavour of this spectacle please click on the photo link to the right.

The Verona Opera Schedule runs from 17 June – 04 September 2022, however, we are now fully booked for June and July. Schedule:

AUGUST

Aida – 05, 21, 28
La Traviata – 06, 20
Turandot – 07, 10, 13, 19, 26
Carmen – 11, 14, 27
Carmina Burana – 12
Nabucco – 18
Domingo in Verdi Opera Night – 25

SEPTEMBER

La Traviata – 01
Turandot – 02
Nabucco – 03
Aida – 04

Video and Photos 1-6 inclusive opposite, copyrighted to Fondazione Arena di Verona.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting
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Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting

We have two great options for you. The first is for those wine connoisseurs. Located within walking distance of your hotel is this small family run restaurant. The Maitre will take you to the cellar and introduce you to 3-4 wines.

Alternatively, if you have done a wine tasting tour before and want to skip straight to the tasting part, why not combine with a meal, and sampling the wines with each course.

Price Per Person: From £50 for Wine Tasting

Price Per Person: From £95 for Wine Tasting with Lunch

Price Per Person: From £110 for Wine Tasting with Dinner

Wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona
Wine tasting, Italy
Meal in the wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona

Day 3
Day at Leisure

Day 3
Day at Leisure

Day at leisure to make further use of your Verona Pass Card, or alternatively why not opt for one of our Optional Extras listed below.

We would particularly recommend our Lake Garda day trip, which includes a guided tour of Garda Island and time to explore Sirmione.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Verona - Lake Garda Boat Trip
  • Verona - Villa del Quar Tasting Menu
  • Verona - Second night at the Opera
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Verona - Lake Garda Boat Trip

This is our most popular tour and with good reason. You take a private transfer to the pier where you will join a public boat, to be taken across the scenic lake arriving at the privately owned Isola del Garda.

Once there you will be given a tour of the island, perhaps even by the Borghese Cavazza family themselves, and get to learn the history of the island. The tour will include the neo gothic Venetian style villa, the landscaped luscious gardens and the fantastic view over the lake, along with tasting some of the local wine and olive oil.

After arriving back on the mainland, your private transfer will take you to Sirmione, a mediaeval castle town where you can wander at your leisure through the town, purchase some souvenirs and enjoy lunch. We recommend La Speranzina Restaurant which boasts beautiful views over the lake.

Your private transfer will return you to your hotel late afternoon.

Price Per Person: From £245

Garda Island
Sirmione, Lake Garda
Sirmione, Lake Garda

Verona - Villa del Quar Tasting Menu

A short private transfer will take you to Villa del Quar, a Renaissance villa set in the heart of the Italian countryside, surrounded by open fields and vineyards.

You will be able to sample a super 4-5 course tasting meal. After, your private transfer will return you to your hotel.

Please note we can also arrange wine tastings in the cellar upon request.

Price Per Person: From £145

Gardens at Villa del Quar, Lake Garda
Outdoor dining at Villa del Quar, Lake Garda
Lounge area at Villa del Quar, Lake Garda

Verona - Second night at the Opera

If one opera experience is not enough, then why not add a second night on (schedule and availability permitting).

Price Per Person: From £200

Verona Opera arena
Turandot performance at the Arena di Verona
The Barber of Seville, Verona

Day 4
Train Transfer to Venice and Private Watertaxi Transfer to your hotel

Day 4
Train Transfer to Venice and Private Watertaxi Transfer to your hotel

Private transfer to the train station and first class train to Venice. (Around 1¼ hrs train transfer time.)

On arrival in Venice your private watertaxi transfer will transport you to your hotel.

Staying at 5 Star Hotel Metropole located with beautiful views over San Giorgio Island and the Grand Canal, this hotel is a 10min walk to St Mark’s Square. For the ultimate treat, why not upgrade to a deluxe lagoon view room.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Venice - Upgrade Hotel Metropole Deluxe Lagoon View Room
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Venice - Upgrade Hotel Metropole Deluxe Lagoon View Room

Hotel Metropole is ideally located on the grand canal, but only a deluxe lagoon view room will provide you with a fantastic vista of San Giorgio Island and the lagoon. The rooms are larger and feature further intricate Venetian design and detail.

Price Per Person: From £120 per person per night

Deluxe Lagoon view room at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Outdoor dining at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Executive room with lagoon view at Hotel Metropole, Venice

Day 5
Day at Leisure

Day 5
Day at Leisure

Start exploring Venice with your St Mark’s Pass Card, which allows free beat the queues access to both the Basilica and the Doges Palace.

Rest of day at leisure. There are plenty of things to do in Venice.

Alternatively choose from one of the Optional Extras listed below. We would particularly recommend a gondola ride or an opera night at La Fenice.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Venice - Private Highlights Tour
  • Venice - Lagoon Island Regular Excursion
  • Venice - Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
  • Venice - Gondola Ride
  • Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House
  • Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
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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: £230 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 £170 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 - 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.

Please note there are very limited tickets for opera/ballet events prior to March. If there is a performance you would like to see in January and February, please let us know and we will check with our supplier.

 

March:

Le Baruffe (Battistelli) – 02, 04

 

April:

I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata (Verdi) – 01, 03, 05, 07, 09

Faust (Guonod) – 22, 24, 26, 28, 30

 

There are no performances in May and August.

 

June:

Peter Grimes (Britten) – 24, 26, 29

 

July:

Peter Grimes (Britten) – 02, 05

 

September:

Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – 10, 16, 18, 20, 22

Il Trovatore (Verdi) – 11, 15, 17, 21, 23

 

October:

La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti) – 14, 16, 18, 20, 22

 

Price Per Person: From £255.

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.

La Traviata – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
The Barber of Seville – Wednesdays and Sundays
Rigoletto – Fridays

Price: £100 per person.

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

Day 6
Private Watertaxi Airport Transfer for flight home

Day 6
Private Watertaxi Airport Transfer for flight home

Private watertaxi transfer to the airport for your flight home after your Verona Opera and Venice Short Break.

Alternatively, why not enjoy an extra few days in Milan. Home to Leonardo da Vinci’s controversial The Last Supper fresco, one of the best opera houses in the world; La Scala and some of the best designer shops in Europe. Finish your trip on Lake Como for a truly first class experience!

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Hotel Firenze - Verona (4 Star)

Exterior of Hotel Firenze, Verona
Standard room at Hotel Firenze, Verona
Reception at Hotel Firenze, Verona
Breakfast room at Hotel Firenze, Verona

Hotel Firenze - Verona (4 Star)

The Hotel Firenze is located in Corso Porta Nuova. From this elegant hotel, guests can reach all the most important monuments and touristic places of the city:

the Arena, the House and Tomb of Juliet, the Roman Theatre, Castelvecchio with its unique military bridge and Scaligeri Arches along with the tombs of the medieval Signoria family.

All rooms have recently been refurbished, have air conditioning and bathrooms either with Jacuzzi or shower with steam sauna.

This hotel is only a 10 minute walk from the Arena.

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Hotel Accademia - Verona (4 Star)

Exterior for Hotel Accademia, Verona
Superior room at Hotel Accademia, Verona
Double standard room at Hotel Accademia, Verona
Restaurant at Hotel Accademia, Verona

Hotel Accademia - Verona (4 Star)

The Accademia Hotel is in the centre of Verona. The hotel is in the heart of the exclusive shopping area of Verona, conveniently positioned between the Brà Square with the Arena and Erbe Square with Giulietta's House and balcony.

All rooms are spacious and feature air conditioning.

A breakfast buffet is served every morning and includes both sweet and savoury options. Restaurant Accademia specialises in Veneto food and wine, with meals prepared with fresh local products.

This is our most popular hotel for Verona, which consistently comes out top on fantastic feedback.

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Hotel Metropole - Venice (5 Star)

Standard double room at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Deluxe Lagoon view room at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Executive room with lagoon view at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Restaurant at Hotel Metropole, Venice

Hotel Metropole - Venice (5 Star)

An unforgettable view over the lagoon, only a few steps from Piazza San Marco, within easy reach of the most stylish shops, and close to the Art and Architectural Biennales.

This hotel offers exclusive suites and elegant salons.

It has a web of enchantment, a seductive ambiance and an aura of mystery and exoticism. The hotel has period furniture, soft music and relaxing perfumes, which enhance your feeling of relaxation.

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Hotel Bonvecchiati - Venice (4 Star)

Hotel Bonvecchiati, Venice entrance
Standard room at Hotel Bonvecchiati, Venice
Hotel Bonvecchiati, Venice outdoor dining
Reception at Hotel Bonvecchiati, Venice

Hotel Bonvecchiati - Venice (4 Star)

Refined elegance, comfort and exclusive services at the Hotel Bonvecchiati which has been welcoming guests to the heart of Venice since 1790, is just 3 minutes from Saint Mark's Square and 5 from the Rialto Bridge.

There is a water landing for gondolas and motor boats and a romantic restaurant on the terrace.

The rooms at the Bonvecchiati Hotel are in the Venetian style of the best historic hotels in Venice: classic decorations with a modern touch, luxury bathrooms, comfort and services that are a must for the best international 4-star hotels in Venice.

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Westin Europa & Regina - Venice (5 Star)

External shot of Westin Europa and Regina, Venice
Room with balcony at Westin Europa and Regina, Venice
Outdoor dining at Westin Europa and Regina, Venice
View of St Marks from Westin Europa and Regina, Venice

Westin Europa & Regina - Venice (5 Star)

The Westin Europa & Regina, Venice is centrally located in Corte Barozzi, overlooking the Grand Canal and in the most exclusive shopping district in Venice and a just short walk from the La Fenice Opera House and St. Mark's Square.

The hotel offers traditional beauty combined with contemporary conveniences.

Each of the five magnificently restored historic buildings date from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Enjoy cuisine at the waterside Restaurant or simply sit on the Grand Canal Terrace and breathe in the local atmosphere.

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Optional Extras
Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting
Wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona

We have two great options for you. The first is for those wine connoisseurs. Located within walking distance of your hotel is this small family run restaurant. The Maitre will take you to the cellar and introduce you to 3-4 wines.

Alternatively, if you have done a wine tasting tour before and want to skip straight to the tasting part, why not combine with a meal, and sampling the wines with each course.

Price Per Person: From £50 for Wine Tasting

Price Per Person: From £95 for Wine Tasting with Lunch

Price Per Person: From £110 for Wine Tasting with Dinner

Verona - Lake Garda Boat Trip
Garda Island

This is our most popular tour and with good reason. You take a private transfer to the pier where you will join a public boat, to be taken across the scenic lake arriving at the privately owned Isola del Garda.

Once there you will be given a tour of the island, perhaps even by the Borghese Cavazza family themselves, and get to learn the history of the island. The tour will include the neo gothic Venetian style villa, the landscaped luscious gardens and the fantastic view over the lake, along with tasting some of the local wine and olive oil.

After arriving back on the mainland, your private transfer will take you to Sirmione, a mediaeval castle town where you can wander at your leisure through the town, purchase some souvenirs and enjoy lunch. We recommend La Speranzina Restaurant which boasts beautiful views over the lake.

Your private transfer will return you to your hotel late afternoon.

Price Per Person: From £245

Verona - Villa del Quar Tasting Menu
Gardens at Villa del Quar, Lake Garda

A short private transfer will take you to Villa del Quar, a Renaissance villa set in the heart of the Italian countryside, surrounded by open fields and vineyards.

You will be able to sample a super 4-5 course tasting meal. After, your private transfer will return you to your hotel.

Please note we can also arrange wine tastings in the cellar upon request.

Price Per Person: From £145

Verona - Second night at the Opera
Verona Opera arena

If one opera experience is not enough, then why not add a second night on (schedule and availability permitting).

Price Per Person: From £200

Venice - Upgrade Hotel Metropole Deluxe Lagoon View Room
Deluxe Lagoon view room at Hotel Metropole, Venice

Hotel Metropole is ideally located on the grand canal, but only a deluxe lagoon view room will provide you with a fantastic vista of San Giorgio Island and the lagoon. The rooms are larger and feature further intricate Venetian design and detail.

Price Per Person: From £120 per person per night

Venice - Private Highlights Tour
Autumn in St Mark's Square, Venice

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: £230 per person

Venice - Lagoon Island Regular Excursion
Murano Island, Venice

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

Venice - Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
Murano Island, Venice

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 £170 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.

Venice - Gondola Ride
Gondola, Venice

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

Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House
La Fenice opera house, Venice

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.

Please note there are very limited tickets for opera/ballet events prior to March. If there is a performance you would like to see in January and February, please let us know and we will check with our supplier.

 

March:

Le Baruffe (Battistelli) – 02, 04

 

April:

I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata (Verdi) – 01, 03, 05, 07, 09

Faust (Guonod) – 22, 24, 26, 28, 30

 

There are no performances in May and August.

 

June:

Peter Grimes (Britten) – 24, 26, 29

 

July:

Peter Grimes (Britten) – 02, 05

 

September:

Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – 10, 16, 18, 20, 22

Il Trovatore (Verdi) – 11, 15, 17, 21, 23

 

October:

La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti) – 14, 16, 18, 20, 22

 

Price Per Person: From £255.

Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
Musica a Palazzo, Venice

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.

La Traviata – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
The Barber of Seville – Wednesdays and Sundays
Rigoletto – Fridays

Price: £100 per person.

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Reviews & Feedback

Testimonials

The trip was every bit as good as we had hoped to Verona and Venice. Both hotels were excellent and staff in both extremely helpful and accommodating. We both thoroughly enjoyed the trip, the service received during booking and your support have been first class and would recommend it as something to do for all! Many thanks again for your help in making the arrangements, a great service indeed!

Brian

We were extremely pleased with the Verona - Venice 5 day break you arranged for us. The organisation from start to finish was of a high standard. The two hotels were very good especially the Accademia hotel in Verona. All transfers went well and we enjoyed both cities. We will certainly use your company again in the future.

Alun & Julia

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What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Best Seats in the arena (Complimentary Free Upgrade)
  • Verona & Venice Pass Cards
  • 4 Star Centrally Located Hotels
  • Flights from the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)

Departure airport:
Gatwick everyday
Manchester
London Stansted
Birmingham – Wed & Sat only (both ways)
Edinburgh – Wed & Sat only (both ways)
Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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