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2018 Venice in Winter

2018 Venice in Winter
31 January - 04 February 2018

This 4-night/5-day escorted tour takes​ ​​you into ​areas of Venice rarely visited by the groups of tourists which crowd around the main attractions. It also includes a number of visits to sights associated with composers such as Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Stravinsky and Britten. There will be visits to two operas, one at La Fenice and one in a local palazzo*. We will also attend a concert* in a typical Venetian church. 

Guided by Adrian Mourby, the renowned travel writer and novelist, ​we will also visit the historic backstreets of Castello, Cannaregio and San Marco, taking time to see the remarkable art work paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Tiepolo in Venice's beautiful churches.

Adrian Mourby’s third novel “Wishdaughter” was partly set in Venice and he has been visiting the city for 30 years.  “Venice in winter is particularly beautiful. If you are lucky enough to be here when it snows, then you are particularly blessed. Venice, which is never noisy once you leave San Marco, falls completely silent as footsteps are muffled by the snow and the Baroque buildings of the city are enhanced by being rendered in gorgeous black and white”.

The tour will be based in ​the family run hotel Palazzo San’ Antoni​n, beautifully situated on a minor canal​ but only a ten-minute walk from San Marco​.

*These two events are still subject to final confirmation.

PROVISONAL ITINERARY


DAY 1:  Wednesday 31 January

Depart London Heathrow airport on a British Airways morning flight to Venice. Private transfer from airport to hotel.  Light lunch ​o​n ​Riva degli Schiavoni followed by an introductory walk to Piazza SanMarco

Evening: Over a glass of prosecco Adrian will give a talk on today and on the next day’s tour.

8pm - Choice of a baroque concert [subject to confirmation] or dinner locally ​at Vecchio Canton close to the hotel. 

Day 2: Thursday 1 February

ARSENALE TO SAN FRANCESCO DELLA VIGNA

10am - A walk through the backstreets of Castello past the church where Vivaldi was baptised and down Riva degli Schiavoni as far as the Arsenale. Here Venice’s craftsman could build a warship in a day. We end this walk at the mighty  Church of San Francesco della Vigna and return to San Zaccaria by vaporetto.

1pm - Lunch ​in Castello ​followed by a free afternoon.

6pm – Depart for dinner via vaporetto to Locanda Montin in Dorsoduro​

6.30pm –   Dinner and talk by Adrian

8.30pm - ​Walk back across Academia Bridge to an opera performance ​by Musica a Palazzo in ​a local palazzo.

11pm walk back to hotel through Piazza San Marco 

DAY 3 : Friday 2 February

CASTELLO TO SANTI GIOVANNI e PAOLO

10am - A walk through the backstreets of Castello  ​to Rialto, past the famous Malibran Theatre and the Miracoli church and ​as far as “Zanipolo” the Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, the finest Gothic Church in Venice which contains the tombs of 25 doges and some splendid baroque altars.

Adrian will walk us back to Querini Stampalia. 

1pm- Lunch at the Querini Stanpalia, one of the most important 18C aristocratic Venetian mansions now a museum​. 

7pm - Over a glass of prosecco, Adrian will give a talk on today and on the next day’s tour. 

8pm - ​Free evening. Or, maybe a baroque concert. 

DAY 4 : Saturday 3 February

CANNAREGIO TO SAN MICHELE 

10am – Vaporetto to Madonna dell’ Orto and Campo dei Mori. Here in Cannaregio we will see the exterior of Tintoretto’s House, his tomb of Tintoretto and many of his best works in the beautiful Madonna dell’ Orto, much praised by John Ruskin.  We will then take a vaporetto over to the grave of Stravinsky on the cemetery island of San Michele.

1pm – Lunch and afternoon under own arrangements.

6pm : Dinner followed by Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Gran Teatro La Fenice [Conductor: Stefano Montanari. Staging: Bepi Morassi. Cast includes: Laura Verrechia, Giorgio Misseri, Omar Montanari and Bruno Tadia  with an introduction to the opera by Adrian.

DAY 5: Sunday 4 February

Private transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect with midday flight to London Heathrow airport.

5-Day Tour Price [per person]
£1,499.00

Supplement: Standard Double Room for Sole Use: £299.00

The price includes: Roundtrip economy air travel including prevailing taxes, roundtrip private transfers between airport and hotel, 4-nights’ accommodation based on two people sharing a deluxe double room, breakfast buffet daily, sightseeing tours as described, lunches [3] and dinners [3] as described, tickets for performance at Teatro La Fenice and palazzo opera, 3-day Vaporetto Pass, Venice City map.

This tour operates subject toi a minimum of 12 participants.

How to Book

Please contact Opera in Style [020 7629 5559] to check availability. Complete and return booking form with deposit of £450.00 per person.

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