Day 1 Venice
Arrive Venice any time. As your fellow travellers are arriving throughout the day, there are no planned activities, so check-in to the hotel (check-in time is approx 3pm) and enjoy the city. In the evening meet your fellow group members at 6pm to go over the details of your trip. Check the notice boards or ask at reception for the exact location of this group meeting. After the meeting, you can head out for a meal at a local restaurant with the group (optional). Please make every effort to arrive on time for this important group meeting. If you are delayed please telephone or send a message to the contact numbers in your trip notes. Your CEO will leave you a message at the front desk.
Days 2-4 Venice Carnival (3B,1D)
Set out with your CEO on an orientation walk of Venice to appreciate the unique nature of this city on water. You will see plenty of people in Carnival costume around and we will have the chance to participate in some of the street events which accompany Carnival (for instance, stalls with local food and wine produce, cooking demonstrations, Carnival games). We will also visit St Mark's Basilica.
On Day 3 we take a day trip by vaporetto to the islands. There is Murano, famous for its unrivalled glass-blowing skills; Burano, the archetypal sleepy fishing village with its startlingly bright painted houses; and Torcello, home to the ancient Basilica with remarkable Byzantime mosaics.
Day 4 is our final day in Venice and we make the most of the opportunity to join in the Carnival spirit by mingling with the crowds and soaking up the atmosphere. Don't forget your camera, Carnival is a photographer's dream!
We will finish off this final day with a Venetian feast to end our short but sweet Carnival experience in style.
Day 5 Venice (1B)
Depart at any time.