Winter in Italy with Venice Carnival

9 days,Rome to Venice

Revel with the Venetians through the lively streets of Venice Carnival, explore Florence's museums and markets, set eyes on the Leaning Tower of Pisa, savour a local meal in Rome.

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Peel back the mask and uncover the secrets of Venice during the legendary Carnival. From the marvels of St Mark's Square to the exuberant crowds in full costume, Venice is a feast for the senses. Feel the pull of mystery at the Bridge of Sighs and visit the tiny fishermen's island of Burano, known for its lace-making and painted houses. Explore Byzantine basilicas and the famous traditional glass-blowing studios of Murano. And of course, immerse yourself in the sounds and energy of the crowds on festival night. Add in the highlight cities of Rome and Florence and you have a trip you'll never forget.

What's Included

  • Traditional local dinner (Rome)
  • Orientation walk in Florence
  • Day trip to Pisa
  • Three nights in Venice for carnival, including Fat Tuesday
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner. (Allow EUR250-360 for meals not included.)
  • Train, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Standard Hotel (8 nts).

Day 1Rome

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Rome(1B, 1D)

Take an orientation walk of the Eternal City before enjoying a free day to explore a myriad of options. Opt to tour Vatican City, cross the river to charming Trastevere, eat some gelato in Piazza Navona, or swing by the Colosseum and Forum. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal.

Day 3Rome/Florence(1B)

Travel to Tuscany and settle into Florence for three days of exploring. Visit the leather markets, the stunning Duomo, or the famous Ponte Vecchio. Above all, be prepared to eat well.

Day 4Florence(1B)

Opt to visit the city's famous museums like the Uffizzi or the Accademia to see Michelangelo's 'David' or the Mercato Centrale. Above all, be prepared to eat well.

Day 5Florence(1B)

Take a day trip to Pisa to marvel at the leaning tower and beautiful church.

Day 6Florence/Venice(1B)

Continue on to Venice, a unique and magical city that comes alive during 'carnevale'. Spend time getting to know its hidden streets and canals.

Days 7–8Venice(1B)

Put on a traditional mask and join the other revellers in wandering the labyrinthine streets. Drink mulled wine and walk over bridges and canals until you reach the big party in St Mark's Square.

Day 9Venice(1B)

Depart at any time.

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