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VENETO - Palladio & Prosecco – The best of Veneto - 6 Days

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From 414 € per person

• Professional English speaking tour guide
• Wide range of hotels for all budgets
• Visit Brenta River, Bassano and Venice in one tour

Day 1
Arrive at the hotel and enjoy evening dinner.

Day 2
After breakfast we head off for our excursion along the picturesque Brenta Canal. This is where the Venetian aristocracy built their summer residences, and there are more than 200 villas set along this imposing waterway. The Brenta Riviera is where the natural beauty of the surroundings and the magnificent architecture of the villas balance perfectly. We will hop on a boat in Stra to enjoy a cruise along the Canal passing by important villas with their pristine gardens. We will take a break in the pretty village of Dolo accompanied by our tour guide who will show us the the old stone watermills and the old boatyard where gondolas were once repaired. After free time for a bite to eat – there are many little cafés and seafood restaurants here – we can stretch our legs before continuing our cruise towards Malcontenta where we will see the magnificent Villa Foscari, one of Palladio’s most important mansions. We will then return to the hotel by coach.

Day 3
This morning we head off for a drive along the Prosecco Wine Road, which starts in Conegliano and winds on through the gently rolling hills to Valdobbiadene. In 1966 this route became the first wine road in Italy and in 2019 the vineyards here gained recognition as a UNESCO World heritage site for their exceptional historical value and excellent continuance of the unique traditions used in cultivating their special wine. As we drive through the verdant countryside dotted with villas and castles, we stop at a local winery for a visit and a tasting of this wonderful sparkling wine.

We then head off to the medieval town of Bassano del Grappa which takes its name from Mount Grappa closeby and is renowned for its wooden pontoon bridge built by Palladio in the 16th century. The town centre is very pretty with Venetian-style arcaded streets and squares and wooden Alpine balconies studded here and there which give the town an Austrian touch. Grappa, the famous strong Italian spirit made from grapes, has its origins here. A visit to Bassano would not be complete without trying this firewater, so we will stop for a tasting before travelling back to the hotel.

Day 4
This morning we set off by train to Venice. A boat transfer will take us from Venice station to the centre of this unique city. Venice is built on 118 islands which are connected by more than 400 bridges. During our morning walking tour our guide will bring this remarkable city to life as we take in St. Mark’s Square with its magnificent Byzantine Basilica, the lavish Doge’s Palace, and the famous Bridge of Sighs nearby (external viewings only). In the afternoon we can dive into the history of this romantic city on our own, exploring the narrow cobblestone allies or shopping for unique crafts and souvenirs, before returning by boat and train to our hotel.

Day 5
Today is free to do as you please. You might like to take a stroll in the unspoilt surroundings or simply sip a frothy cappuccino at a local café.

Day 6
After breakfast we depart for home.

 

5 x HB with international buffet breakfast
5 x 3-course dinners (drinks extra)

 

FD excursion to the River Brenta & Palladian Villas, including
FD English-speaking tour guide
Boat ride on the River Brenta, from Stra to Malcontenta
Entrance ticket to Palladio’s Villa Malcontenta

FD excursion to the Prosecco area & Bassano del Grappa, including
FD English-speaking tour guide
Prosecco tasting at a local cellar
Typical grappa tasting in Bassano

FD excursion to Venice by train, including
Return train ride from the local station to Venice
Return boat ride from Venice station to St. Mark’s Square
2hr English-speaking private guide for Venice walking tour

 

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11-04-2023 - 16-07-2023 | 6 Days

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  • per person in a twin/double room
    414 €

Additional services

  • Single room supplement per person
    30 €

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