• Explore Venice’s mosaics, monasteries and magnificent artistic creations during Advent
• Visit the beautiful Ca’ Rezzonico, a museum of 18th century art and furniture housed in a palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal
• Enjoy a visit by private boat to the island of San Francesco del Deserto for a guided tour of the monastery
is an art and architectural historian associated with the Foundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens
Flight from London Gatwick to Venice. Transfer by water taxi to Hotel Ca’ dei Conti for six nights.
Morning visits to Doge’s Palace and Museo di San Marco (famous bronze horses and Treasury). Afternoon: San Giorgio Maggiore for Palladio church (Tintoretto) followed by visit to San Zaccaria. Evening lecture.
Morning: Galleria dell’Accademia (largest single collection of Venetian art). Afternoon visits to Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni (paintings by Carpaccio), Dominican Church of Saints Giovanni & Paolo (San Zanipolo, fine altarpieces) and Santa Maria dei Miracoli (exquisite early Renaissance church). Evening lecture.
Morning: Gothic Ca’ d’Oro (Franchetti collection of paintings), Church of Santa Maria Assunta (known as I Gesuiti, with stunning Baroque interior), Gothic Church of Madonna del Orto. Afternoon visit to Jewish Museum followed by coffee & cake at Ca’ Sagredo (fully restored palace on the Grand Canal). Free evening.
Morning: Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (Franciscan church, Titian and Bellini altarpieces), Scuola Grande di San Rocco (Tintoretto). Afternoon: Scuole Grande dei Carmini (Tiepolo frescoes) and Church of San Sebastiano (Veronese).
Island of San Francesco del Deserto for guided tour of Franciscan monastery, followed by island of Torcello for Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (vivid Byzantine mosaics). Afternoon on island of Burano: Lace Museum and San Martino Burano. Independent dinner followed by private evening visit to Basilica di San Marco (subject to confirmation).
Morning: Ca’ Rezzonico (beautiful museum of 18th century Venice). Transfer by water taxi to Venice airport for flight to London Gatwick.
14 Dec — 20 Dec 2021
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"Tom Abbott, the tour director, was extraordinarily knowledgeable, very articulate and great fun!"
ACE customer on a 2019 tour with Tom Abbott
Please note that a good level of fitness is required for this tour, as many of our visits will be made on foot, and will involve navigating steps and bridges. A number of journeys will be made by boat, so participants must feel comfortable on water and when embarking and disembarking boats, which may be rocking.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £170.
Cost of £2350 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, four dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £310.