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Venice & islands

Italy's floating treasure-trove

Italy tailor-made holidays & Venice city breaks


Italy’s great arrogance was to site one of its finest cities atop a lagoon – a labyrinth of laneways and waterways fringed with aristocratic excess. Our collection of Venice holidays include stays in the city’s finest hotels, all handpicked by our experts. There’s even the chance to arrive in unmatched style aboard one of the world’s greatest luxury trains – the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Venice’s rich history

Venice’s mercantile past has brought in great wealth over its near 1,400-year history as a once all-powerful republic. Its unique position and progressive innovations both economic and technological led to privileged relations with such far-flung exoticisms as Asia, Egypt and the Byzantium Empire.

Maybe it’s this unheralded level of influence that lead to the sheer audacity of building a floating city of marble palaces, gilded basilicas and treasure-trove art galleries where the main thoroughfares are grand canals and back alleys wind past hidden churches. Whatever the reason, today the city's waterways are a joy to explore, whether on a traditional gondola punt or by the ubiquitous vaporetto water taxis that ply the waters of the Grand Canal and out to the islands of the Venetian Lagoon.

Traditional punts on the canals of Venice
Punting in Venice

Venice’s standout art, culture and cuisine

It’s this rich history that’s informed not only the architecture – the golden Byzantine mosaics of the St. Mark’s Basilica are particularly impressive – but the celebrated cuisine too. Exotic flavours hint at ancient spice routes while just-caught seafood represents more local contributions.

And, in fact, much of Venice’s beauty is home-grown unique, best exemplified by the Doge’s Palace. This Gothic palazzo hides a stunning array of whole-wall paintings and frescoed ceilings behind an elaborately arched façade; needless to say, it overlooks sweeping, watery vistas.

Exterior of Doge's Palace, Grand Canal, Venice
Doge's Palace, Venice

Amazing hotels and journeys to remember

Indeed, it’s this unashamed sense of grandeur that’s reflected in the city’s present-day collection of hotels, from the Baroque sensibilities of the iconic Cipriani and Baglioni Hotel Luna to the three-palace setting of the world-renowned Danieli.

And, what better way to arrive in this city of extravagance than on board the world’s most glamourous train? We’ve got a full range of breaks travelling aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, from the classic London to Venice route to trips combining Italy’s great lakes and its capital of opera – Verona.

The Danieli, Venice

The Venetian Islands

Where most cities dissolve into an endless urban sprawl, Venice’s suburbs consist of a series of picturesque islands floating in the azure waters of its lagoon. It’s a delightful setting for day trips out of the city, taking in such star attractions as Burano, famed for its colourful houses and homespun restaurants serving up delicious seafood feasts, and Murano, whose workshops are responsible for some of the world’s most ornate glasswork.

Other favourites include Guidecca, which offers arguably the best views of Venice from afar, and Torcello, whose 12th-century mosaics are the oldest and most intricate in this corner of Italy.

Burano, Italy


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Venice, Italy

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to London

4-day tailor-made holiday from £4,425 pp incl. flights


Exclusive savings – Save up to £835pp
Book by: 30 June 2024

After a stay in a canal-side palace, reached by private water taxi, indulge with bar-car drinks and fine dining as you sweep across the snow-dusted Alps and through the heart of western Europe.

Grand Canal, Venice

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & the Jewels of Italy's Veneto

12-day luxury rail & river cruise holiday from £9,140 pp incl. flights

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Early booking offer – Save up to £490pp
Book by: 30 June 2024

Experience the world’s most iconic train, a luxurious stay in Verona and an all-inclusive, Uniworld Italian cruise, all wrapped up in one luxury holiday. Expect the finest service throughout.

Burano at sunset, Italy

Venice & The Jewels of Veneto

8-day luxury river cruise from £2,295 pp incl. flights

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Save up to £1,000 pp off selected 2024 departures
Book by: 30 June 2024

Sail among the treasures of Northern Italy in style on this all-inclusive cruise with Uniworld. Expect exceptional cuisine, curated excursions and the finest service.

St Mark's Square, Venice

Jewels of Italy's Veneto cruise & Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

11-day luxury rail & river cruise holiday from £7,800 pp incl. flights

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Sail among the treasures of Northern Italy in style on this all-inclusive cruise with Uniworld, then board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express after a luxury stay in Verona for the ultimate rail and cruise pairing.

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Prosecco & Venice: Wine regions of Italy

5-day tailor-made city-break from £1,840 pp incl. flights

Combine the hills and vineyards of the Prosecco region with Venice and its island surrounds. Along with flights, private drivers transfers and hotels, we've included a host of experiences including Prosecco tastings.

Roman Forum, Rome

The Italian Job: Rome, Florence & Venice

6-day tailor-made holiday from £1,460 pp incl. flights

Explore the iconic sights, grand architecture, gourmet restaurants and world-class museums and galleries of Rome, Venice and Florence on this classic tailor-made holiday.

Tulip season, Netherlands

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & AmaWaterways: Venice & Tulips

12-day luxury rail & cruise holiday from £9,600 pp incl. flights

Board the Venice Simplon-Orient Express from Venice to Amsterdam, followed by a luxury river cruise with AmaWaterways to discover Dutch tulip season.

View over the D-day beaches at Arromanches les Bains, Normandy, France

Normandy river cruise & the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

12-day luxury rail & river cruise holiday from £9,720 pp incl. flights

Combine the timeless elegance of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express with an indulgent river cruise along the Seine, visiting the historic Normandy beaches 80 years on from the D-Day landings.

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Top places to stay in Venice & islands

Baglioni Hotel Luna

Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice

3-night luxury holiday from £995 pp incl. flights & transfers

Just a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco, this leading luxury hotel looks out towards the island of San Giorgio, across the lagoon and the San Marco Basin in Venice.

Ca'Sagredo Portego Hall

Ca’Sagredo, Venice

3-night luxury holiday from £820 pp incl. flights & transfers

This 15th century private palazzo is a favourite among discerning travellers and Condé Nast’s judges alike.

Hotel Danieli

Hotel Danieli, Venice

Grand & elegant hotel

Spread over three palaces – 14th, 17th and 19th century iterations – art and antiques ensure a historically luxurious stay worthy of the Venetian aristocracy.

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Luxury train

Hark back to the golden age of travel with opulent private berths, fine dining experiences and stunning scenery.

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When to go to Venice & islands

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Most visitors to Venice will encounter rain at some point, though the famous acqua alta (high water) floods tend to occur in the months of November and December. The summer months see a sharp spike in temperature, as well as tourist crowds, so we recommend that for many the best time to visit Venice will be in the spring or autumn. Winter travellers may encounter snow, but it rarely lingers on the ground for longer than a few hours.

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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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