Venice tailor-made holidays
Venice, on the Adriatic Sea in Italy's northeast, is a floating treasure-trove containing more works of artistic and historical significance per square metre than any other city in the world.
Venice has continuously enchanted travellers, painters, musicians and poets with its maze of narrow calli (alleyways), profusion of luxury hotels, exquisite fresh seafood, finely-wrought architecture... and most of all, its incomparable sense of romance. When you visit Venice, prepare to lose yourself in the warren of cobbled alleys and narrow canals that connect the neighbourhoods, or sestrieri – it's all part of the experience.
Venice comprises 118 small islands, making the best way to explore the ‘city of water' a water taxi or water bus (vaporetto). Gondola rides down the famous Grand Canal, which weaves through the heart of Venice, are an iconic way to travel – though locals tend to stick to public transportation.
Venice has an abundance of attractions, but the must-sees include the magnificent Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), the spectacularly carved Rialto Bridge with its vibrant markets, the bustling Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square) and the Basilica San Marco, which is said to contain the bones of St Mark, the founder of Venice. There is an abundance of five-star hotels in Venice, including the opulent 12th century Luna Hotel Baglioni, former home of the Knights of Templar, and the Hotel Daniele, a 14th century restored palace on the waterfront.
For a day trip, take a ferry from the Lido to the artisan islands of Burano, a pretty island in the northern part of the lagoon famous for the production of delicate lace, and Murano, the centre of Venice's glass blowing trade.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Travel to Venice in style aboard the world's most elegant and legendary train, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, for a romantic journey across Europe to some of Italy's most beautiful destinations. Leave London and cross the channel before boarding this luxurious train, which will take you to the medieval city of Verona, near Lake Garda in northern Italy, famous for its ancient opera house the Verona Arena, and then on to Venice.
Special offers in Venice
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Book by: 31 March 2019
Rest your eyes from Venice’s Baroque grandeur with L’Orologio’s impeccably minimalist style, host to innovative art works, an elegant theme and Grand Canal views.
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Book by: 30 April 2019
This 4-day journey is the just-as spectacular reverse of London to Venice onboard the esteemed Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You’ll start in Venice’s Gothic splendours, staying in a charming canalside hotel, before enjoying white-glove service as you speed through the picturesque Austrian Alps.
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Discover the best of the Med as you sail between Venice and Barcelona with Oceania. Our offer includes airfare and FREE Unlimited Internet, plus choose from free tours, drinks or onboard spending money.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Seabourn Cruise
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Start your Adriatic adventure in luxury as you embark the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train from London to Verona. Enjoy twodays in this romantic city before making your way to Venice.
Top itineraries in Venice
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – the very name conjures up images of 19th-century splendour, of silent film stars and Agatha Christie. All of the glamour and mystique still lingers, the white-gloved service as faultless as one could hope for from the world's most famous train ride.
Explore Venice and its island surrounds in style while staying in Grand Canal luxury. Along with flights, private transfers and a choice of hotels, we've included a host of experiences, from gondola rides and lagoon cruises to an expert-led city tour.
Explore the iconic sights, fabulous architecture, gourmet restaurants and world-class museums and galleries of Rome, Venice and Florence on this classic tailor-made holiday.
Top places to stay in Venice
Just a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco, Baglioni Hotel Luna looks out towards the island of San Giorgio, across the lagoon and the San Marco Basin in Venice.
This 15th century private palazzo is a favourite among discerning travellers and Condé Nast’s judges alike.
Spread over three palaces – 14th, 17th and 19th century iterations – art and antiques ensure a historically luxurious stay worthy of the Venetian aristocracy.
When to go to Venice
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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Meet our Venice experts
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