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Magical Culinary Excursion through Venice

(Add this Venice Excursion to any Italy or Croatia tour to extend your vacation!)

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$1,598 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
4 days | 3 nights

A Three-Night, Four-Day Excursion
Through the Streets and Canals of Venice

Spend four marvelous days strolling the cobblestone streets of Venice, enjoying an insider's view of this majestic city. From the Doges Palace and Rialto Markets to St. Mark's Square, you will be exposed to the region's most important sites, taking full advantage of geography and time. Venice is the capital of northern Italy's Veneto region, and is built on more than 100 small islands and a web of canals. From the Campanile di San Marco, to the Ponte di Rialto and its stunning views of the Grand Canal lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces, the word breathtaking doesn't begin to define the beauty you will find around every corner. In addition to amazing cultural experiences, your excursion is also designed as an introduction to this foodie paradise, with insider access to the markets and a historical journey into Venetian cuisine. You will employ all your senses while exploring this magical city. You may also wish to spend some of your free time exploring Murano (known for its glass-making) or Burano (known for its lace-making). Come join us for a few fabulous days in Venice!

Magical Culinary Excursion through Venice

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
3 Nights Venice Accommodations
Breakfast Daily at the Hotel
Guided Sweet History of Venice Tour
Guided Doges Palace Secret Itinerary Tour
Guided Rialto Markets Tour
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
Offered year-round based on your travel dates. All excursions are based on availability at the time of booking.
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Arrival and Check-In Welcome to the legendary city of Venice! Your hotel is located just steps from Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) and Teatro la Fenice, and only 10 minutes away from Ponte di Rialto. Your home during this excursion sits facing Calle Larga XXII Marzo, a broad street filled with high end shopping, luxury boutiques, art galleries and glassmaker workshops. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own. You'll find quite a number of excellent choices just a few steps from your hotel.
Day 2
Venetian Breakfast Buffet We have reserved a table with a view for you, overlooking a typical Venetian canal where the gondolas silently sail by, in a magical atmosphere. This is a great way to start your day, where your senses are aroused by a rich buffet of croissants, hot bread and homemade cakes, mixed cold cuts, mozzarella cheese with tomatoes and other tasty dishes.
Guided Foodie Tour – A Sweet History of Venice This fascinating, culinary sojourn dips into the sweet history of sugar in Venice, the biscuits, the coffee houses and of course the ice cream, for which the city is famous. Pastry chefs used to be called scaleter (after their habit of cutting a ladder pattern "scala" on sweet pastries) and have a long history of baking in the city. Venetian biscuits were famously used by the Venetian Navy with many state-owned bakeries located in the Arsenal area, home of the fleet. Discover a historic city bakery, a coffee house and the rich history of sweets in Venice with your local guide as you enjoy tastings together with the sights. (Afternoon and Evening Free)
Day 3
Venetian Breakfast Buffet We have reserved a table with a view for you, overlooking a typical Venetian canal where the gondolas silently sail by, in a magical atmosphere. This is a great way to start your day, where your senses are aroused by a rich buffet of croissants, hot bread and homemade cakes, mixed cold cuts, mozzarella cheese with tomatoes and other tasty dishes.
Guided Cultural Tour – Doges Palace Today you will discover the heart of the historic power in Venice – The Doges Palace. This private tour includes the archives and administrative rooms not open to the public, where you can discover insights into the administration of the city state. Follow in the footsteps of Casanova as you visit the cells from which the famous lothario, Giacomo Casanova escaped, and walk over (yes "over") the magnificent ceiling of the Grand Council Chamber. Later you can explore the public rooms with a chance to see the Grand Council Chamber decorated with Tintoretto's immense painting of Paradise, the largest oil painting in the world. (Afternoon and Evening Free)
Day 4
Venetian Breakfast Buffet We have reserved a table with a view for you, overlooking a typical Venetian canal where the gondolas silently sail by, in a magical atmosphere. This is a great way to start your day, where your senses are aroused by a rich buffet of croissants, hot bread and homemade cakes, mixed cold cuts, mozzarella cheese with tomatoes and other tasty dishes.
Guided Markets Tour with Tastings In this Merchants of Venice tour, enjoy a trip to the belly of Venice exploring the Rialto Markets. Learn the secrets of the day's catch and enjoy the sights and sounds of this historic city center market before a light lunch and cichete. For centuries Venetian merchants would talk business over cicchetti and ombra – a euphemism referring to grabbing a quick bite and something to drink in the shade. This Venetian style tapas is traditionally served in "bacari" where you can still enjoy these bite-sized delicacies, including tiny tramezzini, triangular sandwiches stuffed to bursting.
Check-Out and Departure While your mini-vacation to Venice comes to an end way too fast, you should have a wealth of memories to pack for your journey home, or to other points throughout Italy. We have arranged for storage of your luggage until you are ready to depart for the airport or train station by waterbus.
Hotel Violino D'Oro
Welcome to Hotel Violino D'Oro, a superior 3-star hotel in the heart of Venice, just steps away from San Marco, where you can take refuge and just relax after a day filled with history, art and glamor. The multilingual staff are eager to make your vacation in this lagoon city a truly unforgettable experience. Each classic room is spacious and furnished with Venetian-style décor, with all the best comforts, quiet and relaxing, just perfect for your short stay in Venice. The interior of the hotel features exposed wood beams and crystal chandeliers. The rooms offer air conditioning, private bathroom with bathtub/shower and satellite TV. WiFi throughout the hotel is free.
Venice, Italy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
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