The Art & Islands of Venice

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Venice & Teatro La Fenice

Scheduled flight to Venice from your preferred airport – transfer with our tour manager by water taxi into the heart of Venice – guided tour of the historic opera house of Teatro La Fenice dating back to 1789 – check in to the centrally located 3* Hotel Ala.

Day 2 – St Mark’s Square, the Basilica of St Mark & Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Guided tour explores St Mark’s Square, described by Napoleon as ‘the finest drawing room in Europe’, and the Basilica of St Mark which was built in the 10th century to house the body of St Mark the Evangelist – guided tour of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, home to more than 50 paintings by Tintoretto.

Day 3 – Gallerie dell’Accademia & Ca’ d’Oro

Guided tour of the Gallerie dell’Accademia to introduce us to the wonderful collection of Venetian art including works by Titian, Carpaccio, Tintoretto and Veronese – Ca’ d’Oro, the House of Gold, is one of the most beautiful Gothic palaces on the Grand Canal and home to an excellent art collection including works by Titian and Francesco Guardi.

Day 4 – Islands of the Venetian Lagoon

Full day private boat trip to the neighbouring islands just off Venice – Murano, the island famous for its glass making – Burano, the most colourful of the islands with brightly coloured houses and easily recognisable from the tilting tower of its church – Torcello, barely inhabited, whose central piazza and its ancient buildings are a haunting reminder of a bygone era.

Day 5 – Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Guided tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal, home to the most important collection in Italy of European and American art of the first half of the 20th century with works from Picasso, Mondrian, Dali and Pollock – water taxi to the airport for our scheduled flight back home.

Tour Features

All excursions & guided tours included

Professional tour manager

Scheduled flights to Venice

Water taxi transfers to/from Venice airport

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Teatro La Fenice - guided tour

Venice - St Mark’s Square & the Basilica of St Mark

Scuola Grande di San Rocco - guided tour

Gallerie dell’Accademia - guided tour 

Ca’ d’Oro - guided tour

Boat trip to the Islands of the Venetian Lagoon

Peggy Guggenheim Collection - guided tour


Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 3* Hotel Ala. Located only a short stroll from St Mark’s Square, the hotel has a bar and all rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Ca’ Rezzonico - a palazzo on the Grand Canal, now a museum dedicated to 18th century Venice
  • Punta della Dogana - the former customs house presents a permanent exhibition of works from the François Pinault Collection
  • Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo - built by the Dominicans in the 14th century, the city’s great Gothic church houses monuments to 25 doges
  • Museo Querini Stampalia - home to one of the richest art collections in Venice with works by artists such as Pietro Longhi, Gabriel Bella, Lorenzo di Credi and Luca Giordano
  • Palazzo Ducale - the Doge’s Palace was founded in the 9th century and was the official residence of the elected rulers of Venice

Tour Reviews

Reviews for The Art & Islands of Venice

Just wanted to say how well organised and interesting my trip to Venice was. Tom and Peter looked after us so well and Tom's memory is amazing, even very small details. Big thank you to you for arranging my flights out and in of Bristol airport - that worked well and thank you for the extra work. Best wishes to you and the Company.

FH, Cornwall February 2019


A quick thank you to you, Tom and Peter: we had a really memorable week in Venice. This is my second TT break.... Berlin last year with my Arts Society and now Venice music and the baroque. My brain is stretched but very pleased with itself! I have, I hope, retained a bit of the new learning. Best of all, we were inspired to go on and learn more. The best outcome of a break.

AS, Sheffield February 2019


Weather, food, hotel and tours were all excellent. It would not have been a tragedy if the Venetian bin men had succeeded in delaying our return!

DL, Appleby-in-Westmorland March 2018


I must start by thanking the Tailored Travel team, especially Rebecca and Michael, for making my job as group organiser hassle-free. Everything went smoothly and ran like clockwork. In Venice I must thank our wonderful guides, especially Viviana and Federica, who were absolutely excellent. Also Carla and Antonella, who guided us on other occasions. This was our second tour with TT and more than lived up to expectations.

KH, Dorchester November 2017


The tour to Venice was very enjoyable. I have had a good number of emails through form the travellers expressing appreciation. TT always does a splendid job with the tours, they work like clockwork, and Nicola is wonderfully on the ball with any minor adjustments that need to be made. I love working with her. Many thanks.

PM, London April 2015


We all had a marvellous time in Venice, all your efforts on our behalf were most appreciated. The hotel is excellent and most convenient to everything. They could not have been more helpful. Your two guides were brilliant, and kept us fully informed and the things we saw were really very interesting. The free time let everyone see the other sites which would not have interested everyone. Even the weather was good, a great time to go. Thank you very much indeed from all of us.

RS, East Horsley March 2015


We wanted to let you know how very much we appreciated and enjoyed our visit to Venice with you in January. It was a packed schedule, but one which was constantly stimulating and fascinating. The planning of where we should go and what we saw was so varied and truly faultless every day. The whole tour has given us so very many happy memories which we will always treasure. With all best wishes - and the hope that we may join another of your European tours in the future!

AB, Peterborough February 2013

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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 4* hotel
  • on half board basis
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  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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