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Venetian Special Occasion Retreat

Break Available: 15 March - 24 November 2018
3 nights

Price Per Person: From £2,095

Staying in a 5 star hotel on its own island, you can spend your days doing activities including our thrilling helicopter ride over Venice and the lagoon, or spend time exploring and relaxing by the hotel’s pool, enjoy a spa day, make use of the tennis courts, the choice is up to you.

If you want to be more active, the hotel’s complimentary watertaxi service can have you at St Mark’s Square in minutes, where you can explore a museum or maybe enjoy an opera at either La Fenice Opera House or Musica a Palazzo.

This break is perfect for those wanting to see Venice their way, in 5 star luxury.  Ideal for celebrating a special birthday, wedding anniversary, or just spoiling the one you love.

Highlights

  • Staying in 5 Star San Clemente Palace Kempinski, located on its own Exclusive Venetian island
  • Fantastic Helicopter Ride over Venice and the nearby islands
  • Flexibility to tailor your break how you want
  • Complimentary Watertaxi from the hotel to St Mark’s Square
  • Two 3 Course Dinners included overlooking the lagoon
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Day by Day Itinerary
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DAY 1
Fly to Venice, Private transfer to your hotel and 3 Course Dinner

DAY 1
Fly to Venice, Private transfer to your hotel and 3 Course Dinner

Fly into Venice where your Meet & Greet Private watertaxi transfer will be waiting, to transfer you to 5 Star San Clemente Palace Kempinski.

Located on a private island just below Venice, this fantastic hotel was converted from a monastery. It is a perfect haven for escaping the crowds and enjoying a calmer way of life.

Waiting in your room will be a chilled bottle of Prosecco, so you can toast your arrival into Venice in style.

Why not wander out and explore the island and your home for the next four days. There is a pool, gardens, tennis courts, spa, church, and plenty more to discover.

This evening enjoy your 3 course dinner prepared by the Michelin star chef. Sample a sumptuous Venetian dinner, with stunning views overlooking the lagoon. You won’t believe you are so close to the crowds of Venice!

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DAY 2
Helicopter Ride and 3 Course Dinner

DAY 2
Helicopter Ride and 3 Course Dinner

This morning you are in for a real treat! Take your private watertaxi transfer to nearby Lido where your helicopter awaits. Be transported over Venice and the main islands of the lagoons, on your 20mins helicopter ride.

Fly over Lido before heading over Sant’Erasmo, Burano, Torcello, Murano, San Michele, Arsenale and San Giorgio Maggiore. Then continue your flight over St Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace, Santo Spirito and Venice’s only golf club. Complete your tour hovering over the Palazzo del Cinema, before returning to the Lido. Your private transfer will return you to your hotel after.

You have the rest of your day at leisure. You can either take the hotel’s complimentary watertaxi into St Mark’s for lunch on the lagoon (lunch not included), add our Optional Extra Romantic Gondola Ride from the Grand Canal which takes you through the smaller canals of Venice, or cool off in the hotel’s pool.

This evening the second of your included 3 course dinners will be waiting for you.

Alternatively why not add in a night at the opera. We can recommend La Fenice Opera House for opera lover’s. Please see Optional Extras below for more information on both the Gondola Ride and La Fenice.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Romantic Gondola Ride
  • Attend La Fenice Opera
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Romantic Gondola Ride

The most romantic tour in Venice is by gondola and with good reason. See this decadent floating city in the only way it can be seen to be truly appreciated; in the water. Glide along the Venetian canals and under bridges, as your gondolier steers you around the lagoon. Sit back and enjoy the calming, peaceful ride.

Price Per Person: £65

Gondola, Venice
Venetian canals
Gondolas, Venice

Attend La Fenice Opera

Why not add a night taking in an opera in the best seats in this beautiful opera house. La Fenice has a range of well known operas, along with more diverse lesser known operas, meaning there is something for everyone!

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

La Fenice Opera Schedule 2018:

Semiramide – Oct 19, 21, 23, 25, 27

Macbeth (Verdi) – Nov 23, 25, 27, 29, Dec 01

Ballet – Romeo & Juliet (Prokofiev) – Dec 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

 

Opera Schedule 2019:

La Traviata (Verdi) – Jan 04, 05, 13, 20, 26, 30, Feb 01, 03, Mar 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 02, 03, 05, 06, Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Nov 02, 03

Werther (Massenet) – Jan 25, 27, 29, 31, Feb 02

Il Re Pastore (Mozart) – Feb 15, 17, 21, 23, 27

L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini) – Feb 24, 26, 28, Mar 01, 02, 03, 05

Otello (Verdi) – Mar 22, 26, 30, Apr 04, 07

Turandot (Puccini) – May 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 29

Aida (Verdi) – May 18, 22, 23, 26, 28, 30, 31, Jun 01

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Jun 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Aug 24, 30, Sep 05, 07, 11, 22, 24, 27, 29, Oct 01, 04, 06, 09

Tosca (Puccini) – Aug 25, Sep 01, 03, 06, 12, 19,

Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Aug 31, Sep 04, 08, 10, 15, 21, 25, Oct 03, 05

La Scala di Seta (Rossini) – Sep 20, 26, 28, Oct 02, 08

Price Per Person: From £185 with Stall (top level) tickets

La Fenice Opera House, Venice
The Barber of Seville, La Fenice Opera house, Venice
Tosca performance, La Fenice, Venice

DAY 3
Day at Leisure

DAY 3
Day at Leisure

Today is entirely up to you. We have intentionally left this day free for you to tailor-make the day to your requirements. You can go for a walk around the island, or head into St Mark’s Square by complimentary watertaxi. It’s a good excuse for some last minute souvenir shopping, or to explore the Guggenheim Museum, for example, if this was missed on a previous visit to Venice.

Alternatively, if today is a Monday, Wednesday or Friday, why not add in our Optional Extra Semi Private tour of Murano and Burano Island. Having flown over both by helicopter on the previous day, get to enjoy these colourful islands on foot.

This evening you are free to enjoy dining wherever you choose, or alternatively, enjoy a night at the opera. We can offer you La Fenice Opera House, or Musica a Palazzo. For those new to opera, Musica a Palazzo performs nightly well-known and loved operas in a stunning palace, where the opera takes place right in front of you. For those opera connoisseurs, La Fenice is definitely worth a look!

See Optional Extras below for more information.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Private Highlights Tour of Venice
  • Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
  • Attend La Fenice Opera
  • Attend Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Private Highlights Tour of Venice

For first timers to Venice, this is a great introduction. Your private guide will take you on a 3-4 hr tour around St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. You will be able to walk through the prison made famous for temporarily housing Casanova, along with walking over the Bridge of Sighs; prisoners last glimpse of the outside world. In the basilica, ascend to the roof where you can see the bronze horses taken from Constantinople in past battles.

Price Per Person: £190 per person

St Mark's Square, Venice
St Mark's Basilica, Venice
The Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano

The boat will collect you and take you onto both Murano and Burano with your guide. For no more than 8 people in total, this semi private tour, also includes a glass blowing demonstration on Murano.

Price: From £160 per person for the small group (up to 8 people in total), to Burano and Murano with glass blowing introduction. Please note this is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.

Burano Island, Venice
Murano glass blowing, Venice
Murano Island, Venice

Attend La Fenice Opera

Why not add a night taking in an opera in the best seats in this beautiful opera house. La Fenice has a range of well known operas, along with more diverse lesser known operas, meaning there is something for everyone!

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

La Fenice Opera Schedule 2018:

Semiramide – Oct 19, 21, 23, 25, 27

Macbeth (Verdi) – Nov 23, 25, 27, 29, Dec 01

Ballet – Romeo & Juliet (Prokofiev) – Dec 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

 

Opera Schedule 2019:

La Traviata (Verdi) – Jan 04, 05, 13, 20, 26, 30, Feb 01, 03, Mar 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 02, 03, 05, 06, Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Nov 02, 03

Werther (Massenet) – Jan 25, 27, 29, 31, Feb 02

Il Re Pastore (Mozart) – Feb 15, 17, 21, 23, 27

L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini) – Feb 24, 26, 28, Mar 01, 02, 03, 05

Otello (Verdi) – Mar 22, 26, 30, Apr 04, 07

Turandot (Puccini) – May 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 29

Aida (Verdi) – May 18, 22, 23, 26, 28, 30, 31, Jun 01

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Jun 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Aug 24, 30, Sep 05, 07, 11, 22, 24, 27, 29, Oct 01, 04, 06, 09

Tosca (Puccini) – Aug 25, Sep 01, 03, 06, 12, 19,

Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Aug 31, Sep 04, 08, 10, 15, 21, 25, Oct 03, 05

La Scala di Seta (Rossini) – Sep 20, 26, 28, Oct 02, 08

Price Per Person: From £185 with Stall (top level) tickets

La Fenice Opera House, Venice
The Barber of Seville, La Fenice Opera house, Venice
Tosca performance, La Fenice, Venice

Attend Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening

Whether you are a first timer to opera, introducing someone who has not been before, an opera lover wanting a new experience, or La Fenice doesn’t have any operas being performed whilst you are staying in Venice, Musica a Palazzo may well be the option for you.

Witness well-known operas performed every day of the week in a stunning palace, but with a twist;  there is no stage! The performance takes place right in front of you, making you feel like you are completely immersed in the opera.

Operas on offer at Musica a Palazzo:

La Traviata – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
The Barber of Seville – Wednesdays & Sundays
Rigoletto – Fridays

Price per person: From £100.

Musica a Palazzo, Venice
Musica a Palazzo, Venice
Musica a Palazzo, Venice

DAY 4
Private transfer to the airport for flight home

DAY 4
Private transfer to the airport for flight home

At leisure until your private watertaxi transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Alternatively, if you want your holiday to begin from the moment you leave home, why not arrive in absolute luxury by combining this trip with our Venice Luxury Orient Express break. This can be done either on arrival from London into Venice or from Venice into London, depending on train schedule dates.

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

San Clemente Palace Kempinski

San Clemente Palace Kempinski

This 5 star hotel has been recently renovated from a former monastery, and sits on its own private island. Located only 5 minutes by complimentary watertaxi transfer to Venice and St Mark's Square, this is perfect for those wanting to escape the crowds and enjoy a more peaceful trip.

The hotel has plenty to keep you amused including a Michelin starred restaurant with views overlooking the lagoon, an outdoor pool, tennis court, gardens, wellness centre and spa, and even a church. At the end of a busy day, why not recharge the batteries with a pamper session at the spa or cool down with a swim in the pool.

All the rooms have a balcony overlooking either the gardens or the lagoon.

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Optional Extras
Romantic Gondola Ride
Gondola, Venice

The most romantic tour in Venice is by gondola and with good reason. See this decadent floating city in the only way it can be seen to be truly appreciated; in the water. Glide along the Venetian canals and under bridges, as your gondolier steers you around the lagoon. Sit back and enjoy the calming, peaceful ride.

Price Per Person: £65

Attend La Fenice Opera
La Fenice Opera House, Venice

Why not add a night taking in an opera in the best seats in this beautiful opera house. La Fenice has a range of well known operas, along with more diverse lesser known operas, meaning there is something for everyone!

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

La Fenice Opera Schedule 2018:

Semiramide – Oct 19, 21, 23, 25, 27

Macbeth (Verdi) – Nov 23, 25, 27, 29, Dec 01

Ballet – Romeo & Juliet (Prokofiev) – Dec 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

 

Opera Schedule 2019:

La Traviata (Verdi) – Jan 04, 05, 13, 20, 26, 30, Feb 01, 03, Mar 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 02, 03, 05, 06, Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Nov 02, 03

Werther (Massenet) – Jan 25, 27, 29, 31, Feb 02

Il Re Pastore (Mozart) – Feb 15, 17, 21, 23, 27

L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini) – Feb 24, 26, 28, Mar 01, 02, 03, 05

Otello (Verdi) – Mar 22, 26, 30, Apr 04, 07

Turandot (Puccini) – May 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 29

Aida (Verdi) – May 18, 22, 23, 26, 28, 30, 31, Jun 01

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Jun 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Aug 24, 30, Sep 05, 07, 11, 22, 24, 27, 29, Oct 01, 04, 06, 09

Tosca (Puccini) – Aug 25, Sep 01, 03, 06, 12, 19,

Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Aug 31, Sep 04, 08, 10, 15, 21, 25, Oct 03, 05

La Scala di Seta (Rossini) – Sep 20, 26, 28, Oct 02, 08

Price Per Person: From £185 with Stall (top level) tickets

Private Highlights Tour of Venice
St Mark's Square, Venice

For first timers to Venice, this is a great introduction. Your private guide will take you on a 3-4 hr tour around St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. You will be able to walk through the prison made famous for temporarily housing Casanova, along with walking over the Bridge of Sighs; prisoners last glimpse of the outside world. In the basilica, ascend to the roof where you can see the bronze horses taken from Constantinople in past battles.

Price Per Person: £190 per person

Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
Burano Island, Venice

The boat will collect you and take you onto both Murano and Burano with your guide. For no more than 8 people in total, this semi private tour, also includes a glass blowing demonstration on Murano.

Price: From £160 per person for the small group (up to 8 people in total), to Burano and Murano with glass blowing introduction. Please note this is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.

Attend La Fenice Opera
La Fenice Opera House, Venice

Why not add a night taking in an opera in the best seats in this beautiful opera house. La Fenice has a range of well known operas, along with more diverse lesser known operas, meaning there is something for everyone!

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

La Fenice Opera Schedule 2018:

Semiramide – Oct 19, 21, 23, 25, 27

Macbeth (Verdi) – Nov 23, 25, 27, 29, Dec 01

Ballet – Romeo & Juliet (Prokofiev) – Dec 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

 

Opera Schedule 2019:

La Traviata (Verdi) – Jan 04, 05, 13, 20, 26, 30, Feb 01, 03, Mar 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 02, 03, 05, 06, Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Nov 02, 03

Werther (Massenet) – Jan 25, 27, 29, 31, Feb 02

Il Re Pastore (Mozart) – Feb 15, 17, 21, 23, 27

L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini) – Feb 24, 26, 28, Mar 01, 02, 03, 05

Otello (Verdi) – Mar 22, 26, 30, Apr 04, 07

Turandot (Puccini) – May 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 29

Aida (Verdi) – May 18, 22, 23, 26, 28, 30, 31, Jun 01

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Jun 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Aug 24, 30, Sep 05, 07, 11, 22, 24, 27, 29, Oct 01, 04, 06, 09

Tosca (Puccini) – Aug 25, Sep 01, 03, 06, 12, 19,

Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Aug 31, Sep 04, 08, 10, 15, 21, 25, Oct 03, 05

La Scala di Seta (Rossini) – Sep 20, 26, 28, Oct 02, 08

Price Per Person: From £185 with Stall (top level) tickets

Attend Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
Musica a Palazzo, Venice

Whether you are a first timer to opera, introducing someone who has not been before, an opera lover wanting a new experience, or La Fenice doesn’t have any operas being performed whilst you are staying in Venice, Musica a Palazzo may well be the option for you.

Witness well-known operas performed every day of the week in a stunning palace, but with a twist;  there is no stage! The performance takes place right in front of you, making you feel like you are completely immersed in the opera.

Operas on offer at Musica a Palazzo:

La Traviata – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
The Barber of Seville – Wednesdays & Sundays
Rigoletto – Fridays

Price per person: From £100.

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Reviews & Feedback

The booking process was made easy with the team answering any questions quickly and in detail. The standard of care shown on the holiday was very good and all the plans worked well. Just to let you know, I would just like to say thank you for providing the bottle of prosecco in our room - it made our anniversary celebrations that little more special. Thank you.

Jeanette

A brilliant trip. Thank you so much for the perfect organisation. We will recommend you to all our friends!

Wendy & Len

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What's Included?

  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast & 2 dinners at San Clemente Palace Kempinski
  • Helicopter Ride over Venice and nearby islands
  • Private airport transfers
  • Flights back to the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)

Departure airports:

  • Gatwick
  • Heathrow
  • Most regional UK airports

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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