Venice Getaway (MV)

Giacomo Casanova, one of Venice’s most famous sons and one of the most famous lovers of all time, wrote “The Story of My Life,” where the reader learns all about his adventures in the 18th century. How about you? What would “The Story of Your Life” include? Fun and adventures? Or stress and frustration? Let Monograms handle your Venice vacation details, and we assure you the Venice portion of your story will be full of fun and enjoyment—not stress and hassles! In fact, on this 4-day Venice getaway, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, and daily breakfast. Plus, we’ve arranged the services of a Monograms Local Host®, someone who is there throughout your vacation to answer questions, offer suggestions, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Venice, as we can pick you up at the airport and take you to your selected hotel. Here, your Local Host will welcome you with a warm smile and a set of materials to familiarize you with the city. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. We’ll take you to see St. Mark's Square and Basilica, dating back over 1,000 years. You’ll also visit Doges' Palace, a symbol of Venice built in 1340, and the Bridge of Sighs, built in the 1600s and offering prisoners their last view of Venice before their imprisonment. We have also arranged for you to watch a glassmaking demonstration with skilled glassblowers. Glassmaking has always been important in Venice's history, and you'll learn why during this demonstration.

You’ll also have a full day to explore on your own. Your Local Host will offer suggestions and help you arrange the activities you desire. Perhaps ride on a traditional gondola as you are serenaded through Venice’s canals. Maybe take a ghost walking tour or visit nearby Murano. You may just want to wander the city's maze of alleys as you shop for the perfect carnival mask or Murano glassware.

Did we mention we've included entrances to Marciana Library, one of the oldest Italian libraries built in the 16th century, and the Correr Museum and Archaeological Museums, which offer interesting insight into Venice’s art and history, a collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, and Italian and Egyptian remains? It's just another added feature included by Monograms! Between those entrances, the hotel we've booked, the sightseeing we've included, and the guides we've arranged, all you have to do is sit back and relax in this car-free, romantic city! Add the comfort of knowing you’ll have a Local Host throughout your stay to assist you, and you've got the perfect chapter to "The Story of Your Life."


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

& Destination Guide with useful information and city map

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily

Sightseeing & Activities

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2017 / 2018

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms package includes guided sightseeing in Venice. We've also included museum passes to further enhance your experience.

DAY
1
Venice, Italy

Benvenuto—welcome! Your Local Host is ready to help you organize your stay in this intriguing, car-free, city.

DAY
2
Venice

Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes ST. MARK'S SQUARE and BASILICA with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit DOGES’ PALACE and the evocative BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner and learn why glassmaking was so important in Venetian history. ENTRANCES to Marciana Library, and the Correr, and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.

DAY
3
Venice

Full day to explore at your own pace. Perhaps a stop at Atelier Nicolao for carnival costumes or just relax on the beach at Lido Island. Your Local Host can help you with information.

DAY
4
Venice

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on November 9, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Venice

Hotel Abbazia

Cannaregio, Calle Prilui Dei Cavaletti 68
Venice, Italy

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

This charming 50-room hotel offers a real Venetian experience in the heart of the city and is housed in a former monastery dating back to 1879 with Free Wi-Fi access available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A breakfast buffet is served in the bright, airy breakfast room and can also be enjoyed in the serene courtyard garden during the summer months; the original chapel has been restored as a stately wood-paneled lounge/bar complete with the original oak pulpit. NOTE: This 3-storey property does not have an elevator and may not be suitable for guests who are mobility impaired).

Location & Highlights

Ideally situated; near a public water-taxi (vaporetto) stop and just a short walk from Santa Lucia train station, with easy access to the Grand Canal and St. Mark's square.

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
Traditional air-conditioned guestrooms.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Venice

Hotel Bonvecchiati

San Marco, Calle Goldoni 4488
Venice, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

Housed in an 18th Century Palazzo, this 122 room property has a refined elegance with traditional Venetian styling. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel with a fee (payable locally). There is a lobby bar for drinks and delightful restaurant serving typical Veneto dishes and International cuisine in a romantic setting with an outside terrace area overlooking the canal.

Location & Highlights

Enjoying a privileged position in the heart of Venice, just a stone's throw away from St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge, within walking distance of historic cafés, artisans' workshops and boutiques. The hotel has its own landing stage for for private water taxis and a public water taxi (vaporetto) stop is just steps away.

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Cable/Satellite

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
The charming guestrooms offer modern comforts with luxurious touches such as bathrobe and slippers.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

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Venice

Private Venice Ghost Walking Tour

The legends and characters of Venice's famous canals come to life through this mysterious and fun excursion.

Price Range: $$$$

Venetian Dinner

Experience an unforgettable evening in Venice.

Price Range: $$

Celebration Package: Unforgettable Romantic Evening in Venice

Enjoy an unforgettable romantic evening in Venice! Enjoy a private ride in a traditional gondola, later proceed to one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Italy.

Price Range: $$$$

Classical Concert

An evening of music at the prestigious main hall of the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro will be a night you' ll always remember.

Price Range: $

Gondola

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.

Price Range: $

Venetian Lunch

Enjoy a charming lunch at one of Venice's most famous restaurants located just near by the Fenice Theater and S. Marco square.

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

This private tour with a professional, certified local guide is the ideal way to discover Venice. Make the most of your Venice experience at your pace and in your style - after all, it is your trip!

Price Range: $$$$

Cooking Class in Venice

If you are a culinary passionate looking for a special and unique experience, this is the excursion for you.

Price Range: $$$$

Paint Your Own Venetian Mask

A wonderful fun visit to entertain kids and adults, discovering the secrets of masks' making and anecdotes about the Venetian Carnival's classic masks.

Price Range: $$

Cicchetti Aperitif Tour

In Venice "andar a cicchetti" is a way of life! Going out for an aperitif, meeting up with friends and chatting over a nice glass of wine while enjoying appetizers is a big part of everyday life for Venetians. Take part of it!

Price Range: $

Food and Wine Experiences Outside Venice

Get out of the chaos of Venice for a day and visit the rolling hills and fields of the surrounding Veneto region, or the mountains of the Friuli to the north. Select your preferred experience and choose among your favorite wines!

Price Range: $$$$

Insider

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Venice

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Venice, ItalyMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Venice. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Venice and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Venice insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Venice

Hi! Monograms Guests, you can call me "Grace" or my Italian name "Graziella." After studying foreign languages in schools abroad, I started my career working on a cruise ship and travelled around the world. I continued as a tour guide around Europe and Morocco until I came back to my hometown of Venice to be a Monograms Local Host. I feel so lucky to work in this magical place, where everything provides our guests with unique emotions - from the canals, monuments, and the lagoon itself, to the colors, perfumes, and music on the Piazza. The splendor of the past and its traditions are all to be shared with my guests who enjoy it very much.

St. Mark's Bell Tower

Travel to the top for an unrivalled view of Venice and its surroundings. The tower is 323 ft (98.6m) tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark’s Square. The belfry houses five bells and a cube with St. Mark’s lion and the female representation of Venice (la Giustizia: Justice). The tower is topped by a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel.

Squero di San Trovaso

A characteristic boatyard (squero) dating back from the 17th century on the rio (small canal), of San Trovaso, in a particularly picturesque position. It's one of the last traditional squeri still constructing gondolas.

Burano Island, Lido Island, Saint Elena Island

The Island of Burano, in the Venetian lagoon, is made of picturesque canals lined with brightly colored houses. It even has a leaning tower, the bell tower of the 15th century San Martino Church. The island is also famous for its artisan lace makers and there's a Lace Museum as well as shops selling lace. An under-appreciated gem, the Lido Island, more residential than traditional Venice, still offers small canals, a variety of dining and impressive views of the city from across the Lagoon. Lido is the beach of Venice and is famous for its Movie Festival. Sant'Elena Island lies at the eastern tip of the main island group and was centered on the Church of Sant'Elena and its monastery, originally built in the 12th century and rebuilt in the 15th.

Venice Museums

Palazzo Mocenigo houses a history of Venetian fashion and perfume. Accademia Gallery contains works by Tintoretto, Bellini and Carpaccio. Peggy Guggenheim Museum located in Peggy Guggenheim's former home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal, houses one of the most important collections of American and European Modern Art. Ca'Rezzonico a beautiful Venetian palace and residence, is home to a collection of 18th century Venetian furnishings and paintings. Jewish Museum Visit the Jewish Ghetto dating back to the early 16th century, its Museum exhibits traditions of goldsmith's and textile arts. The Arsenal and Naval History Museum founded in 1104, was once the hub of Venice's naval power and is now a closed military zone, but its impressive gates are well worth seeing. Visit the Museum's fascinating collection of model ships, including the amazingly lavish ceremonial Doges' barge, the Bucintoro.

Venice Churches

Venice has a wealth of churches showcasing fine religious art and historic testimony. Here is a selection of the most famous which are well worth a visit. Your Local Host is available with more details.

Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo: after the 15th century funeral services of all Venetian Doges were held here, and 25 Doges are buried in the basilica. Church of San Rocco: built between 1489 and 1508, then underwent major alterations in 1725. It holds paintings by Venetian artist Tintoretto (1519-1594), and was one of The Plague sanctuaries. Santa Maria Formosa: built in 1492 on the site of a church dating from the 7th century where the Virgin Mary was believed to have appeared. Santa Maria dei Miracoli: known as the marble church, was built in 1481 to hold a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, and is one of the finest examples of early Venetian Renaissance architecture. Basilica of San Pietro di Castello: designed by Andrea Palladio, dates from the 16th century, but has been a religious site from early times. From 1451 to 1807 it was the city's cathedral, serving as its spiritual and religious administration center. San Giorgio Maggiore: located on St. George Island, is a masterpiece of architect Andrea Palladio. The church houses paintings by famous artists, including Tintoretto.

La Fenice Theater

Visit one of Italy's most famous theaters, the reconstructed La Fenice which is famed for its acoustics. The world was stunned when it was destroyed by fire; millions of dollars were raised and stars such as Luciano Pavarotti and Woody Allen offered their support so that it could be reconstructed.

Murano Island and Traditional Gifts

Murano, the center of the Venetian glass blowing industry for more than 1,000 years, is also known for its Glass Museum and the Byzantine church, Santi Maria e Donato with its beautiful mosaic floor. Venetian shopping specialties include Murano glass crafts and glass pearls, lace, carnival masks, and unique Christmas gift calendars.

Venetian Fabric

Fortuny’s showroom on Giudecca collects and displays the company’s mementos, textiles and other works, plus carries a range of products, including pillows, accessories, and fabric. Fabrics made by the prestigious firm, Bevilacqua, have been used to decorate the Vatican, the Royal Palace of Stockholm, and the White House. Master artisans still weave the fabrics in Venice on 18th-century wooden looms, and the front-room display is just a sample of their artistry.

Carnival Costumes

Atelier Nicolao is in the very heart of the city, and here deft and expert fingers create unique and wonderful costumes that are appreciated all over the world. The Nicolao Atelier has become a point of reference for theatre, opera, films and historical parades and processions.

Venetian Cuisine

Sample “cicchetti” which are various small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional "bàcari" (cicchetti bars or osterie). Some classic Venetian dishes are Sarde in Saor, (sweet & sour sardines), Bigoli in Salsa (pasta in a salted sardine & onion sauce, one of the oldest recipes of Venice), famous Risi e bisi (rice & peas), Baccalà Mantecato (a creamy soft mousse-like cod), Pasta e Fagioli (pasta & beans), Fegato alla Veneziana (liver cooked with onions) and to satisfy your sweet tooth, the traditional Carnival Frittelle (little sweet fried dumplings) and Tiramisù.

Harry's Bar, Caffè Florian

Harry's Bar was one of Hemingway's favorite haunts, see where the novelist created his signature cocktail … made of 15 parts gin to 1 part vermouth! Or try its world famous "Bellini". Stop for a drink at Caffè Florian, situated in the shadows of San Marco and listen to its orchestra.

Verona, Padua and the Dolomites

If you have already visited Venice, take advantage of its excellent location to visit nearby mainland areas such as Verona, Padua and the Dolomite mountains.

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*The "STARTING AT" price is based on November 9, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2017.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).