Masks, Murano glass and mayhem in St. Mark's Square - that's how people start their New Year in Venice. People gather at the historic piazza and wait eagerly for the clock to strike 12 at midnight. Marked by ringing of the bell of St. Mark's campanile, comes the New Year. All this followed by a huge display of fireworks and people greeting each other and you have the fun filled New Year in Venice in front of you on the much-awaited night of the year.
New Years Day is not less exciting with around forty people taking the New Year's dip on the Lido island in the festival called "Auguri di Capodanno sulla spiaggia del Lido di Venezia". This famous festival takes place at the Blue Moon Beach and begins at 11.30 am with a large dose of music been played to welcome one and all. All this and much more await to be explored and enjoyed during the New Year in Venice.
The tour starts with a Welcome Dinner and drink at Munich’s infamous beerhall – the Hofbrauhaus. Tonight you meet your Tour Director and fellow travelling companions. Accommodation: Hotel Le Meridien (D)
28 DecMunich – Bolzano
Breakfast at the hotel. Your tour starts at at the Hotel Le Meridien and your first stop will be in Innsbruck where you have a guided walking tour of the old town. Time for lunch and shopping before departing south to Italy. Afternoon arrival in Bolzano and check-in at Hotel Stiegl Scala in the heart of the old town. Accommodation: Stiegl Scala (B,D)
After breakfast we have a walking tour of the old town, then entry into the Museum of Archeology where we see “Oetzi” – the iceman. Found in 1991 in the Italian/Austrian Alps – the body of a 5,300 year-old male was preserved by ice and is the best specimen of human form from the Neolithic Period. The afternoon is at leisure to explore this alpine retreat. Dinner at leisure. (B)
30 DecBolzano – Venice
After breakfast we continue south to the city of Verona at the base of the Italian alps. A short walking tour will end at the second most-famous landmark – Juliet’s balcony (Wm Shakespeare). Time for lunch and perhaps a tour of the Roman Ampitheatre, one of the best preserved of the Roman theatres in Europe. Afternoon departure for the island-city of Venice. Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant. Accommodation: HotelDuodoPalace. (B,D)
Our morning starts with a leisurely breakfast, then a guided walking tour of the historic centre – around St. Mark’s Square and Basilica. You’ll will also see the DogesPalace and the Campanile, as well as the RialtoBridge and the Bridge of Sighs. The afternoon at leisure for lunch and exploration of the city of canals and bridges. Perhaps a gondola ride? Tonight we take a meal in a local restaurant and prepare for the festivities in Piazza San Marco. (B,D)
A day at leisure. Sleep in, take a late breakfast, wander Venice at your own leisure. Perhaps a visit to the island of Murano, known for it’s glass-making, or to Burano where lace is the known handicraft. Tonight we take a farewell meal at a local restaurant. (B,D)
02 JanEnd of tour
The tour finishes after breakfast. Transfers to the railway station or airport are available on request. (B)
Prices are PER PERSON,based on twin/double room share
Tour Price Includes:
* 6 nights accommodation, room with private facilities * Deluxe touring coach for transfers, and long-distance travel * Buffet breakfast, 4 special dinners at hotels or local restaurants * Guided walking tours in Bressanone and Venice * Entry to Archelogical Museum in Bressanone * Porterage of 1 suitcase per person at all hotels * All taxes and service charges * Tour documentation
Bolzano: Stiegl Scala ****
Located in the centre of Bolzano, near the Old Town, the hotel has a history dating back tp the 19th century. The old traditions of Hotel Stiegl Scala are reflected in its large and elegant dining room, the excellent kitchen with its specialities, the comfortable lounge and the welcoming bar, as well as in its generous and stylishly designed rooms. The hotel is just a pleasant walk away from the historic town centre, while its close proximity to the train station gives you quick and easy access to the surrounding region.
New Year Hotel – The Duodo Palace *****
Conveniently located in the heart of Venice, Duodo Palace Hotel is set within a historical building, and has been beautifully renovated and restored to create a new four-star hotel in Venice. Saving some of the most important architectural elements from this 600 year-old palazzo, including the frescoed ceilings in some of the bedrooms, the hotel has a truly Venetian feel. Literally located a stone’s throw from La Fenice, the hotel could not be more centrally located. You can stroll to San Marco Square, the Rialto Bridge, or the Accademia, in 10 minutes or less.
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