If you’re looking for the ultimate break away for that very special someone, this terrific-value Omega deal to Venice ought to be top of your list.
Everyone loves Venice – arguably one of the most unique and beautiful cities ever created. Dazzling by day and eerily supernatural by night, the city has as many faces as Carnival masks and they’re all bewitching. And never more so than autumn and winter, after the summer crowds and the scorching heat have departed, and serenity comes to La Serenissima.
At night, away from the squares, Venice is sparsely-lit and its labyrinthine passages medievally dark. The sense of history is overpowering. There is nothing so brash or modern as an Ibiza-style club scene, or malls or fast-food chains. But there are restaurants and plays and classical concerts, and traces of Monteverdi or Vivaldi often grace the night air.
Dawn at this time of year is especially evocative, when the canal mists rise like wraiths among shadowy, 800 year old palazzi and the only sound is the gentle slap of water on stone. The streets are deserted, but on the waterfront of the Grand Canal, yawning gondoliers idly chat with fishermen, and market traders walk the quayside inspecting the morning catch. It’s a fleeting, secret Venice that you have to get up early, or stay up late for.
Not surprisingly, hotel prices can be astronomical, and accommodation often means staying somewhere on the mainland or on the outer islands, which is frustrating because you miss the chance to experience the city ‘out of hours’ when the ferries and buses aren’t running. But not on this break.
The furthest away you’ll be is the rooftop terrace bar, as you drink cocktails at your hotel on the Grand Canal itself, just 15 minutes’ walk from the Rialto. That’s the best way to experience Venice – 24 hours a day, perfect, unforgettable, with just a dash of Omega magic.
- Return flights to Venice Marco Polo or Venice Treviso
- Airport taxes and hand luggage only (hold luggage may be booked at an extra cost)
- Return transfer to the Piazzale Roma
- 3 nights bed and breakfast at the Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice
Subject to availability. Single supplements apply/
For more information about this offer, or to book, please call 03300 130 051 & quote OMRT.
Day 1: Check in at your chosen airport for your flight, where on arrival we will transfer you by private taxi directly to the Piazzale Roma. From there it’s a very pleasant 3-minute stroll along the bank of the Grand Canal to your hotel. Once you’ve checked in you are free to start exploring Venice and find a nice place to have dinner. A street map wouldn’t be a bad idea, as Venice is a delightful warren and it’s easy to get lost.
Day 2: You have a full day and you’ll need it, because there is a lot to see. Gondola rides are expensive, and walking or vaporetto waterbuses are the best ways to go. You won’t miss the landmarks like the Rialto, the Bridge of Sighs, the Basilica and pigeon-populated St Mark’s Square, but don’t overlook the Arsenale, the museums and especially the churches. Venice is haunted by dark memories of wars and plagues, commemorated both in its macabre annual Carnivale and its grand churches.
On an island across the Grand Canal is probably Venice’s most emblematic church, the San Giorgio Maggiore, built by the great Andrea Palladio and marbled throughout, with on every wall enormous canvasses by old masters Titian and Tintoretto. Its campanile (bell tower) gives one of the best views in the city.
Day 3: Breakfast at the hotel followed by more time to spend at your leisure to explore this wonderful city.
Day 4: Breakfast in the hotel. We retrace our steps to the Piazzale Roma for the airport taxi and your flight home.