Carnival in Venice - masquerade adventure

  • February 28, 2014 · 10:00 AM

The carnival in Venice has been capturing people's imagination since the 14th Century. There is something alien and fascinating about the masked city. It is as much scary as liberating, and the Venecians are simply the best at it.

Outlandish costumes, dazzling masks, rainbow of colours, this simply must be on your bucket lists. I know it has been on mine for as long as I can remember. So let's stop waiting for the life to happen and just do it! Whether you want to party or just wander through the crowds and take photos, we will make sure we have enough time for both. :)

Price: early Bird Price of £270 applies if you pay in full by the end of December. If you pay in January you can still get the discounted price of £290. In February you will have to pay the full price of £310.

Deposit: of £100 (+paypal fees) needs to be paid on RSVP to secure your place.

What's included: airport shuttle + water taxi transfer, 2 nights accommodation, 2 x breakfast, 1 dinner buffet, Venice Carnival Cruise Party. For more details see plan of the trip.

Not included: Flights (subject to availability), Friday dinner, lunches, optional activities. 

Optional activities: Overview of Venice and Gondola Ride - 2 hour guided walk (EUR40.00p.p.), Classical Carnival Concert (EUR29.00p.p.)

The reminder of the money needs to be paid into my bank account two weeks before the trip the latest. For instructions on how to make the payment and for the bank details please follow this link:http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/. Please note that if the payment is not received in time your name will be removed from the RSVP list to make space for others and your deposit will not be refunded.


 

IMPORTANT: By signing up to this trip you have agreed to the following disclaimer: 

'While safety is our top priority and although we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity/trip involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.'  The organiser only facilitates the group, and doesn't take responsibility for your safety during the trip.

INSURANCE:

You also confirm that you will be responsible for my own insurance and make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and activities you will be participating in (if in doubt, check with your insurance provider). 


 

Recommended flights:

28 February, 08:40 - 11:45 EasyJet Flight from London Gatwick to Venice (Marco Polo Airport). 

2 March (Sunday), 18:05 - 19:15 Easy Jet Flight back to London Gatwick

Current fare (27th of November): £121.42

Flights are not included in the price and need to be purchased from the airlines directly.

If you are short of holidays, you could take a later flight (14:25 - 17:30, easy jet Gatwick to Venice), but you will have to sort out your own transfers - we will be happy to send you the details. 

Trip itinerary (subject to change):

Day one (Friday 28 February):

08:40 - 11:45 EasyJet Flight from London Gatwick to Venice (Marco Polo Airport).

11:45 - 12:45 Arrival, immigration, luggage pick up 

12:45 - 13:15 Airport shuttle + water taxi transport from the airport to the hotel (included)


Arrival at the Hostel in the city centre and only 100m from the Grand Canal. Unpack, change, relax, refresh and save your appetite for an evening at La Zucca, a traditional, intimate Italian restaurant nearby.

15:00 - Introduction walk along the Grand Canal - from Rialto Bridge past the Palazzo Foscari, the Gallerie dell' Academie, Teatro la Fenice, St Mark's Square (3.5km)

20:00 - Dinner reservation at La Zucca, a recommended, small and charming venue with a wide variety of menu choices - suitable also for vegetarians - in the heart of Venice City and only a 10 minute walk from our hostel. (dinner not included)

After-dinner drinks are optional, but we have an exciting and long day ahead of us... :)

Day two (01 March) - Day of Carnival in Venice

10:00am - Breakfast at the hostel (included)

12:00pm - Optional guided Tour of Venice and Gondola Tour begins at 12pm at St. Mark's Square which is a 15 minute walk from our hostel (EUR40.00pp)

(Maps will be provided with indications of all of our meeting, embarkment points and location of the hostel)

Free time for those not joining the walking tour to wander around the labyrinth-like streets of Venice and discover the city on your own. Promenade in costume and/or masks you have purchased and watch the parade of costumed characters, and the streets are full of entertainment and food stalls free for the public.

14:30-15:30 - Meeting point at Rialto Bridge - lunch break with the group at Muro Venezia at the Rialto fish market. A favourite spot to eat especially Saturday afternoons, this food stall offers specials of the day at reasonable prices.

15:30-17:00 - Visit the famous Atelier Flavia situated in the beautiful Hotel Baglioni near St Mark's Square during the Carnival period to marvel at the Venetian Carnival costumes. For those wanting to rent a costume (prices start from EUR450.00), you are required to send your measurements by mid December at the latest. Hats, wigs, coats and accessories can otherwise also be rented here for the day. 

There will be enough time during the day to buy masks and other costume items for those wanting to dress up for the evening event.

17:00-20:00 - Prepare and dress up for the Carnival Cruise Party 

20:00 - Venice Carnival Party Cruise

The big event of the weekend - an exclusive evening on board of the Venetian Galleon

Program

20:00 Embarkation of guests in Venice - Welcome aperitif while sailing towards Fusina

21:00 Start buffet dinner (incl.  Aperitif, Buffet and Dessert) while sailing to the north part of the lagoon: Murano, Burano, Torcello, Sant'Erasmo, San Francesco del Deserto...

22:45 At the end of the dinner, stop in Venice for a nice evening walk

23:45 Re-embarcation of guests and toast in front of St Mark's Square

01:00am  Disembarkation of guests in Venice return to hostel




Day three (02 March)

On Sunday, most Venetians are recovering from the evening before - as are we I suspect ;)

There are no tours scheduled for today, but for those who choose to extend their stay, they can visit a Classical Concert in the evening.

13:00 - (Optional) lunch at Al Nono Risorto - offers traditional trattoria specialties, but it most known by the locals for its pizza set in a lovely garden courtyard.

15:00 - Transfer back from Hostel La Pescheria to Marco Polo Venice Airport for 6pm return flight with Easy Jet

18:05 - 19:15 Easy Jet Flight back to London Gatwick

 

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  • Blanca

    Excellent weekend , great city and fab people I thoroughly enjoyed. The 3 hour at the airport on the return could have been shorter though....

    1 · March 5

  • Jo S.

    Had Interview

    Will hear tomorrow

    I feel it went ok

    1 · March 4

  • Sarah H.

    Thanks to Jessica for arranging an unforgettable trip to a fairy tale city with a really lovely group of people x

    4 · March 3

  • Kat

    Hi guys, second album available here: https://www.facebook.com/media/s...­

    March 2

  • George T.

    ok, loaded my photo's up onto facebook. https://www.facebook.com/taggat/...­ if you can't see them just add me http://www.facebook.com/taggat­

    1 · March 2

  • Kat

    Hey guys, the first album is ready for you on FB. Please tag yourselves and please like the group's page! :)
    https://www.facebook.com/media/s...­

    1 · March 2

  • George T.

    Had an amazing time, lots of great people, the costumes were amazing, and venice is incredible.

    March 2

  • Jo S.

    hi i am having problems with the app on my phone I am at the airport I have checked in, gone through security and am now at the internet cafe

    February 28

    • Sarah H.

      Hi Jo, jackie and I are on the upper level seating area outside Boots...

      February 28

  • Souganthy

    Hi Jessica, I am travelling on easy jet flight 5263 from Gatwick on 28th Feb at 08:40 a.m and returning 2nd March 18:05 p.m from marco polo airport flight 5268 south terminal. Can't wait!! :)

    February 19

    • Jo S.

      I am on the same flight

      February 27

    • Philippa

      And me - also on both flights

      February 27

  • Jo S.

    Hi All

    I am flying Venice Marco Polo trip - EM5PGPG

    FRIDAY, 28 FEBRUARY[masked]:40
    London Gatwick (South Terminal) to Venice Marco Polo
    Dep 28 February[masked]:40
    Arr 28 February[masked]:45 SUNDAY, 02 MARCH[masked]:05
    Venice Marco Polo to London Gatwick (South Terminal)
    Dep 02 March[masked]:05
    Arr 02 March[masked]:15

    February 27

  • Amy F.

    Hi all, I'm on the easyjet flight from gatwick on the 28th at 8.40am in seat 18F. Returning on the Sunday 2nd March.

    February 25

  • Ayo

    I'm on the Easy Jet from Gatwick on 28th Feb at 8.40am. Returning on Monday 3rd March on Easy Jet flight at 12.15pm.

    February 20

    • Ayo

      Hi Sarah, yes I am staying an extra night at the hostel.

      February 20

    • Sarah H.

      Have they confirmed it as I've requested it but haven't heard back from them yet...

      February 21

  • Jessica B.

    Hi fellow travellers!
    I will be sending out a detailed itinerary with a city map, hostel location/address, contact numbers and meeting points via email shortly. Please send me a short email confirming your attendance and flight arrival/departure time and I will send you the remaining Information for the trip.

    The optional activities are just suggestions and have to be booked yourself. A recommended website is http://www.venice-carnival-ital...­
    but you can find other people to join or form a Group via the meet up conversation page here.

    February 19

  • Jackie D.

    Hi, I am eager to meet a fellow traveller at Gatwick. is anybody flying on flight 5263 departing 08.40 Gatwick South Terminal. Jackie

    1 · February 8

    • Jackie D.

      Hi Sue. Thanks, I new the link was somewhere, just forgot to look in the comments. I am all booked for the 12.00 slot.

      February 16

    • Alysha N.

      Thanks for all of this! Helps someone who leaves things last minute like me. Just in case anyone else is interested in the Walk/Gondola ride it said "last tickets remaining" when I booked this morning.

      February 16

  • Jackie D.

    Hi, just got my costume. Anyone else dressing up?

    February 13

    • Jackie D.

      Hi George, I thought i was going to be the only only dressing up...

      February 15

    • George T.

      yea, thought i would get into the mood of it ;) you only do it once :)

      1 · February 15

  • Souganthy

    i would like to book the gondola rice and walking tour.Jessica do I book this myself or will you do it if you know how many others are interested? The link you sent has spaces on 1st march but thought I should check with you first. Is anyone else interested in doing this in the group?

    February 10

    • George T.

      I would like to do it as well, but i have a fitting for my costume at 11 so not sure if i will make it in time

      February 15

    • Jackie D.

      Hi Kath and Souganthy. I must be missing something, but I can not find the website details to book the walk and gondola ride, please help.

      February 15

  • Amy F.

    Hi all, I would like to do the city tour and gondola ride. Please advise if we book as a group or individually?

    February 13

  • Kath W.

    Hiya I have just been checking out the Carnival website link, Is it the Venice Carnival Party Cruise we are going on from the Naval Museum ? Sounds awesome if it is. I am going to book the Overview walk / gondola ride thing tomorrow. Yay !

    February 13

  • Sarah H.

    I'm interested to know who is dressing up for the carnival!.. Are you hiring costumes there or taking your own?

    February 8

    • Sarah H.

      I was thinking of taking the 5:20 fro Cricklewood?!... Gets to Gatwick at 6:30 ish...

      February 10

    • Jackie D.

      I am happy to do that train if that gives us enough time. Its better now that I am not turning up on my own.

      February 10

  • Jessica B.

    Could all the attendees that are staying an extra night, i.e. departing on Monday please send me an email to [masked] so that I can confirm this with the hostel? cheers!

    1 · February 10

  • Jessica B.

    A few things to our upcoming trip:
    Costumes: dress code on the Carnival boat is costume but a mask will suffice which we can buy/rent during our walks through the city.

    Extra tours, e.g. Gondola Tour: these can be booked via the site
    http://www.venice-carnival-ital...­

    Meeting at Gatwick: Kat and I are flying out earlier but will be meeting you at Marco Polo Airport at noon. We will make a clear sign for you to find us.

    Extra nights: I have emailed the hostel to ask whether an extra night on Sunday night is possible due to the minimum stay requirements. I will post any infos shortly.

    For any other questions, please email [masked]

    1 · February 10

  • Dilip

    Sadly I cannot now make this trip. If anyone is interested in taking my place please get in touch as I am trying to recoup my deposit of £100 that I have paid. I have not booked flights so you will need to do that.

    January 5, 2014

    • Dilip

      Yes you can take my place. Follow Kat's instructions above I guess

      January 17, 2014

    • Natalie N

      Lucky you Selena!

      February 8

  • Jo S.

    What is the hostel we are staying in called

    January 7, 2014

    • Kat

      Hi guys, Please email your queries to Jessi directly on [masked],­ rather than post here - it will be easier for her to pick it up and it will not spam everyone's inboxes with the emails they don't need. :) Win win situation. x

      January 7, 2014

  • Kat

    Hi All, If you have any questions, could you please contact me directly on [masked] rather than post comments here? The latter results in spamming everyone's in boxes with lots of messages they don't need and I have had complaints about it previously.

    January 4, 2014

  • Colleen

    All paid now Kat. Do we need to book the concert etc in advance??

    December 31, 2013

  • Jackie D.

    Hi kat
    Paid in full yesterday.
    Please confirm

    Thanks

    December 31, 2013

  • Sean

    Deposit- Check
    Flight- Check
    Great time- ________

    December 8, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Sean, as per description of the event it depends on when you pay it.

      December 23, 2013

    • Sean

      Paid in full, please Confirm lol

      December 31, 2013

  • Jackie D.

    Hi, i wish to pay my balance before the end of Deember. I think the amount outstanding is £166.70. Can you confirm please. Regards Jackie

    December 23, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Jackie, you would have so far paid £100 deposit (+paypal fees), so if you pay by the end of December the reminder is £170. All as per description above.

      December 23, 2013

    • Kat

      Please make sure that you pay into my account (all details in the description. If you choose to pay the reminder via paypal, please make sure you add a correct amount for paypal charges.

      December 23, 2013

  • Kath W.

    Flight booked will pay rest next month - getting excited !

    December 20, 2013

  • Souganthy

    Hi Paid full amount to your bank account.Please confirm x

    December 4, 2013

    • Kat

      Received. :)

      December 4, 2013

  • Kath W.

    Yay Deposit paid - will pay rest with my December salary.

    December 3, 2013

  • George T.

    booked my flights :) kat i transferred the full amount to your account.

    December 2, 2013

  • Stefanie

    Sorry I would have loved to do that one too but I am still on my course. Darn. Why does everything have to happen at the same time?

    December 2, 2013

  • Kath W.

    Hiya

    I am waiting for my boss to approve leave but should be fine so will pay deposit latest this Monday 2nd Dec. Can't wait !

    November 29, 2013

  • Jamie A.

    Am definitely interested but it'll depend on cost.

    November 26, 2013

  • Gill

    Am interested in this one....please send m details when they are available...

    November 24, 2013

  • George T.

    Just seen this one. If there are any spare spots, would be interested in going along

    November 21, 2013

    • Kat

      Please RSVP and you will be the first one to know when the details are ready. :)

      November 21, 2013

    • Janet C.

      sounds amazing, but any more info price,flights etc??

      November 23, 2013

  • Carmen

    Its a maybe for now but sounds like fun! :)

    November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds amazing. Would like to be informed of the details.

    November 22, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Karen, I can't see you on the list - please RSVP to be the first one to know. :)

      November 22, 2013

  • nikki r.

    I did the Venice carnival about 4 years ago and had great fun - Venice is great - I'd love to go again so my RSVP is yes.

    November 22, 2013

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