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.
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).
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
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