Itinerary

Mon 27 Apr

Afternoon arrival in Venice and transfer by water taxi to the luxurious 5-star Baglioni Hotel Luna, one of the oldest hotels in Venice with many literary connections, and walking distance to Piazza San Marco and the Gran Teatro La Fenice. Enjoy a welcome drink and an introduction to literary Venice by Adrian Mourby before dinner that evening in a local restaurant.

Tue 28 Apr

This morning join Adrian for a walking tour of the Castello area of Venice, focusing on sights associated with writers across the ages - from Petrarch, Lorenzo da Ponte, Charles Dickens, Henry James and Franz Kafka to Donna Leon and her fictional Venetian hero, Inspector Brunetti. Stop at Venice’s “floating” Libreria Acqua Alta, one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world, before lunch in a local restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure with dinner provided prior to the late evening concert at Chiesa San Vidal.

Wed 29 Apr

A second walking tour with Adrian this morning will explore the Venice of Ernest Hemingway, Henry James and Lord Byron, passing by the legendary Harry’s Bar, the Gritti Palace and the home of Adriana Ivancich, Hemingway’s last love who inspired his 1950 novel ‘Across the River and into the Trees’. The tour ends with lunch in a local restaurant. Time to rest and relax before walking to La Fenice for the opera performance that evening.

Thu 30 Apr

Your final full day in Venice starts by walking with Adrian in the footsteps of one of Donna Leon’s many murder mystery stories, and ends with a trip to Isola San Michele where Ezra Pound and Stravinsky are buried - as well as many of Inspector Brunetti’s “victims”. Lunch and the afternoon are free. The early evening performance at Teatro Malibran will be followed by a farewell dinner.

Fri 1 May

Spend the morning soaking in the atmosphere of this special city before transferring to the airport for the late afternoon flight home.

Programme

28 Apr 21.00

INTERPRETI VENEZIANI ConcertInc

Violinists: Anania Maritan, Giacobbe Stevenato

Programme:

The Four Seasons - Vivaldi

Follia for strings and harpsichord - Geminiani

Concerto for violin, strings and harpsichord - Brescianello

Venue: Chiesa San Vidal

29 Apr 19.00

RIGOLETTO VerdiInc

D: Damiano Michieletto

C: Daniele Callegari

Cast includes: Luca Salsi, Ivan Ayon Rivas, Claudia Pavone, Gianfranco Montresor

Venue: Gran Teatro La Fenice

30 Apr 18.00

FARNACE VivaldiInc

D: Christophe Gayral

C: Diego Fasolis

Cast includes: Carlo Vistoli, Sonia Prina, Lucia Cirillo, Raffaele Pe, Rosa Bove, Valentino Buzza, David Ferri Durà

Venue: Teatro Malibran

New production

Flights

British Airways

27 Apr London Gatwick – Venice dep: 11.50 arr: 15.00

1 May Venice - London Gatwick dep: 17.15 arr: 18.25

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

SHOULD YOU WISH TO EXTEND YOUR STAY BEFORE OR AFTER THE GROUP TOUR, PLEASE CONTACT US.

Prices per person

Tour price £3095
Single room supplement £880
Club Europe flight upgrade from £300
Land-only tour price £2985
Deposit required £400
Tour code VCE1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two lunches, three dinners, welcome drinks, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of our local representative or tour manager.