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EXCURSIONS

We offer you several possibilities like really attractive trips with an English-speaking assistant around the Venetian area where you can see the exquisite beauty of this part of Italy and some half-day guided tours of Venice.

If you are interested, please, make your reservation as soon as possible; reservations will be served on a first-come first-served basis. NEW Reservation deadline September 5th, 2014.

Bookings for the tours listed below must be carried out through the Conference on-line registration form.

If not enough reservations are made before this deadline, the travel agent has the right to cancel the tour, without penalties; in this case we will provide you with some different options: the tour fee will be charged only if the tour is held.

These excursions are reserved to ESSDERC-ESSCIRC 2014 regularly registered persons only.

 

FULL-DAY TOURS

Tour 1

September 24th, Wednesday

 

Cortina and the Dolomiti

8 hours – Minimum 8 maximum 15 pax

English speaking guide, transfer by private minibus from Venice and lunch

€ 150,00 p.p.

Tour 2

 

September 25th, Thursday

 

Venetian Villas on Brenta River

8 hours – Minimum 25 pax

English speaking guide, transfer by private bus from Venice, museum entrance and lunch

€ 110,00 p.p.

 

 

HALF-DAY TOURS IN VENICE  (walking tour from 2 to 4 hours)

Tour 3

September 23rd, Tuesday

 

Ca' Rezzonico and Accademia

4 hours - Minimum 15 pax

English speaking guide and entrances

€ 50,00 p.p.

Tour 4

September 23rd, Tuesday

 

La Fenice Opera House and Scala del Bovolo

2 hours - Minimum 15 pax

English speaking guide and entrances

€ 35,00 p.p.

Tour 5

September 24th, Wednesday

 

Jewish Ghetto- Madonna dell’Orto

3 hours - Minimum 15 pax

English speaking guide and entrances

€ 35,00 p.p.

Tour 6

September 24th, Wednesday

 

Vivaldi Tour: Ospedaletto and Fondazione Querini Stampalia

3 hours - Minimum 15 pax

English speaking guide and entrances

€ 35,00 p.p.

Tour 7

September 25th, Thursday

 

Islands of the northern lagoon by boat (Murano – Burano – Torcello)

4 hours - Minimum 15 pax

English speaking guide, private boat and entrances

€ 60,00 p.p.

Tour 8

September 25th, Thursday

 

Venetian Carnival Preparations

3 hours - Minimum 15 pax

English speaking assistant and craft souvenir

€ 50,00 p.p.

 

 

September 24th 2014 full day

Tour 1. Cortina and the Dolomiti (by private mini-bus)

8 hours – Minimum 8 maximum 15 pax

Meet your guide in Venice and then leave the city by luxury minivan, traveling north through the Veneto countryside and into the Sesto region in the Dolomite Mountains.
Stop for a coffee (own expense) in Pieve di Cadore, a gorgeous little village known for being the birthplace of the Renaissance painter Titian, and then continue to Lake Santa Caterina. Stretch your legs on a quick stroll, admiring the lakeside scenery, and then continue by coach to Lake Misurina. Have your camera poised, ready to capture breathtaking shots of the lake against the backdrop of Tre Cime di Lavaredo – the Dolomite’s three distinctive peaks. Travel toward the peaks by coach, stopping at a vantage point to soak up the serene mountain views.
Rest at a local trattoria for lunch (included), and then choose to either take a walk or stay at the restaurant and relax. If you opt to do the walk, follow your guide's explanations and walk along one of the gentler mountain trails to see more of the area’s sublime scenery, as well as its mountain flora and fauna. 
Leave the foothills of Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the afternoon and travel by coach to the swanky ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, where affluent Italians go not just to ski, but to see and be seen. Stop for photos at a panoramic viewpoint and drink in views of the bustling town encircled by towering mountains.
Enjoy free time in Cortina to do as little or as much as you want. Perhaps browse its elegant boutiques, or visit one of the street-side cafés for a coffee (own expense). Meet your driver back at the pre-arranged time, and return to Venice, passing the peaks of the Dolomite bathed in the late-afternoon sun. Your tour finishes at the start point (Piazzale Roma) in the early evening.

Tour price, including English speaking guide, transfer by private minibus and lunch, per person: € 150,00

  

 

September 25th 2014 full day

Tour 2. Venetian Villas on Brenta River (private coach)

8 hours – Minimum 25 pax

Meet your guide in Venice and then leave the city from Piazzale Roma by luxury 50 seats coach. Following the Brenta River you will reach Villa Pisani in Stra. The fine villa of the Pisani Family, built in the XVIII century, lies along the river Brenta. In its 114 rooms doges, emperors and kings were welcomed and nowadays it is a national museum. As in the past the garden is enchanting with its flamboyant  sights, original architectures, its famous maze.
Second stop at Villa Foscarini Rossi:  in Stra, not far from Venice and Padua, along the Brenta River, near the Pisani Villa, stands the 17th century architectural complex called Villa Foscarini-Rossi. Along the Brenta River, the noble Venetian families built outstanding abodes for spending their holidays, that would reflect their wealth and power.  In accordance with aristocratic customs of that period the Foscarini family sent for famous architects, such as Vincenzo Scamozzi, Francesco Contini, Giuseppe Jappelli, painters and decorators, such as Pietro Liberi and Domenico de Bruni, and entrusted them with the task of creating and decorating a house that would emphasize the importance of the family, especially since they had given the Serenissima Republic a Sea Captain and a Doge.
Lunch and visit of the Footware Museum located in the park. In the afternoon on the way back you will  stop at  Villa Foscari “La Malcontenta.
villa_foscari_detta_la_malcontentaThis magnificent Villa, included in the World Heritage list of Unesco, was built around the end of 1550 for Nicolò and Alvise Foscari. It lies between the lagoon and the banks of River Brenta and the interior is richly decorated by Franco and Giovanni Battista Zelotti.
Tour ends at the start point (Piazzale Roma) in the late afternoon.

Tour price, including English speaking guide, transfer by private bus, museum tickets and lunch, per person: € 110,00

  

 

September 23rd 2014 morning

Tour 3. The Great Museums: Ca’ Rezzonico and Accademia

4 hours - Minimum 15 pax

The monumental estate of the Accademia Galleries is located in the prestigious centre of the Scuola Grande of Santa Maria della Carità, one of the most ancient lay fraternal orders of the city. The homonymous church of Santa Maria and the monastery of the Canonici Lateranensi, built by Andrea Palladio, are integral parts of the Accademia.
A very rich collection of Venetian paintings from Veneto as well, from the Bizantine and Gothic fourteenth century to the artists of the Renaissance, Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto and Tiziano until Gianbattista Tiepolo and the Vedutisti of the eighteenth century, Canaletto, Guardi, Bellotto, Longhi. These artists will influence the whole history of European painting.
Ca’ Rezzonico is the Museum of the Venetian Settecento (18th century) works of art, furniture, interior furnishings.  Masterpieces by Guardi, Canaletto, Tiepolo, Longhi and others.

Tour price, including English speaking guide and museums tickets, per perso: € 50,00

 

 

September 23rd 2014 afternoon

Tour 4. La Fenice (Opera House) -  Scala del Bovolo

2 hours - Minimum 15 pax

The guided visit to the famous Opera House La Fenice , originally built in the 18th cent and entirely rebuilt after the fire of 1996, includes the Foyer, the main hall, the royal balcony and the Sale Apollinee.
Not far from the theatre, you will see the Scala del Bovolo, one of the most important examples of Venetian architecture transition from the Gothic style to the Renaissance.

Tour price, including English speaking guide and tickets, per person: € 35,00

 

 

September 24th 2014 morning

Tour 5. Jewish Ghetto and Madonna dell’Orto

3 hours - Minimum 15 pax

The Ghetto is the area where, since the 16th century, the Jewish community used to live. Very tall buildings if compared with the rest of Venice (for lack of space), dedicated shops and really interesting surroundings. Visit to a couple of Synagogues and the museum.
On the east side of the city, a little out of the way with a nice walk through the back streets, worth to see for the many Tintoretto paintings and also his burial site, Madonna dell’Orto is a church which derives its name from a miraculous image of the Virgin found in a vegetable garden nearby. Erected in the second half of 14th century, it was completely rebuilt two centuries later and is one of the most typical religious gothic buildings in the lagoon.

Tour price, including English speaking guide and museum tickets, per person: € 35,00

 

 

September 24th 2014 afternoon

Tour 6. Vivaldi Tour: Ospedaletto and Fondazione Querini Stampalia

3 hours - Minimum 15 pax

You will visit the Church of la Pietà, the Vivaldi’s Museum and the Cantorie , the place where the famous “putte” the young orphan ladies were well looked-after and educated to the music. See Vivaldi’s house (the place where he composed “The Four Seasons“) and then the church of Santa Maria dei Derelitti (or Ospedaletto). This church was designed in 1575 by Andrea Palladio and we will see the Music Room of the Ospedaletto: this small room, a real gem, was the place where the “putte” sang in public concerts to win a rich  husband.
Querini Stampalia. Residence-Museum of the Querini Family. Library, gallery, furniture household objects from the 16th century. Important paintings by Bellini, Palma, Ricci, Tiepolo, Longhi.

Tour price, including English speaking guide and museum tickets, per person: € 35,00

 

 

September 25th 2014 morning

Tour 7. Islands of the northern lagoon (private boat)

4 hours - Minimum 15 pax

First stop in  Murano , the island of glass. Visit to a glass blowing Factory to watch the creation of an object in authentic Murano glass.
Second stop in  Burano -  Promenade in this active fishing center, characterized by low, colourful houses  Famous also for laces handicraft.
Third stop in  Torcello -  It is considered the oldest continuously populated region of Venice and once held the largest population of the Republic.
Today only the Cathedral with its magnificent mosaics and Santa Fosca can still be admired.

Tour price, including English speaking guide, transfer by private boat from Lido, per person: € 60,00

 

 

September 25th 2014 afternoon

Tour 8. A full immersion in the carnival preparations

3 hours – Minimum 15 pax

You will visit a real mask shop workroom . A “teacher” will introduce the history of the mask and its importance in the past of Venice.Participants will then choose one mask out of many shapes and will be taught the techniques for decorating it.  A couple of hours approx. will be devoted to this amusing training. The mask will then belong to the “artist” as a unique souvenirs of your days in Venice.

Tour price, including English speaking assistant and craft souvenir, per person: € 50,00

 

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