Venice, the hidden islands of the Lagoon & the Palladian Villas

Dance amongst the pearls surrounding Padua and Venice

Day 1: Venice-Padua

Arrival at Venice airport. Private transfer to Padua. Accommodation in hotel 3*/B&B centrally located.

Meet our local buddy Alberto for an interesting tour of the city. He will give some important tips on the best bar serving Spritz or the most typical dish to try!


Day 2: Along the River Brenta to Venice admiring the Palladian Villas 

H 08.00 departure for a romantic mini-cruise among the Venetian Villas of the Riviera del Brenta, from Padua to Venice, a trip through art and history on the way followed by the ancient Venetian Burchiello in the 1700's.

H 17.30 Arrival in Venice, San Marco. Accommodation in hotel 3*/ B&B close to San Marco. Overnight.

The Burchiello was a typical Venetian barge, finely wrought and decorated, used to transport passengers and equipped with a wide wooden cabin, and three or four balconies. The Burchiello was used by the richest classes of Venice to reach the city from their villas in the countryside.

The full-day mini-cruise, recommended in order to appreciate the extraordinary beauty of the Riviera del Brenta, includes navigation, a guide on board, the guided tour of Villa Foscari known as La Malcontenta, Villa Widmann in Mira and Villa Pisani in Stra, plus a stop for the optional lunch at the famous restaurant Il Burchiello in Oriago, where the barge moors.

This charming mini-cruise passes through nine swivelling bridges and five locks, real “water lifts” that enable tourists to go down or up the difference in water level that is as high as 10 meters from Padua to Venice, and it concludes its trip in Venice in the fantastic marble scenario of St. Mark’s Basin

Day 3: Venice food tour: Rialto Market, bacari tour and Jewish Ghetto

After breakfast, join us on a gastronomic adventure spanning two sides of the Grand Canal. You’ll visit four of the best eateries in Venice, learning how to find great food in the Floating City. The best way to understand the history of Venice is through its food. With your guide you’ll visit the famous Rialto Fish Market & more, learning about the culture of the city. Then taste  cicchetti, wine, fritti, pasta and hop aboard a Gondola.

Who better to lead your Venice food tour than a local Venetian foodie? You’ll meet near the Rialto Bridge and start your culinary adventure as Venetians have for centuries – at the Rialto Fish Market. This is where the seafood restaurants in Venice buy their fish daily, deciding their menus based on the day’s catch. It’s also where you’ll first come to grips with the strange quirks of island living.

Your first food stop is one of our favorites. This bacaro is a popular gathering spot for locals thanks to its unbeatable cicchetti and a mean spritz. You’ll try two items of your choice here along with a glass of wine, prosecco or spritz. We would highly recommend the baccalà, a salted cod dish served here whipped, slathered on bread and so fresh it will knock your socks off.

Next up is another great cicchetti bar. Like the Spanish tapas, cicchetti is a food form synonymous with Venice. Although menus change daily, they are usually dominated by crostini; slices of bread with various creative toppings; panini, which we know as sandwiches; and fritti, or fried food – mostly fish and vegetables.Cicchetti are a big part of Venetian food culture, as the perfect snack for fisherman, who arrive home from sea around 9am and settle down in their favorite dark bars for a bite to eat and a glass of wine. Hop aboard a gondola to cross the Grand Canal with your guide, disembarking by Ca d’Oro (or the ‘Gold Palace’) in the historic neighborhood of Cannaregio. While tourists clog the streets between Rialto & St. Mark’s Basilica, Cannaregio is where locals congregate. Historically the Jewish Ghetto, it’s the most historic and storied part of the city, as you’ll learn from your guide. Settle down in this lovely neighborhood for yet another glass of wine and a plate of the city’s best fresh fish pasta.

Afternoon at disposal in Venice. Free time for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Lagoon Islands: Torcello, Burano Lace Museum & Mazzorbo winery

After breakfast, free time in Venice.

In the afternoon meet our buddy Alberto, with him you will explore the "hidden" Islands of the Lagoon: you Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello-jems of the Venetian lagoon and far from the most crowded Murano.

Together by public ferry you will reach Torcello, an ideal destination far off the main touristic itineraries , thanks to its wild and unspoiled nature which gives an air of seductive mystery and a charming atmosphere of ancient times. Following the long avenue that leads to the square and along the main river, you are immersed slowly in a landscape that seems remained to the period of the late Roman Empire.

Proceed to Burano- the island of the buildings with the bright colours and laces. But beyond that it reserves many other surprises! This tour will give you an unusual and exciting experience, a contact with the island and its inhabitants: be amazed by the colours, enjoy the fairytale atmosphere of a small fishing village, learn about the traditions of the island and discover how the ihabitants (called buranelli) live today... Just relax and enjoy the visit!

Here we will make a stop in a lace-maker laboratory set in a unique location and its Museum. Here you will admire prestigious hand-made lace pieces like table cloths, centre-pieces, collars, linen, handkerchiefs, wedding veils, which used to embellish the most prestigious mansions of Europe and adorn ladies and knights at the most important times of the day. An art and tradition bequeathed over the centuries until today. You will admire some of the ancient laces realized in the XVII, XIX, and XX centuries, exhibited in the Museum of the Atelier.

Then proceed to Mazzorbo, a nice island located right next to Burano, and linked to the majour island by a wooden bridge called by the locals "Ponte Longo" (long bridge). Considered by the most a natural prosecution of Burano, this small island  is often neglected by the tourists. But Mazzorbo is rich in history and beauty. It's main richness is for sure the agricolture: here on the island you can find hundreds of artichoke fields, as well as vineyards and fruit trees.

You can enjoy here an aperitif or dinner admiring the beautiful lagoon before going back to Venice. Our buddy Alberto will give you great tips on what to do in the evening, where to eat and all precious info from an insider!

Day 5

After breakfast, departure or extensions of the trip to other art cities/ Valpolicella wine area & Garda Lake.

Price from Euros 735 per person (adult in double room)
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The tour includes:

4 nights accommodation in hotel 3* or B&B in double room (1 night in Padua, 3 nights on Venice island)
Private transfer from Venice airport to the hotel in Padua
Buddy-tour of Padua
Mini-cruise with guided tour of the Venetian villas on Brenta River
Venice food tour (small group tour, max 12 pax)
The hidden islands Lagoon Tour with our buddy
Public ferry boat tickets to the Lagoon islands.