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Venetian Art and Culture Escorted Tour

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  • Stunning churches with art in its original setting – Santa Maria delle Salute, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and more

  • The wonderful Accademia art gallery and Scuola Grande di San Rocco

  • Palladio’s masterpiece, Il Redentore

  • Magnificent Palazzo Ducale

The power and prosperity of the Republic and its political institutions had a direct influence on the development of the Venetian School, and it is these links, and the Venetian Republic's rich artistic heritage, that you will explore on this wonderful tour with art historian Dr Peter Higginson.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly from London Heathrow to Venice and transfer by coach and people mover to Piazzale Roma and onwards the short distance (approx. 200 metres) on foot to check-in at the hotel. Welcome reception, dinner with wine and evening lecture 'Venezianita: the uniqueness of Venetian culture and its tradition'.

Day 2: Santa Maria della Salute, Accademia and Palazzo Ducale.
This morning visit the Accademia – the main gallery of Venetian art, followed by Longhena’s extravagant Baroque church Santa Maria della Salute. Then to the extraordinary Palazzo Ducale and the church of San Marco. Dinner with wine and evening lecture 'Art and the Venetian state: the scuole (charitable confraternities) and their role in the development of Venetian culture'. 

Day 3: Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni and walk to Arsenale.
The first visit of the day is the Franciscan church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, including Titian's magnificent
Assumption of the Virgin, and Pesaro's Madonna. Then it's off to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco to view the superb Tintoretto decorative schemes. In the afternoon, you head to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore to visit Palladio's church of 1559-80 and then along the Guidecca to visit Palladio's masterpiece, Il Redentore. We also visit the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, including viewing the magnificent paintings by Carpaccio followed by a walk to the Arsenale. 

Day 4: Morning transfer to Venice airport for the return flight to London Heathrow. 

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion. 

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights with British Airways from Heathrow to Venice 
  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Carlton on the Grand Canal, based on shared occupany of a twin/double room 
  • Welcome reception and two dinners with wine at the hotel
  • Two lectures at the hotel 
  • Airport transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Three day vaporetto (waterbus) pass 
  • Lecturer/tour manager Dr Peter Higginson throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Carlton Grand Canal, Venice 
This traditional four-star hotel enjoys a wonderful setting overlooking the Grand Canal, close to Piazzale Roma. Facilities at this stylish and well-run hotel include a restaurant - La Cupola - bar and very comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, minibar, wifi and safe. 

Carlton Grand Canal Hotel Website 

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YOUR LECTURER
Dr Peter Higginson
Dr. Peter Higginson is a free-lance lecturer at a number of London institutes. He specialises in the art and culture of early modern Europe, and the Modern period. His publications include works on art and soceity in 17th century Baroque Rome, as well as the patronage of Caravaggio. Peter has taught numerous university courses abroad in Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona, and also has wide experience in leading cultural tours to different parts of Europe and the world, which at present include directing programmes in Rome, and the surrounding province of Lazio, Venice, Florence and Cuba.

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A most enjoyable break. A day longer would have been perfect!

Review by Hitchens who travelled 18-February-2019


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Great tour

Review by Anonymous who travelled 18-February-2019


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Very knowledgeable tour manager. I definitely learned a lot about Venetian art and culture. However, the important visits were crammed into two days. No time for a more leisurely appreciation of the atmosphere, There should be at least one extra day for this trip.

Review by Bull who travelled 18-February-2019


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Despite freezing conditions covering most of the Continent our schedule went according to plan with excellent guidance from our tour leader. The disadvantage of visiting Venice in February was the advantage of limited crowds of visitors. The Hotel was good but expensive for additional requirements such as a meal on the eve of our departure (a run of the mill white wine was charged at 35 euro). Remarkably BA got us home to Gatwick on the scheduled departure date and time. This was my second time with Travel Editions and I would readily recommend the firm to others, adding however the proviso that to those outside the London area the additional costs of overnight accommodation at a London airport necessitated by early and late departures, going to and returning from the tour destination, are a significant financial disincentive, adding of course to the cost of travel from within Britain itself.

Review by Conti who travelled 26-February-2018


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excellent tour .manager. busy but very worthwhile itinerary. well situated and comfortable hotel with good food. small group and very sociable

Review by Gow who travelled 26-February-2018


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Fabulous trip, I thoroughly enjoyed it and agree with the comments in your brochure.

Review by Mrs Sue Fox who travelled 06-March-2017


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The programme was packed and well thought out and Dr Peter Higginson was superb as our guide and lecturer. Venice is a very special place and I will remember it as a very special holiday.

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I haven't done this kind of holiday before and was a bit worried about being "over-organised" but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide Peter was excellent, very knowledgeable and a good communicator, and provided additional guided tours on top of those advertised. He certainly enabled me to enjoy Venice to the maximum and gave me confidence to enjoy exploring on my own in our free time. All in all a wonderful holiday. Many thanks to Peter and all the staff who did their bit to make it a success.

Review by Mrs Helen Handley who travelled 06-March-2017


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Review by Mrs Elizabeth Jones who travelled 06-March-2017


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Peter was outstanding. His enthusiasm and wonderful depth of knowledge made everything he shared with us memorable and fun. He was a kind and friendly host who was more than willing to provide help where needed, for example taking luggage over bridges

Review by Mr Alan Reynolds who travelled 06-March-2017


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A well thought out programme of visits. Our guide Peter was excellent.

Review by Mrs Rachel Godwin who travelled 29-February-2016


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Dr Peter Higginson was an excellent tour manager, bringing clarity and illumination to a complex artistic and cultural history. He was considerate and responsive to the needs of the group and went far beyond the call of duty in terms of time and effort.

Review by Mr Denys Robinson who travelled 29-February-2016


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For personal reasons, this was a significant trip for me and its success has given me much enjoyment and renewed confidence. I particularly appreciated Peter Higginson's expertise and dedication especially in adding to the advertised programme. One tiny gripe: I don't think I ever received a full version of the itinerary that some of the others had. But I might have missed in in the attachments.

Review by Mrs Lucy Wood who travelled 29-February-2016


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I give hotel satisfactory but do not complain it was perfectly OK, meals not as good as one might hope. Peter worked so hard and his talks and information as on a previous trip with him, were excellent. Quite hard work without a separate admin/manager

Review by Miss Eileen Menzies who travelled 29-February-2016


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Only dent in the 'package' was the hotel. It's position was good but the food was not good. Peter the tour manager made the whole experience interesting for me as the 'plus 1' partner with my wife having the major reason behind the trip. I would certainly recommend you and him to others in the future.

Review by Mr Steve Rayner who travelled 29-February-2016


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Peter Higginson is an exceptional tour leader. His passion and his clarity, and his generosity in sharing his knowledge, is wonderful. He was willing to do far more than we expected, in every way, and I won't hesitate to do another Italian art tour with him. On a different level, I thought the flight was excellent, but the connections to bus and people-mover were less than optimal : too many changes and too far (over two bridges) to walk with luggage. Perhaps the Aliluguna boat might be preferable, besides being a wonderful arrival into this extraordinary city? The hotel was OK, but the first night's dinner was disappointing, and a different location, in a more truly Venetian spot and not overlooking the bus and train stations, would have been an improvement. But overall, this was an excellent experience, and I can't praise highly enough Peter's knowledge and his ability to instil an understanding of the Italian renaissance art and its context with us.

Review by Mrs Lyn Hoffman who travelled 29-February-2016


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This was an excellent trip. Peter Higginson was excellent. He really cared for the group and provided an excellent experience for us. Hotel was well placed and the room at the side of the hotel was quiet. Excellent flights as they gave us the afternoon of the first day and most of the fourth day in the city.

Review by Miss Christine Fisher who travelled 23-February-2015


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Would just wish to commend the professionalism, enthusiasm and expertise of Peter Higginson. He was the principal reason for choosing this tour following an exceptional experience with him in Florence last year. His knowledge of his subject is truly impressive, and he has the happy knack of being able to impart that knowledge both with clarity and a sense of enjoyment.

Review by Mrs Virginia Pollard who travelled 23-February-2015


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Peter - excellent. The Italian guide - Tuesday pm -. was not. She obviously knew a great deal but did not seem to know how to make this digestible to her audience - as a result one just 'switches off'.

Review by Ms Norah Moss who travelled 23-February-2015


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A well organised and enjoyable tour. Peter, the tour manager, was so enthusiastic, informative and helpful and the extra visit to Torcello was unbelievable. I will certainly be travelling with you again

Review by Mrs Valerie Jay who travelled 23-February-2015


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Peter Higginson made this tour excellent. His knowledge is outstanding and he is a brilliant tour leader as well as guide.

Review by Mrs Josephine Down who travelled 23-February-2015


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Peter was superb. Makes it all come alive. I would love to go on any other tour he manages.

Review by Mr Jeffrey Boswell who travelled 23-February-2015


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Very enjoyable and informative

Review by Dr David Willits who travelled 23-February-2015


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Excellent trip. Tour manager was superb - extremely knowledgeable and able to share that knowledge in an accessible way. Generous with his time - the optional visit to Torcello was wonderful. We would very much like to join similar trips with him in the future

Review by Mr Richard Aust who travelled 10-February-2014


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Very enjoyable trip with knowledgeable guide who went out of his way to make everyone's holiday a success.

Review by Mr Peter Harney who travelled 10-February-2014


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Peter Higginson was excellent. Gave us a a great understanding of Venice. Hotel staff were also very friendly and helpful. Great all round.

Review by Mr Thomas Preston who travelled 10-February-2014


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Our tour manager Peter Higginson was excellent. He was most informative placing the subject in perspective. He provided a framework for understanding the history and politics and how this shaped the development of the art and architecture.

Review by Dr Michael Trenouth who travelled 10-February-2014


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An excellent way to see Venice and learn so much about its art and history. Brilliant tour leader and very sociable group.

Review by Mrs Jane Hamilton who travelled 10-February-2014


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Our tour manager was excellent very knowledgable and approachable. It was a fully packed programme. The hotel was fine and food good.

Review by Mrs Janet Gregory who travelled 02-October-2014


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Dr Peter Higginson was an excellent guide and lecturer. I shall certainly look out for other tours by him

Review by Mrs Pamela Blackley who travelled 10-February-2014


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I was delighted with everything about the tour especially the expertise and company of Peter Higginson. Can only suggest giving clients the option of one more night in Venice (many people stayed overnight in Gatwick on our return) plus a tour of Padua. I'm already planning my next trip with Travel Editions.

Review by Mrs Margaret Turner who travelled 10-February-2014


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