COACH HOLIDAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Venice, Italy. The flight is just over 2 hours long, then we transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport to the hotel in Jesolo (approx. 45 minutes away). We arrive at the hotel where we have time to relax and enjoy a welcome drink before our evening meal.
DAY 2 Today we enjoy a day at leisure in Lido di Jesolo. The hotel is set right by the Adriatic Sea, only a 1-minute walk to the private beach. Here we can use free parasols and sunbeds. There’s a sparkling marina to explore, a dozen squares brimming with Italian restaurants plus Via Bafile, Europe’s longest car-free avenue. The hotel is located on Piazza Aurora in Porto di Piave Vecchia, next to a pedestrian area full of shops, restaurants and cafés for lunch to be purchased. The average temperature reaches a high of 22ºC in Lido Di Jesolo in May, while the low dips to an average of 14ºC at night. Although it’s t-shirt weather during the day, we’ll need some warmer clothes for the evenings.
DAY 3 After breakfast we head to the hidden gem of Bassano del Grappa, home of the fiery Italian spirit known as ‘Grappa’. Enjoy a guided tour and tasting at the Nardini Grapperia, the oldest distillery in Italy dating back to 1779. Following our tour, we enjoy lunch at leisure in charming Bassano and explore the colourful streets interlinked by lots of piazzas, leading to the quaint wooden covered bridge which dates back to the 13th century. In the afternoon we travel to Valdobbiadene located on the famous Prosecco wine route, where we can sample some of the region’s famous sparkling wine before returning to the hotel for our evening meal.
DAY 4 After breakfast travel to the medieval city of Padova, home to Italy’s second-oldest university established in 1222. Here we can take a stroll around the historic streets and visit the Scrovegni Chapel, with its priceless frescoes by Giotto, and The Basilica of St. Anthony. In the afternoon we travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vicenza, known for its fine 16th century architecture. Vicenza is also famous for its trade in precious metals and is also known as the ‘City of Gold’. We can enjoy free time to explore the beautiful, compact town centre with its attractive shops and impressive buildings before returning to the hotel for our evening meal.
DAY 5 After breakfast we travel to the ferry jetty of Punta Sabbioni, where we will catch the ACTV water taxi for a 90-minute ride to the beautiful city of Venice. Stunning architecture and a labyrinth of mysterious passageways await in the alluring city built on a lagoon. Gaze in awe at the Grand Canal, reflecting the glories of Venetian architecture lining its banks, the Gothic Palazzo Ducale, Doge’s Palace and the Basilicas of San Marco and Santa Maria della Salute. Venture further into its back streets and discover churches and museums lined with priceless marble and antique treasures aplenty, and, of course, there is the option of a ride in one of the world-famous gondolas! We return by ferry to Punta Sabbioni, from where we will head back to the hotel for our evening meal.
DAY 6 After breakfast we have a few hours to relax at the hotel before returning to the airport for our flight home.
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HOTEL LE SOLEIL, JESOLO DI SOLO, ITALY ****
Set right by the Adriatic Sea, the 4-star Le Soleil has an outdoor pool, private beach and sea-view restaurant terrace. Rooms are decorated with pastel colours and elegant furnishings. Each one is air conditioned and features satellite TV and a fridge. They also come with a balcony, some offering partial or full sea views. The restaurant at Hotel Le Soleil specialises in Italian and international cuisine. Breakfast is a rich buffet of savoury and sweet food, all served outdoors. There is a lift as well as a 24-hour reception.
AT A GLANCE
√ Exclusive coach travel with Kirbys
√ Return flights from London Gatwick to Venice
√ 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
√ All coach transfers included
√ Welcome drink on arrival at the hotel
√ Tea/coffee after dinner
√ Full day excursion to the Province of Treviso & Bassano del Grappa, with guided tour & prosecco tasting
√ Full day excursion to Padova & Vicenza, with entrance to Basilica St Anthony & Scrovegni Chapel
√ Full day excursion to Venice, including the return Punta Sabbioni ACTV water taxi
√ Fully escorted throughout by Karen Kirby
If you book 20 places all together on a day excursion, short break or holiday ONE GOES FREE
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Unique ATOL Reference: 5114
A deposit of £250 per person is required for this holiday. Passport details will be requested at time of booking.
All prices are subject to increase of flight costs.