Hidden Treasures of Venice and the Veneto

September 29th - October 3rd 2020

Owing to popular demand we are delighted to be re-running this tour which ran so successfully in 2017 and 2018: please see our Photos page for some pictures of the holiday. Booking for the tour will open in October 2019 but do email us now to register your interest.

Enjoy 5-star luxury in one of Venice's most beautiful and historic hotels whilst exploring many of the city's artistic treasures, including private openings and visits to palaces and gardens which are not open to the public.

We are delighted to have secured a number of rooms at the award-winning Ca' Sagredo, a luxurious 5-star hotel which looks out majestically onto the Grand Canal. The building is a 15th century palazzo which was acquired by the prestigious Sagredo family who were responsible for its grand refurbishment in the 18th century, employing some of the greatest architects and artists of the day including Pietro Longhi and Giambattista Tiepolo. The building has been declared a National Monument and its exquisite recent renovation preserves the untouched beauty of an ancient noble residence whilst providing all the comforts required from a modern hotel. We will enjoy a private dinner with music in its magnificent ballroom, as well as an aperitif one evening in the palace's portego on the piano nobile, decorated with beautiful 18th century landscapes and overlooking the Grand Canal.

This holiday will be of particular interest to those who may have already visited the city or joined our previous tours to Venice, since it includes a number of visits to private palaces which are not open to the public, as well as private out-of-hours visits such as a special evening tour of the Basilica of San Marco when we will be able to enjoy its magnificent mosaics outside normal opening hours, after all the crowds have departed.

We will explore many “off the beaten track” elements of the city alongside many well-loved favourites.  For example, we discover a number of lesser-known churches as well as Cannaregio's historic synagogues and we spend time getting to know exquisite smaller collections such as that of the Palazzo Querini-Stampalia. An excursion to the mainland allows us to visit a number of beautiful Palladian villas, including one which is still privately owned, and we will stop at Castelfranco to admire Giorgione's sublime altarpiece in the cathedral. A delicious lunch in the countryside at Asolo is also included.

We are also arranging tickets to the Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto which puts on delightful operatic evenings for small groups, where the performance takes place in a number of rooms including one covered in frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo.

Travelling in the autumn means that we will avoid the crowds and yet the weather is often still clement in late September. Our visits are as always punctuated by plenty of delicious dinners and lunches. Some of our visits have important literary associations, and our walks will often be accompanied by references to the poems and writings of various well-known travellers and authors who have visited the city over the years.

There will also be a specially arranged study day the week before we travel, giving us an opportunity to meet other members of the group and explore works by Venetian artists in the National Gallery collection such as Titian, Bellini, Tintoretto, Rosalba Carriera and Canaletto.

The tour is led by Siân Walters who has lived and worked in Venice and looks forward to sharing some of her favourite sights with you.



Further Tour Information

Having caught our breath after your Venice extravaganza, we need to thank you for an outstanding tour. Every detail was organised and communicated with the lightest touch and the detail, context and history of what we were looking at was explained with the confidence of considerable scholarship. Your highlights, carefully paced during the trip, created memories we shall treasure ”

Mr and Mrs Garth Coles

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  • Enjoy 5-star luxury in one of Venice's most beautiful and historic palaces
  • Private openings and special visits to palaces which are not open to the public
  • Day trip including Giorgione's Castelfranco altarpiece and lunch in Asolo
  • Private after-hours evening visit to San Marco
  • Private dinner with music in the Ca Sagredo's historic ballroom
  • Opera in the Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto


  • Tour Price:
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  • Room Upgrade: per room per night
  • Deposit:
  • Lecturer: Siân Walters


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