A Venice Tour Package from Austin-Lehman Adventures
Breathtaking beauty against the backdrop of the Dolomite Mountains
From the timeless canals of Venice to the rolling foothills of the Dolomites, the Veneto - once the sanctuary of wealthy Venetian nobles - is a spectacular land of verdant pastures, robust vineyards, opulent villas and fortified towns.
Arrive in Venice a day early to explore the city's meandering waterways, narrow cobblestone streets and lasting architecture. Pedal the gentle, snaking Strada dei Vini and quiet country roads into the cypress-clad foothills of the Dolomites, toasting postcard-perfect vistas of snowcapped peaks over a glass of local Prosecco
. Enjoy a private tour of the 1,000-year-old San Pietro di Feletto church, famous for its frescos, and shop the boutiques in the quaint hilltop town of Asolo. In Maser, visit Palladio's 16th century masterpiece, the Villa Barbaro, home to unequaled frescos by Veronese. By night, reward yourself with a plate of local seafood, a glass of grappa
and a restful night's sleep in the comfort of your hotel or albergo
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8 days/7 nightsNight 1: Hotel Villa Margherita
A 16th century building flanked by a long 19th century addition enhanced by a five arch portico, the Hotel Villa Margherita provides an excellent setting for relaxation. Enjoy a delightfully peaceful atmosphere that permeates throughout all the areas including the parlors, a shady veranda and a Venetian campiello. Night 2: Villa Foscarini Cornaro
Every room at the Relais Villa Foscarini Cornaro is a small, luxurious 5-star residence - silent, comfortable, cozy and elegantly appointed. All rooms have been tastefully furnished and faithfully reflect the history of the villa. Each room is different and is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology, which 21st century guests cannot do without.Nights 3 & 4: Hotel Canon d'Oro
A 15th century building, the Hotel Canon d'Oro is fully restored and enriched with antiques and Venetian style furniture. Its beautiful frescoed facade welcomes guests into a world of modern comforts and friendly service. Night 5: Hotel dei Chiostri
Set in the old centre of Follina, a town surrounded by Prosecco vineyards at the foothills of the alps, is Hotel dei Chiostri. The design of this hotel beautifully blends the antique with the modern. Daylight pours into your guestroom, filled with elegant accents that extend even to the bathroom where the fittings were designed by Philippe Starck and can also be found on display in NYC's MOMA. Enjoy all the comforts of home including internet access and plasma TV.Nights 6 & 7: Albergo al Sole
A 16th century house returned to splendor after renovation in 1996, Albergo al Sole is a timeless hotel with a warm atmosphere surrounded by a rich diversity of art and culture. The elegant bedrooms are luxuriously decorated with authentic furniture whilst antique-style baths live in perfect harmony with Jacuzzi showers and modern comforts.
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
1. The gondolas: They're one of Venice's most famous symbols worldwide. A ride usually last from 45-50 minutes and will take you around the canals for a different perspective of the city.
2. The artisans: At the local shops, it's common to see jewelers stringing glass beads, artists painting and mask makers creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.
3. Piazza San Marco: The most photographed and famous plaza in Europe, St. Mark's is in the heart of the city, surrounded by chic sidewalk cafes and boutiques.
4. The frescoes: With many of them still vibrant and alive after 400+ years, you will find these extraordinary works of art in several places besides museums: from palazzo walls to church ceilings.