Day 1: VENICE
Arrival transfer from airport to hotel. Welcome drink at your hotel. Accommodation and then welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight.
Day 2: VENICE – GAY TOUR
Buffet breakfast and start of your LGBT tour of Venice, the Italian romantic city par excellence. This tour will show you Venice following the route of one of the most important German writer, Thomas Mann, and its romance and masterpiece “Death in Venice”, a story of passion and love beetween the writer Gustav von Aschenbach and Tadzio, a charming boy. Continue to Hotel Des Bains, famous place where Thomas Mann met his young Polish love. In your LGBT tour you won't miss admiring the Golden Basilique of San Mark, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture, the Doge's Palace (from the outside), the famous Canal Grande and Rialto Bridge, and finally the Sospiri Bridge, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Lunch on your own to try some of the many typical specialities of this region. In the afternoon, Gondola Tour through Venice canals (4 people per Gondola). Afterwards be enchanted from the visit to a real Venetian Squero, the place in which the famous gondolas are created, or in alternative to a Venetian Mask Atelier. Rest of the afternoon for free visits and shopping. Meeting with your LGBT Tour Leader for an exclusive Bacaro Tour accompanied by Prosecco & Spritz. Dinner on your own and overnight at your hotel.
* Rainbow Tips: Own the night in one of the several LGBT clubs like Piccolo Mondo Club in Venice Island, a very tiny and famous club here in Venice, or the club par excellence in Mestre, the Trash&Chic Club.
Day 3: VENICE – MURANO – BURANO – GALLEON DINNER IN VENICE LAGOON – VENICE
Buffet breakfast and start your boat tour to Murano and Burano Islands exploring the beauty of Venice Laguna. First stop in Murano, the city famous for its glass production where you can visit a glass blowing Factory and see expert glass masters of blowing and sculpture technique. Continue to the colorful village of Burano, where its houses seem to come out from a fairytale. Lunch on your own before taking your boat to come back to Venice. Rest of the afternoon free for individual visits and shopping. In the evening, enjoy a magic Galleon dinner cruise in Venice, discovering the beauty of this city by night. After dinner, rest of the night free. Overnight.
* Rainbow Tips: Discover on the most ancient bookstore of Venice, the famous “Libreria Acqua Alta” in Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa, a mysterious place where books are conserved in gondolas or bathtubs.
Meals: B - D
Day 4: VENICE - BRENTA RIVER CRUISE - PALLADIO'S VILLAS – PADUA
Buffet breakfast. This morning you will meet at 08:50 your Guide at Riva degli Schiavoni, pontile della Pietà, in front of Chiesa della Pietà and at 09:00 you will board your private cruise on the River Brenta. The motor launch 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. It was used by the richest classes of Venice to reach the city from their villas in the countryside. Today it is a modern and comfortable boat, equipped with a cabin and comfortable sofas, air-conditioning, a bar and toilets, and a panoramic deck that offers passengers a full view around. During the sailing you will admire the beautiful Venetian Villas of Palladio built as summer residence for rich patricians. Mira has the highest concentration of villas; it is the town of the famous façades overlooking the Canal, of the verdant bights, of the unblemished corners where the weeping willows touch the water of the waterway. Take a look also to the Malcontenta, where you can admire all the elegance and monumentality of Villa Foscari (called the Malcontenta) (entrance fee included), one of the masterpieces of the genius of Andrea Palladio. Arrival to Oriago and stop for lunch in the famous "Il Burchiello" restaurant where you can decide to have a selected extra lunch or lunch by your own. Afterwards continue to Villa Widmann (entrance fee included) for visit this typical summer residence of the 1700’s with its delightful park, a true jewel of the Riviera del Brenta. Afterwards you will arrive to Stra, where a visit and be ready to visit a wonderful Villa. The town is dominated by the grandiose Villa Pisani (entrance fee included), the renown Doge’s Palace on the mainland, a sumptuous villa ordered by the Pisani family as their status symbol. Then continue the tour and past the locks at Stra and Noventa Padovana and admire Villa Giovanelli, extensively frescoed, built at the end of the 17th century by the Giovanelli family. Sailing on the Piovego and along the old sixteenth-century walls with their imposing ramparts, immersed in the thick and lush vegetation, barges pass under the old Graissi bridge. Arrival to Portello, the old river port of Padua with a beautiful staircase built in the 16th century and painted by Canaletto, and an outstanding portal made of Istria stone. This portal reminds of a Triumphal Arch, with eight columns and a clock turret. Arrival to Padua at 19:00 circa and accommodation at your hotel. Dinner on your own and free time to spend the night. Overnight.
* Rainbow Tips: Own the night in one of the many LGBT Clubs in Padua like L'anima, Gay Village or Miami.
Day 5: PADUA – VICENZA (by Bike – circa 60 km)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Then continue to the starting point in Padua where your LGBT Friendly Tour Escort will give you your Bike and Kit. Bike tour of the old University City of Padua, known worldwide as the city of Saint Anthony where will see the major sites such as the Scrovegni's Chapel (from the outside), and the magic 90,000 square meter elliptical Prato della Valle Square, one of the largest squares in Italy. Continue by bike to Vicenza and light lunch on the road. You will ride along the famous Colli Euganei area, passing by the Abbey of Praglia and in front of Catajo Castle. Arrival to Vicenza in the late afternoon, the favourite town by the architect Andrea Palladio in late 1500. Dinner at a local restaurant and free time to spend the night. Overnight.
Meals: B - L - D
Day 6: VICENZA – MONTAGNANA (by Bike – circa 60 km)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. The bike tour will start with a view of Vicenza. Admire the sixteenth-century Villa Capra called as Rotonda (masterpiece of Palladio) and the eighteenth-century Villa Valmarana ai Nani (with frescoes by Tiepolo). Pass by the Olympic Theatre, a master piece of the Renaissance master builder «Palladio». Afterwards continue to Montagnana and light lunch on the road. Discover the city which was build for precisely that reason: it was fortified and strengthened when Padova was a city state, in order to act as a bastion against the Scaligeri of Verona. Dinner at a local restaurant and free time to spend the night. Overnight.
Meals: B - L - D
Day 7: MONTAGNANA – VERONA (by Bike – circa 60 km)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. The bike tour will start in Montagnana. Then ride your bike to Verona and light lunch on the road. Once arrived in Verona, setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, enjoy the view of Juliet’s balcony and the enchanting Arena (from the outside), an incredibly well-preserved Roman amphitheatre where gladiators used to fight, now place for world-famous opera performances. In the late afternoon, you will continue by foot and delicious wine tasting of Valpolicella wines. Dinner at a local restaurant and free time to spend the night. Overnight.
Meals: B - L - D
Day 8: VERONA
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
- Accommodation in LGBT selected Hotels
- Transportation by Deluxe AC Private Minibus as per the Itinerary
- Private Transfer OUT Hotel Verona area – Airport Verona
- Personal Bike Rental, Helmet, Padlock and Kit together with LGBT Friendly Tour Escort
- Welcome Drink
- Private Boat Transfer IN Airport Venice – Hotel Venice
- 1 piece of Luggage / one way
- 3-Course Welcome Dinner in Venice at a local restaurant (½ Water, ¼ Wine, Coffee or Tea)
- Gondola Tour (every 4 people)
- Visit to a Venetian Squero
- Bacaro Tour with Prosecco & Spritz
- Excursion to Burano & Murano Islands
- Galleon Dinner Cruise in Venice
- Brenta River Cruise
- 3-course Dinner in Vicenza at a local restaurant (½ Water, ¼ Wine, Coffee or Tea)
- 3-course Dinner in Montagnana at a local restaurant (½ Water, ¼ Wine, Coffee or Tea)
- 3-course Dinner in Verona at a local restaurant (½ Water, ¼ Wine, Coffee or Tea)
- Wine Tasting (3 Wines) in Verona with Local Snacks
- Light Lunches with Water included
- Luggage transportation by Minivan during the Bike Tour
- LGBT Friendly Tour Leader throughout the itinerary
- Tips, City Taxes and everything not listed under “Included features”
Ignas Tour Hotel CollectionACCOMMODATION:
3 Nights in LGBT Friendly Ancient Palace in Venice – Palazzo Contarini (or similar)
1 Night in LGBT Friendly Hotel 4 * in Padua – Crowne Plaza (or similar)
1 Night in LGBT Friendly Hotel 4 * in Vicenza – Hotel Campo Marzio (or similar)
1 Night in LGBT Friendly Hotel 3 * in Montagnana – Hotel Aldo Moro (or similar)
1 Night in LGBT Friendly Hotel 4 * in Verona – Roseo Hotel Leon d'Oro (or similar)
- Palazzo Contarini or similar
Salizada Santa Giustina – Castello 2926, 30122 Venezia
Tel. 041 822 6943
- Hotel Campo Marzio 4* or similar
Viale Roma, 21, 36100 Vicenza VI
Tel. 0444 545700
- Crowne Plaza Padova 4* or similar
Via Po, 197, 35135 Padova PD
Tel. 049 865 6511
- Hotel Ristorante Aldo Moro 3* or similar
Via Guglielmo Marconi, 27, 35044 Montagnana PD
Tel. 0429 81351
- Roseo Hotel Leon d’Oro 4* or similar
Viale del Piave, 5, 37135 Verona VR
Tel. 045 844 5140
* Price per person sharing a double/twin room:
|Dates||12 guests||10 guests||8 guests||6 guests|
|Low Season||€ 2100||€ 2150||€ 2250||€ 2350|
|Mid Season||€ 2150||€ 2200||€ 2300||€ 2400|
|High Season||€ 2200||€ 2250||€ 2350||€ 2450|
|Single supplement: € 290|
Rates are Commissionable
*The itinerary is on request and rates are subject to the availability of the hotels at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change if travel occur during trade shows, bank holidays or special events and supplements may be applied.
Low Season: Mar – Apr
Mid Season: May – Jun – Sep
High Season: Jul – Aug
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