ANYONE FOR VENICE? April 2015
Would you like to join me for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Venice and Padua?
So, why don’t you?
I am planning a trip for the latter half of April conducted under the auspices of the Friends of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery.
This is going to be significantly different from tours I have led to Venice in the past. For a start: it will be organised independently of a travel agency: it will be an excursion of friends.
Here are the conditions of the trip:
You will look after your own travel to Venice and back and your accommodation there and in Padua; you will pay your own way with local transport, museum admissions, meals and city tax.
For your pains, you will have an experienced and enthusiastic guide: myself.
In Venice and Padua we will meet every morning at a designated place and time. I will take care of the daily itinerary and ensure that you get to our destinations and back with the minimum of stress.
As you might expect, there will be a lot of walking on some days, and on others a fair bit of standing around.
You are at liberty not to show up for any excursion, or to stay on at a venue you particularly like, or to take off on your own at any given moment, or to join us for just a couple of days – it’s as you wish.
Once you let me know of your interest in joining us I will send you a detailed itinerary.
Here are the guidelines for booking your travel:
The itinerary will begin on 14 April and end 29 April 2015. To begin the tour at the beginning you will need to leave Australia no later than April 12.
In Venice it is important to ensure that your hotel is near San Marco as this will be our meeting-point.
In Padua (Padova) it would be an advantage to book into a hotel near the station. This makes it easy to transport your baggage off the train from Venice and, when you leave, onto a bus to Marco Polo airport, and it puts you within easy striking distance of the Arena Chapel (Giotto), where you will surely want to spend as much time as possible.
For your guidelines, these are my own bookings:
Venice hotel booking 13 April – 26 April
Padua hotel booking 26 April -29 April
The last three days in Venice – 23-26 April are at leisure
And here is the full itinerary: Venice Itinerary
This tour will hopefully raise some much needed revenue for the Drill Hall Gallery: your participation will incur a guiding fee of $30 per day per head or $50 per couple, and this can be paid directly in advance to the Friends of the Drill Hall Gallery or on a day-to-day basis.
Giambattista Tiepolo. I Gesuati. Dorsoduro, Venice
Detail from Giotto di Bondone’s “Kiss of Judas”, Arena Chapel, Padua
Giambattista Tiepolo. Cherubim
To register your interest and obtain a more detailed itinerary email firstname.lastname@example.org.