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What to expect

Centrally Located Hotel

Stay at the Hotel La Fenice et des Artistes

Unique Architecture

See the magnificent architecture of Padua

Guided Tours

Guided tour of charming Venice

Famous Canals

Explore the network of famous canals

About the trip

A great choice for a Solos Christmas city break, Venice is full of charm and history. Made that much easier staying right in the centre of this magical city. We will explore Venice and the medieval city of Padua during this very festive time of year!

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What's included?

  • Return flights & Water Taxi Transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin room for sole use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & Information Meeting
  • Breakfast daily plus Christmas lunch and 3 evening meals
  • Half day guided tour of Venice
  • Entrance to the Ducal Palace in Venice
  • Half day guided tour of Padua including train transfers
  • Entrance to Baptistry, Cathedral and Cathedral Museum in Padua
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected


  • Arrive in Venice
  • Christmas Day at leisure
  • Venice
  • Padua
  • Departure Day


  • Insurance click here
  • €3.50 per night tourist tax payable to the hotel locally

What you’ll be doing


Arrive in Venice

Welcome to Venice! Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel by water taxi. When evening comes, we gather together and enjoy a welcome drink before having dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Dinner Included

Explore Venice

After breakfast, we meet our English speaking guide at our hotel and explore more of this fantastic city. The guide will begin to describe the Fenice Theatre, built in 1792 and first called only the ‘Grand Theatre of Venice’. Then, due to a fire, the Fenice (Phoenix) was named after the mythological bird that was reborn from its ashes. We then continue to San Marco, Scala del Bovolo, Campo Sant’Angelo’s picturesque bell tower and the Palaces in The Venetian Gothic style followed by the Fortuny Museum.
Through a labyrinth of narrow and hidden streets, we arrive in Manon Field with the statue of the Venetian hero who restored the Republic during the ’48 movements. Our tour will also take us to the Grand Canal where we can enjoy a beautiful view in front of the Rialto bridge and of course, a visit of the world famous Ducal Palace.
The rest of our day can be enjoyed at leisure to further explore the network of streets and canals of Venice followed by dinner in a local restaurant in the evening.
  • Breakfast & Dinner Included


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Journey to Padua

After breakfast, we make our way by foot to the train station (25 min walk) to catch a train to Padua (approx. 30 min train journey).

We meet our guide in Via VIII Febbraio, in front of the University Building – Palazzo Bo where we begin our walking tour in the area of the old city. Our tour is focused on the visit to the Piazza Duomo, Baptistery of the Cathedral, Museum of the Diocese. The Cathedral of Padua is dedicated to the Assumption: the present Church is the 3rd one built in the area of the old town and was built in the time when Padua was under the influence of the Republic of Venice (1405-1797). Many architects were engaged to plan and build it, and amongst them – Michelangelo Buonarroti.

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Christmas Day at leisure

After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy some time to do whatever you wish. The location of our hotel provides a base that means you can walk to many of the popular sights of the city, including the famous St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. Christmas lunch will be served in a local restaurant so we can enjoy this special occasion together.

  • Breakfast & Lunch Included

Departure Day

After breakfast we’ll have some free time to explore Venice a little bit more before transfering to the airport by water taxi for our return flight home.

  • Breakfast Included


Hotel La Fenice Et Des Artistes Three-star

Our comfortable hotel is in an 18th Century Venetian palazzo that looks out over a small quiet Venetian square. Centrally located in the heart of Venice, it’s just a short walk from Piazza San Marco.

Facilities Include

Facilities include a restaurant, bar and WIFI throughout.

Room Includes

Rooms include ensuite facilities with satellite TV, safe, hair dryer, telephone and minibar.

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Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January 8 °C -1 °C
February 10 °C °C
March 14 °C 4 °C
April 18 °C 7 °C
May 24 °C 12 °C
June 30 °C 18 °C
July - August 30 °C 18 °C
September 25 °C 14 °C
October 19 °C 9 °C
November 13 °C 4 °C
December 8 °C °C

Our Reviews

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“The feeling you have once you go away on your own is worth all the nerves before! I was so very anxious the first time but now having done it 4 times, I love it!”


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