Venice Tours & Holidays
Join us on a holiday to Venice
It’s easy to see why so many people rhapsodise about Venice. From romantic gondola rides on the canals that run through the city, to stunning, ancient architecture that would inspire awe in even the most hardened traveller, this city of wonders is a truly unique gem in a country of unforgettable destinations.
While many think it’s just a spot for romantics, Venice holidays are ideal for everyone from solo travellers to families, thanks to the city’s illustrious history, rich cultural heritage, and astoundingly good food and wine.
It’s not every day you get to holiday inside an actual UNESCO World Heritage Site, but with a Venice holiday you’ll be doing just that. Venice tours offer up the best of the Queen of the Adriatic, showcasing all of its artistic tradition and beautiful buildings, from Doge’s Palace to St Mark’s Basilica. The slower pace of life here is aided by the complete lack of cars in the historic centre, where you can only venture on boats or on foot. Because there’s so much packed in, a Newmarket Holidays Venice escorted tour is the perfect way to discover this stunning city.
Things to do in Venice
Witness for yourself how Venice was once the beating heart of renaissance Italy.
Marvel at the art
Venice was one of the epicentres of the renaissance and is home to some of the best art from the period, so seeing some of the most famous pieces is a necessity. The Tempest is a favourite, but for something truly epic head to San Zaccaria church to see Bellini’s Madonna Enthroned with Child and Saints.
St Mark’s Basilica
Visit the huge St Mark’s Basilica, an emblem of the city that blends Byzantine, Gothic, and Italian Gothic architecture. The ornately designed dome blazes majestically in the sun, and the inside is just as big a draw with some phenomenal art decorating the church.
The Grand Canal
The Grand Canal is exactly what it says it is, yet a sail down it will still exceed your expectations. Leading directly into the lagoon that borders the city at one end, a journey down the massive waterway is like a trip through the city’s storied past.
Things to see in Venice
From taking a romantic boat ride to a sobering visit to one of the region's best Jewish history museums, Venice offers a world of holiday opportunities.
Food & Drink in Venice
The Italians do a lot right when it comes to dinner, and an aperitivo – pre-meal drink – is one of their best traditions.
Get yourself an Aperol Spritz (or something stronger) from one of the many waterside bars, then sit back, relax, and watch the sun make the canal shimmer as you sip.
With so much water around it’s no surprise fish and seafood dominate cuisine here. A unique Venetian classic is sarde in saor, a sweet and sour dish that hits all the right spots. Grab a plate of this simple snack alongside a glass of white wine and you won’t regret it.
Dessert lovers must indulge in pinza veneta, a polenta and wheat cake filled with dried fruits and flavoured with grappa and orange zest. The light, airy texture complements the zingy taste perfectly, producing something so delicious you might end up eating an entire batch.