Cortina and Venice
Tour name: A ski trip with a Venetian twist
Tour dates: 16th to 23rd of March 2014
Level of expertise: Intermediate to expert skiers (We can also try to accommodate lesser ski levels, at extra cost for private tuition)
Introduction: Five days skiing in the Italian Dolomites and two days in Venice. Empty slopes in the mornings, wonderful scenery, rich Italian mountain lunches and glitzy apres-ski in the village. We end the trip on a gondola, floating on a Venetian canal, listening to the wonderful singing of a Gondolieri.
£1,375, single supplement £200
Includes: return scheduled flights London-Venice Marco-Polo, mini-bus transfers to and from Cortina, twin sharing for 5 nights Half-board (hotel 4*), 5 days ski pass, 5 days ski hire, twin sharing 2 nights B&B (hotel 3*) in Venice, boat transfers to and from the hotel in Venice.
Excludes: insurance, personal expenses, all entrances or excursions in Venice
Insurance: we can provide a travel insurance. Please ask us for a quote. If you are using your own insurance please don't forget to fill in the insurance details on the booking form.
Prices are subject to availability at the time of confirmation.
London - Venice
Outbound: Sunday 16th March 2014, departs London Gatwick 12:00, arrives Venice Marco Polo 15:00
Inbound: Sunday 23rd March 2014, departs Venice Marco-Polo 15:55, arrives London Gatwick 17:05
Cortina d'Ampezzo facts: 1225m/ 51 lifts/ 140 km of slopes/ 2 hr from Venice
Located in the heart of the Dolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo is not your typically "serious" ski resort, because most of Cortina holidaymakers rise late, lunch lengthily and leave the slopes early, there are no queues at the litfs and the slopes are wonderfully un-crowded. The ski domain is composed of several separate areas spread around the resort and linked by buses. The lift pass gives access to the whole of the "Dolomiti Superski" area and its 140 km of slopes. The slopes themselves are very well maintained, meaning you can enjoy long cruise-control runs.
The apres-ski and nightlife are lively in high season, especially the bars and restaurants located around the "Corso Italia".
Cortina is a classic resort, with stunning settings, attractive alpine architecture, loads of restaurants and shops and plenty to do off the slopes, such as swimming, tobogganing, ice-skating and dog-sledging.
Known world-wide for its canals and cultural magnitude Venice is truly a magical place. The floating city lives up to its reputation as one of the most romantic and beautiful places to visit in the world. It really doesn't matter how many times you have seen the sights in photos or films, nothing is quite like being there and experiencing the palaces, piazzas and canals for yourself. The first soothing cruise down the Grand Canal is beyond doubt one of life's unforgettable experiences.
The city stretches across 117 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic. To make it functional there are 150 odd canals and 400 bridges! All public transport is done via canal but walking is the best way to get around. Venice is a tricky place to visit and getting lost is easy, but fear not, loosing yourself within the city often ends in finding places you'll remember forever!