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In the style of a 17th and 18th century Grand Tour conducted by aristocrats, we have prepared an experience that combines the finest art and culture in the two leading centres of the whole region of south central Europe, Vienna and Venice, and the country nestled in between, Slovenia.
The tour is made of many successive experiences that connect the three cities (Vienna, Ljubljana, and Venice) into one story. We do not only visit three different countries, but actually three different worlds – the Germanic, the Slavic and the Italic. This trip is a charming immersive encounter with art, art history, museums, galleries, classical music, interesting cultural (and historical) expert talks, creative hands-on workshops, and experiencing soulful insights of the past and present lives of the old European cities.
If you like our passion for Vienna, Venice, and Slovenia, and you wonder about the program we have prepared and will lead with all our love, feel free to:
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We would be happy to hear from you, to present our program to you in a live call, to reply to your questions, to send you the brochure of our Vienna to Venice Grand Tour, and maybe also to proudly take you on a tour to places filled with history and beauty, where people deeply appreciate art and culture – welcome to our South-East Europe!
We start our Grand Tour in Vienna, a rich cultural capital of the once vast empire of the Habsburgs. Days in Vienna give us the best it has to offer (a classical music concert, a workshop of calligraphy, an expert insight into the most significent historical time of the city, a lesson of a step or two of a Viennese waltz, an immersive guided visit to an art collection, and more).
We continue to the homey capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. The city is a charming mixture of cultures and architectures, and it comprises an old medieval town, guarded by a fortress on the hill and a slow river in front of it. We spend a few nights enjoying the hospitality and friendliness of Slovenians, visit the world famous Lake Bled with a church on an island and a medieval castle on the cliffs. After an inspiring hands-on creative workshop and a beautiful evening of old Slovenian tales, we leave Slovenia.
Why we add Slovenia and Ljubljana to our Grand Tour? Read here
We then continue toward the West with a short surprise private visit en route before reaching Venice. Our last few days are spent in the city in the lagoon. Venice has always been a luxurious beauty at the intersection of the East and the West. Here, lavish materials have always been in abundance and the wealth was unimaginable. Old noble families still live in their palaces on the Canals, and people still travel around in boats and gondolas. Venice is unlike any other city in this world, still deeply-rooted in its past and with a fragile dependence on its sea. Here we experience how the past is still closely interwined with the present. We visit some of the art works of high renaissance in situ (in the churches), we take a ride with the gondola after learning how it is made, we enjoy a private visit to St. Markʼs Basilica to humbly enjoy the reflections of the golden mosaics in their full splendour, we discover the lives of the noble people on the Grand canal and more ...
Sometimes we also add two nights relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, in a SPA center where the healing water brings relaxation and peace to our bodies, and puts us back on track in no time.
This is a basic description of the program. Our tours are prepared with love for the beautiful details, small suprises, and elegance. Should you wish to receive the full program in our Brochure of Grand Tour from Vienna to Venice, please send us an inquiry.
Why we add creative hands-on workshops ? Please, read here
All of the hotels on the Charming Grand Tour are 4- or 5-star on a Bed and Breakfast basis, and located in the old towns centres. All of them feature a special, artistic or designers athmosphere… In Vienna we stay in a beautiful, authentic, 4 or 5* hotel in the Innere Stadt (old town) or just next to it, in Ljubljana we stay in an elegantly designed or old fashioned hotel with a historical atmosphere, and in Venice in a charmingly elegant hotel very close to the main square (St. Markʼs Square) with 4 or 5-stars.
from mid-September till the end of June (from June till the end of August is warmer, and in the summer season in Vienna and Venice there arenʼt a lot of interesting exhibitions and concerts going on! In the summer also, the European cities are more crowded!).
the climate in Vienna and Slovenia (Ljubljana) are Continental, Venice has a Mediterranean climate.
WEATHER AND TEMPERATURES:
RAIN: in the continental climate we expect more rain during March and May periods, and in November it can turn to snow in Ljubljana and Vienna.
TEMPERATURES: December till February are winter months with colder temperatures (below zero centigrade/23°F in Vienna and Slovenia, Venice 5°C/41°F) and rain/snow, more wind (in Vienna and Venice), and foggy (in Venice) with a chance of Aqua alta (flooding in Venice – between autumn and spring).
TEMPERATURES OF THE SEA:
Atlantic April cca. 14°C/ 57.2°F, May to October from 20°C/ 68°F to 25°C/ 77°F, and from October-February from c. 13°C/ 55.4°F to 14°C/ 57.2°F.
Tourist crimes in the visited countries (and cities of Vienna, Ljubljana, and Venice) mostly consist of petty thievery of non-attended items, so we advise our guests to always use common sense (to keep their valuables in the safety box in the room, avoid exposing expensive cameras, and in city centres always take care of personal belongings). Slovenia has been ranked among the 10 safest countries in the world for travel. Here is some info on travel to Slovenija.
there are no special health hazards for traveling to this region of Europe.
Vienna- German; Slovenia- Slovenian (a Slavic language); and Venice- Italian.
CURRENCY: in all three countries the currency is the Euro.
CREDIT CARDS: can be used throughout the tour (better to have a paying card, though)
ATMs can be found everywhere
PRICES: vary from city to city . . . among the three (Vienna, Ljubljana, Venice) Ljubljana is the cheapest, and Vienna possibly the most expensive, but of course it depends where the purchase is made . . . coffee at Saint Mark's Square in Venice is legendarily expensive, when just 2 blocks away the cost is the same as in Ljubljana.
people working in tourism, culture, and hospitality are very happy to receive a tip for their good service.
awailable in the hotels and in some cities for free (Ljubljana has free wi-fi in the city for up to 60 minutes per day). Roaming is possible during the entire trip.
people seem to try to avoid being in photographs when they see somebody taking a photo, but they donʼt really mind it when they do end up in a photo.
Guests should wear clothes they feel comfortable in and beautiful wearing them. In Europe there is no special dress code, yet following are some guiding lines for the outfit on this tour.
Daily wear: country club casual dress is comfortable, yet chic. Or dressy resort with a beautiful long maxi-dress for ladies and smart casual for gentlemen.
Dinners: dressy resort, lounge dress code, semi-formal dress code for the ladies and Cocktail Attire or Black Tie Creative Attire for gentlemen.
our guest's luggage is always taken care of, so they do not need to worry about carrying heavy suitcases in and out of their rooms, and onto the coach.
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BREAKFAST IN THE HOTELS: Continental, full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, American, or Buffet.
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