Venice holiday and islands in Italy

“Explore beyond St Mark’s on this five-day break, with two nights in Venice and two on a neighbouring island, to discover the city’s rarely-visited corners.”


Island of Sant'Erasmo | winery visit | Bacan beach | Vignole Island | Venice | possibility to stop off on Island of Mazzorbo, linked to Burano by bridge | guided tour of Venice

Description of Venice holiday and islands in Italy

Get to know the Venice beloved by Italians on this five-day holiday, taking in both this beautiful historical city and the islands nearby. Begin your stay with two nights on the Island of Sant'Erasmo, also known as the garden of Venice, where excellent restaurants promote the Slow Food movement. Swim from beaches used only by Venetians, cycle around the island, visit a local winery and at sunset, enjoy a drink under shady trees, overlooking the lagoon.

You will return to Venice itself for the second leg of the trip, spending two nights here with plenty of time to explore at your own pace. A guided tour is also included, to take you off the beaten track to parts of Venice many visitors never see, including the ghetto in Cannaregio, the Venetian gardens, the handicraft shops that promote artisan crafts and trades, and the smaller islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello.

Venice is the largest island of dozens, dotted across 50,000 hectares of sea between the Po River delta and the mouth of the Piave River. Around one hundred canals are navigated by light vessels, which bring the waterways to life and connect Venice and the islands. While Venice is the key attraction, the entire lagoon area deserves exploration. There are fascinating pearls scattered everywhere, and you can travel by boat between cultivated lands and fish farming basins.

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Responsible tourism

Venice holiday and islands in Italy

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


We like win-win situations. Therefore, we like the idea of providing the best travel experience possible to our customers, while maximizing the benefits for locals and the environment.

We do our best to apply the principles of responsible tourism, enshrined in the charter of the Association for Responsible Tourism in Italy. AITR's charter complies with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

In particular, we focus on ensuring we adhere to the following criteria:

- We select accommodations, restaurants and transport that demonstrates sustainable environmental stewardship, using local materials and produce whenever possible;
- We pay attention to the impact of travel on seasonal, natural and agricultural events (harvest, plant growth, endangered wildlife, or mating seasons, etc.)
- We partner with associations and organizations that select experiences and accommodations based on the energy sourcing and consumption, favouring local and sustainable energy suppliers.
- We also attend trade shows with them and select local vendors together, further encouraging sustainable energy practices locally.


-We select tourism providers who can show transparent and accountable business operations through environmental and social audits;
-We organize itineraries that can be completed without haste, with a limited number of destinations each day - ensuring our customers can gain a greater enjoyment from the local area;
-We keep groups small so that travelers can fully experience the destination, and this way we protect the local area from the harmful impact of large tourist groups;
-We avoid excessive organization, allowing travelers to research the destination themselves, if they want, so that they can appreciate it more completely;
-We respect intellectual property and copyright in our marketing materials.

Our promise to the local economies:

- We prefer to work with locally-owned service providers and vendors (transport, accommodation, catering, etc.), or small-scale, regional providers;
- We encourage travelers to spend locally and fairly (i.e. purchase crafts directly from the artist, at a fair price)
- We bring travellers to areas that have expressed the need and desire to welcome travelers, and aim to avoid in-season peaks, to help sustain tourism outside of peak times.

Our promise to have a positive social impact:

-We favour providers who employ residents, at a fair wage, and who provide opportunities for developing their human potential (e.g. training)
-We respect land and access rights when crafting our itineraries, and ensure we are aware of any social or traditional event that might be taking place in the areas visited.

1 Reviews of Venice holiday and islands in Italy

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We loved doing a carnival mask workshop in Venice - it was something we would never have thought of doing ourselves but we loved it, we wore the masks back to the hotel in the fog and now we have got them to keep forever as a memory of a great holiday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It is worth spending a bit extra to take a water taxi speedboat directly from the airport to your hotel in Venice, an unforgettable experience! In Florence, there is a fantastic food hall in the covered market above the leather market.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our tour guides were Venetian and our mask workshop was supporting the continuation of traditional methods of mask making in a family business. In Florence, our cycle tour was environmentally friendly!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had a wonderful holiday in Venice and Florence with brilliant activities that we would not have thought of ourselves, our 8 year old loved it, and it was all well organised and stress-free.

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