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CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA 



LANGUAGE HOLIDAY 


From 2nd to 15th February 2018


“If you want to see the masks, come to Venice and enjoy yourself, but if you want to enter into the real atmosphere of the Carnival and its unique enchantment of the timeless feeling, get a costume and take part in it”.

This itinerary is designed for travellers who are passionate about the Italian language and want to experience “real” Italian life. It will be only a small group of 10 to 15 people. We will have Italian conversation focused on the day topic; we will sometimes be using public transport for a short period of time in order to encourage you to practise your Italian.

Day 1   Friday 2nd February - Arrival


Our meeting point is Padova. We will travel to the Agriturismo where the doors of the ‘farmhouse’ will be opened by our hosts. The real Italian experience starts now! 

                      

You will have free time to settle. We will start the evening with an 'aperitivo di benvenuto' before enjoying our first home made cooked dinner. Our friendly chef is well known in the region and amongst MPLCS Language Holiday participants of previous years for her mouth-watering dishes and is looking forward to spoiling us. Buon Appetito! 



Day 2    Saturday 3rd February - VENICE


Today, after breakfast and our Italian conversation, we will travel by train to Venice. 


We will have a full day in the magnificent “Citta’ dei Canali”.

We will experience Venice as a Venetian and discover places and secrets belonging to centuries of Venetian history. 


Free time before dinner. 

Day 3    Sunday 4th February - VERONA


After breakfast and our Italian conversation we will travel to Verona 
where a walking tour will take us to the Roman Arena, Romeo and Juliet's House, Lamberti Tower and Piazza delle Erbe. 


You will have some free time to immerse yourself into the town, talking to the locals and practicing your Italian, followed by an enjoyable dinner. 


Day 4    Monday 5th February - COOKING CLASS


After breakfast and our Italian conversation you will have the rest of the morning at your leisure. 


You might decide to venture into Piombino or the nearby Castelfranco Veneto. Or you might just decide to rest at the Agriturismo.


In the afternoon we will have a cooking class! Home made pasta, a “second piatto” with seasonal vegetables and a cake that we are going to enjoy for dinner with a well deserved glass of wine! Buon appetito!



Day 5    Tuesday 6th February - VENETIAN VILLA 

After breakfast and our Italian conversation we will have some free time. 

In the afternoon we will visit a Venetian Villa, designed by Andrea Palladio, the most influential figure in the history of western architecture. We will then have  dinner and converse in Italian 
Day 6    Wednesday 7th February - DOLOMITES / MARMOLADA

After breakfast and our Italian conversation we will travel by minibus to admire the Dolomites. 

A Unesco world natural heritage site, Marmolada is the biggest glacier in the Dolomites area and because of its height (3.342m) and uniqueness it has the name "Regina delle Dolomiti" (Queen of the Dolomites). 

You will have some time at leisure before traveling back to the Agriturismo for dinner.
Day 7     Thursday 8th February - PADOVA

Today, after breakfast and our Italian conversation, our train destination will be Padova. 

We will walk through the historical centre, with its squaresand their busy markets where we will be able to admire the most important monuments in the heart of Padua: Justice Palace, the city hall, the "Bo'" Palace the ancient university seat where Galileo Galileo used to teach, and one of the most important European coffee-houses, the historical Caffè  Pedrocchi. We will have some free time before visiting the Scrovegni Chapel and its Giotto frescoes. 

We will then catch the bus back to Piombino Dese and have dinner at the Agriturismo.

Day 8     Friday 9th February - ARQUA' PETRARCA


After breakfast and our Italian conversation we will travel to Arqua’ Petrarca. 


The famous poet Fancesco Petrarca lived the latter part of his life in the town. The town of Arqua Petrarca is famous for producing good quality extra virgin olive oil, olives, chestnuts and honey. 


We will have time to wander about the streets in a relaxed fashion. 


Tonight is a Pizza night!


Day 9     Saturday 10th February - BASSANO DEL GRAPPA

After breakfast and our usual Italian conversation, we will head to Bassano del Grappa by train.

If you are a grappa lover, or have never experienced the taste of it, visiting Bassano is your chance to find out all about grappa. We will visit a museum and tasting shop. We will walk through the pictoresque town and learn about its history.

Free time before dinner.

Day 10     Sunday 11th February - FREE DAY


Today, after breakfast and our Italian conversation, you are invited to explore the area on your own and challenge yourself practising your language skills. 


You could go to the local market, to the pasticceria for a 'caffe' o an 'aperitivo' or catch the train and experience one of the beautiful areas in the Veneto Region by yourself. 


You might decide to stay at the Farmhouse and have a chat (in Italian of course!) or have a rest.  The choice is yours!


Day 11    Monday 12th February - VENEZIA


After breakfast and Italian conversation we will travel to Venice to celebrate the CARNEVALE di VENEZIA 2018


We will check in our hotel along the Grand Canal in Venice, have some free time before going to meet the staff of a very famous and elegant Atelier of costumes for balls and Gala Dinners in Venice . Here we will choose our costumes from the XVI to XIX Century hand made productions of precious and unique pieces, all made in natural fine textiles – silk, damask, velvet - hand embroidered with Venetian pearls. 

Tonight we will take part in a Carnival event in one of the most famous palaces in Venice.


Day 12    Tuesday 13th February - FREE DAY


After breakfast you will have the whole day at your disposal to wander around, do some more shopping or just relax.

Day 13     Wednesday 14th February - VENEZIA


This morning after Breakfast we will discover another part of Venice. There will be an opportunity to enjoy some time at leisure.  


We will enjoy the night at the dinner table to conclude our pleasant language holiday.

Day 14     Thursday 15th February - DEPARTURE


After Breakfast we will check out and say 'Arrivederci'.




CIAO CIAO ITALIA!!!












Changes to dates and itinerary may be made if necessary 

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PRICE PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - $ 5490

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT - $990

(Only limited single rooms available. First in best dressed)

PRICE INCLUDES:

13 nights Accommodation / 13 Breakfasts / 11 dinners as per itinerary / Briefing and Welcome aperitif / All accommodation taxes and gratuities / Tour leadership / Wine and typical produce tasting as listed in the itinerary / 1 Cooking Class as per itinerary / Italian conversation classes as listed in the itinerary / Interactive discussions with local experts / Guided tours as per itinerary / Self discovery visits as listed in the itinerary / All ground transportation  as listed in the itinerary.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Your Airfare/Passport and visa fees/Travel insurance ( compulsory )/International airport taxes /Food and Beverages not specified in the itinerary/General expenses not specified in the itinerary/Entrance fees not specified in the itinerary/Items of a personal nature/Telephone expenses/Personal spending money/Additional Beverages/Luggage excess fees/Porterage.

 

PAYMENT

Full payment at booking.


PRICES

Prices are based on participation of a minimum of 10 people.

Prices are calculated at exchange rate 1AUD=0.65 EURO. We reserve the right to amend pricing due to currency fluctuations. Variations will not be charged after full payment has been received.


CHANGES

Changes to dates, accommodation and the day to day itinerary may be made if deemed necessary for numerous reasons.

 

CANCELLATIONS

The price is based on a minimum of 10 paying participants. If the minimum number of passengers in not reached the tour might be cancelled in which case full deposit refund is guaranteed. If the minimum number of passengers in not reached and all paying participants agree to pay extra money to cover extra costs, the tour will still go ahead. 

In the event of a client cancelling a confirmed tour booking, the following cancellation charges apply:

  • 71 days or more prior to commencement of tour = loss of $1000
  • 45-70 days or more prior to commencement of tour = 70% of total price

  • 01-45 days or more prior to commencement of tour = 100% of total price 

     

PASSPORT

Your passport must have at least 6 months validity beyond your return date which means it must be valid until at least April 2018. Australian Passport holders do not require visas for travel to Italy. If you will be travelling on another passport please let us know so we can confirm your requirements.


MPLCS RESPONSABILITIES

MPLCS is unable to take responsibility for matters that are outside its control.


TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel Insurance is not included in your tour cost and is compulsory. In case of cancellation due to sickness or any other causes and any other unforseen event that may occur you must be covered for cancellation expenses and any medical costs. We are unable to take responsibility for matters that are outside our control.

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MPLCS will be happy to assist you with all travel arrangements should you require