5nt Venice City Break incl. Flights: March – £204pp

Venice. Arguably one of the most romantic places on earth. The canal city with its iconic gondolas and water-taxis is one of the top three most visited tourist locations in Italy.

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Tradition says that Venice was founded in 421 AD, a time in which Celtic people by the name of Veneti lived along the coast of what is now to be considered as North East Italy.

Under the threat of invasion from Attila the Hun in 453 AD, a number of citizens fled from the coast to the islands in the lagoon and built a village there.

This village then continued to grow as the population swelled (due to a number of invasions from various parties). Venice began flourish through the means of the city’s many ports to become a merchant town and trade centre.

Flights - Venice

Flights:

Monarch are currently celebrating the festive season by reducing a 40,000 seats to £30.00, and an additional 14,000 down to £49.00 each way.

The majority of flights to benefit from these sales are based out of London; however, a few select flights such as the Friday 25th March return can be secured for the £30.00 flat fee.

These tickets are based on the “Flight only” Monarch package. To upgrade to the “Essentials Pack” will cost an additional £22 each way. This Essential Pack upgrade entitles you to:

  • Pre-booked Seat – Free of charge
  • 1 piece of hold luggage for each passenger (23kg max)
  • Online Check-in. Check-in up to 28 days prior to departure. Last online check in closes 6 hours before your flight.

Note: Pre-booked seat excludes extra legroom, this is upgradable.

Monarch T&Cs for the reduced flights:
Offer is now valid until midday on 22nd January 2016. Only valid on selected scheduled (ZB flight numbers) flight only bookings. Prices are one way per person, including taxes and charges. Sale prices subject to availability when departing between 11Jan16 – 11Feb16, 23Feb16 – 23Mar16, 12Apr16 – 26May16, 07Jun16 – 30Jun16. Sale includes flights to and from the UK. Credit card fees apply.

Hotels:
It is normally advised that for value you should stay on the shore and take the train to the islands – however, you can always find value if you look hard enough.With these hotels, you will be able to access any of the major Venice attractions on foot or via water-taxi.

Locanda Ca’ del Console – £296
The Locanda is a small B&B with only eight rooms in total. Unlike most small B&Bs Locanda offers a 24-hour reception with multi-lingual staff to help with any aspect of your visit. One note about the hotel is that it may be hard to find, the correct address is Calle Trevisana, 6217. Averages 4.2/5.0 for customer feedback.

Resienza degli Angeli – £257
If you’re after something even more bespoke and unique, how about a stay at Resienza degli Angeli – this small hotel only has three rooms on offer!  This little B&B has wonderful reviews averaging 4.4/5.0 for customer feedback.

Residenza Nobile – £297
This is yet another three-room centrally located B&B. This price includes a 10% discount for advanced booking. Averages 4.2/5.0 for customer feedback.

When booking online:
Something to weigh up is the use of the Hotels.com sale voucher code:

Hotels.com Voucher

Note that if you use the voucher, you shall not be eligible to collect nights. If you do collect these nights, this is most likely more beneficial than the extra 10% – which could be captured in other ways (i.e. 8.4% at TopCashback!).

Another good offer at the moment is through Venere with 13.2% Cashback. Unlike hotels.com, you will not be able to collect towards your free nights.

Hotel Links through Venere:


Hints and Tips

  1. Don’t be caught out by City tax! Check the value you will be charged when booking – this is compulsory fee no matter where you stay.
  2. When visiting cafés and bars in Italy, you are sometimes charged for using a table, especially in high tourist areas. To avoid an additional fee, drink like a local standing at the bar.
  3. Register at TopCashback to make the most of your bookings! Those pennies add up!

 

 

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