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CARNEVALE DI vENEZIA
The magnificent Queen Charlotte, the first queen of England with a darker African born parent inspiration our 2023 Venice Carnevale tour. Portrayed in Shondaland’s hit series Bridgerton on Netflix, Queen Charlotte is the great-great-great-great-grandmother of the current Queen Elizabeth. This could explain why there is just “something about prince Harry!” ;)
Shonda Rhimes’ modern twist on the queen is the perfect muse for our 2023 tour, which will have its own twist not to be mentioned here.
Ahhh... the pure opulence of it all! It will be a time when fantasies merge. The most magical city in the world during the most fascinating days of the year when inhibitions are tossed to the wind.
Known for always taking tours beyond the normal, Globalnista’s founder Fleace Weaver invitss you to join her in Venice, Italy, for “Masquerade - Carnevale di Venezia 2023.”
Once a year, Venice, the city built on water, transforms into a giant costume party. The celebration is a visual feast as you journey back to 18th century Venice, where the rich and famous (and infamous) donned masks and costumes to hide their social status while participating in decadent, hedonistic pleasures.
This one is only for those wanting to experience Carnevale on a true Venetian level!
Where the boundaries of reality and fantasy blur in masked uninhibited merriment.
The Fantasy Begins!
Day 1 - Departure Day - Wednesday, February 8, 2023:
Depart the USA to arrive in Venice Marco Polo Airport at noon on Thursday the 9th. Book your own flights or plan to fly from JFK with the other ladies. Your departure will be from Florence on February th. You can also plan to arrive into Milan a day early (MORNING of the 10th) and take the train from Mialn to Venice with Fleace (hotel and train fare are not included in the pre-stay).
Nothing can prepare you for that first sight of the impressive floating city of 118 small islands built upon wooden platforms, supported by long pointed poles of oak, larch or pine wood and driven into the clay floor of the Adriatic sea.
Day 2 - Thursday, February 9th: Upon your arrival to Venice, you will be met by Fleace for the 1 PM transfer from the airport by private boat. You will leave the Adriatic and head for the Grand Canal, lined with stately palaces and immense cathedrals that will exalt your senses. After check-in and a quick change, head out for your Carnevale orientation/arrival lunch. After lunch, you will have a guided insiders tour by foot.
Return to the hotel for some post flight R&R before climbing aboard a traditional Venetian galleon ( large boat) and experiencing the floating parties of the year. The Venetian Galleon is a unique vessel constructed following the design of the Serenissima Republic between XIV and XVII centuries. Bring a costume from home. In honor of Adoja Andoh's portrayal of the impeccable Lady Danbury in Bridgerton, attire for this even should be inspired this outfit. A top hat, walking stick, and high collar are a must. Do not forget to practice your character/additude for the evening, it is part of the fun.
Day 3 - Friday, February 10th: After Breakfast, it is time for you fitting for the Carnevale ball costume. The compulsory dress code for the Venice Carnival Ball is full period costume. Therefore, evening dresses/gowns and tuxedos are not allowed. Traditional costumes of the Venetian carnival are hand-made locally by tailors in the Atelier area of Venice. They are faithful Made in Italy reproductions of historical costumes of the time made with high-quality materials. The costumes can be altered to fit all sizes. They are truly fit for your inner Queen Charlotte. Rental prices will range between 175 and 500 euro depending on how extravagant your fantasy is. No Carnevale costume is complete without the right mask. You will visit the most famous Venetian mask maker to shop for the perfect mask for your costume and alter ego. Why not get a secondary mask for the Carnevale bar crawl later in the evening?
Day 4 - Saturday, February 11th: After a night of drinking, sleep in for the morning, only waking up for breakfast. At noon, we will once again take to the streets for the many celebrations which include what is considered one of the most anticipated events of the Carnival. The Flight of the Angel in Venice is the official opening of the celebrations of St. Mark's Square. The Maria of the Carnival 2023 will take the historic solo (flight) from St Mark's Bell Tower. Later, watch the best mask contest. Take it to the next level by participating in the competition.
This is the night that makes dreams come true by witnessing and fulfilling fantasy. You will have 3 ball packages to choose from between, 190, 500 or 1500 euro. Fleace will be attending the official carnival dinner and show. It is not simply a dinner. It's an exclusive experience where the pleasured of palate and party come together. To be who you are or to be who you will be behind the mask? That is the question. The answer is the latter. The 3 ball choices will be sent to you by email with links to purchase your ticket.
Of course, you do not have to participate in any of the Balls. Evening suggestions will be given to those not attending a Ball for the evening.
Day 5 - Sunday, February 12th: After breakfast, we will drop luggage at the train station to be forwarded to Florence, after is your free day to enjoy Venice at your own pace. Get lost among all the festivities or explore other parts of the city. Do not forgot to buy your Venetian glass to ship back home.
Verona and Florence
Day 6 - Monday, February 13th: Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Early morning, say goodbye to Venice and say hello Verona. Time has been particularly generous to Verona. Its walls are among the best preserved in all of Europe and allow you to see “an excellent example of a fortified city.” With these words, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. Due to its importance in northern Italy, Verona was called “little Rome” (Piccola Roma) in the Roman Empire—probably one of the reasons for the impressive Roman amphitheater in the city. You will spend the day wandering the well-preserved medieval streets while visiting sights including the Arena di Verona, which dates to 30 A.D, the Palazzi Scaligeri, a brick palace erected to accommodate the medieval rulers of Verona, the Scaliger Family, and Juliet’s House. You will stand on Juliet's balcony from where she ached for her beloved Romeo. Touching the right breast of Juliet’s statue will bring you good luck in love.
Day 7- Tuesday, February 14th: Start your day with a walking tour of Florence, where you will see the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, and Porcellino, the legendary bronze fountain of a boar. Rubbing his nose ensures your return to Florence. No trip to Florence is complete without leather shopping. Follow Fleace to some of her favorite smaller boutiques for unique pieces and vintage gems.
Day 8 - Wednesday, February 15th: Today we will head to Pisa, home of the famous leaning tower in piazza dei Miracles (Square of Miracles), the Duomo (the Cathedral), the Baptistery and the Campo Santo (the monumental cemetery).
Day 9 - Thursday, February 16th:Today is your free day. Spend the day at your own pace at the Italian designer outlet center or book the optional trip to the beautiful Tuscan countryside for a wine tasting. Wine and Olive Oil are the essences and the two kings of Tuscan culinary culture. There is no Tuscan recipe that doesn't include olive oil in its preparation. You will learn all the secrets of the production of Wine and Olive Oil while visiting a winery in the Chianti Wine region.
Day 10 Friday, February 17th: Transfer to the Florence airport at 6:30am. If you flight is later, you can take a taxi and we can help arrange for a private car service. If you would like to spend more time in Florence, store you luggage at the train station and take a later afternoon or evening flight. If you would like to continue on to Rome for Friday and Saturday, we can help with arrangements.
3 Star Hotel
Ground Package $2783
Per-Person Based on Double Occupancy / Single add $1850
(No travel buddy? No problem! A roommate can be assigned)
Ground Package Includes:
Group airport transfers (to arrive in Venice Marco Polo Airport 11:00 am on the 9th, welcome lunch, accommodations, walking tours, museum visit, boat party, pub crawl, visit to designer outlet center, day trips to Pisa and Verona along with a few Globalnista surprises along the way. Group transfer on departure 7am. What to spent extra time in Florence? By request, you can store your luggage at the hotel for a later departure and transfer on your your own by taxi or tram.
Monthly payment plan available
for a one-time $49 set-up and processing fee.
Everyone on the monthly payment plan must
be paid in full 45 days prior to departure.
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