Now is the time to visit Venice


LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois — TourCrafters is offering a 5-day/4-night midweek Venice City Break package making Venice so affordable, starting at US$1,206 until May 15. That good-deal price buys you round-trip air fare on Alitalia from New York, the fuel surcharge, hotel accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, a half-day city tour, service charges, and taxes.

This is the time of year when Venice is the most beautiful. It goes without saying, that it is one of the most romantic cities in the world, and the time to go is right now – before the tourist mobs descend upon the city.

The hotel in question is the centrally-located 3-star Malibran, which is a three-minute walk from the Rialto Bridge. It is also next to the historic Malibran Theatre, so there’s always the possibility you might see some famous actors and musicians in its restaurant. If a 4-star hotel is more your style, that’s possible, too. The elegant Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal has the breathtaking views that its name implies, as well as 18th-century Venetian décor and a sophisticated bar and restaurant. The price for the Carlton before May 15 is US$1,492. Both prices go up after May 15, but then down again after June 30.

Wherever you stay, be sure to take a vaporetto ride up (or down) the Grand Canal to see the parade of palaces, tour the pretty pink Doges’ Palace, get up early to visit St. Mark’s Basilica, enjoy spaghetti con vongole (with clams) at a neighborhood trattoria, and finish the day with an espresso in a San Marco café while listening to a wonderfully schmaltzy orchestra and gazing at the lovely square that Napoleon called “the drawing room of Europe.”

All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability, and do not include airport taxes of approximately US$115. Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking. Add-on air fares are US$45 from Boston, US$50 from Washington, DC, US$135 from Miami and Chicago, and US$245 from Los Angeles.

For additional information about this and other packages and tours to Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, and Spain, visit For reservations, call 800-482-5995.