For those wanting to sketch or paint and those who simply wish to enjoy the wonders of Venice

Dates to be decided for 2023

Many people are under the impression that Venice is overcrowded and expensive. Nothing could be further from the truth, not if you know where to stay, where to eat and how to make the most of it. This is a great opportunity to enjoy Venice in the best possible way, staying in the highest quality accommodation at an amazingly affordable price. Some of the people who came on my first Venice trip loved it so much they returned again and immediately felt at home when they arrived. This palacial apartment offers the choice of being part of a group or going your own way. People will be sharing but bedrooms are huge and all are ensuite (more information on the Accommodation page).

On this holiday you will feel as though you are part of Venetian life. You will be staying in my favourite part of Venice which is quiet yet central (within 20 minutes walk of anywhere in Venice) and surrounded by fascinating and beautiful sights. Most visitors to Venice are day trippers having to enter and leave each day and they often try to fit in too many, often crowded, sights at once which can make for a busy, tiring and frustrating time.

You will enter Venice by water taxi along the Grand Canal, an experience in itself, to arrive at a wonderful apartment in the heart of the city. When the day visitors have gone you can enjoy a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in a beautiful Venetian church or stroll along the Grand Canal.

I will offer to take you to popular tourist sites such as the Grand Canal, St Marks Square, Rialto Bridge and Market as well as quiet areas off the tourist track. Amongst a wealth of options you could visit a museum and workshop of musical instruments, a most unusual bookshop, grand squares, peaceful squares, art galleries, beautiful shops and much more. We will be staying close to the ferry point for the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello.

The holiday will be self catering as the apartment has a smart, brand new, fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room with integrated appliances as well as a spectacular formal dining room. Just a short walk from the apartment there is a beautiful restaurant built out on the lagoon where you can get a table by the water with views towards the islands of San Michele and Murano. An excellent meal here including wine costs only around £25! (This is always popular with people who come on this trip). Nearby are supermarkets and an excellent local wine shop where they refill litre bottles for only 2 euros and the fabulous Rialto Market is only a short walk away. There is a patisserie just across the quiet square directly outside the apartment.

Flights (included) from Bristol, Gatwick or other UK airports to Venice Marco Polo.


This trip is open to anyone so please don't think you have to be an artist to go. For those wishing to sketch or paint I can provide tuition and there are many great subjects just in the area surrounding the apartment. Sketchbooks and watercolours are easiest to take on the flights and to carry around when you are there. There is an excellent art shop in the vicinity which also caters for all mediums including oil painting.

* Flights include the basic flight with hand luggage. If you want extras such as hold luggage, extra legroom, priority boarding etc then this will be added to the total price of the holiday.

"Travelling to Venice with David and his group was like a dream come true for me. The palazzo was perfect in every way. Excellent location with everything on hand and in walking distance. Huge en-suite bedrooms, excellent communal spaces with high quality furnishings, and a beautiful shaded veranda which was the perfect spot in take respite from the heat of the day or for a pre supper cocktail or two. 

David could not have been a kinder, or more congenial host. His knowledge of Venice is excellent making him the ideal companion to discover the many treasures that Venice has to offer.

I couldn’t have wished for a better way to discover Venice, and I can’t wait to rebook."

V.E. Bristol



A Week in Venice

Join me and experience Venice in the company of an accomplished artist as your guide



Special Price only £950


Return Flights*

Wonderful accommodation in central Venice

Arrival by water taxi along the Grand Canal