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Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

Daria Visits Venice

The Team May 2nd, 2024

I was lucky enough to explore the iconic city of Venice and meet some of our lovely new and existing partners. I arrived at Venice Marco Polo Airport early in the morning and took a bus no. 5 to Piazzale Roma and then a Vaporetto (water bus) no. 2 to San Marco. This is the quickest way to get to Venice by public transport, but I’d recommend taking an Alilaguna water bus (blue line) instead. It takes slightly longer, but it’s a direct water bus from the airport to Venice city centre so it’s much more comfortable, especially if you’re travelling with luggage.

I checked-in at the 4-star Hotel Kette where I was treated to a Superior Room with a Canal View. This elegant hotel is in a perfect location and is just a 5 minute walk from St Mark’s Square. It’s situated on a quiet side street, yet it’s still right in the heart of the city with amazing attractions on your doorstep. The interior is decorated in classic Venetian style with dark wood, Murano glass, marble floor and charming, traditional guest rooms. The hotel staff were incredibly friendly and helpful which made my stay all the more special!

After a quick break, I headed out to visit some of our featured hotels. I have to admit that I was slightly concerned about getting lost in the narrow streets and bridges of Venice… but it’s actually a very easy city to get around! Its a lot smaller than I had thought, so it was super easy to wander around.

On day 1 and 2 of my trip, I visited the following hotels:

After the site visits on day 2, I treated myself to some mouthwatering gelatos at Gelateria Paolin dal 1760, and it didn’t disappoint! With outdoor seating, it’s perfect for sunbathing and watching the world go by while you enjoy your lunch or gelato.

In the evening, I strolled along the canals to Ponte dell’Accademia bridge and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and watched the sun setting behind the buildings of Venice, it was truly unforgettable.

On day 3, I headed to St Mark’s Square for a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. A guided tour is a great option to load yourself with historical information you wouldn’t hear otherwise and to bypass the entrance queues. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative and the tour itself was absolutely fantastic.

After the tour, I had a tasty lunch by the Grand Canal, then went back to the hotel to collect my luggage and headed back to the airport after a wonderful adventure.

The city is packed full of charm, I really fell in love with it. From its rich history and beautiful architecture to its picturesque bridges and canals at every turn. My best advice would be to just wander…and no matter which street you go down, you’ll always discover something incredible.

To find out more about my visit to Venice or if you’re interested in a similar trip,
give the team a call on 0131 243 8098 or send us an email.

Must-See Attractions in Europe

Shona Anderson January 25th, 2024


Spanish Riding School, Vienna

For something a little different, the Spanish Riding School offer incredible performances named after the country of origin of the Lipizzan (or Lipizzaner), the breed of horse used exclusively at the school. Performances are showcased to the public every month and it’s also possible to watch the horses during morning exercise. Opt for the guided tour if you wish to visit The Stallburg imperial stables, one of Vienna’s most distinguished Renaissance buildings and learn more about the famous stallions.

Spanish Riding School, Vienna, Austria

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Alhambra Palace, Granada

On top of the Sabika hill and situated on the left bank of the river Darro, the magnificent Alhambra Palace overlooks the beautiful city of Granada. The palace was originally constructed in the 13th century by the Nasrid Dynasty and later expanded upon by subsequent rulers. Today, visitors are able to look around the Nasrid Palaces, Alhambra towers, the Palace of Charles V, The Alcazaba, the Royal Baths and Generalife Gardens.

Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain

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La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Designed by world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia began construction in 1882 and is a work in progress to this day. Embellished with beautiful stained glass windows and renowned for its distinctive architecture and profound symbolism, its not surprising that this magnificent basilica is the most visited attraction in Barcelona.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

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Lake Bled, Ljubljana

A magical place to visit, Lake Bled offers incredibly picturesque views of Slovenia and the Julian Alps which rise to 2,864m high at Mount Triglav. For a great day out, walk around the lake which takes around an hour, and afterwards treat yourself to a tasty Bled cream cake – a local delicacy you just have to try!

Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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The Northern Lights, Reykjavik

An absolute bucket list activity, if you’re lucky enough to see them, the Northern Lights (scientific name Aurora Borealis) can be the highlight of a trip to Reykjavik. From the Blue Lagoon to the Geysirs, there’s no shortage of natural phenomena in this spectacular city. The best time to see the lights are in the winter months between September and April. Northern Lights tours run frequently which take you to the very best places, making a trip to Reykjavik simply unforgettable.

The Northern Lights, Reykjavik, Iceland

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The Eiffel Tower, Paris

A list of must-see’s would not be complete without mentioning The Eiffel Tower. This iconic attraction was built in 1889, initially for the 1889 Exposition Universelle which was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the French revolution. The tower is the most visited monument in the world, offering magnificent panoramic views of Paris. Watch the tower light up in its daily light show which begins at dusk and sparkles every hour until 11pm.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Top Historical and Archaeological Tours

The Team March 27th, 2019

Europe is a treasure trove for those looking to discover ancient cities, historical monuments and archaeological sites. Whether beautifully preserved or in ruins, these sites tell of fascinating, poignant and often gruesome histories! Many of the most intriguing can be found in or around our top short break destinations, really making the most of your time away. Read the rest of this entry »

Europe’s Best Rooftop Bars

Sarah Black May 7th, 2018

We are so close to summer so what better way to celebrate than to take a look at some of the best places to grab a cocktail, unwind and take in the views from a perfect rooftop location as they start to open for the season.

Barcelona – Skybar, Grand Hotel Central

Skybar at Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona. Credit: Grand Hotel Central

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Penny’s going to Rome!

Sarah Black February 9th, 2018

Chris, Penny, Claire & Angie all from Cambourne Travel in Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes

Congratulations to Penny Rudd from Cambourne Travel in Milton Keynes! After completing an Osprey Holidays booking during January and entering via email Penny’s winning entry was chosen at random. Read the rest of this entry »

New UK Flight Routes for 2018

Sarah Black January 24th, 2018

New flight routes 2018

Below are a list of UK airports and the new flight routes being offered for 2018 if they haven’t started already. Read the rest of this entry »

Win a trip to Rome for two!

Sarah Black December 28th, 2017

The famous Trevi Fountain at night, Rome, Italy

– COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED –

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My Italian Road Trip!

Sarah Black July 18th, 2017

Sarah our Marketing Manager took off to the hills on an Italian road trip.

We were attending a wedding in Tuscany so thought we must make a trip out of this – we have never properly visited Italy before so we had to make the most of it! Read the rest of this entry »

Rome by Steph & Melissa

Sarah Black January 3rd, 2017

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We arrived in the evening so the traffic was light and from Ciampinio Airport to our hotel in central Rome it was only about a 35 minutes drive. It was lovely driving through Rome at this time of year and at night, as all the Christmas lights were glistening and it looked so festive, it got us right into the spirit of December! Read the rest of this entry »

My Multi-centre Adventure

The Team November 4th, 2015

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Canal in Venice, Italy

I was lucky enough to get the chance to experience a 5 day multi-centre trip to Venice and Rome – and I’m still wondering why I have never done this before… Read the rest of this entry »

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