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Venice Doge’s Ball

Venice Doge’s Ball

The Doge’s Ball “Il Ballo del Doge” is considered the heart of the Venetian Carnival, asserting itself from the first edition as the most prestigious, refined and unique Ball in the world.

The Ballo del Doge is enhanced by the sumptuous costumes and wonderful masks that conceal and confuse characters from the past in a fine mix of fiction and reality.

The imperative dress code is therefore, the Period Costume.

Day 1 – February 7

Arrival at Venice airport. Meet & Greet, porterage and private transfer to the hotel in Venice.

Check-in at 5* Danieli Hotel (or similar) in Premium Deluxe DBL room in B&B, local tax included.

Time at leisure to relax and enjoy the city.

Meals at leisure.

Day 2 – February 8

This morning you will discover an amazing and unique atelier (fixed time appointment that will be communicated in advance) to fit your period costume for the Doge’s Ball.

Note: mask and accessories are not included. They can be purchased directly at the atelier.

This special atelier is the heart of the Doge’s Ball with more than 1.200 period costumes, something exceptional! You will start to live and smell the atmosphere of this exclusive event.

Once the costume is defined, it will be delivered directly to your hotel before the event and it will be picked up at guest’s hotel the day after the event (pick up to be done within 12pm).

In the afternoon, meet your assistant at the hotel. Private transfer to an amazing local Mask Atelier.

You will enjoy an exciting private mask workshop (approx. 2 hours). You will learn the tradition, culture and you will discover also the real meaning and origin of the Carnival masks. At the end you will take with you your mask prepared during the workshop.

Meals at leisure.

Day 3 – February 9

In the morning meet your private guide at the hotel.

Private transfer to a local small factory to discover another Venetian excellence that is part of the Carnival world: the Gondola. You will enjoy a visit of a local factory where the gondola is made, built and repaired. You will then continue with a short walking tour of the city.

Lunch at leisure.

Afternoon at leisure.

In the late afternoon, be ready to experience the Bacari tour with your personal guide or sommelier.

Enjoy a relaxing walking tour through the old Venetian taverns, listening to the storytelling of the expert related to the history of the city and to the local food& wine. During the experience you will visit three different Bacari with wines and “cicchetti” (local fingers food) tasting included.

Dinner at leisure.

Day 4 – February 10

Day at leisure.

Lunch at leisure.

Tonight is the night! Be ready for the amazing Doge’s Ball, the ultimate and most exclusive Carnival experience.

“Il Ballo del Doge is one of the most exclusive parties of the world…Turn off your cellphones, breathe in the perfume and close your eyes. Let yourself go to the best night of your life.” (Vanity Fair)

You can chose between two different options: VIP entry (Gala dinner included) or After dinner entry please contact jeremy@thewonderlist.co.uk for The Wonder List rates.

Day 5 – February 11

Day at leisure. Meals at leisure.

Day 6 – February 12

After breakfast, private transfer from the hotel to Venice airport with Meet & Greet.

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