GT9: Venice and Veneto

We would like to draw your attention to a five-day trip to Veneto and the Venice Biennial. Our agency, Noha, has been organizing exclusive small-scale trips for individuals and third parties where art, architecture and landscape come together since 2015. Our ninth trip, which takes place form Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th October 2019, is all about the art at the biennial and the architecture of Andrea Palladio and Carlo Scarpa. Kai went to prepare the trip in May, and was much impressed by the quality of this edition.



Venice And the Biennial

The 58th Venice Biennial, entitled: May You Live In Interesting Times, opened in May and is curated by the American Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London. Every two years, the biennial offers an overview of the international contemporary art world through the central curated exhibition, and the many country pavilions inside and outside the walls of the Giardini and Arsenale. In addition, numerous cultural institutions organize exhibitions from different periods of art history. As far as we are concerned, the combination delivers an exceptionally good edition this year. We made a map with 22 highlights from the biennial.




A visit to Venice also offers the opportunity to take a look at the surroundings and its history. The Veneto region houses the work of two unique architects: Andrea Palladio, who designed around thirty villas and farm houses around Vicenza, Padua and Venice in the second half of the 16th century, and Carlo Scarpa, a 20th century modernist who paid attention to both exterior as interior, and who worked on a compact and consistent oeuvre.



The program

On Wednesday and Thursday we will visit three Palladio villas with a small minivan: Villa Emo, Villa Angarano and Villa Barbaro, and two of Scarpa’s highlights: the cemetery of Brion and the Gipsoteca Canoviana. We will spend the night in Bassano del Grappa. On Thursday evening we will travel by train to Venice. In addition to the highlights from the Giardini and the Arsenale, some of the city’s most exceptional destinations are included in the program, such as the Vatican commissioned-chapels at Isola San Giorgio Maggiore, designed for the latest edition of the architecture biennial by architects such as Fujimori, Foster, Souto de Moura and Radic, an exhibition of the Irish Sean Scully in one of Palladio’s churches, and the work of the English ceramist Edmund de Waal in the former Jewish ghetto. We will also take a tour along gardens that are usually closed off to the public with philosopher and Venetian garden specialist Mariagrazia Dammico. We will have lunch and dinner in beautiful places, including an exclusive dinner in the stables of Palladio’s Villa Angarano, and spend the night in a three-star hotel near the Accademia on Dorsuduro. Accomation in four- and five-star hotels and palazzo’s are also available on request.

It is also possible to only visit Venice and the Biennial. This part of the trip lasts from Friday 11th to Sunday October 13th. Arrivals are scheduled on Thursday evening. We will find matching flights from and to your destination.



Costs and conditions for individual participants

We plan to bring together a  Dutch-international group of around 12-18 people. One can opt for the five-day trip to Venice and Veneto, or the three-day variant to Venice only. Guided tours on site are in English.

The five-day trip to Venice and Veneto, costs € 1850 per person, based on a double room. The trip costs € 1995 (extra charge € 145) based on a single room.
The three-day trip to Venice only costs € 1225 per person, based on a double room. For a single room the journey costs € 1310 (additional charge € 85).
This includes all on-site transportation in Venice and Veneto, centrally located hotels with breakfast, all lunches and dinners, participation in the Dutch GGTO guarantee scheme, all admissions, exclusive tours by local guides and Kai van Hasselt as well as preparations and a reader by Noha. This excludes travel to Venice, which we can organize for you if needed.

Prices are subject to current hotel prices. Participation is based on the order of registration and subject to a minimum number of 12 participants. If the minimum is reached, an email will be sent with a confirmation and the invoice.

If you have to cancel the trip, the cancellation conditions apply. (see link)

We hope to have made you curious and that you want to accompany us. If so, we would like to receive your registration as soon as possible (so we can book the hotels) via the link below or email ( Deadline go / no go July 14.

Yes, I want to join! Click here to register.

P.S. We are also investigating the interest and possibilities of organizing an art, garden and architecture trip to Iran or Japan in 2020. Curious? Please let us know!