Italy – Florence & Venice

Venice Ball of Dreams

February 17-24, 2025

$7,300

Not the sort to watch the world go by? Tour is perfect if you enjoy getting out in the world and being on-the-go! Enjoy longer walking tours and days full of fun activities punctuated with time to rest.

Join WTA on a ONCE IN A LIFETIME trip to Venice for Carnival! Arrive in Italy via Florence a pinnacle of art, history, and architecture before the main event. Journey by train to the enchanting city of canals. Known for its breathtaking architecture, vibrant culture, and world-famous carnival, Venice invites you to immerse yourself in the magic in preparation for the Ball of Dreams.

Carnival in Venice dates back to the 12th century, a celebration of art, music, and masquerade; renowned for its elaborate masks and opulent costumes. This incredible journey will culminate in true Venetian fashion as we indulge in the spectacular Ball of Dreams. This spectacular event promises to be the highlight of your adventure. Get ready to don the finest attire and dance the night away in the birthplace of Carnival.  

Imagine a crisp winter night in Venice, Italy, at the Palazzo Zen a 14th-century palace. You and five other WTA ladies are dressed to the nines in breathtaking ball gowns and fantastical masks. The evening begins with a cocktail hour in the palace courtyard before you enter the palace’s noble floor for a lavish dinner. The performers engulf the evening with their dazzling show before the real party begins. This Venetian Ball of Dreams extends into the late evening, an evening that creates lasting memories with your new friends.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – February 17 – Arrive at Florence International Airport (FLR), where private transportation will bring you to your accommodations in central Florence. Once you’ve comfortably settled into your new surroundings, join your fellow travelers for a delightful introduction to authentic Italian cuisine. This inaugural dinner serves as a delicious gastronomic experience and symbolizes the beginning of a journey filled with remarkable memories, enriching experiences, and the forging of lifelong friendships.  

DAY 2 – February 18 – Awake in the enchanting city of Florence. Embark on a private walking tour to discover Florence’s gems, including the incredible Piazza del Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Giotto’s Tower, and Saint John’s Baptistery. This tour will ignite your passion for the beautiful history and architecture that lie at your feet.

DAY 3 – February 19 – Visit the Accademia Gallery to marvel at Michelangelo’s Statue of David, one of the most renowned masterpieces of Renaissance sculpture. Take in the awe-inspiring art and history that make Florence a world-renowned cultural destination.

DAY 4 – February 20 – FREE Day in Florence. Today is your day to enjoy shopping, relaxation, or explore Florence’s world-class galleries, churches, and architecture. Revel in the beauty and charm of this historic city at your own pace.

DAY 5 – February 21 – New adventures await in the picturesque city of Venice. Board a train to Venice and prepare for the amazing experiences that lie ahead. Upon arrival, you will be guided through the charming canal-laced streets to your dress fitting in preparation for the next day’s events. Settle into your hotel and enjoy a traditional Venetian dinner in the heart of the city.

DAY 6 – February 22 – The big day has arrived, and the Venetian Dream Ball is just a few short hours away. In the morning, embark on a private tour of Venice, uncovering the art of glassblowing and more. No trip to Venice is complete without a gondola ride to excite your senses. After lunch, get pampered for the evening ahead as your hair and makeup artist will prepare you for the event. Feel the full glam as you pose for photo opportunities before making your grand appearance at the Dream Ball. Indulge in dinner as the night unfolds, enjoying the show and dancing the night away!

DAY 7 – February 23 – FREE Day. Rest up from our night of opulence. In the afternoon, explore the historic town of Venice, grab a bite to eat, and reminisce about the whirlwind night prior. This evening, you will say your final goodbyes to a group of women with whom you shared incredible, epic memories.

DAY 8 – February 24 – Private transfer will take you back to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) for your connecting flight to the US.

This tour requires multi-city airfare, arriving in Florence and departing from Venice.

*Please note that this is a tentative itinerary and it is subject to change. 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 8 days & 7 nights accommodations
  • Single occupancy, boutique hotels
  • Airport transfer
  • Local transportation
  • Private Florence Walking Tour
  • Private Venice Walking Tour
  • Venetian Gondola Ride
  • Accademia Gallery Admission
  • Dream Package entry into the Ball of Dreams
  • Baroque Ball Gown
  • Wig & Professional makeup for the ball
  • Professional individual & group photos in full wardrobe
  • Live performances & music
  • A party like NO OTHER PARTY ON EARTH!
  • FREE DAY to explore
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily group lunch (excluding FREE DAY)
  • Daily group dinner
  • COVID antigen testing for USA re-entry, if applicable

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare to Florence International Airport (FLR)
  • Airfare from Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional excursions and tours not listed above
  • Gratuities and tips for personal services

Karamel Mccoy

Host

What can I say…I love the world! Not just some of it, ALL OF IT. I travel because I’m curious, thrive in new cultures, and need a change of scenery more than the average person. The creation of WTA is the product of the faith I had to create a space for women just like me. When we travel together, I feel whole and in bliss being with my tribe. I’m inspired every day by the extraordinary women that travel with WTA. I’m a better person because of Women Travel Abroad. And I thank each and every one of my travelers for having faith like me and believing that world travel together is possible. Cheers to 23 trips and 154 WTA travelers and to 100 more trips and 1,000 more WTA travelers in the future!

Travel Insurance

Your trip is a BIG investment. If you cannot afford to lose the money you have invested to travel, for whatever reason, WTA strongly recommends you consider travel insurance. We encourage you to do your due diligence by researching and finding the best plan for YOU.

Suggested Travel Insurance companies are below. Ensure you inquire about a “Cancel for Any Reason” plan.

 

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Additional Information

  • Traveler must make a NONREFUNDABLE deposit payment of $1,500 at time of registration to secure her spot.
  • Monthly minimum payment of $600 is required on the first of every month until paid in full to keep your reservations current.
  • Final payment must be made 90 days before the trip date.
  • A 25% refund can be requested prior to 6 months before the trip start date found in your invoice.
  • No refunds for cancellations within 6 months of the trip date found in your invoice.
  • A $250 penalty will be charged for any outstanding balance after the final payment date found in your invoice.
  • Additional terms are found on your invoice
  • For inquiries, contact wtaadmin@womentravelabroad.com