I get quite a few lovely travel releases dropping in to my email inbox, and while most are on the more ethical and UK-based side, every now and then I get the odd one that makes me wish my credit limit was just a little higher because I could be discovering a few more wonders to this world!
On my desk today is an exciting opportunity to combine one of the world's most impressive eclectic collections of contemporary art, with an immersive 6 day Andante Travels Hidden Venice tour exploring this evocative city, its waterways, architecture and monumental pieces of art with an expert lecturer and guide. And while it is an all-inclusive offer, making it good value for money, it may be a little out of my price range for this winter. However if you are feeling flush and fancy an exclusive getaway, then this should make your list.
"Lifting the Venetian mask with special private access to much sought after sights, you can explore the hidden offices and documents of Doge's Palace, St Mark's Basilica (at twilight when the crowds have gone) and soak up enthralling lagoon views from the 11th century bell tower on Torcello, an island settled 1600 years ago.
Revealing many of Venice's hidden treasures through a combination of walking tours and boat trips on its elegant winding water corridors, highlights also include dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant and five nights in a luxurious Venetian hotel overlooking the lagoon.
This 6 day 'Hidden Venice' package starts from £2995 per person, including scheduled return flights, accommodation, all meals - dinners with wine, Guide Lecturer, Tour Manager, entry to all sites in programme and tips. Departures 6 November 2017.
In addition, Andante Travel offer a magical way of seeing in 2018 with a Venice at New Year tour. Departing on 28 December for 6 nights, this Guide lecturer led tour includes special private access to a number of Venice's most interesting sights and a New Year gala dinner followed by fireworks over St Mark's Square lighting up the city's wonderfully winding canals and elegant buildings.
The 6 night 'Venice at New Year' package starts from £2995 per person, including scheduled return flights, accommodation, all meals - dinners with wine, Guide Lecturer, Tour Manager, entry to all sites in programme and tips. Departures 28 December 2017.