Venice Carnival - FAQ
What are the dates for Venice Carnival in 2017?
February 19 - February 28. The primary dates for our program package, including the Essence of Carnival are - February 23, 24, 25, 26. For more details - view our Carnival Special >>
Is there a base package available?
Yes, our Venice Carnival base ticket package includes - choice of hotels, 3 or 4 nights, daily breakfast and historical costume + tickets to a our opening party Essence of Carnival, which includes Costume Cocktail Reception/Buffet Lunch + Gondola Tour + Costume Walk in Piazza San Marco. Please view our Prices and Availability for more details.
What hotels are included in the package?
A group of hotels (3, 4 and 5 star) have been reserved in order to be included in the package to meet the various customer requests. Availability of hotels is subject to the time of your request. For more Hotel Details >>
How do I select my costume?
While many costume designs, colors and features are ultimately available, to simplify the ordering process, we offer several costume options, which are featured here - Costume Options . Your costume selection will take place after your reservation is confirmed. The cost of the costume is included in each hotel package price.
How will I receive my costume and how long do I keep it?
As part of your package, you will be given an appointment time at the designated costume shop (in Venice) for a fitting and final costume adjustments; in most cases this appointment is on the day of your arrival, typically the afternoon/early evening of Thursday (the first day of our program). After the fitting, you can take the costume with you. The cost of the costume rental is included in your particular package; the Essence Package is a one day rental; the Dreams Package a 2-day rental; the Mascheranda Package a 3-day rental. The costume is to be returned to the costume shop the morning after your last party (before 11:00am). If you need the costume for any additional days, the additional cost is Euro 150 per costume, per day.
Can I make changes to my costume once in Venice?
Yes. With your reservation, a costume matching those on the website or one of similar quality (if your primary choice is not available) will be reserved for you. Once in Venice and during your fitting if your costume does not fit properly, the costume shop is prepared to make adjustments, but otherwise you may select from other similar costumes in the available in the shop.
What are the menus for the parties?
Naturally each party has its own menu, 3 or maybe 4 courses with wine. Menu items are selected and decided on a few months prior. Generally they are set menus; thus if you have any allergies or diet restrictions, please let us know them in advance. For our 2 parties (Essence and Hearts/Dreams) we can provide an alternative main entree. For the Mascheranda you will be offered menu choices once you arrive to your table.
Do I need to take the complete package?
It is our preference to provide a complete hotel package for you; however, you may wish to select other individual parties to create your own itinerary. Please review our Venice Carnival Tickets webpage for more parties and options. Individual party tickets must be purchased in order to rent a costume; we do not rent costumes separately. Individual parties may be added to any package.
Can you tell us more about the optional parties?
Carnival Cruise: A Dinner Cruise on the Venetian Galleon. After an welcome apertif and toast to the crew, the Galleon will sail the lagoon passing the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello offering their panaramic views, while on board you will taste a chef prepared Carnival Buffet. The evening cruise concludes with another toast in front of St. Mark's Square. Cost Euro 95,00 per person.
Minuetto Dance: A Dinner in costume in the historic old gaming salon of hotel Danieli Grand Canal, located very near St Mark Square. A Dance Master and a baroque quartet will involve people into traditional group dances such as minuets and counterdances during dinner and afterwards. Cost Euro 290,00 per person.
Hearts & Dreams Dinner/Dance: Located in the venetian palazzo on the Grand Canal, Palazzo Nani Bernardo, the evening provides a cocktail reception followed by full course dinner and entertainment composed of musicians, singers and theater, plus historical dancing. Cost Euro 380,00 per person.
Dancing Chocolate: Held in the campiello (small square) of Hotel Splendid. Guests will enjoy cocktails and finger food while the Dance Master shows the basic steps of the historical dances. Live music from a trio onsamble will be played. Cost Euro 100,00 per person.
Cotillon - Sweet Dance Lessons: An afternoon for fun and learning the historic dance steps of the 18th century. Hot chocolate and sweet pastries are served in the elegant and historic Hotel Danieli. Dance Masters lead the way and opera singer will delight guests for additional entertainment. Cost Euro 120,00 per person.
Mascheranda: A grand costume ball held in the stunning Palazzo Pinsani Moretta overlooking the Grand Canal. The party offers an atmosphere of 17th century Venice, a full course dinner, open bar for the evening and is complete with a quartet of live musicians, dancers, actors and other entertainment. Cost: Euro 740,00 per person.
What happens if the dinner/party is cancelled or changes the date or time?
If the party or dinner you have selected is for some reason cancelled, your refund will be equal to amount of the ticket. If the party is postponed and you are not able to or do not choose to attend given the new date, you will be given the opportunity for a refund, net of HANDLING CHARGES.
Is transportation provided from/to the Venice airport and our hotel?
The cost of airport transfers is not in the package, but can be included at additional cost. The cost for a private water taxi (from the Venice Airport) for up to 4 persons with luggage is 125 euro (each way); 5 to 8 persons is 140 euro (each way). Transfers from/to the Venice Train Station from your hotel are Euro 70 (each way). Simply indicate you wish this service to be added when making your reservation. Once determined, we will also need your flight (or train) information in order to make the pick-up and departure appointment times.
Can we arrange a water taxi transfer to the different parties?
Transfers to/from the 3 primary parties (Essence, Hearts-Dreams and Mascheranda) are included. Transfers for other parties can be arranged at additional cost of Euro 70 each way.