- Guided tour and visit of Padua
- Guided tour and visit of Verona
- Carnival in Verona
- Guided tour and visit of Bassano del Grappa
- Lunch in Treviso in a Palladian villa
- Guided tour and visit of Treviso
- Cruise on the Brenta River
- Visit of Villas Pisani and Valmarana
- Guided tour and visit of Venice
- Carnival in Venice
- Guided tour and visit of Vicenza
- Entrance to The Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza
None! – all excursions and extras as listed above and below are included!
- Hotel Porterage
- Personal audio guiding system
- All entrance fees
- All hotel and restaurant gratuities
- All Local Guide and coach driver gratuities
Included meals & drinks
Meals: half board with three lunches are included. Breakfast will be an extensive buffet in the hotel. The three lunches will be in local restaurants during excursions with one in a beautiful Palladian villa. Six dinners will be in the hotel and one in a local restaurant in Venice.
Drinks: welcome and farewell drinks and a beer, wine, soft drink and tea or coffee are included with all lunches and dinners.
Our team in Italy
Our dedicated ordained McCabe Tour Leader will meet you at Heathrow and travel with you, escort all excursions and lead optional worship on some occasions for the start of Lent and in keeping with the regions visited. On arrival in Italy you will be met by our Tour Manager who will look after all logistics, offer fascinating commentary during journeys and be there for any questions or queries and to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
The flight is direct to Bologna with British Airways from London Heathrow. Regional connecting flights to Heathrow from some UK airports and flight seat upgrades, for that extra comfort and ease through the airport, can be arranged at a supplement. An overnight stop at Heathrow may be required which we can assist you with. Please enquire at time of booking.
Outbound flight (updated 15/11/23)
Flight BA departs Heathrow: 14:40 arrives Bologna: 17:50
Return flight (updated 15/11/23)
Flight BA departs Bologna: 07:35 arrives Heathrow: 09:05
Length of flight to Bologna: two hours and 20 minutes
Flight times are subject to change and confirmed with your final paperwork
ABANO TERME: HOTEL TERME HELVETIA (4*) – Seven nights
An idyllic oasis of relaxation, in Abano Terme within an hour of most excursions to Vicenza, Padua, Venice and Verona. The thermal waters of its swimming pool are surrounded by a magnificent park and you can pamper yourself with excellent services, professional spa and wellness treatments.
Hotel facilities: heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, steam, gym, on site barber and beauty salon. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Hotel Helvetia’s restaurant serves both Veneto and international cuisine. An extensive buffet breakfast is offered with a wide-ranging selection worth taking time for. There is a bar and cosy lounge areas for relaxing in the evening.
Your room: rooms are classically furnished and are equipped with air-conditioning/heating, balcony, desk, TV, minibar/fridge and safe.
Your bathroom: bath or shower, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers as well as ample towels for bathroom and pool use. Complimentary toiletries are also provided.
British Citizen and EU Citizen Passport holders can currently enter Italy freely with no restrictions or other documentation required. Stays within the EU can be up to 90 days (can be spread over multiple visits) within any 180-day period.
Please note your passport must be valid for three months after your return from Italy.
Full details of entry requirements and any required vaccinations will be detailed in your final paperwork 14 days before departure.
For the latest and most up to date travel advice including entry requirements please consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office travel advice website.
Health & wellbeing
For travel within the EU you should ensure that you have the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is free of charge. You can apply for the GHIC card by calling 0191 218 1999 or applying on line at…
The level of cover offered by the GHIC card varies by country visited and is only applicable in state-run health facilities. In some countries coverage may just be a partial contribution.
Adequate insurance cover will be required for all hospital emergencies and doctors’ visits.
In the Abano Terme and the Veneto regions the average daily minimum and maximum temperatures during your stay should be around 05 to 14 degrees centigrade in late February. It is advisable to bring warm clothing and layers as on occasions mild afternoon temperatures are possible. Bassano del Grappa is at the foothills of the mountains and temperatures can drop.
Dress is casual throughout the holiday. You may wish to take one or two smarter items for the evenings. Warm layered clothing is recommended in the day time with evenings being smart/casual. We recommend a hat, gloves and scarf. As the sightseeing visits require a certain amount of walking, we suggest you take a pair of comfortable and warm lined shoes with a good sole for the cobbled streets.
There is a certain amount of walking (and stairs) involved on a daily basis on this holiday so please make sure you pack comfy footwear for this so that you are prepared. Your Local Guide will keep you updated on a daily basis with what to expect the following day. If you are finding it difficult to keep up then please make sure you tell your Local Guide who can help you to find places to rest and relax and then you can re-join the group at a later stage.
Some streets in towns and villages that you will visit will be cobbled. We suggest you take a pair of comfortable shoes with good grips or trainers. For your guided walking tours in Verona, Padua, Vicenza, Bassano del Grappa and Venice you must be prepared to walk one-and-a-half kilometres, be on your feet for up to 90 minutes without the need to sit down and be able to manage two to three flights of stairs.
The McCabe Educational Trust
The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on some of our pilgrimages. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.
McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £20 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.
Ensuring that your holidays are appropriately protected is one of our main priorities. That’s why we have specifically chosen Holiday Extras as our *preferred travel insurance provider to ensure that you are protected before and whilst you are travelling. Holiday Extras offer McCabe Travel guests favourable rates for single trip, multi-trip and annual policies.
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Full financial security
All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.
AITO Quality Statement
McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.
You can read McCabe reviews on the AITO website here