We have arranged a residential to Venice during the Spring half term from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 February.
This is the Carnival Time in Venice when many people get dressed up in elaborate costumes and party on the islands.
The long weekend to Venice will cost £325 and you will need to pay a deposit of £100 so that we can secure the flights. You will also need to sign the terms and conditions sheet. As this trip takes place out of school time we are not able to offer a reduced cost. The balance of £225 will need to be paid before 20 January 2017. The airline tickets are for hand luggage only and pupils will be retricted to the one small suitase that can be taken in to the cabin. We will give you further information about waht can and cannot be taken in the suitcase after the Christmas break.
If we have to cancel the trip because we do not have enough interest then we will return any deposit or money that has been paid. If you pay the initial deposit then you will be liable to pay the whole amount if you later decide to withdraw from the trip. If you would like your child to take part in this trip then please complete and return the reply slip, agreement to the Terms and Conditions along with the initial deposit of £100 to the school office. Places are limited to a maximum of 35.
Day 1: Thursday 23 February
We will meet at Campion at 11am on Thursday 23 February and leave by coach for Birmingham International Airport by 11.30am. Our flight from Birmingham International to Venice, Marco Polo leaves at 3 pm and we should land in Venice around 6.30 pm local time. (Venice is 1 hour in front of UK time.) We will catch the shuttle to our hotel in Mestre, which is the northern shore of the mainland in the Venice Lagoon. Rooms are a range of double, triple and quadruple beds. We arrive around 7.30pm local time and so will just have time for dinner and to settle in to our rooms.
Day 2: Friday 24 February
After breakfast we will catch the shuttle train from Mestre to the centre of historic Venice. Our plan is to travel on a vaporetto (water bus) on the Grand Canal, visit the Doge’s palace, St. Mark’s Square, Bridge of Sighs. We will return to the hotel in the afternoon and stay for dinner. We hope to go back to Venice in the evening to see the island at night when it is lit up.
Day 3: Saturday 25 February
Today we are going island hopping. We will catch the boat out to San Michele, the cemetery island. We will then move on to Murano, famous for its glass making, and Burano, the island of fishermen, where all the houses are painted bright colours.
Day 4: Sunday 26 February
After breakfast we will catch the shuttle train to the centre of Venice where we will catch a vaperetto to Lido, which are the beaches on the island that encloses the Venice lagoon. We will go back to the hotel in the afternoon, pick up our suitcases and catch the shuttle bus back to Marco Polo airport. We catch our flight back to Birmingham at 8.25pm. It is due to land back in the UK around 10.25pm. We will return to Leamington by coach and arrive back at Campion at 12.15am.
Please note here are the terms and conditions for taking part in the Venice Residential:
Please be aware that once you pay the deposit you are making a financial commitment to pay for the whole of the school trip, even if you later withdraw your child from the trip. The airline and accommodation providers have strict refund policies which mean that at this stage it is unlikely that we will be able to get a refund on your behalf from these suppliers. There are administration fees for changes to the details of any passenger on the manifest and these can often be as much as the ticket price. This will stop us being able to “swap” pupils where one pupil drops out and another takes their place in order to get a refund.
The largest part of the cost of this trip is the airline ticket price. Unusually for group bookings, airlines charge more for group tickets than they do for individual tickets. If we have sufficient numbers of pupils wanting to take part in the trip and we have received the deposits we will book the airline tickets.
Places can only be confirmed if this letter accepting the terms and conditions and the permission slip are signed and returned along with the deposit of £100. The balance of £225 must be paid by 20 January 2017.
Pupils will need their own passport to take part in the residential. It is a requirement of the airline that at the time of travel it must still be valid for at least 6 months. It is also a requirement of our travel insurance that pupils have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Pupils will not be allowed to travel without both of these documents.
If we do not receive sufficient interest in the trip or the costs of the airline tickets increase before we are able to book then we will have to cancel the residential and refund all the deposits that have been paid in full.
In the case where a pupil cannot travel due to ill health then we should be able to get a refund through our travel insurance. In these circumstances you will need proof from a doctor that your child was unfit to travel.
You can download the letter and the terms and conditions from the files below.