A Glam Venetian Affaire

St. Mark’s Square – Burano Glass Demo – Murano – Winery Visit – Mask Making – Canal-side and Rooftop Dinners and Drinks – Gondola Ride

Who says you need to wait for the love of your life to visit Venice?!

Join us for a glamorous Venetian Affair and discover the most iconic parts of The Floating City as we stroll through age-old bridges, toast glasses of Prosecco on the rooftops and the canal-side terraces of aristocratic palazzos, and learn more about the UNESCO-listed city’s past, its classic traditions, and its food and wine.

Highlights: Classic canal hotel | Mask making workshop | Winery visit | Afternoon tea at the world’s oldest cafe with St. Mark’s Square views | Rooftop drinks | Canal-side sunsets | Walking tours of iconic spots | Private boat ride | Glass-making workshop in Murano | Colorful houses of Burano

No single supplements* | 12 spots | Canal-side accommodation

*Prices per person, we pair you with another solo traveler. Or upgrade to have your own room.


Trip Overview

  • 7 – 11 Sep, 2023 – CONFIRMED

Erica Firpo

Payment plan

From 3,295 USD pp sharing

Max. 14 guests

Room Types

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Venice

Arrive in Venice on your own time and make your way to the hotel from the airport or train station.

We will provide a travel sheet explaining the options for arrival; our hotel is a mere few minutes away from the main vaporetto (water bus) stop at the Rialto Bridge, or you can get your own private water taxi right to the hotel’s door, what a great way to arrive!

If you have time, explore some of Venice before our Welcome Cocktail reception at the hotel followed by a classic elegant dinner at a Venetian canal-front restaurant.

Inclusions: Welcome reception drinks and canal-side dinner.

Hotel Ai Reali di Venezia 4*S

Hotel Ai Reali di Venezia is located between Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco in a privileged location right in the middle of Venice. It is primarily housed in a classic 17th century aristocratic palazzo giving us a real sense for how the wealthy lived when the city was the center of trade in the Adriatic and the entire Mediterranean.

The palace belonged to a branch of the Cà Corner-Reali family, and this name has been maintained until today. One of the hotel’s wings is housed in 15th century Palazzo Gussoni which is believed to have been designed by Renaissance sculptor Pietro Lombardo, who created the tombs of many of the most famous 15th century members of society, including Dante Alighieri.

Rooms are classic Venetian, with wall paper, intricate fabrics and tapestry and draped curtains. There is a lovely fine-dining restaurant located in the cellar and a great spa to help with any jetlag you may arrive with. Look around the hotel for genuine antiques, the amazing marble staircase, and many of the original features of Venetian palazzos.

Ai Reali Hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, included in Forbes Travel list of recommended places to stay in the city and it can be reached directly from the canal by gondola or water taxi – talk about making an entrance!



Day 2 : Classic Venice

Today we will visit the most iconic and popular parts of the City of Canals and understand why it is such a beloved and popular place to visit by the hands of a local female guide.

We will cross several of the bridges (there are well over 400 in the city!) and marvel at the many picturesque and photogenic spots as we learn more about the city’s past.

We will walk past the famous Rialto Market, take a Tragghetto (ferry) to cross the Grand Canal, and visit the city’s most photographed location, St Mark’s Square and Basilica.

Piazza San Marco is the meeting place in Venice and it is dominated by the Basilica of the same name and the Campanile, or Clock Tower, which has become such a symbol of the city.

The entire complex of St. Mark was built between the 14th and 16th centuries and it includes grand buildings, offices, shops, cafes, churches, a clock tower, smaller squares, sculptures and more.

At that time, Venice’s merchant power ruled over much of the Adriatic Sea and it was this prosperity which brought wealth to the city. Along with it came famous artists, sculptors and their patrons.

Lunch will be en route at a local, family-owned, traditional restaurant serving Venetian recipes with a twist. You’ll be able to order freely, but don’t eat too much because we will sit down for a hot chocolate, tea or coffee at the oldest cafe in the world, Caffe Florian.

Caffe Florian opened its doors in 1720 and is housed in the arches of Procuratie Nuove, right on St. Mark’s Square. We will enjoy the views and the vibe of the ancient square, always buzzing with people, as we indulge in a hot chocolate from their wide range of options.

There will be a bit of free time in the afternoon if you want to try your luck at not getting lost in Venice’s labyrinth of canals (highly recommend it!) without using Google maps. If all else fails, just get directions to the Rialto Bridge and find your way from there.

For dinner, we will head to a tucked away cozy restaurant that feels like a real gem.

Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel, walking tour of Venice, afternoon tea at Caffe Florian and dinner at a tucked away classic restaurant.

Day 3 : Colorful Murano, Burano and winery lunch

After breakfast at the hotel we will take a ferry or private boat to Murano, the group of 7 colorful islands linked by pedestrian bridges located in the Venice lagoon and best known for their glass blowing tradition.

Murano’s tradition goes back to the end of the 13th century when glassmakers were forced to move out of Venice because of the fear that fire would burn down the wooden city.

Local artisans prospered and exports increased, bringing more wealth to the islands and benefits to the local producers who started marrying off aristocratic Venetian families.

At one point, the island was the main producer of glass in Europe and became famous for its chandeliers. Murano held the monopoly in glass manufacturing in Europe until the 16th century when local producers started to share their glass-making secrets.

Workshops and artisans still exist today and you can buy small items such as beads, wine bottle stoppers, key chains and more, as souvenirs. Make sure they are properly marked as made locally and have the trademark that guarantees their quality.

Female empowerment moment: We will visit the only workshop in town with a female glass blower and learn more about how glass items are made and about her story. Agnese has been blowing glass for over 7 years but remains the only woman in this male-dominated industry.

She will show us a fascinating glass blowing demonstration before we try our hand at blowing our own, under the supervising eye of 4-year glass blowing veteran Giancarlo, her mentor. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to something no other visitor to Murano gets to do. Expect magic to happen.

After the workshop, we will take our private boat to the rainbow island of Burano nearby.

We will have some free time here to take photos and wander before taking the boat over to Venice’s only winery for an introduction and wine-pairing degustation lunch.

Did you know that St. Mark’s Square used to be covered in vines before today’s square and buildings were constructed?

Venice’s wine making history goes back many centuries yet remains a lesser known secret. In truth, most of the vines were killed in the great flood of 1966 and very few survived, but those which did were the basis for a winery that is bringing back this tradition.

Vines grow against all odds on the island and lagoon and manage to survive impossible terrains, salty water and unusual weather conditions making them unique and not comparable to anything you may have tasted before.

We will learn more about this before sitting down for a degustation lunch at Osteria coupled with a wine pairing, bliss!

After lunch, we will walk over the footbridge to Burano, well known for its colorful canal facing houses which are painted in bright colors as per an old color system set by the Government.

You will have free time to wander the streets of Burano before we take our private boat back to Venice enjoying the breeze and the happenings on the lagoon and canals. You will have some free time to shop or wander before we meet again.

In the evening we will join in on a traditional Venetian experience: cicchetti. Similar to the Spanish tapas or pinchos specifically popular in the north of Spain, ciccetti is part of Italy’s aperitivo culture.

We will start with a drink, a small bite (cicchetto) and a brief explanation of the concept of cicchetti at a hub of such bars followed by free time to explore on your own.

We will provide a map and info sheet you will use to pick your next stop and go bar hopping.

Bars are tiny so you may be standing around as you enjoy a drink and small bite then head to the next stop on your own or with a couple of your new found friends.

Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel, boat transfer from Venice to Murano, Murano to Burano and back to Venice. Glass blowing workshop with Agnese. Private degustation and wine pairing lunch, a drink and first cicchetto in the evening.

Day 4 and 5 : Mask making and gondola ride 

After breakfast, we will head out to take part in a cool and unique activity that is such an important art of Venice: mask making.

With our expert female mask-maker, we will learn the techniques and skill required to make and decorate one then make our very own to take home, what better souvenir than the one you made!

The workshop we will be visiting in this cultural experience is the one who made the masks for Kubrick’s movie Eyes Wide Shut featuring the then-couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

Fun fact: Eyes Wide Shut holds the Guinness World Record for the longest continual movie shooting at 15 months.

Masks make an appearance in Venice every winter time during the Carnevale but are on sale year round everywhere in the city.

The tradition dates back several hundreds of years but was outlawed in the 18th century. It returned in 1979 thanks to a Government initiative and today, they are possibly one of the most popular souvenirs to take home along with Murano glass pieces.

Instead of buying one, we will get to make and decorate our own with the guidance of an expert. Your next costume party will have a whole new meaning with your very own mask.

We will enjoy some free time at lunch and then gather for a leisurely and ever so Instagrammable gondola ride along the canals of the city.

Gondolas are narrow flat-bottom boats that fill the canals of Venice and are steered by gondoliers who are often heard singing or playing an instrument for an additional fee.

Historically, they were the main mode of transportation in the city, before boats and vaporettos replaced them, and today they remain a picturesque way to get around key parts of the city, like crossing the Grand Canal, and a favorite activity by visitors.

Female empowerment moment: Gondolas and their gondoliers are another very typical sign in Venice but did you know there is only ONE female gondoliera in the city?

Giorgia has been a gondoliera for 13 years but remains the only female one in the 430 gondola licensees that there are in the city.

She will row us through the canals and then join us for aperitivo so you can ask her any questions you may have and learn more about this ancient tradition.

Our farewell pre-drink sunset drink will be enjoyed at a rooftop bar with views over the Grand Canal. As the sun sets behind the city’s aristocratic buildings, we will reflect on the great time together and the new friendships built.

We will have time before dinner to freshen up.

Dinner will be shared back at the fine dining restaurant of our hotel, Alle Corone Restaurant, where we will feast over a degustation wine-pairing dinner at their widely awarded canal-side restaurant.

On day 5, enjoy breakfast at your own leisure and check out by 10am for onward travels.

Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel, mask making demo and make your own workshop, gondola ride, pre-dinner sunset drinks, wine pairing fine dining degustation dinner.

Choose Your Room

Deluxe Canal View – Shared

The magnificent Deluxe rooms combine the elegance of the old aristocratic house with an extremely high level of comfort. Generous in size, they are all decorated in elegant 18th century Venetian style, with antique textile on the walls, ancient wooden flooring or the typical “Venetian terrace”, which can be found in the most elegant aristocratic palaces.

All rooms are equipped with a living area, desk, mini-bar, laptop-size safe, direct phone line, Internet, state-of-the-art flat screen TV, wireless connection. Private ensuite marble bathrooms. This room will have two separate beds.

3,695 USD per person

Deluxe Canal View – Single

The magnificent Deluxe rooms combine the elegance of the old aristocratic house with an extremely high level of comfort. Generous in size, they are all decorated in elegant 18th century Venetian style, with antique textile on the walls, ancient wooden flooring or the typical “Venetian terrace”, which can be found in the most elegant aristocratic palaces.

All rooms are equipped with a living area, desk, mini-bar, laptop-size safe, direct phone line, Internet, state-of-the-art flat screen TV, wireless connection. Private ensuite marble bathrooms. This room will have one large double bed.

4,495 USD per person sharing

Superior – Shared

Superior rooms have a high level of comfort. They are all furnished in warm Venetian style with antique textile on the walls, ancient wooden flooring or the typical “Venetian terrace”, which can be found in the most elegant aristocratic palaces.

All rooms are equipped with a living area, desk, mini-bar, laptop-size safe, direct phone line, Internet, state-of-the-art flat screen TV, wireless connection. Private ensuite marble bathroom. This room will have two separate beds.

3,295 USD per person

Superior – Single

Superior rooms have a high level of comfort. They are all furnished in warm Venetian style with antique textile on the walls, ancient wooden flooring or the typical “Venetian terrace”, which can be found in the most elegant aristocratic palaces.

All rooms are equipped with a living area, desk, mini-bar, laptop-size safe, direct phone line, Internet, state-of-the-art flat screen TV, wireless connection. Private ensuite marble bathroom. This room will have one large double bed.

4,095 USD per person

Classic – Single

Perfect room for single occupancy with a queen size bed and private ensuite marble bathroom. The room is furnished in lively Venetian style and equipped with mini-bar, laptop-size safe, direct phone line, Internet, state-of-the-art flat screen TV, wireless connection.

*This room has NO views.

3,895 USD per person

About your Host

Erica Firpo is an experienced travel and lifestyle journalist, and podcaster based in Rome who has also lived in Venice.

Italian and American, Erica gets to the heart of culture in Ciao Bella (ciaobella.co) and contributes her knowledge to the Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, BBC Travel, The Guardian, Fathom, and more.

She’s authored over a dozen travel books including Fodor’s, Insight Guides and Lonely Planet, thanks to two decades of deep dive journalism and travel consulting experience.

Erica knows the ins and outs of Italian culture, cuisine and hospitality – from off-beat adventures to luxury stays in 20 regions of Italy, as well as the Southern Mediterranean. 

Guest feedback

Angie – “Just coming home from the Venice trip. The communication from booking and planning and emails getting ready were very detailed and when I sent an email with a question, response time was generally within 24 hrs which is very good I think. Once I landed in Venice and found my way to the hotel, the itinerary was known and Mar was communicating in our What’sApp group page.

Each day was great and exactly as planned. Meeting the other ladies on the trip was fun and I enjoyed traveling and spending time with new people, I learned so much about solo travel and new areas to visit. Solo Travelers group is great and I definitely recommend them. Mar and Erin, the guides were awesome and made me feel right at home. Some afternoons I spent by myself exploring but mostly I stuck with the group. The hotel and food was amazing! And I plan to follow the ladies I met on social media and stay connected.

If anyone is on the fence on trying this group, just do it! you won’t regret it!!”

Nora – “Had a fabulous time on the Glam Venice trip. Activities were well-chosen and fun, and I appreciated the focus on women-owned and run businesses.

I’d never been on an organized tour of any kind prior to this (I usually travel alone) and I really enjoyed the chance to experience Venice with a fun group of women and great guides.”


✔️ 4 Nights in double or shared twin accommodation at Hotel Ai Reali in chosen accommodation

✔️ All activities and experiences as mentioned in the itinerary: Mask making demo and workshop, glass making demo, wine tasting, gondola ride, walking tour, afternoon coffee, boat crossing, private boat rides.

✔️ Breakfast daily at the hotel

✔️ Wine pairing lunch at the winery

✔️ Welcome drinks and wine-pairing degustation dinner at canal-side restaurant on day 1 and farewell fine dining dinner with wine pairing on the last evening

✔️ Aperitivo and Cicchetti bite

✔️Wine with all meals included

✔️ Transportation to and between all activities in private boat or ferry

✔️ English speaking host


✘ Lunch on Day 2 and 3, additional cicchetti bites

✘ Airport transfers. Water taxi from / to airport costs about 15 EUR each way.

✘ Visa, if required

✘ Travel & Medical Insurance (Required)

✘ COVID Vaccinations Pre Arrival (Required)

✘ Souvenirs

✘ Tips (not expected, at your discretion)

✘ Departure COVID Testing if required, we can help organize

Payment plan

Only 14 Spots Available

From $3,295 USD

Payment Plan:

  • Deposit: 30% to reserve your spot
  • Balance payment: Balance due 90 days before departure

*The deposit is refundable if the minimum number of guests is not reached. By joining our trips you agree to our T&C.

The Solo Female Travelers difference – What makes us unique

All our tours follow the same values and philosophy that makes us who we are which you can find here. In Venice, two things set us apart from others: Luxury experiences and pioneering women.

We will stay in a fabulous luxury palazzo on the canal, an absolute treat in Venice, and enjoy rooftop drinks, canal-side dinners and private boat tours.

We will so what we do best and learn about Venice through the eyes of pioneering women: the only gondoliera in the city and the only female glass blower. We will share intimate moments with them and learn more about their craft.

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This trip will only host 14 guests so don’t wait; Book now or reach out to us with any questions. Note: Please do not book any flights until the trip is confirmed.

Book 7 to 11 September 2023

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Credit card payments carry a 3% surcharge. Wire transfer details are available via email: community@solofemaletravelers.club.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the COVID measures in Italy and how will you ensure everyone is safe?

We care deeply about the wellbeing of our guests and our trip follows all local regulations. We require our guests to be fully vaccinated to join the tour so that we ensure the safety of everyone on the trip.

I would like to join Amalfi Coast, Tuscany and / or the Venice trips, how do I get from one to the other?

The best way to get between cities in Italy is via high speed train. You can book tickets online on www.trenitalia.com.

What if I cannot travel because of COVID restrictions?

Balances are not refundable if you change your mind. In case of travel restrictions imposed by the Government of Italy that force the cancellation of the trip we will be moved it to a later date. We require all guests to purchase travel insurance that covers unforeseen circumstances which would prevent them from traveling, and this is how you would recover your costs from needing to cancel. Please read our Terms and conditions here.

Do I need a visa for Italy?

Most travelers do not need a visa for Italy. In cases where a Schengen visa is required it will be issued by the Italy embassy in your country of origin.

What is included in the trip?

All inclusions and exclusions are detailed in the section above. This trip is all inclusive except for lunch on days 2 and 3 and additional cicchetti bites on day 3. Alcoholic beverages beyond wine are not included during meals.

How fit do I need to be for this trip?

This trip requires a medium level of fitness to be able to walk up and down the bridges and streets of Venice, Murano and Burano as there is no other form of transportation in Venice.

Can I have a room to myself?

We offer the option to book your own room so you don’t have to share, or to pair you up with another guest so you don’t have to pay a single supplement. For single room upgrades, please reach out and we will send payment details.

I want to bring my partner to the trip

This is a female-only small group trip specifically designed for women traveling on their own. If you wish to travel with a female friend, partner, family member, etc. they are absolutely welcome, however we are not able to book male travelers on this trip.

I want to bring my daughter

How wonderful! If your daughter is above the age of 16, we will be glad to have her with us.

Will the guides be female?

Yes, this trip will be hosted by Erica Firpo and all the guides involved in the activities (walking tour, mask making, glass blowing and gondola ride) are also women.

How does this trip help local communities in Italy?

We believe that travel can be a force for good and wherever possible, we work with local and female owned or led travel companies in the country who can help us make a difference and ensure that the tourism dollars benefit local communities.

For this trip, we will be fortunate enough to meet and spend time with Italy’s only female gondoliera and glass blower who will share more about their journeys and the industries in which they work.

What should I pack for this adventure?

Once your trip is confirmed, we will send you a detailed packing list with everything you need to take.

We expect the weather to be balmy and warm though not too hot, and also for rain to be rare. A light jacket will be useful in the evenings.

What happens if I get sick?

The prospect of getting sick while alone in a foreign country is daunting, and this is why we require all our guests have comprehensive travel and medical insurance that includes international evacuation. Should you fall sick, we will escort you to the nearest medical facility so you can get the help you need.

What travel and medical insurance should I get?

While the cost of medical healthcare in Italy may be more affordable than in other countries such as the US, travel and medical insurance is mandatory to come on our trips and we recommend you get the most comprehensive coverage that includes international evacuation. We recommend checking with an aggregator such as Travel Insurance Master to compare quotes and coverages.

Can I make various instalments for this trip?

Please reach out to us to us to discuss payment in instalments.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes, payments will be made via credit card when you book a spot.