Academy Travel is the largest cultural themed tour operator in Australia and we are pleased to offer this tour to our UK travellers through our London office.

The Venice Biennale & The International Film Festival

Aug 29 - Sep 6, 2019
9 days
£2,970 per person, twin share (land content only). £840 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.


Dr Nick Gordon


During the Biennale, the fine Renaissance palaces of Venice open as centres of modern and contemporary art, showcasing many of the world’s best artists in a kind of ‘Art Olympics’. We explore the 2019 Biennale from our quiet hotel in the heart of the city, exploring art exhibitions by day and visiting the International Film Festival in the evening. The tour also coincides with Venice’s annual gondola race along the Grand Canal – an event by and for Venetians – and is rounded out with fine dining, Venice’s less-visited gems and tranquil islands.


  • The remarkable world of contemporary art by leading artists from around the globe
  • The Venice International Film Festival, the oldest and one of the most prestigious events of its kind
  • The history of Venice from its commercial origins to the birth of the modern “Art City”
  • The less well-known sites of Venice: quiet islands, hidden gems and charming palaces
  • The Regata Storica – historical pageantry and the annual gondola race along the Grand Canal


  • The best of today’s art in one extraordinary city, including visits to the Giardini Biennale, Arsenale, and exhibitions in historic buildings throughout the city
  • Excellent modern art collections, including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Ca’ Pesaro
  • Four evenings at the Venice Film Festival, arriving in style by private launch
  • Tranquil lagoon islands, including lunch at Torcello’s legendary Locanda Cipriani
  • The glorious pageantry of Venice, a stage for social performance from the Middle Ages to today
  • Special exhibitions and retrospectives coinciding with the Biennale

Itinerary Overview

Days 1–3: Settle in to our hotel in central Venice, explore the national pavilions in the Giardini Biennale and Arsenale, visit the best exhibitions throughout the city, and visit the Venice Film Festival.

Days 4–6: Witness the Regata Storica; visit special exhibitions timed to coincide with the Biennale; take in films in competition at the Film Festival; and discover Venice’s less-visited gems, including San Lazzaro degli Armeni.

Days 7–9: Continue exploring the Biennale, Film Festival and Venice’s modern and contemporary galleries. Visit Torcello, one of the oldest settlements in the lagoon, and enjoy lunch at Locanda Cipriani.


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