On Saturday, October 9th, we traveled from Zurich to Venice, Italy to get ready for a 14 day tour with Go Ahead Tours. Go Ahead is a segment of EF Tours, which does educational tours for schools. We found out about them because our youngest had signed up to go on a tour with his 12th grade history class in June of 2020. So I’m sure you all know how that went. He is now a sophomore in college, and the tour has been rescheduled twice, now for June 2022. When we started planning this trip back in the summer of 2019. I knew I wanted to go on a tour, as it would make it easier to see sights like the Sistine Chapel, they would also be able to give us more information. We went to Rome in 2006 on our own, and I felt like I didn’t really see it from a knowledgeable perspective. SO I was looking at tours, and found that Go Ahead seemed to have a nice mix of tours and free time to explore on our own. That is something important to us.
We had thought about taking a train from Zurich to Venice, but the price for the 6 hour ride was about the same as a 1 hour flight. So we decided to go with the latter. However, in order to get to Zurich Airport from the hotel, we needed to take a train. It’s a quick 15 minute ride, and was easy to manage. We got to the airport in plenty of time and sat down to have a cup of coffee. At many European airports they don’t tell you the gate or even the area letter until about 30-45 minutes before the flight, which in this case meant that we didn’t find the Starbucks until we were headed to boarding…luckily Mario had just enough time to make a stop!
The flight was uneventful, and coming into Venice airport gave a great view of the city! I guess I chose the right side of the plane to sit on! Since Venice is really a group of islands off the coast, the airport is on the mainland, and we needed to take a boat to get to our hotel. We were staying on Lido, which is like a barrier island, and can be seen in the background of the photo.
The boat ride took about an hour, and when we docked on Lido we found a taxi to take us to the hotel. It was only about a mile and a half away, but I wasn’t looking to walk that far with our luggage. After we checked in we took a walk back into the town to find some dinner, and also found another very nice view of Venice.
Back at the hotel, we met our Tour Director, Kostas. He was so full of energy and warmth, I knew it was going to be a fabulous tour!
Next time we’ll get started on the tour in Venice!