Explore the Venice International Film Festival With Film Critic Justin Chang

Relaxed and intimate, the Venice International Film Festival takes over Venice's Lido Island as cinephiles gather for a week of intense film viewing and movie-related discussions. L.A. Times travelers will receive special passes providing total access to the movie village and all festival events. You may choose to attend as many film screenings as you wish, coming and going from your home base at a historic palazzo in a residential neighborhood in Venice. A select number of non-festival activities supplement the program to enhance your Venetian experience.

Aug 27-Sep 2, 2019

7 Days

6 Nights



Fine Arts & Festivals

7 Days, 6 Nights

Trip Cost, Per Traveler

Explore the Venice International Film Festival With Film Critic Justin Chang
$7,795 double occupancy
(Single supplement: 1300.0000)
$750 Deposit
or Call 855.890.5298
Phone Hours - M-F, 7AM – 5PM PT
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Expedition Highlights

Attend the world's oldest film festival with an all-access-pass.

See film premieres on the Lido, as well as major classics previously shown in Venice.

Step backstage and meet a designer of period costumes in his workshop. 

Go on location in Venice  join a location specialist for a tour of the city's iconic scenes from well-known films. 

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Justin Chang - LA Expeditions Expert

Justin Chang

Film critic for the Los Angeles Times and a regular contributor to NPR's "Fresh Air Weekend" and "FilmWeek."

Fall departure

Day 1

Arrive in Venice

Arrive in Venice, and transfer to the hotel, which is in a beautiful residential area. Meet with your fellow L.A. Times travelers and L.A. Times film critic Justin Chang for a welcome reception, followed by a welcome dinner at a popular local trattoria. (R, D)

Day 2

Venice Film WalkArrive in Venice

This morning, visit Atelier Nicolao, a costume manufacturer famous for creating elaborate period costumes for film and stage productions. Then join a film location specialist for a water taxi tour of iconic sites and filming around Venice. Enjoy lunch as a group, followed by the remainder of the afternoon free to explore Venice on your own. Maybe you'll take in the Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco or the Doge's Palace or just explore the hidden and not-so-hidden jewels of this iconic city. Reconvene this evening to attend an orientation at the Film Festival Village. Dine on your own before attending the inaugural event at the festival this evening. (B, L)

Day 3

Let the Cameras Roll

The Venice Film Festival takes place on the sandy island known as the Lido, an easy vaporetto (water bus) ride across the lagoon from central Venice. Your pass allows you to attend screenings or other events in the movie village of your choice. Film screenings take place every day between 8 a.m. and midnight. Gather this evening over a glass of wine with your expert to discuss the films you saw today. (B, R)

Day 4

More Films and Discussions

After breakfast, it's back to the Lido and the film festival. Today, plan on packing in as many films as possible, and wander the festival to soak up the atmosphere. Attend panel discussions on the events of the festival so far, and maybe spot a Hollywood star in the crowds. Gather again this evening, and join Justin Chang for a discussion. (B, R)

Day 5

More Films and Discussions

Today, enjoy another day at the film festival or a chance to explore Venice on your own. Gather this evening with your expert for a discussion. (B, R)

Day 6

Screenings and Farewell

Use your final day in Venice to attend more screenings and soak in the festival atmosphere. This evening, take a leisurely walk to the Piazza San Marco. Enjoy a gourmet dinner overlooking the piazza, an appropriately cinematic setting for a festive farewell dinner. (B, D)

*Hotel Metropole is an upgrade. Travelers choosing to stay at Hotel Metropole will incur an additional $2,000 per room. 

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