Do you want the same experience? Then read my story... Like you, I was searching for a cheap holiday to Venice. But, unfortunately, I had to organize my trip to Venice very well because I had to go on holiday with my family.
Somehow I decided to go with them to the camping place Marina DI Venezia by car. Having a vehicle around Venice is convenient because you can explore the area and choose any hotel you like during your road trip. The accommodation resort is located in Punta DI Saboni, near Venice. The trip went well, with two kids sleeping in the back seat, but I imagined our arrival a bit more comfortable.
My Venice trip of 13 hours from Amsterdam. Pretty harsh, but if you want a cheap holiday to Venice, a road trip is an excellent alternative. I left on August 12 at 7:30 pm, drove the whole night, and arrived in Venice on August 13 at 10:30 am. I didn't sleep, and I was pretty tired.
I planned to take the tronchetto from Venice via Lido to Punta DI Saboni. A lovely morning view from the ferry. With this car ferry, you can reach Punta DI Siboni in just 45 minutes. Nice idea! I thought… I drove the car to the tronchetto dock to buy my ticket, BUT, for a year, ACTV has cut their services to Punta DI Saboni. The ferry goes to its final destination, 'Lido,' no further.
On the website of ACTV, their line to Punta DI Saboni is still operating. But this line doesn't exist anymore!!! Since I complained to them, their site has had an update. However, the Italian man kept saying no, 'it is impossible.' This negative turn on our trip would mean an extra 1-hour drive via Jesolo to my destination Marina DI Venezia. It was hot, and everybody was tired.
Such a disappointment… And I was well prepared. How could this happen to me, a frequent and experienced visitor to Venice, Italy?
After such a long drive, my kids were looking forward to having such an exciting boat trip. Luckily, they are still young (4 and two years), so they don’t know yet what they missed.
The new route to our destination goes through local villages, and there is only one main road to this touristy family holiday park area... From Venice, take the directions to San Marco Airport and Jesolo. The signs will guide you to the popular budget accommodations near Punta DI Saboni.
Because of the holiday season, there is a lot of traffic. So I'm sure we would have a traffic jam. And I was right! We were not the only ones who took the long drive for this cheap holiday to Venice. There were Campers all over the place. It took us 3 hours instead of 1 hour to reach Marina DI Venezia.
For my cheap holiday, I booked our cottage via Eurocamp. This organization offers cabins on different campsites in Europe. I have heard only positive rumors about them. But, now it took us more than 1 hour to check in. Like us, around ten families were waiting for the same purpose. Cause there was only one staff who did the registration and guided people to their holiday houses, it took one hour extra waiting.
But finally, 4:30 pm in my Venice holiday resort, a cold beer – beautiful weather – and the girls were already exploring the family park.
Sounds terrible, right? A very long drive. But, hey! You can prepare better than me!
Instead, prefer a hotel or an apartment in the same area? Mostly cheaper than in Venice center? Please book this Romantic stay between Venice and the Adriatic.
We stayed four nights at Marina DI Venezia and three nights in Venice center at Hotel Palazzo Priuli.
On the nights in Venice, we parked our car in the San Marco parking garage at the Piazzale Roma. On my road trip home, I drove for 3 days. My family enjoyed Verona and the southern part of Germany.
Overall, I enjoyed our holiday very much in Venice. And my girls became at an age where they can enjoy also. So this combination of a family resort and a city holiday in Venice is worthwhile. I also enjoyed making this road trip. A kind of freedom. Especially during the route when we returned home. This convenience was very comfortable.
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