HOW TO GET A TOUR BUS FROM MESTRE (09:00 AM, on each of the two tour days)
Lodging is cheaper in Mestre than in Venice. Think of Mestre as a "bedroom community" with all retail and transport amenities, a short bus ride away from the island of Venice.
If you're staying in Mestre, the tour bus will leave from Viale Ancona (translates into "Ancona Avenue"), in front of NH Laguna Palace Hotel, in Mestre, at 9:00 AM. Do not confuse this hotel with other similarly named hotels in the nearby town of Marghera. The tour bus will not pick delegates from Marghera.
How does one reach Mestre's NH Laguna Palace Hotel from the Mestre train station? From the Mestre train station, take public bus no. 31 or 32 and stop at the Laguna Hotel bus stop. Bus no. 31 or 32 passes every 30 minutes.
A taxi ride from Mestre Train Station to the hotel takes 5 minutes.
For a map of the 17-minute walk from the Mestre train station to the NH Laguna Palace Hotel, click here.
If you're taking the tour bus from Venice (instead of Mestre), click here.