Take an in depth tour of Italy's lagoon and Po Delta on this 6 day cruise on board the MS Michaelangelo. Visit a small pilgrimage town full of artistic treasures, 'Santo' basilica, World Heritage Sites, Doge's Palace, and Lagoon islands. This short cruise is a great introduction to the rich history of Italy and historic sites that it holds. Enjoy extra time to explore Venice at your own pace and then continue on to the next stop on your European vacation!
Day 1 : Venice Day 2 : Chioggia / Padua / Taglio di Po / Polesella Day 3 : Polesella / Ferrara / Verona / Taglio di Po Day 4 : Taglio di Po / Chioggia / Venice Day 5 : Venice / Lagoon Islands / Venice Day 6 : Venice
Visit Padua, a pilgrimage town full of artistic treasures
Tour St. Maria & St. Donato churches on Murano
Explore the fishing island of Burano, famous for traditional lacework
View Verona, the beautiful & romantic setting for Romeo and Juliet
Arrive in Venice and board the MS Michelangelo after 6:00 p.m. After settling in to your cabin, attend a welcome cocktail party in the lounge and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew. After dinner, leave the ship to discover Venice and all its sights. The Michelangelo will remain in port overnight.
Begin your day with breakfast on board and spend the morning cruising to Chioggia. Eat lunch on board before joining an optional afternoon tour by coach of Padua. Known as the town of St Anthony, Padua is a pilgrimage town, full of artistic treasures. Visit the 'Santo' basilica, dedicated to St. Anthony, and stroll through the historic town center. The ship will cruise to Taglio di Po, where you can reboard at 7:00 p.m.
After breakfast, set off by coach to visit Ferrara. Awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO, this town was home to the Este Court. Return to the ship for lunch before setting off on a coach excursion to Verona, the beautiful and romantic setting for Romeo and Juliet. Return to our boat in Polesella and sail to Taglio di Po. Arrive in the evening and end the day with a gala dinner on board.
In the morning, transfer from the ship to Chioggia, stopping in Adria to discover and explore the town. Continue your trip towards Chioggia, a port city which originated in Roman times and is the second largest city of the Serene Republic. Stroll around the area and discover the town at your own pace. During this time, the Michelangelo will cruise to Chioggia where we will join it for lunch on board. Cruise back to Venice, and arrive around 2:30 p.m. Take an optional guided tour of the Doge's Palace and the famous Piazza San Marco before returning to the ship for dinner.
In the morning, take an optional trip to the lagoon islands of Burano and Murano. Murano is famous for its glass work and its St. Maria and St. Donato churches, the oldest in the lagoon. Burano, a fishing island, is famous for its traditional lacework. Explore Venice at your own pace in the afternoon before returning to the ship for dinner.
Day 6 Venice
After breakfast, disembark in Venice and transfer to the airport for your onward flights.
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51 cabins (44 twins, 2 single cabins, 4 cabins with a double bed, 1 suite) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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27 twin cabins with large windows equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin
Drinks (including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board)
Drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
All excursions mentioned in the itinerary
Assistance from onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
Gala dinner and evening
Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
Drinks on the wine list
Champagne at the bar
Drinks served during excursions or transfers
Cancellation and baggage insurance
Transfer to/from airport
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!