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Golden hour in Venice's famed Piazza San Marco

From Renaissance-infused Mantua to the Canals of Venice

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard MS Michelangelo
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From Mantua to Venice, enjoy a unique cruise through the heart of three Italian regions. Your trip starts with the region of Emilia-Romagna and its traditional cuisine: do not miss out on a tour of Parma and Cremona complete with a tasting of authentic cheese and ham! Lombardy welcomes you next with its breathtaking and varied panoramas. You’ll visit unique cities such as romantic Mantua and Cremona, Claudio Monteverdi’s and Stradivarius’s birthplace. Finally, the region of Veneto opens its doors and invites you to discover Venice, famous Saint Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace, the official residence of Venetian dukes.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Venice | Mantua
Day 2 : Mantua | Cremona | Parma
Day 3 : Mantua | Valdaro | Torretta | Rovigo
Day 4 : Rovigo | Verona | Porto Viro | Porto Levante
Day 5 : Porto Levante | Vicenza | Chioggia | Venice
Day 6 : Venice
Day 7 : Venice | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the region of Emilia-Romagna and its traditional cuisine
  • Enjoy a tasting of Culatello ham and authentic Parmesan cheese
  • Explore Verona, the world famous
  • Visit Vicenza, Palladio’s architectural masterpiece

Ship

MS Michelangelo

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Golden hour in Venice's famed Piazza San Marco Gondola on Canal Grande at Sunset, Venice The romantic gondolas of Venice Beautiful architecture of Italy View from gondola during the ride through the canals, Venice Wander the squares of Italy on your European cruise
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Day 1 Venice | Mantua

Be transferred by coach from Venice to Mantua where you’ll board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, introduce your crew at a welcome cocktail. Enjoy a free evening to explore the city on your own.

*Passengers will choose either the Classic or Discovery package to participate in for the duration of the voyage

Day 2 Mantua | Cremona | Parma

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A stroll through the historical center of Cremona reveals its hidden artistic and architectural treasures. Within the superb medieval square, take in the immensity of the duomo and tower, before visiting a violin-maker’s workshop. Then head to Polesine Parmense and stop at Fratelli Spigaroli(2) to visit the cellars where they cure the famous Culatello ham and Parmigiana cheese. Indulge in a tasting of Italian cheeses and cold cuts. In the afternoon, go to Parma—located in the confines of the Lombardy and Emilie-Romagna Regions—to indulge in art, music history, and food! Parma is in one of Italy’s most emblematic areas and inspires with its castles and ancient churches. Visit the pink-marble Baptistery, which contains some amazing frescoes representing the life of Christ. The frescoes on the dome of the cathedral are also exceptional.

Day 3 Mantua | Valdaro | Torretta | Rovigo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship will begin to cruise early in the morning to Valdaro. Join an excursion for both packages: A guided tour of Mantua, where the House of Gonzaga ruled for almost 400 years. Although Mantua is not well known, it is one of the most artistically rich and romantic cities in northern Italy. Visit the Palazzo Ducale di Mantova (Ducal Palace - closed on Mondays) which overlooks the city center. Built between the 14th and the 17th centuries by the noble House of Gonzaga, the property comprises many buildings such as the Castel di San Giorgio which was designed as a defensive structure aimed at protecting the heart of the town and subsequently converted into the main residence of the Gonzaga family. We’ll also visit the Camera Degli Sposi (“bridal chamber”), known for its frescoes executed by Andrea Mantegna as a celebration of the Gonzaga family. Then reach the historic center of the city where you’ll visit the Rotonda di San Lorenzo and the Basilica of Sant’Andrea.

Spend the afternoon cruising.

Or enjoy an optional tour of the Ferrari Museum in Modena (not included in packages). Car lovers will not want to miss this chance! The museum focuses on the life and work of Enzo Ferrari, founder of the Ferrari sports car brand. 

Day 4 Rovigo | Verona | Porto Viro | Porto Levante

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning's excursions are:

Classic: Visit Verona and its amphitheater or the Giusti Gardens. Leave by coach from Rovigo and head to Verona, the “City of Love” made famous by Shakespeare’s legendary tragedy Romeo and Juliet. See the outside of Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta) and the balcony where she stood when Romeo declared his love. Verona encapsulates 2,000 years of history from an architectural, urban, and artistic point of view. The amphitheater, the historic symbol of the city, is a fantastic example of its longevity and influence. (If the amphitheater is closed and in July and August, we’ll visit the magnificent Giusti Gardens.)

Discovery: Take a bike tour of Verona and visit the Giusti Gardens. Be transferred by coach from Rovigo to Verona, where numerous possibilities to explore the city await you. Often overshadowed by neighboring Venice, Verona possesses an impressive artistic heritage and many cultural diversions. What better way to explore the city than on two wheels? Glide along its streets and lanes lined with unique houses and romantic hideaways. You’ll then visit the Giusti Gardens, one of the city’s marvels. This magnificent Italian garden contains age-old trees, gargoyles, fountains, and grottoes with ancient inscriptions.
Return on board in Porto Viro and spend the afternoon cruising.

Day 5 Porto Levante | Vicenza | Chioggia | Venice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join an excursion for both packages: A guided tour of Vicenza. Vicenza is the epitome of gorgeous Italian landscapes, art, food, and wine. The most beautiful buildings in the city are found around the Piazza Dei Signori. Here, you can take in the gorgeous facade of the Teatro Olimpico, which opened in 1585 and contains the oldest standing stage set still in existence. The theater was the final design by Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and is part of the sites listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. As you enjoy your tour, the ship will cruise to Porto Viro(1). For those who decided not to join us on the excursion, you will be transferred from Chioggia to Porto Viro(1). Enjoy some free time in Chioggia.

After return on board in Chioggia, begin to cruise to Venice. Enjoy a free evening to explore the city on your own.

Day 6 Venice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning's excursions are:
Classic: Guided tour of Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Square. You’ll discover Saint Mark’s Square and its famous basilica (exteriors) and take a tour inside Doge’s Palace, the official residence of Venetian dukes and the seat of the government until 1797. The current palace dates back to the 14th century and is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the world. A trek to the top of the Golden Staircase brings you to massive works by Tintoretto and Veronese and gives you access to the antechambers and a magnificent view from the balcony.

Discovery: Following the footsteps of Casanova in Venice to Doge’s Palace and its hidden passageways.
Giacomo Girolamo Casanova was born in Venice in 1725. Both his parents were actors, and he was the first of six children in the family. He entered the University of Padua at age twelve and graduated five years later with a degree in law. Over his lifetime, he was a lawyer, soldier, violinist, courtier, economist, philosopher, writer, and of course, a lover who got into sexual escapades resembling operatic plots. Your guide will fill you in on all the details of his titillating life, including a darker period where he was imprisoned in Doge’s Palace and his daring escape. Even today, Casanova and his lusty reputation remain a legend in itself. At the end of our tour, you can return to the boat at your own pace.

This afternoon, join an excursion for both packages: The Venetian Lagoon and its islands. The Murano glassmakers retreated to the island of Murano to help keep their production techniques a secret. Burano instills a feeling of quiet and meditation as you walk along its docks lined with colorful homes. One of the most sought-out items on the island is handwoven lace that dates back to before the exploration of the New World.
Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 7 Venice | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
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50 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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1 suite equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Upper Deck
27 twin cabins with large windows equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

This offer includes
Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
- all onboard beverages (not including the special lists)
- accommodations in a double-occupancy, climate-controlled cabin with shower in private bathroom
- onboard entertainment
- Welcome cocktail
- gala evening
- excursions included in the package selected
- assistance from our onboard, multi-lingual host/hostess
- emergency/repatriation insurance
- all port fees
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

This offer does not include
Drinks from our special lists or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - transfers to/from departure/arrival points (including to/from airports) - optional excursion to the Ferrari Museum (must be reserved and paid for on board or at travel agency) - cancellation and baggage insurance - personal expenses.

Requirements
Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

(1) Passengers cannot remain onboard the ship between Chioggia and Porto Viro.

(2) In case the cellars at Fratelli Spigaroli are closed, we’ll visit a similar site.
 
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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!
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