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Read important information about COVID-19 and travel to Italy. On the coast of the Adriatic Sea on Italy's east coast is the legendary city of Venice, known for its extensive network of canals. Enjoy a romantic gondola ride in the evening as you admire the surrounding buildings that reflect the city's Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Take a guided tour of Doge's Palace or the many museums and traditional factories here, like Murano, where you'll see the Venetian glass-making process. Cruises will also visit the small and charming Italian towns of Padua, Chioggia, Taglio di Po, and Verona. Our most popular cruises on the Michaelangelo explore the Po River Delta. Venice's location makes a great port of call for cruises all around the Adriatic, including destinations in Croatia, Greece, and the Dalmatian Coast. Contact us to get started planning today.
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3 Best Po River Cruises from Venice for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Venice and Mantua Cruise$45507Mar 26, 2023Departing from Venice aboard the intimate ship La Bella Vita, enjoy a 7-day cruise of Italy, stopping in Pellestrina, Chioggia, the Renaissance city …
From Renaissance-infused Mantua to the Canals of Venice$27677Apr 9, 2023All aboard MS Michelangelo to discover the Italian Rivera during this 7-day cruise, exploring Venice, Cremona, Parma, Torretta, Rovigo, Verona, Porto …
From the Canals of Venice to Renaissance-infused Mantua & Milan and Lake Como Extended Stay$35829Apr 15, 2023Cruise through the heart of three Italian regions. The region of Veneto opens its doors and invites you to discover Venice. Lombardy welcomes you …
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Top 10 Luxury Venice Cruises for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
The Best of Croatia$48808Jun 15, 2023From Venice, set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures on this 8-day cruise aboard the luxurious Le Lyrial. Explore the wild beauty and …
From the city of Gods to the canals of Venice$47808Jun 26, 2023Board Le Bougainville from Athens to Venice for an inspiring 8-day cruise from the city of Gods to the Serenissima. Explore Athens, Kotor, Hvar, …
Croatian Coast and the Best of Adriatic$51208Jul 8, 2023From Dubrovnik to the island of Korcula, Split to Hvar, Sibenik, and Zadar to Krk, this unspoiled route through the Mediterranean aboard Emerald …
Cruise Where the Merchants of Venice Sailed$66158Aug 11, 2023Enjoy this amazing 8-day journey across the wonderful Adriatic. See the magical locations this region has to offer, Be a part of this bucket list …
The Best of Croatia$55308Jun 7, 2023Board the luxurious Le Jacques Cartier and set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures on this 8-day cruise. Depart from Venice to explore …
From the city of Gods to the canals of Venice$41908Jun 29, 2023During this 8-day cruise, Le Lyrial takes you to the Mediterranean countries of Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, and Italy. Discover the cultural and …
The Best of Croatia$52908Jun 13, 2024On this 8-day trip, board the opulent L'Austral and depart for Croatia and its several undiscovered gems. Before returning to Venice, travel from …
From Sublime Istanbul to Venice the Serenissima$572010Aug 4, 2023Sail the Mediterranean between Turkey, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, and Italy onboard Le Lyrial for ten days. Be charmed by an extraordinary cruise …
The best of Croatia$48808Jun 8, 2023Discover the beauty of the Adriatic with PONANT on an exceptional 9-day cruise in Croatia and Monténégro. Aboard Le Lyrial, fall under the spell of …
Landscapes and Cultures of the Adriatic$47608Jul 9, 2024Sail through some of the most beautiful cities in southern Mediterranean Europe as Le Bougainville takes you on an 8-day cruise that starts in …

Venice Cruise Tips & Travel Guide

Venice Cruise Port Highlights

St Mark Square -
The epicenter of the city is a spectacular site to see and photo opportunities seem endless in every direction. If you want visit highlights such as the Doje's Palace or St Mark's Basilica, where limited tickets and overflowing demand make it important to reserve a ticket ahead of time, so contact your Adventure Life trip planner to make sure it's possible to visit these popular historic attractions. 

Take a gondola ride or a walk along the canals

What's more romantic than a gondola ride in Venice? But gondola rides are pricey, so traveling the way the locals do, by walking throught the city streets and bridges like Rialto Bridge, taking ferries and water taxis, you will get the full Venice experience as well.

Beyond Venice, your cruise may include these other amazing port cities such as: 

  • Rome (Civitavecchia) – the country's capital city and home to the Roman empire's most famous ruins, like the Colosseum and the Forum, just to name a few. Additionally,the Vatican City is home to St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the administrative headquarters of the Catholic Church.
  • Sicily - the Mediterranean's largest island is the off the southern coast of Italy, and home to its own unique culture, cuisine and wines.
  • Sardinia - is a picturesque island with a rugged coastline in the middle of the Mediterranean with almost 2,000km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous interior with ample hiking opportunities. Thousands of nuraghi, mysterious Bronze Age stone ruins shaped like beehives dot the countryside.  
  • Naples - here, you can visit the harrowing sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, where artifacts from the violent eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius are well preserved.
When to Visit Venice, Italy
Unlike central Europe which experiences frigid winter temperatures and sweltering summer heat, the Mediterranean city of Venice enjoys more mild temperatures throughout the year, ranging from the low 30s Fahrenheit in the cold winter months to the highs in the low 80s F in the summer. 

The summer months are the high season in Venice, so while you will experience warm to hot weather, you will also likely encounter larger crowds during this season, especially at the most popular attractions and sights.

The shoulder season months of May and September-November are great times to visit this Adriatic city, when there are significantly fewer tourists crowding the sites and temperatures are still warm but more comfortable. 

The winter months from December through late February are colder and not ideal for cruises, though if you don't mind wearing plenty of layers, this can be a great time to visit Venice to get great deals on hotels and admissions to attractions (as long as you know that some sites may close early during winter).

Best Venice Small Ship Cruise Lines for 2023-2024

  • Star Clippers Americas - the acknowledged specialist in sailing cruises for more than 30 years now has been sharing the legendary tall ship dream with thousands of passengers from all over the world. Cast your eye on the domes of San Marco, take a deep breath at the Bridge of Sighs, gaze on the Renaissance glories of the Doge's Palace aboard the 439-foot and 227 guests Royal Clipper
  • Ponant - Founded in 1988, is now the benchmark for a new luxury cruiser style. From the Amalfi Coast to Venice, join an Italian cruise aboard Le Lyria, offering travelers the best of the Mediterranean: sunbathing, coves of crystal clear water, and Greek and Roman ruins. 
  • CroisiEuropehas been crafting destination experiences made exclusively by small ships, with sustainability and green ethics as its core. The 154 passenger MS Michelangelo size allows it to cruise the Venetian Lagoon and moor close to Saint Mark's Square. 
  • Sea Cloud Cruises - has always preserved the true value of windjammers for more than 40 years. The wind and waves beat to determine the direction of life on board. The Sea Cloud II perfectly combines spaciousness for up to 94 passengers with the lifestyle of a private yacht.
  • Emerald Waterways - ensures a wealth of generous inclusions. Enjoy exclusive excursions and experiences, delicious onboard dining, and return flights, even including all gratuities, so you really can relax and enjoy your adventure, knowing everything is taken care of. Reaching an impressive 110 meters in length, the new 100-guest Emerald Azzurra exceeds your yacht cruising expectations.
  • European Waterways - operates a fleet of 17 river cruising ships across Europe from Berkshire, England. The company refurbishes old barges and turns them into hotel barges. Embark La Bella Vita as you sail Italy's Venetian Lagoon, River Po, and Canal Bianco. 

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