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Cruising the Heart of Italy

7 Days from £1,754.10

From Venice to Mantua, enjoy a unique cruise through the heart of three Italian regions. 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. 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. Your trip ends 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!

Departure from: Jun 2020 - Aug 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

Return flights from Heathrow with Bristish Airways

6 nights on board 4-star MS Michelangelo
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners and all drinks (excluding Champagne and selected wines)
All excursions included
Cruise Representative and Local Guide
Overseas transfers and other transportation
Porterage
Captain's welcome cocktail reception
Farewell gala dinner
Onboard evening entertainment

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Included holiday highlights

  • Visit to the Doges palace and the San Marco's seat (Alternatively hear all about Casanova's adventures on a Casanova and Castles tour)
  • Visit the glassmakers of Murano
  • See colourful Burano
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Vicenza
  • Visit Verona and see the outside of Juliets House, the ampitheatre or the Giusti Gardens (July & August departures)
  • Guided tour of Mantua
  • Visit Cremona and Parma

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Venice

​Fly to Venice today and embark your ship. Settle into your cabin before enjoying dinner and meeting the crew at a Captain's welcome cocktail reception.

Day 2 Venice

This morning, you have a choice of two inlcuded excursions. 

On the Explorer Package, you'll discover Saint Mark's Square and its famous basilica, as well as 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.

On the Discovery Package, learn about Casanova. 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 remains a legend in itself. At the end of our tour, you can return to the boat at your own pace.

This afternoon, join us in discovering 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. Enjoy a free evening to explore Venice on your own.

Day 3 Venice - Chioggia - Vicenza - Porto Viro - Rovigo

We'll cruise to Chioggia, the departure point for our excursion to Vicenza for a guided tour. 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 theatre was the final design by Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and is one of the listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. As you enjoy your tour, the ship will cruise to Porto Viro. We'll return on board in Porto Viro and spend the afternoon cruising towards Rovigo.

Day 4 Rovigo - Torretta - Verona - Valdaro

​This morning we will spend the morning cruising to Torretta. In the afternoon you have a choice of excursion, either on the explorer package tour where we visit Verona and its amphitheatre and head to Verona, the "City of Love" made famous by Shakespeare's legendary tragedy Romeo and Juliet. We'll get to 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.)Alternatively on our discovery package take a bike tour of Verona and visit the Giusti Gardens

You'll be transfered by coach from Torretta 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. After our tour, we'll return on board in Valdaro.

Day 5 Valdaro - Mantua

Our ship will begin to cruise early in the morning to Mantua.

Join us on an optional 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. We'll 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. We'll then reach the historic center of the city where you'll visit the Rotonda di San Lorenzo and the Basilica of Sant'Andrea. You're free to do as you please in the afternoon.

Day 6 Mantua - Cremona - Parma

​Today joun us for an excursion to Cremona and Parma (including lunch). A stroll through the historical centre of Cremona reveals its hidden artistic and architectural treasures. Within the superb medieval square,we'll take in the immensity of the duomo and tower before visiting a violin-maker's workshop. We'll then head to Polesine Parmense and stop at Fratelli Spigaroli(3) to visit the cellars where they cure the famous Culatello ham and Parmigiana cheese. In the afternoon, we'll 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 its castles and ancient churches inspire dreams of yesteryear. We'll 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. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 7 Mantua - Venice - UK

​Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking  where you board your transfer to Venice.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 6 :

MS Michelangelo
The MS Michelangelo is a beautiful 4 star ship. Whilst onboard all meals and drinks will be included (*excluding Champagne and selected wines). The vessels facilities include; lounge bar with a dance floor, bar, dining room, large sundeck with deckchairs, gift shop and wifi.


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
TOUR DURATION
DEPARTURE DATE
DEPARTURE
PRICE FROM
STATUS
 

7 days

Wednesday 17 June 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,601.10

Available

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7 days

Monday 27 July 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,637.10

Available

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7 days

Monday 24 August 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,637.10

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DEPARTURE
DATE
DEPARTING
FROM
DEPARTURE
WAS
NOW
STATUS
 

WED 17 JUN 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,949.00

£1,754.10

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Departs

08:55 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

12:05 Venice (Marco Polo)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Departs

13:00 Venice (Marco Polo)

Arrives

14:20 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

MON 27 JUL 20

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£2,088.00

£1,889.10

Available

Outbound
Jet2

Monday 27 July 2020

Departs

08:30 Manchester

Arrives

12:00 Venice (Marco Polo)

Operated by

Jet2

Inbound
Jet2 - LS

Sunday 02 August 2020

Departs

12:25 Venice (Marco Polo)

Arrives

14:05 Manchester

Operated by

Jet2

MON 27 JUL 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,989.00

£1,790.10

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Monday 27 July 2020

Departs

08:55 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

12:05 Venice (Marco Polo)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Sunday 02 August 2020

Departs

17:30 Venice (Marco Polo)

Arrives

18:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

MON 24 AUG 20

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£2,088.00

£1,889.10

Available

Outbound
Jet2

Monday 24 August 2020

Departs

08:30 Manchester

Arrives

12:00 Venice (Marco Polo)

Operated by

Jet2

Inbound
Jet2 - LS

Sunday 30 August 2020

Departs

12:25 Venice (Marco Polo)

Arrives

14:05 Manchester

Operated by

Jet2

MON 24 AUG 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,989.00

£1,790.10

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Monday 24 August 2020

Departs

08:55 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

12:05 Venice (Marco Polo)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Sunday 30 August 2020

Departs

17:30 Venice (Marco Polo)

Arrives

18:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

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