Day 1 UK - VeniceYou'll fly to Venice today and on arrival we will transfer you to your ship. Settle into your cabin before enjoying dinner and meeting the crew at the Captain's welcome cocktail reception. Meals included: D
Day 2 Venice
The delights of Venice await, and if you have chosen the Explorer Package, today you'll discover St Mark's Square on foot and enjoy a tour of Doge's Palace, the official residence of the Dukes of Venice and seat of the government until 1797. The current palace dates back to the 14th century and is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.
Alternatively, if you have booked the Discovery Package, you will explore Venice by following in the footsteps of Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, who was born in the city in 1725. Your Local Guide will tell you about his titillating life, including his daring escape from the Doge's Palace prison. After the tour, you are free to return to the ship at your own pace.
This afternoon, everyone is invited to join an excursion to the Venetian Lagoon islands of Murano and Burano. Glassmakers retreated to the island of Murano to help keep their production techniques a secret, and Burano is renowned for its handwoven lace. This evening has been left free for you to explore Venice at your leisure.
Day 3 Venice - Chioggia - Vicenza - Porto Viro - Rovigo
After cruising to Chioggia, we'll head to Vicenza for a guided tour. This elegant city is the epitome of gorgeous Italian landscapes, art, food, and wine. We'll head to the Piazza dei Signori, where some of the city's most beautiful buildings are found, including the gorgeous façade of the Teatro Olimpico. As you enjoy your tour, the ship will cruise to Porto Viro, where we'll rejoin it and spend the afternoon cruising towards Rovigo.Meals included: B,L,D
Day 4 Rovigo - Torretta - Verona - Valdaro
After breakfast, relax and enjoy the views as we cruise to Torretta. This afternoon, you've the chance to explore Verona. If you've opted for the Explorer Package, your sightseeing tour will take you to Casa di Giulietta, where you'll see the balcony declared to be the place where Romeo proclaimed his love for Juliet in Shakespeare's legendary tale. After this, you'll head to the iconic Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre which encapsulates 2,000 years of history.
Alternatively, the Discovery Package includes a bicycle tour of Verona and a visit to the magnificent Giusti Gardens. Planted in the 16th century and considered to be one of Italy's finest formal gardens, the manicured grounds contain age-old trees, statues, fountains and grottoes filled with ancient inscriptions.
We'll re-join the ship in Valdaro.
Day 5 Valdaro - Mantua
The ship will cruise to Mantua this morning and on arrival you can choose to join an optional guided tour. This artistically rich city is surrounded by shimmering lakes and was ruled by the House of Gonzaga for almost 400 years. Highlights of your tour include the vast 500-room Palazzo Ducale di Mantova, which overlooks the city centre. Here, we will step inside the Camera degli Sposi, the bridal chamber, to admire the incredible 15th century frescoes painted by Andrea Mantegna. We'll also head to the historic centre of the city, where you'll see the ancient church Rotonda di San Lorenzo and the beautiful Basilica of Sant'Andrea. You're free to do as you please in this afternoon.Meals included: B,L,D
Day 6 Mantua - Cremona - Parma
Today you can join us on an excursion to Cremona and Parma. A stroll through the historical centre of Cremona reveals its hidden artistic and architectural treasures, and violin-making heritage. Within the superb medieval square, we'll take in the immensity of the cathedral and its bell tower, before visiting a violin-maker's workshop. We'll then head to the town of Polesine Parmense and visit a farmhouse, Fratelli Spigaroli. Here, they cure Culatello ham and make Parmigiana cheese and we're going to enjoy a tasting.
In the afternoon, we'll go to Parma - located in the confines of the Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna Regions - to indulge in art, music history, and more food! Parma is in one of Italy's most emblematic areas and inspires with its castles and ancient churches. 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. Back on board we'll enjoy a farewell gala dinner.
Day 7 Mantua - Venice - UK
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning, before disembarking and transferring to Venice for your flight back to the UK.Meals included: B,L,D
Please note: If day 4 falls on a date when the Arena di Verona is closed, those on the Explorer Package will visit the Giusti Gardens instead.
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MS Michelangelo: Cabin Upgrade
Upper Deck cabins are available at a supplement for the duration of your stay. Please speak to a Holiday Advisor for details.