Secrets of Venice and the Lagoon Islands


Travel by Air
6 Optional Excursions
  • Discover the famous sites of Venice, including The Doge’s palace and bustling St Mark’s Square
  • Visit Adria, named after the beautiful Adriatic Sea
  • Cruise through the lagoon of Venice and along the gentle River Po

Come with us as we travel through beautiful Venice on this excellent cruise, which will take us to some of the city’s most well-known locations, as well as exploring the nearby lagoon islands, which are famed for their beauty. Along our river cruise, we’ll take optional trips to a number of destinations, which will allow us to further explore the area at leisure.
For instance, we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a trip to Venice, the city of bridges, before we head to the wonderful islands of Murano and Burano in the city. Our river cruise will also offer a chance to visit fair Verona, famous for its connections with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

In addition to this, we’ll be able to tour Bologna, and will visit Venice’s Castello Quarter, with our final excursion being an optional gondola trip in Venice.

This Holiday is Great For

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Day One - UK to Venice
Fly from the UK to Venice, where we are met and transferred to the MS Michelangelo. Enjoy a welcome cocktail, and an introduction to the crew before dinner this evening. (D)

Day Two - Venice
Enjoy breakfast before exploring Venice. Why not join our optional Venice tour, seeing sights such as St Mark’s Square? Or, consider our optional tour of Venice’s Lagoon Islands, including Murano and Burano. We moor in Venice overnight. (B,L,D)

Day Three - Venice - Chioggia (or nearby) - Taglio Di Po
Cruise this morning to Chioggia, where we can take an optional trip to Padua, famous for Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. Alternatively, enjoy an included transfer to Adria, which gets its name from the Adriatic Sea. Return to the ship in Taglio Di Po and moor overnight. (B,L,D)

Day Four - Taglio Di Po to Polesella
We cruise to Polesella over breakfast - join our optional afternoon excursion to Bologna, famed for its balconies, churches and curved towers. We moor in Polesella tonight. (B,L,D)

Day Five - Polesalla - Taglio Di Po - Chioggia (or nearby)
Consider our optional excursion to Verona, famed as the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. We return to the ship in Chioggia for dinner and free time this evening. (B,L,D)

Day Six - Chioggia (or nearby) to Venice
We arrive in Venice early this morning; explore on your own, take an optional tour of Venice’s Castello Quarter, or why not take an optional gondola cruise? This evening, we enjoy our farewell gala dinner. (B,L,D)

Day Seven - Venice to UK
We disembark the ship after breakfast and continue to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Extras included on this holiday

Captain's gala dinner

Enjoy a fantastic Captain's gala dinner while on-board!

Welcome drink on arrival

Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival.

The Local Area

Optional Excursions


Bologna, with its towers and porticoes, is an exceptional Italian city with much in the way of history to look forward to. During our visit we’ll get to experience the exciting atmosphere in this city, which is known for its lovely medieval architecture.


Guided Visit of Padua

Padua is famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew and is a lovely city in the Vento region of Italy. During this guided visit, we’ll get to see some of the city’s many sights in order to find out more about this excellent location.


Islands of the Lagoon

On this afternoon visit, we’ll take in the wonderful islands of Murano and Burano. These wonderful islands are linked by picturesque bridges and feature incredibly colourful houses, with attractive architecture and wonderful views all around.



Enjoy an excellent excursion to the wonderful city of Venice, which is famous for its beautiful canals and stunning architecture. This historical city is filled with amazing places to visit and things to do and we’ll spend an enjoyable morning exploring the area.



Fair Verona is another destination made famous by Shakespeare’s plays - it was the setting for Romeo and Juliet’s tragic love story. With its wonderful architecture, historic sights, magical atmosphere and lovely views, there’s more than enough to do here.


Visit to Venice's Castello Quarter

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the ‘calli’ to discover Venice’s hidden architectural masterpieces, to be found just a short walk from St Mark’s Square. Admire the interior of Santa Maria Formosa church, built in a Byzantine style, and then see the Church of the Miracles, famous for its Renaissance architecture. 

We then visit the Santi Giovanni e Paolo church, housing the impressive series of funerary monuments of the Doges, the masterpieces of the heroes of the Republic and Renaissance sculptures. As we begin our return journey to the ship, we see the exterior of the Church of San Zaccaria, known for its Gothic and Renaissance architecture, and pass by the Santa Maria della Pieta Church.