Venice and its Lagoon


Travel by Air
4 Optional Excursions
  • Cruise the Lagoon of Venice
  • Explore romantic Venice
  • Discover the town of Chioggia
  • Visit St Mark's Square - film location for 'The Italian Job'

Welcome to Venice, capital of the Veneto region. This delightful cruise offers a unique cultural experience. Visit the beautiful city of Venice, Chioggia - locally named Little Venice and many delightful Italian ports. Be sure to join the optional excursion to the ‘Islands of the Lagoon’ and see Burano and the famous glass makers of Murano.

This Holiday is Great For

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Day One - UK to Venice
Fly from the UK to Venice. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and meet the crew in the lounge. We depart towards the Riva Martiri’s Quay during dinner. (D)

Day Two - Venice - Mazzorbo - Venice
After breakfast we can join an optional visit to Doge’s Palace, then return to the ship and cruise the lagoon to Mazzorbo. This afternoon there is an optional excursion to visit the islands of Burano, famous for its lacework and Murano, known for its ancestral glassblowing. There will be dinner and dancing on board this evening. (B,L,D)

Day Three - Venice
After breakfast on board, there is an optional guided tour to discover the manufacture of handcrafted gondolas. This afternoon enjoy free time in Venice. Venice is a popular set for many films including Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade as well as James Bond classics such as Moonraker, Casino Royale and From Russia with Love - just to name a few! (B,L,D)

Day Four - Venice - Chioggia (or area) - Venice
Breakfast on board as we cruise across the magnificent Bay of Venice to Chioggia. A port city of Roman origin, Chioggia was the second most important city in the republic of La Serenissima. Lunch on board will be followed in the afternoon with the opportunity to enjoy the optional excursion to Padua, the pilgrimage town of St Antoine di Padova. Take a stroll through the historic town centre and discover the ‘Pedrocchi coffee house’, famous to the people of Padua. The ship cruises back to Venice where the excursion re-joins the ship. Our final evening on board and it’s time for dinner followed by a gala evening of music and dancing. (B,L,D)

Day Five - Venice to UK
Disembark after breakfast and transfer back to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Extras included on this holiday

Free Drinks on Board

FREE drinks on board including beer, fine wines, spirits, mineral bottled water, fruit juice, soft drinks, speciality coffees and teas  

MS Michelangelo

This welcoming ship offers comfortable accommodation for 158 passengers and is part of the fantastic CroisiEurope fleet. The ship’s stylish interior has a great many facilities to enjoy, including a lounge area, bar, dance floor, tasteful dining room, gift shop and a large Sun Deck.

All 78 cabins on-board are fully equipped with a shower and toilet, along with a hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe, central heating/air conditioning, 220V electricity and radiophone. There are 28 cabins located on the Upper Deck, while 50 cabins can be found on the Main Deck.

Passengers will enjoy delicious food served on-board, with an extensive buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner with a French inspiration served each day. There is also a fine wine menu available on-board; allowing passengers to indulge during their river cruise experience. 



Ship Gallery

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The Local Area

Optional Excursions

Boat trip to the islands of Burano And Murano

We’ll take a ride on a private boat to these two beautiful islands, both located on Venice’s Lagoon. Beginning with Burano, we’ll find a patchwork of colourful houses and will be able to uncover the island’s lacemaking history, for which it is famous. Onwards to Murano, known for its glassmaking, here we’ll find quaintly cobbled streets and a charming island.


Doge's Palace and St Mark's Square

Our guided visit will begin with Doge’s Palace, a Venetian Gothic palace that is still today one of Venice’s most notable landmarks. With its stunning architecture and important historical significance, which palace is always interesting to visit, and is a sight for sore eyes.

We’ll then move on to St Mark’s Square, the only piazza in Venice, and famous for St Mark’s Basilica, which lies at the eastern edge of the square.


Guided tour 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.


Visit to see the art of gondola making

Join today's excursion to find out how Venice's famous gondolas are carefully crafted. Watch as expert craftsmen create these magnificent vessels!