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Venice, the Lagoon Islands and the River Po Cruise - 7 Days

Discover the beauty of Italy aboard the comfortable Michelangelo, a 2 deck ship constructed in 2000 and refurbished in 2010. The ship measures 110 metres in length and can accommodate up to 158 passengers in a total of 78 cabins. Facilities on board include a swimming pool and a spacious sun deck, complete with a shaded area. There is also a gift shop, a lounge bar with a dance floor and a restaurant serving French inspired cuisine. ****Please note that this is a French-operated ship and that French will usually be the first language spoken on board.****





Embarkation is at 18:00 hours at St Basilio in Venice (opposite Santa Marta Vaporetto Station).

Day 1: Venice

Check in from 6pm and take some time to settle in to your cabin before a presentation from the crew. A welcome cocktail will be served in the lounge, followed by dinner in the restaurant. During the course of the evening, the ship will set sail for 7 Martyrs Quay where it will remain moored overnight.

Day 2: Venice

Today's optional sightseeing of Venice introduces you to the historic centre of Venice. Starting at St Mark's Square, your guide will show you the awe-inspiring basilica, soaring bell-tower and the Doges Palace, once home of the Doge and seat of the Palace of Justice. This afternoon you can join an optional trip by boat to the islands of the lagoon; Murano, famous all over the world for its exquisite glass, and Burano, known for its tradition of lacework. Dinner will be back on board the Michelangelo and the ship will remain moored in Venice tonight.

Day 3: Venice - Choggia - Taglio di Po

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a relaxing morning on board the Michelangelo, as you sail across the Bay of Venice to the typical Adriatic port of Choggia. Lunch will be taken on the ship, followed by an optional guided coach tour to Padua, famous for its art and pilgrimages. The tour includes a visit to the Santo Basilica, which is dedicated to Saint Antoine. There will also be time to meander through the town to see the “Pedrocchi” coffee house which is so dear to Padua's inhabitants. Alternatively you may an optional hike along the wine route through the Euganean Hills and the medieval village of Arqua Petrarca. Meanwhile, your ship cruises to Taglio Di Pô. If you do not choose to go on the excursion to Padua, a transfer is established from Chioggia to Taglio Di Pô. Stop for some free time in Adria where you'll be able to stroll around and discover the town for yourselves. Return to the ship and enjoy dinner on board as your floating hotel carries you along the coast to Taglio di Po.

Day 4: Taglio di Po - Polesella

This morning the Michelangelo cruises from Taglio di Po to Polesella. Lunch will be served on the ship and in the afternoon, you have the chance to join an optional excursion for both packages to discover Bologna and its flavors. Return on board in Polesella. Enjoy an evening of entertainment. Dinner on board the ship.

Day 5: Polesella - Taglio Di Pô - Choggia

Polesella is our base for the day and from here you can join optional excursions to Ferrara. Ferrara has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is surrounded by a continuous wall which stretches almost 9km, making it one of the oldest and most impressive defensive systems from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. After returning to the ship in Polesella for lunch, you can set off on your optional guided tour of Verona, a truly fine Italian city made famous by the tale of Romeo and Juliet. Don't miss its Roman theater and the Giusti Gardens. Alternatively discover Verona by bike and the Giusti Gardens, one of the city’s marvels. Meanwhile, your ship sails towards Chioggia where you will stop for some free time.

Day 6: Venice

Arriving back into Venice in the early morning, disembark for an optional tour of the Castello Quarter where you can explore the oldest streets of Venice and the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. This is Venice's largest gothic structure and is home to some magnificent artworks, including Bellini's famous depictions of St Christopher and St Sebastian. You may also join an optional tour on foot of the Dorsoduro district, the only neighborhood in Venice that was built on solid ground. The afternoon is free to explore Venice at your own pace. Tonight's our gala evening and dinner.

Day 7: Venice

Enjoy a last breakfast on board before your Venetian cruise comes to an end.


Disembarkation is at 09:00 hours at St Basilio in Venice.


  • 6 Nights' accommodation on board the Michelangelo
  • Full board (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7)
  • DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at onboard bar
  • Gala dinner and evening
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet for guests' use
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Sightseeing and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • **Please note that the dominant language is French, although all announcements are pre-recorded in English.


  • International Transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Beverages other than those listed above
  • Optional excursions
  • Visas
  • Insurance

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