Cruising the Heart of Italy - Mantua to Venice

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7 Days from £1,499

Apr 2020 - Jul 2020 Departures

​Enjoy a unique cruise through the heart of three Italian regions. Your trip starts in Emilia-Romagna, where you can indulge in local delicacies on an optional tour of Parma. Lombardy welcomes you next with its breathtaking and varied panoramas, and here you can opt to visit the lovely city of Mantua. Finally, the region of Veneto opens its doors and invites you to discover Venice, St Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace on a fascinating optional excursion.

 

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Your holiday at a glance

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What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from Gatwick with easyJet
  • 6 nights on board 4-star ship MS Michelangelo
  • 17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners & all drinks on board (excluding Champagne & selected wines). Includes a Captain's welcome cocktail reception and farewell gala dinner
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

 


 

Optional excursions

The optional excursions below can be pre-booked as a package from £X

  • Explorer Package

    • Guided tour of Cremona & Parma
    • Discover Mantua
    • Explore Verona
    • Guided tour of Vicenza
    • Walking tour of Venice & the Doge's Palace
    • Excursion to Murano & Burano Island

    Discovery Package

    • Guided tour of Cremona & Parma
    • Discover Mantua by bike
    • Explore Verona by bike & visit the Giusti Gardens
    • Guided tour of Vicenza
    • Follow in the footsteps of Casanova in Venice
    • Excursion to Murano & Burano Island

Additional Optional Excursion from £xpp

  • Visit the Ferrari Museum in Modena​ 


 

Please note: the visit to the Ferrari Museum in Modena must be pre-booked.

Your itinerary

You'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 and your travelling companions at the Captain's welcome cocktail reception.
Today if you wish, you can join an optional 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.
This morning, those who have booked the Explorer Package will enjoy a guided tour of Mantua, an artistically rich city that's surrounded by shimmering lakes. It was ruled by the House of Gonzaga for almost 400 years, and your tour will take in highlights including 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 then 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. If you have chosen the Discovery Package of excursions, you will explore Mantua by bike.
Back on board, you can sit back and admire the view as you spend a relaxing afternoon cruising. Alternatively, lovers of motor sport can join an optional tour of the Ferrari Museum in Modena. It focuses on the life and work of Enzo Ferrari, founder of the famous brand of sports car, and a stunning array of cars are displayed in the futuristic main pavilion.

After breakfast this morning, you've the chance to explore Verona on an optional excursion. 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 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 Porto Viro and spend the afternoon cruising.

You've the chance to join an optional guided tour of Vicenza today. 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 Chioggia, and we'll sail to Venice when everyone is back on board. Later, when we arrive you are free to step ashore and explore with your fellow travellers.

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 optional 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.
Back on board, we'll enjoy a farewell gala dinner this evening.

​Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking and transferring to Venice for your flight home to the UK.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Italy - Cruising the Heart of Italy - Mantua to Venice - Ferrari Museum

Italy - Cruising the Heart of Italy - Mantua to Venice - Ferrari Museum

from £80

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This optional excursion must be pre-booked 45 days prior to departure.
Car lovers will not want to miss this chance! The museum focuses on the life and work of Enzo Ferrari, founder of the Ferrari sports car brand. Their website says it best: 'The Museo Enzo Ferrari is more than just a museum.'

Accommodation

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.

MS Michelangelo

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Dates and Prices

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TOUR DURATION

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

7 days

Saturday 04 April 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,249

Available

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7 days

Friday 17 July 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,349

Available

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DEPARTING FROM

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

Manchester

Saturday 04 April 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,598

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Saturday 04 April 2020

Departs

08:00 Manchester

Arrives

11:30 Venice (Marco Polo)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Jet2 - LS

Friday 10 April 2020

Departs

12:00 Venice (Marco Polo)

Arrives

13:35 Manchester

Operated by

Jet2

London (Gatwick)

Saturday 04 April 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,499

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Saturday 04 April 2020

Departs

08:35 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:55 Venice (Marco Polo)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Friday 10 April 2020

Departs

16:15 Venice (Marco Polo)

Arrives

17:30 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Manchester

Friday 17 July 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,698

Available

Outbound
Jet2

Friday 17 July 2020

Departs

07:30 Manchester

Arrives

11:00 Venice (Marco Polo)

Operated by

Jet2

Inbound
Jet2 - LS

Thursday 23 July 2020

Departs

12:00 Venice (Marco Polo)

Arrives

13:35 Manchester

Operated by

Jet2

London (Gatwick)

Friday 17 July 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,599

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Friday 17 July 2020

Departs

08:35 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:55 Venice (Marco Polo)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Thursday 23 July 2020

Departs

16:15 Venice (Marco Polo)

Arrives

17:30 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

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