Day 1 UK - Venice
You will fly to Venice today and join your river cruiser, MS Michelangelo early this evening. Settle into your cabin and then meet your travelling companions and the ship's crew over a welcome cocktail before dinner.
Day 2 Chioggia & Padua
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as we cruise through the Venetian Lagoon to Chioggia as we enter the River Po. This afternoon, you can join our optional excursion to the old university town of Padua, which is teeming with fascinating history. We'll take a short walking tour and visit the magnificent Basilica of St Anthony before returning to the ship where we cruise back to Venice.
Day 3 Christmas Eve, Murano & Burano Islands
This morning, why not join an optional excursion to Murano and Burano - two of the most famous islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Murano is renowned for its colourful hand-blown glass and we'll watch a demonstration during our visit. Burano is a traditional town built around a canal network and is famed for its lace. You will find plenty of examples in the island's shops and there's free time to explore here before we return to the ship for lunch.
This afternoon's optional excursion gives you a chance to discover two of Venice's most iconic sites – St Mark's Square and the wonderful Doge's Palace.
Meals included: B,L,D
Back on board we'll enjoy dinner and a special Christmas Eve celebration. Later, you can attend Midnight Mass at St Mark's Basilica if you wish, and then we'll round off the evening with a glass of mulled wine.
Day 4 Christmas Day, Venice
It's Christmas Day and you're free to relax and enjoy any surprises Father Christmas may have left for us. Christmas lunch with all the trimmings will be served on board and then you might want to head ashore for a stroll around Venice. What could be better than spending Christmas Day taking in famous sights such as the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs.
This evening we'll continue our celebrations with a gala dinner, dancing and entertainment.Meals included: B,L,D
Day 5 Boxing Day, Venice - UK
After breakfast, we will disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.
Please note: itinerary may vary due to changes in water levels