Day 1 - Venice
Day 2 - Venice / Venice Lagoon
Day 3 - Venice
Day 4 - Venice Lagoon
Day 5 - Return flight

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Venice from the Water

Visit Venice and cruise the lagoon on board the MS Michelangelo with time to explore independently or on optional excursions

It was due to the threat from aggressive invaders that the Venetians originally retreated to the lagoon and created a safe city haven of islands and canals. Their affinity with the sea enabled them to dominate trade across vast tracts of the Mediterranean and beyond.

Important trade links with Byzantium were created, culminating in its conquest in 1204. Venice overflowed with the fruits of its trade and conquest, developing into one of Europe’s most magnificent and artistically active cities.

It thus seems apposite to stay on a boat with easy access to central Venice. This arrangement avoids the high costs associated with Venice’s hotels and restaurants and, being based on water gives a different perspective of this intriguing city, taking you comfortably away from the crowded, enervating bustle of a land-based stay.

UNESCO has declared both Venice and its lagoon a World Heritage site, in recognition of the fact that this is a unique lagoon of over 100 islands, many with their own history and heritage.

Key Features

UNESCO: Venice & Lagoon
Drinks Included
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 28

Day 1 Fly to Venice. Transfer to the MS Michelangelo for four nights. (D)

Day 2 An optional morning tour of St. Mark’s Basilica (£40; 2023 £45). Lunchtime cruise on the Venetian lagoon to Mazzorbo and explore the colourful charming island of Burano known for its lacemaking. Later, join the optional excursion to the famous glass-making island of Murano (£45) or independently explore Mazzorbo. Cruise back to Venice. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Morning optional walk of little-known Venice neighbourhoods, including Cannaregio and Castelletto ending with a wine tasting and cicchetti at an osteria (£60) or independently explore Venice’s waterways, beautiful churches and piazzas, resplendent in their historic streets and St. Mark’s Square, setting for St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doges’ Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Afternoon for independent Venice exploration. Discover the Grand Canal and Rialto or for a true Venetian experience take a classic gondola ride. Pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Morning cruise southwards through the Venice Lagoon passing the fishing port of Chioggia (or choose to spend the full day in Venice independently). In the afternoon relax as you cruise back to Venice or enjoy an optional excursion to the old university town of Padua (£50), enjoy the remarkable architecture including the famous Basilica of St. Anthony, join the boat back in Venice. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Disembark and transfer to Venice airport for the return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Whilst the vessel carries more, the excursion group size is limited to 30 (50 for Padua). Optional excursions are subject to minimum numbers and include some long walks.
The exact location of the moorings is at the discretion of the Venice port authorities, normally Riva Sette Martiri, Marittima or San Basilio.
Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
easyJet from Gatwick (Nov - British Airways from Heathrow)

Date Price
May 25 £1355
June 22 £1295
September 26 £1195
October 16 £1175
November 1 £1245


per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
March 22 £1025
April 27 £1095
May 25 £1225
June 22 £1195
July 20 £1195
September 14 £1125
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Early Booking Offer

For all 2023 bookings made by 31 May 2022, deduct £35 per person

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited availability)
2023: Jul 20

Single supplement £285 (Oct 2022 £145)

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £125 

Flight Options

 British Airways from Heathrow (May - Oct 2022)
Jun - Sep £195
Oct £75

Optional Excursions

St. Mark’s Basilica £40 (2023 £45)
Murano Island Tour £45
Walk of Venice neighbourhoods £60
Padua £50

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival or departure transfer add £44

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 4-night cruise, full board and drinks on vessel, services of a UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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