Visit Venice and the lagoon on board the MS Michelangelo with time to explore independently or on optional excursions
Day 1 - Venice
Day 2 - Venice / Venice Lagoon
Day 3 - Venice
Day 4 - Venice Lagoon
Day 5 - Return flight
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.
UNESCO: Venice & Lagoon
No Single Supplement
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 30
Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Venice. Transfer to the MS Michelangelo for four nights. (D)
Day 2 An optional morning tour includes an interior visit of the Doges’ Palace (ticket also valid for the art collection of Museo Correr – £55). Lunchtime cruise on the Venetian lagoon. Time for independent exploration of 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. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Optional morning tour of a gondola manufacturer and Venetian mask factory (£60), which reveals exquisite masks created for the famed Venice Carnival and the symbol of Venice since 1271. Afternoon for independent exploration. Discover the Grand Canal and Rialto or 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. In the afternoon cruise back to Venice or enjoy an optional excursion to the old university town of Padua including the Basilica of St. Anthony and join the boat back in Venice (£50). Gala dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Disembark and transfer to Venice airport for the return flight. (B)
Whilst the vessel carries more, the excursion group size is limited to 30 (50 for Padua). Optional excursions are subject to minimum numbers.
The exact location of the moorings is at the discretion of the Venice port authorities, normally Riva Sette Martiri or San Basilio.
Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
Launched in 2000 and refurbished in 2011 to a high standard, the MS Michelangelo is registered in France with a mainly European crew and announcements in French and English. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope, established 40 years ago, now boasting the largest European river fleet (over 40 ships), yet still operated by the same family. All drinks, except premium brands are included throughout the cruise. Enjoy International and French cuisine with a choice of wines in an elegant one-sitting dining room. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner waiter service with the occasional buffet. The vessel does not sail at night. Reception, lounge bar with small dance floor, viewing deck and WiFi (free/limited).
78 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. 27 twin/double cabins (118 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck with picture window and 51 twin/double cabins (118 sq. ft.) with picture window on the Main Deck.
per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Gatwick
per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Gatwick/Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £275
Upper Deck £125
Doges' Palace £55
Padua Excursion £50
Gondola and Venetian Mask Factory £60
Arrival transfer add £44
Departure transfer add £44
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 4-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, UK Tour Manager, itinerary as described, services of a cruise director, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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