Art, history and tradition
This wonderful cruise of Venice and its surrounding area, aboard MS Michelangelo, epitomises all that is Italian, with magnificent ancient architecture, celebrated frescos, beautiful Venetian glass, and tales of romance. Beginning and ending with nights docked in Venice itself, you have plenty of opportunities to discover this glorious city with a ride on a gondola and a stroll around its impressive landmarks; and between these days, we cruise along the Po to see the immortalised balcony of Verona’s House of Juliet, and visit towns that, although now paled in the shadow of Venice, also hold great historical significance; and their beautiful medieval streets are even more enjoyable to explore for being undiscovered by the weekend tourist.
Included excursions and visits: 2
- Visit Adria and Chioggia
- Visit Murano and Burano
- 5 nights cruise on MS Michelangelo
- 14 meals: 5 breakfasts (days 2-6) 4 lunches (days 2-5) 5 dinners (days 1-5)
- All-inclusive drinks (excluding champagne and selected wines/spirits)
- Welcome cocktail
- Farewell gala evening
- Evening entertainment
Plus all these benefits:
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- International return flights (Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports)
- Check-in service by Titan staff at London
- Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
- All airport/port taxes, duties and surcharges
Day 1 - London - Venice.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Gatwick Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Venice. On arrival, our coach will transfer us to the port to embark MS Michelangelo (3T), with time to settle in before a welcome cocktail and dinner. We remain in port overnight, allowing free time to enjoy the city this evening, when the streets are a little quieter and St Mark’s Square is often filled with the sound of an orchestra.
Day 2 - Venice - Chioggia - Taglio di Po - Polesella
This morning we cruise to Chioggia, where we have a choice of optional excursions. Either choose a guided tour of Padua, a medieval city-state with extraordinary architecture from its heyday and a trail of art left by Giotto, Donatello and Mantegna. Its university is Italy’s second oldest, with Galileo amongst its list of tutors and Casanova among its students, entering at the young age of 12. Alternatively, hike the wine route through the Euganean Hills and the uncomplicatedly beautiful, medieval village of Arqua Petrarca. A third option is to spend free time in Sottomarina, a modern resort with a long, sandy beach, while our vessel cruises to Taglio di Po, where we meet it early this evening and then dock overnight in Polesella.
Day 3 - Polesella Taglio di Po
This morning, you may choose to join an optional tour of Ferrara, a tranquil, medieval gem with huge palaces, a moated castle and plenty of Renaissance art. This afternoon you have the choice to take an optional tour of Verona, a city with impressive artistic heritage and many cultural diversions, from the magnificent Roman gate and vast amphitheatre to the cherished House of Juliet. If you would like to tour this great city by bike, you also have the chance to visit the magnificent Giusti Gardens, a carefully manicured landscape of old trees, gargoyles and grottoes. We return to the ship in Polesella and begin our cruise to Taglio di Po, where we remain in port overnight.
Day 4 - Taglio di Po - Chioggia - Venice
Board our coach for the short journey to Chioggia, stopping en route in the small town of Adria with a history that covers thousands of years, to spend some time exploring the area on your own. Although far from the sea now, it was an important port, which may have given its name to the Adriatic Sea. Moving on to Chioggia, take some time to stroll and discover this modest fishing town for yourself. Its most important treasure is ‘St Paul’, Vittore Carpaccio's last recorded painting, in the Chiesa di San Domenico. We return to the river to cruise to Venice, where you can explore at leisure or take your choice of optional excursions - enjoy a tour of two of Venice’s most impressive landmarks - Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square, or follow the footsteps of Casanova in Venice. This intelligent charmer was born in the city, and led a fascinating immoral life that led to huge debts, prison stints and 18 years in exile.
Day 5 - Venice Murano Burano Venice
This morning we visit the lagoon islands of Murano and Burano for time to explore at leisure. Burano, a colourful fishing island, is famous for its traditional lacework. Murano became famous for its glass work, after the city’s glass furnaces were moved here to protect the main island from fire, plus the fine churches of St Maria and St Donato, one of the oldest in the lagoon. The afternoon is then free to explore Venice on foot or perhaps take an optional gondola ride. This evening, we have a gala evening back on board.
Day 6 Venice - London
After breakfast this morning, we disembark and transfer to Venice Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Gatwick Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.