CRUISE THE VENETIAN CANALS

DISCOVER VENETO, LOMBARDY & EMILIA-ROMAGNA · 1st - 7th May 2022

CALLING ALL GONDOLIERI!

Our much awaited, new cruise for 2022 sets sail from Venice and takes us to Chioggia, Poro Viro, Rovigo, Toretta, Valdaro and Mantua.

Join us on our fantastic adventure from Venice to Mantua and enjoy a unique cruise through the heart of three Italian regions. Veneto invites you to discover Venice, the famous Saint Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace, the official residence of Venetian dukes. Then comes Lombardy with its breathtaking panoramas and visits to the stunningly beautiful cities of Mantua and Cremona, the birthplace of Claudio Monteverdi and home to the Stradivari family. Your trip ends with the region of Emilia-Romagna and its traditional cuisine. 

We are so excited to bring you this fantastic new cruise. We’ll be dancing a cachuca on the top deck, and of course, our onboard concert will have to be songs from The Gondoliers. You are welcome to join in and rehearse along the way. 

We have an outstanding line-up of soloists, including international opera star Richard Suart, and they will be singing all your favourites from the best-loved operas as we cruise through this romantic and inspiring destination. We will also be taking along our fabulous string quartet from the National Festival Orchestra to ensure tip-top entertainment all the way.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - VENICE

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Guests may board from 6 pm. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we will introduce the crew at a welcome cocktail reception accompanied by our superb string quartet. Then it’s dinner, followed by our first onboard concert. Performance: Welcome Concert

DAY 2 - VENICE

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Guided tour of Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Square.
The current palace is considered one of the most beautiful in the world and a trek to the top of the Golden Staircase brings you to massive works by Tintoretto and Veronese.
This afternoon we have an optional excursion to the Venetian Lagoon and its islands. The Murano glassmakers retreated to the island of Murano to help keep their production techniques a secret. Performance: To be confirmed

DAY 3 - CHIOGGIA

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We cruise to Chioggia and enjoy a wonderful tour to Vicenza - the epitome of gorgeous Italian landscapes, art, food, and wine. The most beautiful buildings in the city are found around the Piazza dei Signori. Here you can see the stunning façade of Teatro Olimpico, which opened in 1585 and contains the oldest standing stage set still in existence. As we take in the fabulous architecture and sights, our ship will cruise to Porto Viro. We set sail towards Performance: To be confirmed

DAY 4 - VERONA

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We spend the morning cruising to Torretta. On arrival there is an optional tour to Verona – the ‘City of Love’ and its unique amphitheatre. Verona was made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and we will see the outside of Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta) and the balcony where she stood when Romeo declared his love. Verona encapsulates 2,000 years of history, and the unique amphitheatre is a fantastic example of its longevity and influence. (Cost of optional tour to Verona £75) Performance: To be confirmed

DAY 5 - MANTUA

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Our ship will begin to cruise early in the morning to Mantua, one of the most artistically rich and romantic cities in northern Italy. This often-overlooked Italian gem is over 4,000 years old and is simply stunning. We will enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating ancient city, where the House of Gonzaga ruled for almost 400 years. There is free time to explore in the afternoon. Performance: To be confirmed

DAY 6 - CREMONA - PARMA

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Passengers are free to explore more historical treasures on their own today or can take an optional full-day tour to Cremona and Parma.
We will enjoy the superb medieval square and the magnificent cathedral before visiting a violin maker’s workshop.
We’ll then head to Polesine Parmense and stop at Fratelli Spigaroli to visit the cellars where they cure the famous Culatello ham and Parmigiana cheese.
In the afternoon, the tour visits Parma to indulge in art, music history, and food! We’ll visit the pink-marble Baptistery, which contains some fantastic frescoes representing the life of Christ. (Cost of optional tour £140) Performance: The Gala Evening

DAY 7 - VENICE

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Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9.00 am. There is a coach transfer for all passengers from Mantua to Venice. Performance: Today we say Ciao - see you on the next one!

What's included

  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Nightly entertainment from our renowned soloists and string quartet
  • All meals whilst on-board
  • All included excursions and tours, led by our expert guides
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • All listed cabin amenities

What's not included

  • Flights and transfers to the ship
  • Personal travel insurance
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Venice

Home to St Mark's Square and its famous basilica, along with Doge's Palace, the official residence to Venetian dukes and the seat of the government until 1797. The current palace dates back to the 14th century and is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
At the top of the "Golden Staircase" you find the massive works by Tintoretto and Veronese with access to the antechambers.
Across the lagoon, the quiet island of Murano is home to the secretive glass makers, who retreated to the island to prevent their methods from being uncovered.

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Vicenza

A thriving cosmopolitan city surrounded by the epitome of gorgeous Italian landscapes. Vicenza is the home to the Oldest standing stage set in existence at the Teatro Olimpico.

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Verona

"The City of Love", made famous by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The city is home to an ancient Roman Amphitheatre, the Verona Arena. The beautiful city is brimming with spectacular architecture and culture - not to mention, some of Italy's best wine bars!

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Mantua

Mantua is a city surrounded by 3 artificial lakes in the northern Italian region of Lombardy. It's known for the architectural legacy of the Renaissance Gonzaga rulers, who built the Ducal Palace. This imposing building houses the Bridal Chamber, decorated with Andrea Mantegna frescoes. The Gonzagas also built the Te Palace, known for the Chamber of the Giants, where every surface is painted with mythological scenes.

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Cremona

Cremona is a city in Italy’s Lombardy region. The Stradivarius collection at the Violin Museum testifies to the city’s violin-making heritage. On Piazza del Comune are the Cremona Cathedral, with its Renaissance arcade, and the 8-sided Baptistery. Also on the square, the Torrazzo bell tower has an astronomical clock.

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Parma

Parma is a city in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna; a name synonymous with world-famous Proscuitto hams and Parmigiano Reggiano, the very best parmesan cheese you will taste. Parma is a charming city, almost devoid of cars and untouched by tourism.
The magnificent cathedral was rebuilt in the 12th century and is considered one of Italy's finest examples of Romanesque architecture. The interior is shaped on a Latin cross, and the walls and ceilings are decorated with stunning frescoes.
Parma is, without question, one of Italy’s underrated and enticing cities. Fabulous food, wine and historic buildings await travellers.

1 - Venice
2 - Vicenza
3 - Verona
4 - Mantua
5 - Cremona
6 - Parma

MS Michaelangelo

Map of the deck plan
Legend for the deck plan

At a Glance

Your holiday includes:

  • Complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Welcome cocktail reception with our string quartet
  • Farewell Gala Dinner and cocktail reception
  • Nightly entertainment from our professional soloists and string quartet

Excursions

Included

  • Guided tour of Doge’s Palace & St Mark’s Square
  • Guided tour of Vicenza and the Piazza dei Signori
  • Guided tour of Mantua

Optional

  • Tour of the Venetian Lagoon and it’s islands
  • Tour of Verona and its unique Amphitheatre
  • Tour to Cremona and Parma

Onboard

Your cabin includes:

  • TV
  • Telephone (for internal calls only)
  • Bathroom with shower and toilet
  • Towels
  • Safe
  • Independent air-conditioning
  • Electricity 220V, with a standard two-pin European socket
  • Wi-Fi

Please note that there is no laundry service on board the ship, so make sure you pack enough socks!

Meet your performers

The details on the rest of our performers is still to be announced – however you can expect the high-calibre entertainment we always travel with on a Theatrical Adventure.

One of the highlights will be, of course, The National Festival Orchestra’s String Quartet, serenading us as we sail around the lagoon and up the River Po

RICHARD SUART

SOLOIST

Richard has sung Ko-Ko in The Mikado for English National Opera since 1988 in Jonathan Miller’s celebrated production - He was a member of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company since 1988 and has appeared as The Duke of Plaza-Toro, The Lord Chancellor and Sir Joseph Porter at the BBC Proms.

NATIONAL FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

STRING QUARTET

The National Festival Orchestra are the resident orchestra to The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, led by Sally Robinson. We are delighted that the NFO String Quartet will join us on this Venetian Adventure!