CRUISE THE VENETIAN CANALS - Theatrical Adventures

CRUISE THE VENETIAN CANALS

DISCOVER EMILIA-ROMAGNA, LOMBARDY AND VENETO · October 3rd 2025 - October 9th 2025

Join us on a new and fantastic Theatrical Adventure from Mantua to Venice and enjoy a unique cruise through the heart of three Italian regions – Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto. Experience serene landscapes, breathtaking panoramas and historic sites along the way as we sail towards Venice and its fabulous hidden treasures.

Our outstanding opera singers and musicians will entertain us every evening throughout this fantastic holiday.

A river cruise from Mantua to Venice is more than just a journey; it’s an immersive experience into the heart of Italian culture, history, and natural beauty and an unforgettable adventure that captures the essence of Italy’s enduring allure.

Itinerary

3rd October 2025

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Passengers will make their way to Venice and then be transferred by coach to Mantua to board the ship from 6 pm. After you have settled into your cabin, we will introduce the crew at a welcome cocktail reception followed by dinner. Performance: Our onboard soloists entertain

4th October 2025

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The cruise cost includes a day trip by bus to the beautiful historic town of Sirmione at Lake Garda. The journey takes around 1 hour 45 minutes. Lake Garda, known as Lago di Garda in Italian, is Italy’s largest lake between Lombardy, Veneto, and Trentino. It is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, the surrounding Alps, and hills adorned with vineyards.
We set sail to Valdaro in the evening.
Performance: Our onboard soloists entertain

5th October 2025

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This morning, we depart Rovigo by coach to Verona, the City of Love made famous by Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet. We will visit Juliet’s house to see the balcony where she stood when Romeo declared his love. Verona encapsulates 2,000 years of history, and the amphitheatre, the city’s historic symbol, is a fantastic example of its longevity and influence. We return to the ship in Ostiglia and spend the afternoon cruising. Performance: Our onboard soloists entertain

6th October 2025

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We spend the morning cruising. This afternoon, we have a guided tour of Padua, the home of Saint Anthony. The city surrounds its medieval centre with charming squares and palaces. The Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua attracts pilgrims from around the world and holds the relics of Saint Anthony, the city’s patron saint.
As you enjoy the tour, the ship will cruise to Chioggia
Performance: Our onboard soloists entertain

7th October 2025

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A highlight of the cruise is the arrival in Venice, the “City of Canals.” This legendary city, built on over 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, is known for its stunning architecture, rich history, and romantic ambience. As the cruise approaches Venice, the iconic sights of the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, and the Grand Canal unfold in a breathtaking panorama. We will take a guided tour around Venice ending in St Mark’s square, before an opportunity to visit Doge’s Palace and The Bridge of Sighs. Performance: Our onboard soloists entertain

8th October 2025

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This morning, we will cruise across the Venetian lagoon to the island of Mazzorbo, which is connected by a pedestrian bridge to the charming island of Burano.
Enjoy some free time to explore Burano - known for its traditional lacemaking and picture-perfect homes or join our optional excursion to the neighbouring island of Murano to visit a glass blowing workshop. We will return to Venice this evening for our Gala dinner.
Performance: Our onboard soloists entertain

9th October 2025

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We will disembark at 9am.
Performance: No concert tonight, it is arrivederci until next time!

What's included

  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Nightly entertainment from our renowned soloists
  • All meals from dinner on 3rd October, through to breakfast on 9th October
  • All included excursions and tours, led by our expert guides
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • All listed cabin amenities
  • Transfer from Venice to Mantua

What's not included

  • Flights and transfers to the ship
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any excursions listed as ‘optional’ on the itinerary
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Sirmione

Nestled on the picturesque Lake Garda, Sirmione is renowned for its charming historic centre and thermal springs. The town boasts the impressive Scaliger Castle, a 13th-century fortress offering stunning lake views. Explore the ruins of the Grottoes of Catullus, an ancient Roman villa with beautiful gardens. Wander through narrow streets lined with quaint shops and cafes, or relax at the thermal baths, known for their healing properties. Sirmione’s serene ambiance, coupled with its rich history and scenic beauty, makes it a must-visit destination for travellers seeking both relaxation and cultural enrichment. Savour local Italian cuisine by the lakeside.

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Verona

Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is famed for its rich history and romantic allure. The city’s star attraction is the Arena, a remarkably preserved Roman amphitheater hosting grand operas. Stroll through the vibrant Piazza delle Erbe, once a Roman forum, now bustling with cafes and market stalls. Discover Juliet’s House, where visitors leave love notes inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Verona’s medieval architecture, charming streets, and beautiful churches, such as San Zeno Maggiore, captivate every traveler. Enjoy local Veneto cuisine and wines, immersing yourself in the timeless elegance and cultural heritage that make Verona an enchanting destination.

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Padua

Padua, a city steeped in history and culture, is home to one of Italy’s oldest universities, founded in 1222. Visit the stunning Scrovegni Chapel, adorned with Giotto’s masterful frescoes. Wander through the bustling Prato della Valle, one of Europe’s largest squares, featuring beautiful statues and fountains. The Basilica of St. Anthony, a major pilgrimage site, boasts intricate architecture and art. Padua’s vibrant streets are lined with cafes, shops, and markets, offering a glimpse into local life. The city’s botanical garden, the world’s oldest academic garden, showcases a rich variety of plants. Padua seamlessly blends historical charm with a lively, modern atmosphere.

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Venice

Venice, a city of canals and timeless beauty, captivates visitors with its unique charm. St. Mark’s Square, home to the magnificent basilica and the historic Doge’s Palace, is the city’s heart. Wander through narrow alleyways and cross iconic bridges like the Rialto, discovering hidden gems at every turn. Glide along the Grand Canal in a gondola, passing elegant palaces and vibrant markets. The city’s rich history is reflected in its stunning architecture and renowned art museums. Venice’s blend of romance, culture, and picturesque scenery makes it a must-visit destination.

5

Mazzorbo, Burano & Murano

Explore the enchanting islands of Mazzorbo, Burano, and Murano, each offering unique charm and beauty. Mazzorbo is a serene escape with lush vineyards and picturesque gardens. Burano, known for its brightly coloured houses, is a haven for lace-making artisans. Wander through its vibrant streets and enjoy the local craftsmanship. Murano, famous for its exquisite glassmaking, invites visitors to watch master glassblowers at work and shop for stunning glass art. Each island, with its distinctive atmosphere and traditions, provides a delightful glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of the Venetian lagoon, making them perfect destinations for a memorable day trip.

1 - Sirmione
2 - Verona
3 - Padua
4 - Venice
5 - Mazzorbo, Burano & Murano

MS Michelangelo

Map of the deck plan
Legend for the deck plan

At a Glance

This cruise includes nightly opera performances by outstanding musicians. Enjoy guided tours of historic towns such as Verona, known for its romantic allure, and Padua, with its medieval charm. Visit the beautiful Sirmione on Lake Garda, famous for its clear waters and scenic views. Explore the enchanting Venetian islands of Mazzorbo, Burano, and Murano, each offering unique cultural experiences, including optional visits to Murano’s renowned glassmaking workshops. All meals are provided onboard, beginning with a welcome cocktail reception and concluding with a gala dinner, ensuring a delightful culinary journey. Immerse yourself in Italian culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes on this unforgettable river cruise.

Excursions

Included

  • Coach excursion to the town of Sirimone at Lake Guarda
  • Guided Tour of Verona
  • Guided Tour of Padua
  • Guided tour of Doge’s Palace & St Mark’s Square
  • Sail through the Venetian Lagoon to the island of Mazzorbo, with free time in Burano

Optional

  • Sail to Murano and a local glass blowing workshop

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!