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From the Dolomites to the Venice canals

Italian waterways

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A plate with a knife and fork Half board at hotel/All inclusive on ship

Stay at the foot of the Dolomites before cruising to Venice

Compare the natural beauty of the Dolomites with the iconic Venetian Lagoon on this holiday which combines a hotel stay at the 3-star Hotel Molveno (4Q) with an all-inclusive river cruise. During a two-night stay in Molveno, you're perfectly placed to explore the alpine splendour of the Dolomites. Afterwards head to Mantua before embarking on a six-night cruise on MS Michelangelo which culminates in a two-night mooring in the city of Venice.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed2 nights in a hotel half board, 6 nights all inclusive aboard the ship

Dinner plate21 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day on board ship†

PersonSaga Cruise Escort

Plus…

  • Wine, beer, water and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Captain’s dinner and drinks reception on board ship
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

MapIncluded excursions

  • Excursion into the Dolomites or Boat trip on Lake Garda

*Free bar excludes champagne, branded spirits and drinks from the wine list. Bar opening times may vary subject to the daily programme on board.

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Day 1 UK to Molveno

View of Molveno Lake in the Dolomites, Italy

Fly to Verona airport and transfer (a journey of approximately 86 miles, which should take around two hours depending on traffic) to the 3-star Grand Hotel Molveno (4Q) where you'll stay on a half-board basis for two nights.

The hotel has views over Lake Molveno and the Brenta Dolomites. Facilities include a terrace bar, games room and library. All 57 bedrooms are equipped with a television, telephone and free Wi-Fi.


Day 2 Molveno

The Dolomites

After breakfast, travel high into the Dolomite mountains on an included excursion. You can enjoy the dramatic views of these craggy limestone mountains, whose pink hues can be seen both day and night. If the weather is fine, you should have plenty of opportunities for photographs. According to legend, these mountains were once dark and bleak, until, at the request of a princess, some dwarfs captured the moonlight, wove it into a dense net and cast it on the mountains, creating their unique tones.

In reality, the Dolomites are ancient coral reefs that were once covered by a shallow, warm sea. After millions of years, the sea receded, and the seabed was raised to heights of between 2,000 and 3,000 metres. Marine fossils have been found high in the mountains.

This tour travels to heights of at least 2,000 metres therefore you should be in good health and are advised to consult your GP if you have any concerns about altitude or medical conditions.

Lunch is included in a local restaurant. After dinner back at the hotel this evening, perhaps enjoy a leisurely evening relaxing at your hotel.


Day 3 Molveno to Mantua

The cobbled streets of Mantua

After breakfast transfer to the town of Borghetto where you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch before continuing to Mantua this afternoon to embark MS Michelangelo for your six-night, all-inclusive river cruise.

On arrival you can look forward to a welcome drinks reception served in the ship's lounge. Enjoy dinner on board and with the ship mooring here for the next two nights, enjoy your first free evening in this Renaissance city.

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Day 4 Mantua

Mantua

Today is at leisure. Perhaps take the chance to join an optional full-day excursion visiting Cremona and Parma, two towns further inland on opposite sides of the River Po.

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Day 5 Mantua to Rovigo

Rovigo, Italy

Your cruise begins this morning, though you may choose to stay ashore and join an optional guided tour of the city this morning.

This afternoon another optional excursion visits the Ferrari Museum in Modena. Your ship will cruise through Valdaro and Torretta today before mooring overnight in Rovigo.

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Day 6 Rovigo to Porto Viro to Porto Levante

This morning an optional tour visits Verona, one of Italy's most enchanting cities. There's a wealth of medieval buildings to see plus a Roman arena, the second-largest remaining Roman amphitheatre in Europe, which was built in the first century AD as an arena for gladiatorial combat and later jousting, but is now home to the city’s opera festival.

MS Michelangelo cruises on to Porto Viro today before mooring overnight in Porto Levante.

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Day 7 Porto Levante to Chioggia to Venice

Chioggia

This morning an optional excursion visits the city of Vicenza. If you choose not to join the trip then you can instead spend time in the Roman port of Chioggia, situated on two small islands in the south of the Venetian Lagoon. This city is often called 'Venice in miniature' with its old town apparently floating on a network of canals.

MS Michelangelo will continue sailing to reach the real thing later, mooring in Venice for the final two nights of your holiday. The evening is yours to explore at your leisure. No trip to Venice would be complete without a trip down one of the city's picturesque waterways in an iconic gondola, or perhaps sample some Prosecco or maybe the choice of local drinkers – Campari or Aperol – in a waterside bar.

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Day 8 Venice

Venice

This morning you can choose between optional excursions, one a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace and the Piazza San Marco and the other retracing the footsteps of Casanova in Venice.

After returning to your ship for lunch, perhaps join an optional excursion this afternoon exploring the islands of the Venetian Lagoon and their traditions.

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Day 9 Venice to UK

You’ll disembark MS Michelangelo after breakfast and transfer to the airport in Venice (a journey of approximately nine miles, which should take around 30 minutes depending in traffic).

Cremona and Parma

A stroll through the historical centre of Cremona reveals its hidden artistic and architectural treasures. Head to the medieval square to see the huge duomo and tower before visiting a violin-maker’s workshop. Stop at Fratelli Spigaroli to visit the cellars where they cure the famous Culatello ham and Parmigiana cheese. We’ll indulge in a tasting of Italian cheeses and cold cuts before this afternoon transferring to Parma —located in the confines of the Lombardy and Emilie-Romagna Regions and known for its castles and ancient churches. Visit the pink-marble Baptistery, which contains some amazing frescoes representing the life of Christ, and also admire the frescoes on the dome of the cathedral.

Cathedral of Cremona
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  • Optional on 8 nights itinerary

Ferrari Museum

Car lovers will not want to miss this chance to tour of the Ferrari Museum in Modena. The modern museum is devoted to the life and work of Enzo Ferrari, founder of the Ferrari sports car brand, and not only tells the story of the ‘prancing horse’s’ founding father but also showcases some of the most beautiful cars ever built.

Three hours
Visit the Ferrari Museum, Modena
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  • Optional on 8 nights itinerary

Following the footsteps of Casanova in Venice to Doge’s Palace and its hidden passageways

Giacomo Girolamo Casanova was born in Venice in 1725. Both his parents were actors, and he was the first of six children in the family. He entered the University of Padua at age 12 and graduated five years later with a degree in law. Over his lifetime, he was a lawyer, soldier, violinist, courtier, economist, philosopher, writer, and of course, a lover who got into sexual escapades resembling operatic plots. Your guide will fill you in on all the details of his titillating life, including a darker period where he was imprisoned in Doge’s Palace and his daring escape. Even today, Casanova and his lusty reputation remains a legend in itself.

Three hours
Waterfront view at Doge's Palace
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  • Optional on 8 nights itinerary

Guided tour of Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Square

You’ll discover Saint Mark’s Square and marvel at its famous basilica from the outside before you take a tour inside Doge’s Palace, the official residence of Venetian dukes and the seat of the government until 1797. The current palace date back to the 14th century and is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the world. A trek to the top of the Golden Staircase brings you to massive works by Tintoretto and Veronese and gives you access to the antechambers and a magnificent view from the balcony.

Three hours
Inside Doge's Palace, Venice Italy
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  • Optional on 8 nights itinerary

Guided Tour of Mantua

Although Mantua is not well known, it is one of the most artistically rich and romantic cities in northern Italy. Visit the Palazzo Te, the masterpiece of Italian High Renaissance art and architecture, designed and decorated by Giulio Romano in the early 16th century. Along with its architecture, the palace is known for its Mannerist-style fresco paintings that adorn many of its rooms. Afterwards head to see the imposing Ducal Palace and visit the Rotonda di San Lorenzo and the Basilica of Sant'Andrea.

Three hours
Ducal palace in Mantua, Italy
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  • Optional on 8 nights itinerary

Guided Tour of Vicenza

Vicenza is 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 take in the gorgeous facade of the Teatro Olimpico, which opened in 1585 and contains the oldest standing stage set still in existence. The theatre was the final design by Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and is just one of the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites in the city.

Three hours
Piazza dei Signori in Vicenza, Italy
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  • Optional on 8 nights itinerary

The Venetian Lagoon and its islands

This afternoon join an excursion to the islands of Murano and Burano. Murano is actually a series of islands linked by bridges, once home to the Venetian aristocracy and now world-famous for the production of decorative glassware. Glassmakers relocated to Murano at the end of the 13th century as a fire prevention measure and to help keep their production techniques a secret. Watch the craftsmen at work or enjoy a stroll to see the byzantine mosaic pavement at the Church of Sante Maria e San Donato. The picturesque former fishing village of Burano consists of four islands divided by narrow canals. It is famous for its brightly painted houses and for exquisite needlepoint and lacemaking.

Three hours
Murano island in Italy
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  • Optional on 8 nights itinerary

Verona

Board a coach in Rovigo this morning and head to Verona, the “City of Love” made famous by Shakespeare’s legendary tragedy Romeo and Juliet. We’ll get to 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 from an architectural, urban, and artistic point of view. The amphitheatre, the historic symbol of the city, is a fantastic example of its longevity and influence. 

(If the amphitheatre is closed and in July and August, your tour will instead visit the magnificent Giusti Gardens.)

Three hours
Bridge Ponte Pietra in Verona, Italy
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  • Optional on 8 nights itinerary

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Passengers will not be able to remain on board the ship between Chioggia and Porto Viro.

Walking Grades
1 – Walking at your own discretion. For example, on panoramic coach tours when the only walking is at photo stops.
2 – Minimal walking. Up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 metres) on mainly flat terrain.
3 – Moderate walking. Between 1,640-4,920 feet (500-1500 metres) over mixed terrain with the possibility of some steps.
4 – Considerable walking. More than 4,920 feet (1500 metres) over uneven terrain with many steps.
5 – Strenuous walking. Long distances over rough terrain with climbing, steps and trekking.

From the Dolomites to the Venice canals

Italian waterways