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River Cruise
River Cruise

From the Dolomites to the Venice canals

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  • VIP travel service included on selected European tours VIP on selected river cruises
  • All inclusive All Inclusive on board ship

Savour the delights of the Dolomites before cruising to Venice

Compare and contrast the natural beauty of the Dolomites with the iconic Venetian Lagoon on this holiday which combines a hotel stay 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 bewitching city of Venice.


2 nights Half Board in a hotel

6 nights All Inclusive on the ship

22 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners

Free bar open 12 hours a day on board ship*


  • Excursion into the Dolomites

*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 to the locally rated 3-star Hotel Ariston in Molveno 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, solarium, games room and library. All 48 bedrooms are equipped with a television, telephone, safe and hairdryer.

Please note: Departures in April 2020 will stay at the locally rated 3-star Hotel Alle Dolomiti instead.

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 shimmering 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 enjoy another free morning in the town before your transfer to Mantua this afternoon where you will 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 the beautiful Renaissance city.

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Day 4 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.

Mantua Lombardy Italy Europe

Day 5 Mantua to Rovigo

Rovigo, Italy

Your cruise begins this morning, though you may prefer 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 beautiful 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


This morning an optional excursion visits the glorious city of Vicenza. If you choose not to join the trip then you can instead look forward to spending 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 beautiful 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


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. Mark the end of your holiday with a festive gala dinner on board this evening.

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Day 9 Venice to UK

You’ll disembark MS Michelangelo after breakfast and start your return journey to the UK, flying out from Venice.

Please note

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.

From the Dolomites to the Venice canals

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