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Venice and Lake Garda

Venice and Lake Garda

Italian waterways

  • A moored ship Cruise & stay
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive on board ship

Compare Italy's Lake Garda with the Venetian Lagoon

Experience the sublime beauty of Lake Garda and the Venetian Lagoon on this two-centre holiday. Beginning with a three-night hotel stay in the countryside close to Peschiera, you're perfectly placed for boat trips on the lake. Continue to the enchanting island city Venice for a four-night lagoon cruise. Here you can marvel at architectural masterpieces, venture to the outlying islands and perhaps explore the canals further by gondola.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed3 nights in a hotel, 4 nights aboard the ship

Dinner plate17 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day on board ship*

Wine, beer, water and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board ship

PersonSaga Cruise Assistant

Plus all this…

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Captain’s dinner and drinks reception on board ship
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

MapIncluded excursions

  • Boat tour of Lake Garda
  • Medieval city of Padua 
  • Boat trip to Murano and Burano

*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 Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Fly to Verona and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Desenzano, where you'll stay on a half-board basis for the first three nights.

Day 2 Lake Garda boat tour

Lake Garda

Bask in the serene beauty of Lake Garda on an included full-day independent boat tour. You will be given tickets to explore the southern part of the lake (which doesn’t include Riva), by catamaran, public boat or ferry. Admire the dramatic mountains, and the clusters of villages that perch on the lake's banks. After dinner, you can enjoy a leisurely evening relaxing at your hotel.

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Day 3 At leisure

Lake Garda

Spend today at leisure exploring the shores of Italy’s magnificent Lake Garda.

Lake Garda Italian Waterways

Day 4 Lake Garda to Venice


Depart from your hotel this morning and stop at Vicenza for some free time. Vicenza is one of the wealthiest cities in Italy and boasts an abundance of fine art galleries, impressive museums and designer boutiques. Stroll the Piazza dei Signori, overlooked by the recently-restored Basilica Palladiana – a masterpiece attributed to the architect Andrea Palladio. Make the most of a leisurely lunch in Vicenza; there's no shortage of choice, whether you head to a family-run osteria or a gourmet ristorante. Depart Vicenza this afternoon and drive 86 kilometres (approximately one hour, depending on traffic conditions) to Venice, where you'll board the MS Michelangelo for your four-night, all-inclusive river cruise. On arrival you can look forward to a welcome cocktail reception served in the ship's lounge. Enjoy dinner on board before a free evening in captivating Venice, savouring the intimate atmosphere of this island city.

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Day 5 Venice-Burano-Venice


You'll have some free time to explore Venice this morning or you may like to join an optional trip to Doge's Palace and the famous St Mark's Square. Look forward to an afternoon cruising the Venetian Lagoon, rich in wildlife and tradition. Join a sightseeing boat trip to the island of Murano, famous for its glasswork, and the island of Burano, famous for its lace. There'll be dinner and dancing on board before mooring overnight in Venice.

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Day 6 Venice


Spend the day at leisure exploring this unique city. Perhaps join a morning optional visit to a gondola maker and Venetian mask manufacturer. No trip to Venice would be complete without a trip down one of the city's picturesque waterways in an iconic gondola, or perhaps you'd like to experience three major sights in one square by standing in the middle of the magnificent piazza San Marco. After dinner on the ship, look forward to a free evening; perhaps sample perhaps sample some Prosecco or maybe the choice of local drinkers – Campari or Aperol – in a waterside bar.

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Day 7 Day 7 Venice to Chioggia


Breakfast this morning will be accompanied by beautiful views as you cruise across the Bay of Venice to reach the coastal town of Chioggia mid morning. A modest fishing port, Chioggia sits at the southern end of the Venetian lagoon. Lunch is served on board your ship. This afternoon, there'll be an included excursion to Padua, known as the pilgrimage town of St Anthony. Following a visit to the 'Santo' basilica, dedicated to St Anthony, take a stroll through the historic town centre and discover the Pedrocchi coffee house, dear to the inhabitants of Padua. In the meantime, your ship will cruise back to Venice where you will join it this evening. Join the crew for a pre-dinner drink and then enjoy the ship’s Gala Dinner.

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Day 8 Venice


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

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

Venice and Lake Garda

Italian waterways