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2022 2023

From Venice to Mantua (port-to-port cruise)

7 Days - VMA_RAN
# Description

Cruise

VENICE - CHIOGGIA - PORTO VIRO - Padua - CANDA - OSTIGLIA - Verona - MANTUA - Cremona - MANTUA - Venice

Set out on hikes through some of the most beautiful Italian landscapes in the Veneto and Lombardy regions. Bask in the charming sites from the islands in the Venetian Lagoon to the banks of Lake Garda. You'll trek through a verdant regional park in the Euganean Hills—which emerge from the plains along the Pô—as well as the Lessinia Regional Nature Park along a high-altitude trail.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Unique itinerary
  • Coach transfer from Mantua to Venice on day 7 free of charge
  • Hiking Highlights
    • The islands of Torcello and Lazzaretto Nuovo
    • From the Euganean Hills to the village of Arqua Petrarca
    • Valle delle Cartiere and Lake Garda
    • Lessinia Regional Nature Park, a high-altitude trek
  • All excursions included for non-hikers:
    • Venice, an abundance of history
    • Padua, the home of Saint Anthony
    • Verona, the City of Love
    • Mantua, romantic city surrounded by lakes
    • Cremona, Claudio Monteverdi’s birthplace
    • Tour of the Fratelli Spigaroli with a tasting of Culatello ham and Parmesan cheese

Route

Day 1

VENICE

You’ll board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Enjoy a free evening to explore the city on your own.

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Day 2

VENICE

In the morning,

FOR ALL: Guided tour of Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Square. You’ll discover Saint Mark’s Square and its famous basilica (exteriors) and visit inside Doge’s Palace.

This afternoon,

NON-HIKERS: Join us for an excursion to the Venetian Lagoon and its islands. Discover the famous glassworks on Murano and the multi-colored homes on Burano.

HIKERS: Set out on a trek across the islands of Lazzaretto Nuovo and Torcello. The first stop will be long-abandoned Lazzaretto Nuovo, which now harbors an archeological site and outdoor museum. We’ll then visit Torcello and its basilica with priceless mosaics. This is an approximate 5-hour tour with 2.5 hours hiking for 2.7 miles (4.5 km) and no elevation gain.

Enjoy a free evening to explore Venice on your own.

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Day 3

VENICE - CHIOGGIA - Padua - PORTO VIRO - CANDA

We’ll cruise to Chioggia, the starting point for our excursions.

NON-HIKERS: Guided tour of Padua.

HIKERS: Hike the Euganean Hills. With your guide, you’ll first hike to Mount Calbarina to take in the magnificent view of the Lago della Costa. Your hike will continue through the forest to Mount Piccolo and then Arqua Petrarca.

This is an approximate 6-hour tour with 2.5 hours hiking for 4.3 miles (7 km) and an elevation gain of 919 feet (280 m).

As you enjoy your tour and hike, the ship will cruise to Porto Viro.(1) For those who decided not to join us on the excursion, you will be transferred from Chioggia to Porto Viro. Enjoy some free time in Chioggia.

We’ll return on board in Porto Viro and spend the afternoon cruising towards Rovigo.

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Day 4

CANDA - OSTIGLIA - Verona - MANTUA

We’ll spend the morning cruising to Ostiglia.

This afternoon,

FOR ALL: We’ll head to Verona, the City of Love made famous by Shakespeare’s legendary tragedy Romeo and Juliet. We’ll also visit the amphitheater or the Giusti Gardens.

After our tour, we’ll return on board in Mantua.

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Day 5

MANTUA - Cremona

NON-HIKERS: Join us for an excursion to Cremona (including lunch), with a visit to a violin-maker's workshop. Next stop will be Polesine Parmense and some time at the Fratelli Spigaroli,  where we'll enjoy a tasting of Italian cheese and cold cuts.(2) We'll return to the ship in Mantua. Enjoy some free time on your own this afternoon.

HIKERS: Set out on a full-day hike through Lessinia Regional Nature Park. The overlooks provide amazing views of the lake and its surroundings. We’ll have lunch in a local mountain refuge.

This is an approximate 9-hour tour with 5.5 hours hiking for 6.2 miles (10 km), and an elevation gain of 1,148 feet (350 m).

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Day 6

MANTUA

NON-HIKERS: Join us for a guided tour of Mantua, where the House of Gonzaga ruled for almost 400 years. We'll visit the Ducal Palace and the Bridal Chamber.

You’re free to do as you please in the afternoon.

Or enjoy an optional tour of the Ferrari Museum in Modena (price not included in packages).

HIKERS: Day-long hike around Lake Garda (picnic lunch included). Discover the romantic scenery along the banks of Lake Garda, from Toscolano-Maderno to Gargnano.

This is an approximate 8.5-hour tour with 5 hours hiking for 7.5 miles (12 km) and an elevation gain of 1,148 feet (350 m).

Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 7

MANTUA - Venice

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Coach transfer from Mantua to Venice. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2023
Departure 29/05/2023
Arrival 04/06/2023
Ship : MS Michelangelo Ship category : STANDARD

* Price based on double occupancy

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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - onboard drinks included (except from our special lists) - accommodations in double-occupancy, climate-controlled cabin with shower in private bathroom - onboard activities - hikes and excursions listed in program - assistance from our onboard, multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - emergency/repatriation insurance - baggage carrying services - all port fees.

Drinks from our special wine list or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

Murano and Burano islands

This 32-mile long Venitian lagoon was born from the estuaries of three different rivers and is separated from the Adriatic Sea by a thin sand bar. Venice is located in the midst of the cluster of islands that are in this lagoon. Almost half of them a...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Verona

Verona: a splendid city of art, surrounded by traces of ancient history and the mythical dimension bestowed upon it by the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The Romans founded the city in 49 B.C. and built many of its grandiose works such as the amphithea...

Duration 6h00 Classic
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Guided tour of Padua

Transfer by coach from Chioggia to Padua. Best known in Christianity as the Saint Antoine of Padua city, it is also famous for its art. Giotto (1267-1337, painter, sculptor and Italian architect) gifted the city of Padua some of his masterpieces, enr...

Duration 5h00 Classic
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Guided walking tour of Venice and the Doge's Palace

Meet up with your guide on board. The tour will begin with a historical and artistic introduction to Venice with St Mark's Square, after which you will be able to admire the exteriors of St Mark's Cathedral. The Byzantine facades of the Cathe...

Duration 2h00 Classic
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Cremona

A stroll through the historical center of Cremona reveals its hidden artistic and architectural treasures. Within the superb medieval square, we’ll take in the immensity of the duomo, bell tower, and cathedral. This lovely city was home to Anto...

Duration h00 Classic
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Mantua

Despite Mantua's historic power and influence under the Gonzaga family, Mantua remains a little-known enclave in Northern Italy, but it is one of the richest and romantic cities and still carries pervasive vestiges of its Renaissance past today....

Duration 3h00 Classic
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Hiking across the Euganean Hills

The Euganean Hills are located in a regional park known for its beauty and hot springs. Hot water springs helped create the multitude of spa towns that have existed here since Roman times, as the ancient ruins attest. The region is also known for its...

Duration 5h00 Discovery
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Hiking through the Lessinia Regional Nature Park

With magnificent scenery and fascinating geological characteristics, Lessinia Regional Nature Park is every hiker’s dream. We'll trek the green alpine pastures above the valleys lined with pine and beech forests. The overlooks provide amazi...

Duration 9h00 Discovery
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Hiking around the Lake Garda

Discover the romantic scenery along the banks of Lake Garda, from Toscalano-Maderno to Gargnano. You’ll cross the fascinating Valle delle Cartiere with its unique and spectacular terrain. The valley is named after the paper mills that line the...

Duration 8h30 Discovery
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Hiking across the islands of Lazzaretto Nuovo and Torcello

You’ll leave by private boat for a tour of the two islands. The first stop will be long-abandoned Lazzaretto Nuovo. Today, it harbors an archeological site and outdoor museum. A visit to the island provides an opportunity to discover the extrao...

Duration 5h00 Classic
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Guided walking tour of Venice and the Doge's Palace

Meet up with your guide on board. The tour will begin with a historical and artistic introduction to Venice with St Mark's Square, after which you will be able to admire the exteriors of St Mark's Cathedral. The Byzantine facades of the Cathe...

Duration 2h00 Classic
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Verona

Verona: a splendid city of art, surrounded by traces of ancient history and the mythical dimension bestowed upon it by the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The Romans founded the city in 49 B.C. and built many of its grandiose works such as the amphithea...

Duration 6h00 Classic
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Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.


For safety reasons, the company and/or the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary.

(1) Passengers cannot remain on board the ship between Chioggia and Porto Viro.

(2) In case the cellars at Fratelli Spigaroli are closed, we’ll visit a similar site.

Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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