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2019

Venice, the Venetian Lagoon and the Pô River: Cruise and hiking along the most beautiful trails near Venice (port-to-port cruise)

7 Days - RVE_PP
# Description

Cruise

VENICE - CHIOGGIA (or nearby) - TAGLIO DI PO - POLESELLA - TAGLIO DI PO - CHIOGGIA (or nearby) - VENICE

Discover the hidden gems of Northern Italy: romantic Venice, the natural Venetian Lagoon, and medieval villages. Set off to explore the mysterious wonders of the Pô Delta and its exceptional environment—where silence is golden. This cruise combines nature and culture for an unforgettably original experience as you visit all the legendary sites. Whether on board or on foot, you’ll fall in love with dazzling Venice.

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 in lounge and bar
  • 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

  • Hiker's program - Hiking with a certified guide:
    • The islands of Torcello and Lazzaretto Nuovo
    • The Euganean Hills, up to the village of Arquà Petrarca
    • The Pô Delta, to the Pomposa Abbey
    • Urban hike through the Cannaregio district in Venice
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
    • Doges Palace in Venice
    • Verona and Ferrara

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 and present your hiking program for the cruise. Enjoy a free evening in Venice.

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Day 2

VENICE

This morning, join us for a guided tour of Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Square. Let's set off on a guided visit of Venice: Saint Mark's Square and its famous basilica (exteriors only) and Doge's Palace (interior tour), the official residence of the Venetian government up to 1797. The current palace dates back to the 14th century and is considered one of the most luxurious in the world. You'll climb the infamous Golden Staircase to reach the apartment with masterpieces painted on the ceiling and magnificent stone fireplaces reflecting the lifestyle and atmosphere that reigned in these rooms for centuries.

This afternoon:

Hiking program: Hiking on the islands of Torcello and Lazzaretto Nuovo. We'll leave on a private boat for the islands. Our first stop will be Torcello, which contains artifacts of the first inhabitants in the lagoon. We can also find Byzantine ruins there, including the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, one of the most-ancient edifices containing the earliest mosaics in the area. Then we'll head to Lazzaretto Nuovo. Once abandoned, it has been entirely restored and is now the focus of archaeological research. This island represents an important natural and historical interest to the northern area of the lagoon. The name of the island comes from the word "lazaret", the former leper colonies and quarantine stations built for maritime travelers. (5-hour tour including 2.5 hours of hiking, 2.8 mi./4.5 km, no elevation gain).

Non-hiking program: The Murano and Burano Islands. More than 31 miles long, the Venetian Lagoon is actually the estuary of three rivers and is separated from the Adriatic Sea by a fine sandbank. Venice is located in the middle of about 50 other islands. Almost half of these islands have been abandoned, but the two dominant islands to the north are Murano and Burano. Murano, known world-wide for its glass production, provides a fascinating look at this art. Burano is more down-to-earth; it's almost a sleepy fishing village with brightly painted homes. Known for its lace, it now boasts a school to help preserve the tradition.

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Day 3

VENICE - CHIOGGIA (or nearby) - TAGLIO DI PO

We'll spend the morning cruising to Chioggia.

This afternoon:

Hiking program: Hiking the Wine Route through the Euganean Hills to the medieval village of Arquà Petrarca. The volcanic Euganean Hills rise above the plains below. You'll leave by coach to the hills, where you'll hike to Mount Calbarina (446 feet in altitude) to take in the magnificent view of the Lago della Costa. Your hike will continue through the forest to Mount Piccolo (1,037 feet in altitude). The trail ends up in the medieval village of Arquà Petrarca, one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy, located at the foot of the Monte Piccolo and Monte Ventolone peaks. Petrarch, and Italian scholar and poet during the Renaissance and one of the earliest humanists, spent his last years in this tiny village. His remains are found in a tomb in front of the church. (An approximate 6 hour tour, with 2.5 hours hiking, 4.5 miles/7 km, and an elevation gain of 918 feet (280 m))

Non-hiking program: Tour of Padua, the city of Saint Anthony, medieval marketplaces, Fascist-era facades, and a hip student population.

We'll leave by coach from Chioggia for Padua, where we'll first tour the city with our bus before stopping at the famous basilica dedicated to Saint Anthony. Begun in 1232, just one year after Saint Anthony's death, it is one of only eight international shrines recognized by the Holy See. After a visit of the center of the city on foot, enjoy some free time before returning to the ship.

During this time, the ship will cruise to Taglio di Pô.(1) For passengers not participating in the excursions, a transfer will be available from Chioggia to Taglio di Pô. During the transfer, the coach will stop off in the charming village of Adria, where you can enjoy some free time before returning to the ship.

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Day 4

TAGLIO DI PO - POLESELLA

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning.

Hiking program: Hike to the Pomposa Abbey (picnic lunch). You'll travel by coach to Goro, the starting point for today's hike. You'll walk along the Adriatic Sea in the Natural Mesola Forest Reserve before reaching the Oasi di Cannevié, a small salt water lagoon that includes a discovery trail. Enjoy your picnic lunch by the water. Afterward, you'll be transferred by coach to the Pomposa Abbey, one of the most important in northern Italy. A masterpiece of Romanesque art, the abbey's towering campanile can be seen from miles away. You'll return to ship by coach. (5-hour tour including 3 hours of hiking, 3.7 mi./6 km, no elevation gain).

During this time, the ship will cruise to Polesella. After arriving, lunch will be served on board.

Non-hiking programs: Discover the Tastes of Bologna. We'll leave by coach from Polesella for Bologna. Bologna is a university city known for its terracotta medieval buildings adorned with miles of porticoes. We propose an original tour of the city through discovery of the local delicacies. You guide will bring you to the Piazza Maggiore, an amazing patchwork of architecture and structures. Afterward, we'll head over to the famous "Quadrilatero" to browse the old medieval market. Here is where you'll discover all the various delicacies found in this eclectic city. At the Il Caffe' della Corte on the Piazza Santo Stefano, you'll be able to taste some of the local foods.

Hikers will return on board in the afternoon, and non-hikers will return on board for dinner. We'll enjoy an evening of activities on board. (1)

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Day 5

POLESELLA - CHIOGGIA - VENICE

This morning, join us for a guided tour of Ferrara. We'll set off with our guides for Ferrara, where we'll explore the city's medieval streets. We'll also visit the old Jewish Quarter, the cathedral, and the outside area of the Castello Estense. A panoramic tour of the city by coach will top off the visit.

This afternoon, we'll visit Verona and its amphitheaters or the Giusti Gardens. We'll take a coach from Polesella to Verona, the city where Romeo and Juliet fell in love. There is even a house and balcony dedicated to the famous scene where Romeo promises his eternal love to Juliet in Shakespeare's famous tragedy. But Verona offers much, much more, including architectural, urban, and artistic wonders. On our list to see are the Castelvecchio, Arco dei Gav, and Porta Borsari. Your stroll will also take you to the Piazza delle Erbe, the former forum during the Roman Empire. It's a fantastic mix of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance styles. We'll also visit the amphitheater, which we know will leave a lasting impression. If the amphitheater is closed, and in July and August, we'll visit the magnificent Giusti Gardens.

During this time, the ship will cruise to Chioggia.(1) If you haven't reserved an excursion for today, you can enjoy time on the ship as it cruises on the Pô. A transfer is also available, leaving from Porto Levante for Chioggia. This unpretentious fishing town has picturesque spots and a slower, more ordinary pace than Venice.

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Day 6

VENICE

We'll arrive in Venice in the early morning. Enjoy breakfast on board.

Hiking program: Urban hike in Venice, a great way to discover the little-known areas of this legendary city. Our hike will bring you to the Cannaregio neighborhood, after passing first through the Castello district. You'll discover hidden Venice in this old area, the heart of the city with a lively commercial district full of craftspeople. The old island in the middle is the ancient ghetto, the oldest in the world, where Jews were compelled to live for over three centuries. You'll then head to the Church of Madonna dell'Orto and the Santa Maria del Rosario, commonly known as I Gesuati, and the Fondamente Nove, where you'll have a great look out over the lagoon and the surrounding islands. (2.5 to 3 hours of hiking - 5 mi./8 km - elevation gain : none; several bridges will be crossed during the hike; we'll return on board our ship via public ferry).

Non-hiking programs: We'll leave on foot for a tour on foot of the Castello district.(2) As we walk along the "calli", you'll get a real feel for Venice and its eternal beauty. We'll enjoy a guided visit of the several churches including Santa Maria Formosa, Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo. On our way back, we'll pass in front of the Church of San Zaccaria, dedicated to the father of John the Baptist. The remains of several doges are buried in the crypt. Lastly, we'll see the church of Santa Maria della Pietà. (Please note: if the ship cannot tie up to the dock as expected, each passenger will need to pay the €20 round-trip ticket (2017 rate) for the vaporetto. To be paid for on board.)

After our tour, we'll return on board for lunch. Enjoy some free time on your own in the city this afternoon. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 7

VENICE

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9 a.m. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2019
Departure 11/10/2019
Arrival 17/10/2019
Ship : MS Michelangelo Ship category : STANDARD

* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%

Formalities

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

Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - onboard drinks (except for wines and drinks from our special list) - accommodations in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom - welcome cocktail - onboard entertainment - the assistance of our on-board host/hostess - gala dinner - the hikes and excursions mentioned in the program - emergency/repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Drinks from our special list or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points (including to/from airports or train stations) - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

7 Shore excursions
Included in the excursions package : Guided tour of Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Square Hiking on the islands of Torcello and Lazzaretto Nuovo Hiking the Wine Route through the Euganean Hills to the medieval village of Arquà Pet...
Classic

Hiking on the islands of Torcello and Lazzaretto Nuovo

You’ll leave by private boat for a tour of the two islands. First stop will be Torcello, which holds the vestiges of the first populations on the islands. Settled in 452 AD, it was the parent island before Venice became inhabited and includes a...

Duration 5h00 Classic

Guided tour of Ferrara

Departure by coach from Polesella with your guide for Ferrara, which is about 5 km from the Po river in the eastern part of the Italian plain. Ferrara is famous for being the seat of the archbishopric and its small university. The town was also the...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Flavours in Bologna

We'll leave by coach from Polesella for Bologna. Bologna is a university city known for its terracotta medieval buildings adorned with miles of porticoes. Come discover the city during a unique tour celebrating all its famous flavors. Our guide w...

Duration 6h00 Discovery

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 Cathedral (on...

Duration 2h00 Classic

Urban hikes through the Cannaregio neighborhood in Venice

This hike will take you to the Cannaregio district via the Castello area. You’ll discover another side of Venice on this urban hike, including the heart of the city, its shops, and its craftspeople. One highlight is the old Jewish Ghetto, home...

Duration 3h00 Discovery

Hike to Pomposa Abbey

You’ll leave by coach for Goro, the starting point of your hike. Beginning with a trek along the Adriatic Sea, you’ll cross through the Natural Mesola Forest Reserves before arriving in Oasi di Cannevié and its shallow salt-water l...

Duration 5h00 Discovery

Hiking on the Wine Route

The Euganean Hills are volcanic-origin hills that rise to height of 1,968 feet from the Padovan-Venetian plain a few miles south of Padua. Hot water springs helped create the multitude of spa towns that have existed here since Roman times, as the anc...

Duration 5h00 Discovery
7 Shore excursions
Included in tour package Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Square The Murano and Burano Islands Tour of Padua Discover the Tastes of Bologna Guided tour of Ferrara Verona and its amphitheaters or the Giusti Gardens Tour on foot of the C...
Classic

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 Cathedral (on...

Duration 2h00 Classic

Flavours in Bologna

We'll leave by coach from Polesella for Bologna. Bologna is a university city known for its terracotta medieval buildings adorned with miles of porticoes. Come discover the city during a unique tour celebrating all its famous flavors. Our guide w...

Duration 6h00 Discovery

Guided tour of the Castello Quarter in Venice

A walking tour of the "calli" will give you the chance to discover, not far from St Mark's Square, Venice's hidden masterpieces of architecture and painting. Meet up with your guides on Seven Martyrs Quay. You will visit the inside of the Byzantine-s...

Duration 3h30 Classic

Guided tour of Ferrara

Departure by coach from Polesella with your guide for Ferrara, which is about 5 km from the Po river in the eastern part of the Italian plain. Ferrara is famous for being the seat of the archbishopric and its small university. The town was also the...

Duration 4h00 Classic

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

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

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

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Additional information

Level of Difficulty: Level 2 out of 5.

The hikes proposed during this cruise are half-day excursions (2 to 5 hours of walking) with little altitude differences. They allow discovery on foot of specific natural and cultural sites during the cruise. The time mentioned in the programs are for informational purposes only and do not take into consideration any breaks. To do these hikes, you do not need any training; nevertheless, you need to be in good health and well rested if you want to take advantage of this cruise as fully as possible.

Equipment youll need

Backpack

You must carry a backpack (max. 30 liters). In it, you'll need a sweater, rain gear, room for your picnic, a water bottle and sunscreen (extremely important when hiking).

A well-chosen bag will bring the most comfort and pleasure during your effort. Chose a well-sized, solid bag made of resistant, waterproof materials and with padded shoulder straps.

You will be responsible for carrying your own bag and gear at all times.

Shoes/boots

Above all, good hiking shoes must be comfortable and not cause pain or blisters. Break in your shoes before leaving on your trip.

Your shoes should have a high-quality sole that will not slip on varied and/or wet ground. The best shoes are high-top boots with absorbent soles.

Clothes

Hiking clothes must include:

  • Proper undergarments depending on the weather during each hike
  • Quick-dry pants
  • Warm sweater (polar fleece)
  • Rain coat or cape
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Light-weight gloves and a warm hat will be needed in the spring or fall seasons

Equipment

Remember:

  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal first-aid kit (see below)
  • Water bottle
  • Toilet paper
  • Pocket knife
  • Telescopic hiking poles for those who are used to using them (recommended for our Douro and Croatian cruises)

First-aid

Your guide will have a first-aid kit on hand during the hikes.

Nevertheless, you must also carry a personal first-aid kit with you with the following items (varies according to destination):

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Moleskin for blisters
  • Pain medicine
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Eyewash
  • Intestinal antiseptic
  • And any personal prescriptions if you are under medical treatment

 

PLEASE NOTE: 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 for the cruise between Chioggia and Taglio di Pô, in either direction.

(2) If the ship is moored at San Basilio, the tour of the Castello district will be replaced by the Dorsoduro and Santa Croce areas.

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

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