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Classic Venice Lagoon & Lake Garda

(Tour code: VGR17)Enjoy a leisurely, relaxed holiday in Italy

Enjoy a leisurely, relaxed holiday to some of Italy's most beautiful sights. We join the MS Michelangelo for a magnificent cruise through the spectacular Venice Lagoon, admiring the tiny islands of this attractive archipelago, before exploring fashionable Milan and the many attractions of Lake Garda.

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Tour Highlights
  • Beautiful Turin
  • MS Michelangelo
  • Venice and its lagoon
  • Chioggia
  • Desenzano and Sirmione on Lake Garda
  • Milan
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’
  • Verona and Isola del Garda
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Evening Meals
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge
  • All-Inclusive Board Basis
    4-night cruise on MS Michelangelo

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Piazza Castello, Turin
Days 1-2

London to Venice via Turin

We meet at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras International then travel by Eurostar to Paris, where we change trains and continue by TGV to Turin, for an overnight stay. On Day 2 we enjoy a leisurely morning in Turin before travelling by rail to the floating city of Venice. In the evening we board the MS Michelangelo, where the crew welcomes us with a cocktail before dinner.

Includes:
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Venice
Day 3

Sightseeing in Venice

This morning we have the chance to take in some of Venice's most popular sights on an optional walking tour. The sightseeing begins in St Mark's Square, undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful city squares, and includes the incredible St Mark's Basilica and the imposing Doge's Palace - seen as a leading example of Byzantine architecture. Back on board we then cruise through the shimmering lagoon and its assorted islands, taking in the landscape that has made Venice justly famous. We stop off in Mazzorbo, famous for its locally grown fruit and lush vineyards. Here you can explore at your own pace, perhaps crossing over the bridge that links Mazzorbo and Burano, or alternatively join the optional sightseeing trip to some of the lagoon's prettiest islands. Here you can admire the cobbled streets crammed with brightly painted houses, and see some of the lacework for which Burano is known. The tour also visits Murano, which is world famous for its glassworks. Murano boasts a beautifully historic centre, where grand old palaces and fine churches are set alongside attractive shops and houses. Back on board we enjoy dinner and dancing.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Venice
Day 4

Venice at leisure

Today is free for you to explore at your own pace - perhaps visit the Gallerie dell'Accademia, which holds many spectacular masterpieces, or visit the domed 'Santa Maria della Salute' Church. You may prefer to join the optional excursion to see how two of the city's iconic specialties are made - gondolas and Venetian masks.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Day
Chioggia
Day 5

Chioggia

After cruising across the magnificent Bay of Venice, this morning we reach Chioggia. Free time here allows you to explore the sights of this bustling fishing port. In the afternoon, you may wish to join an optional excursion to Padua, which boasts historic buildings, cultural monuments and grand, spacious city squares. After visiting St Anthony's Basilica, your time here is at leisure. We celebrate our final night on board with a Gala evening.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Desenzano
Day 6

Venice to Desenzano

After breakfast on board, we disembark MS Michelangelo and travel by train to Desenzano, on Lake Garda's southern shores. On arrival we check in to our base for six nights, the Hotel Piccola Vela.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Desenzano
Days 7-8

Verona and Desenzano

Today we visit Verona, a charming walled city of Roman origin and the setting for Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. Here we take in the narrow streets lined with medieval buildings, and the well-preserved Roman Arena, which dates back to 30AD. Later we dine at the Cascina Capuzza, a local farmhouse and wine cellar, set amongst expansive vineyards. We enjoy a dinner of local ingredients, complemented by home-produced wines. Day 8 is then free to relax in Desenzano, enjoying the warm local climate and the hotel's facilities.

Includes:
  • Days 7-8 - Breakfast, Dinner
Duomo Square, Milan
Day 9

Milan

We enjoy an excursion to stylish Milan. Here we take a guided tour of this impressive city, including the mighty Duomo and the 'Teatro alla Scala' opera house. The highlight of our trip is a visit to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where we see Leonardo da Vinci's celebrated painting 'The Last Supper'.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Trip to Santa Maria delle Grazie to see da Vinci’s last supper
Isola del Garda
Day 10

Isola del Garda

We visit wooded Isola del Garda, the lake's largest island, today. We enjoy a guided tour of the impressive neo-Gothic villa which dominates the island, as well as its beautifully manicured terraced gardens.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Sirmione Peninsula
Days 11-13

Sirmione and home via Chambéry

This morning we cruise to Sirmione, a pretty town set on a peninsula jutting into the lake. Here we have time to explore; you could visit the Rocca Scaligeri (payable locally), a beautifully preserved 13th century castle that dominates the Old Quarter of town, with excellent views over Lake Garda from its ramparts. Later we return to Desenzano, for an afternoon at leisure. On Day 12 we bid farewell to Garda and travel by coach to Milan, where we join the rail service to the French town of Chambéry, for an overnight stay at the Mercure Chambéry Hotel. We take the train to Paris on Day 13, and here we connect with the Eurostar service for the journey to St Pancras International.

Includes:
  • Days 11-12 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast
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