49 Newtownards Road
028 9015 1030
ATOL No. 11029
Included in the holiday cost:
•Return flights from Dublin to Venice Treviso with Ryanair
Transfer from Airport to ship and v.v.
•15Kgs checked luggage allowance
•5 Days / 4 Nights aboard Ms Michelangelo
•All meals from dinner on 03rd Oct to breakfast on 07th Oct
•Fully “ALL INCLUSIVE” drinks package
•2-3 Hour walking tour of Venice
Travel insurance, wine or speciality drinks from wine list, meals or drinks ashore, laundry.
Restaurant with the best view in Europe
Dining aboard the lovely MS Michelangelo, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the restaurant with the best view in Europe.certainly in Venice. For most of the holiday, we will be moored at the Riva dei Sette Martiri, right on the Venice Lagoon. From your window, you will see all the boats snaking their passage across the lagoon, just feet from your window. Enjoy views of many of the beautiful buildings and churches as you dine on some of the very best French cuisine, served as standard fare on board.
Venice & Surroundings
The highlight of the holiday, of course, is Venice itself. Enjoy one or both of the guided walking tours of the city with Alan Couser. We will see all the major sights and many lesser-known but possibly more interesting and intriguing, stopping from time-to-time for an ice cream, a snack or a coffee. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Doge’s Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark, La Fenice theatre and as many of the galleries or museums as you wish.
We will also sail to Chioggia, the main fishing port of Venice, where you can enjoy a hot-chocolate, so thick your spoon might even stand up in it. Explore the fish markets and enjoy a stroll around the port, before returning to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion to visit Padua, one of the most exciting cities in Italy. Here Casanova, Galileo and Fallopia left their mark. Visit St. Antony’s cathedral, part of the Vatican City, even though it is hundreds of miles from Rome. Have a coffee at the Caffe Pedrocchi or stroll through the Piazza dell’ Erbe or the Piazza dei Frutti.
Our home for four nights is the MS Michelangelo, a 3* river cruise-ship, belonging to the French company, Croisieurope. We have been using this ship as our base for many years and have always received excellent critiques for the ships comfort, style, friendly crew and staff and, above all, the superb French cuisine. Breakfast is a continental buffet affair, with plenty of choice of cereals, breads and cake, fresh fruit, eggs, ham & cheese and, of course, tea and coffee. Lunch and dinner are fixed menus, prepared to the highest standard by your experienced chefs. There are always alternatives available if the choice of menu does not suit you. Beware, though, the cabins are quite small but are very comfortable with adequate storgae for a four-night stay. If you add up all the costs you would incur, staying at a 4* hotel (even a good 3* hotel) - accommodation, meals, drinks, excursions, transport, tips - we are sure you will find this holiday excellent value. .
Standard Lower Deck Cabin
£895 sharing twin/double - £150 single occupancy supplement
Upper Deck Cabin
£120 Supplement, per person
* Early Booking Discount -
Lower Deck cabin - Save £50pp
Upper Deck cabin - Save £75pp
Book before 21 February 2018 (Subject to availability).
Doges Palace - Secret Itinerary (£30 extra)
This is a new tour for us. Not to be missed!
The tour begins in the courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale, a narrow "door" will lead you to the small and damp cells of the "Wells", the gloomy and inhospitable prisons where, in the days of the Venetian Republic, the prisoners languished in conditions of extreme difficulty.
Beyond the "Wells" the path continues up through a narrow staircase to the two small rooms that accommodated important officials of institutional mechanisms, the Ducal Notary and the Deputy to the Secret Council of Ten..
From here you can go and visit the other rooms: the Office of the Great Chancellor, the large and beautiful Hall of the Secret Chancellery.
You'll then arrive to the "Stanza della Tortura" (Torture Room), also called "Camera del Tormento" (Chamber of Torment), once connected directly to the prisons, where interrogations took place in the presence of judges, right up to the "Piombi" (Leads), the famous prisons under the roof of the palace, whose name comes from the lead slabs covering the room. Giacomo Casanova was imprisoned here, the protagonist of a legendary escape in 1756.
Through the attic we descend into the Hall of the Inquisitors. From here you can go to the "Sala dei tre Capi" (Hall of the Three Heads). Finally, through a narrow secret passage, you enter the Hall of the Council of Ten.
Please note that the tour of the Secret Itineraries of Doge's Palace includes very narrow passages and very steep stairs.
The two, reconstructed, cells that were occupied by Casanova make up part of the tour. From the Piombi you pass directly to the attic, tall and suggestive, located at the corner of the building between the Bacino San Marco and Rio di Palazzo facades. This was where of one of the corner towers of the much earlier castle occupied by the Doge. The cabinets contain a number of weapons, most of them sixteenth-century. The ceiling is decorated with works by Tintoretto, painted between 1566 and 1567.
Via a secret passageway within a wooden cabinet, the Chamber of the Three Head Magistrates is linked directly to the Chamber of the Council of Ten, from where one can go on to visit the rest of the Palace.
Murano and visit to Glass factory (Included in fare)
This excursion is by ferry across the lagoon and will include a 48 hour travel pass, valid on all ferries. We will travel after lunch and, after a 10-15 minute walk, will reach the glass factory, where you can marvel at the manufacture from very close up, before having the opportunity to browse through the store and maybe purchase some unique pieces.
Padua (extra cost £39)
The pilgrimage town of St. Anthony of Padua is famous for art. Following a visit to the “Santo” basilica, dedicated to St. Anthony (closed on Sundays), take a stroll through the historic town centre and discover the “Pedrocchi coffee house”, dear to the inhabitants of Padua. For art-lovers, there is the chance to visit the Capella dei Scrovegni, resting place of one of Italy's most famous and learned artists, Giotto, and home to a number of his most famous artworks. (Extra entry fee)
VENICE - VENICE LAGOON - CHIOGGIA - PADUA(1) - VENICE
(Itinerary is subject to change, depaendingf on availability of berths)
DAY 1 DUBLIN - VENICE
Fly from Dublin to Venice Treviso.
Depart DUBLIN at 14.00. Arrive Venice 17.30 - Ryanair
On arrival in Venice Treviso, we will travel by private mini-bus direct from the airport to the gangplank of the ship. The journey time is around 40 minutes. Settle into your cabins. Welcome cocktail reception served in the lounge. During dinner on board, Michelangelo will sail from the cruise port across the lagoon to the Sette Martiri Quay. Then you can enjoy a free evening in Venice. Why not join Alan for a short walk around some of the sights by night! Overnight stop.
DAY 2 VENICE
Buffet breakfast on board. Join Alan for an exciting walking tour of some of the lesser known sights of Venice. Option to return to the ship and cruise during lunch in the lagoon, passing the magnificent island of Burano and Murano. Alternatively, stay ashore and have a light snack lunch in one of the little "osterias" (lunch not included) Afternoon optional excursion to visit Murano, home of Venice’s glassmaking industry since the late 13th century. Return on board for dinner and dancing in the lounge. Overnight stop.
DAY 3 VENICE
Buffet breakfast. Free day.
Optional guided tour (extra cost - approx £35) of a gondola workshop, originally the the most used means of transportation by the inhabitants and visit to a mask factory. A symbol of Venice since 1271, all masks were originally black, but in the course of time the forms changed and colors were added. Lunch on board. Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice. Return on board for dinner. Evening free to enjoy the city after the tourists have all gone home. Overnight stop.
DAY 4 VENICE - CHIOGGIA (or nearby) - VENICE
Buffet breakfast on board. Cruise across the magnificent Bay of Venice to reach Chioggia mid morning. Have some time to discover the town on your own. Lunch back on board. In the afternoon, optional guided tour of Padua (extra cost £39), the pilgrimage town of St. Anthony of Padua, but also famous for art. Following a visit to the “Santo” basilica, dedicated to St. Anthony (closed on Sundays), take a stroll through the historic town centre and discover the “Pedrocchi coffee house”, dear to the inhabitants of Padua. Alternatively and In the meantime, the ship cruises back to Venice and you may stay aboard if you wish and further explore Venice in the afternoon. Gala evening. Overnight stop.
DAY 5 VENICE
Breakfast on board before disembarking in Venice. Transfer to the airport for the journey home at 9.15am.
Depart VENICE 11.55 Arrive DUBLIN 13.55 - (Aer Lingus)
This holiday includes:
* Flights from Dublin
* Private transfers to ship
* * 4 nights accommodation
4 evening meals, 4 breakfasts
and 3 lunches
* Excursion programme
* Unlimited drinks
* Unlimited tea, coffee & water
* Basic gratuities