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From the canals of Venice to renaissance-infused Mantua

September 2, 2022

7 Days | 11 Cities | 1 Country

MS Michelangelo

Overview

From Venice to Mantua, enjoy a unique cruise through the heart of three Italian regions. The region of Veneto opens its doors and invites you to discover Venice, famous Saint Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace, the official residence of Venetian dukes. Lombardy welcomes you next with its breathtaking and varied panoramas. You’ll visit unique cities such as romantic Mantua and Cremona, Claudio Monteverdi’s and Stradivarius’s birthplace. Your trip ends with the region of Emilia-Romagna and its traditional cuisine: do not miss out on a tour of Parma and Cremona complete with a tasting of authentic cheese and ham!

This cruise is not exclusive to Teeming River Cruises. Teeming River Cruises is partnering with CroisiEurope. Jeff & Gina will be accompanying you on the voyage and will be there to assist in helping to see all the sites. The cruise will be booked through CroisiEurope directly and Teeming Rivers Cruises will assist setting up your cruise details.

Important: Cabin selection is by category, specific cabins selected will be honored if possible.

Itinerary

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Arrival: Check-in at 6 PM
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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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This morning, we offer two excursions:

CLASSICGuided tour of Doges Palace and Saint Marks Square.

You’ll discover Saint Mark’s Square and its famous basilica (exteriors) and take a tour inside Doge’s Palace, the official residence of Venetian dukes and the seat of the government until 1797. The current palace dates back to the 14th century and is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the world. A trek to the top of the Golden Staircase brings you to massive works by Tintoretto and Veronese and gives you access to the antechambers and a magnificent view from the balcony.

DISCOVERYFollowing the footsteps of Casanova in Venice to Doges Palace and its hidden passageways.

Giacomo Girolamo Casanova was born in Venice in 1725. Both his parents were actors, and he was the first of six children in the family. He entered the University of Padua at age twelve and graduated five years later with a degree in law. Over his lifetime, he was a lawyer, soldier, violinist, courtier, economist, philosopher, writer, and of course, a lover who got into sexual escapades resembling operatic plots. Your guide will fill you in on all the details of his titillating life, including a darker period where he was imprisoned in Doge’s Palace and his daring escape. Even today, Casanova and his lusty reputation remains a legend in itself. At the end of our tour, you can return to the boat at your own pace.

This afternoon, join us on an excursion for both packages: The Venetian Lagoon and its islands. The Murano glassmakers retreated to the island of Murano to help keep their production techniques a secret. Burano instills a feeling of quiet and meditation as you walk along its docks lined with colorful homes. One of the most sought-out items on the island is handwoven lace that dates back to before the exploration of the New World.

Enjoy a free evening to explore Venice on your own.

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We’ll cruise to Chioggia, the departure point for an excursion for both packages: A guided tour of Vicenza. Vicenza is the epitome of gorgeous Italian landscapes, art, food, and wine. The most beautiful buildings in the city are found around the Piazza dei Signori. Here, you can take in the gorgeous facade of the Teatro Olimpico, which opened in 1585 and contains the oldest standing stage set still in existence. The theater was the final design by Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and is part of the sites listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. As you enjoy your tour, 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(1). Enjoy some free time in Chioggia.

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

Arrival:
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We’ll spend the morning cruising to Torretta.

In the afternoon, we offer two excursions:

CLASSIC: Visit Verona and its amphitheater or the Giusti Gardens. We’ll leave by coach from Torretta and head to Verona, the “City of Love” made famous by Shakespeare’s legendary tragedy Romeo and Juliet. We’ll get to see the outside of Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta) and the balcony where she stood when Romeo declared his love. Verona encapsulates 2,000 years of history from an architectural, urban, and artistic point of view. The amphitheater, the historic symbol of the city, is a fantastic example of its longevity and influence. (If the amphitheater is closed and in July and August, we’ll visit the magnificent Giusti Gardens.)

DISCOVERYTake a bike tour of Verona and visit the Giusti Gardens. You’ll be transfered by coach from Torretta to Verona, where numerous possibilities to explore the city await you. Often overshadowed by neighboring Venice, Verona possesses an impressive artistic heritage and many cultural diversions. What better way to explore the city than on two wheels? Glide along its streets and lanes lined with unique houses and romantic hideaways. You’ll then visit the Giusti Gardens, one of the city’s marvels. This magnificent Italian garden contains age-old trees, gargoyles, fountains, and grottoes with ancient inscriptions. After our tour, we’ll return on board in Valdaro.

Arrival:
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Our ship will begin to cruise early in the morning to Mantua.

Join us on an excursion for both packages: A guided tour of Mantua, where the House of Gonzaga ruled for almost 400 years. Although Mantua is not well known, it is one of the most artistically rich and romantic cities in northern Italy. We’ll visit the Palazzo Ducale di Mantova (Ducal Palace – closed on Mondays) which overlooks the city center. Built between the 14th and the 17th centuries by the noble House of Gonzaga, the property comprises many buildings such as the Castel di San Giorgio which was designed as a defensive structure aimed at protecting the heart of the town, and subsequently converted into the main residence of the Gonzaga family. We’ll also visit the Camera degli Sposi (“bridal chamber”), known for its frescoes executed by Andrea Mantegna as a celebration of the Gonzaga family. We’ll then reach the historic center of the city where you’ll visit the Rotonda di San Lorenzo and the Basilica of Sant’Andrea.

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

Or enjoy an optional tour of the Ferrari Museum in Modena (not included in packages). Car lovers will not want to miss this chance! The museum focuses on the life and work of Enzo Ferrari, founder of the Ferrari sports car brand. Their website says it best: “The Museo Enzo Ferrari is more than just a museum. It is a spectacular immersive experience that combines a dizzying mix of unique ingredients. Visitors not only get to admire the stunning cars displayed in the futuristic 2,500 square metre main pavilion but are also treated to a spectacular audio-visual show to tell the magical story of Enzo Ferraris 90 years.”

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Join us for an excursion to Cremona and Parma (including lunch). 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 and tower before visiting a violin-maker’s workshop. We’ll then head to Polesine Parmense and stop at Fratelli Spigaroli(2) to visit the cellars where they cure the famous Culatello ham and Parmigiana cheese. In the afternoon, we’ll go to Parma—located in the confines of the Lombardy and Emilie-Romagna Regions—to indulge in art, music history, and food! Parma is in one of Italy’s most emblematic areas, and its castles and ancient churches inspire dreams of yesteryear. We’ll visit the pink-marble Baptistery, which contains some amazing frescoes representing the life of Christ. The frescoes on the dome of the cathedral are also exceptional.

Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Arrival:
Depart: Disembark by 9 AM

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

Please Note: For navigational reasons and passenger safety, Teeming River Cruises and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary as necessary. These Optional Excursions may or may not be offered, since availability is subject to number of participants and weather conditions.

Deck Plans

Cabin Options

Your cruise will take place on the MS Michelangelo. To learn more about this ship, click here.

Availability & Pricing

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300 ~ $3,150/$525 night
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What's Included

Highlights and Notes

Highlights of What’s Included:

  • All meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast the final day. Refined French cuisine.
  • All onboard beverages (not including the special list).
    • Included are house beer, house wine selection, and well drinks throughout the cruise.
  • Accommodations in a double-occupancy, climate-controlled cabin with a private bathroom.
  • Transfer from Mantua to Venice airport by coach at the end of the cruise.
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar.
  • Headsets are included for excursions.
  • TeemingRC City Walking Tour App
  • Onboard activities.
  • Onboard entertainment.
  • Welcome cocktail.
  • Gala evening.
    • Last night on board. Use this a chance to dress up (although there are no dress requirements).
  • Excursions included in the package selected.
    • Classic Package: Visit Verona and its amphitheater or the Giusti Gardens and a Guided tour of Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Square.
    • Discovery Package: Take a bike tour of Verona and visit the Giusti Gardens and Following the footsteps of Casanova in Venice to Doge’s Palace and its hidden passageways.
    • On other days, the excursions are the same for all passengers.
    • Optional excursion available:
      • On Day 5 – Ferrari Museum in Modena. This excursion will take place in the afternoon (approximately 4 hours). The cost is $119 USD per person.
  • Port transfers into the city and to excursions.
  • Assistance with onboard multi-lingual host/hostess.
  • Emergency/repatriation insurance.
  • All port fees.

Important Trip Notes:

  • Drinks from a special list or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers.
    • Special drinks would include top-shelf liquors, champagnes, and specialty wines. These will be presented on a separate menu.
  • Optional excursion to the Ferrari Museum in Modena.
    • On Day 5 – Ferrari Museum in Modena. This excursion will take place in the afternoon (approximately 4 hours). The cost is $119 USD per person.
  • Gratuities are not included.
    • Recommendations: 10€ per person per day (or about 140-150€ per couple at the end of this cruise).  2€-3€ per guide for tours and 1-2€ to bus drivers are also recommended, for great service.
  • Transfers from arrival airport to ship and transfers from ship to the departure airport, unless departure airport is Venice, are not included.
  • Flights are not included.
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance are not included.
  • Personal expenses are not included.

Formalities:

  • Warning: Navigational obligations and weather conditions can disrupt the itinerary, and in certain cases, intermediate stops may be canceled. If this happens, CroisiEurope will do their best to find the best solution according to passenger expectations. For safety reasons, the company and/or the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary.
  • Passengers cannot remain on board the ship between Chioggia and Porto Viro.
  • In case the cellars at Fratelli Spigaroli are closed, we’ll visit a similar site.
  • Recommendation: Arrival D1 in Venice (VCE) before 5 pm; departure D7 from Venice (VCE) after 2 pm.