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The Po River and Venetian Lagoon

October 8, 2021

7 Days | 8 Cities | 1 Country

MS Michelangelo


Welcome to Venice! Your Po River & Venetian Lagoon Teeming River Cruise begins here. Go back in time as you walk through the world’s renowned ‘open-air’ museum.  Wander through the piazza, marveling at its ornate buildings with arched walkways as you make your way to other historical buildings such as St. Mark’s Campanile, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologio. Continue on to the picturesque towns and delightful fishing ports of Chioggia, Vicenza, Porto Viro, and Rovigo.

Take time to explore more of Rovio and then cruise down to Torreta-Legnago and Verona.  Continue by enjoying a stop in the little village of Valdaro and admire the ‘Two Human Skeletons’ dating back to the Neolithic Age and have been locked in an eternal embrace for the past 6,000 years.

End your Teeming River Cruises Italian adventure in Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in the sights of the splendid skyline of Mantua, etched by ancient domes, cupolas, and turrets risen between two spectacular man-made lakes created during the 12th century.


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Arrival: Check In 6 PM

The heart of Venice is St. Mark’s Square, with its famous St. Mark’s Basilica, a sublime piece of architecture that has stood the test of time since its creation in 1092. Wander through the piazza, marveling at its ornate buildings with arched walkways as you make your way to other historical buildings such as St. Mark’s Campanile, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologio.


Go back in time as you walk the Rialto Bridge which was originally made of wood until it collapsed and was rebuilt in 1524 and now dazzles with its ornate stone perfection. From its top, take in the iconic view of the city and be mesmerized watching gondolas float down the Grand Canal. The Bridge of Sighs, another favorite landmark, is steeped in legend and conjures ancient images of criminals being hauled away over the bridge uttering sighs as they glance back at Venice for the last time. Another must-do when in Venice is shopping for Italian classics such as leather goods (especially shoes and handbags) and cashmere, available at many different shops throughout the city. Wind down your day with a traditional aperitivo at one of Venice’s rooftop bars or cafes and be sure to relish in the Venetian cuisine, which is known around Italy, especially because of the high quality of seafood that is served in the area.


A delightful fishing port on the southern side of the Venetian lagoon, Chioggia is often referred to as ‘Little Venice.’ Known for its harbor and fish markets, it also has its own identity with its mansions, churches and monuments that preserve traces of its fascinating past. Long arcades, low pretty houses and the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta give the town a very special atmosphere. A mecca for artists because of its beautiful, natural lighting, you can admire local works as you stroll along Corso del Popolo, the wide main street through the heart of the historic center. Wander its charming narrow streets, known as calli and be transported back in time. Duck into quaint shops or enjoy a drink at an outdoor café where you can soak in the local ambiance of this charming town.


Located in the center of the Po delta, Porto Viro gets its name from where the river was cut. On these dunes the first populations (the Venetians) probably settled around 1000 BC. Originally intended to divert the waters of the Po delle Fornaci river, today the Po of Venice, in order to preserve the Venetian lagoon from burial, this marshy landscape is what brings tourists from all over the world to admire and enjoy.  From bird watching, to admiring the age old Bronze statue “Eracle of Contarina” dating back too 500 B.C. we invite you to step back in time and explore and experience Porto Viro’s past.


Rovigo captivates visitors with its Renaissance and neo-classical elegance as seen in its piazzas, castles and churches. Lying within the Po Valley, it is a modern city steeped in age-old customs and traditions that still flourish today. The castle of Rovigo dates back to the 10th century and has two fascinating towers — Donà and Mozza, which serve as symbols of the city. If a cool drink and a relaxing atmosphere seem appealing, head to a shaded piazza to soak up the peaceful surroundings and local charm. And just a short distance from the city, time seems to have stopped at the uncontaminated natural landscapes of the Po Delta Biosphere Reserve. Brimming with birds, wildlife and dunes and lagoons, it has been proclaimed a MAB UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.



Torretta-Legnago is a town in Italy’s Verona province. Landmarks you won’t want to miss include the 19th-century cathedral San Martino Vescovo Duomo, the 17th-century Campanile di San Rocco, the early-20th-century Chiesa dell’Assunta (Assumption Church), the 12th-century church Chiesa di San Salvaro, the 18th-century church Santuario della Madonna della Salute (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Health) and city walls from the early-16th-century.


The little village of Valdaro is in the northern region of Lombardy. Two human skeletons from the Neolithic Age that have been locked in an eternal embrace for the past 6,000 years, were discovered at a Neolithic tomb within the city in 2007.  This find has had an impact on the collective imagination beyond the Italian borders leading many to refer to the remains as the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Interestingly enough, Valdaro, is closely situated to Verona, which is the site of Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. The eternal lovers locked in a hug, can be seen at the Archaeological Museum in Mantua, near where they were found.


The splendid skyline of Mantua, etched by ancient domes, cupolas and turrets, rises between two spectacular man-made lakes created during the 12th century. These lakes have helped create a medieval time capsule that is noted for its architectural treasures and artifacts, elegant palaces, Renaissance cityscape and delicious cuisine. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, much of Mantua’s culture and beauty come from the days when it was ruled by the Gonzaga family, one of the most powerful families in Europe during the Middle Ages. Overlooking the cobbled Piazza Sordello in the city’s historic city center, their primary residence, Palazzo Ducale di Mantova (Ducal Palace), includes some 500 rooms and is famous for frescos and other significant architectural and painted elements. Stroll further and you’ll encounter the medieval squares with sights that will bring Mantua’s past to life such as the Basilica di Sant’Andrea (Basilica of St. Andrew) an absolute masterwork and the Rotonda of San Lorenzo.


Guests must disembark by 9:00 AM. The day is yours; the choice is yours.  While this is the end of your adventure, your memories will live on from your Po River and Venetian Lagoon Cruise. Thank you for cruising with Teeming River Cruises, where vacations come first and memories last.

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.

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

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What's Included

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Highlights of What’s Included:

  • Welcome & Farewell Receptions with Sparkling wine & hors-d’oeuvres
  • Welcome Aboard Dinner & Farewell Dinner
  • All Meals Included Daily (onboard your ship)
  • Locally inspired cuisine
  • Buffet Breakfast, and a set menu for lunch and dinner
  • At TeemingRC, we are committed to offering our passengers on each cruise the best combination of both value and service.
  • The standard drink menu on the MS Michelangelo offers a variety of reasonably priced drinks. For example, wine by the glass is 4 Euro, draft beer is 3 Euro, a soft drink is 3 Euro, and whiskey, gin, & vodka are 4 Euro. Based on these negotiated prices and in keeping with our business model & value proposition, you may buy drinks on an à la carte basis.
    • Instead of a drink package on the MS Michelangelo, drink cards will be available for purchase by cash or charge to any passenger. These drink cards will come with a pre-loaded limit of 30 Euro. Each time you purchase a drink, it will be deducted from your pre-paid card. If you run out of Euros on the card, you can purchase a new 30 Euro card. At the end of the cruise, if you have any unused funds on your drink card, they will be refunded back to you.
    • You are welcome to bring your own wine on board, and there is a corkage fee of €5,00 per bottle
    • Premium drink  – click here for the menu
    • Standard Drink Menu – click here for the menu
    • The ship will have Cremant d’Alsace, a sparkling white wine available for purchase by the glass.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi will not support large photos, videos, streaming movies, etc. It is only good enough for texting and emails of minimal size)
  • TeemingRC/PopGuide App City Walking Tour in all ports
  • Tech Talks
    • Using Your Smartphone As Your Personal Tour Guide
      • How to Navigate with your Smartphone without cell service or date
  • Daily Port Talks- We Give You the Tools to “Explore More for Less!”
    • Museums/Sites/History/Architecture
      • Opening Times
      • Information on Entry Fees
      • Location
      • Explore On Your Own Information
  • Onboard Entertainment
  • Daily Housekeeping Service
  • Non-Smoking Ship Interior

Trip Notes:

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Disruptions in cruising and itinerary may occur (low/high water levels).
  • Prices are for cruises only. Flights are not included.
  • Transfers to and from the airport are not included in the cruise fare.
  • Shore Excursions are not included in the cruise fare. These may be purchased for an additional cost.
  • Due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased.
  • Port Taxes and Fees are not included
  • Please be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to many common questions.