Join the star of TV’s Secret Italy on a cruise to discover the enchanting City of Canals

Everybody should go to Venice at least once - it is one of the wonders of the world."

So says Alex Polizzi, the popular travel expert, hotelier and TV presenter, who will be your special guest on this unforgettable cruise around Venice and its iconic lagoon.

You will be staying in the perfect place to explore this magnificent city - close to Venice's must-see sights and away from the crowds - on board the stylish MS Michelangelo. As well as having time to discover Venice, you'll have the chance to visit beautiful Chioggia and historic Padua.

Drawing on her local knowledge, Italian heritage and experience presenting popular TV travel series such as Secret Italy, Alex Polizzi will give a private talk to readers one evening, plus join you on a wonderful excursion to explore the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Alex says:

Venice is completely magical - you just can't believe that mankind created this city. I'm looking forward enormously to joining you there."


Meet Alex Polizzi
Alex will give a special talk on board, featuring her personal stories and expert insights about Venice and Italy, as well as answering your travel questions following her talk.

Island visits with Alex
She will also join you for an included excursion to discover two wonderful islands in the Venitian lagoon - Murano and Burano. Murano has been known for its glasswork since the 13th Century, and you will have the chance to watch a master glassmaker at work. Next you will explore the pretty fishermen's village of Burano, famous for its vividly coloured houses and centuries-old tradition of lace-making.

Sailing in style
Your ship, the stylish MS Michelangelo, is the perfect base for a trip to Venice. As well as boasting smart, comfortable cabins - each with wi-fi, air-conditioning and a bathroom with a shower - the facilities include a sun deck with chairs and recliners, a lounge bar with dancefloor and a restaurant with large windows offering panoramic views.

Fantastic excursions
You will also have the chance to pick from a range of wonderful optional excursions, including a visit to the nearby city of Padua, a tour of a local manufacturer of hand-crafted gondolas and Venetian masks, and a walking tour in Casanova's footsteps through the secret passageways of the Doge's Palace.

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Alex Polizzi
Italy and its cuisine

Alex comes from a long line of hoteliers and is the grand-daughter of Lord Forte. Following a degree in English at Oxford University, Alex trained at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, worked for Marco Pierre White at the Criterion, and has worked at Rocco Forte Hotels around the world.

In 2008, Alex started presenting the highly acclaimed Channel 5 show, The Hotel Inspector, which was followed by two series for Channel 5 in which she explored her Italian heritage: Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy and Alex Polizzi's Italian Islands.

Price includes

  • Four-night cruise on MS Michelangelo in a double occupancy cabin with a shower in the bathroom.
  • All meals, including on-board drinks** with meals and at the bar.
  • Return flights, transfers and all port fees.
  • Exclusive talk and Q&A with Alex Polizzi.
  • Excursion to Murano and Burano islands accompanied by Alex Polizzi.
  • Gala dinner and welcome cocktail.
  • On-board activities and entertainment.
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance.
  • Free wi-fi in lounge and bar.

Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Mar 9, 2020
To
Fri, Fri, Mar 13, 2020
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£1,159*
* Based on two sharing an entry-level cabin. Single supplement applies. Subject to availability. Regional flights may be available at a supplement and are subject to availability. Timings of Alex Polizzi’s events may be subject to change and there may be minor alterations to the itinerary due to operational restrictions. **Excluding a selected list of drinks. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and other selected media partners. This trip is ATOL-protected and operated by The Cruise Line.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Fly to Venice
    Venice, Italy

    Following your flight from the UK, you will be transferred to Venice where you will be free to board the ship from 6pm. After settling into your cabins, meet the crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner in the ship's restaurant. This evening, you're free to explore Venice at your leisure.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Explore Venice and Alex Polizzi talk
    Venice, Italy

    This morning, you can join an optional excursion to see the manufacture of gondolas and iconic Venetian masks, all done by hand. The ship will cruise in the Lagoon, and this afternoon and evening in Venice you are free to do as you please. Later on un the evening, you'll hear a talk and take part in a Q&A session with Alex Polizzi, where she'll answer all your burning questions about her travels, TV career and love of Italy.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Burano and Murano islands with Alex
    Murano, Italy

    This morning, join Alex Polizzi on a tour of the Lagoon Islands of Burano and Murano, where you'll see a talented glassmaker at work and wander around sleepy streets lined with colourful cottages. After lunch, you can choose two join two different excursions. Either the Classic excursion, a guided tour of the Doge's palace and the Piazza San Marco, or the Discovery excusion, following in the footsteps of Casanova on a tour of the Doge's palace and its mysterious passageways.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Chioggia
    Chioggia, Italy

    This morning, you'll start with an early morning cruise towards Chioggia, a seaside town full of rustic medieval architecture and quiet canals. In the afternoon, join an optional excursion to Padua, the town of St. Anthony of Padua. A guided tour will show you its most famous sights, including the spectacular Basilica of St. Anthony. Return on board in Venice for a gala dinner this evening.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Fly home from Venice
    Venice, Italy

    Enjoy one last buffet breakfast onboard before disembarking at 9am for your transfer to the airport, and flight home to the UK.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Mara Comin

MS Michelangelo

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Cruise ship

A small, modern cruise ship with a personal touch

The MS Michelangelo is a small, French-operated river cruise ship, with just 78 cabins. Her elegant restaurant is situated on the top deck, offering panoramic views of the passing scenery. Refurbished in 2011, the cabins are located on the main and upper decks and are all outward facing with large picture windows.

You can enjoy the views from the spacious sun deck or relax in the well-appointed lounge, bathed in natural light from its panoramic windows. An open bar is available throughout the day, as are complimentary tea and coffee.

Those wanting to take some exercise can join the morning fitness classes on the sun deck, while those looking for a more relaxing break can sit back and enjoy the excellent onboard entertainment.

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Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Mar 9, 2020
To
Fri, Fri, Mar 13, 2020
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£1,159*
* Based on two sharing an entry-level cabin. Single supplement applies. Subject to availability. Regional flights may be available at a supplement and are subject to availability. Timings of Alex Polizzi’s events may be subject to change and there may be minor alterations to the itinerary due to operational restrictions. **Excluding a selected list of drinks. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and other selected media partners. This trip is ATOL-protected and operated by The Cruise Line.
Call now to book 08082390289
Quote ref: MOS VENICE POLIZZI