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Milan and Lake Como & cruise from Renaissance-infused Mantua to the Canals of Venice (port-to-port cruise)

Stop off in Milan, the fashion capital, to explore the city and nearby Lake Como before setting off on your cruise. From Mantua to Venice, enjoy a unique cruise through the heart of three Italian regions. Your trip starts with the region of Emilia-Romagna and its traditional cuisine. 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. Finally, 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.

Trip code : MMV_PP

Duration : 9 days

Destination : MILAN(4) - MILAN - LAKECOMO - MANTUA - MANTOUE - CREMONA(1) - VALDARO - VERONA(1) - OSTIGLIA - ROVIGO - PORTOVIRO - PADUA(1) - CHIOGGIA - VENICE - VENICE(4)

Operator : CroisiEurope Cruises

Trip Highlights
  • EXTENDED STAY INCLUDED: 3-day/2-night stay in Milan Accommodations in a 3-star hotel LS in Milan (or the surrounding area) Tours of Milan, its cathedral, and Lake Como included
  • 3-day/2-night stay in Milan
  • Accommodations in a 3-star hotel LS in Milan (or the surrounding area)
  • Tours of Milan, its cathedral, and Lake Como included
  • Unique itinerary: cruise through the heart of the Italian regions
  • The region of Emilia-Romagna and its traditional cuisine Visit(1) Fratelli Spigaroli Enjoy a tasting(1) of Culatello ham and authentic Parmesan cheese
  • Visit(1) Fratelli Spigaroli
  • Enjoy a tasting(1) of Culatello ham and authentic Parmesan cheese
  • The region of Lombardy, its breathtaking and varied panoramas Cremona(1), Claudio Monteverdi’s and Stradivarius’s birthplace Mantua(1), romantic city surrounded by lakes
  • Cremona(1), Claudio Monteverdi’s and Stradivarius’s birthplace
  • Mantua(1), romantic city surrounded by lakes
  • The region of Veneto, its treasures, arts and traditions Verona(1), the City of Love Padua(1), the home of Saint Anthony Venice(1), an abundance of history
  • Verona(1), the City of Love
  • Padua(1), the home of Saint Anthony
  • Venice(1), an abundance of history
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

Booking Confirmation

After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

Please notes:

  • Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
  • Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges

Cruise Cabin

European river cruises*

  • All cabins are tastefully decorated and equipped with air conditioning, central heating, shower / toilets, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer— each providing a view of the river. Some cabins have French balconies or private terraces.
  • Our fleet of Premium ships offers additional comfort providing more space in the cabins.

Customers can choose between 3 categories of cabins:

  • Category A: premium location
  • Category B: intermediate location
  • Category C: standard location (close to public areas such as entrance, restaurants, public lavatory) - same size or sometimes slightly smaller than Cat A & Cat B cabin
  • PRM Cabin: Cabin for passengers with reduced mobility. This cabin is not recommended for passengers without mobility difficulties.

*The above cabin description is applicable to all ships except the canal barges, the ocean ships and the fleet of exotic river ships outside of Europe.

Dining Experience & Cuisine

On European river cruises, your meals are carefully designed and planned, and menus are developed in the pure tradition of fine French gastronomy. Each meal on your cruise will give you a delightful experience of French haute cuisine. For our gastronomic cruises, such Michelin-starred greats as Marc Haeberlin and the expert staff surrounding Paul Bocuse have been happy to join forces with CroisiEurope to take you on a memorable culinary voyage.

For cruises outside of Europe, our Chefs prepare local cuisine, colorful and tasty, while adapted to Western tastes.

Buffet Breakfast

  • Your day will start with an impressive self-served buffet breakfast in the onboard restaurant, which may include pastries, coffee, tea, juice, breads, jams and jellies, a variety of sausages and cold cuts, eggs, fresh fruit, and yogurt.

Lunch & Dinner

Lunch can be either buffet lunch or sit-down meals, while dinner will be 3-course sit-down meals. A menu of local specialties is prepared on a daily basis from fresh ingredients.

  • Please state your specific needs at the time you make your reservation (food allergies or special dietary needs)
  • Both lunch and dinner meals are paired with excellent complimentary wines. Complimentary wines may not be available for cruises outside of Europe. Check specific inclusions for your cruise.

Special Occasion

  •  Please let us know your special occasion requirements – such as cakes, champagne, or flowers – at the time of booking and ideally one month or more before departure, and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes

Languages

European river cruises

Onboard staff and crews speak French, English and many of them speak other major European languages such as German, Italian and Spanish. Notices and announcements are in French and English, as well as other languages based upon the needs of the passengers on board.

River cruises outside of Europe

Onboard staff and crews speak English and local languages.

Excursion Package

For European river cruises, two optional different excursion packages provide guests, who are looking for new experiences, adventures and sensations, with a range of dynamic, fun-filled and out-of-the-ordinary activities. Make your choice between these two options:

  • CLASSIC Package: Containing classic excursions based on culture, architecture and history. We’ve revamped several of our tours to give you a more authentic experience!
  • DISCOVERY Package: Discovery tours are for the adventurous, the offbeat, or those who are looking for something new.

It is recommended to book optional shore excursions prior to your cruise to ensure their availability and to benefit from cheaper prices than buying them on board.

Excursions on European canal barge cruises and exotic river cruises outside of Europe are included (except certain optional excursions).

Tipping & Gratuity

Tipping customs vary from country to country and culture to culture, and we understand that tipping is a way for passengers to show appreciation for services, quality and attention received during the cruise whether it be for the meals, rooms, reception or visits. To leave a tip, please use the envelope found in your cabin your last evening on board, and place this envelope in the specially designated box in the reception area as you disembark with the understanding that tipping is entirely at your discretion.

Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this package. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive. In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

If you are travelling on a river cruise and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard:

- Recommended tips - For the crews and guides - $10US per day per passenger.


Smoking

Smoking is not permitted inside all ships.  You may smoke in designated smoking areas on deck only.

Pets

Pets are not allowed on board.

Telephone and Internet

Free wi-fi is available on all ships in the reception area and lounge bar on most ships. On the newest ships such as the Ms Gerard Schmitter, the MS Cyrano de Bergerac, the MS Lafayette and the fleet of four hotel barges, Wi-Fi is available throughout. For exotic river cruises outside of Europe, wifi may not be available when cruising in remote areas.

Your ship’s emergency telephone number will be provided in your on-board documentation, so that your family may reach you in the event of urgent need or emergency. If you would like to make or receive phone calls on a non-emergency basis, we recommend that you make arrangements with your mobile phone provider for more information.

Dress Code

You’ll be most comfortable during the day in smart casual clothing.  You may wish to bring items that do not wrinkle easily, or that transport well after being ironed at home, as there is no iron provided on the ship.  Bring a variety of clothing for the environments expected during your cruise, including light clothing and bathing suits for hot weather, a sweater or jacket for cooler weather, and of course a raincoat and/or small umbrella.

Please check the weather for your specific cruise countries, as the weather can vary quite a bit between the northern and Mediterranean areas.  Don’t forget to bring comfortable and sturdy walking shoes for sightseeing excursions.

For evening meals, as well as for cocktails or gala events ‘casual dressy’ clothing is appropriate.

Currency

On European river cruises, the primary currency is the Euro. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted. There are no currency exchange facilities on-board, so please ensure you have sufficient cash before boarding. Traveller’s cheques are not accepted.

On exotic river cruises outside of Europe, the primary currency is the US Dollar. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted. There are no currency exchange facilities on-board, so please ensure you have sufficient cash before boarding. Traveller’s cheques are not accepted.

Electricity

Onboard electrical service is 220V; most standard American electrical appliances are 120V.

If you have any items that require electricity you must bring a two-pin plug European adaptor that will fit your item.  Many items such as cell phone chargers come already equipped with international adaptors – check the equipment that came with your cell phone.  In addition, you may find that you need to bring adaptors for other items such as your own razor, electric toothbrush, or curling iron (220V hair dryers are provided in each cabin).

For exotic cruises outside of Europe, an adaptor to the local plug standard is recommended.

Entertainment on board

While your  cruise is all about discovering wonderful destinations, on many days there will be entertainment activities to add an extra dimension to your voyage. A traditional evening of entertainment with a “Titi Parisien” theme or an evening with songs and guitares that capture the spirit of La Camargue. Dinner in Spain may be accompanied by a guitar player from the region. A classical string quartet could come aboard in Germany, or an entrancing fado singer in Portugal. On the Volga, you can choose to take part in a tea drinking ceremony or Russian classes. Or simply do nothing except relax to some light music in the lounge. In exotic river cruise, cooking class or destination lectures are available. 

Travel Insurance

Our cruise products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our tours, cruises, day tours, private tours, group tours, transfers, and any of our packages.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur. You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.

DAY 1

You’ll check into your 3-star hotel in Milan or Lake Maggiore and enjoy dinner.
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. We’ll head to Como for a guided tour of the city, an invitation to rest and relaxation. We’ll visit the remarkable cathedral and have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we'll take the funicular to the summit, where you’ll have a great view of the lake and city below. We’ll return to Como and enjoy a boat tour of the lake. After our excursion, we’ll return to Milan by coach. Dinner and accommodations at a hotel.
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. We’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of Milan to get an overview of what it has to offer. We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. The afternoon will be dedicated to discovering the historic center, including a visit to the cathedral. We’ll hit the road for Mantua (an approximate 2-hour drive) and 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.

DAY 4

In the morning, an optional excursion for both packages: A guided tour of Mantua, where the House of Gonzaga ruled for almost 400 years.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).
Join us for an optional excursion to Cremona (including lunch). We’ll indulge in a tasting of Italian cheeses and cold cuts.
This morning, the optional excursions are:- CLASSIC Package: Visit Verona and its amphitheater (or the Giusti Gardens in July/August or if the amphitheater is closed).- DISCOVERY package: Take a bike tour of Verona and visit the Giusti Gardens.We'll return on board in Ostiglia and spend the afternoon cruising.
This morning, join us on an optional excursion for both packages: A guided tour of Padua. As you enjoy your tour, the ship will cruise to Chioggia.(2) For those who decide not to join us on the excursion, you will be transferred from Porto Levante to Chioggia. Enjoy some free time in Chioggia. After our tour, we'll return on board and begin to cruise to Venice. Enjoy a free evening to explore the city on your own.

DAY 8

This morning, we offer two optional excursions: - CLASSIC: Guided tour of Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Square. - DISCOVERY: Following the footsteps of Casanova in Venice to Doge’s Palace and its hidden passageways. This afternoon, join us on an optional excursion for both packages: The Venetian Lagoon and its islands, Murano and Burano. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

DAY 9

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
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CLASSIC
CLASSIC EXCURSIONS PACKAGE - 2023

Included in tour packageMantuaCremonaVeronaPaduaVenice and the Doge's PalaceLagoon islands : Burano and Murano

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 783 AUD

On-board : 915 AUD

CLASSIC
CLASSIC EXCURSIONS PACKAGE - 2022

Included in tour packageMantuaCremonaVeronaPaduaVenice and the Doge's PalaceLagoon islands : Burano and Murano

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 704 AUD

On-board : 822 AUD

DISCOVERY
DISCOVERY EXCURSIONS PACKAGE - 2023

Included in tour packageMantuaCremonaVerona by bike and the Giusti Gardens(1)PaduaFollowing the footsteps of Casanova in VeniceLagoon islands : Burano and Murano(1) Attention: children are under the r

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 808 AUD

On-board : 944 AUD

DISCOVERY
DISCOVERY EXCURSIONS PACKAGE - 2022

Included in tour packageMantuaCremonaVerona by bike and the Giusti Gardens(1)PaduaFollowing the footsteps of Casanova in VeniceLagoon islands : Burano and Murano(1) Attention: children are under the r

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 715 AUD

On-board : 836 AUD

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DAY
Cremona

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, bell tower

DURATION hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 208 AUD

On-board : 231 AUD

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PM
Ferrari Museum in Modena

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 Ferrar

DURATION 04:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 137 AUD

On-board : 152 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
PM
Murano and Burano islands

This 32-mile long Venitian lagoon was born from the estuaries of three different rivers and is separated from the Adriatic Sea by a thin sand bar. Venice is located in the midst of the cluster of isla

DURATION 04:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 79 AUD

On-board : 87 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
AM
Mantua

Despite Mantua's historic power and influence under the Gonzaga family, Mantua remains a little-known enclave in Northern Italy, but it is one of the richest and romantic cities and still carries

DURATION 03:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 117 AUD

On-board : 130 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
AM
Following the footsteps of Casanova in Venice

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 f

DURATION 03:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 117 AUD

On-board : 130 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
AM
Verona

Verona: a splendid city of art, surrounded by traces of ancient history and the mythical dimension bestowed upon it by the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The Romans founded the city in 49 B.C. and built

DURATION 06:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 127 AUD

On-board : 142 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
AM
Verona by bike and the Giusti Gardens

We'll leave by coach from Polesella for Verona. Discover Verona's main attractions and lesser-known sites as you pedal down medieval streets, along ancient city walls and through picturesque s

DURATION 06:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 140 AUD

On-board : 155 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
AM
Guided walking tour of Venice and the Doge's Palace

Meet up with your guide on board. The tour will begin with a historical and artistic introduction to Venice with St Mark's Square, after which you will be able to admire the exteriors of St Mark&#

DURATION 02:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 117 AUD

On-board : 130 AUD

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AM
Guided tour of Padua

Transfer by coach from Chioggia to Padua. Best known in Christianity as the Saint Antoine of Padua city, it is also famous for its art. Giotto (1267-1337, painter, sculptor and Italian architect) gift

DURATION 05:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 92 AUD

On-board : 0 AUD

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