CroisiEurope, Europe’s largest river cruise operator, has launched two brand new Italian cruises focusing on art and opera with savings of £240 per person if booked by 30th April 2024 as well as free entry to the Biennale Arte exhibition in Venice and an unforgettable evening of opera in Verona.

Venetian Artwork in the Heart of Veneto

This five-night cruise onboard the 154-guest MS Michelangelo is round-trip from Venice with calls in Mazzorbo, Burano, Chioggia and Vicenza.

A number of excursions are included within the cost of the cruise including:

  • La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, one of the most important museums in Venice for lovers of Venetian art. Discover paintings by some of the great Venetian masters such as Tintoretto, Titian and Palma il Giovane as well as captivating frescoes from the Venetian Renaissance.
  • The Basilica di Santa Maria , the second largest church in Venice with its stunning stained glass windows and numerous paintings including The Pesaro Madonna by Titian.
  • A classical music concert in the deconsecrated Chiesa di San Vidal which houses a collection of historical musical instruments and is renowned for its artworks by Sebastiano Ricci and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta.
  • Burano and its Lace Museum to discover the history and techniques of the art of lace making thanks to a collection of more than 200 pieces made between the 16th and 20th centuries.
  • Vicenza, which is renowned for its elegant buildings designed by the 16th century architect Andrea Palladio including the Palladian Basilica and the Palazzo Chiericati which is now home to an art gallery. Take in the beautiful façade of the Teatro Olimpico which opened in 1585 and contains the oldest existing stage set. The theatre was the final design by Andrea Palladio and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Teatro La Fenice, a legendary opera house in Venice which was restored to its former glory in 2003.This is a true feast for the eyes with opulent interiors featuring luxurious red and gold décor, ornate chandeliers and plush velvet seats and beautifully painted walls and ceilings.
CroisiEuropes' MS Michelangelo
CroisiEuropes’ MS Michelangelo

With free time in Venice on day 5 of the cruise, guests can take advantage of an exclusive offer of free entry to the 60th Biennale Arte exhibition celebrating innovation and contemporary artistic expression.

With the theme ‘Foreigners Everywhere’, the exhibition’s primary focus is artists who are themselves foreigners, immigrants, expatriates, diasporic, immigrants, exiled or refugees with a focus on migration and decolonization.

There are four departures on 15th July and 4th, 19th and 29th August with prices from £1,034 per person which includes a £240 per person saving if booked by 30th April 2024.

Price includes all meals and drinks, excursions, entry to the Biennale Arte exhibition, port fees and repatriation insurance.

La Dolce Vita Through the Heart of the Serenissima

This five-night cruise onboard the 154-guest MS Michelangelo is round-trip from Venice with calls in Mazzorbo, Burano and Chioggia. Highlights include:

  • The Doge’s Palace, formerly the Doge’s residence and the seat of the Venetian government, the palace is the very symbol of Venice and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Admire the paintings of Tintoretto and Veronese and walk through the Grand Council Chamber to enjoy fantastic views from the balcony.
  • Discover Venetian craftsmanship on visits to a gondola workshop and a workshop producing handmade Carnival masks.
  • Wine tasting at the Venissa Vineyard which has withstood the salt and high flood waters for centuries, giving life to a wine with one-of-a-kind characteristics found nowhere else in the world.
  • A tour of Padua including the Church of Saint Anthony, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Frutti and the Piazza dei Signei.
  • Villa Pisani or Villa Foscari, both of which reflect the glorious history of Venice.
  • San Marco Basilica, a Byzantine masterpiece and one of the most important churches in Venice.
  • A gourmet tour of Venice taking in bustling markets and the distinctive Cannaregio area before finishing in a traditional osteria to sample cicchetti, small dishes typically served in Venice.

During free time in Venice on either day 2 or day 5 of the cruise guests can attend a unique evening of opera at the famous open air Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheatre that could once accommodate 30,000 spectators. Performances of The Barber of Seville and Aida are available depending on cruise departure date.

There are five departures on 5th, 10th and 20th July and 9th and 14th August with prices from £897 per person which includes a £240 per person saving if booked by 30th April 2024.

Price includes all meals and drinks, opera performance at the Verona Arena, port fees and repatriation insurance.

For reservations and further information call CroisiEurope on 01756 691269 or visit www.croisieurope.co.uk

Source: Kate Selley PR

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