Milan and the Magic of the Venice Carnival Cruise 2020

The Venetian Lagoon | Italy,

6 days
per person
  • Milan
  • Venice Canal
  • Venice
  • Venice Carnival at Dusk
  • Venice
  • Venice Carnival
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Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

Milan and the Magic of the Venice Carnival Cruise

From Venetian masks to masquerade balls, no place in Italy does ‘Carnevale’ like Venice! This tour is a fantastic opportunity to explore the cosmopolitan city of Milan before travelling to Venice and joining in one of Italy’s biggest celebrations. From our floating hotel, the MS Michelangelo, we’ll enjoy the fabulous beauty of the Venetian Lagoon. There are also some fantastic optional excursions taking in great Venetian traditions, visiting the popular lagoon islands and Padua, a city rich in history and art. All the while we’ll experience the magic of Carnevale, soaking up the enchanting atmosphere of the city as it becomes the unique stage to an endless parade of 18th century-style masks and colourful costumes.

Day 1: London – Milan
We’ll take the Eurostar service from London to Paris before continuing on the TGV to Milan. Here we check-in to our hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Milan – Venice
After a leisurely breakfast we’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Milan. The city, which is internationally famous for fashion and design, is a mix of modern skyscrapers and historical architecture. The 15th century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is one of the highlights and the beautiful Italian Gothic-style Duomo di Milano, which took over 600 years to complete, is truly monumental. We then travel by train from Milan to Venice and board the MS Michelangelo. A welcome cocktail will be served before dinner on board this evening.

Day 3: Venice, Burano & Murano
There’s no doubting the beauty of Venice and today you may choose to join our optional excursion to discover this ‘floating city’. Probably one of the most beautiful squares in the world, Piazza San Marco, or St Mark’s Square, is graced by the magnificent 11th century Byzantine Basilica di San Marco and the soaring Campanile di San Marco. We’ll continue with a visit to the Palazzo Ducale. Known as the Doge’s Palace, this masterpiece of Gothic architecture was the former residence of the powerful Doges, who once ruled the Venetian Empire. This afternoon we’ll enjoy fabulous views of this island city as we cruise through the Venetian lagoon. There’s a second optional excursion taking you to the islands of Murano known for its long tradition of glass making, and picturesque Burano known for its colourful fishermen’s houses and delicate Burano lace.

Day 4: Venice Carnival
Today’s optional excursion uncovers the secrets of the gondolas and masquerade masks synonymous with Venice. Visit a gondola workshop and learn the secrets of this art directly from master artisans. In the 16th century, the heyday of the gondola, more than 10,000 of these elegant boats graced the city’s canals. Today only 350 remain and the coveted profession of gondolier is passed down from father to son. We then visit a Venetian Carnival mask-making workshop. Every mask is individually crafted by hand, and touches of fantasy and creativity are the features that make each unique. The afternoon and evening will be at leisure, so it’s the perfect opportunity for you to find your own traditional mask before joining the masquerade and soaking up the atmosphere of the Carnevale celebrations.

Day 5: Venice – Chioggia – Padua
Relax as we cruise to Chioggia where there’s an opportunity to join today’s optional excursion to Padua, which, from its Roman beginnings, was one of Italy’s wealthiest cities. Our guided tour shows us the popular Prato della Valle with its statue-lined waterway, elegant Neoclassical Loggia Amulea, and palaces dating from the 14th to 18th centuries. The immense Basilica di Sant’Antonio is a fantastic mix of Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine features. Inside we’ll see notable artworks from some of Italy’s finest artists drawn to Padua in the 14th century. Admire the Renaissance grandeur as we walk through the three squares at the heart of Padua’s old city and see the Torre Dell’Orologio with its astronomical clock dating back to 1344. There’s time at leisure for you to discover more of this delightful city before we return to our ship and cruise back to Venice for a final night on board and memorable Gala Dinner.

Day 6: Venice – London
Today we bid farewell to our Captain and crew before transferring to the airport for our flight from Venice back to London.


Hotel Brianteo, Milan

Situated in Burago di Molgora; a peaceful little province of Monza, the 4* Hotel Brianteo is nestled just north of Milan. Surrounded by trees and offering spa services, this hotel makes for the perfect retreat to relax before or after a busy day of sightseeing. The bar serves up refreshing drinks including cocktails, and the restaurant offers a buffet-style breakfast with plenty of pastries. The bedrooms are all decorated in a modern style with light tones giving them an airy feel. You’ll find an en suite and facilities like a hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, telephone, TV with Sky gold, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning.


Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Milan

Discover the floating city of Venice

Visit a gondola workshop and learn the secrets of this art directly from master artisans.

Discover Chioggia and join an optional excursion to Padua


We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Eurostar from London St Pancras, returning by Air

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.


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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

At a glance

Length: 6 days

From: Milan

Ends: Venice

Travel options available:

  • Eurostar from London St Pancras, returning by Air
6 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Four nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Three visits included to Milan, Venice and Chioggia
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Drinks with meals on board (excluding Champagne and selected wines)
  • Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Connecting rail journeys in Italy
  • One night bed and breakfast in Milan
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager


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