Alex Polizzi joined readers in Florence earlier this year. Now here’s your chance to cruise the Venetian Lagoon with the popular TV presenter

With its glorious palaces, architecture and romantic canals flowing into a natural lagoon, Venice is somewhere that has to be visited. There's no better way to do so than on this cruise, which takes in Venice, Chioggia and the islands of Burano and Murano.

To make your trip unforgettable, you'll be joined by TV presenter Alex Polizzi, whose grandparents lived in Italy. When she was younger, she would spend summer holidays whizzing around Italy's islands on her grandfather's boat.

Alex will share memories, like this, as you take a trip to see the famous coloured glass of the lagoon islands of Burano and Murano together. Alex will also give an exclusive talk to you and your fellow travellers, before she answers your questions in a private Q&A session.

All your meals and drinks on board MS Michelangelo are included, as is your cocktail reception and gala welcome dinner. There are also tours of the Doge's Palace and its mysterious passageways and Piazza San Marco included, as well as an optional trip to the medieval city of Padua.

Meet the Hotel Inspector
You'll get the chance to meet Alex Polizzi, who is an expert on Italy. Alex feels a closeconnection to Venice, having explored the city on many occasions, including on her TV programme Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy. She will join you for tours of Burano and Murano, and deliver a talk about her life, career and love for the region.

Discover magnificent Venice
From Piazza San Marco to the Grand Canal and Bridge of Sighs, there's incredible architecture to admire. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to explore.

Sail on MS Michelangelo
With just 78 cabins, MS Michelangelo is the ideal ship on which to explore the Venetian Lagoon. It has a spacious sundeck, where you can watch scenery drift by and, each night, you'll be berthed on the waterfront at Riva dei Sette Martiri, a short walk from Piazza San Marco. The elegant upper deck restaurant also boasts panoramic views.

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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

  • Return flights from London Gatwick (flights from regional airports available**) and overseas transfers
  • Four-night small-ship cruise in the Venetian Lagoon
  • Gala dinner and welcome cocktail, and all meals with drinks on board

  • Visit the islands of Burano and Murano with Alex Polizzi, The Hotel Inspector

  • Hear a special talk and take part in an exclusive Q&A session with Alex

  • Discover the sights of Venice on a city tour
  • Activities and entertainment on board
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance

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 a double cabin. Subject to availability. Single supplement price £1,599pp. This reader offer will be promoted to readers of other select media brands. **Flights from regional airports may incur a surcharge.
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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 comfortably settling into your cabins, you will meet the crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. The evening in Venice is free to do as you please.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Venice
    Venice, Italy

    This morning, take part in our optional excursion for both packages: a guided tour of a handcraft manufactory of gondolas and masks. We'll cruise in the Lagoon. The afternoon and evening in Venice are free to do as you please. In the evening, Alex will deliver her talk and hold a Q&A session.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Venice, Burano and Murano
    Murano, Italy

    This morning, join Alex Polizzi on a tour of the lagoon islands of Burano and Murano.

    After lunch, you will have a choice of two excursions:

    CLASSIC: Guided tour of the Doge's palace and the Piazza San Marco.

    DISCOVERY: Following the footsteps of Casanova, tour of the Doge's palace and its mysterious passageways.

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

    We'll leave in the early morning towards Chioggia. This afternoon, join an optional excursion for both packages: a guided tour of Padua, town of St. Anthony of Padua. Return to the ship in Venice for a gala dinner this evening.

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

    Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9 am. You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight back 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 a double cabin. Subject to availability. Single supplement price £1,599pp. This reader offer will be promoted to readers of other select media brands. **Flights from regional airports may incur a surcharge.
Call now to book 08082396087
Quote ref: ALEX POLIZZI