A Venetian Christmas River Cruise
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Sail through the Venetian Lagoon and along the River Po and spend Christmas Day in Venice on this relaxing river cruise. Theres the chance to visit Padua, an option to explore the islands of Murano and Burano and if you wish, you can attend midnight Mass at St Marks Basilica in Venice.
DAYS 1 & 2 CHIOGGIA & PADUA
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as we cruise through the Venetian Lagoon to Chioggia as we enter the River Po. This afternoon, you can join our optional excursion to the old university town of Padua, which is teeming with a fascinating history. We’ll take a short walking tour and visit the magnificent Basilica of St Anthony, before returning to the ship where we cruise back to Venice.
DAY 3 CHRISTMAS EVE, MURANO & BURANO ISLANDS
This morning, why not join an optional excursion to Murano and Burano two of the most famous islands in the Venetian lagoon. Murano is renowned for its colourful hand-blown glass and we’ll watch a demonstration during our visit. Burano is a traditional town built around a canal network and is famed for its lace. You will find plenty of examples in the islands shops and theres free time to explore here before we return to the ship for lunch.
This afternoons optional excursion gives you a chance to discover two of Venices most iconic sites St Marks Square and the wonderful Doges Palace.
Back on board, well enjoy dinner and a special Christmas Eve celebration. Later, you can attend Midnight Mass at St Marks Basilica if you wish, and then well round off the evening with a glass of mulled wine.
DAY 4 CHRISTMAS DAY, VENICE
Its Christmas Day and youre free to relax and enjoy any surprises Father Christmas may have left for us. Christmas lunch with all the trimmings will be served on board and then you might want to head ashore for a stroll around Venice. What could be better than spending Christmas Day taking in famous sights such as the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs.
This evening well continue our celebrations with a gala dinner, dancing and entertainment.
DAY 5 BOXING DAY, VENICE UK
After breakfast, we will disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.