The Lagoon: Venice and its most ancient islands

The Venetian lagoon is a unique environment in the world. its landscape, architecture and artistic heritage tell about the close contact which Venetians have established with their natural habitat, making it a place of unparalleled attraction.

Having reached the mainland to defend themselves against incursions from the Barbarians, over the centuries the inhabitants of the lagoon have built an enchanted city, like lace made of water, stones and wood.

Venice lies on a group of islets separated by canals, which – seen from above – creates the shape of a fish. The quiet waters of the lagoon also include a myriad islands, lovely and colourful, some of them famous others less, but all of them with a history to discover: the island of Murano and its glassmakers, Burano with the ancient lace school and the bright colours of its houses, last but not least Torcello, one of the most ancient and wealthy settlements in the lagoon. After visiting the lagoon, it is well worth enjoying a stroll along the calli in Venice and a special breakfast at Caffè Florian.

Finally, a guided tour of the ancient La Fenice Theatre, which has seen plenty of legendary musical performances, as well as business deals and love affairs in its galleries. Its name, Fenice, reminds us of the mythical bird rising from its ashes, like the theatre which – in spite of the two fires over the centuries – has always returned to its splendour and to be the centre of the social and cultural life of the city on the lagoon, as well as being one of the most beautiful theatres worldwide. Venice also hosts many internationally acclaimed cultural events. The Biennale Foundation organises events for Arts, Architecture, Theatre, and the Mostra Internazionale del Cinema. All of them bring artists and celebrities to the city on the lagoon.

This cruise is available in the months of March, April, May, June, September, October and November.

Programme (All-inclusive)*:

Friday or Tuesday:
5 pm – Check-in at Marina di Sant’Elena, a short walk from the Biennale Gardens
7.30 pm – Dinner in a typical Venetian restaurant
Saturday or Wednesday:
8 am – Breakfast on board
9 am – Murano: visit to the island and a glassmaker’s workshop
12.30 pm – Lunch in Murano
2.30 pm – Departure for Burano
3 pm – Visit to Burano and the Lace museum

5 pm – Departure for Torcello and short visit to the island

6.30 pm – Departure for Venice. Arrival at sunset
7 pm – Drinks and buffet dinner on board
Sunday or Thursday:
Visit to the city and La Fenice Theatre
8.30 am - “Casanova breakfast” at Caffè Florian
10 am – Visit to the Fenice Theatre, time of the visit: 45 minutes
11.30 am – Stroll along the calli to discover Venice
6.30 pm – Check-out
It is possible to arrange one extra night on request.
*This package includes:

  • Overnight stays on board, bedlinen and towels
  • Admission and visits to museums
  • Food and beverages throughout the trip (one bottle of wine for four people per meal)
  • Unlimited coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • Ferry tickets
  • Skipper

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