Exclusive for MoS readers: Discover Venice with TV's Kevin McCloud

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Discover Venice with TV’s Kevin McCloud

The centuries-old canals and palaces of Venice have captivated generations of visitors, and on this incredible Italy experience you’ll cruise the islands of the Venetian lagoon before staying in stunning Lake Garda and heading home on the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

You’ll discover the Unesco World Heritage site, where gondolas replace cars and the canals are lined by elegant Renaissance palaces, in the company of designer and TV presenter Kevin McCloud, and also visit the beautiful surrounding islands of Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello.

You’ll be joined by Kevin on your tour of Venice’s famous Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi and he’ll give a talk on design and architecture on board your luxury Uniworld Super Ship. 

Iconic: The centuries-old canals and palaces of Venice have captivated generations of visitors

You’ll travel on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, enjoying a three-course lunch and four-course dinner


You will be joined by Kevin McCloud

Kevin McCloud is a designer, writer and television presenter. He has hosted Channel 4’s Grand Designs since its debut in April 1999 and has also fronted Grand Designs Abroad, Kevin McCloud: Slumming It, Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home and Kevin McCloud’s Escape To The Wild. He has written several books on design.

Gourmet meals and unlimited drinks are included, as well as a wide range of immersive, flexible and specially curated excursions to truly bring Venice and its islands to life. You’ll then spend two nights enjoying the natural beauty of Lake Garda before returning to the UK overnight aboard the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.


Meet Kevin McCloud: Kevin will give a talk, then answer questions in a Q&A session. The next day, he’ll board a water taxi with you on the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi. Venice will take your breath away. Join a tour of spots that are usually reserved for locals, visit the spectacular Doge’s Palace and enjoy St Mark’s Basilica after hours.

Sail in style: Uniworld is one of the world’s most prize-winning luxury river cruise lines. You’ll be sailing on one of the newest and most luxurious cruise ships in Italy, SS La Venezia, which has been inspired by Venetian culture and offers a choice of three dining venues.

Travel on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Board the iconic train and step back in time, enjoying a three-course lunch and four-course dinner in the restaurant cars.

Explore the Veneto: You’ll also see the waterfront shops, colourful facades and peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. And you’ll stop at Chioggia, a charming port loved by fishermen and sometimes called ‘Little Venice’.

Peace of mind: Uniworld is Abta-bonded and your trip is Atol-protected, so you can book with confidence, as it is 100 per cent protected.


  • Flight from UK airports to Venice.
  • Seven nights’ all-inclusive Uniworld cruise on brand-new super-ship SS La Venezia in a Riverview Stateroom.
  • All meals on board, using high-quality local ingredients.
  • Exclusive talk and Q&A with Kevin McCloud.
  • Private tour of Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi with Kevin.
  • Three nights’ accommodation in a premium hotel at Lake Garda.
  • One night on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, plus lunch, dinner, breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea.
  • Six days of immersive, flexible and specially curated excursions to truly bring Venice and its islands to life. Full itinerary available online.
  • All international transfers and gratuities, both on board and on shore. 


DAY 1 Arrive in Venice and board SS La Venezia DAY 2 Explore Venice, after-hours tour of St Mark’s Basilica DAY 3 Chioggia or Padua DAY 4 Polesella for Bologna or Ferrara DAY 5 Porto Viro, Chioggia, Burano DAY 6 Venice islands and Kevin McCloud talk and Q&A DAY 7 Venice with Kevin and farewell gala dinner DAY 8 Disembark and transfer to Lake Garda DAY 9 Lake Garda DAY 10 Lake Garda DAY 11 Board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express DAY 12 Arrive in London


The price: From £4,999pp* for 12 days. The dates: August 29 to September 9, 2021.

Call 0808 239 4750 quoting ref MOS KEVIN McCLOUD. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/kevinmccloud.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: * Price shown includes all relevant discounts. Prices correct at time of going to press. Based on twin/double share, single supplement applies. Timings of Kevin’s events are subject to change and there may be slight alterations to the itinerary due to operational restrictions. This trip is Abta-bonded and Atol-protected. For full T&Cs, visit mailtravel.co.uk/kevinmccloudvenice. 

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