8D Venice and Gems of Northern Italy - Uniworld

Venice, Chioggia, Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara), Taglio di Po, Chioggia, Venice Islands (Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello)

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Save up to US$1600 + Onboard Credit US$200 per couple

Uncover the extraordinary hidden treasures of Venice and Northern Italy
Encounter unforgettable sights on this odyssey through Northern Italy that begins in Milan, home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and ends in legendary Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic.” These two iconic cities bookend an exploration of Northern Italy that rewards the curious traveller with amazing experiences in Verona, Padua, Bologna and Ferrara.

Cruise Ship

River Countess

Departure Dates

2019
Nov
3

From

US$1799

  • Promotions: Save up to US$1600 + Onboard Credit US$200 per couple
  • Applicable for new booking only.Prices exclude port charges of US$170. Complimentary Ship Board Credit US$100 per person for selected sailing dates only. Non-refundable deposit US$1,000 per person is required upon booking. Different sailing date on same itinerary discount may be differ. All promotion are not combinable and subject to availability. Offer does not apply to Solo Traveller. Single supplement applies. All information are correct at time of print and subject to change without prior notice.

Day 01 - Venice

Arrive at Venice Marco Polo International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening on the Venetian Lagoon

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Day 02 - Venice

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Venice walking discovery tour and Exclusive evening opening of St. Mark’s Basilica If ever there was a city that could be described as “bewitching” and “ethereal,” Venice is it. An expert guide will show you iconic sites as well as quiet lanes and secret spots known only to locals (shhhh….). Also on deck today: a scenic cruise around the Venetian Lagoon and an experience that’s sure to be a highlight of your trip—an extremely rare after-hours visit to St. Mark’s Basilica. Hoping to escape marauding Huns, Goths and Vandals as the Roman Empire collapsed in the fifth century, refugees built a little settlement they called Venice on tiny islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. By the 12th century, Venice was the wealthiest and most powerful city-state in Europe, controlling the Mediterranean and all European trade with the East. Its merchant-aristocrats lavished their wealth on palaces and churches, art and music, creating a city that is truly like no other. Now, seawater laps at the foot of thousand-year-old houses— and sometimes rises above the doorsteps—but the glorious palaces and romantic canals enchant visitors just as they have for centuries. Today you will embark on your own personal voyage of discovery through this entrancing city. A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

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Day 03 - Chioggia

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Chioggia walking discovery tour or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” bicycle tour of Chioggia’s beaches Join a local expert for a stroll around this picturesque fishing village, a popular place for artists, or “Go Active” with a bike ride along the beaches lining the lagoon. The seaside air and sweeping views are simply spectacular. The River Countess sails from Venice, cruising through the lagoon, past the Lido, the colorful fishermen’s houses of Pellestrina and the huge ongoing flood-control project called MOSE (which is designed to protect Venice from rising seawater), before docking in Chioggia, sometimes called “Little Venice,” at the southern end of the lagoon.Special attention to: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. We thank you for your cooperation.

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Day 04 - Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Venice walking discovery tour and Exclusive evening opening of St. Mark’s Basilica Bologna or Ferrara? Let your passions be your guide today. If you have an appetite for pasta, head to Bologna—the heart of Italian culinary traditions—and learn how to make (and eat!) your own lunch. Or indulge your appetite for art with an excursion to Ferrara, an ancient center for the arts that once rivaled Medici Florence. Today you face a tough decision: Do you spend a full day in Bologna, the culinary capital of Northern Italy, or visit UNESCO-designated Ferrara, a beautifully preserved Renaissance city?

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Day 05 - Taglio di Po, Chioggia

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Chioggia market visit with lunch onboard or Chioggia mussel harvesting experience Chioggia is such a delight that we’ll return there today to experience something completely different. You can visit the village’s bustling once-a-week market—a colorful and boisterous scene, and quintessentially Italian—or for something really unique, hop aboard a small boat to go mussel harvesting with local fishermen out in the lagoon. Dip into a lively local scene with a stroll through Chioggia, or, if weather permits, take a small boat out to the lagoon to take part in a mussel harvest.Special attention to: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. We thank you for your cooperation.

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Day 06 - Venice Islands (Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Full-day “The Magical Islands of Venice” Venice is an island surrounded by hundreds of smaller islands, three of which you’ll visit today—Burano, famous for its lace-makers and houses painted in eye-popping colors; Mazzorbo, where you’ll taste a historic golden-hued wine; and Torcello, home to beautiful Byzantine mosaics.

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Day 7-8 - Venice

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour or “Venetian Painters at the Accademia” tour with art historian guide Lovers of food and wine flock to Italy to immerse themselves in a true farm-to-table epicurean experience. If that sounds like you, you’ll love today’s walking tour to the famous fish and produce market next to the Rialto Bridge. Prefer a more visual feast? Join an art historian for a highlights tour of the Accademia gallery. Further your acquaintance with the city called the “Queen of the Adriatic” with a tour of its marvelous food markets (your ship’s chef might just lead your expedition) or take a tour of the stunning Academy museum. A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening. Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Venice Marco Polo International Airport for your flight home.

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  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages and all meals onboard 
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • All gratuities, oth onboard and onshore
  • All scheduled airport transfers on arrival and departure days
  • English-speaking local expert
  • Free Internet and WIFI acess