RR60700
Uncover the extraordinary hidden treasures of Venice & Northern Italy
DETAILS
Starting fromR60 700
Package ValiditySelected departure dates: 30 JUN 2017, 07 & 28 JUL 2017 & 04 AUG 2017.  *** Book & pay 90 days prior tp departure ***
Duration9 nights
DestinationItaly
Starts inMilan
Ends inVenice

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- All transfers on arrival & departure days
- 2 nights accommodation at the Starhotel Rosa Grand (or similar) in Milan
- 7 nights cruise accommodation in a riverview stateroom on-board the River Countess
- Breakast daily with selected lunches & dinners
- All dining & unlimited beverages on-board the cruise including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea & bottled water
- Captains Welcome & Farewell Receptions
- Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinners
- Visit to 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- 8 excursions including "Choice is Yours" options
- Guided "Do as the Locals Do" & "Gentle Walking" programs
- Assistance of an English-speaking local expert & experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- On-board local entertainment
- Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "La Serenissima: The Lagoon of Venice"
- Exclusive Generations Family programme on slected summer departures
- Exciting shore excursions tailor-made for families and hosted by local experts
- Two dedicated Family Hosts to oversee all activities for young travellers
- On-board activities & amenities just for kids, including a game room, film nights, live the lingo in various languages, dessert making workshops, young travellers menu & more.
- Port charges & taxes

 

** Child ages 4 - 18 years old travelling with an adult starting at approx. R34850 per child, please enquiry with your Travel agent about the room configuration

 

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Milan

Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

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Milan

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Milan city tour with visit to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper

Milan, known the world over for its high-end fashion & dazzling bounty of artistic landmarks, provides the perfect starting point for your Italian adventure. Admire the grand Gothic Duomo in the heart of the city centre and then come face-to-face with Leonardo da Vinci’s magnificent fresco, The Last Supper, housed at the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent.

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Milan, Verona (Valpolicella), Venice

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Verona, “City of Romeo and Juliet,” & exclusive Valpolicella wine estate lunch

En route to Venice, stop in Verona—home to Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet. From Verona, journey on to an exclusive wine tasting & multicourse lunch at the Serego Alighieri estate, which belongs to descendants of Dante Alighieri, one of Italy’s most famous poets. Once in magical Venice, board the River Countess where you’ll begin your exploration of the “Queen of the Adriatic.”

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Venice

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Venice walking discovery tour, Murano glassmaking, a time-honored Venetian tradition, & exclusive evening opening of St. Mark’s Basilica

Wind through Venice’s labyrinthine back lanes as you get an up-close view of the city’s residential heart as well as such legendary locations as the Doge’s Palace & the Rialto Bridge. Be treated to a Murano glassmaking demonstration at Arti Veneziane alla Giudecca Glass Factory, where a skilled glassmaker demonstrates the timeless art of turning liquid silica into priceless figures. Cap the day off with an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience at an after-hours lighting ceremony inside St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds. Return to the ship for a Captain’s Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner. Note: It is not always possible to arrange after-hours visits to St. Mark’s Basilica. If religious functions or festivities are taking place in the evening, we will visit during regular hours.

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Chioggia (Padua)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Padua walking discovery tour OR Chioggia walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bike tour of Chioggia’s beaches

Admire the magnificent views of “The Floating City’s” greatest sights, including the Grand Canal, as your ship departs Venice & sails the lagoon for Chioggia. For those who wish to travel further back in time, an exploration of one of the oldest cities in Northern Italy, Padua, is the perfect choice. This medieval walled city is home to Italy’s second-oldest university, established in 1222, with frescoes by Giotto in its Scrovegni Chapel & the vast 13th-century Basilica of St. Anthony, a pilgrimage site. Or if you prefer to discover Chioggia, often referred to as “Little Venice,” you can do so with a discovery tour; for those who wish for a more active day, you can bicycle along the beaches of Chioggia.

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Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full day excursion to Bologna with exclusive pasta-making workshop with lunch OR half day excursion to Ferrara with lunch on-board

Bologna is a food lover’s paradise with unmatched specialty food stores & halls featuring locally made mortadella, handmade tortellini, luscious balsamic vinegar from nearby Modena, ham from Parma & great rounds of Parmesan cheese. Participate in a pasta-making workshop & then enjoy lunch at one of Bologna’s most celebrated restaurants. For lovers of art, spend a half day in Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site & a hidden Renaissance treasure, with a long history of art founded on the sponsorship of the noble Renaissance family of d’Este.

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Taglio di Po, Chioggia

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Chioggia with choice of market visit with lunch on-board OR mussel harvesting experience

There’s no better place to indulge in Italy’s famed frutti di mare than Chioggia, a colorful fishing village on the Venice Lagoon. Stroll through the town’s bustling fish market with a guide. Or head via small boat to a casone (fisherman's hut on stilts in the middle of the lagoon) to experience how local fisherman harvest mussels.

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Venice Islands (Burano, Mazzorbo & Torcello), Venice

Full day “The Magical Islands of Venice”—colorful Burano with lace-making, peaceful Mazzorbo with wine tasting & Torcello with its Byzantine mosaics
Spend the day exploring the Venice Lagoon & three of its entrancing islands. Stroll through Burano with its rainbow of colorful homes, & visit a lace-making atelier. While on Mazzorbo, be treated to a very special wine tasting from a salt-water-tolerant heirloom grape, Dorona, which has been planted here to yield a luscious golden wine. Before heading back to Venice, visit Torcello, home to spectacular Byzantine mosaics depicting the Last Judgment in the seventh-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell’Assunta.

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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

Get a feel for daily life in Venice with a guided stroll through the bustling Rialto Market, or tour the renowned Accademia Gallery with an art historian. Celebrate your last night on-board at the Captain’s Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner.

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Venice (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship & transfer to Venice Marco Polo International Airport for your flight home.

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