Upon arrival, transfer to a luxury hotel for your FREE two night stay
During a tour of the city, visit II Duomo, a magnificent 14th century cathedral with one of the most spectacular Gothic façades in the world. Step inside with a local expert for a tour of the ravishing interior, before walking to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the oldest shopping mall in Europe. Continue onto Piazza della Scala, home to the internationally celebrated opera house before visiting the beautiful Renaissance church of Santa Maria delle Grazie for a sight you will never forget. Admire Da Vinci’s revolutionary work, The Last Supper or spend time exploring the area at your leisure
★FEATURED EXCURSION - Milan Highlights city tour
This morning, en route to Venice, you’ll stop in the literary hometown of Shakespeare’s famously star-crossed teen lovers, Romeo and Juliet, to see the sights and the famous balcony – yes, that balcony. Later, enjoy lunch at the historic Valpolicella wine estate owned by descendants of Dante, the great Italian poet who penned The Inferno.
Later, transfer to the port and embark the new luxurious S.S. La Venezia for your seven night all-inclusive river cruise during her maiden season
★FEATURED EXCURSION - Verona “City of Romeo and Juliet” and Valpolicella wine estate lunch
Explore iconic sites as well as quiet lanes and secret spots known only to locals with an expert guide. Also, on deck today: a scenic cruise around the Venetian Lagoon. Enjoy a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner
PLUS, enjoy a rare after-hours visit to St. Mark’s Basilica – exclusively for Uniworld guests
★FEATURED EXCURSION - A morning walk in Venice
Sail from Venice to Chioggia, through the lagoon, passing the huge ongoing flood-control project called MOSE, designed to protect Venice from rising seawater. Join a local expert for a stroll around the picturesque fishing village, a popular place for artists, or join a bike ride along the beaches lining the lagoon to enjoy the spectacular sweeping views or, take a small boat out to the lagoon to take part in a mussel harvest
★FEATURED EXCURSION - Enjoy a Chioggia walking discovery tour OR an exclusive guided “Let’s Go” bicycle tour of Chioggia’s beaches OR Chioggia mussel harvesting experience
Today spend a full day in Bologna or visit UNESCO designated Ferrara. If you have an appetite for pasta, head to Bologna - the heart of Italian cuisine. Or, indulge your appetite for art with an excursion to Ferrara, an ancient centre for the arts that once rivaled Medici Florence
★FEATURED EXCURSION - Exclusive pastamaking and Italian lunch in Bologna OR IN Ferrera: Renaissance, elegance and Italian lifestyle town discovery walk
Return to Chioggia to experience something completely different. Visit the village’s bustling once-a-week market – a colourful and boisterous scene, and quintessentially Italian
★FEATURED EXCURSION - Chioggia market visit
Visit three of the smaller islands that surround Venice – Burano, famous for its lace-makers and houses painted in eye-popping colours; Mazzorbo, where you’ll taste a historic golden-hued wine; and Torcello, home to beautiful Byzantine mosaics
★FEATURED EXCURSION - Magic Island Day: hidden treasures of the lagoon
Lovers of food and wine flock to Italy to immerse themselves in a true farm-to-table epicurean experience. Enjoy a walking tour to the famous fish and produce market next to the Rialto Bridge. Or, join an art historian for a highlights tour of the Accademia gallery. Tonight, enjoy a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner
★FEATURED EXCURSION - “Do as the Locals Do” Rialto Market visit or “Venetian Painters at the Accademia” tour with art historian guide
With a maze of canals threaded through the city and hints of history to be found on every corner, it’s easy to see why Venice is considered one of the most beautiful and charming destinations in the world.
* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.
The River Countess will undergo a complete design renovation and debut as S.S. La Venezia on March 27, 2020 bringing guests complete luxury while exploring Northern Italy. The redesign of S.S. La Venezia will be inspired by Venetian culture and feature four elegantly appointed suites, two dining venues, including an Italian kitchen on the upper deck, spa, library, lounge and bar.Ship info Deck plans