A very special trip aboard a luxury all-inclusive hotel barge cruising the Venetian Lagoon and the River Po Valley to Mantua and its lakes in Style and Elegance. Discover the Italian Renaissance by visiting Venice, Ferrara, Mantua but also enjoying fabulous landscapes and tasting the Italian Cousine and Wines. The cruise is guaranteed with a minimum of 12 passengers.
Sunday, Day 1 VENICE Guests are met at the designated pick up point in Venice on Sunday and transferred to La Bella Vita. A Prosecco welcome gives you a chance to meet the crew, followed by a late afternoon cruise along the Giudecca Canal where we admire some of the most famous monuments of Venice. Visit to the Doge’s Palace and dinner aboard, followed perhaps by an evening stroll to the magnificent St Mark’s square. We moor overnight in the Riva Sette Martiri by the Naval Museum.
Monday, Day 2 VENICE TO LIDO TO SAN PIETRO IN VOLTA Guided walking tour in Castello District, experiencing the unique atmosphere of this magical city and perhaps discovering some hidden parts of it. Visit of the Palladian Church of St. Peter and of the Naval Museum. After lunch, relax aboard or wander. In the late afternoon we cruise along the Lido to Pellestrina, for a special walk or biketour at sunset. Dinner and overnight aboard.
Tuesday, Day 3 SAN PIETRO IN VOLTA TO TAGLIO DI PO Morning cruise to the very ancient city of Chioggia for a visit to the city centre admiring the Cathedral, Piazzetta Vigo and to the colourful fresh fish market. Transfer to Porto Levante before cruising on the River Po. Passing through a nature reserve with flocks of flamingos and other wildlife, we travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17thC Villa Ca’ Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countes Guiccioli and wrote some of his best poetry. Overnight on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 TAGLIO DI PO TO ZELO Morning cruise leaving the Po River and entering the Canal Bianco to Adria for a walk to the city centre and the free visit of the Archeological Museum. After lunch, we visit the magnificient Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of 17thC Villa Widmann-Borletti for a private tasting of their renown estate grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Return to the barge, navigation to Zelo and … are you ready for a surprise on board?
Thursday, Day 5 ZELO TO GOVERNOLO Morning excursion with guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including a view of the 14thC Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges, marble balconies and we also see the cathedral façade with its sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. Return to the barge for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads from Trevenzuolo to Governolo for dinner and overnight aboard.
Friday, Day 6 GOVERNOLO TO MANTUA Our final cruise takes us to Mantua with its captivating lakeside setting. We will visit the 14th century Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens, courtyards, a museum, basilica, theatre and some 500 rooms. Free afternoon in the city of the Gonzaga’s Family. Captain’s Farewell Dinner aboard.
Saturday, Day 7 MANTUA After breakfast passengers disembark for the transfer back to Venice.
Accommodation Value Regular
Stateroom per person € 3.220,00 p.p. € 3.560,00 p.p.
Junior Suite per person € 3.885,00 p.p. € 4.320,00 p.p.
Single supplement € 1.235,00 p.p. € 1.425,00 p.p.
Departures 2019 (on Sunday)
March 24, 31 Value
April 07, 14 Value
April 21, 28 Regular
May 05, 12, 19, 26 Regular
June 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Regular
July 07, 14 Regular
July 21,28 Value
August 04 Value
August 11 Opera Cruise
August 18, 25 Value
September 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 Regular
October 06 Regular
October 13, 20 Value