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Milan, Venice & The Gems of Northern Italy

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Uncover the enchanted beauty and breathtaking history of Venice and Northern Italy.

Begin your journey in stunning Milan and disembark in romantic Venice. These two legendary cities (Milan—home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and Venice—the “Queen of the Adriatic”) will bookend unforgettable experiences set along Northern Italy’s exquisite coastline. Travel from dynamic Milan to romantic Venice and treat yourself to a private evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica. Depart the enchanting “City of Water” to explore the waterfront shops, colorful facades and peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Farther south, discover Chioggia—a charming southern port loved by fishermen, artists and anyone looking for unique gifts or souvenirs. Head inland to enjoy a multicourse lunch, complete with decadent wine pairings, at a historic wine estate in the vineyards of Valpolicella. Enjoy additional shopping time in “bountiful” Bologna and medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus. Your “Gems of Northern Italy” venture wouldn’t be complete without a visit to UNESCO-designated Ferrara and Verona, the famed city of Romeo and Juliet.

Note: To maximize your Venetian experience, plan to walk by foot whenever possible and avoid taking water-based transportation, which is slower, less-efficient and often costly.

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights in Milan at the Rosa Grand (or similar) with Breakfast
  • An all-inclusive, boutique 7 night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the impressive SS La Venezia (new for 2020)
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • Wide selection of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Flights from the UK & overseas transfers
Day 1- Milan

Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport.

If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Rosa Grand hotel.

Day 2- Milan

Milan is a mecca for Italian fashionistas, famous for its innovative design and stylish flair. Venture inside the city’s hulking Gothic cathedral, as well as its cathedral to capitalism, Europe’s oldest shopping arcade.

The highlight today is da Vinci’s revolutionary “The Last Supper” mural.

Featured Excursion: Milan highlights city tour – Your hotel is in the heart of the city, so it’s easy to see the highlights of the neighborhood on a short, guided walk.

Il Duomo, the magnificent cathedral, was born in the 14th century yet finished 500 years later. The last part to be finished, one of its five great doors, wasn’t installed until 1965 and offers one of the most spectacular Gothic façades in the world. Step inside with a local expert for a tour of the ravishing interior, then walk across the square and under the splendid triumphal arch that welcomes visitors and shoppers into the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.

Day 2- Milan

Breakfast

Day 3 - Milan (verona/Valpolicella), Transfer to Venice

En route to Venice, you’ll stop in the literary hometown of Shakespeare’s famously star-crossed teen lovers to see the sights. #

Later, enjoy lunch at a historic wine estate owned by descendants of Dante and learn about one of the most unique Italian wines, Amarone di Valpolicella.

Featured Excursions:

Verona, “City of Romeo and Juliet” Discover the real roots of Shakespeare’s tragic tale with a visit to the fair city of Verona. The Scaligeri family ruled the city for two centuries, routinely murdering one another to gain power; an echo of these savage family feuds found their way into the Bard’s tragedy.

Day 3 - Milan (verona/Valpolicella), Transfer to Venice

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 - Venice

With your early morning arrival at Doge’s Palace, you’ll be able to marvel at the estate in total peace.

Wander through a Venetian neighborhood and experience daily life in a typical Venetian residential quarter.

Later in the evening, cap the day off with a private once-in-a-lifetime experience at an after-hours lighting ceremony inside St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds.

Day 4 - Venice

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Venice & Chioggia

Choose between Venice or medieval Padua, home to Italy’s second oldest university, for your walking tour today.

Or pick one of several exciting ways to see Chioggia: sailing through the lagoon, harvesting mussels on a bragozzo ride or biking through this authentic fishing town. Choice of Venice walking tour or Padua walking tour or Po Delta sailing or “Let’s Go” biking Chioggia with Ca’zen visit and tasting or Bragozzo ride with Ca’zen visit and tasting

Generations Excursion: Bike the beach This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

IMPORTANT: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. Therefore, our guests must disembark the ship and partake in the featured excursions.

Day 5 - Venice & Chioggia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

Explore Italy’s culinary capital Bologna on a full-day tour packed with an exclusive pasta-making workshop and lunch or explore Ferrara on a half-day tour.

Choice of Private pasta-making and Italian lunch in Bologna or Ferrara

Private pasta-making and Italian lunch in Bologna

Renaissance, elegance and Italian lifestyle town walk There are those who believe that the best tortellini in the world is made in Bologna. Taste and decide for yourself today.

Of course, there’s Bolognese sauce, but that’s just one possible topping for the exceptional pasta available here. Locals also claim to have invented the first chocolate bars, and even if others dispute that claim, there’s no denying that the chocolate shops offer some very special treats.

Day 6 - Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Porto Viro, Chioggia & Burano

Today, you’ll admire the greatest sites of charming and coastal Chioggia. Enjoy a stop at the local and lively market.

Featured Excursions: Chioggia market visit

Chioggia is the quintessential Venetian Lagoon fishing village. Founded in the fifth century, it was known as the pantry of Venice because of its many small truck farms, which supplied Venetian households with produce until just a few decades ago. It is still a thriving fishing port; its wholesale fish market is one of the largest in Italy. On Thursdays, Chioggia also hosts Corso del Popolo—a dynamic outdoor market along its main thoroughfare where stands sell everything from clothes, shoes, purses, gadgets and “every-day” domestic items.

Locals usually do their shopping here as prices are more affordable than retail shopping.

Evening stroll in Burano.

Day 7 - Porto Viro, Chioggia & Burano

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Venice Islands (Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello)

Spend the day exploring the northern lagoon of Venice and three of its captivating islands.

Explore a basilica with an art historian in Torcello.

While on Mazzorbo, be treated to a very special wine tasting from a saltwater-tolerant heirloom grape, Dorona, which has been planted here to yield a luscious golden wine.

Stroll through Burano’s rainbow of colorful homes and visit a lace-making atelier.

Day 8 - Venice Islands (Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Venice

As your water taxi glides past narrow side canals and the Canal Grande, you’ll arrive in style at the Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi.

The iconic stone arch bridge sits at the narrowest point of the Canal Grande and holds numerous shops and restaurants.

Today, you’ll also be able to enjoy a tour of the Accademia Gallery with an art-historian guide or embark on a “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour.

 

Day 9 - Venice

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10- Venice (Disembark)

Disembark the ship. You will be transferred to Venice Marco Polo International Airport for your flight home.

Breakfast

Uniworld - SS La Venezia - Exterior (2)

SS La Venezia

The River Countess underwent a complete design renovation in 2020, debuting as the S.S. La Venezia to bring guests an enhanced luxury experience inspired by Northern Italy. The redesign of the S.S. La Venezia drew influence from the fine Fortuny fabrics displayed prominently onboard. Murano glass, gilded accents and artistic etched elements pay homage to popular Venetian aesthetics of the early 20th century, creating an onboard atmosphere that is at once elegant and nostalgic.

  • 57 lavishly decorated outside staterooms many with French balconies
  • 4 individually decorated suites with French Balconies
  • 2 opulent Grand suites with separate Bedroom and living areas
  • Sun deck with panoramic views and Lido
  • Multiple dining venues including Ristorante Rialto, Cielos & La Cantinetta
  • Hari’s Bar and panoramic lounge
  • Captain’s Lounge & Library
  • Fitness center & Serenity River Spa
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Elevator
  • Guest laundry & ironing room

World Class Staterooms

After one night in your magnificent riverview stateroom, you’ll understand why sailing with Uniworld is truly the best way to see the world. Rated Top Cabins by Zagat Survey®, your elegantly appointed boutique stateroom comes standard with Uniworld – as does the ever-changing breathtaking river scenery.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets
  • Marble bathrooms with Asprey bath and body products
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Generous built-in closets
  • Plush Christy towels
  • Backlit magnifying mirror
  • Cosy waffle bathrobes & slippers
  • Towel warmers

Grand Suite

302 ft² –  Murano (Upper) Deck

  • French balconies (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, separate shower and bathtub, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers
  • In-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack
  • Fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service

Note: Sofa may be converted into a bed for triple occupancy

Suite

214 ft² –  Murano (Upper) Deck

  • French balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • In-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack
  • Fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service

Note: Suite 410 may be interconnecting with French balcony stateroom 408

French Balcony Stateroom

151 ft² – Murano (Upper) Deck

  • French Balcony (floor to ceiling sliding glass doors)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Deluxe Staterooms

151 ft² – Burano (Middle) Deck

  • Panoramic picture window (does not open)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Note: Staterooms 201 to 212 have slightly smaller split panormaic windows.

Classic Staterooms

 151ft² – Torcello (Lower) Deck

  • High level window (does not open)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Note: Image is prior to renoovation, decor may vary.

Uniworld SS La Venezia - Deck Plan

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