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Venice & The Gems of Northern Italy

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Venice & The Gems of Northern Italy

From £2,299 pp

Uncover the extraordinary hidden treasures of Venice and Northern Italy Soak up the enchantment of “The City of Water” and three outer-lying Venetian islands, Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Be treated to an exclusive evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica. Discover the charm of seaside Chioggia loved by fishermen and artists alike. Enjoy a multicourse lunch complete with wine pairings at a historic wine estate in Valpolicella. Explore medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus; “bountiful” Bologna; and UNESCO-designated Ferrara. Each of these enchanting locales is yours to uncover on the “Gems of Northern Italy.”

What’s Included:

  • An all-inclusive, boutique 7 night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the impressive SS La Venezia (remodelled for 2020)
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 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
  • 8 days 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
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Flights from the UK
Gondolas moored by Saint Mark square,-Venice
Day 1 - Venice (Embark)

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.

Day 1 - Venice (Embark)

Dinner

Day 2 - Venice

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.

Featured Excursions:

Exclusive evening opening of St. Mark’s Basilica Venice walking discovery tour A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 2 - Venice

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Chioggia

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.

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Chioggia walking discovery tour or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” bicycle tour of Chioggia’s beaches

Day 3 - Chioggia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

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?

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Full-day excursion to Bologna with exclusive pasta-making workshop and lunch Half-day excursion to Ferrara with lunch onboard  

Day 4 - Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Taglio di Po, Chioggia

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.

Featured Excursion:

Chioggia market visit with lunch onboard or Chioggia mussel harvesting experience You’ll sail back to Venice this evening.

Day 5 - Taglio di Po, Chioggia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Venice Islands (Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello)

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.

Featured Excursion:

Full-day “The Magical Islands of Venice”

Day 6 - Venice Islands (Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Venice

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.

Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour

Back when Venice was at the height of its power, only the Rialto Bridge spanned the Grand Canal—and the city’s famous Rialto markets for fish and produce have sprawled at its feet as long as the bridge has arched over the water. Here you’ll find violet artichokes from the nearby island of Sant’Erasmo, honey from the salt marshes, white asparagus from Giare—and Venetians shopping for their dinners in the historic heart of the city. Join them as you explore the colorful, noisy and fun arcades with your guide (the ship’s chef often leads this expedition), who knows Venice’s culinary arts intimately. Freshly caught local fish is sold to knowledgeable customers under the Gothic arches of the covered fish market, which was probably originally built in the 11th century. At the end of the tour, join your guide at a bacaro (a casual wine bar) for the Venetian version of happy hour, called ombra e cicchetti—a drink (often a glass of prosecco) with a bite of something delicious— perhaps crostini with salt cod spread or another Venetian fish specialty.

“Venetian Painters at the Accademia” tour with art historian guide

Join an art historian on an exclusive guided visit to the Academy. Probably the greatest collection of Venetian Renaissance paintings in the world, it includes works by Tiepolo, Veronese, Tintoretto, Bellini and Canaletto. There are more than 20 galleries, each one containing extraordinary masterpieces, with exhibits generally laid out in chronological order. There are far too many to see in a single visit; fortunately, your guide brings a specialist’s knowledge to the history of Venetian painting and will show you what was unique about Venetian art as it developed from the 14th through the 16th centuries. Note: Photography is not permitted inside the Academy, and large bags, especially backpacks, must be left in lockers. A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 7 - Venice

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Venice (Disembark)

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

Bfreakfast

Uniworld River Countess in Venice

The River Countess is a stunning, newly remodeled boutique cruise ship filled with light and colour and with all the hallmarks of quality and style, elegant muted shades of turquoise, cream, taupe and white accents create a luxurious and sophisticated decor for your unforgettable Italian adventure. The signature touches for which Uniworld has become known-inspiring original hand-selected art, classic furnishings, old world antiques, marble, and clever use of mirrors can be found in the various public areas along with different hues of green, brown, beige, and gold adorning the walls and floors throughout.

Uniworld River Countess Lobby

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 51 lavishly decorated outside staterooms many with French Balconies
  • 4 individually decorated suites with French Balconies
  • Sun deck with panoramic views
  • Il Castillo Lounge with full-service bar and dance floor
  • Sienna Salon Sky Lounge
  • Captain’s Lounge & Library
  • Elegant Savoy Restaurant
  • 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
  • Boutique*
  • 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. With 74 Lavishly decorated staterooms with french balconies or full outside balconies, and 7 suites all with full balconies.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets
  • Marble bathrooms with Asprey, Hermes or L’Occitane en Provence 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

River Countess Suite

214 ft² –  Marco Polo(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 Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Bottle of wine upon arrival
  • 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
Uniworld River Countess Cat 1

French Balcony Stateroom

151 ft² – Marco Polo (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, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers

 

Deluxe Staterooms

151 ft² – Casanova (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, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers
Uniworld River Countess Cat 2

Classic Staterooms

 151ft² – Tintoretto (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, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers
Uniworld River Countess Deck plan
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Mar 29SS La VeneziaVenice£3149Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£3149  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3649  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4349  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5649  
Apr 5SS La VeneziaVenice£3149Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£3149  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3649  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4349  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5649  
Apr 12SS La VeneziaVenice£2659Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2659  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3009  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3499  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5669  
Apr 19SS La VeneziaVenice£2799Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2799  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3149  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3639  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£6499  
Apr 26SS La VeneziaVenice£3149Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£3149  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3649  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4349  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5649  
May 3SS La VeneziaVenice£2999Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3499  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4199  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5499  
May 10SS La VeneziaVenice£2999Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3499  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4199  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5499  
May 17SS La VeneziaVenice£3549Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£3549  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£4049  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4749  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£6049  
May 24SS La VeneziaVenice£2999Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3499  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4199  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5499  
May 31SS La VeneziaVenice£2659Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2659  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3009  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3499  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£6299  
Jun 7SS La VeneziaVenice£3549Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£3549  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£4049  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4749  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£6049  
Jun 14SS La VeneziaVenice£2999Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3499  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4199  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5499  
Jun 21SS La VeneziaVenice£2999Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3499  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4199  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5499  
Jun 28SS La VeneziaVenice£2379Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2379  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£2729  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3219  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5309  
Jul 5SS La VeneziaVenice£2379Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2379  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£2729  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3219  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5899  
Jul 12SS La VeneziaVenice£2379Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2379  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£2729  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3219  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5309  
Jul 19SS La VeneziaVenice£2799Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2799  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3299  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3999  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5299  
Jul 26SS La VeneziaVenice£2379Save 30%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2379  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£2729  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3219  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£4129  
Aug 2SS La VeneziaVenice£2379Save 30%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2379  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£2729  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3219  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£4129  
Aug 9SS La VeneziaVenice£2379Save 30%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2379  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£2729  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3219  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£4129  
Aug 16SS La VeneziaVenice£2379Save 30%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2379  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£2729  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3219  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£4129  
Aug 23SS La VeneziaVenice£2299Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2299  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£2799  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3499  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£4799  
Aug 30SS La VeneziaVenice£2299Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2299  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£2799  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3499  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£4799  
Sep 6SS La VeneziaVenice£2999Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3499  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4199  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5499  
Sep 13SS La VeneziaVenice£2999Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3499  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4199  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5499  
Sep 20SS La VeneziaVenice£2999Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3499  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4199  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5499  
Sep 27SS La VeneziaVenice£2999Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3499  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4199  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5499  
Oct 4SS La VeneziaVenice£2999Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3499  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4199  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5499  
Oct 11SS La VeneziaVenice£2999Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3499  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£4199  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5499  
Oct 18SS La VeneziaVenice£2599Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2599  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3099  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3799  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5099  
Oct 25SS La VeneziaVenice£2599Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2599  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3099  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3799  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£5099  
Nov 1SS La VeneziaVenice£2399Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck151 ft², Fixed Windows£2399  
DeluxeMiddle Deck151 ft², Panoramic Windows£2899  
French BalconyUpper Deck151 ft², French Balcony£3599  
SuiteUpper Deck214 ft², French Balcony£4899  


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