Visit Lake Maggiore & Lake Garda before cruising the Venitian Lagoon and Po River in luxurious style aboard Uniworld's sumptuous River Countess.
Indulge yourself in the rich culture and iconic sights of Italy, beginning with a relaxing stay on the shores of the delightful Lake Maggiore, with three nights at the 4★ Grand Hotel Majestic. Then embark Uniworld's luxurious River Countess in the magical city of Venice where you'll cruise the storied Grand Canal, pause at the Bridge of Sighs, and follow in the footsteps of the doges through their historic palace.
Discover the glorious, surprisingly modern, frescoes of Giotto in 13th-century Padua; uncover ancient mosaics in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ravenna, the last capital of Byzantine Empire in Italy; and find romance in Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet
Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service® transports you from your front door to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport and your scheduled British Airways or another leading airline direct flight to Milan. On arrival, our coach will transfer you to the 4★ Grand Hotel Majestic, wonderfully located on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Tonight we enjoy an included dinner in the restaurant of our hotel.
Included Excursion: Boat trip to Isolo Bella & Isola Pescatori
After breakfast, we depart for a breath-taking tour of some of Italy’s most picturesque scenery. We begin with a boat ride across the glistening waters of Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella, one of the four Borromean Islands. The sumptuous Palazzo Borromeo, built in the 17th century and surrounded by magnificent gardens, contains works by Giovanni Tiepolo and Van Dyck and sculptures by Canova. Later in the day, we visit Isola Pescatori or ‘Fisherman’s Island’. We return to our hotel and this evening you are free to choose where you wish to dine.
Included Excursions: Sirmione Peninsular boat trip
This morning we depart by coach for our journey to Venice. En-route, we make a stop at picturesque Sirmione and enjoy an included excursion by boat around its beautiful peninsular, which is lined with historical buildings such as the 13th century Scaligero Castle. Later, we continue our journey to Venice where we arrive in the late afternoon to embark River Countess and there is time for you to settle in before dinner this evening.
Included Excursion: Walking discovery of Venice with canal cruise, evening visit to San Marco Basilica
This morning you will enjoy a walking tour of this beautiful city and discover just some of the endless highlights on offer before experiencing Venice in the best possible way - on a canal cruise. Admire the endless beautiful buildings as you sail down the Grand Canal and watch the gondolas as they go slowly by. Spend this afternoon at leisure exploring the hidden treasures of Venice either on foot, by waterbus or gondola before a special evening opening of the San Marco Basilica. Captain's Welcome Dinner this evening.
Note: The Patriarch reserves the right to close the Basilica for official or special religious services at any time. If evening access is not available, San Marco Basilica will be visited as part of the morning walking tour.
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Included Excursion: Padua walking tour (no lunch included)
Today you will enjoy a full day in the charming city of Padua. Home to the Scrovegni Chapel with its priceless frescoes by Giotto and the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua, there are plenty of sights to see. This morning, join a walking tour of Padua and wander the many historic streets around the old town including a visit to the local market.
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Included Excursions: Visit to Ravenna including lunch and olive oil tasting
Travel to Ravenna today where you will discover a treasure chest of art, history and culture of the highest order. This city was once the capital of the Western Empire and the Byzantine Empire in Europe. Ravenna is home to some of the best Byzantine mosaics and the early Christian churches and mosaics have collectively been designated a World Heritage Site. Enjoy the city's winding streets, fine shops and peaceful squares. You will stop for lunch in the medieval town of Brisighella and enjoy an olive oil tasting in an olive mill before returning to the ship.
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Included Excursions: Full day excursion to Bologna with pasta workshop
This morning you will awake in Polesella from where you will travel to the attractive city of Bologna. Enjoy its wonderful churches and arcaded streets, towers, palaces and the oldest university in Europe, dating back to the 11th century. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a pasta workshop. This afternoon, you can enjoy Bologna at your leisure before returning to Polesella where the ship will remain overnight.
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Included Excursions: Full day excursion to Verona
Today you have the opportunity to travel to Verona, another enchantingly romantic city. It was here that Shakespeare set his play Romeo and Juliet, supposedly based on a true story, and the balcony can still be seen today. Verona is a showcase for more than two millennia of architectural treasures, including Juliet's balcony and the spectacular Arena, a 20,000-seat Roman amphitheatre in such a miraculous state of preservation that it hosts an annual festival of opera.
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Transfer to the airport for your British Airways or another leading airline fl ight home. Arrive at London Heathrow or Gatwick where our staff will meet you and our transport will transfer you to your own front door.
Uniworld River Countess
The River Countess is a stunning, newly remodeled boutique cruise ship with all the halmarks of quality, style and elegance associated with Uniworld and their sister company, Red Carnation Hotels.
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in 100% Egyptian cotton linens and a menu of pillow choices. Staterooms and suites on the Rhine Deck have French balconies.
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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.
Each stateroom has been decorated by the award-winning design team of Red Carnation Hotels with all the comforts necessary for a restful retreat. Every evening, you'll look forward to curling up in your handcrafted Savoir® of England bed which is draped in sumptuous high-thread count 100% Egyptian combed cotton sheets, along with an array of pillow options. As you sip your morning coffee, admire the sun rising from your picture window or balcony. And look forward to getting ready for your day in a luxurious marble bathroom stocked with L'Occitane products, plush towels, and soft robes.
Uniworld goes above and beyond with everything they do, including providing you with a truly remarkable dining experience. That's why Uniworld is the only river cruise company to be honored by Zagat Survey® as Top Dining.
An award-winning dining experience with Uniworld includes:
Sumptuous buffets at breakfast and lunch offer an extensive array of hot and cold selections. Breakfast features crispy Belgian waffles topped with whipped cream and warm maple syrup, a dozen or more homemade breads and jams, an omelet station, and hand-cut seasonal fresh fruit. Lunch offers a delectable feast with salads, soups, carved-to-order roasts, and more.
Evenings provide exquisite ambience with relaxed open seating. Each dish is flawlessly prepared using the finest ingredients-local meats and seafood along with tasty side dishes. Always included with lunch & dinner onboard are European fine wines and a selection of beer and soft drinks served by an attentive, caring staff. Of course, every meal concludes with a wide range of freshly prepared, decadent desserts that look every bit as delicious as they taste.
Uniworld also provides a variety of dining experiences including: al fresco under the stars and light-lunch dining-both on the sun deck; Captain's Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners; early-riser breakfast; and afternoon tea. Plus, Uniworld gives you the choice of dining on lighter cuisine with our Traveling Lite menu.
On our boutique ships, meals are truly a feast for all the senses. From the delicious bouquet of a glass of perfectly aged pinot noir, to the inviting sight of candlelit tables draped in fine linen, to the pleasant sounds of friends engaged in intimate conversation, to the delicious flavor of each savoury dish, Uniworld's dining experiences have been designed to delight you.
Through integrated onboard and onshore programs, Uniworld provides a 360º encounter with each exciting port of call.
At Uniworld, we treat our guests as one might treat one's best friends and family, which means no request too large, no detail too small.
Since Uniworld is a proud part of The Travel Corporation, a family-run business, treating our guests-and our team of staff members-as an extension of our family comes naturally.
Providing truly personalized, gracious, and consistently exceptional hospitality to our guests starts from within the organization. This means hiring the very best team of professionals in the industry and providing them with ongoing training.
In addition, we constantly challenge ourselves, so we have put in place fastidious Quality Assurance programs with onboard ship inspections and third-party mystery shoppers to elevate our service to the highest possible level. Only then can we provide our guests with the award-winning hospitality for which we have been recognized by esteemed consumer publications such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure.
We do all of this because we truly care about creating harmony both onboard and onshore in order to bring joy to our guests and ensure that everyone has the most memorable experience possible. This is our commitment to our guests and our staff.
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