There truly is no place on earth quite like Italy. This brand new cruise for 2013 begins in Italy's magical city of Venice, with its palazzo-lined canals, grand townhouses and elegant churches, before leaving the Venice Lagoon to set sail down the nearby Po River. Visit enchanting Verona - the home of literature's most famous lovers - Romeo and Juliet and experience Italy's culinary delights with a pasta-making workshop in Bologna.
Begin with Titan's VIP Home Departure Service® to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport for your scheduled British Airways or another leading airline flight to Venice. Meet your Uniworld representative on arrival and transfer to the River Countess.
Included Excursion: Walking discovery of Venice with canal cruise, evening visit to San Marco Basilica
Venice, which was founded in the sixth century, controlled all European trade with the East during the Middle Ages. Local guides will lead you through hidden alleys where tourists rarely go to the Piazza San Marco and the Doge's Palace, which is brimming with artistic treasures. The tour concludes at Rialto Bridge; stay in the city and explore on your own, or return to the ship. Cap off your day with a most memorable experience: an exclusive, crowd-free visit to spectacular St. Mark's Basilica. Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
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, St Mark's Basilica will be visited as part of the morning walking tour.
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Included Excursion: Half-day excursion to Padua
All passengers must disembark today, as your ship departs Venice for Chioggia. You will be driven to the medieval walled city of Padua, one of Italy's oldest towns and home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Here, many notable scholars sought academic freedom, including Galileo and Copernicus, and two of Italy's most famous writers, Dante and Petrarch, were students. Join your local guide on a walking tour of Padua through ancient arcades and porticos to Palazzo della Ragione, Padua's historic city centre, and then visit Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua. Later in the evening reboard your ship and sail to Polesella.
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Included Excursion: Full-day excursion to Bologna with exclusive pasta-making workshop and lunch.
Alternate Excursion: Half-day excursion to Ferrara with lunch
Choose to spend the whole day in Bologna, called la grassa, meaning bountiful. Its portico-lined streets are home to the oldest university in Europe. But does it really have the best food in Northern Italy? You be the judge. There's more to the city than Bolognese sauce, that's for sure - there's Parma ham, parmesan cheese, and perhaps the best tortellini in the world, all on lavish display in the amazing food markets. Join a pasta-making workshop and learn how to create your own fabulous pasta. Or spend a half day in Ferrara, one of Italy's best-kept secrets, where you'll discover how the city became an artistic hub for the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, and Petrarch, among others.
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Included Excursion: Half-day excursion to Porto Levante with lunch
Enjoy the morning at leisure onboard your floating hotel as your ship sails to Taglio di Po. All passengers must disembark today to visit Porto Levante, which is located south of Venice on the Northern Adriatic Sea. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind; take in the beauty of the Po Delta Nature Reserve with 2 million trees of 150 different species. Be treated to a delicious seafood lunch. Later in the afternoon, reboard your ship in Chioggia and sail to Venice.
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Included Excursions: Full day excursion to Verona, city of Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare endowed Verona with enduring fame when he wrote of two star-crossed locals, Romeo and Juliet, but Verona has been an important city in Northern Italy for 2,000 years. Though Juliet and her Romeo are Verona's best-known lovers, Verona's best-known landmark is the pink-marble-sheathed Roman arena, where many of today's famous composers, musicians, and opera singers still perform. Savour the magic of Verona and get swept away in its romance.
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Included Excursion: 'Do as the Locals Do' Venice walking tour
Alternate Excursion: Visit a local arts centre
See Venice like a local during a walking tour of the Dorsoduro district and the Rialto, the city's historic core. Visit the markets and indulge in a Venetian aperitif. Or, if you didn't join the arts centre visit on day one, you can do so today. See master glassblowers, lace makers, and mask making, all arts for which Venice is well known. During the afternoon, enjoy scenic sailing through the Venice Lagoon.
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Transfer to the airport for your British Airways or another leading airline flight home. Arrive at London Heathrow or Gatwick where our staff will greet you and our transport will transfer you to your own front door.
All passengers must be ashore when the ship sails across the Adriatic on days 4 and 6 of the cruise. For those guests who do not wish to join the included advertised tours please see the Cruise Manager onboard, who will assist in making alternate arrangements.
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.
* Payable locally.
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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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|Apr 5||River Countess||£350|
|Apr 12||River Countess||£350|
|Apr 19||River Countess||£350|
|Apr 26||River Countess||£350|
|May 3||River Countess||£350|
|May 10||River Countess||£350|
|May 17||River Countess||£350|
|May 24||River Countess||£350|
|May 31||River Countess||£350|
|Jun 7||River Countess||£350|
|Jun 14||River Countess||£350|
|Jun 21||River Countess||£350|
|Jun 28||River Countess||£350|
|Jul 5||River Countess||£350|
|Jul 12||River Countess||£350|
|Jul 19||River Countess||£350|
|Jul 26||River Countess||£350|
|Aug 2||River Countess||£350|
|Aug 9||River Countess||£350|
|Aug 16||River Countess||£350|
|Aug 23||River Countess||£350|
|Aug 30||River Countess||£350|
|Sep 6||River Countess||£350|
|Sep 13||River Countess||£350|
|Sep 20||River Countess||£350|
|Sep 27||River Countess||£350|
|Oct 4||River Countess||£350|
|Oct 11||River Countess||£350|
|Oct 18||River Countess||£350|
|Oct 25||River Countess||£350|
Single Occupancy Supplements: £1100
Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.
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