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The Gems of Northern Italy

Itinerary, Prices and Dates

Milan to Venice 10 Days

Venice, Grand Canal
Grand Canal, Venice

You’ll encounter unforgettable sights on this odyssey through Northern Italy that begins in Milan, home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and ends in legendary Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic.” These two iconic cities bookend an exploration of Northern Italy that rewards the curious traveller with amazing experiences in Verona, Padua, Bologna and Ferrara.

Travel from dynamic Milan to romantic Venice. Soak up the enchantment of “The City of Water” and two outer lying Venetian islands, Burano and Mazzorbo. 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 multi-course lunch complete with wine pairings at a historic wine estate in Valpolicella. Explore medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus; “bountiful” Bologna; Verona, the famed city of Romeo and Juliet; and UNESCO-designated Ferrara.

What's Included

  • 2 nights in Milan (Starhotel Rosa Grand or Similar) B & B
  • 7 night, all inclusive, boutique river cruise
  • Unlimited drinks onboard including fine wine, beer and soft drinks.
    Excludes premium wines and spirits
  • Daily excursions with English speaking guides.
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all excursions
  • All gratuities included
  • Epicurean Adventurer Program
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • Flights available on request

Family Friendly Programme Family Friendly Programme (Selected Sailings)

Share the enchantment of this region with the special young people in your life. These cruises not only feature unique, fun-filled adventures for families to enjoy together, they’re also packed with culturally and historically significant experiences designed to spark creativity and life-long learning.

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Uniworld Cruise Companion - Italy

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Day 1: Milan

Map of the Po River
Map of the Po River

Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Included Meals -

Day 2: Milan

Featured Excursions: Milan city tour with visit to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper

Vibrant Milan is the fashion and design capital of Italy. Today you’ll explore this dazzling city and encounter two of its greatest sights—the towering Gothic cathedral and Da Vinci’s astounding The Last Supper.
Included Meals B

Day 3: Milan, Verona, Transfer to Venice Luxury Motorcoach Transfer (Embark)

Featured Excursions: Verona, “City of Romeo and Juliet,” and Valpolicella wine estate lunch

Head to Venice today, stopping en route in Verona—home to Shakespeare’s tragic Romeo and Juliet. Outside fair Verona, enjoy a tasting and multi-course lunch at a beautiful Valpolicella wine estate. In magical Venice, you will board your ship and embark on your exploration of the “Queen of the Adriatic.”
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Venice

Featured Excursions: Venice walking discovery tour and exclusive evening–opening of St. Mark’s Basilica

Wind through Venice’s labyrinthine back lanes on a walking tour that features the city’s top sights and a Venetian glassmaking demonstration. This evening, you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience—a crowd-free, after-hours visit inside St. Mark’s Basilica. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: It is not always possible to arrange after-hours visits to St. Mark’s Basilica. If religious functions or festivities are taking place in the evening, we will visit during regular hours.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Chioggia (Padua Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

Featured Excursion: Padua walking discovery tour

Enjoy magnificent views of “The Floating City’s” greatest sights, including the Grand Canal, as your ship departs Venice. Visit the medieval walled city of Padua, walking through ancient arcades and porticos to Palazzo della Ragione, Padua’s historic city centre, and enjoy a treat at a local café.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

Featured Excursions: Choice of full-day excursion to Bologna with exclusive pasta-making workshop with lunch OR half-day excursion to Ferrara with lunch onboard

Spend the day in Bologna, Italy’s culinary capital, an ideal place to learn the art of making pasta. Or, spend a half day in Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a long history as a centre for the arts.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Taglio di Po, Chioggia, Venice

Featured Excursions: Chioggia with choice of market visit with seafood lunch OR mussel harvest experience

There’s no better place to indulge in Italy’s famed frutti di mare than Chioggia, a colorful fishing village on the Venice Lagoon. Stroll through the town’s bustling fish market with a guide before indulging in a fresh and flavorful seafood lunch. Or, head to a casoni (fisherman’s hut) to learn the art of mussel harvesting from local fishermen. You’ll get to steam your own freshly gathered mussels in prosecco and enjoy them on the waterfront—a unique culinary treat. Later, head to the Sun Deck of your luxury ship to take in views of two more Venice Lagoon isles: sleepy Pellestrina, and Lido, home to the prestigious Venice Film Festival.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Venice Islands (Burano & Mazzorbo Luxury Motorcoach Transfer), Venice

Featured Excursion: Full-day “The Magic Islands of Venice” tour: colorful Burano with lace making and peaceful Mazzorbo with wine tasting

Spend the day exploring the Venice Lagoon and two of its most notable islands. Stroll through Burano with its rainbow of cheerful and colorful homes. Learn the history and importance of lace making, which dates back to the 16th century. Then go to the island of Mazzorbo for a very special wine tasting, as it is here where the time-honored and historical grape variety, Dorona, has been planted to yield the liquid Gold of Native Venice, Prosecco.
Included Meals B (L) D

Day 9: Venice

Featured Excursions: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour OR “Venetian Painters at the Accademia” tour with art-historian guide

Get a feel for daily life in Venice with a guided stroll through the bustling Rialto Market, or tour the renowned Accademia Gallery with an art historian. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Included Meals B L D

Day 10: Venice (Disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Venice Marco Polo International Airport for your flight home.
Included Meals B

  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

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.

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

* Payable locally.

Uniworld River Countess - deck plan
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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.

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.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets
  • Marble bathrooms with 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

Uniworld River Countess Suite Uniworld River Countess Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 214 sq. ft.
  • French balconies (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors)
  • Refrigerator
  • 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

Category 1 Staterooms

Uniworld River Countess Cat 2 & 3 Uniworld River Countess Cat 2 & 3 Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 151 sq. ft.
  • French balconies (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors)

Category 2 & 3 Staterooms

Uniworld River Countess Cat 2 & 3 Uniworld River Countess Cat 2 & 3 Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 151 sq. ft.
  • Panoramic picture window (does not open)

Category 4 & 5 Staterooms

Uniworld River Countess Cat 4 & 5 Uniworld River Countess Cat 4 & 5 Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 151 sq. ft.
  • High level window (does not open)

World Class Dining

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:

  • A certified Global Master Chef leading a professional culinary team in the preparation of gourmet cuisine that offers a delicious fusion of style, unique culinary creations, and tastes inspired by the regions of your itinerary
  • Menu selections that change every day and are designed for each region you visit and tailored to the season
  • All meals flawlessly prepared daily using only the freshest ingredients, which are often brought onboard from local farmers' markets
  • A distinctive, international menu of wines developed by Red Carnation Hotels' acclaimed sommelier from their Relais & Châteaux hotel
  • Award-winning Signature Dishes from Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of Red Carnation Hotels, Uniworld's sister company and partner
  • Relaxed open seating, so you can dine where and with whomever you wish
  • The refined and intuitive service of a professionally trained, caring staff standing ready to fulfill your wishes in an atmosphere of casual sophistication and elegance
Gourmet Dining onboard a Uniworld Ship

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.

Cultural Highlights

Through integrated onboard and onshore programs, Uniworld provides a 360º encounter with each exciting port of call.

  • Signature lectures
  • Intriguing onboard entertainment
  • Captivating shore excursions fully hosted by English-speaking local experts using state-ofthe-art Quietvox audio systems immerse you in the history, tradition, and culture of each stop on your itinerary.
  • With Uniworld's included Choice Is Yours, Go Active, and Gentle Walking, programs, you can customize your travel experience even more.

Uniworld Staff &Service

The Uniworld Standard

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.

DepartShipCat 5Cat 4Cat 3Cat 2Cat 1SuiteSave
Oct 27River Countess£3129£3369£3719£3959£4059£5299OFFER
Nov 3River Countess£2969£3209£3559£3799£4349£5139OFFER

Family Friendly Programme Family Friendly Sailings

DepartShipCat 5Cat 4Cat 3Cat 2Cat 1Suite
Mar 30River Countess£3299£3499£3799£3999£4599£5399
Apr 6River Countess£3499£3699£3999£4199£4799£5599
Apr 13River Countess£3499£3699£3999£4199£4799£5599
Apr 20River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
Apr 27River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
May 4River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
May 11River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
May 18River Countess£3899£4099£4399£4599£5199£5999
May 25River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
Jun 1River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
Jun 8River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
Jun 15River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
Jun 22River Countess£3599£3799£4099£4299£4899£5699
Jun 29 Family Friendly ProgrammeRiver Countess£3599£3799£4099£4299£4899£5699
Jul 6 Family Friendly ProgrammeRiver Countess£3599£3799£4099£4299£4899£5699
Jul 13River Countess£3599£3799£4099£4299£4899£5699
Jul 20River Countess£3599£3799£4099£4299£4899£5699
Jul 27River Countess£3599£3799£4099£4299£4899£5699
Aug 3River Countess£3599£3799£4099£4299£4899£5699
Aug 10River Countess£3599£3799£4099£4299£4899£5699
Aug 17River Countess£3599£3799£4099£4299£4899£5699
Aug 24River Countess£3599£3799£4099£4299£4899£5699
Aug 31River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
Sep 7River Countess£3899£4099£4399£4599£5199£5999
Sep 14River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
Sep 21River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
Sep 28River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
Oct 5River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
Oct 12River Countess£3799£3999£4299£4499£5099£5899
Oct 19River Countess£3499£3699£3999£4199£4799£5599
Oct 26River Countess£3499£3699£3999£4199£4799£5599
Nov 2River Countess£3299£3499£3799£3999£4599£5399

Family Friendly Programme Family Friendly Sailings

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Florence & Rome

Why not extend your cruise with a 5 night post-cruise tour of Florence and Rome. Features 2 nights in Florence and 3 nights in Rome, with daily guided tours and Chianti tasting and lunch atthe Castello di Verrazzano estate. B&B with selected lunches and dinners included

5 nights from £2,210pp

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