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La Bella Vita - Venice & the Po Valley

La Bella Vita - Venice & the Po Valley

  • Cabins
    10
  • Max Passengers
    20

Experience la dolce vita and discover the heart of Italy aboard the elegant La Bella Vita barge. This classic 6-night cruise will take you from Venice to Mantua past the everchanging landscape of Italy.

  • Cabins
    10
  • Max Passengers
    20

Experience la dolce vita and discover the heart of Italy aboard the elegant La Bella Vita barge. This classic 6-night cruise will take you from Venice to Mantua past the everchanging landscape of Italy.

Description 

Summary

Experience la dolce vita and discover the heart of Italy aboard the elegant La Bella Vita barge. This classic 6-night cruise will take you from Venice to Mantua past the everchanging landscape of Italy. Explore the most notable landmarks and hidden gems of Venice including the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, Castello District, the gardens of Bienanale Exhibition of Arts and Palladio’s Church of San Pietro. Visit the seaside town of Chioggia. Enjoy wine tasting at Villa Widmann Borletti. Marvel at the stunning Renaissance buildings and monuments in Ferrara and learn the history of opera in Mantua.

La Bella Vita is also available for charter cruises. She also offers themed itineraries such as family, golf, opera and wine. Departures every Sunday from March to October.

Cruise Highlights

  • All-inclusive 6-night cruise from Venice to Mantua
  • Tour of historic Venice including The Naval Museum and the Pavilion of Gondolas
  • Tour of Adria, Mantua and Ferrara
  • Wine tasting at Villa Widmann-Borletti

Inclusions

  • 7-day/6-night cruise from Venice to Mantua
  • Accommodation in a stateroom cabin with en-suite bathroom
  • Gourmet meals as per itinerary
  • Open bar with alcoholic and non-acholic drinks
  • Transfers to/from Venice
  • Use of facilities onboard
  • Daily excursions including entrance fees as per itinerary

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Departures 

2019 Departure Dates

  • May 19, 26
  • June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • August 4, 25
  • August 11, 18
  • September 1, 15, 22, 29
  • October 6, 13

Special Offer

  • Receive 20% off per cabin on June 9; July 21; August 11 & 18
  • Receive 20% off per charter on June 16 & 30; July 7, 14 & 28; August 4 & 25; September 1, 22 & 29; October 6 & 20.
  • No single supplement on June 9; July 21; August 11 (Opera Cruise) & 18.
  • Complimentary gondola ride on August 11 (Opera Cruise( & 18.
  • Book before 24 June 2019.

Prices are subject to change depending on availability. Contact our team for more information.

Itinerary 

Day 1, Sunday - Venice
You are met at the Hotel Laguna Palace in Mestre or Piazzale Roma in Venice** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Bella Vita for a Prosecco welcome. An afternoon cruise takes you along the Giudecca Canal past some of Venice’s most famous monuments: the Chiesa del Redentore, the impressive Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and the Punta della Dogana to your mooring outside the Naval Museum. Then time for a stroll to St Mark’s Square and a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace before dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday - Venice to San Pietro in Volta
Guided walking tour to Castello District, perhaps discovering some hidden parts of the city of Venice: the gardens of the Biennale Exhibition of Modern Arts, Palladio’s Church of San Pietro in Castello and the Venetian Ships Pavilion, an annex of the Naval History Museum Venice, housing vessels of historical importance including ceremonial barges and warships. Late afternoon cruise to Pellestrina which separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, along the Canal of the Orphans passing lagoon islands with their ancient monasteries, painted fishing boats and tiny churches. Time perhaps for a walk or cycle ride along the 18th century Istrian sea wall. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday - San Pietro in Volta to Taglio di Po
After breakfast, cruise to Chioggia, city of Goldoni’s plays. Here you visit the 18th century Church of San Domenico set on its own island, to see Carpaccio’s St Paul, his last recorded painting and other works of art by Tintoretto and Bassano. Also admire the Piazzetta Vigo and visit the colourful fish market. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy a short tour of Chioggia’s pretty canals in a traditional locally-built boat, before re-joining La Bella Vita. Passing through a nature reserve with flamingos and occasional heron, snipe and other wildfowl, travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17thC Villa Ca’Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.

Day 4, Wednesday - Taglio di Po to Zelo
This morning, join the Bianco canal and cruise to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town where you visit the Archaeological Museum. After lunch on board, drive to the Bagnoli Estate to tour the Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17thC Villa Widmann Borletti to enjoy a private tasting of their renowned estate-grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Afterwards, re-join La Bella Vita moored at Zelo. Dinner on board.

Day 5, Thursday - Zelo to Governolo
Morning excursion with a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the Schifanoia Palace, renowned for its fabulous 15thC frescoes. Admire the exterior of the Estense Castle and its moat and visit the magnificent cathedral with its façade of sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. Return to the hotel barge moored in Trevenzuolo for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads to Governolo and dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday - Governolo to Mantua
The final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, home of the poet Virgil, artists Mantegna and Donatello and a captivating lakeside setting. Mantua displays extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14thC Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica and theatre. The intricate frescoes, Gallery of Mirrors and exquisite Rivers Room and 12,000 paintings and sculptures all create a Grand Finale to your Italian Renaissance adventure. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7, Saturday - Mantua
After breakfast, you are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the Hotel Laguna Palace in Mestre or Piazzale Roma in Venice.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. Some cruises may be on the River Po, depending on the water level. 

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