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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 

Rates for 2019

20% off per cabin on September 29. 10% off per cabin on October 13.

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Junior Suite Single Supplement Book Before
September 15, 22 3,750 Euros 4,550 Euros 1,500 Euros
September 29 3,000 Euros 3,640 Euros 1,500 Euros 27 September 2019
October 6 3,750 Euros 4,550 Euros 1,500 Euros
October 13 3,051 Euros 3,681 Euros 1,300 Euros 11 October 2019
October 20 3,390 Euros 4,090 Euros 1,300 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

20% off per charter on September 22 & October 20

Departure Dates Charter 10 ppl Charter 12 ppl Charter 14 ppl Charter 16 ppl Charter 18 ppl Charter 20 ppl Book Before
September 22 46,800 Euros 48,560 Euros 50,320 Euros 52,080 Euros 53,840 Euros 55,600 Euros 18 October 2019
September 29 58,500 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,900 Euros 65,100 Euros 67,300 Euros 69,500 Euros
October 6 58,500 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,900 Euros 65,100 Euros 67,300 Euros 69,500 Euros
October 13 52,500 Euros 54,500 Euros 56,500 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,500 Euros 62,500 Euros
October 20 42,000 Euros 43,600 Euros 45,200 Euros 46,800 Euros 48,400 Euros 50,000 Euros 18 October 2019

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Available for Supplement
Golf Charter up to 20 ppl 500 Euros per golfer
Opera Cabin bookings 880 Euros per person**
Wine Appreciation Charter up to 20 ppl 6,500 Euros per charter

Rates for 2020

10% off per cabin on April 19; May 10 & 17. Book until January 6, 2020.

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Junior Suite Single Supplement
March 29 3,490 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,350 Euros
April 5, 12, 19 3,490 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,350 Euros
April 26** 3,950 Euros 4,790 Euros 1,550 Euros
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 3,950 Euros 4,790 Euros 1,550 Euros
June 7, 14, 21, 28 3,950 Euros 4,790 Euros 1,550 Euros
July 5, 12 3,950 Euros 4,790 Euros 1,550 Euros
July 19, 26 3,490 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,350 Euros
August 2, 9, 16, 23 3,490 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,350 Euros
August 30 3,950 Euros 4,790 Euros 1,550 Euros
September 6, 13, 20, 27 3,950 Euros 4,790 Euros 1,350 Euros
October 4 3,950 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,550 Euros
October 11, 18, 25 3,490 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,350 Euros

**August 16, 2020 is an Opera Cruise available for cabin bookings. Supplement applies.

Charter (Whole Barge)

10% of per charter on March 29; April 5, 12, 19 & 26; May 3; August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30. Book until January 6, 2020.

Departure Dates Charter 10 ppl Charter 12 ppl Charter 14 ppl Charter 16 ppl Charter18 ppl Charter 20 ppl
March 29 55,000 Euros 57,000 Euros 59,000 Euros 61,000 Euros 63,000 Euros 65,000 Euros
April 5, 12, 19 55,000 Euros 57,000 Euros 59,000 Euros 61,000 Euros 63,000 Euros 65,000 Euros
April 26 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros
June 7, 14, 21, 28 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros
July 5, 12 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros
July 19, 26 55,000 Euros 57,000 Euros 59,000 Euros 61,000 Euros 63,000 Euros 65,000 Euros
August 2, 9, 16, 23 55,000 Euros 57,000 Euros 59,000 Euros 61,000 Euros 63,00 Euros 65,000 Euros
August 30 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros
September 6, 13, 20, 27 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros
October 4 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros
October 11, 18, 25 55,000 Euros 57,000 Euros 59,000 Euros 61,000 Euros 63,00 Euros 65,000 Euros

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Available for Supplement
Golf Charter up to 20 ppl 525 Euros per golfer
Opera Cabin or charter bookings 540 Euros per person
Wine Appreciation Charter up to 20 ppl 7,000 Euros per charter

Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy not included. Only those golfing pay the supplement. A minimum of 4 passengers on a golf charter are required to play golf.

For 2020, opera available on cruise departing on 6 August 2020, subject to ticket availability. Opera cruise includes premium seat tickets at the magnificent Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona. Alternative dates for cabin and charter bookings are available throughout July & August 2020, subject to availability.

Wine appreciation cruises for charter groups include a comprehensive wine itinerary with additional winery visits, private tastings and the services of a professional wine guide. Also includes an upgrade of the wine list to include additional premier and grand cru wines. 

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of €800 is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.

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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