Join us for a fantastic riverboat tour of Italy, featuring Venice, Parma, Verona, Lake Como & Milan. We'll enjoy 6 included excursions plus all meals and onboard open bar!
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3
FLY TO VENICE
Depart from home on Wednesday and fly overnight to Venice.
THURSDAY, JUNE 4
ARRIVE IN VENICE
Arrival at the Venice airport with transfer of luggage to the hotel and a private boat to the hotel, Belle Arti Venice. (D)
FRIDAY, JUNE 5
Following breakfast at the hotel, our luggage will be transferred to a locker for the day. This afternoon we will enjoy a guided tour of Dorsoduro district (including a visit of Santa Maria della Salute Church) and a visit of a gondola factory. You’ll board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. (B, D)
SATURDAY, JUNE 6
This morning, we include an excursion guided tour of Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Square. You’ll discover Saint Mark’s Square and its famous basilica (exteriors) and take a tour inside Doge’s Palace, the official residence of Venetian dukes and the seat of the government until 1797. The current palace dates back to the 14th century and is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the world. A trek to the top of the Golden Staircase brings you to massive works by Tintoretto and Veronese and gives you access to the antechambers and a magnificent view from the balcony. This afternoon, join us on another excursion: the Venetian Lagoon and its islands. The Murano glassmakers retreated to the island of Murano to help keep their production techniques a secret. Burano instills a feeling of quiet and meditation as you walk along its docks lined with colorful homes. One of the most sought-out items on the island is handwoven lace that dates back to before the exploration of the New World. Enjoy a free evening to explore Venice on your own. (B, L , D)
SUNDAY, JUNE 7
We’ll cruise to Chioggia, the departure point for our excursion: a guided tour of Vicenza. Vicenza is the epitome of gorgeous Italian landscapes, art, food, and wine. Here, you can take in the gorgeous facade of the Teatro Olimpico, which opened in 1585 and contains the oldest standing stage set still in existence. The theater was the final design by Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and is part of the sites listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. As you enjoy your tour, the ship will cruise to Porto Viro. For those who decided not to join us on the excursion, you will be transferred from Chioggia to Porto Viro. Enjoy some free time in Chioggia. We’ll return on board in Porto Viro and spend the afternoon cruising towards Rovigo. (B, L, D)
MONDAY, JUNE 8
We’ll spend the morning cruising to Torretta. In the afternoon, our excursion will visit Verona and its amphitheater. We’ll leave by coach from Torretta and head to Verona, the “City of Love” made famous by Shakespeare’s legendary tragedy Romeo and Juliet. We’ll get to see the outside of Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta) and the balcony where she stood when Romeo declared his love. The amphitheater, the historic symbol of the city, is a fantastic example of its longevity and influence. (B, L, D)
TUESDAY, JUNE 9
Our ship will begin to cruise early in the morning to Mantua. Join us for a guided tour of Mantua, where the House of Gonzaga ruled for almost 400 years. Although Mantua is not well known, it is one of the most artistically rich and romantic cities in northern Italy. We’ll visit the Palazzo Ducale di Mantova (Ducal Palace) which overlooks the city center. Built between the 14th and the 17th centuries by the noble House of Gonzaga, the property comprises many buildings such as the Castel di San Giorgio. We’ll also visit the Camera degli Sposi (“bridal chamber”), known for its frescoes executed by Andrea Mantegna as a celebration of the Gonzaga family. We’ll then reach the historic center of the city where you’ll visit the Rotonda di San Lorenzo and the Basilica of Sant’Andrea. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. (B, L, D)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10
Join us for an excursion to Cremona and Parma (including lunch). A stroll through the historical center of Cremona reveals its hidden artistic and architectural treasures. Within the superb medieval square, we’ll take in the immensity of the duomo and tower before visiting a violin-maker’s workshop. We’ll then head to Polesine Parmense and stop at Fratelli Spigaroli to visit the cellars where they cure the famous Culatello ham and Parmigiana cheese. In the afternoon, we’ll go to Parma—located in the confines of the Lombardy and Emilie-Romagna Regions—to indulge in art, music history, and food! Parma is in one of Italy’s most emblematic areas, and its castles and ancient churches inspire dreams of yesteryear. We’ll visit the pink-marble Baptistery, which contains some amazing frescoes representing the life of Christ. The frescoes on the dome of the cathedral are also exceptional. Tonight is our festive gala evening. (B, L, D)
THURSDAY, JUNE 11
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. We’ll hit the road for Milan (an approximate 2-hour drive), and upon our arrival mid-morning, we’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city to get an overview of what it has to offer. Dynamic, trendy Milan also contains old-fashioned charm, monuments, quaint neighborhoods, and a veritable architectural and artistic heritage that stands out on its own in sublime Italy. We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. The afternoon will be dedicated to discovering the historic center, including a visit to the cathedral. The vast, Gothic-style cathedral took five centuries to complete and is covered with white and pink marble. The roof is adorned with openwork pinnacles and spires crowned with sculptures overlooking the city. The more sober inside is impressive in its grandeur: it can hold up to 40,000 people at one time. Dinner and accommodations in a 3-star hotel LS in Milan. (B, L, D)
FRIDAY, JUNE 12
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. We’ll head to Como for a guided tour of the city. Built along the banks of a calm lake, Como is an invitation to rest and relaxation. We’ll visit the remarkable cathedral, which was built over a period of 400 years. The interior contains important tapestries and paintings, mainly dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we'll take the Brunate funicular railway to the summit, where you’ll have a great view of the lake and city below. We’ll return to Como and enjoy a boat tour of the lake. After our excursion, we’ll return to Milan by coach. Dinner and accommodations in a 3-star hotel LS in Milan. (B, L, D)
SATURDAY, JUNE 13
Breakfast will be served at the hotel before our departure home. (B)
*Fares are per person only and subject to availability and capacity controlled.
Deposit: $750 per person is required to confirm your reservation.
Final Payment: Due on or before March 4, 2020.
Cancellation Policy: Deposit is non-refundable.
After March 4, 2020, trip cost is non-refundable.
- Fully Escorted
- All onboard meals and drinks (not including the special lists), port fees and taxes
- Refined French/Italian cuisine– Gala dinner and evening—Welcome cocktail
- 6 night cruise accommodations and 3 night hotel accommodations
- Breakfast and dinner at Milan hotel
- City tour of Milan
- Boat tour of Lake Como
- Wi-Fi onboard (in lounge and bar; connection speeds may vary)
- 6 shore excursions
- Gratuities and port fees
- Airline baggage fees
- Personal items
- Meals not listed in itinerary
- Travel Insurance
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