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Gems of Northern Italy

2 Nights Hotel in Milan, 7-Night Cruise Venice round trip

Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy highlights

UNI Venice and Gems of Northern Italy map
2019 & 2020 Departure Dates & Pricing

Milan to Venice - 10 days

For further assistance call 1-800-526-8539

Ship - River Countess (for 2019 departures) , S.S. La Venezia (for 2020 departures)

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Milan

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

Day 2: Milan

Milan is a mecca for Italian fashionistas, famous for its innovative design and stylish flair. Venture inside the city’s hulking Gothic cathedral, as well as its cathedral to capitalism, Europe’s oldest shopping arcade. The highlight today for both our Featured Excursion and our Generations Excursion is pure genius—Da Vinci’s revolutionary The Last Supper mural, the most famous religious painting in history. Fashion and finance, opera and furniture design, telecom companies and trade fairs—bustling Milan, Italy’s financial and industrial center, is a modern global city whose roots sink deep into the history of Italy. Founded 2,500 years ago, Milan retains traces of every epoch, from Roman, medieval and Renaissance up to the current moment, and it boasts a dazzling bounty of artistic and cultural landmarks, which are yours to experience today.

FEATURED EXCURSION: Milan highlights city tour

Generations Excursion: Marvel at Da Vinci’s masterpiece. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

Day 3: Milan - Verona (Valpolicella) - transfer to Venice (Embarkation Day)

You’ll check out of your hotel this morning and head toward the Adriatic coast and magical Venice, but the day includes two delightful stops along the way. En route to Venice, you’ll stop in the literary hometown of Shakespeare’s famously star-crossed teen lovers, Romeo and Juliet, to see the sights and the famous balcony—yes, that balcony. Later, enjoy lunch at the historic Valpolicella wine estate owned by descendants of Dante, the great Italian poet who penned The Inferno.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Verona, “City of Romeo and Juliet,” and Valpolicella wine estate lunch

Generations Excursion: Roam Romeo & Juliet’s hometown. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

This evening you’ll arrive in Venice and embark. Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening on the Venetian Lagoon.

Day 4: Venice

Hoping to escape marauding Huns, Goths and Vandals as the Roman Empire collapsed in the fifth century, refugees built a little settlement they called Venice on tiny islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. By the 12th century, Venice was the wealthiest and most powerful city-state in Europe, controlling the Mediterranean and all European trade with the East. Its merchant-aristocrats lavished their wealth on palaces and churches, art and music, creating a city that is truly like no other. Now, seawater laps at the foot of thousand-year-old houses— and sometimes rises above the doorsteps—but the glorious palaces and romantic canals enchant visitors just as they have for centuries. Today you will embark on your own personal voyage of discovery through this entrancing city. An expert guide will show you iconic sites as well as quiet lanes and secret spots known only to locals (shhhh….). Also on deck today: a scenic cruise around the Venetian Lagoon.

FEATURED EXCURSION: A morning walk in Venice

Generations Excursion: Venetian treasure hunt. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 5: Chioggia

The River Countess sails from Venice, cruising through the lagoon, past the Lido, the colorful fishermen’s houses of Pellestrina and the huge ongoing flood-control project called MOSE (which is designed to protect Venice from rising seawater), before docking in Chioggia, sometimes called “Little Venice,” at the southern end of the lagoon. Join a local expert for a stroll around this picturesque fishing village, a popular place for artists, or “Let's Go” with a bike ride along the beaches lining the lagoon, or, for something really unique, hop aboard a small boat to go mussel harvesting with local fishermen out in the lagoon. The seaside air and sweeping views are simply spectacular. IMPORTANT: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. Therefore, our guests must disembark the ship and partake in the featured excursions. We thank you for your cooperation.

FEATURED EXCURSION: Padua morning walk and market visit

Choice of Chioggia mussel harvesting experience or “Let's Go” biking Chioggia

Generations Excursion: Biking at the beach. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

Day 6: Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

Today you face a tough decision: Do you spend a full day in Bologna, the culinary capital of Northern Italy, or visit UNESCO-designated Ferrara, a beautifully preserved Renaissance city? Let your passions be your guide today. If you have an appetite for pasta, head to Bologna—the heart of Italian culinary traditions—and learn how to make (and eat!) your own lunch. Or indulge your appetite for art with an excursion to Ferrara, an ancient center for the arts that once rivaled Medici Florence.

Choice of Exclusive pasta-making and Italian lunch in Bologna or Ferrera: Renaissance, elegance and Italian lifestyle town discovery walk

Generations Excursion: Make your own pasta! This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

Day 7:Taglio di Po - Chioggia

Chioggia is such a delight that we’ll return there today to experience something completely different. You can visit the village’s bustling once-a-week market—a colorful and boisterous scene, and quintessentially Italian. IMPORTANT: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. Therefore, our guests must disembark the ship and partake in the featured excursions. We thank you for your cooperation.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Chioggia fish market with the chef and Bragozzo ride, Private after-hours visit to Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice

Generations Excursion: Harvest your own mussels. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

You’ll sail back to Venice this evening.

Day 8:Venice Islands (Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello)

Venice is an island surrounded by hundreds of smaller islands, three of which you’ll visit today—Burano, famous for its lace-makers and houses painted in eye-popping colors; Mazzorbo, where you’ll taste a historic golden-hued wine; and Torcello, home to beautiful Byzantine mosaics.

FEATURED EXCURSION: Magic Island Day: hidden treasures of the lagoon

Generations Excursion:Venice’s enchanting outer islands. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

Day 9: Venice

Lovers of food and wine flock to Italy to immerse themselves in a true farm-to-table epicurean experience. If that sounds like you, you’ll love today’s walking tour to the famous fish and produce market next to the Rialto Bridge. Prefer a more visual feast? Join an art historian for a highlights tour of the Accademia gallery.

Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Rialto Market visit or “Venetian Painters at the Accademia” tour with art historian guide or "AVG Arti Veneziane alla Giudecca" glass factory visit with crafts demonstrations or Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi

Generations Excursion: Spooky Venice ghost walk. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 10: Venice (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Venice Marco Polo Airport for your flight home. (CB/BB)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise .

2019 and 2020 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.
From Milan
Cruise Embarkation Date
Classic
Deluxe
French Balcony
Suite
Mar 29, 2019
$3,399
$3,999
$4,899
$6,099
Apr 5, 2019
$3,599
$4,199
$5,099
$6,299
Apr 12, 2019
$3,599
$4,199
$5,099
$6,299
Apr 19, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Apr 26, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
May 3, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
May10, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
May 17, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
May 24, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
May 31, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Jun 7, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Jun 14, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Jun 21, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Jun 28, 2019
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Jul 5, 2019
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Jul 12, 2019
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Jul 19, 2019
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Jul 26, 2019
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Aug 2, 2019
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Aug 9, 2019
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Aug 16, 2019
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Aug 23, 2019
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Aug 30, 2019
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Sep 6, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Sep 13, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Sep 20, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Sep 27, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Oct 4, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Oct 11, 2019
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Oct 18, 2019
$3,599
$4,199
$5,099
$6,299
Oct 25, 2019
$3,599
$4,199
$5,099
$6,299
Nov 1, 2019
$3,399
$3,999
$4,899
$6,099
Nov 1, 2019
$3,399
$3,999
$4,899
$6,099
Mar 27, 2020
$3,399
$3,999
$4,899
6,099
Apr 3, 2020
$3,599
$4,199
$5,099
$6,299
Apr 10, 2020
$3,599
$4,199
$5,099
$6,299
Apr 17, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Apr 24, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
May 1, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
May 8, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
May 15, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
May 22, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
May 29, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Jun 5, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Jun 12, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Jun 19, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Jun 26, 2020
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Jul 3, 2020
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Jul 10, 2020
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Jul 17, 2020
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Jul 24, 2020
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Jul 31, 2020
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Aug 7, 2020
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Aug 14, 2020
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Aug 21, 2020
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Aug 28, 2020
$3,799
$4,399
$5,299
$6,499
Sep 4, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Sep 11, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Sep 18, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Sep 25, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Oct 2, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Oct 9, 2020
$3,999
$4,599
$5,499
$6,699
Oct 16, 2020
$3,599
$4,199
$5,099
$6,299
Oct 23, 2020
$3,599
$4,199
$5,099
$6,299
Oct 30, 2020
$3,399
$3,999
$4,899
$6,099
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please Inquire.
Port Charges: Additional $170 per person (2019 departures); Additional $190 per person (2020 departures).

Prices Include:

2 night 3
▪ 2 nights hotel accommodations in Milan at Starhotel Rosa (or similar) with breakfast
▪ 7 nights Cruise in selected riverview stateroom on the newly remodeled River Countess
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Dinners
▪ Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard including an extensive selection of distinctive wines, craft and regional beers, spirits, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages
▪ Shore excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
▪ Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Let's Go” programs
▪ 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
▪ Services of an experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment and lecture
▪ Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “La Serenissima - The Lagoon of Venice”
▪ Concierge services
▪ All gratuities onboard and onshore
▪ Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
▪ Transfers on Embarkation and Departure dates. Transfers are subject to transfer guidelines. Please ask for details.
▪ Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪ Travel insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Personal expenses

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