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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
2017 & 2018 Departure Dates & Pricing

Milan to Venice - 10 days

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Ship - River Countess
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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

FEATURED EXCURSION: 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.

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

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.”

Day 4: Venice

Featured Excursions: Walking discovery of Venice and exclusive special evening opening of St. Mark’s Basilica

Venice, which was founded in the sixth century, controlled all European trade with the East during the Middle Ages. Local guides will lead you through hidden alleys where tourists rarely go to the Piazza San Marco and the Doge’s Palace, which is brimming with artistic treasures. The tour concludes at Rialto Bridge; stay in the city and explore on your own, or return to the ship. Cap off your day with a most memorable experience: an exclusive, crowd-free visit to spectacular St. Mark’s Basilica. In the evening enjoy a Captains Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

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

Day 5: Chioggia (Padua)

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 center, and enjoy a treat at a local café.

Day 6: Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

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

Spend the whole day in Bologna, called la grassa, meaning bountiful. Its portico-lined streets are home to the oldest university in Europe. But does it really have the best food in Northern Italy? You be the judge. There’s more to the city than Bolognese sauce, that’s for sure - there’s Parma ham, parmesan cheese, and perhaps the best tortellini in the world, all on lavish display in the amazing food markets. Join a pasta-making workshop and learn how to create your own fabulous pasta. Or spend a half day in Ferrara, one of Italy’s best-kept secrets, where you’ll discover how the city became an artistic hub for the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, and Petrarch, among others.

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.

Day 8:Venice (Burano and Mazzorbo)

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.

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.

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 .

2017 and 2018 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.
From Milan
Cruise Embarkation Date

Cat. 5 - Lower Deck fwd & aft w/window

Cat. 4 - Lower Deck w/window
Cat. 3 - Middle Deck fwd w/window
Cat. 2 - Middle Deck aft w/window
Cat. 1 - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Mar 31, 2017
$3,749
$4,049
$4,499
$4,799
$5,499
$6,499
Apr 7, 2017
$3,849
$4,149
$4,599
$4,899
$5,599
$6,599
Apr 14, 2017
$3,849
$4,149
$4,599
$4,899
$5,599
$6,599
Apr 21, 2017
$4,249
$4,549
$4,999
$5,299
$5,999
$6,999
Apr 28, 2017
$4,249
$4,549
$4,999
$5,299
$5,999
$6,999
May 5, 2017
$4,349
$4,649
$5,099
$5,399
$6,099
$7,099
May 12, 2017
$4,349
$4,649
$5,099
$5,399
$6,099
$7,099
May 19, 2017
$4,349
$4,649
$5,099
$5,399
$6,099
$7,099
May 26, 2017
$4,349
$4,649
$5,099
$5,399
$6,099
$7,099
Jun 2, 2017
$4,249
$4,549
$4,999
$5,299
$5,999
$6,999
Jun 9, 2017
$4,249
$4,549
$4,999
$5,299
$5,999
$6,999
Jun 16, 2017
$4,249
$4,549
$4,999
$5,299
$5,999
$6,999
Jun 23, 2017
$4,049
$4,349
$4,799
$5,099
$5,799
$6,799
Jun 30, 2017
$4,049
$4,349
$4,799
$5,099
$5,799
$6,799
Jul 7, 2017
$4,049
$4,349
$4,799
$5,099
$5,799
$6,799
Jul 14, 2017
$4,049
$4,349
$4,799
$5,099
$5,799
$6,799
Jul 21, 2017
$4,049
$4,349
$4,799
$5,099
$5,799
$6,799
Jul 28, 2017
$4,049
$4,349
$4,799
$5,099
$5,799
$6,799
Aug 4, 2017
$4,049
$4,349
$4,799
$5,099
$5,799
$6,799
Aug 11, 2017
$4,049
$4,349
$4,799
$5,099
$5,799
$6,799
Aug 18, 2017
$4,049
$4,349
$4,799
$5,099
$5,799
$6,799
Aug 25, 2017
$4,349
$4,649
$5,099
$5,399
$6,099
$7,099
Sep 1, 2017
$4,649
$4,949
$5,399
$5,699
$6,399
$7,399
Sep 8, 2017
$4,649
$4,949
$5,399
$5,699
$6,399
$7,399
Sep 15, 2017
$4,649
$4,949
$5,399
$5,699
$6,399
$7,399
Sep 22, 2017
$4,549
$4,849
$5,299
$5,599
$6,299
$7,299
Sep 29, 2017
$4,449
$4,749
$5,199
$5,499
$6,199
$7,199
Oct 6, 2017
$4,349
$4,649
$5,099
$5,399
$6,099
$7,099
Oct 13, 2017
$4,249
$5,549
$4,999
$5,299
$5,999
$6,999
Oct 20, 2017
$4,049
$4,349
$4,799
$5,099
$5,799
$6,799
Oct 27, 2017
$3,949
$4,249
$4,699
$4,999
$5,699
$6,699
Nov 3, 2017
$3,749
$4,049
$4,499
$4,799
$5,499
$6,499
2018 Departures
Cruise Embarkation Date

Cat. 5 - Lower Deck fwd & aft w/window

Cat. 4 - Lower Deck w/window
Cat. 3 - Middle Deck fwd w/window
Cat. 2 - Middle Deck aft w/window
Cat. 1 - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Mar 30, 2018
$3,399
$3,649
$4,099
$4,349
$4,999
$5,899
Apr 6, 2018
$3,599
$3,849
$4,299
$4,549
$5,199
$6,099
Apr 13, 2018
$3,599
$3,849
$4,299
$4,549
$5,199
$6,099
Apr 20, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
Apr 27, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
May 4, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
May 11, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
May 18, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
May 25, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
Jun 1, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
Jun 8, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
Jun 15, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
Jun 22, 2018
$3,799
$4,049
$4,499
$4,749
$5,399
$6,299
Jun 29, 2018
$3,799
$4,049
$4,499
$4,749
$5,399
$6,299
Jul 6, 2018
$3,799
$4,049
$4,499
$4,749
$5,399
$6,299
Jul 13,2018
$3,799
$4,049
$4,499
$4,749
$5,399
$6,299
Jul 20, 2018
$3,799
$4,049
$4,499
$4,749
$5,399
$6,299
Jul 27, 2018
$3,799
$4,049
$4,499
$4,749
$5,399
$6,299
Aug 3, 2018
$3,799
$4,049
$4,499
$4,749
$5,399
$6,299
Aug 10, 2018
$3,799
$4,049
$4,499
$4,749
$5,399
$6,299
Aug 17, 2018
$3,799
$4,049
$4,499
$4,749
$5,399
$6,299
Aug 24, 2018
$3,799
$4,049
$4,499
$4,749
$5,399
$6,299
Aug 31, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
Sep 7, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
Sep 14, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
Sep 21, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
Sep 28, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
Oct 5, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
Oct 12, 2018
$3,999
$4,249
$4,699
$4,949
$5,599
$6,499
Oct 19, 2018
$3,599
$3,849
$4,299
$4,549
$5,199
$6,099
Oct 26, 2018
$3,599
$3,849
$4,299
$4,549
$5,199
$6,099
Nov 2, 2018
$3,399
$3,649
$4,099
$4,349
$4,999
$5,899
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies.Please Inquire.
2018 Departures: Port Charges are additional $140 per passenger.

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 “Gentle Walking” programs
▪ 3 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”
▪ 24-Hour Room Service (new in 2017)
▪ 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 (For 2017 Departures: Port charges are included in the cruise prices)
▪ Personal expenses

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