Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy
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Combine headline sights with hidden treasures on this journey through northern Italy. A two-night stay in Milan – home of Da Vincis The Last Supper – starts things off. Well then travel via fair Verona to Venice, discovering its iconic attractions and quiet lanes. Well explore the islands of the Venetian Lagoon; soak up the seaside charm of artists-favourite Chioggia; and have the chance to take a cooking class in Bologna, Italys foodie capital.
10 excursions and visits
Day 1 Milan – Verona – Valpolicella – Venice
En route to Venice, youll stop in the literary hometown of Shakespeares famously star-crossed teen lovers to see the sights. Later, enjoy lunch at a historic wine estate owned by descendants of Dante and learn about one of the most unique Italian wines, Amarone di Valpolicella. This evening youll arrive in magical Venice and embark your ship. Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening on the Venetian Lagoon.
Day 2 Venice
With your early morning arrival at Doges Palace, youll be able to marvel at the estate in total peace. Wander through a Venetian neighbourhood and experience daily life in an authentic Venetian residential quarter. Later in the evening, cap the day off with a private once-in-a-lifetime experience at an after-hours lighting ceremony inside St Marks Basilica without the crowds.
Day 3 Chioggia
Choose between a full-day in medieval Padua, home to Italy's second oldest university, or a Venice walking tour and a choice of several exciting ways to see Chioggia: sailing through the Po delta, riding on a traditional bragozzo or biking through this authentic fishing town. A special Captains welcome reception and dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Day 4 Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)
Explore Italys culinary capital Bologna on a full-day tour packed with an exclusive pasta-making workshop and lunch or explore Ferrara on a half-day tour.
Day 5 Porto Viro – Chioggia – Burano
Today, youll admire the greatest sites of charming and coastal Chioggia, including a stop at the local and lively market. Your ship will move to dock overnight in Burano, where youll enjoy a lovely evening stroll through this multi-coloured island.
Day 6 Burano (Torcello, Mazzorbo and Burano)
Spend the day exploring the northern lagoon of Venice and three of its captivating islands. Explore a basilica with an art historian in Torcello before heading to the peaceful, agricultural island of Mazzorbo. End the tour with a stroll through Buranos rainbow of colourful homes and visit a lace-making atelier.
Day 7 Venice
As your water taxi glides past narrow side canals and the Canal Grande, youll arrive in style at the Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi. The iconic stone arch bridge sits at the narrowest point of the Canal Grande and holds numerous shops and restaurants. A special Captains farewell reception and dinner will be prepared for you this evening.