Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy

Resort: Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy
Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: Italy
Price From: £3649.00

Overview

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.

Whats Included

  • 2 nights in hotel and 7 nights cruise on S.S. La Venezia (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • All meals on board, impeccably prepared using the freshest and finest local ingredients. Breakfasts during hotel stay

10 excursions and visits

  • Milan highlights city tour
  • Verona, City of Romeo and Juliet
  • Valpolicella wine estate lunch
  • A morning walk in Venice with Doges Palace visit
  • Private after-hours visit to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Choice of Venice walking tour or Drink like an Italian in Padua or Po Delta sailing or Let's Go biking Chioggia with Cazen visit and tasting or Bragozzo ride with Cazen visit and tasting
  • Chioggia market visit
  • Evening stroll in Burano
  • Full-day Magic Island Day – hidden treasures of the lagoon
  • Choice of Do as the Locals Do Venice walking tour or Rialto walking tour with Casanova

Plus

  • The finest riverview cabins afloat, with included robes and slippers
  • Unlimited drinks on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and mineral water (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Captains welcome/farewell receptions and dinners
  • Award-winning service, with the highest staff to guest ratio in the industry
  • All gratuities on board and ashore
  • All entertainment plus signature lectures
  • Shore excursions in the company of English-speaking local expert guides
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Complimentary use of bicycles/Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Titans VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Uniworld cruise manager

Itinerary

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.
Please note: The Italian Maritime Authorities require that only crew may be on the ship during the Adriatic Sea passage. Therefore, guests must disembark the ship and partake in the featured excursions.

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.
Please note: The Italian Maritime Authorities require that only crew may be on the ship during the Adriatic Sea passage. Therefore, guests must disembark the ship and partake in the featured excursions.

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.

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