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Venice Italy 7-day Luxury Barge Tour (LBV)

  • 7days
  • Italy

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This tour has special prices for the following periods :

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 03 2022 Apr 09 2022 20 Single rooms 4,640€ 4,840€
Double rooms 3,290€ 3,490€

Luxury Barge Tour from Venice to Mantua

When it comes to river cruises, Italy is a country seemingly designed to host them. Its beautiful canals and rivers pass through diverse landscapes and nature en route, from picturesque lagoon islands with their colourful houses, to wild beach dunes and pine woods with an abundance of birdlife.

These waterways were once the ancient trade routes used by the Romans and the early Mediterranean settlers before them, and cruises around Italy are perfect for gaining a real insight into the many cultures – including Roman, Etruscan, Istrian, Byzantine and of course Renaissance – which have influenced the arts, architecture and history of the region over many centuries.

Enjoy the charming waterways between Venice and Mantua, a unique and magical cruising experience. The itinerary includes fascinating excursions that offer a real insight into the many cultures - Roman, Etruscan, Istrian, Byzantine and or course Renaissance - that have influenced the arts, architecture and history of the region over many centuries.

This special voyage also gives the opportunity to enjoy the diverse landscapes and nature en route, from picturesque lagoon islands with their colourful houses to wild beach dunes and pine woods with a variety of bird life; from the charming Venetian port of Chioggia via the river Po and Bianco Canal to the captivating lakeside setting of the Renaissance city of Mantua.

All 10 rooms on board have ensuite facilities; a bright, spacious dining room and bar area offers a perfect view through its louvre doors, and above, a huge sundeck with comfortable loungers is the ideal place for a quiet drink before delicious regional Italian meals are served.

 

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  • Day 1

    Venice

    Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Mestre or Venice and transferred to the barge for a Prosecco welcome. An afternoon cruise takes us along the Giudecca Canal past some of Venice's most famous monuments: the Chiesa del Redentore, the impressive Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and the Punta della Dogana to our mooring outside St Mark's Square. Tour of the Doge's palace before dinner on board.

  • Day 2

    Venice to San Pietro in Volta.

    A guided walking tour to the Castello district of Venice, perhaps discovering some hidden parts of the city of Venice: the gardens of the Biennale Exhibition of Modern Arts, Palladio's Church of San Pietro in Castello, the Naval Museum with a model of the Bucinto (Doge's Boat) and the Pavilion of Gondolas housing Peggy Guggenheim's own vessel. Late afternoon cruise to Pellestrina, which separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, along the Canal of the Orphans, passing lagoon islands with their ancient monasteries, painted fishing boats and tiny churches. Dinner on board.

  • Day 3

    San Pietro in Volta to Taglio di Po

    After a stroll or cycle ride along the 18th century sea wall, a cruise takes us to Chioggia, city of Goldoni's plays, for a visit to the town centre and fish market, cathedral and the Piazzetta Vigo before rejoining the barge. Passing through a nature reserve with flamingos, heron, snipe and other wetland wildfowl, the barge heads upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore, hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17th century Villa Ca'Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.

  • Day 4

    Taglio di Po to Bosaro

    A morning cruise takes us to Adria where we visit this ancient Etruscan town and visit the Archeological Museum. After lunch on board, a drive to the Bagnoli Estate where we tour the Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17th century Villa Wildman Borletti, for a stroll in the gardens and a private wine-tasting. Afternoon cruise to Bosaro. Dinner on board.

  • Day 5

    Bosaro to Tevenzuolo

    A morning excursion and guided tour with highlights of the Renaissance city of Ferrara and its castle, cathedral and Schifanoia palace, renowned for its 15th century frescoes. We also admire the 14th century Estense Castle and it smoat and the magnificent cathedral facade with its sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. . Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise to Trevenzuolo and dinner on board.

  • Day 6

    Trevenzuolo to Mantua

    The final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, home of the poet Virgil, artists Mantegna and Donatello and its captivating lakeside setting. Mantua displays extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14th century Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica and theatre. The intricate frescoes, Gallery of Mirrors and exquisite Rivers Room and 12,000 paintings and sculptures all create a Grand Finale to our Italian Renaissance adventure. Captain's farewell dinner on board.

  • Day 7

    Mantua.

    After breakfast, passengers disembark and transfer to the drop off point at Venice or Mestre.

    This is a sample tour and subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Oct 10 2021 Oct 16 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Oct 17 2021 Oct 23 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Oct 24 2021 Oct 30 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Mar 27 2022 Apr 02 2022 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Apr 03 2022 Apr 09 2022 20 Single rooms 4,640€
Double rooms 3,290€
Apr 10 2022 Apr 16 2022 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Apr 17 2022 Apr 23 2022 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Apr 24 2022 Apr 30 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
May 01 2022 May 07 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
May 08 2022 May 14 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
May 15 2022 May 21 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
May 22 2022 May 28 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
May 29 2022 Jun 04 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jun 05 2022 Jun 11 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jun 12 2022 Jun 18 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jun 19 2022 Jun 25 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jun 26 2022 Jul 02 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jul 03 2022 Jul 09 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jul 10 2022 Jul 16 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jul 17 2022 Jul 23 2022 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Jul 24 2022 Jul 30 2022 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Jul 31 2022 Aug 06 2022 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Aug 07 2022 Aug 13 2022 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Aug 14 2022 Aug 20 2022 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Aug 21 2022 Aug 27 2022 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Aug 28 2022 Sep 03 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Sep 04 2022 Sep 10 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Sep 11 2022 Sep 17 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Sep 18 2022 Sep 24 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Sep 25 2022 Oct 01 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Oct 02 2022 Oct 08 2022 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Oct 09 2022 Oct 15 2022 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Oct 16 2022 Oct 22 2022 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Oct 23 2022 Oct 29 2022 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€

Car rental in Italy

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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