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Venice Italy 7-day Luxury Barge Tour (LBV)

  • 7days
  • Italy

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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.

 

Opera special date: 11 August 2019 Tosca in the Arena de Verona: 880 euro p.p. / 1030 single

Includes one night in 4* hotel plus opera ticket

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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 06 2019 Oct 12 2019 20 Single rooms 4,200€
Double rooms 3,000€
Oct 13 2019 Oct 19 2019 20 Single rooms 3,750€
Double rooms 2,720€
Oct 20 2019 Oct 26 2019 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€
Mar 22 2020 Mar 28 2020 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€
Mar 29 2020 Apr 04 2020 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€
Apr 05 2020 Apr 11 2020 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€
Apr 12 2020 Apr 18 2020 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€
Apr 19 2020 Apr 25 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Apr 26 2020 May 02 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
May 03 2020 May 09 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
May 10 2020 May 16 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
May 17 2020 May 23 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
May 24 2020 May 30 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
May 31 2020 Jun 06 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Jun 07 2020 Jun 13 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Jun 14 2020 Jun 20 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Jun 21 2020 Jun 27 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Jun 28 2020 Jul 04 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Jul 05 2020 Jul 11 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Jul 12 2020 Jul 18 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Jul 19 2020 Jul 25 2020 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€
Jul 26 2020 Aug 01 2020 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€
Aug 02 2020 Aug 08 2020 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€
Aug 09 2020 Aug 15 2020 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€
Aug 16 2020 Aug 22 2020 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€
Aug 23 2020 Aug 29 2020 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€
Aug 30 2020 Sep 05 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Sep 06 2020 Sep 12 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Sep 13 2020 Sep 19 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Sep 20 2020 Sep 26 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Sep 27 2020 Oct 03 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Oct 04 2020 Oct 10 2020 20 Single rooms 5,250€
Double rooms 3,750€
Oct 11 2020 Oct 17 2020 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€
Oct 18 2020 Oct 24 2020 20 Single rooms 4,690€
Double rooms 3,390€

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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