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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.

 

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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.
Mar 28 2021 Apr 03 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Apr 04 2021 Apr 10 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Apr 11 2021 Apr 17 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Apr 18 2021 Apr 24 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Apr 25 2021 May 01 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
May 02 2021 May 08 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
May 09 2021 May 15 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
May 16 2021 May 22 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
May 23 2021 May 29 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
May 30 2021 Jun 05 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jun 06 2021 Jun 12 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jun 13 2021 Jun 19 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jun 20 2021 Jun 26 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jun 27 2021 Jul 03 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jul 04 2021 Jul 10 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jul 11 2021 Jul 17 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Jul 18 2021 Jul 24 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Jul 25 2021 Jul 31 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Aug 01 2021 Aug 07 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Aug 08 2021 Aug 14 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Aug 15 2021 Aug 21 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Aug 22 2021 Aug 28 2021 20 Single rooms 4,840€
Double rooms 3,490€
Aug 29 2021 Sep 04 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Sep 05 2021 Sep 11 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Sep 12 2021 Sep 18 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Sep 19 2021 Sep 25 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Sep 26 2021 Oct 02 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
Oct 03 2021 Oct 09 2021 20 Single rooms 5,500€
Double rooms 3,950€
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€

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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