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European Waterways -La Bella Vita - Italy 2015

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2015 Special Offer !
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(Deposit must be recieved by 22 May 2015)

CRUISING ITALY, VENICE, THE VENITIAN LAGOON & THE RIVER PO VALLEY TO MANTUA

Rates are for six nights on either: A whole boat charter basis or per person based on double occupancy per cabin for our GoBarging luxury hotel barge cruises with departures every Sunday, from April to November

2015 Rates are in EUR ( Euros )
Rates are for six nights on either:
A whole boat charter basis or per person based on double occupancy per cabin
ACCOMMODATION VALUE REGULAR
Stateroom per person €2,790 €3,090
Junior Suite per person €3,350 €3,750
Single Supplement €1,050 €1,200
Charter 12 passengers or less wholeboat €45,000 €50,000
Charter 14 passengers wholeboat €46,600 €51,800
Charter 16 passengers wholeboat €48,200 €53,600
Charter 18 passengers wholeboat €49,800 €55,400
Charter 20 passengers wholeboat €51,400 €57,200
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Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted


DEPARTURE DATES - (sundays) RATE ROUTE
March - 29 Value Venice & The Po Valley
April - 05, 12, 19 Value Venice & The Po Valley
April - 26 Regular Venice & The Po Valley
May - 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 Regular Venice & The Po Valley
June - 07, 14, 21, 28 Regular Venice & The Po Valley
July - 05, 12 Regular Venice & The Po Valley
July - 19, 26 Value Venice & The Po Valley
August - 02, 09, 16 Value Venice & The Po Valley
August - 23, 30 Regular Venice & The Po Valley
September - 06, 13, 20, 27 Regular Venice & The Po Valley
October - 04, 11 Regular Venice & The Po Valley
October - 18, 25 Value Venice & The Po Valley

INCLUDES:
Local transfer to and from the barge, a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 7 crew and use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles.

Cruise Highlights

  • Tour of historic Venice, the Naval Museum and the Pavilion of Gondolas
  • Cruise on the Canal of the Orphans past picturesque lagoon islands
  • Tour of Chioggia with its Roman, Etruscan and Byzantine history
  • Visit to Chioggia's colourful fish market
  • Dinner ashore at the 17thC stately home Villa Ca'Zen
  • Private visit to the wine cellars of Villa Widmann-Borletti
  • Tour of the 14thC Estense Castle in Ferrara
  • Visit Mantua's Ducal Palace and gardens or the Doge's Palace in Venice

Typical Cuisine

  • Regional Specialities
    Fegato alla Veneziana, Baccala Mantecato, La Polenta, Sarde in Saor, Risotto al Prezzemolo, Lagoon Seafood
  • Wine Cellar
    Chianti Classico Castello d'lbola, Vespaiolo Maculan Breganze, Malvasia Passito Valtidone, Rose Blanc Brut Sanfeletto, Pinot Grigio St. Michael- Eppan, Rosso di Montepulciano Sabazio
  • Cheese Board
    Gorgonzola, Mozzarella di Bufala, Pecorino, Taleggio, Provolone, Grana Padano, Lombardy Quartirolo, Bagos

CRUISE MAP

 

ITINERARY - Mantua to Venice.

Sunday, Day 1 Mantua
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point on Sunday afternoon and transferred to La Bella Vita, moored in Porto Catena in Mantua. A Prosecco welcome gives you a chance to meet the crew followed by a cruise around the lakes surrounding the city or perhaps a stroll through the historic city centre and a visit to the Ducal Palace. Dinner on board

 Monday, Day 2 Mantua to Zelo
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Mantua. This imposing city was home to the poet Virgil, artists Mantegna and Donatello and under the Lordship of the powerful Gonzaga Family. Mantua has early Etruscan origins but today is a centre of extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture. We view the city squares, Cathedral, the Baptistery and then lunch on board followed by afternoon cruise through the Mincio Natural Park, to Zelo. Dinner aboard.

Tuesday, Day 3 Zelo to Bosaro
Morning cruise along the Bianco Canal to Bosaro past villages and farmsteads. This afternoon we transfer for a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the 14th century Estense Castle. This ancient ducal fortress with moat, drawbridges, unusual battlements and towers, houses marble balconies and sumptuous apartments. We see the Cathedral façade with its sculpted images, described as an Illustrated Bible, and visit the Schifanoia Palace with its fabulous 15th century frescoes. We conclude with a walk through the medieval city centre and Jewish Ghetto before returning to La Bella Vita. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Bosaro to Taglio di Po
In the morning we visit the magnificent Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17th century Villa Widmann-Borletti. For over 1000 years wine, balsamic vinegar, organic Carnaroli rice, grape seed oil and truffles have been produced on the Dominio di Bagnoli estate, which has also been famed for its exclusive D.O.C. Friularo vintages since the 17th century. Concerts, opera and art exhibitions are regular features in this magnificent property. We enjoy a private wine tasting before returning to La Bella Vita in Adria and afternoon cruise downstream along the Bianco Canal before entering the River Po and our peaceful mooring place at Taglio di Po. Here we have dinner ashore nearby at the beautiful 17th century Villa Ca’Zen, a private river-side stately home where we are hosted by the longstanding family owners. It was here that Lord Byron courted the Countess Guccioli and, whilst a guest at the Villa, wrote some of his most moving poetry.

 Thursday, Day 5 Chioggia to San Pietro in Volta
Morning to Porto Levante passing through a nature reserve with flamingos and occasional heron, snipe and other wildfowl. Guided tour to the ancient city of Chioggia, city of Goldoni’s plays, with ancient origins dating back over 2000 years to Roman, Etruscan and Byzantine links. We visit the Piazzatta Vigo, Vigo Bridge and 12th century Vigo column. At the Church of San Domenico, set on its own island, we see Carpaccio’s St Paul, his last recorded painting together with works of art by Tintoretto and Bassano. Chioggia’s cathedral beckons with works by Tiepolo, Giovane, Piazzetta and Diziani. A visit to the colourful fresh fish market completes the picture. After lunch aboard, we cruise north through the lagoon past rustic fishing huts on stilts and the island of Pellistrina, to San Pietro in Volta. Here there is the opportunity to stroll or cycle along the 18th century Istrian sea wall, with the Adriatic on one side and the lagoon on the other. Dinner aboard.

Friday, Day 6 San Pietro in Volta to Venice
This morning we cruise to Venice, passing several lagoon islands - San Sevolo, once a hospital for the Crusaders, San Lazzaro degli Armeni, an early 18th century Armenian monastery, San Clemente, a luxury hotel and poetical Poveglia. These islands sport brightly coloured houses, painted fishing boats and tiny churches. Mooring on the waterfront outside the Naval Museum near St Marks, we make a guided tour to the centre of Venice, experiencing the unique atmosphere of this magical city by visiting The Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace, that was the seat of the government of Venice for centuries as well as being the home of the Doge (the elected ruler of Venice). Captain Farewell Dinner on board and perhaps an evening stroll to the magnificent St Marks Square.

Saturday, Day 7 Venice
After breakfast, passengers are transferred to the **designated drop off point.
**The designated meeting and drop off point is Mestre Venice. Other options are available for charter groups.

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

 

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