Discover colourful islands, quaint fishing villages and iconic historic landmarks on this one-of-a-kind cruise through the Venetian Lagoon.
• Avoid the crowds and join a private after-hours visit to St Mark’s Basilica
• Enjoy a special tasting of Dorona, one of the world’s rarest white wines in Mazzorbo.
River cruise itinerary
Day 1 UK to Venice, Italy Depart the UK on your flight to Venice. On arrival, a Uniworld representative will transfer you to the River Countess. As you relax on board, the ship will set off along the magical Giudecca Canal towards San Marco.
Day 2 Venice
This morning disembark the ship to join an early morning guided walk of Venice. Stroll through the largest historic district of Castello, a typically Venetian neighbourhood home to 800-year-old homes and beautiful tiny canals. Following your arrival at St Mark’s Square, without doubt the most famous plaza in Venice, enjoy a peaceful amble around the Doge’s Palace complex before all the crowds arrive. Following a scenic lagoon cruise this afternoon, enjoy a welcome cocktail in front of the famous Grand Canal, before a special Captain’s Welcome Dinner this evening.
Day 3 Chioggia Following a morning walk in Padua, you will transfer by road to Chioggia, a charming coastal fishing town, sometimes known as ‘Little Venice’. Choose between a guided stroll around this beautiful village, or admire the spectacular views as you join a bike ride along the beaches of the lagoon. For something a little different, board a small boat and join a group of local fisherman with their mussel harvesting out in the lagoon.
Day 4 Polesella Today, the choice is yours. Foodies can head to Italy’s culinary capital, Bologna, where you can join an exclusive Italian pasta-making workshop before eating your delicious creations for lunch. Alternatively, if you have an appetite for art, join a half-day tour of Ferrara, an ancient city known for its medieval cobbled lanes and exquisite Renaissance artwork.
Day 5 Taglio di Po, Chioggia This morning you’ll return to Chioggia, a quintessentially Venetian fishing village. Accompanied by the ship’s chef, step ashore to pick out the best seafood in the local fish market, one of the largest in the whole of Italy. Join a traditional bragozzo for a ride through the canals, or take a guided bike tour along the harbour. This evening, the River Countess will sail back to Venice, where tonight you’ll have the unique opportunity to join a private after-hours visit to St Mark’s Basilica, complete with a commentary from an expert historian. This is an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience, allowing you to admire this majestic church without the crowds that head here during the day.
Day 6 Venice Islands
Today you’ll explore the northern lagoon, visiting three of the smaller islands that surround Venice. Wander around beautiful Burano, a lace-making haven famous for its colourful fishermen’s cottages and delicate ateliers. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant of your choice (at extra cost), before rejoining the group to continue to the neighbouring island of Mazzorbo. Sample a special wine made with rare Dorona grapes at a local vineyard, before continuing to the island of Torcello, home to the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the oldest church in the lagoon.
Day 7 Venice Returning to Venice, today’s excursions will begin at the famous Rialto Bridge, one of the city’s oldest and most iconic landmarks. Accompanied by the ship’s chef, join them on an early morning shopping trip into the famous Rialto Market. As you pick up ingredients for dinner this evening, you’ll learn first-hand about the local Venetian food scene. Alternatively, join an expert art historian on an exclusive visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to one of the greatest collections of Venetian Renaissance paintings in the world. Back on board the ship, this evening you’ll join your fellow guests at a special Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 Venice Following disembarkation, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Is this for you?
Romantics and foodies will love this river cruise, which explores the rich culture and history of Venice and its enchanting surroundings. On board the River Countess, a beautiful ship offering unparalleled luxury and originality, this cruise promises exquisite culinary experiences, an exceptional all-inclusive experience, and a level of service that is second to none.
Uniworld’s floating boutique hotels are a luxury addition to river cruising. With the same standards as some of the finest hotels, each ship is a bespoke statement designed to reflect the incredible destinations they visit. The River Countess is a visual masterpiece that embodies Venice’s signature flamboyant style. Each stateroom and suite is an eye-catching canvas of bright colours, plush furnishings and intricate details, and the ship houses original artwork from the likes of Gustav Klimt and David Hockney. Dining on board is really something special; breakfast buffets include specialised stations and continental options, while the five-course evening meals offer the finest Italian cuisine. Special diets are readily catered for, and all ingredients are sourced locally.
Departing 03 November 2019. Alternative Europe itineraries are available with Uniworld, call or speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details.
Included in price
• All meals on board
• Premium drinks selection including fine wines, Champagne and brand label spirits at any time of day
• Choice of daily excursions including biking tours, Do as the Locals Do, Village Day and exclusive experiences
• English-speaking guides and experts
• Transfers on arrival & departure days
• All gratuities (on board and offshore)
• Wi-Fi on board
• All specified flights.