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La Bella Vita Northern Italy Barge Cruise: Venice to Venice

7 Days
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US$ 5,381

Enjoy a unique cruise itinerary featuring Venice, the home of canals, bridges and beautiful architecture, Chioggia, a picturesque town, Adria, a typical Etruscan town, Ferrara, a Renaissance city with a wonderful cathedral and palace and Mantua, a lakeside town with attractive Baroque architecture.

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This 7-day cruise itinerary through Italy starts in one of the country’s signature destinations, beautiful Venice. Then immerse yourself in Renaissance wonder, finally disembarking in Mantua.

A tiny city with an enormous reputation, Venice is one of the world’s most unique destinations. It’s packed with clichés – most of them true – yet still manages to surprise. After transferring to your vessel, La Bella Vita, cruise along the Giudecca Canala and take in the city’s most famous monuments from the water. Then take a late afternoon stroll through St Mark’s Square, and the Doge’s Palace. A second day takes you through the less touristy parts of the city including the Castello District before setting sail for the islands separating Venice from the Adriatic Sea.

Pull back the curtain on Goldoni’s plays in Chioggia then discover Italy’s natural charms, exploring the wetlands of the Po Delta. Travel upstream to the ancient town of Adria, where you’ll visit the Archaeological Museum. The afternoon is spent enjoying a private wine tasting at Bagnoli Estate, a centuries old supplier of Venetian society.

Immerse yourself in Renaissance splendour in Ferrara, a city crafted in fine 14th and 15th century architecture and frescoes. Finally, set sail for the lakeside town of Mantua, home of the poet Virgil, and the artists Mantegna and Donatello. Though the power of the Gonzaga family is long gone, this lovely town still holds the 14th century Ducal Palace and the Gallery of Mirrors among its treasure chest of Renaissance art.

Return to Venice for your departing flight.

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7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,381

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Day 1


Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Mestre or Venice on Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm and transferred to La Bella Vita for a Prosecco Welcome. A late afternoon cruise takes you along the Giudecca Canal past some of Venice's most famous monuments: the Chiesa del Redentore, the impressive Basilica di Santa Maria Madonna della Salute and the Punta della Dogana to our mooring outside the Naval Museum. Then, time for a stroll to St Mark's Square and a tour of the Doge's Palace before dinner on board.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration6 Nights

La Bella Vita

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    La Bella Vita

    La Bella Vita is a stylish twenty-passenger vessel offering comfortable, fully air-conditioned accommodation. She has two upper deck junior suites and eight lower deck staterooms, all offering en suite facilities, and a bright, spacious dining room and bar area where delicious Italian specialities will be …

    La Bella Vita is a stylish twenty-passenger vessel offering comfortable, fully air-conditioned accommodation. She has two upper deck junior suites and eight lower deck staterooms, all offering en suite facilities, and a bright, spacious dining room and bar area where delicious Italian specialities will be served. Louvre doors open to the side to give a perfect view. Above, there is a huge sun deck with comfortable loungers to relax on with a drink and a good book, or just watch the world go by. La Bella Vita is the perfect vessel from which to immerse yourself in Italian Renaissance culture as you cruise the Venetian lagoon and the calm waters of the Po Valley en route to the elegant city of Mantua.


    • Air Conditioning
    • Bicycles
    • Computer Station
    • Dining Area
    • Heating
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lounge Chairs

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Day 2

Venice to San Pietro in Volta

Guided walking tour to Castello District, 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 Bucintoro (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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

San Pietro in Volta to Taglio Di Po

After a stroll or cycle along the 18thC Istrian sea wall in Pellestrina, you cruise to Chioggia, city of Goldoni's plays. Here you visit the picturesque town centre and colourful fish market. You also see the Cathedral and the Piazzetta Vigo before rejoining La Bella Vita at the Po Delta. Passing through a nature reserve with flamingos and occasional heron, snipe and other wetland wildfowl, you travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17thC Villa Ca'Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Taglio Di Po to Bosaro

This morning you cruise to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town and visit the Archaeological Museum. After lunch on board you drive to the Bagnoli Estate where you tour the Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17thC Villa Widmann Borletti, for a private tasting of their renowned estate-grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Afternoon cruise to Bosaro. Dinner on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Bosaro to Trevenzuolo

Morning excursion with guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the 14thC Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges, marble balconies and sumptuous apartments, and the Schifanoia Palace with its fabulous 15thC frescoes. You also see the cathedral façade with its sculpted images described as an Illustrated Bible. Return to the hotel barge for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads to Trevenzuolo and dinner on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Trevenzuolo to Mantua

Your final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, home of the poet Virgil, artists Mantegna and Donatello and a captivating lakeside setting. Mantua displays extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14thC 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 your Italian Renaissance adventure. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7


After breakfast, passengers disembark La Bella Vita and transfer back to Mestre or Venice (the drive back to Venice is around 1.5-2 hours). You can choose to be dropped off at Hotel Laguna Palace (Mestre), Mestre Train Station, or the Piazzale Roma Square (Venice). You will arrive at these locations between 10am and 12 noon. You are free to make your onward arrangements from here.

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2020 : Sundays; March through October


  • Comfortable accommodation in air-conditioned, en suite staterooms or suites.
  • Gourmet meals prepared by the onboard chef, fine wines and an open bar.
  • Daily escorted excursions to places of interest and private wine tastings in air-conditioned minibuses.
  • Local transfers
  • Bicycles and on most hotel barges, an on-deck spa pool.
  • Attentive service from an experienced crew - Captain, chef, tour guide, and hosts/hostesses.


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Important: This is a sample itinerary is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction (we will know the direction approx 3-4 weeks before departure, but it always starts and finishes in Venice).


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

4 Oct 2020
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