Europe and Mediterranean: Milan, Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy Cruise

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uncover the extraordinary hidden treasures of Venice and Northern Italy. Travel from dynamic Milan to romantic Venice. Soak up the enchantment of "The City of Water" and three outer-lying Venetian islands, Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Be treated to an exclusive evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark's Basilica. Discover the charm of seaside Chioggia loved by fishermen and artists alike. Enjoy a multicourse lunch complete with wine pairings at a historic wine estate in Valpolicella. Explore medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus; "bountiful" Bologna; Verona, the famed city of Romeo and Juliet; and UNESCO-designated Ferrara. Each of these enchanting locales is yours to uncover on the "Gems of Northern Italy."

All-Inclusive Cruise

  • True All-Inclusive Boutique River Cruising™

  • All gratuities for onboard and onshore services

  • Unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits and nonalcoholic beverages**

  • Shore excursions with local experts as your guide

  • Internet and Wi-Fi

  • All arrival and departure day transfers

 

Executive Member Benefit

  • Executive Members earn an annual 2% Reward on Costco Travel purchases

  • Receive a $50 shipboard credit per person (maximum $100 per stateroom)♦

 

Costco Shop Card

  • Member Exclusive: Costco Shop Card with every Uniworld river cruise†

Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1Milan

Overview

Milan, a metropolis in Italy's northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture.

Day 2Milan

Overview

Milan, a metropolis in Italy's northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture.

Day 3Verona

Overview

Embraced in the arch-like meanders of the River Adige, Sitting at the feet of the hills of Lessinia rolling down to the plans lost in mists, and bathed in the breezes from Monte Baldo and the parfume of Lake Garda, Verona has always found itself at the centre of Italian and European history. It is the home of Valerius Catullus and Vitruvius, the city where Julius Gaesar loved to stay, marvellously planned and solidly founded with splendid gates (Porta Borsari e Porta Leona) in 49B.C. under the hegemony of the Publilia tribe. It is the city which built its walls in seven months when, in 256 A.D., the Empire was terrorised by invasions; it is also the city of Theodoric, the great King of the Ostrogoths, to whose legend is attributed even the construction of the Arena; it is the city of Alboin and Rosamunda and the Longobard Dukes who here saw the emergence of the richest flowering of their culture. It is the city of Charlemagne and his son, King Pepin; Imperial Capital and seat of the Emperor Berengar I, the site of Diets and Consistories, of Conclaves and historic Congresses. It fought at the head of the Veronese League under the carroccio Brothers, but, ever a European centre, it welcomed within its walls - which event the Hungarians were unable to bring down - German bishops and abbots with all the naturalness of cosmopolitan cities. Ezzelino da Romano and the Scaligers, imperial vicars: the splendid lords who gave refuge to Dante during his first period of exile. And then came Venice, the Magnificent: the history of Verona turned inwards on itself and cultivated its own exquisitely commercial, artistic and cultural affairs, emerging as a burgeoning centre for intellectuals, merchants, artists and the military: its strategic position marked the city's destiny for many centuries, right to the time of the Austrian Quadrilateral and the Wars of Indipendence, until Octiber 1866, when the Veronese people decided by universal plebiscite to join the Kingdom of Italy. This historical outline holds the very soul of Verona: a sense of European-ness in time, history and art today witnessed by an enviable patrimony of large, famous and well mainteined monuments which make Verona a living gallery of all the artistic and cultural periods of Western civilisation, and all but unique example of harmonious cohabitation of different styles and different schools of thought. For this reason, as much today as yesterday, Verona has been able to delineate a very special profile, its own particular identity, as a mayor route centre, despite the inclemencies of Time and History. Perhaps because it has always been pleasant and easy to reach Verona, as the diaries of illustrious travellers of the past (Goethe, Heine, Stendhal and Valery) record, the people of Verona have made hospitality one of their most prominent characteristics. The Province of Verona (covering 3.097 sq. Km. and 770.000 inhabitants between the city itself - about 261.000 - and its 98 "communities") lies between the Lombard cities of Brescia and Mantua, Trento to the njorth and the Venetian Provincial capiotals of Vicenza, Padua and Rovigo. It is the crossroad of the "Serenissima A4" and "Brennero A22" morotways and the State Roads connecting Milan and Venice (n. 11), Trento and Modena (n. 12) and Mantua and Parma (n. 62). These important roads are naturally joined by the Railways, which help make Verona a route centre of European standing, and its "Valerius Catullo" Aurport, the city's gateway to Europe and the rest of the world. It is popular and increasingly specialised centre for tourism, providing an attractive range of activities and events in every season of the year: the sunny beaches of the Riviera degli Olivi on Lake Garda from Peschiera to Malcesine, between which lie th "communes"of Lazies, Bardolino, Garda, Torri del Benaco and Brenzone, or the snow-capped ski slopes of Baldo and Lessinia, ideal for both cross-country and downhill skiing; the Arena and th Shakespearian Festivals, the former for lyric opera founded in 1913, the latter for dramatic arts first held in 1948, respectively in the Arena and the Roman Theatre. Yet every ancient courtyard, ever cloister are the backdrops to a variety of shows and events every Summer, and every square becomes an open-air arena. And even in Winter, made mild by the warm breezes of Lake Garda, the lyric-symphonic season continues in the 18th Century Philharmonic Theatre, joined by impressive exhibitions in the Gallery ofModern and Contemporary Art in the Palazzo Forti, and "Christmas in the Arena", the unusual and unique international exibition of Nativity scenes. The Verona Fairgrounds have expanded since 1898 and now offer events almost every month to million of visitors and operators from all over the world; these shows enjoy a very high status and the most famous are the Fieragricola, Vinitaly, Herbora, Marmomacchine, Samoter, The horse Show and many others. The leading role of the Fairgrounds is now backed up by facilities for Conferences and Conventions. The city also enjoys international prestige throught its University: the Fculty of Medicine is one fo the best equipped and best organized in Italy and Europe, and Boasts a tradition of medicine and natural history which dates back to the Renaissance, kept alive today by the famous Natural History Museum visited by researchers from every part of the world to see its collection of fossils and archeological remains from the most ancient prehistoric periods of the Italian penisula: Bolca, Ponte di Veja, Spluga di Preta - ensuring that the Museum rightly enjoys an international reputation.

Day 4Venice/Italy

Overview

One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Venice is simply magical. The city is surrounded by water; the quiet canals are like city streets crossed by little bridges. There are no cars; it is a pedestrian haven. The piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, is crowded with pigeons and people during the day, but at night becomes an open-air ballroom. Music from several orchestras wafts across the candlelit square. It is a place for lovers and lovers of art and beauty. But, the very thing that makes Venice so special is also a threat. The water has been rising and exceptionally high tides have been flooding the square and eroding the buildings. Much thought and care has been given to finding ways to preserve this special city, but we would waste no time in visiting Venice as soon as you can. It is worth a lot to see this treasure before it is too late.

Day 5Chioggia

Overview

Chioggia is a seaside town south of Venice, Italy. Traversed by the Corso del Popolo thoroughfare, its historic area has canals and narrow alleys. The Torre dell’Orologio S. Andrea is a Romanesque watchtower with a medieval clock. The Museum of Adriatic Zoology Giuseppe Olivi includes a display on local fishing traditions. On an island to the east are wide Sottomarina beach and Forte San Felice, a 14th-century fort.

Day 6Polesella

Overview

Polesella is a comune in the Province of Rovigo in the Italian region Veneto, located about 70 kilometres southwest of Venice and about 11 km south of Rovigo.

Day 7Chioggia

Overview

Chioggia is a seaside town south of Venice, Italy. Traversed by the Corso del Popolo thoroughfare, its historic area has canals and narrow alleys. The Torre dell’Orologio S. Andrea is a Romanesque watchtower with a medieval clock. The Museum of Adriatic Zoology Giuseppe Olivi includes a display on local fishing traditions. On an island to the east are wide Sottomarina beach and Forte San Felice, a 14th-century fort.

Day 8Burano

Overview

Burano is one of the greater centers of the lagoon of Venice, with its 7.000 inhabitants around, a flourishing activity of fishing, laces and tourism. The isle as Filiasi remembers it: "This island, once called Buriano at the time of the already destroyed Altino, became Burano when the family "Buriana" settled down there (called Burianus by Latin people). Another theory tells that the inhabitants of Burano came from the destroyed Buranello, a small island situated 5 miles to the south. The historic rests of Buranello are still now present underwater." The name Burano (settled down by the people of Altino), remembers "the Boreana door" of Altino and remained a village even when Torcello and Mazzorbo overcame it in importance. Anyway, the peculiar position of Burano respect to winds and marshes, saved it from the decadence and from the destruction, that happened to other islands. Thanks to its position more detached from the mainland, Burano avoided the plague of malaria, quite normal in the lagoon islands and that counted hundreds victims; furthermore its position was a natural defense from invaders. The inhabitants, century after century, consolidated and raise again the ground, dug canals and raise bridges, transforming a swamp in a hospitable place. Today Burano is a marvelous island, a heaven that enchants the tourists, not only for the historical themes, but even for its charm, for the unreal silence of its mornings, for the happy bawling and for the peculiar local dialect, that has the characteristic to lengthen, almost to double, the consonants. A tourist that comes from Venice by water (with a "vaporetto"), with a trip of 40 minutes in the middle of the lagoon, passing close to islands in ruin that remember the ancient records of the Dominant Republic " Serenissima", here in Burano discovers a maze of narrow streets "calli" and banks "fondamente" on small canals. The characteristic of the motley houses attracts immediately the attention of the visitor, remembering him other forms of polychrome that can be find in other islands of Italy, for example in Pantelleria. The historic traces that the island still preserves (besides some Venetian-byzantine panels of the century XII - XIII that are part of the façade in a house at the end of the main road of the island) are almost all contained in the ample church devoted to S. Martin, a construction of the XVI century, with a Latin cross three aisles plan, with transept, major chapel and two side chapels and a arched ceiling supported by pillars. The most important work of art in the church is the "Crocifissione", a painting made by G.B.Tiepolo (1727). The big square in front of the church is dedicated to Baldassarre Galuppi (1706-85), who was the famous musician called "the Buranello", pride of Burano. Galuppi worked out a collaboration with Goldoni on the "opera comica" as librettist and he composed quartets, symphonies and concerts for cymbal, bringing a remarkable evolution in the instrumental chamber music of the XVIII century. It is worth tasting, in one of the many restaurants of the island, the typical local dishes, all made with fish, among which the most appreciated for its originality is the "risotto" with "nero di seppia", or the "schie," shrimps of the lagoon that, together with "polenta", represents a unique specialty. A few minutes far from Burano, is situated Torcello, pearl of the northern lagoon, known by everyone for its beautiful churches and for its millennial history. Its small museum contained the historical traces of the island. Another isle is that of "S. Francesco del Deserto" with its convent, that brings the visitor visions of the simple and poor life and gives to visitors the tranquility of spirit that only in this place can be felt so deeply.

Day 9Venice/Italy

Overview

One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Venice is simply magical. The city is surrounded by water; the quiet canals are like city streets crossed by little bridges. There are no cars; it is a pedestrian haven. The piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, is crowded with pigeons and people during the day, but at night becomes an open-air ballroom. Music from several orchestras wafts across the candlelit square. It is a place for lovers and lovers of art and beauty. But, the very thing that makes Venice so special is also a threat. The water has been rising and exceptionally high tides have been flooding the square and eroding the buildings. Much thought and care has been given to finding ways to preserve this special city, but we would waste no time in visiting Venice as soon as you can. It is worth a lot to see this treasure before it is too late.

Day 10Venice/Italy

Overview

One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Venice is simply magical. The city is surrounded by water; the quiet canals are like city streets crossed by little bridges. There are no cars; it is a pedestrian haven. The piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, is crowded with pigeons and people during the day, but at night becomes an open-air ballroom. Music from several orchestras wafts across the candlelit square. It is a place for lovers and lovers of art and beauty. But, the very thing that makes Venice so special is also a threat. The water has been rising and exceptionally high tides have been flooding the square and eroding the buildings. Much thought and care has been given to finding ways to preserve this special city, but we would waste no time in visiting Venice as soon as you can. It is worth a lot to see this treasure before it is too late.

Onboard the S.S. La Venezia

Not Yet Rated

The River Countess will undergo a complete design renovation and debut as S.S. La Venezia bringing guests complete luxury while exploring Northern Italy. The redesign of S.S. La Venezia will be inspired by Venetian culture and feature four elegantly appointed suites, two dining venues, including an Italian kitchen on the upper deck, spa, library, lounge and bar.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Fitness Center

Fitness Center

  • Card Room
  • Movies
  • Fitness Center
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Library
  • Concierge Desk

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Spa

Spa

  • Beauty Salon
  • Internet Center
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques

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Dining

Main Dining

Main Restaurant (open seating): This seating option allows you to choose when and with whom you dine. Menus are a blend of classic cuisine with a touch of contemporary elegance, and are created using only the finest and freshest ingredients often brought onboard from local ports of call. You'll be surrounded by the beauty of passing riverbank towns and villages.


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Classic Stateroom with Small Window (Category: CL)

Category: CL

Deluxe Stateroom with Window (Category: DE)

Category: DE

Stateroom with French Balcony (Category: FB)

Category: FB

Suite with French Balcony (Category: S)

Category: S

Grand Suite with French Balcony (Category: GS)

Category: GS

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Marco Polo Deck
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Triple accommodation availableTriple accommodation available

Ship Facts

S.S. La Venezia ship image
  • Ship Name: S.S. La Venezia
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Year Refurbished: 2020
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2003
  • Ship Class: River "Super Ship"
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 3
  • Number of Crew: 42
  • Officers' Nationality: European/International
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 14
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 6
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 130
  • Country of Registry: Italy
  • Total Staterooms: 63
  • Suites with Balcony: 43
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: European/International
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Available Dates & Prices

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River-View Stateroom

French Balcony Stateroom

Balcony Stateroom

Suite Stateroom

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Ship's registry: Switzerland

    Package ID: UNIVENEUR20210326