8 Days 7 Nights
Period
Italy
Location
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Itinerary

Day 1 | Venice (Embark) (D)
Arrive at Venice Marco Polo International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening on the Venetian Lagoon.

 

Day 2 | Venice (BB/L/WD)
Hoping to escape marauding Huns, Goths and Vandals as the Roman Empire collapsed in the fifth century, refugees built a little settlement they called Venice on tiny islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. By the 12th century, Venice was the wealthiest and most powerful city-state in Europe, controlling the Mediterranean and all European trade with the East. Its merchant-aristocrats lavished their wealth on palaces and churches, art and music, creating a city that is truly like no other. Now, seawater laps at the foot of thousand-year-old houses— and sometimes rises above the doorsteps—but the glorious palaces and romantic canals enchant visitors just as they have for centuries. Today you will embark on your own personal voyage of discovery through this entrancing city. An expert guide will show you iconic sites as well as quiet lanes and secret spots known only to locals (shhhh….). Also on deck today: a scenic cruise around the Venetian Lagoon.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: A morning walk in Venice. Private after-hours visit to Saint Mark’s Basilica (If religious functions or festives are taking place in the evening, we will visit during regular hours)

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

 

Day 3 | Chioggia (BB/L/D)
The S.S. La Venezia sails from Venice, cruising through the lagoon, past the Lido, the colorful fishermen’s houses of Pellestrina and the huge ongoing flood-control project called MOSE (which is designed to protect Venice from rising seawater), before docking in Chioggia, sometimes called “Little Venice,” at the southern end of the lagoon. Join a local expert for a stroll around this picturesque fishing village, a popular place for artists, or “Let’s Go” with a bike ride along the beaches lining the lagoon, or, for something really unique, hop aboard a small boat to go mussel harvesting with local fishermen out in the lagoon. The seaside air and sweeping views are simply spectacular. IMPORTANT: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. Therefore, our guests must disembark the ship and partake in the featured excursions. We thank you for your cooperation.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Padua morning walk and market visit or “Let’s Go” biking Chioggia or Bragozzo ride with typical Italian mussel lunch

 

Day 4 | Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara) (BB/L/D)
Today you face a tough decision: Do you spend a full day in Bologna, the culinary capital of Northern Italy, or visit UNESCO-designated Ferrara, a beautifully preserved Renaissance city? Let your passions be your guide today. If you have an appetite for pasta, head to Bologna—the heart of Italian culinary traditions—and learn how to make (and eat!) your own lunch. Or indulge your appetite for art with an excursion to Ferrara, an ancient center for the arts that once rivaled Medici Florence.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Private pasta-making and Italian lunch in Bologna or Ferrera: Renaissance, elegance and Italian lifestyle town discovery walk

 

Day 5 | Porto Viro, Chioggia (BB/L/D)
Chioggia is such a delight that we’ll return there today to experience something completely different. You can visit the village’s bustling once-a-week market—a colorful and boisterous scene, and quintessentially Italian. IMPORTANT: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. Therefore, our guests must disembark the ship and partake in the featured excursions. We thank you for your cooperation.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Chioggia market visit You’ll sail back to Venice this evening.

 

Day 6 | Venice Islands (Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello) (BB/D)
Venice is an island surrounded by hundreds of smaller islands, three of which you’ll visit today—Burano, famous for its lace-makers and houses painted in eye-popping colors; Mazzorbo, where you’ll taste a historic golden-hued wine; and Torcello, home to beautiful Byzantine mosaics.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Magic Island Day: hidden treasures of the lagoon

 

Day 7 | Venice (BB/L/FD)
Lovers of food and wine flock to Italy to immerse themselves in a true farm-to-table epicurean experience. If that sounds like you, you’ll love today’s walking tour to the famous fish and produce market next to the Rialto Bridge. Prefer a more visual feast? Join an art historian for a highlights tour of the Accademia gallery.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: “AVG Arti Veneziane alla Giudecca” glass factory visit with crafts demonstrations. Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour or “Venetian Painters at the Accademia” tour with art historian guide or Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

 

Day 8 | Venice (Disembark) (BB)
Disembark the ship. If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Venice Marco Polo International Airport for your flight home.

 

FD Farewell Gala Dinner   CB/BB Continental Breakfast/Buffet   Lunch   Dinner   WD Welcome Gala Dinner

Cruise includes

TRAVEL

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom
  • All transfers on arrival & departure days. Terms apply

EXPLORE

  • 1 country: Italy
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Let’s Go” programs
  • 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks

TASTE

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest & freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee & tea, soft drinks & mineral water

EXPERIENCE

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures
  • All gratuities both onboard & onshore

Price per person

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PEACE OF MIND COMES WITH EVERY UNIWORLD CRUISE

Being mindful, well-informed and prepared are essential traits of an experienced traveler, and we approach each Uniworld cruise with that same thorough care and mindset. We’ve taken great measures to ensure that when you travel with us, you can rest easy knowing that your plans and adventures are in the hands of a dedicated worldwide team.

SECURITY MEASURES ON EUROPE SHIPS

  • We keep all outside doors and access to the interior of the ship locked whenever docked. Only guests can access the ship using a key card.
  • All guests and luggage are verified against the manifest at check-in.
  • All deliveries are thoroughly inspected before being brought onboard.
  • Cameras are present at the entrance of the ship and in public areas, and are monitored by our reception staff.
  • Portable boarding pass scanners are available at the gangway.
  • Guests have 24/7 access to the front desk.
  • Trained security staff are posted at the gangway 24 hours a day.

AN ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Emphasis on the “all”

Extra dirty Grey Goose® martini with locally harvested olives? It’s all yours. As is everything else you can think of. Our ultra-inclusive amenities have led to us being named the “Most All-Inclusive River Cruise Line” by Cruise Critic.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?
Everything you could ever ask for. And then some

  • Impeccable service with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios of any cruise line
  • Intimate and beautifully designed ships, carrying an average of just 130 guests
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • All scheduled airport transfers
  • Elegant and well-appointed riverview staterooms and suites, with the finest linens, towels and Savoir® beds for an incredible night’s sleep
  • In-suite butler service
  • Delicious onboard dining
  • Unlimited beverages, including many premium spirits and wines
  • A wide selection of personalized excursions, led by English-speaking local experts
  • A number of excursions curated exclusively for Uniworld guests
  • Onboard fitness center
  • Onboard exercise and wellness classes, led by certified wellness instructors in Europe
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking poles for onshore use
  • Shipwide Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Onboard entertainment and Signature Lectures

IT’S YOUR WORLD. AND IF IT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU
it’s very important to us

When it comes to service, we know the tiniest of details sometimes have the biggest impact. Getting ready for a day exploring Frankfurt is a shimmer brighter when your butler has already pressed your pants exactly how you like. Breakfast in bed becomes even more relaxing when your waiter serves you coffee already prepared to your liking—two sugars and a splash of soy milk. And a late-night cocktail is never more enjoyable than when the bartender sourced your favorite Bordeaux wine from a store in town while you were exploring Saint-Émilion’s astonishing 12th-century Monolithic Church.

We actually have a name for the little niceties that take your cruise from great to grand—Tiny Noticeable Touches (or TNTs for short). Our commitment to TNTs sets the stage for our service philosophy. By getting to know you, your interests, your preferences and your style, we’re able to deliver an experience that is just the way you’d like it to be.

“NO REQUEST TOO LARGE, NO DETAIL TOO SMALL.”
We don’t just say it. We really mean it, as evidenced by the many repeat guests who choose Uniworld time and time again.

THE TNT MODEL
The most highly trained, dedicated and tenured staff of all river cruise lines. | Butlers trained to the same standards of excellence required by Buckingham Palace. | Act with honesty, speak with integrity and treat our guests like royalty.

EVERY MEAL IS A MASTERPIECE
Savour The Local Flavours Of The World

Our commitment to culinary excellence is evident every time you enjoy a homemade croissant delivered to your room by your butler, or when you pair your freshly caught seafood dinner with a wine that was bottled just miles down the road.

When dining onboard, you’ll be treated to world-class cuisine made from fresh ingredients, locally sourced from the destinations you visit. Our farm-to-table approach takes our chefs to regional farms, local markets and artisanal producers to ensure that every meal is an adventure in and of itself. We treat cooking as an art form—a very delicious art form.

Our focus on serving memorable meals comes directly from worldrenowned Mrs. Beatrice Tollman—founder of our sister Red Carnation Hotel Collection, author of the highly acclaimed cookbook A Life in Food and the inspiration behind the culinary philosophy onboard. Mrs. Tollman’s personal recipes are guest favorites on our dining menus. Pro Tip: Don’t order a salad without sampling her favorite dressing.

YOU’LL LOVE THIS CLUB
Uniworld River Heritage Club

After your first Uniworld cruise, you will be automatically enrolled in our River Heritage Club loyalty program and begin receiving benefits, savings and rewards reserved exclusively for our loyal guests.

CLUB BENEFITS*:

  • Save 5% on any cruise or cruise/tour.
  • Join the Captain for a members-only cocktail party onboard.
  • Complimentary onboard laundry service weekly on ships in Europe and Russia, and once per cruise on ships in India, Vietnam and Cambodia.
  • Complimentary in-room fruit platter waiting for you upon arrival.
  • Exclusive e-magazine.
  • Milestone Gifts to celebrate guests who have joined us for multiple cruises.

A WORLD OF VALUE
included with every cruise

Made-to-order meals prepared using only the freshest ingredients, unlimited beverages and curated shore excursions are just some of the many inclusions that make Uniworld the greatest value on the river.

As you read through the following 2018 itineraries to search for your best vacation yet, use this legend and icons as a guide to discover all that is included with each voyage, such as special dinner celebrations, visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites and much more.

HIGHLIGHT

Why River Cruise and Why Uniworld

E-BROCHURE

E-Brochure: Uniworld-E-Brochure-2018BoutiqueRiverCruises.pdf

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