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2017 Gems Of Northern Italy

Milan to Venice Luxury River Cruise with Platinum Travel and Uniworld

Milan to Venice Luxury River Cruise with Uniworld

9 nights From €3559 (Per Person)

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Milan to Venice Luxury River Cruise with Platinum Travel and Uniworld

2017 Gems Of Northern Italy

Milan to Venice | 10 Days

Departure Dates

25 Aug 2017 | 01,08,15,22,29 Sept 2017 | 06,13,20,27 Oct 2017 | 03 Nov 2017

Ships: River Countess

Luxury Boutique River Cruise with Platinum Travel and Uniworld

Uncover the extraordinary hidden treasures of Venice and Northern Italy

Encounter unforgettable sights on this odyssey through Northern Italy that begins in Milan, home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and ends in legendary Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic.” These two iconic cities bookend an exploration of Northern Italy that rewards the curious traveller with amazing experiences in Verona, Padua, Bologna and Ferrara.

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.”

Who will enjoy this cruise/tour

Romantics, connoisseurs of food and wine and lovers of art and architecture. Experienced travellers looking to explore the hidden gems of Northern Italy.

Generations Family Programme (select sailings)

Share the enchantment of this region with the special young people in your life. These cruise/tours not only feature unique, fun-filled adventures for families to enjoy together, they’re also packed with culturally and historically significant experiences designed to spark creativity and lifelong learning.

Full Itinerary available on request - Enquire now for more details of excursions and unique experiences available on this luxury river cruise. Contact us now for further details.

Call now on 01 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ie, send us a quick message or complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!

Highlights

Platinum Travel and Uniworlds' all-inclusive experience

Onboard

- Cruise in a Riverview Stateroom with Uniworlds six star experience
- Highest staff-to-guest ratio in the River Cruise industry
- Average ship capacity of just 130 guests
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Receptions
- Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
- Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water
- All Gratuities included
- Captivating onboard local entertainment

Onshore

- Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Excursions included, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
- Guided “Do as the locals do” and “Gentle Walking” programs where applicable
- Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
- Use of Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks where applicable
- Optional Cultural enrichment lectures

Call now on 01 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ie, send us a quick message or complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: MILAN

Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
 

DAY 2: MILAN

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

 

Milan city tour with visit to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper

Milan, known the world over for its high-end fashion and dazzling bounty of artistic landmarks, provides the perfect starting point for your Italian adventure. Admire the grand Gothic Duomo in the heart of the city centre and then come face-to-face with Leonardo da Vinci’s magnificent fresco, The Last Supper, housed at the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent.

DAY 3: MILAN, VERONA (VALPOLICELLA), VENICE

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

 

Verona, “City of Romeo and Juliet,” and exclusive Valpolicella wine estate lunch

En route to Venice, stop in Verona—home to Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. From Verona, journey on to an exclusive wine tasting and multicourse lunch at the Serego Alighieri estate, which belongs to descendants of Dante Alighieri, one of Italy’s most famous poets. Once in magical Venice, board the River Countess where you’ll begin your exploration of the “Queen of the Adriatic.”

DAY 4: VENICE

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

 

Venice walking discovery tour, Murano glassmaking, a time-honored Venetian tradition, and exclusive evening opening of St. Mark’s Basilica

Wind through Venice’s labyrinthine back lanes as you get an up-close view of the city’s residential heart as well as such legendary locations as the Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge. Be treated to a Murano glassmaking demonstration at Arti Veneziane alla Giudecca Glass Factory, where a skilled glassmaker demonstrates the timeless art of turning liquid silica into priceless figures. Cap the day off with an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience at an after-hours lighting ceremony inside St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds. Return to the ship for a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: It is not always possible to arrange after-hours visits to St. Mark’s Basilica. If religious functions or festivities are taking place in the evening, we will visit during regular hours.

DAY 5: CHIOGGIA (PADUA)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

 

Choice of Padua walking discovery tour OR Chioggia walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bike tour of Chioggia’s beaches

Admire the magnificent views of “The Floating City’s” greatest sights, including the Grand Canal, as your ship departs Venice and sails the lagoon for Chioggia. For those who wish to travel further back in time, an exploration of one of the oldest cities in Northern Italy, Padua, is the perfect choice. This medieval walled city is home to Italy’s second-oldest university, established in 1222, with frescoes by Giotto in its Scrovegni Chapel and the vast 13th-century Basilica of St. Anthony, a pilgrimage site. Or if you prefer to discover Chioggia, often referred to as “Little Venice,” you can do so with a discovery tour; for those who wish for a more active day, you can bicycle along the beaches of Chioggia.

Special attention to: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. We thank you for your cooperation.

DAY 6: POLESELLA (BOLOGNA OR FERRARA)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

 

Choice of full day excursion to Bologna with exclusive pasta-making workshop with lunch OR half day excursion to Ferrara with lunch onboard

Bologna is a food lover’s paradise with unmatched specialty food stores and halls featuring locally made mortadella, handmade tortellini, luscious balsamic vinegar from nearby Modena, ham from Parma and great rounds of Parmesan cheese. Participate in a pasta-making workshop and then enjoy lunch at one of Bologna’s most celebrated restaurants. For lovers of art, spend a half day in Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a hidden Renaissance treasure, with a long history of art founded on the sponsorship of the noble Renaissance family of d’Este.

DAY 7: TAGLIO DI PO, CHIOGGIA

FEATURED EXCURSION:

 

Chioggia market visit

There’s no better place to indulge in Italy’s famed frutti di mare than Chioggia, a colorful fishing village on the Venice Lagoon. Stroll through the town’s bustling fish market with a guide.

Special attention to: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. We thank you for your cooperation.

DAY 8: VENICE ISLANDS (BURANO, MAZZORBO AND TORCELLO), VENICE

Full day “The Magical Islands of Venice”—colorful Burano with lace-making, peaceful Mazzorbo with wine tasting and Torcello with its Byzantine mosaics
Spend the day exploring the Venice Lagoon and three of its entrancing islands. Stroll through Burano with its rainbow of colorful homes, and visit a lace-making atelier. While on Mazzorbo, be treated to a very special wine tasting from a salt-water-tolerant heirloom grape, Dorona, which has been planted here to yield a luscious golden wine. Before heading back to Venice, visit Torcello, home to spectacular Byzantine mosaics depicting the Last Judgment in the seventh-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell’Assunta.

DAY 9: VENICE

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

 

Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour OR “Venetian Painters at the Accademia” tour with art historian guide

Get a feel for daily life in Venice with a guided stroll through the bustling Rialto Market, or tour the renowned Accademia Gallery with an art historian. Celebrate your last night onboard at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

DAY 10: VENICE (DISEMBARK), TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

Disembark the ship and transfer to Venice Marco Polo International Airport for your flight home.
 

Call now on 01 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ie, send us a quick message or complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!

 

River Countess

The Uniworld fleet guarantees an unparalleled luxury experience for all guests. Fine art and precious antiques blend perfectly with marble flooring and lavish furnishings, ensuring that every moment you spend on-board is as memorable as those you spend onshore.

All Uniworld ships feature:

Public Areas and Amenities

  • Full Service Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Serenity River Spa
  • Sun Decks
  • Boutiques
  • Fully equipped fitness centres
  • 24 hour speciality tea and coffee
  • Guest Laundry
  • free internet and wi-fi access

Staterooms and Suites

  • Handcrafted Savoir of England beds with 100% Egyptian cotton linens and a menu of pillow choices
  • Generous built in closets
  • Most staterooms have balconies *(Check at time of booking)
  • Marble bathrooms with L'Occitane bath products, plush towels and bathrobes
  • Most suites have additional amenities and services including in suite special butler service, in room breakfast, daily fruit and cookie plate, private DVD player, ipod dock, Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas, refrigerator, bottle of wine on arrival, shoe shine and free laundry service *(Check your suite amenities prior to booking, this can vary from ship to ship)
  • Upgraded, and larger suites are also available on request

River Countess

Ship Specifications

  • Inaugurated : 2003
  • Remodelled : 2012
  • Length : 110m
  • Width : 11.5m
  • Guests : 130
  • Staff : 41
  • Staterooms : 65

Platinum Travel and Uniworld River Cruises

Platinum Travel are delighted to be working with Uniworld - Boutique River Cruises with the six star experience

Spend even one night in one of the magnificent riverview staterooms and you will agree, sailing with Platinum Travel and Uniworld is truly a stunning way to see the world.

Each Uniworld ship combines old world elegance with modern conveniences. Your stateroom includes marble bathrooms, flatscreen TVs featuring musiic movies and satelite cahnells, in room safe and individual climate control.

When you choose a Uniworld River Cruise with Platinum Travel, you can be assured there is so much included in the price - All meals with various dining options including unlimited beverages onboard, scheduled airport transfers and shore excursions with English speaking local guides. Your gratuities are also included.

Uniworld are committed to giving their valued guests the ultimate strsss free, luxury six star cruise experience. So relax, unwind, and leave the rest to Platinum Travel and Uniworld.

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Many of our airline fares are refundable whereas internet fares are generally non-refundable.

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Dates and Prices available on request - Enquire now for more details of excursions and unique experiences available on this luxury river cruise. Contact us now for further details. Call now on 01 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ie, send us a quick message or complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!


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