An Italian river cruise, plus Florence and Rome: what’s not to love?
Along the Journey – Highlights of an Italian River Cruise
Arrive in Venice for an unforgettable start to this 13-day Italy river cruise – watch glassblowing and lace-making, explore hidden alleys, and enjoy an exclusive, crowd-free visit to St. Mark’s Basilica after hours. Though it’s always difficult to leave Venice, it’s time to sail onward toward Padua, one of Italy’s oldest towns. Soak up the town’s legacy – Galileo, Copernicus, Dante, and Petrarch studied here – before it’s on to Polesella. Spend a day eating your way through Bologna, or visit artistic hub Ferrara, a secret gem of Italy.
Continue on your Po River cruise, getting swept away by romance in Verona, made famous by the star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare’s pen. Then it’s back to Venice for a second look, to experience the city like a local. Here, you’ll leave the cruise ship behind, but the journey’s far from over. Transfer to Florence and take in the city’s legacy of art and culture. Stop for some vino at a wine estate in Chianti as you make your way toward Rome, for the grand finale of your trip in the grand capital of Italy.
As You Sail – The Boutique Cruise Ship Experience
The award-winning River Countess serves as your guide on this sailing. Take in the scenery from the patio lounge or sun deck – there’s no bad view of the Italian countryside. Spend time relaxing in the Captain’s Lounge and the Serenity River Spa, or kick up your heels with a dance in the Main Lounge.
Recharge in your room, appointed with a marble bathroom, towel warmers, Egyptian cotton sheets and a pillow menu. If you treat yourself to a Uniworld suite, expect the royal treatment with daily snack plates, a bottle of wine, free laundry service, and more special services.