Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy
Uncover the enchanted beauty and breathtaking history of Venice and Northern Italy.
Travel to romantic Venice and treat yourself to a private evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica. Depart the enchanting “City of Water” to explore the waterfront shops, colourful facades and peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Farther south, discover Chioggia—a charming southern port loved by fisherman, artists and anyone looking for unique gifts or souvenirs. Head inland to enjoy a multicourse lunch, complete with decadent wine pairings, at a historic wine estate in the vineyards of Valpolicella. Enjoy additional shopping time in “bountiful” Bologna and medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus. Your “Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy” venture wouldn't be complete without a visit to UNESCO-designated Ferrara and Verona, the famed city of Romeo and Juliet.
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.
On this day you will embark on your own personal voyage of discovery through this entrancing city. An expert guide will take you on a “secret” tour, showing you iconic sites, quiet lanes and secret spots normally reserved only for locals. Also, on deck today—a scenic cruise around the Venetian Lagoon.
Join a local expert for a stroll around this picturesque fishing village, a popular place for artists. The seaside air and sweeping views are simply spectacular. Adventurous travelers can explore the sights with a bike tour around Lusenzo lagoon ending at Sottomarina’s beach.
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.
Chioggia is such a delight that you will return there today to experience something completely different. You can visit the village’s bustling once-a-week market—a colourful and boisterous scene, and quintessentially Italian.
IMPORTANT: Uniworld are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. Therefore, guests must disembark the ship and partake in the featured excursions. Uniworld thank you for your cooperation.
Venice is an island surrounded by hundreds of smaller islands, three of which you’ll visit today—Torcello, home to beautiful Byzantine mosaics; Mazzorbo, where you’ll taste a historic golden-hued wine; and Burano, famous for its lace-makers and houses painted in eye-popping colors.
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.
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.