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Gems of Northern Italy July 23-30, 2023

About Venice - From $4,699.00 CAD per person

Canada Discovers Italy with Uniworld

LatitudesPlus - Smart Travel has charted the entire ship for Canadians to fully experience Italy in the summer of 2023.

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, colorful facades and peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Farther south, discover Chioggia—a charming southern port loved by fishermen, artists and anyone looking for unique gifts or souvenirs. Enjoy additional shopping time in “bountiful” Bologna and medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus. Each of these enchanting locales is yours to uncover on “Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy.”

Note: To maximize your Venetian experience, plan to walk by foot whenever possible and avoid taking water-based transportation, which is slower, less-efficient and often costly.

Who will enjoy this cruise/tour

This itinerary is ideal for experienced travelers who enjoy walking to the many sights in Northern Italy. Many of these experiences are best discovered on foot. Romantics, connoisseurs of food & wine, and lovers of art & architecture will love this adventure.


DAY 1: Venice (Embark)

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

Doge's Palace by Sergi Brylev on Unsplash

With your early morning arrival at Doge’s Palace, you’ll be able to marvel at the estate in total peace. Wander through a Venetian neighborhood and experience daily life in an authentic Venetian residential quarter. Later in the evening, cap the day off with a private once-in-a-lifetime experience at an after-hours lighting ceremony inside St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds.

Featured Excursions:

  • A morning walk in Venice with Doge’s Palace visit
  • Private after-hours visit to Saint Mark's Basilica

DAY 3: Venice, Chioggia

Choose between a full-day in medieval Padua, home to Italy's second oldest university, or a Venice walking tour and a choice of several exciting ways to see Chioggia: riding on a traditional bragozzo or biking through this authentic fishing town.

Featured Excursion:

  • Choice of Bragozzo ride with tastings at Ca’ Zen or “Let's Go” biking Chioggia with Ca’ Zen visit and tasting or Padua walking tour and "Drink like an Italian" or Venice morning walk with gondola shipyard visit

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening. IMPORTANT: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that only crew may be on the ship during the Adriatic Sea passage. Therefore, our guests must disembark the ship and partake in the featured excursions.

DAY 4: Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

Photo by Diego Parodi on Unsplash

Explore Italy’s culinary capital Bologna on a full-day tour packed with an exclusive pasta-making workshop and lunch or explore Ferrara on a half-day tour.

Featured Excursion:

  • Choice of Ferrara: Renaissance, elegance and Italian lifestyle town walk or Private pasta-making and Italian lunch in Bologna

DAY 5: Porto Viro, Chioggia, Burano

Today, you’ll admire the greatest sites of charming and coastal Chioggia, including a stop at the local and lively market. Your ship will move to dock overnight in Burano, where you’ll enjoy a lovely evening stroll through this multicolored island.

Featured Excursions:

  • Chioggia market visit
  • Evening stroll in Burano

DAY 6: Burano (Torcello, Mazzorbo, and Burano), Venice

Photo by Jeremy Bezanger on Unsplash

Spend the day exploring the northern lagoon of Venice and three of its captivating islands. Explore a basilica with an art historian in Torcello before heading to the peaceful, agricultural island of Mazzorbo. End the tour with a stroll through Burano’s rainbow of colorful homes and visit a lace-making atelier.

Featured Excursion:

  • Magic Island Day: hidden treasures of the lagoon

DAY 7: Venice

As your water taxi glides past narrow side canals and the Canal Grande, you’ll arrive in style at the Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi. The iconic stone arch bridge sits at the narrowest point of the Canal Grande and holds numerous shops and restaurants.

Featured Excursion:

  • Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour or Rialto walking tour with Casanova
  • A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

DAY 8: Venice (Disembark)

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.

Pay in full by July 15th and receive a 20% discount.

Prices include:

  • 7 night all inclusive Po River cruise
  • All port taxes
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • Gratuties
  • Wi-Fi
  • Flight night accomodations in 5 star hotel in Venice (July 22nd)


Additional amenities and service include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine and free laundry service

Hero Photo by Federico Beccari on Unsplash

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