RIVER CRUISES / VENETIAN LAGOON AND THE Pô

Itinerary

DAY 1 | VENICE
We board our floating hotel from 6.00pm at the San Basilio’s quay ( Vaporetto station, Santa Marta) or Marittima and settle into our cabins. We have a welcome cocktail in the lounge bar and are introduced to the crew. We cruise to our mooring point for tonight at the riva 7 Martiri’s quay before we have dinner on board restaurant. The rest of the evening is free.

DAY 2 | VENICE
Breakfast on board this morning before setting off on our optional visit of Venice, beginning in what is the historic and tourist centre of the town, St Mark’s square. This is Venice’s only true piazza with an aweinspiring basilica, soaring campanile and magnificent Doge’s palace. The palace is Byzantine in origin and used to be the home of the Doge and the seat of the Palace of Justice. We return on board for lunch before our afternoon optional excursion to visit the islands in the Lagoon. We begin in Murano , home of Venice’s glassmaking industry since the late 13th century and a beautiful little island to visit. We then visit Burano , famous for its lacework which was developed on the island in the 16th century, and well loved by artists for its quayside houses painted in startlingly bright and contrasting colours . We return on board for dinner and moor for the night.

DAY 3 | VENICE - CHIOGGIA (or nearby) - TAGLIO DI PO
Breakfast on board and a relaxing morning afloat as we cruise to Chioggia , where we arrive late morning. After lunch on board, we set off on our optional guided visit of Padua, the main setting for Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Known as the town of St Anthony, Padua is also a pilgrimage town and full of artistic treasures. After our visit of the famous “Santo” Basilica dedicated to Saint Anthony, we have plenty of free time to wander at our own pace and explore the historic centre independently. Do try to make time to visit the magnificent 19th century Café Pedrocchi , one of the largest cafes in the world and much loved by artists and local inhabitants alike.Meanwhile your floating hotel cruises to Taglio di Po. Back on board for dinner in Taglio di Po(3). If you do not choose to go to the Padua excursion, a transfer is established from Chioggia to Taglio Di Po. A stop in the small town of Adria is organized to allow you to discover this citys charm to the fullest, from where The Adriatic Sea.is named after. Then drive to Taglio Di Po where we join our boat for dinner. We moor for the night.

DAY 4 l  TAGLIO DI PO - POLESELLA
Breakfast on board this morning as we cruise to Polesella , where we arrive late morning. After lunch on board, we set off by coach on our optional excursion to Verona. This town has the largest collection of Roman remains and artefacts in northern Italy and of course was made famous by Shakespeare’s tragic and impossible love story of Romeo and Juliet. We return on board at Polesella for dinner. Free evening on board. We moor for the night at Polesella .

DAY 5 |  POLESELLA - TAGLIO DI PO - CHIOGGIA (or nearby)
Breakfast on board this morning before we set off on our optional excursion to discover Ferrara . Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this Renaissance town is surrounded by a continuous wall almost 9km long (approximately 5.6 miles) which is one of the oldest and most impressive defensive systems of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It makes use of all the defence techniques used in the 1400s and 1500s : city gates, bastions, large towers, gun slots and embrasures. Inside the walls we find many palaces, churches and monasteries. We return to Polesella for lunch on board and then set off by coach for our optional excursion to Bologna. Bologna is famous today for its arcades or porticos, balconies, many churches and curved towers. It is also home to the oldest university in the western world. This cultural influence gave Bologna its nickname la Dotta (the learned one). During this time the ship sails towards Chioggia (3). Those who have not booked the tour continue cruising on the Po. A coach transfer is planned from Porto Levante to reach Chioggia . This port city of Roman origin, is the second largest city of the Republic serene and contains works and testimonials from various periods and various styles. Free time in Chioggia before returning to our boat for dinner. We moor for the night.

DAY 6 | VENICE
Arrived in Venice early morning and have breakfast before setting off on foot for our optional visit of the Castello quarter(2) in search of the secret Venice through its old quarters to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. The Church is the largest Gothic building in the town housing many funerary monuments and paintings, including some of Bellini’s masterpieces (1430-1516), in particular his famous depictions of Saint Christopher and Saint Sebastian. After lunch on board, the afternoon is free to explore Venice independently on foot or perhaps take an optional gondola trip (booking and settlement on board). We return on board for dinner and a special gala evening. We moor for the night in Venice.

DAY 7 | VENICE
After breakfast on board this morning, we disembark around 9.00am . End of our journey.