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La Bella Vita on the River Po.

La Bella Vita Barge Cruise

La Bella Vita on the River Po.
Immerse yourself with Italian history, culture, and unforgettable scenery as you cruise the Venetian canals on board the beautiful La Bella Vita.
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Cruise on the Canal of the Orphans past lagoon islands

Daily excursions and entry fees to Historic Venice, the Naval Museum and the Pavilion of Gondolas

Visit Mantua’s Ducal Palace and the gardens or the Doge’s Palace in Venice

Visit Chioggia, Villa Ca'Zen, Palazzo Schifanoia, and Villa Widmann Borletti for private wine

Get enchanted by Italy’s beauty and charm on board the La Bella Vita barge. Italy boasts the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, historic monuments, beautiful lakes and canals, delicious cuisine, rich history and heritage. Aside from first class features, La Bella Vita offers spectacular insights and authentic experiences as you sail gently across the calm waters of the Po River, Bianco canal and Venetian lagoon. This beautiful 10-cabin hotel barge has two upper deck junior suites and eight lower deck state rooms. This barge can accommodate up to 20 passengers.

Selected Sundays from March to October

Special Offer

  • 20% off per cabin on 19 April; 10 & 17 May
  • 10% off per charter 14 & 21 June; 5, 12 & 19 July
  • 20% off per charter 29 March; 5 & 26 April; 3 & 31 May
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6 nights stateroom cabin with en-suite bathroom
Visit Chioggia, a fishing town at the southern end of the Venetian lagoon
Cruise on the Canal of the Orphans past lagoon islands
Daily excursions and entry fees to Historic Venice, the Naval Museum and the Pavilion of Gondolas, Mantua’s Ducal Palace and gardens or the Doge’s Palace in Venice
Gourmet meals as per itinerary
Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
Private wine tasting and visit at Villa Widmann Borletti
Tour Palazzo Schifanoia, a Renaissance palace in Ferrara
Transfers between Mestre and La Bella Vita
Visit Villa Ca’Zen, a 17th century stately home for offshore dinner
WiFi on board


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Day 1

You will be met and transferred by a private chauffeured minibus to La Bella Vita for a Prosecco welcome. An afternoon cruise takes you along the Giudecca Canal to your mooring outside the Naval Museum. Then, you will enjoy a stroll to St Mark’s Square and a brief tour of the Doge’s Palace before dinner on board.

Day 2
Venice - Pellestrina

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Castello District. Afterwards, join a late afternoon cruise to Pellestrina along the Canal of the Orphans. Dinner on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Pellestrina - Chioggia - Po Delta - Taglio di Po

After breakfast, cruise to Chioggia. Here, you will visit the 18th century Church of San Domenico set on its own island. You'll also enjoy a short tour of Chioggia’s canals in a traditional boat, before re-joining La Bella Vita at the Po Delta. Passing through a nature reserve with flamingos and other wildfowl, travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted in 17th century Villa Ca’Zen.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Taglio di Po - Zelo

This morning, you’ll join the Bianco canal and cruise to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town where you will visit the Archaeological Museum. After lunch on board, you will drive to the Bagnoli Estate to tour the Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17th century Villa Widmann Borletti to enjoy a private tasting of their renowned estate-grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Afterwards, rejoin La Bella Vita moored at Zelo.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Zelo - Governolo

Morning excursion with a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the Schifanoia Palace, renowned for its fabulous 15th century frescoes. You'll also admire the exterior of the Estense Castle and its moat and visit the magnificent cathedral with its facade of sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. Return to the hotel barge moored in Trevenzuolo for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads to Governolo and dinner on board.

Day 6
Governoloolo - Mantua

The final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, boasting a captivating lakeside setting, and home of the poet Virgil and artists Mantegna and Donatello. Mantua displays extraordinary Neo-Classical and Baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14th century Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica and theatre. This evening is the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Mantua - Venice

After breakfast, you will be transferred by a private chauffeured minibus to Venice.


Additional information

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Up to 20% off per cabin & charter

6 nights
from AUD5,817
per person, twin share
01 March - 31 October 2020
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Important notes

Approximate transfer duration to La Bella Vita is 15 minutes or 2 hours, depending on the cruise direction.

Pick-up Point

  • Cabin bookings - Piazzale Roma (Autorimessa Bar), Venice at 2:00 pm or Hotel Laguna Palace, Mestre at 2:30 pm
  • Charter bookings - Marco Polo Airport or any one location of the group’s choice in Venice or Mestre at 2:00 pm

Drop-off Point

  • Cabin bookings - Piazzale Roma Venice, Hotel Laguna Palace Mestre or Mestre train station between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon (depending on the cruise direction)
  • Charter bookings - As cabin bookings, plus Marco Polo Airport or any 1 location of the group's choice in Venice or Mestre between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon (depending on the cruise direction)


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