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La Bella Vita - Venetian Lagoon & Canal Bianco Cruise

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A cruise aboard La Bella Vita on Italy’s Venetian Lagoon, River Po and Canal Bianco between Venice and the lakeside Renaissance city of Mantua is a truly magical experience. There is the opportunity to enjoy diverse landscapes and nature en-route, from colorful lagoon islands to wild beach dunes and pine woods full of birdlife.
Italy
Cultural
Food & Wine
Barge

Highlights

Dinner ashore at the 17thC stately home Villa Ca’Zen

Tour of Chioggia with its Roman, Etruscan and Byzantine history

Tour of historic Venice, The Naval Museum and the Pavilion of Gondolas

Private visit to the wine cellars of Villa Widmann-Borletti

The itinerary includes fascinating guided tours of Ferrara, Mantua and Chioggia which give a real insight into the many cultures – Renaissance, Roman, Etruscan, Byzantine – that have influenced this region of Italy for centuries.

La Bella Vita is a stylish 20 passenger vessel with a typically modern Italian interior, reflected in the use of vibrant colours throughout to create an atmosphere of casual relaxation. There is an inviting bar area in which to enjoy a glass of Prosecco and a spacious dining room with louvre doors that open to give a perfect view as you are served delicious Italian specialities and wines.

She has two upper deck junior suites and eight lower deck staterooms, all air-conditioned and with en-suite facilities, while above there is a huge sun deck with a large canopy and comfortable loungers to relax on and watch the world drift by.

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Included

6 nights onboard at Hotel Barge La Bella Vita in a Stateroom
Crew of 6-10 (Captain, tour guide, chef and hostesses)
Transfers by an air-conditioned minivan
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily prepared by your chef
Captains farewell dinner on your last night
Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Excursions as per itinerary
Use of barge facilities

On-Board Facilities

  • Maximum of 20 passengers
  • 2 Doubles/Twin Junior suite with en-suite
  • 8 twin/double staterooms with en-suite
  • Air-conditioned / centrally heated
  • Piano
  • Bicycles
  • Sun deck 

Day 1
Venice

You are met in Mestre or Piazzale Roma in Venice and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Bella Vita for a Prosecco welcome. An afternoon cruise takes you along the Giudecca Canal past some of Venice’s most famous monuments: the Chiesa del Redentore, the impressive Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and the Punta della Dogana to our mooring outside the Naval Museum. Then time for a stroll to St Mark’s Square and a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace before dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge La Bella Vita in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Dinner
Venice
Doge’s Palace
Day 2
Venice → San Pietro in Volta

First stop is a guided walking tour to Castello District, perhaps discovering some hidden parts of the city of Venice: the gardens of the Biennale Exhibition of Modern Arts, Palladio’s Church of San Pietro in Castello and the Venetian Ships Pavilion, an annex of the Naval History Museum Venice, housing vessels of historical importance including ceremonial barges and warships. Late afternoon cruise to Pellestrina which separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, along the Canal of the Orphans passing lagoon islands with their ancient monasteries, painted fishing boats and tiny churches. Time perhaps for a walk or cycle ride along the 18th century Istrian sea wall. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge La Bella Vita in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Venice →  San Pietro in Volta
Castello District
Day 3
San Pietro in Volta → Taglio di Po

After breakfast, cruise to Chioggia, city of Goldoni’s plays. Here you will visit the 18th century Church of San Domenico set on its own island, to see Carpaccio’s St Paul, his last recorded painting and other works of art by Tintoretto and Bassano. You will also admire the Piazzetta Vigo and visit the colourful fish market. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy a short tour of Chioggia’s pretty canals in a traditional locally-built boat, before re-joining La Bella Vita. Passing through a nature reserve with flamingos and occasional heron, snipe and other wildfowl, travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17thC Villa Ca’Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge La Bella Vita in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
San Pietro in Volta →  Taglio di Po
La Bella Vita cruising to Chioggia
Day 4
Taglio di Po → Zelo

This morning you will join the Bianco canal and cruise to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town where we visit the Archaeological Museum. After lunch on board, drive to the Bagnoli Estate to tour the Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17thC 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. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge La Bella Vita in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Taglio di Po →  Zelo
Villa Widmann Borletti
Day 5
Zelo → Governolo

You will start with a morning excursion with a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the Schifanoia Palace, renowned for its fabulous 15thC frescoes. You will 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.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge La Bella Vita in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Zelo →  Governolo
Ferrara Street Scene
Day 6
Governolo → Mantua

Your final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, home of the poet Virgil, artists Mantegna and Donatello and a captivating lakeside setting. Mantua displays extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14thC Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica and theatre. The intricate frescoes, Gallery of Mirrors and exquisite Rivers Room and 12,000 paintings and sculptures all create a Grand Finale to our Italian Renaissance adventure. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge La Bella Vita in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Governolo →  Mantua
Ducal Palace
Day 7
Mantua → Venice

After breakfast, you are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Mestre or Piazzale Roma in Venice.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Italian
Local currency
EURO
Barge Cruising

This unique, all-inclusive experience allows you to admire the picturesque landscape of your destination, try some regional cuisine, explore the most beautiful cities and towns, visit local sights and monuments, learn history and tradition, meet friendly locals and much more. 

6 nights
Italy
Venice
Venice
Cultural, Food & Wine
27 Mar - 23 Oct 2022

Optional Extras

Departure Dates and Pricing:

Important notes

  • Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of this travel experience, under our Bookings Conditions this package classifies as “Booking Type 2 – Travel Experience where we act as agent only”. Your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions. We will advise you prior to confirming your booking the full details and Booking Conditions of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.
  • This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise will be in the reverse direction. Some cruises may be on the River Po, depending on the water level.
  • This barge is available for charter bookings and theme cruises. Contact us for more details.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.