Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • 3 decks
  • Ten cabins with ensuite shower bathroom
  • Two 125 sq ft Junior SuitesUpper Deck Cabins 1 and 2
  • Eight 105 sq ft StateroomsCabins 3 through 10
  • Individual cabin control for AC and heat
  • Hair dryers
Public Area
  • Window lined salon, dining room
  • Fully stocked bar and wine refrigerator
  • PC with internet
  • Wifi (subject to local reception)
Deck
  • 140 Feet Long
  • Large upper sun deck with lounge chairs
  • 10 touring bicycles

Itineraries

Venice to Mantua on the River Po and the Bianco Canal through the Po Valley

Sunday
Prosecco and a Palacesunday image
Prosecco and a Palace
Travel: Arrival in Venice
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of La Bella Vita at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge. Enjoy a traditional Prosecco welcome and introduction to the crew. La Bella Vita then embarks on a cruise to the heart of Venice for a private tour of the Doges Palace. Representing the splendor of the Venetian Republic, its magnificent throne rooms and gorgeous gilded frescoes await. Return to the barge for cocktail hour and dinner.

Monday
Explore “Hidden Venice”monday image
Explore “Hidden Venice”
Travel: Venice to San Pietro in Volta
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide introduces the city’s authentic streets, neighborhoods, and gardens. Local culture beckons at Palladio’s Church of San Pietro, as well as at the Naval Museum's collection of antique gondolas. An afternoon cruise to the tranquil island of Pellestrina floats past traditional islands in the Venetian lagoon and their ancient monasteries, fishing boats, and tiny churches. Once at Pellestrina, take a stroll or cycle to the 18th century seawall. Meanwhile, Chef is preparing another gourmet dinner – Mangia!

Tuesday
Dinner Ashore at a Private Villatuesday image
Dinner Ashore at a Private Villa
Travel: San Pietro in Volta to Taglio Di Po
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

Cruise this morning to the fishing port of Chioggia. Visit the 18th century Church of San Domenico, then board a traditional boat for a tour of Chioggia’s canals. Back onboard La Bella Vita, the afternoon’s cruise glides through a nature reserve to tonight's mooring of Taglio di Po. Dinner this evening is hosted by the owners of the restored 17th century Villa Ca’Zen, a private stately home where Lord Byron stayed and there wrote some of his best poetry. Family heirlooms, literary history, and local lifestyles converge at Villa Ca’Zen.

Wednesday
Wine Cellars from the 17th Centurywednesday image
Wine Cellars from the 17th Century
Travel: Taglio Di Po to Bosaro
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, the boat arrives at the Bianco Canal and moors at Adria, an ancient Etruscan town with an Archaeological Museum. This afternoon, your Tour Guide drives you to the Bagnoli Estate, complete with delightful Renaissance gardens. The Villa Widmann Borletti on the estate boasts wine cellars dating from the 17th century, and, from that time, it has been supplying wine to Venetian society. Enjoy a tasting of these estate-grown vintages. Afterwards, we rejoin La Bella Vita now moored at Zelo. Drinks and dinner onboard.

Thursday
The Fabulous Frescoes of Ferrarathursday image
The Fabulous Frescoes of Ferrara
Travel: Bosaro to Trevenzuolo
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The vibrant culture of the Italian Renaissance stars today in Ferarra at Palazzo Schifanoia, built as a pleasure palace by the Este family, and now renowned for twelve captivating frescoes in the Room of the Months. The 15th century images and colors seem as fresh today as when they were painted. Other period buildings in Ferrara include Estense Castle, as well as the magnificent cathedral with its façade of sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. Return to the La Bella Vita for an afternoon cruise to Governolo and dinner on board.

Friday
Historic and Undiscovered Mantuafriday image
Historic and Undiscovered Mantua
Travel: Trevenzuolo to Mantua
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Our final cruise features a dramatic approach to Mantua in its captivating lakeside setting. Happily, Mantua's classic architecture and elegant ambiance remains undiscovered by tourist crowds. La Bella Vita guests will tour the 14th century Palazzo Ducale, the second largest residence in Italy after the Vatican. Most of its 500 rooms are closed, but 15 gardens, the Gallery of Mirrors, and a priceless collection of artworks can be seen. Then it's back to the barge, moored in the shadow of this fascinating destination, for Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Venice
Meals: Breakfast onboard

Bid “arrivederci” to La Bella Vita. After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point in Venice.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Saturday
Attend the Opera in Verona Tonight!saturday image
Attend the Opera in Verona Tonight!
Travel: Meet in Venice , Transfer to Padua

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of La Bella Vita at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to your home for tonight, Hotel Due Torre in Verona. In Verona, we will visit the fascinating Arena Muse Opera, a wonderful museum in the magnificent setting of Palazzo Forti and devoted to the history of opera. There, we also have dinner in the delightful courtyard restaurant, before making our way to the nearby Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre built in 30 A.D. where we watch a performance from our top-priced front stalls seats. At the end of a memorable evening, we drive back to the hotel in Padua.

Sunday
Stroll in Venice's St. Mark's Squaresunday image
Stroll in Venice's St. Mark's Square
Travel: Return to Venice and Board La Bella Vita

After breakfast in the hotel, we will depart back to Venice to board La Bella Vita for a Prosecco Welcome. After lunch, an afternoon cruise takes us 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. There is time for a stroll to St Mark’s Square and a brief tour of the Doge’s Palace before dinner on board.

Monday
Gran Teatro La Fenice - Where Rossini and Verdi Operas Premieredmonday image
Gran Teatro La Fenice - Where Rossini and Verdi Operas Premiered
Travel: Venice to San Pietro in Volta

This morning, a guided tour of the magnificent opera house, the Gran Teatro La Fenice, pictured at right, where the premières of operas by composers such as Rossini and Verdi were performed. In the afternoon, we 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. Enjoy a walk at sunset before dinner onboard.

Tuesday
Dinner at a Romantic Private Villa where Lord Byron Wrote Poetrytuesday image
Dinner at a Romantic Private Villa where Lord Byron Wrote Poetry
Travel: San Pietro in Volta to Taglio Di Po

After a stroll or cycle along the 18th century Istrian sea wall in Pellestrina, we cruise to Chioggia, city of Goldoni’s plays. Here we visit the picturesque town centre and colourful fish market. We also see the Cathedral and the Piazzetta Vigo before cruising on to the River Po delta. Passing through a nature reserve with flamingos and occasional heron, snipe and other wildfowl, we travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17th century Villa Ca’Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.

Wednesday
Private Wine Tasting in a 17th Century Villawednesday image
Private Wine Tasting in a 17th Century Villa
Travel: Taglio Di Po to Bosaro

This morning we cruise to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town and visit the Archaeological Museum. After lunch on board, we drive to the Bagnoli Estate where we tour the Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17th century Villa Widmann Borletti, for a private tasting of their renowned estate grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Afternoon cruise to Bosaro. Dinner onboard.

Thursday
14th Century Castle and Fabulous Frescoesthursday image
14th Century Castle and Fabulous Frescoes
Travel: Bosaro to Trevenzuolo

Morning excursion with a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara. Here, we tour the Teatro Communale, built in the late 18th century and boasting a majestic 5-tiered auditorium. We also visit the ‘Camerino delle Duchesse’, a truly delightful private room in the Ducal Palace decorated in the 16th century for Eleonora and Lucrezia d’Este. We see the 14th century Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges and marble balconies, the fabulous 15th century frescoes in the Schifanoia Palace and the cathedral façade with its sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. Return to the hotel barge for an afternoon cruise past villages and farmsteads to Trevenzuolo and dinner onboard.

Friday
Rigoletto’s House and a Theater where Mozart Performed!friday image
Rigoletto’s House and a Theater where Mozart Performed!
Travel: Trevenzuolo to Mantua

Our final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, a Renaissance city with a captivating lakeside setting and home to Verdi’s opera Rigoletto. Mantua displays extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14th century Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica, intricate frescoes, the Gallery of Mirrors and the exquisite Rivers Room. We explore the city further, finding “Rigoletto’s House” near the cathedral, then finally, we visit the intimate Teatro Bibiena, pictured at right, a delightful baroque theatre with a bell-shaped interior that opened with a concert by a 13-year-old Mozart in 1770. A wonderful finale to our opera adventure. Captain’s Farewell Dinner onboard.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Mantua to Venice

Bid “arrivederci” to La Bella Vita. After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Sopressa Salami, Ossocollo and Pepper Cheese
  • Quiche of Mushrooms,  Asiago and Swiss Chard
  • Pork Fillet with Mediterranean Herbs
  • Tiramisu
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Puff Pastry Pouch with Mushrooms and Truffle Fondue
  • Tortelli filled with Taleggio Cheese
  • Duck Breast with Balsamic Sauce, Roasted Potatoes
  • Cheese: Parmaggiano Reggiano with Walnuts and Grapes
  • Hot Chocolate Mini Cake with Orange Sauce
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Bosco di Fratta Magnum
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Lambrusco Otello
  • Recioto Valpolicella
  • Pinot Bianco
  • Greco di Tufo

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (up to 10 guests)$61,700$68,000
Private Cruise (up to 12 guests)$63,800$70,500
Private Cruise (up to 14 guests)$65,900$73,000
Private Cruise (up to 16 guests)$68,000$75,500
Private Cruise (up to 18 guests)$70,100$78,000
Private Cruise (up to 20 guests)$72,200$80,500
Double Stateroom (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$3,890$4,290
Junior Suite (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$4,650$5,150
Single-Occupancy Supplement$1,450$1,700

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
May6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
October7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • chauffeured transfers from Venice to the barge & return
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from Italy
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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