Gems of Northern Italy

River Countess in Venice
11 Days from $3,749 per person

Uncover the extraordinary hidden treasures of Venice and Northern Italy on this unforgettable all-inclusive, luxury river cruise through Italy. 

Travel from dynamic Milan to romantic Venice. Soak up the enchantment of “The City of Water” and two outer lying Venetian islands, Burano and Mazzorbo. Be treated to an exclusive evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica. Discover the charm of seaside Chioggia loved by fishermen and artists alike. Enjoy a multi-course lunch complete with wine pairings at a historic wine estate in Valpolicella. Explore medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus; “bountiful” Bologna; Verona, the famed city of Romeo and Juliet; and UNESCO-designated Ferrara.

Operated By:
Tour Pace: Leisurely
Need help? call toll free 1-877-622-9109or
Request a Quote
  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

  3. Milan, known the world over for its high-end fashion and dazzling bounty of artistic landmarks, provides the perfect starting point for your Italian adventure. Admire the grand Gothic Duomo in the heart of the city center and then come face-to-face with Leonardo da Vinci’s magnificent fresco, The Last Supper, housed at the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent.

  4. En route to Venice, stop in Verona—home to Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. From Verona, journey on to an exclusive wine tasting and multicourse lunch at the Serego Alighieri estate, which belongs to descendants of Dante Alighieri, one of Italy’s most famous poets. Once in magical Venice, board the River Countess where you’ll begin your exploration of the “Queen of the Adriatic.”

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. Wind through Venice’s labyrinthine back lanes as you get an up-close view of the city’s residential heart as well as such legendary locations as the Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge. Be treated to a Murano glassmaking demonstration at Arti Veneziane alla Giudecca Glass Factory, where a skilled glassmaker demonstrates the timeless art of turning liquid silica into priceless figures. Cap the day off with an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience at an after-hours lighting ceremony inside St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds. Return to the ship for a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: It is not always possible to arrange after-hours visits to St. Mark’s Basilica. If religious functions or festivities are taking place in the evening, we will visit during regular hours.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  6. Admire the magnificent views of “The Floating City’s” greatest sights, including the Grand Canal, as your ship departs Venice and sails the lagoon for Chioggia. For those who wish to travel further back in time, an exploration of one of the oldest cities in Northern Italy, Padua, is the perfect choice. This medieval walled city is home to Italy’s second-oldest university, established in 1222, with frescoes by Giotto in its Scrovegni Chapel and the vast 13th-century Basilica of St. Anthony, a pilgrimage site. Or if you prefer to discover Chioggia, often referred to as “Little Venice,” you can do so with a discovery tour; for those who wish for a more active day, you can bicycle along the beaches of Chioggia.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. Bologna is a food lover’s paradise with unmatched specialty food stores and halls featuring locally made mortadella, handmade tortellini, luscious balsamic vinegar from nearby Modena, ham from Parma and great rounds of Parmesan cheese. Participate in a pasta-making workshop and then enjoy lunch at one of Bologna’s most celebrated restaurants. For lovers of art, spend a half day in Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a hidden Renaissance treasure, with a long history of art founded on the sponsorship of the noble Renaissance family of d’Este.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. There’s no better place to indulge in Italy’s famed frutti di mare than Chioggia, a colorful fishing village on the Venice Lagoon. Stroll through the town’s bustling fish market with a guide before indulging in a flavorful lunch of local fish. Or head via small boat to a casone (fisherman’s hut on stilts in the middle of the lagoon) to experience how local fishermen harvest mussels.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. Spend the day exploring the Venice Lagoon and three of its entrancing islands. Stroll through Burano with its rainbow of colorful homes, and visit a lace-making atelier. While on Mazzorbo, be treated to a very special wine tasting from a salt-water-tolerant heirloom grape, Dorona, which has been planted here to yield a luscious golden wine. Before heading back to Venice, visit Torcello, home to spectacular Byzantine mosaics depicting the Last Judgment in the seventh-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell’Assunta.

    meal(s):Breakfast & Dinner
  10. Get a feel for daily life in Venice with a guided stroll through the bustling Rialto Market, or tour the renowned Accademia Gallery with an art historian. Celebrate your last night onboard at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  11. Disembark the ship and transfer to Venice Marco Polo International Airport for your flight home.


  • All Meals All Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships


  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water


  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the impressive River Countess
  • 2 nights in Milan at Starhotel Rosa Grand (or similar) with breakfast
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days


  • 1 country
  • 8 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks


  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “La Serenissima: The Lagoon of Venice”
  • Exclusive Generations Family Program on select summer departures
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
hashtag 30 Mar 17 9 Apr 17 $3749pp
hashtag 6 Apr 17 16 Apr 17 $4249pp
13 Apr 17 23 Apr 17 $3849pp
hashtag 20 Apr 17 30 Apr 17 $4249pp
$4,249 pp
27 Apr 17 7 May 17 $4249pp
$4,249 pp
4 May 17 14 May 17 $4749pp
$4,749 pp
11 May 17 21 May 17 $4749pp
$4,749 pp
18 May 17 28 May 17 $4349pp
$4,349 pp
1 Jun 17 11 Jun 17 $4649pp
$4,649 pp
8 Jun 17 18 Jun 17 $4649pp
$4,649 pp
hashtag 15 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 $4649pp
$4,649 pp
22 Jun 17 2 Jul 17 $4449pp
$4,449 pp
29 Jun 17 9 Jul 17 $4049pp
$4,049 pp
6 Jul 17 16 Jul 17 $4049pp
$4,049 pp
13 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 $4449pp
$4,449 pp
hashtag 20 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 $4049pp
$4,049 pp
27 Jul 17 6 Aug 17 $4049pp
$4,049 pp
3 Aug 17 13 Aug 17 $4049pp
$4,049 pp
10 Aug 17 20 Aug 17 $4049pp
$4,049 pp
17 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 $4449pp
$4,449 pp
hashtag 24 Aug 17 3 Sep 17 $4349pp
$4,349 pp
31 Aug 17 10 Sep 17 $4649pp
$4,649 pp
hashtag 7 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 $4649pp
$4,649 pp
14 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 $4649pp
$4,649 pp
21 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 $4949pp
$4,949 pp
28 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 $4449pp
$4,449 pp
5 Oct 17 15 Oct 17 $4349pp
$4,349 pp
hashtag 12 Oct 17 22 Oct 17 $4249pp
$4,249 pp
19 Oct 17 29 Oct 17 $4449pp
$4,449 pp
26 Oct 17 5 Nov 17 $3949pp
$3,949 pp
hashtag 2 Nov 17 12 Nov 17 $3749pp
$3,749 pp

# Solo Friendly Departures. Single Supplements reduced on these dates, save up to $1,899. Call for details. 

Note: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

For guests not going to Milan, deduct $600 from the price of the cruise/tour.

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom and cruise in category 5 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port Charges included.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.

Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 130 / Staff: 41

Suite: 4 (214 sq ft) / Staterooms: 61 (151 sq ft) / Rivers: Po River

The recently remodeled, 130-passenger River Countess is filled with light and color. Muted shades of turquoise complemented by soothing cream, taupe, and white accents create a luxurious and sophisticated environment for your up-close, unsurpassed and unforgettable Italian adventure. Ciao, bella!

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.



Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft - 20 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center 

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippers

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

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-control thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center 

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Category 2 & 3

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) 

Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center 

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread-count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

Our meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views.



Captain's Lounge

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • In Italy, the weather changes very quickly, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Friday, October 21, 2016
Gems of Northern Italy
Service rating : Always top notch
Vacation : second trip with uniworld and already signed up for third.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's fantastic to hear! Thank you for your feedback and your repeat business. We do appreciate it.

Grand European Travel
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
Gems of Northern Italy
Service rating : Many tours available, customer service is Excellent, and the end product is superb
Vacation : Included Tours and Optional Tours were many and varied. Uniworld does a spectacular job. Highlights were: Evening tour to St Marks in Venice,Verona w/ Wine pairing lunch,Venice lagoon , Bologna excursion, Milan city tour and the Last Supper by Da Vinci . A superb trip.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Gems of Northern Italy
Service rating : Service was top of the line. Impecable service
Vacation : The Gentle Walkers group are great slower pace smaller groups.

Similar Trips

Splendors of Italy (River Cruise)
Boutique River Cruises

Splendors of Italy (River Cruise)

16 Days from $6,449
Trip not yet reviewed
Ultimate Italy

Ultimate Italy

13 Days from $5,439
Trip not yet reviewed
Italian Concerto
First Class

Italian Concerto

12 Days from $2,636

Sign up for Special Offerings

Receive the latest news, announcements, special offers, and more on Grand European Travel vacations! Simply fill in the form below and submit to be added to our mailing list.