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Splendors of Italy (River Cruise)

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Florence, Italy
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
15 Days from $6,699 per person

Embrace la dolce vita on a culturally rich journey through beautiful Italia. In Milan see you’ll see Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Delve into the luminous architectural and artistic highlights of water-bound Venice and discover Northern Italy’s gems: Verona, Padua, Bologna and Ferrara. 

Then travel to Florence, where the Renaissance began. See astonishing works by Michelangelo, Rafael, Donatello and Boticelli, and savor a spectacular homemade lunch and a Chianti wine tasting at Castello di Verrazzano. A fitting end to your Italian adventure awaits in Rome with all of its wonders—the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museum, Trevi Fountain, Sistine Chapel and so much more.

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  1. Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel.

  2. Milan is a mecca for Italian fashionistas, famous for its innovative design and stylish flair. Venture inside the city’s hulking Gothic cathedral, as well as its cathedral to capitalism, Europe’s oldest shopping arcade. The highlight today is pure genius—Da Vinci’s revolutionary The Last Supper mural, the most famous religious painting in history.

    Featured Excursion:
    Milan city tour with visit to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper

    Note: The order of sightseeing varies according to the availability of time slots at Santa Maria delle Grazie.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  3. You’ll check out of your hotel this morning and head toward the Adriatic coast and magical Venice, but the day includes two delightful stops en route: Verona, forever associated with Romeo and Juliet, and the Valpolicella wine country.

    Featured Excursion:
    Verona, “City of Romeo and Juliet”
    Exclusive Valpolicella wine estate lunch

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  4. Hoping to escape marauding Huns, Goths and Vandals as the Roman Empire collapsed in the fifth century, refugees built a little settlement they called Venice on tiny islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. By the 12th century, Venice was the wealthiest and most powerful city-state in Europe, controlling the Mediterranean and all European trade with the East. Its merchant-aristocrats lavished their wealth on palaces and churches, art and music, creating a city that is truly like no other. Now, seawater laps at the foot of thousand-year-old houses— and sometimes rises above the doorsteps—but the glorious palaces and romantic canals enchant visitors just as they have for centuries. Today you will embark on your own personal voyage of discovery through this entrancing city.

    Featured Excursion:
    Venice walking discovery tour
    Exclusive evening opening of St. Mark’s Basilica

    Note: It is not always possible to arrange an after-hours visit 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
  5. The River Countess sails from Venice, cruising through the lagoon, past the Lido, the colorful fishermen’s houses of Pellestrina and the huge ongoing flood-control project called MOSE (which is designed to protect Venice from rising seawater), before docking in Chioggia, sometimes called “Little Venice,” at the southern end of the lagoon.

    Special attention to: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. We thank you for your cooperation.

    Featured Excursion:
    Choice of Chioggia walking discovery tour or Exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle tour of Chioggia’s beaches

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Today you face a tough decision: Do you spend a full day in Bologna, the culinary capital of Northern Italy, or visit UNESCO-designated Ferrara, a beautifully preserved Renaissance city?

    Featured Excursion:
    Choice of Full-day excursion to Bologna with exclusive pasta-making workshop and lunch or Half-day excursion to Ferrara with lunch onboard

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. Chioggia is such a delight that we’ll return there today to experience something completely different. You can visit the village’s bustling once-a-week market—a colorful and boisterous scene, and quintessentially Italian—or for something really unique, hop aboard a small boat to go mussel harvesting with local fishermen out in the lagoon.

    Special attention to: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. We thank you for your cooperation.

     

    Featured Excursions:
    Chioggia mussel harvesting experience
    Choice of Chioggia market visit with lunch onboard

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. Venice is an island surrounded by hundreds of smaller islands, three of which you’ll visit today—Burano, famous for its lace-makers and houses painted in eye-popping colors; Mazzorbo, where you’ll taste a historic golden-hued wine; and Torcello, home to beautiful Byzantine mosaics.

    Featured Excursion:
    Full-day “The Magical Islands of Venice”

    meal(s):Breakfast & Dinner
  9. Lovers of food and wine flock to Italy to immerse themselves in a truly farm-to-table epicurean experience. If that sounds like you, you’ll love today’s walking tour to the famous fish and produce market next to the Rialto Bridge. Prefer a more visual feast? Join an art historian for a highlights tour of the Accademia gallery.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour or “Venetian Painters at the Accademia” tour with art historian guide

    Note: Photography is not permitted inside the Academy, and large bags, especially backpacks, must be left in lockers.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  10. You’ll stop for lunch in the Tuscan hills outside of Florence. Take a seat on the sun-dappled patio of a well-known restaurant and prepare to savor a traditional Tuscan meal; then, refreshed and well fed, you’ll be ready to begin your exploration of this Renaissance city.

    Featured Excursion:
    Guided Accademia Gallery tour with visit to Michelangelo’s David

    meal(s):Breakfast & Lunch
  11. Uncover Florence’s Renaissance gems, including the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Flower, the Uffizi and Signoria Plaza, and across the Arno River to the Palazzo Pitti, a palace once home to the Medici family.

    meal(s):Breakfast & Dinner
  12. You have a few hours to enjoy Florence on your own. Many museums open at eight o’clock, so if you’d like to visit the Bargello, with its early Michelangelo sculptures, or the Uffizi, this is your chance.

    Featured Excursion:
    Chianti tasting and lunch at Castello di Verrazzano wine estate

    meal(s):Breakfast & Lunch
  13. A list of Rome’s top cultural sites reads like a roll call of history—the ancient Forum, the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Cathedral, just to name a few. You could spend an eternity in the “Eternal City” and not exhaust all there is to do and see. Not planning to stay forever? We’ll show you the highlights on a discovery tour that includes a look inside the Colosseum and a heart of the city stroll.

    Featured Excursion:
    “Imperial Rome and the Heart of the City” discovery tour

    meal(s):Breakfast & Dinner
  14. Your final day in Italy may be one of your most memorable yet. Venture within the indescribably vast Vatican Museums, where a local expert will show you the best of the best on a perfectly paced “espresso” tour. For the finale, the Sistine Chapel, famous for its resplendent  and vividly colored ceiling frescos by Michelangelo. In a word, sublime.

    Featured Excursion:
    Guided Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel visit

    meal(s):Breakfast & Lunch
  15. If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your flight home.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • 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

Taste

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 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

Travel

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

Explore

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

Experience

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “La Serenissima: The Lagoon of Venice”
  • Exclusive Generations Family Program on select summer departures
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30 Mar 18 $7,299pp $7,549pp $7,999pp $8,249pp $8,899pp $9,799pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
6 Apr 18 $7,499pp $7,749pp $8,199pp $8,449pp $9,099pp $9,999pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
13 Apr 18 $7,499pp $7,749pp $8,199pp $8,449pp $9,099pp $9,999pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
20 Apr 18 $7,899pp $8,149pp $8,599pp $8,849pp $9,499pp $10,399pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
27 Apr 18 $7,899pp $8,149pp $8,599pp $8,849pp $9,499pp $10,399pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
4 May 18 $7,899pp $8,149pp $8,599pp $8,849pp $9,499pp $10,399pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
11 May 18 $7,899pp $8,149pp $8,599pp $8,849pp $9,499pp $10,399pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
18 May 18 $7,899pp $8,149pp $8,599pp $8,849pp $9,499pp $10,399pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
25 May 18 $7,999pp $8,249pp $8,699pp $8,949pp $9,599pp $10,499pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
1 Jun 18 $7,899pp $8,149pp $8,599pp $8,849pp $9,499pp $10,399pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
22 Jun 18 $6,699pp $6,949pp $7,399pp $7,649pp $8,299pp $9,199pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
29 Jun 18 $6,699pp $6,949pp $7,399pp $7,649pp $8,299pp $9,199pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
6 Jul 18 $7,799pp $8,049pp $8,499pp $8,749pp $9,399pp $10,299pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
13 Jul 18 $7,699pp $7,949pp $8,399pp $8,649pp $9,299pp $10,199pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
20 Jul 18 $7,699pp $7,949pp $8,399pp $8,649pp $9,299pp $10,199pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
27 Jul 18 $7,699pp $7,949pp $8,399pp $8,649pp $9,299pp $10,199pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
3 Aug 18 $7,699pp $7,949pp $8,399pp $8,649pp $9,299pp $10,199pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
10 Aug 18 $7,699pp $7,949pp $8,399pp $8,649pp $9,299pp $10,199pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
17 Aug 18 $7,699pp $7,949pp $8,399pp $8,649pp $9,299pp $10,199pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
24 Aug 18 $7,699pp $7,949pp $8,399pp $8,649pp $9,299pp $10,199pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
31 Aug 18 $7,899pp $8,149pp $8,599pp $8,849pp $9,499pp $10,399pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
7 Sep 18 $7,999pp $8,249pp $8,699pp $8,949pp $9,599pp $10,499pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
14 Sep 18 $7,899pp $8,149pp $8,599pp $8,849pp $9,499pp $10,399pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
21 Sep 18 $7,899pp $8,149pp $8,599pp $8,849pp $9,499pp $10,399pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
28 Sep 18 $7,899pp $8,149pp $8,599pp $8,849pp $9,499pp $10,399pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
5 Oct 18 $7,999pp $8,249pp $8,699pp $8,949pp $9,599pp $10,499pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
12 Oct 18 $7,899pp $8,149pp $8,599pp $8,849pp $9,499pp $10,399pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Countess
Milan to Rome
19 Oct 18 $7,499pp $7,749pp $8,199pp $8,449pp $9,099pp $9,999pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
26 Oct 18 $7,499pp $7,749pp $8,199pp $8,449pp $9,099pp $9,999pp Request Quote
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Milan to Rome
2 Nov 18 $7,499pp $7,749pp $8,199pp $8,449pp $9,099pp $9,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Countess
Milan to Rome

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 cruise/tour price.

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. Single rooms are available at a supplement. 2018 port charges are an additional $140 per person.

Must Pay in Full at time of booking to receive Early Payment Discount where available. 

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 cruise.

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.

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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.

Staterooms

Suite

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.

Lobby

Lounge

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.

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