Board a luxury ship for a seven-night cruise of the Venetian Lagoon, explore its beautiful islands and enjoy after-hours access to St Mark’s Basilica

The Veneto region of Italy has quaint and colourful islands, extraordinary architecture, magnificent displays of art and a deeply rooted history. With canals and waterways separating the region's highlights, a cruise is a wonderful way to explore Venice and beyond.

The S.S. La Venezia is the perfect vessel for exploring the waterways of Venice. It's a small ship that was completely renovated in 2020 with lavish furnishings that mirror the inimitable style of Venice. During this week-long trip, you'll visit unmissable sights of Venice, including Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello, Chioggia, and Murano.

You'll access famous locations when they're closed to the public, including St Mark's Basilica after nightfall and inside the church on Torcello before it opens. You'll also have VIP access to Doge's Palace during a special early morning visit. There's a superb choice of other excursions, all included, allowing you to join fascinating walking tours or bike along the beaches of Chioggia.

Special guest Rick Stein joins the trip for the final few days, accompanying a tour of the Rialto food market before hosting a cooking demonstration and answering questions from guests.

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Rick Stein
Chef, restaurateur, TV presenter and author

Rick Stein CBE is an English chef, restaurateur, television presenter, and author of more than 20 books, including his autobiography. He has made more than 30 TV programmes, including 12 cookery series, his latest being Secret France. Rick has also cooked for the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, and former French president Jacques Chirac.

Price includes

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Seven-night cruise in a classic Riverview Stateroom on board the S.S La Venezia
  • All meals on board prepared using the freshest and finest ingredients
  • Unlimited beverages while on board, including fine wines, handmade cocktails and local beers
  • An onboard cooking demonstration, market tour, and Q&A with Rick Stein
  • Captain's welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transfers to and from the airport and ship
  • All gratuities, both on board and on shore
  • Six days of excursions by local experts

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Oct 22, 2023
To
Sun, Sun, Oct 29, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,599*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a classic riverview stateroom, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £1205. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    London to Venice
    Venice, Italy

    On arrival at Venice Marco Polo airport, a transfer takes you to the S.S. La Venezia. There's time to unpack and get to know the splendid surroundings of the ship before dinner.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Venice
    Venice, Italy

    You'll arrive early at Venice's Doge's Palace today to explore this usually busy site in peace, with an extra special entrance. You will enter through the side door, which is usually reserved for dignitaries and VIPs. You will then take a stroll through a traditional Venetian neighbourhood to see how local life unfolds. Tonight, you'll witness a private after-hours lighting ceremony inside St Mark's Basilica without the crowds.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Venice
    Venice, Italy

    After breakfast on board, decide whether you'd prefer to visit Vicenza or Padua - both are UNESCO World Heritage cities in the Veneto region. In the afternoon, there's the opportunity to meet a local gondola artisan and take a guided walk through Venice before boarding S.S La Venezia for a scenic sailing across the lagoon towards Mazzorbo and Burano. As you sail, your captain will host a special welcome reception and dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Torcello, Mazzorbo, Burano and Murano
    Murano, Italy

    Your day starts with a visit to Torcello's basilica, the oldest church in the Venetian lagoon. You will be accompanied by an art historian who will share their expertise and insights. There's time for coffee in an osteria before returning to the ship. The afternoon is yours to decide whether to explore Burano or Mazzorbo or watch a glass-blowing demonstration on Murano.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Chioggia
    Chioggia, Italy

    There's a choice of ways to get to know Chioggia today, whether you opt to visit a local food market, bike along the beaches, head to a beautiful castle, or learn about the region's winemaking and stay for a tasting (not included).

    Tonight, enjoy welcome drinks with special guest Rick Stein before dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Chioggia
    Chioggia, Italy

    This morning, explore the Po Delta at the point where the Adriatic Sea meets the Po River on a sailing excursion. Over lunch back on board the S.S La Venezia, you'll sail back to Venice, and Rick Stein will demonstrate how to create some small tasting plates in an onboard cooking demonstration.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Venice
    Venice, Italy

    You'll take a water taxi through the Venice canals today, arriving in style at the Rialto Bridge. From here, you can visit Rialto market with special guest Rick Stein, take a walking tour or visit a mask atelier to see how the intricate masks worn at the Carnival of Venice are made.

    This afternoon Rick Stein will host a talk and Q&A for guests.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Venice to London
    Venice, Italy

    After a final breakfast on board, you'll disembark S.S. La Venezia, and a transfer will take you to the airport for your flight home to London.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

SS La Venezia

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Cruise ship

Glamorous Uniworld ship sailing the Po and Venice Lagoon

The River Countess underwent a complete design renovation, debuting as SS La Venezia on March 27, 2020 and bringing guests complete luxury while exploring Northern Italy. The redesign of SS La Venezia was inspired by Venetian culture and features six elegantly appointed suites including two new Grand Suites, three dining venues including an Italian kitchen on the upper deck, spa, library, lounge and bar.

Suites: Grand Suite (28 sq m), Suite (20 sq m), French Balcony (14 sq m), Deluxe (14 sq m)
Classic (14 sq m).

Guests: 126, staff: 42. Length 110 m, width 11.4 m.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Oct 22, 2023
To
Sun, Sun, Oct 29, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,599*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a classic riverview stateroom, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £1205. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited

Call now to book 0808 258 9216
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