Depart on your overnight flight to
On arrival, transfer to your beautiful
floating hotel, docked in the main port of Venice. Enjoy the
remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, meet your fellow
travelers at a welcome onboard dinner.
This morning’s you will begin your day
on the Venetian Lagoon by visiting the islands of Burano and
Murano. The island of Burano is best known for its crooked bell
tower, thriving fishing community, lace makers and brightly
colored houses – giving it the nickname Gelato “ice cream”
Island. Murano is internationally re-known as the glass blowing
island. This ancient art form is still practiced here and you
will see a demonstration during your visit to an artist’s
workshop. This afternoon then cruise across the Venetian Lagoon,
past the fishing island of Pellestrina, through the Delta of the
River Po and up the river to overnight in Berra.
Disembark for an excursion to Ferrara.
Now a bustling provincial capital, Ferrara came to prominence as
a trade and market center during the Renaissance. The town’s
wealth is reflected in the wide boulevards and impressive
palaces. The city was once the residence of the Este Dynasty.
Their Castello Estense, a moated castle, dominates the town
center. Visit the Castello, and walk through the Medieval
quarter. Returning to the ship, cruise this afternoon to Boretto.
This morning, journey by motorcoach to
Parma, a gastronomic center famous for its prosciutto ham,
parmigiano cheese and lambrusco wine. The town also boasts many
architectural treasures. See the magnificent Pilotta Palace,
Regio Theatre and Palazzo Ducale. Visit the Medieval Baptistery
and the Duomo, one of the best examples of 12th century
Romanesque architecture in all of Italy. Correggio painted the
huge fresco inside the cathedral’s dome. Returning to the ship
in Boretto for lunch, continue your leisurely cruise down the
Po, making an overnight stop in Revere, where you visit the
fascinating Po Museum.
This morning depart for an excursion to
Mantua, the setting for Guiseppe Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto.” This
charming walled city, situated on the Mincio River, was once
home to the extravagant artloving Gonzaga family, one of the
Renaissance’s foremost dynasties. See the Renaissance Basilica
of St. Andrea, and tour the Palazzo Ducale, former residence of
the Gonzaga family. On your return to the ship you cruise down
the Po to overnight in the Delta town of Taglio di Po.
This morning you will cruise across the
beautiful Venetian Lagoon and make your entry into Venice as
sailors have done for centuries. This afternoon’s guided walk
introduces you to the heart of Venice. Any visit to Venice must
begin in the shadow of the Campanile, on the famous Piazza San
Marco. Visit the spectacular Byzantine Basilica di San Marco and
the opulent Doge’s Palace. While there, climb the famous Scala
dei Giganti, admire the paintings of Tintoretto and Veronese,
and wander through the Great Council Chamber.
This morning’s tour is to Padua, an
ancient university town where Galileo and Dante studied. Visit
the magnificent 13th century Basilica di Sant’Antonio with its
beautiful frescoes, sculpture and tomb of St.Anthony. The
afternoon is free in Venice to take in some more sights or last
Disembark after breakfast for your
transfer to the airport and flight home.