10 Days Milan:Venice
Uncover the extraordinary hidden treasures of Venice and Northern Italy on thisunforgettable all-inclusive, luxury river cruise through Italy.
You’ll encounter unforgettable sights on this odyssey through Northern Italy that begins in Milan, home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and ends in legendary Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic.” These two iconic cities bookend an exploration of Northern Italy that rewards the curious traveler with amazing experiences in Verona, Padua, Bologna and Ferrara.
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.
Each of these enchanting locales is yours to uncover on the “Gems of Northern Italy.”
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Day 1 – Milan
Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 – MilanFEATURED EXCURSION: Milan city tour with visit to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper
Vibrant Milan is the fashion and design capital of Italy. Today you’ll explore this dazzling city and encounter two of its greatest sights—the towering Gothic cathedral and Da Vinci’s astounding The Last Supper.
Day 3 – Milan, Verona, transfer to Venice (embark)FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Verona, “City of Romeo and Juliet,” and Valpolicella wine estate lunch
Head to Venice today, stopping en route in Verona—home to Shakespeare’s tragic Romeo and Juliet. Outside fair Verona, enjoy a tasting and multi-course lunch at a beautiful Valpolicella wine estate. In magical Venice, you will board your ship and embark on your exploration of the “Queen of the Adriatic.”
Day 4 – Venice
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Venice walking discovery tour and exclusive evening–opening of St. Mark’s Basilica
Wind through Venice’s labyrinthine back lanes on a walking tour that features the city’s top sights and a Venetian glassmaking demonstration. Later, you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience—a crowd-free, after-hours visit inside St. Mark’s Basilica. In the evening, enjoy 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.
Day 5 – Chioggia (Padua)FEATURED EXCURSION: Padua walking discovery tour
Enjoy magnificent views of “The Floating City’s” greatest sights, including the Grand Canal, as your ship departs Venice. Visit the medieval walled city of Padua, walking through ancient arcades and porticos to Palazzo della Ragione, Padua’s historic city center, and enjoy a treat at a local café.
Day 6 – Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day excursion to Bologna with exclusive pasta-making workshop with lunch OR half-day excursion to Ferrara with lunch onboard
Spend the day in Bologna, Italy’s culinary capital, an ideal place to learn the art of making pasta. Or, spend a half day in Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a long history as a center for the arts.
Day 7 – Taglio di Po, Chioggia, Venice
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Chioggia with choice of market visit with seafood lunch OR mussel harvest experience
Stroll through Chioggia's bustling fish market before indulging in a fresh seafood lunch. Or learn the art of mussel harvesting from local fishermen—a unique (and delicious) culinary treat. Later, head to the Sun Deck of your ship for views of two Venice Lagoon isles, sleepy Pellestrina and Lido, home to the Venice Film Festival.
Day 8 – Venice Island (Burano and Mazzorbo), Venice
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day “The Magic Islands of Venice” tour: colorful Burano with lace making and peaceful Mazzorbo with wine tasting
Spend the day exploring the Venice Lagoon and two of its most notable islands. Visit Burano, known for its colorful houses and lace making tradition, and Mazzorbo, where you'll enjoy a special tasting of wine made from golden-hued Dorona grapes, a time-honored and historic variety that dates back for centuries.
Day 9 – Venice
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour OR “Venetian Painters at the Accademia” tour with art-historian guide
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. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 10 – Venice (disembark),
transfer to the airportDisembark the ship and transfer to Venice Marco Polo International Airport for your flight home.
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