No excuse is ever needed to visit Italy; the home of jaw-dropping architecture and age-old culinary traditions, of blissful villages and galleries that will leave you swooning. And one of the best was to take in everything the country has to offer is on a Uniworld all-inclusive luxury river cruise and tour.
The boutique river cruise company offers two stunning itineraries, each designed to offer experiences that engage educate and inspire. The 15-day “Splendours of Italy” cruise/tour begins in Milan and takes you along the Po river, then onto Rome. Along that way you’ll see Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, explore the Venetian Lagoon, discover Northern Italy’s gems – Verona, Bologna, Padua, Ferrara – then settle into the enchanting countryside of Florence. it all ends in Rome, where the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City and more await.
Slightly shorter but equally beguiling, the 10-day “Gems of Northern Italy” also begins in Milan, giving you plenty of time to explore the country’s picture-perfect northern cities before discovering the treasures of Venice.
Here you’ll be treated to an exclusive evening at St Mark’s Basilica, with plenty of time to discover the charm of seaside Chioggia, enjoy local culinary specialities and stroll around Venice’s outer islands, including Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello.
Whichever itinerary you choose, you’re guaranteed impeccable accomodation and service aboard Uniworld’s River Countess, where staterooms come designed with handcrafted Savoir of England beds and marbles bathrooms, with butler service available around the clock to guests in suites.
Like all Uniworld experiences, the cruise is all-inclusive, from the exquisite meals that draw inspiration form local delicacies and produce, to guided shore excursions, entry to attractions, on-board entertainment and internet access.
Bring the family
Select River Countess sailings offer Uniworld’s Generations family programme, featuring unique adventures for families to enjoy together, as well as culturally and historically significant experiences designed to spark creativity and lifelong learning.
Generations cruises are all meticulously planned to keep young travellers engages, with plenty of free time for adults to relax and recharge.
Cruise/tours are priced from $4,999 per person. For more information visit uniworld.com or call 1300 780 231