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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Splendours of Italy

See the historic and architectural treasures of Italy on this superb holiday, combining an all-inclusive cruise on River Countess and hotel stays in fashionable Milan, renaissance Florence and historic Rome. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities

Exclusive Blue Water Package
14 nights from £3825pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Venice
  • Padua, Venice
  • River Countess in Venice

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday


Exclusive package with savings of up to £2440pp on 2017 departures!

Save 10% PLUS free flights and private home-to-airport transfers on 2018 departures! Free flights are from selected UK airports. Private home-to-airport transfers are available for guests living within 150 miles of the chosen airport. Terms and conditions apply. Book by 31 Oct 2017

Low single supplement! Applies to 13 Oct 2017 departure. Excludes suites and is not combinable with any other offer. Subject to availability

Splendours of Italy  Special Offer

Experience the greatest treasures of Italy from the palazzo-lined canals of Venice and the olive groves of Tuscany, to the spectacular ruins in Rome.

Spend two nights in Milan, the fashion capital of Italy, home to an impressive Gothic cathedral and Da Vinci's astounding "The Last Supper". En route to Venice to embark your luxurious ship, stop in Verona, renowned for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy a wine tasting and delicious lunch at a beautiful Valpolicella wine estate.

Stroll through the hidden alleys in Venice and discover the historical highlights and enjoy an exclusive visit to St Mark's Basilica. Explore the medieval walled city of Padua before sampling local delicacies at a pasta-workshop in Bologna, or visit the artistic hub of Ferrara.

Learn the art of mussel harvesting from local fisherman during your time in the colourful fishing village of Chioggia, before exploring the famous islands in the Venice Lagoon - Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Travel to renaissance Florence, home to countless artistic treasures including Michelangelo's David, which can be seen on a guided tour. The Eternal City of Rome is a fitting end to your Italian adventure, from the famous Colosseum to the ornate Sistine Chapel.

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Splendours of Italy Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Milan (Italy)

Fly from the UK to Milan. Meet your representative on arrival and transfer to the Starhotel Rosa Grand (or similar) for a two night stay.

Day 2 - Milan

Milan is the fashion capital of Italy. Discover two of its greatest sights on a guided tour - the impressive Gothic cathedral and Da Vinci's incredible The Last Supper. (B)

Day 3 - Verona

Travel to Venice today, stopping en route in Verona, home to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy a delicious lunch and tasting at a Valpolicella wine estate. On arrival in Venice, you will board the River Countess for your cruise. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Venice

Enjoy a walking tour along Venice's charming lanes which visits the city's top attractions and includes a Venetian glassmaking demonstration. This evening, there is an after-hours visit inside St Mark's Basilica, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Later, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Please note: St Mark's Basilica visit may not be possible due to religious functions and festivities. If this is the case, we will visit during regular hours.

Day 5 - Chioggia

Enjoy spectacular views of Venice and the Grand Canal as your ship departs. Explore the delightful fishing village of Chioggia on a guided walking tour, or join the exclusive cycling tour of Chioggia's scenic beachfront.

Day 6 - Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

Spend the whole day on an excursion to Bologna and join an exclusive pasta-making workshop where you can learn to make your own Italian pasta, followed by lunch at a renowned restaurant. Alternatively spend a half-day in Ferrara, one of Italy's best-kept secrets, full of Renaissance treasures. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Taglio de Po - Chiogga

Visit the colourful fishing village of Chioggia on the Venice Lagoon. Head to the fish market with a guide or head to a casoni (fisherman's hut) to learn the art of mussel harvesting. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Burano - Mazzorbo

Spend the day exploring the Venice Lagoon and three of its enchanting islands - Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Learn about the history of lace making in colourful Burano before heading to Mazzorbo for a special wine tasting as it is here that the grape variety Dorona yeilds Prosecco. Visit the 7th-century cathedral in Torcello to see its stunning Byzantine mosaics. (B,D)

Day 9 - Venice

Experience daily life in Venice on a guided stroll through the Rialto Market or head to the renowned Accademia Gallery with an art historian. This evening, there is a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Florence

Disembark and head to Florence with its artistic treasures including Michelangelo's David, which you'll see on a guided visit to the Accademia Gallery. Check-in to the Hotel Brunelleschi (or similar) for a two-night stay. (B,L)

Day 11 - Florence

Enjoy a walking tour of Florence with highlights including the cathedral of St Mary of the Flower and Signoria Plaza. Admire the Palazzo Pitti, a Renaissance palace, across the river. (B,D)

Day 12 - Rome

Admire Tuscany's breathtaking scenery as you travel by coach, stopping en route to Rome for a homemade lunch and wine tasting at an estate in Chianti country. Check-in to the Parco dei Principi hotel (or similar) for a three-night stay and join a guided walk through Rome's baroque centre. (B,L)

Day 13 - Rome

Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city's iconic sights including Nazionale Piazza Venezia, Piazza della Repubblica and the Forum. Head inside the Colosseum then walk through the heart of the city, from Piazza Navona to the Pantheon. (B,D)

Day 14 - Rome

Join a guided tour of the Vatican Museums visiting sights including St Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel with its beautiful frescoes. (B,L)

Day 15 - Rome - UK

Transfer to Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Due to Italian regulations the ship cannot sail with passengers on the short section of the Adriatic Sea between Chioggia and the mouth of the River Po.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all-inclusive cruise on the River Countess
  • 2-night stay at the Starhotel Rosa Grand (or similar) in Milan with breakfast
  • 2-night stay at the Hotel Brunelleschi (or similar) in Florence with breakfast
  • 3-night stay stay at the Parco de Principi (or similar) in Rome with breakfast
  • Flight inclusive package prices include return flights from the UK and transfers
  • Unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks, bottled water in your cabin and specialty coffees available 24 hours (premium wine and premium spirits not included)
  • Included shore excursions with English speaking guides, as per itinerary (subject to change)
  • State-of-the-art 'Quietvox' portable audio headset systems for all excursions, and complimentary internet access and Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Epicurean Adventurer Program
  • Complimentary internet access and Wi-Fi onboard
  • All airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty, all port charges and airline imposed fuel surcharge

Additional Information

  • The Multigenerational Family-Friendly Programme operates on 24 Jun and 1,8 Jul departures.

2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
River Countess
Oct 20£5339£3825
Oct 27£5179£5429
Nov 03£5099£5349

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
River Countess
Mar 30£4769£4769
Apr 06, 13£4949£4949
Apr 20, 27; May 04, 11, 18, 25; Jun 01, 08, 15£5219£5219
Jul 06, 13, 20, 27; Aug 03, 10, 17, 24£5129£5129
Aug 31; Sep 07, 14, 21, 28; Oct 05, 12£5219£5219
Oct 19, 26£4949£4949
Nov 02£4769£4769

Price Information

  • Prices are based on best available cabin at time of publication. Flight supplement may apply in peak season.
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat 4 - 2017: £240pp 2018: £180pp
  • Cat 3 - 2017: £590pp 2018: £450pp
  • Cat 2 - 2017: £830pp 2018: £630pp
  • Cat 1 - 2017: £1380pp 2018: £1170pp
  • Suite - 2017: £2170pp 2018: £1890pp
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