Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Venice and Northern Italy

Discover magnificent cities and superb architecture on this superb itinerary from Venice exploring the Lagoon and Po. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities

Exclusive Blue Water Package
7 nights from £2649pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Venice Lagoon
  • Padua, Venice
  • Railto Bridge, Venice
  • Gondolas in Venice

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


Begin this romantic cruise exploring the heart of Venice through hidden alleys to the Piazza San Marco and the Doge's Palace with an exclusive visit to the spectacular St Mark's Basilica.

River Countess crosses the Venice Lagoon to Chioggia, from where there is an included excursion to the medieval walled city of Padua. Rejoin the ship on the River Po and cruise to Polesella. Visit Bologna which is famed for its Italian cuisine and enjoy an exclusive pasta-making workshop or explore the artistic hub of Ferrara.

Explore Chioggia's lively fish market or learn the art of mussel harvesting from local fisherman, visit Burano with its colourful houses and enjoy a special wine tasting in Mazzorbo. Conclude your Venetian holiday back in Venice with more time to discover its hidden treasures.

H119 Operated by Uniworld


Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Venice (Italy)

Fly from the UK to Venice. Meet your representative on arrival and transfer to your ship, River Countess.

Day 2 - Venice

Stroll along charming lanes on a walking tour which showcases the city's top sights, and enjoy a Venetian glassmaking demonstration. Later, join an exclusive after-hours visit to St Mark's Basilica. Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner this evening. If religious functions or festivities are taking place, St Mark's basilica will be visited during regular hours.

Day 3 - Chioggia - Padua

Head to the medieval walled city of Padua, one of Italy's oldest towns. Here many notable scholars sought academic freedom including Galileo and Copernicus. Join a local guide on a walking tour through ancient arcades and porticos to the magnificent Palazzo della Ragione, the historic centre. Or if you prefer to discover Chioggia, known as 'Little Venice', join the guided walking tour or bicycle along Chioggia's beaches.

Day 4 - 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 then enjoy lunch in one of Bologna's most famous restaurants. Alternatively spend a half-day in Ferrara, one of Italy's best-kept secrets, where you'll discover how the city became an artistic hub for the likes of Leonardo da Vinci.

Day 5 - Taglio di Po - Chioggia

Explore Chioggia's bustling fish market with a guide, or learn the art of mussel harvesting from local fisherman.

Day 6 - Burano - Mazzorbo

Spend the day exploring the Venice Lagoon. Discover Burano, renowned for its colourful houses and lace making tradition, before heading to Mazzorbo, where you can enjoy a special wine tasting. In Torcello there are stunning Byzantine mosaics to discover in the 7th-century Cathedral.

Day 7 - Venice

Experience daily life in Venice on a walking tour through the Rialto Market or perhaps head to the Accademia Gallery with an art-historian guide. This evening, enjoy the Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 8 - Venice - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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-nights full board cruise on the River Countess
  • Flight inclusive package prices include return flights from the UK and transfers
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and bottled water, plus many premium wines and spirits
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore
  • 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
  • Gentle Walking Tours available on Days 2-6
  • 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
  • Airline imposed fuel surcharge

Special Features

  • Please note: On 1 and 8 Jul 2018 departures, a Generations family programme is available. Therefore, there may be children on board.

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
River Countess
Apr 01£2399£2649
Apr 08, 15£2599£2849
Apr 22, 29; May 06, 13, 20, 27; Jun 03, 10, 17£2899£3149
Jun 24; Jul 01, 08, 15, 22, 29; Aug 05, 12, 19, 26£2699£2949
Sep 02, 09, 16, 23, 30; Oct 07, 14£2899£3149
Oct 21, 28£2599£2849
Nov 04£2399£2649

Price Information

  • Please note: On 1 and 8 Jul 2018 departures, a Generations family programme is available. Therefore, there may be children on board.
  • Prices shown are per person based on two sharing a Cat 5 cabin. Flight supplement may apply in peak season.
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat 4 - 2017: £240pp 2018: £200pp
  • Cat 3 - 2017: £590pp 2018: £500pp
  • Cat 2 - 2017: £830pp 2018: £700pp
  • Cat 1 - 2017: £1380pp 2018: £1300pp
  • Suite - 2017: £2170pp 2018: £2100pp
Large map for Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy
Small map for Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy