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+44 1756 706500

Gems of Northern Italy

This superb 9-night luxury holiday combines a 2-night hotel stay in the chic city of Milan with an 7-night cruise along the romantic River Po from Venice. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities

Fly Cruise
9 nights from £2099pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Milan Cathedral
  • Verona
  • Venice
  • Venice
  • Chioggia
  • Burano

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

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Save £800pp on 2019 departures! Applies to 31 May; 21, 28 Jun; 12, 19, 26 Jul; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Aug; 6, 13, 20 27 Sep; 4, 11, 25 Oct and 1 Nov departures. Exclusive £50pp discount on all other departures. Book by 31 Jul 2019

Save up to 10% on 2020 departures! Save 10% on Classic, Deluxe and French Balcony cabins, and save 5% on Suites. Book by 31 Jul 2019

Gems of Northern Italy Special Offer

Uncover the extraordinary history and architecture of Venice and Northern Italy on this journey from Milan to the romantic city of Venice, with amazing experiences in Verona, Padua, Bologna and Ferrara.

Enjoy a 2-night hotel stay in the fashionable city of Milan where a guided tour features the highlights of the city, including the magnificent Duomo and Da Vinci's incredible fresco, The Last Supper. Next, travel to Verona, the famed city of Romeo and Juliet, and enjoy an exclusive tasting and lunch at a wine estate. Embark River Countess in Venice and explore the city on a walking tour.

Explore medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus, or discover Chioggia on foot or by bicycle. A trip to Bologna is perfect for food lovers, with an included pasta-making workshop, or visit UNESCO-listed Ferrara. Discover the charm of the seaside village of Chioggia and enjoy an exclusive after-hours visit to St Mark's Basilica. Explore the magical islands of Venice before sailing back to Venice for a guided walking tour through the Rialto Market or a visit to the famous Accademia Gallery.

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Gems of Northern Italy Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Milan (Italy)

Fly from the UK to Milan and transfer to the hotel for a 2-night stay.

Day 2 - Milan

Milan is the fashion capital of the world, and is also famous for its breathtaking architecture. Join the city tour to discover the city's Gothic Duomo then admire Leonardo da Vinci’s magnificent work of art, The Last Supper, at the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent. For those booked onto a 2020 Generations departure, there is an excursion which discovers the monsters and gargoyles of the Gothic cathedral and the hidden secrets of Merchant's Square.

Day 3 - Milan - Verona - Venice

Travel from Milan to the romantic city of Verona, home to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy a delicious lunch and exclusive tasting at a Valpolicella wine estate then continue to Venice and embark River Countess (2019) or La Venezia (2020).

Day 4 - Venice

Stroll through the heart of Venice for a close-up look at legendary landmarks including the Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge. After a scenic cruise around the Venetian Lagoon there is time to explore the city at leisure this afternoon. Back on board there is a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 5 - Padua or Chioggia

Enjoy spectacular views of Venice and the Grand Canal as the ship departs. Explore the medieval walled city of Padua on a guided walking tour, with highlights including Palazzo del Bo and the vast 13th-century Basilica of St. Anthony (lunch is not provided on this excursion). Alternatively join the cycling tour of Chioggia or help a fisherman harvest mussels then steam them in prosecco for the freshest shellfish lunch.

Day 6 - Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

Spend the whole day on an excursion to Bologna, a food-lover's paradise, and join an exclusive pasta-making workshop where you can learn to make your own Italian pasta followed by a delicious lunch at a renowned restaurant. Alternatively, art-lovers will enjoy the half-day excursion to Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a long history of art. For those booked onto a 2020 Generations departure, there is a Bologna pasta workshop for kids.

Day 7 - Taglio di Po

Visit the colourful fishing village of Chioggia on the Venice Lagoon where there is a trip to explore the fish market with a guide. This evening there is an exclusive after-hours visit to St Mark's Basilica, truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience (2019 only). Please note: St Mark's Basilica evening visit may not always be possible due to religious functions or festivities. If this is the case, we will visit during regular hours. In addition, to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage, guests must disembark the ship and partake in the featured excursions.

Day 8 - Burano - Mazzorbo - Torcello

Spend a full day exploring the Venice Lagoon and three of its beautiful islands. Discover Burano, famous for its colourful houses and lace making tradition, before heading to Mazzorbo for a special wine tasting. Torcello is home to the mosaic-clad Byzantine cathedral of the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, Venice's oldest church.

Day 9 - Venice

Experience daily life in Venice on a guided walking tour through the Rialto Market, or perhaps head to the Accademia Gallery with an art historian guide. In 2020, there is also the opportunity to visit a glass factory, or join the Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi excursion. For those booked onto a 2020 Generations departure, there is an evening at Giudecca island watching a glassblowing demonstration followed by ice cream. This evening, enjoy the Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner on board.

Day 10 - Venice - UK

Disembark River Countess or La Venezia and 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.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on the River Countess
  • 2-night Milan hotel stay
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas 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
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • 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 28 Jun and 12 Jul 2019 departures, a Generations family programme is available. Therefore, there may be children on board.
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • July
    • Jul 26th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2499
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3849 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £5449
      Blue Water Price from: £2499 Blue Water Price from: £3049 Blue Water Price from: £3749 Blue Water Price from: £4649
  • August
    • Aug 2nd - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2499
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3849 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £5449
      Blue Water Price from: £2499 Blue Water Price from: £3049 Blue Water Price from: £3749 Blue Water Price from: £4649
    • Aug 9th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2499
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3849 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £5449
      Blue Water Price from: £2499 Blue Water Price from: £3049 Blue Water Price from: £3749 Blue Water Price from: £4649
    • Aug 16th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2499
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3849 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £5449
      Blue Water Price from: £2499 Blue Water Price from: £3049 Blue Water Price from: £3749 Blue Water Price from: £4649
    • Aug 23rd - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2499
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3849 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £5449
      Blue Water Price from: £2499 Blue Water Price from: £3049 Blue Water Price from: £3749 Blue Water Price from: £4649
    • Aug 30th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2499
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3849 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £5449
      Blue Water Price from: £2499 Blue Water Price from: £3049 Blue Water Price from: £3749 Blue Water Price from: £4649
  • September
    • Sep 6th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2499
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3849 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £5449
      Blue Water Price from: £2499 Blue Water Price from: £3049 Blue Water Price from: £3749 Blue Water Price from: £4649
    • Sep 13th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2699
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4049 Brochure Price from: £4749 Brochure Price from: £5649
      Blue Water Price from: £2699 Blue Water Price from: £3249 Blue Water Price from: £3949 Blue Water Price from: £4849
    • Sep 20th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2699
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4049 Brochure Price from: £4749 Brochure Price from: £5649
      Blue Water Price from: £2699 Blue Water Price from: £3249 Blue Water Price from: £3949 Blue Water Price from: £4849
    • Sep 27th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2699
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4049 Brochure Price from: £4749 Brochure Price from: £5649
      Blue Water Price from: £2699 Blue Water Price from: £3249 Blue Water Price from: £3949 Blue Water Price from: £4849
  • October
    • Oct 4th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2699
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4049 Brochure Price from: £4749 Brochure Price from: £5649
      Blue Water Price from: £2699 Blue Water Price from: £3249 Blue Water Price from: £3949 Blue Water Price from: £4849
    • Oct 11th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2099
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2899 Brochure Price from: £3449 Brochure Price from: £4149 Brochure Price from: £5049
      Blue Water Price from: £2099 Blue Water Price from: £2649 Blue Water Price from: £3349 Blue Water Price from: £4249
    • Oct 18th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2849
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2899 Brochure Price from: £3449 Brochure Price from: £4149 Brochure Price from: £5049
      Blue Water Price from: £2849 Blue Water Price from: £3399 Blue Water Price from: £4099 Blue Water Price from: £4999
    • Oct 25th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2799
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3599 Brochure Price from: £4149 Brochure Price from: £4849 Brochure Price from: £5749
      Blue Water Price from: £2799 Blue Water Price from: £3349 Blue Water Price from: £4049 Blue Water Price from: £4949
  • November
    • Nov 1st - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: River Countess From: £2199
      Classic Window Cabin Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2999 Brochure Price from: £3549 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £5149
      Blue Water Price from: £2199 Blue Water Price from: £2749 Blue Water Price from: £3449 Blue Water Price from: £4349

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • March
    • Mar 27th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2609
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2899 Brochure Price from: £3399 Brochure Price from: £4099 Brochure Price from: £5099
      Blue Water Price from: £2609 Blue Water Price from: £3059 Blue Water Price from: £3689 Blue Water Price from: £4845
  • April
    • Apr 3rd - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2609
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2899 Brochure Price from: £3399 Brochure Price from: £4099 Brochure Price from: £5099
      Blue Water Price from: £2609 Blue Water Price from: £3059 Blue Water Price from: £3689 Blue Water Price from: £4845
    • Apr 10th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2789
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3099 Brochure Price from: £3599 Brochure Price from: £4299 Brochure Price from: £5299
      Blue Water Price from: £2789 Blue Water Price from: £3239 Blue Water Price from: £3869 Blue Water Price from: £5035
    • Apr 17th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
    • Apr 24th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
  • May
    • May 1st - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
    • May 15th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
    • May 22nd - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
    • May 29th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
  • June
    • Jun 5th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
    • Jun 12th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
    • Jun 19th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
    • Jun 26th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2969
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3799 Brochure Price from: £4499 Brochure Price from: £5499
      Blue Water Price from: £2969 Blue Water Price from: £3419 Blue Water Price from: £4049 Blue Water Price from: £5225
  • July
    • Jul 3rd - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2969
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3799 Brochure Price from: £4499 Brochure Price from: £5499
      Blue Water Price from: £2969 Blue Water Price from: £3419 Blue Water Price from: £4049 Blue Water Price from: £5225
    • Jul 10th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2969
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3799 Brochure Price from: £4499 Brochure Price from: £5499
      Blue Water Price from: £2969 Blue Water Price from: £3419 Blue Water Price from: £4049 Blue Water Price from: £5225
    • Jul 17th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2969
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3799 Brochure Price from: £4499 Brochure Price from: £5499
      Blue Water Price from: £2969 Blue Water Price from: £3419 Blue Water Price from: £4049 Blue Water Price from: £5225
    • Jul 24th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2969
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3799 Brochure Price from: £4499 Brochure Price from: £5499
      Blue Water Price from: £2969 Blue Water Price from: £3419 Blue Water Price from: £4049 Blue Water Price from: £5225
    • Jul 31st - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2969
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3799 Brochure Price from: £4499 Brochure Price from: £5499
      Blue Water Price from: £2969 Blue Water Price from: £3419 Blue Water Price from: £4049 Blue Water Price from: £5225
  • August
    • Aug 7th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2969
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3799 Brochure Price from: £4499 Brochure Price from: £5499
      Blue Water Price from: £2969 Blue Water Price from: £3419 Blue Water Price from: £4049 Blue Water Price from: £5225
    • Aug 14th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2969
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3799 Brochure Price from: £4499 Brochure Price from: £5499
      Blue Water Price from: £2969 Blue Water Price from: £3419 Blue Water Price from: £4049 Blue Water Price from: £5225
    • Aug 21st - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2519
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2799 Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4999
      Blue Water Price from: £2519 Blue Water Price from: £2969 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4749
    • Aug 28th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2519
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2799 Brochure Price from: £3299 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4999
      Blue Water Price from: £2519 Blue Water Price from: £2969 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4749
  • September
    • Sep 4th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
    • Sep 11th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
    • Sep 18th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
    • Sep 25th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
  • October
    • Oct 2nd - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
    • Oct 9th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £3149
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £3999 Brochure Price from: £4699 Brochure Price from: £5699
      Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3599 Blue Water Price from: £4229 Blue Water Price from: £5415
    • Oct 16th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2789
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3099 Brochure Price from: £3599 Brochure Price from: £4299 Brochure Price from: £5299
      Blue Water Price from: £2789 Blue Water Price from: £3239 Blue Water Price from: £3869 Blue Water Price from: £5035
    • Oct 23rd - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2789
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3099 Brochure Price from: £3599 Brochure Price from: £4299 Brochure Price from: £5299
      Blue Water Price from: £2789 Blue Water Price from: £3239 Blue Water Price from: £3869 Blue Water Price from: £5035
    • Oct 30th - Milan to Venice - Sailing on: La Venezia From: £2609
      Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2899 Brochure Price from: £3399 Brochure Price from: £4099 Brochure Price from: £5099
      Blue Water Price from: £2609 Blue Water Price from: £3059 Blue Water Price from: £3689 Blue Water Price from: £4845

Price Information

  • Flight supplement may apply in peak season.
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