€3,190 Per Person
- Country / RegionItaly /
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeBTLBV0716
- ItineraryVenice to Mantua
- Max Passengers20
- Cruise HighlightsAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary Drinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusion Sun deckTransportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions Activity Use of bicyclesMeals Gourmet meals paired with wine and cheeseItinerary Cruise between Venice and MantuaInclusion WiFi on boardActivity Wine tasting sessions
La Bella Vita is a beautiful, 20-passenger hotel barge that cruises in the charming canals of Italy. She has two upper deck junior suites and eight lower deck state rooms. This barge can accommodate up to 20 passengers.
- Tour of historic Venice, The Naval Museum and the Pavilion of Gondolas.
- Cruise on the Canal of the Orphans past picturesque lagoon islands.
- Explore Chioggia with its Roman, Etruscan and Byzantine history.
- Visit Chioggia’s colourful fish market.
- Dinner ashore at the 17thC stately home Villa Ca’Zen.
- Private visit to the wine cellars of Villa Widmann-Borletti.
- Discover Schifanoia Palace in Ferrara.
- Visit Mantua’s Ducal Palace and gardens, or the Doge’s Palace in Venice.
- Local transfers to and from the hotel barge (transfers are between 15 minutes & 2 hours depending on the cruise direction)
- Luxury 6-night cruise
- All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
- Open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- All wines served throughout the cruise
- Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary,
- Services of 7 crew
- Use of barge facilities including bicycles
Fegato alla Veneziana, Baccala Mantecato, La Polenta, Sarde in Saor, Risotto al Prezzemolo, Lagoon Seafood
Chianti Classico Castello d’Albola; Vespaiolo Maculan Breganze; Malvasia Passito Valtidone; Rosè Blanc Brut Sanfeletto; Pinot Grigio St. Michael – Eppan; Rosso di Montepulciano Sabazio
Gorgonzola; Mozzarella di Bufala; Pecorino; Taleggio; Provolone; Grana Padano; Lombardy Quartirolo; Bagos
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Venice to Mantua
Day 1, Sunday
You will be met at the Hotel Laguna Palace in Mestre or Piazzale Roma in Venice and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Bella Vita for a Prosecco welcome. An afternoon cruise takes us along the Giudecca Canal past some of Venice’s most famous monuments: the Chiesa del Redentore, the impressive Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and the Punta della Dogana to our mooring outside the Naval Museum. Then, enjoy a stroll to St Mark’s Square and a brief tour of the Doge’s Palace before dinner on board.
Day 2, Monday
Guided walking tour to Castello District, perhaps discovering some hidden parts of the city of Venice: the gardens of the Biennale Exhibition of Modern Arts, Palladio’s Church of San Pietro in Castello, the Naval Museum with a model of the Bucintoro (Doge’s Boat) and the Pavilion of Gondolas housing Peggy Guggenheim’s own vessel. Late afternoon cruise to Pellestrina which separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, along the Canal of the Orphans passing lagoon islands with their ancient monasteries, painted fishing boats and tiny churches. Time perhaps for a walk or cycle ride along the 18th century Istrian sea wall. Dinner on board.
Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast, cruise to Chioggia, city of Goldoni’s plays. Here you visit the 18th century Church of San Domenico set on its own island, to see Carpaccio’s St Paul, his last recorded painting and other works of art by Tintoretto and Bassano. We also admire the Piazzetta Vigo and visit the colourful fish market. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy a short tour of Chioggia’s pretty canals in a traditional locally-built boat, before re-joining La Bella Vita at the Po Delta. Passing through a nature reserve with flamingos and occasional heron, snipe and other wildfowl, we travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17thC Villa Ca’Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.
Day 4, Wednesday
This morning, join the Bianco canal and cruise to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town where we visit the Archaeological Museum. After lunch on board, we drive to the Bagnoli Estate to tour the Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17thC Villa Widmann Borletti to enjoy a private tasting of their renowned estate-grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Afterwards, we rejoin la Bella Vita at Bosaro. Dinner on board.
Day 5, Thursday
Morning excursion with a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the Schifanoia Palace, renowned for its fabulous 15thC frescoes. We also admire the exterior of the Estense Castle and its moat and visit the magnificent cathedral with its façade of sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. Return to the hotel barge moored in Zelo for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads to Governoloolo and dinner on board.
Day 6, Friday
Our final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, home of the poet Virgil, artists Mantegna and Donatello and a captivating lakeside setting. Mantua displays extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14thC Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica and theatre. The intricate frescoes, Gallery of Mirrors and exquisite Rivers Room and 12,000 paintings and sculptures all create a Grand Finale to our Italian Renaissance adventure. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, you will be transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the Hotel Laguna Palace in Mestre or Piazzale Roma in Venice.
La Bella Vita Deck Plan
- 140 feet long, 3 decks
- 20 passengers
- 5 to 10 crew
- 2 twin/double Junior Suites (110 sq ft)
- 8 twin/double state rooms (105 sq ft)
- Centrally Heated
- Sun deck
- 10 touring bikes
- Air-conditioned coach
- PC with Internet
- WiFi (Subject to local reception)
Dates & Prices
Rates for 2017
20% off per cabin on September 17 & October 1
No single supplement on August 20; September 17 & October 1
Departure Dates (Sunday) Stateroom per person Junior Suite per person Single Supplement Book Before August 13, 20, 27 3,190 Euros 3,850 Euros 1,200 Euros September 3, 10, 24 3,490 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,350 Euros September 17 2,792 Euros 3,400 Euros None 29 August 2017 October 1 2,792 Euros 3,400 Euros None 29 August 2017 October 8 3,490 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,350 Euros October 15, 22, 29 3,190 Euros 3,850 Euros 1,200 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
20% off per charter on August 27; September 3, 10 & 24; October 8, 15, 22 & 29
Departure Dates (Sunday) Charter 10 ppl Charter 12 ppl Charter 14 ppl Charter 16 ppl Charter 18 ppl Charter 20 ppl Book Before August 13, 20 48,800 Euros 50,700 Euros 52,600 Euros 54,500 Euros 56,400 Euros 58,300 Euros August 27 39,040 Euros 40,560 Euros 42,080 Euros 43,600 Euros 45,120 Euros 46,640 Euros 29 August 2017 September 3, 10, 24 43,440 Euros 45,120 Euros 46,800 Euros 48,480 Euros 50,160 Euros 51,840 Euros 29 August 2017 September 17 54,300 Euros 56,400 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,600 Euros 62,700 Euros 64,800 Euros October 1 54,300 Euros 56,400 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,600 Euros 62,700 Euros 64,800 Euros October 8 43,440 Euros 45,120 Euros 46,800 Euros 48,480 Euros 50,160 Euros 51,840 Euros 29 August 2017 October 15, 22, 29 39,040 Euros 40,560 Euros 42,080 Euros 43,600 Euros 45,120 Euros 46,640 Euros 29 August 2017
Rates for 2018
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Junior Suite per person Single Supplement March 25 3,290 Euros 3,990 Euros 1,250 Euros April 1, 8, 15 3,290 Euros 3,990 Euros 1,250 Euros April 22, 29 3,590 Euros 4,390 Euros 1,450 Euros May 6, 13, 20, 27 3,590 Euros 4,390 Euros 1,450 Euros June 3, 10, 17, 24 3,590 Euros 4,390 Euros 1,450 Euros July 1, 8, 15 3,590 Euros 4,390 Euros 1,450 Euros July 22, 29 3,290 Euros 3,990 Euros 1,250 Euros August 5, 12, 19, 26 3,290 Euros 3,990 Euros 1,250 Euros September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 3,590 Euros 4,390 Euros 1,450 Euros October 7 3,590 Euros 4,390 Euros 1,450 Euros October 14, 21, 28 3,290 Euros 3,990 Euros 1,250 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
10% off per charter on March 25; April 1, 8 & 15; All July & August
Departure Dates Charter 10 ppl Charter 12 ppl Charter 14 ppl Charter 16 ppl Charter 18 ppl Charter 20 ppl Book Before March 25 45,810 Euros 47,520 Euros 49,230 Euros 50,490 Euros 52,650 Euros 54,360 Euros 15 September 2017 April 1, 8, 15 45,810 Euros 47,520 Euros 49,230 Euros 50,490 Euros 52,650 Euros 54,360 Euros 15 September 2017 April 22, 29 56,500 Euros 58,600 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,800 Euros 64,900 Euros 67,000 Euros May 6, 13, 20, 27 56,500 Euros 58,600 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,800 Euros 64,900 Euros 67,000 Euros June 3, 10, 17, 24 56,500 Euros 58,600 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,800 Euros 64,900 Euros 67,000 Euros July 1, 8, 15 50,850 Euros 52,740 Euros 54,630 Euros 56,520 Euros 58,410 Euros 60,300 Euros 15 September 2017 July 22, 29 45,810 Euros 47,520 Euros 49,230 Euros 50,940 Euros 52,650 Euros 54,360 Euros 15 September 2017 August 5, 12, 19, 26 45,810 Euros 47,520 Euros 49,230 Euros 50,940 Euros 52,650 Euros 54,360 Euros 15 September 2017 September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 56,500 Euros 58,600 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,800 Euros 64,900 Euros 67,000 Euros October 7 56,500 Euros 58,600 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,800 Euros 64,900 Euros 67,000 Euros October 14, 21, 28 50,900 Euros 52,800 Euros 54,700 Euros 56,600 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,400 Euros
Theme Cruise Supplement
Theme Available For Supplement Golf Charter up to 20 ppl 500 Euros per passenger Opera Charter up to 20 ppl 800 Euros per passenger Wine Appreciation Charter up to 20 ppl 5,600 Euros per charter
Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy not included. Only those golfing pay the supplement. A minimum of 4 passengers on a golf charter are required to play golf.
Opera available on cruises departing 25 June to 27 August, subject to ticket and hotel availability on chosen date. Opera cruises includes one night’s stay in a 4 star hotel, one extra dinner and premium seat tickets to watch an opera in the magnificent Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona.
Wine appreciation cruises for charter groups include a comprehensive wine itinerary with additional winery visits, private tastings and the services of a professional wine guide. Also includes an upgrade of the wine list to include additional premier and grand cru wines.
Terms & Conditions
Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of €800 is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.
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