€3,390 Per Person
- Country / RegionItaly /
- Cruise CodeBTLBV0716
- 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.
- All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
- Daily excursions and entry fees to
- Historic Venice, the Naval Museum and the Pavilion of Gondolas
- Mantua’s Ducal Palace and gardens or the Doge’s Palace in Venice
- Cruise on the Canal of the Orphans past lagoon islands
- Chioggia, a fishing town at the southern end of the Venetian lagoon
- Villa Ca’Zen, a 17th century stately home for offshore dinner
- Villa Widmann-Borletti for private wine tasting and visit
- Palazzo Schifanoia, a Renaissance palace in Ferrara
- All meals and open-bar 24/7
- Attentive service from 6-10 crew members
- Transfers between Mestre or Venice and La Bella Vita
- Cruise from March to October, Sunday departures
- Bookings available by the cabin. Alternatively, this barge may be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group.
Pick-up & Drop-off Points
- Pick-up: Piazzale Roma (Autorimessa Bar), Venice at 2:00 pm or Hotel Laguna Palace, Mestre at 2:30 pm
- Drop-off: Piazzale Roma Venice, Hotel Laguna Palace Mestre or Mestre train station between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon (depending on the cruise direction)
- Pick-up: Marco Polo Airport or any one location of the group's choice in Venice or Mestre at 2:00 pm
- Drop-off: As cabin bookings, plus Marco Polo Airport or any 1 location of the groups choice in Venice or Mestre between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon (depending on the cruise direction)
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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Day 1, Sunday - Venice
You are 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 you 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 your mooring outside the Naval Museum. Then time for a stroll to St Mark’s Square and a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace before dinner on board.
Day 2, Monday - Venice to San Pietro in Volta
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 and the Venetian Ships Pavilion, an annex of the Naval History Museum Venice, housing vessels of historical importance including ceremonial barges and warships. 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 - San Pietro in Volta to Taglio di Po
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. 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. Passing through a nature reserve with flamingos and occasional heron, snipe and other wildfowl, 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 - Taglio di Po to Zelo
This morning, join the Bianco canal and cruise to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town where you visit the Archaeological Museum. After lunch on board, 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, re-join La Bella Vita moored at Zelo. Dinner on board.
Day 5, Thursday - Zelo to Governolo
Morning excursion with a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the Schifanoia Palace, renowned for its fabulous 15thC frescoes. 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 Trevenzuolo for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads to Governolo and dinner on board.
Day 6, Friday - Governolo to Mantua
The 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 your Italian Renaissance adventure. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7, Saturday - Mantua
After breakfast, you are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the Hotel Laguna Palace in Mestre or Piazzale Roma in Venice.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
Some cruises may be on the River Po, depending on the water level.
**Alternative locations possible for Private Charter bookings
If you are a family with children, a bespoke itinerary is created and a maximum of 4 excursions from the Classic Cruise Itinerary is substituted with your preferred family activities.
The following activities can usually be arranged on-board directly with the barge Captain and included in your itinerary without any extra charge, unless otherwise stated:
Venice Natural History Museum
Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia is a museum of natural history housed in Fondaco dei Turchi, located on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy. Aside from a collection that spans an astonishing 700 million years, the museum also houses a library with more than 40,000 volumes. There will also be opportunity for a visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Adria.
Traditional Boat Ride in Chioggia
Hop aboard the shiny, red Bragozzo Ulisse, a traditional Italian fishing vessel, and enjoy a guided tour of the colourful port of Chioggia.
BA family friendly wildlife park, home to 70 different species, including monkeys, lions and tigers. (1/2 day)
Gardaland Amusement Park
Adjacent to Lake Garda, this is one of Italy’s premier theme parks and houses a wide range of rides suitable for all ages, as well as a sea life aquarium and numerous bars and restaurants. (1 day)
There are swimming opportunities at the beautiful sandy beaches of Pellestrina or the Lido Islands, as well as a local indoor swimming pool if you’re not a fan of saltwater.
Cycling in Ferrara
A lovely mixture of Renaissance architecture from the 15th and 16th centuries and undulating city parks, cycling opportunities in Ferrara abound.
Disney themed Opera (on board)
Should you wish, a magical Disney themed short evening opera can be organised aboard.
The following activities carry a supplement payable direct to the provider whose individual terms and conditions apply. Please contact us for further information.
- Visit to St Mark’s Bell Tower & Cathedral
- Venetian Mask Making Workshop
*Children’s bikes, cycle-helmets, child car seats, high-chairs are all available without cost*
La Bella Vita Deck Plan
- 5 - 10 crew
- 43 metres long
- 10 en suite twin/double cabins (10-11 sqm)
- Centrally heated
- 10 bicycles available on board
- WiFi (subject to local reception)
- Hi-fi system and a selection of CDs
Dates & Prices
Rates for 2019
20% off per cabin on August 18 & September 29. 10% off per cabin on September 8 & 15; October 6 & 13.
25% off per cabin on September 29
No single supplement on September 29
Complimentary gondola ride on August 11 & 18
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Junior Suite Single Supplement Book Before August 11, 25 3,390 Euros 4,090 Euros 1,300 Euros August 18 2,712 Euros 3,272 Euros 1,300 Euros 13 September 2019 September 1, 22 3,750 Euros 4,550 Euros 1,500 Euros September 8, 15 3,375 Euros 4,095 Euros 1,500 Euros 13 September 2019 September 29 2,813 Euros 3,413 Euros None 9 August 2019 October 6 3,375 Euros 4,095 Euros 1,500 Euros 13 September 2019 October 13 3,051 Euros 3,681 Euros 1,300 Euros 13 September 2019 October 20 3,390 Euros 4,090 Euros 1,300 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
20% off per charter on August 25; September 1 & 22; October 20
Departure Dates Charter 10 ppl Charter 12 ppl Charter 14 ppl Charter 16 ppl Charter 18 ppl Charter 20 ppl Book Before August 11, 18 52,500 Euros 54,500 Euros 56,500 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,500 Euros 62,500 Euros August 25 42,000 Euros 43,600 Euros 45,200 Euros 46,800 Euros 48,400 Euros 50,000 Euros 13 September 2019 September 1, 22 46,800 Euros 48,560 Euros 50,320 Euros 52,080 Euros 53,840 Euros 55,600 Euros 13 September 2019 September 8, 15, 29 58,500 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,900 Euros 65,100 Euros 67,300 Euros 69,500 Euros October 6 58,500 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,900 Euros 65,100 Euros 67,300 Euros 69,500 Euros October 13 52,500 Euros 54,500 Euros 56,500 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,500 Euros 62,500 Euros October 20 42,000 Euros 43,600 Euros 45,200 Euros 46,800 Euros 48,400 Euros 50,000 Euros 13 September 2019
Theme Cruise Supplement
Theme Available for Supplement Golf Charter up to 20 ppl 500 Euros per golfer Opera Cabin bookings 880 Euros per person** Wine Appreciation Charter up to 20 ppl 6,500 Euros per charter
Rates for 2020
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Junior Suite Single Supplement March 29 3,490 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,350 Euros April 5, 12, 19 3,490 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,350 Euros April 26** 3,950 Euros 4,790 Euros 1,550 Euros May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 3,950 Euros 4,790 Euros 1,550 Euros June 7, 14, 21, 28 3,950 Euros 4,790 Euros 1,550 Euros July 5, 12 3,950 Euros 4,790 Euros 1,550 Euros July 19, 26 3,490 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,350 Euros August 2, 9, 16, 23 3,490 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,350 Euros August 30 3,950 Euros 4,790 Euros 1,550 Euros September 6, 13, 20, 27 3,950 Euros 4,790 Euros 1,350 Euros October 4 3,950 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,550 Euros October 11, 18, 25 3,490 Euros 4,250 Euros 1,350 Euros
**August 16, 2020 is an Opera Cruise available for cabin bookings. Supplement applies.
Charter (Whole Barge)
10% of per charter on March 29; April 5, 12, 19 & 26; May 3; August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30. Book by September 13, 2019.
Departure Dates Charter 10 ppl Charter 12 ppl Charter 14 ppl Charter 16 ppl Charter18 ppl Charter 20 ppl March 29 55,000 Euros 57,000 Euros 59,000 Euros 61,000 Euros 63,000 Euros 65,000 Euros April 5, 12, 19 55,000 Euros 57,000 Euros 59,000 Euros 61,000 Euros 63,000 Euros 65,000 Euros April 26 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros June 7, 14, 21, 28 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros July 5, 12 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros July 19, 26 55,000 Euros 57,000 Euros 59,000 Euros 61,000 Euros 63,000 Euros 65,000 Euros August 2, 9, 16, 23 55,000 Euros 57,000 Euros 59,000 Euros 61,000 Euros 63,00 Euros 65,000 Euros August 30 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros September 6, 13, 20, 27 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros October 4 61,500 Euros 63,800 Euros 66,100 Euros 68,400 Euros 70,700 Euros 73,000 Euros October 11, 18, 25 55,000 Euros 57,000 Euros 59,000 Euros 61,000 Euros 63,00 Euros 65,000 Euros
Theme Cruise Supplement
Theme Available for Supplement Golf Charter up to 20 ppl 525 Euros per golfer Opera Cabin or charter bookings 540 Euros per person Wine Appreciation Charter up to 20 ppl 7,000 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.
For 2019, opera available on cruise departing 10 August 2019, subject to ticket and hotel availability. Opera cruise includes one night's stay in a 4 star hotel, one extra dinner and premium seat tickets to watch "Tosca" in the magnificent Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona. A single supplement of €150.00 applies.
For 2020, opera available on cruise departing on 6 August 2020, subject to ticket availability. Opera cruise includes premium seat tickets at the magnificent Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona. Alternative dates for cabin and charter bookings are available throughout July & August 2020, subject to availability.
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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