€3,390 Per Person
- Country / RegionItaly /
- Duration8 Days/7 Nights
- Cruise CodeLBVOPE0816
- 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
Enjoy a spectacular opera performance of Puccini's 'Tosca' at the historic Arena di Verona in this 7-night escapade. You will also discover the heart of Italy with our excursions of Venice, Verona, Chioggia, Adria, Ferrara and Mantua.
NEW! 2019 itinerary is now available.
- Watch a beautiful performance of Puccini's 'Tosca' at Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre built in 30 A.D.
- Visit the fascinating Arena Museum, a museum featuring the history of opera.
- Walking tour of Verona.
- Cruise along the Giudecca Canal past some of Venice's most popular monuments.
- Guided tour of the beautiful opera house, the Gran Teatro La Fenice.
- Tour of Chioggia and its cathedral, market and the Piazetta Vigo.
- Cruise on the River Po delta.
- Visit Villa Widmann Borletti including its gardens and wine cellars. Private wine tasting included.
- Guided tour of Ferrara, a charming city brimming with castles, cathedrals and monasteries.
- Explore Mantua, a captivating city set in lakeside featuring beautiful architecture.
- Local transfers to and from the hotel barge (transfers are between 15 minutes & 2 hours depending on the cruise direction)
- 1-night accommodation at Hotel Due Torri
- 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 6-10 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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2019 Itinerary (August 10 - 17, 2019)
Day 1, 10 August 2019
Meet at the meeting point in Mestre or Venice on Saturday afternoon and transferred to the Hotel due Torri in Verona. Early evening, drive to Verona for a visit to the fascinating Arena Muse Opera, a wonderful museum in the magnificent setting of Palazzo Forti and devoted to the history of opera. There, you will also have dinner in the delightful courtyard restaurant, before making our way to the nearby Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre built in 30 A.D., where you watch a performance of Puccini’s “Tosca” from the top-priced front stalls seats. At the end of a memorable evening, drive back to the hotel.
Day 2, 11 August 2019
After breakfast in the hotel, enjoy a guided tour of Verona, before driving to Venice to board La Bella Vita for a Prosecco Welcome. After lunch, 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 our mooring outside the Naval Museum. There is time for a stroll to St Mark’s Square and a brief tour of the Doge’s Palace before dinner on board.
Day 3, 12 August 2019
This morning, a guided tour of the magnificent opera house, the Gran Teatro La Fenice, where the premières of operas by composers such as Rossini and Verdi were performed. It was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1996, but after a complete refurbishment of its spectacular interior, the opera house re-opened in 2004.
After lunch back on board, 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. Enjoy a walk at sunset before dinner on board.
Day 4, 13 August 2019
After a stroll or cycle along the 18th century Istrian sea wall in Pellestrina, cruise to Chioggia, city of Goldoni’s plays. Here, visit the picturesque town centre and colourful fish market. You will also see the Cathedral and the Piazzetta Vigo before cruising on to the River Po delta. 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 17th century 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 5, 14 August 2019
This morning, cruise to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town and visit the Archaeological Museum. After lunch on board, drive to the Bagnoli Estate where you tour the Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17th century Villa Widmann Borletti, for a private tasting of their renowned estate grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Afterwards, rejoin La Bella Vita moored at Zelo. Dinner on board.
Day 6, 15 August 2019
Morning excursion with a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara. Here, tour the Teatro Communale, built in the late 18th century and boasting a majestic 5-tiered auditorium. Also visit the ‘Camerino delle Duchesse’, a truly delightful private room in the Ducal Palace decorated in the 16th century for Eleonora and Lucrezia d’Este. You will see the 14th century Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges and marble balconies, the fabulous 15th century frescoes in the Schifanoia Palace and the cathedral façade with its sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. Return to the hotel barge for an afternoon cruise past villages and farmsteads to Governolo and dinner on board.
Day 7, 16 August 2019
Your final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, a Renaissance city with a captivating lakeside setting and home to Verdi’s opera Rigoletto. Mantua displays extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14th century Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica, intricate frescoes, the Gallery of Mirrors and the exquisite Rivers Room. Explore the city further, finding “Rigoletto’s House” near the cathedral, then finally, visit the intimate Teatro Bibiena, a delightful baroque theatre with a bell-shaped interior that opened with a concert by a 13-year-old Mozart in 1770. A wonderful finale to our Italian opera adventure. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 8, 17 August 2019
After breakfast, disembark La Bella Vita and transfer to your drop-off point in Mestre or 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
- WiFi (Subject to local reception)
- Hi-fi system and a selection of CDs
Dates & Prices
Rates for 2019
10% off per cabin on March 31; April 7, 14, 21 & 28; May 5, 12 & 19
*No single supplement on April 28
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Junior Suite Single Supplement Book Before March 24 3,390 Euros 4,090 Euros 1,300 Euros March 31 3,051 Euros 3,681 Euros 1,300 Euros 7 January 2019 April 7, 14 3,051 Euros 3,681 Euros 1,300 Euros 7 January 2019 April 21, 28 3,375 Euros 4,095 Euros 1,500 Euros. None on Apr 28 7 January 2019 May 5, 12 3,375 Euros 4,095 Euros 1,500 Euros 7 January 2019 May 19, 26 3,750 Euros 4,550 Euros 1,500 Euros June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 3,750 Euros 4,550 Euros 1,500 Euros July 7, 14 3,750 Euros 4,550 Euros 1,500 Euros July 21, 28 3,390 Euros 4,090 Euros 1,300 Euros August 4, 11, 18, 25 3,390 Euros 4,090 Euros 1,300 Euros September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 3,750 Euros 4,550 Euros 1,500 Euros October 6 3,750 Euros 4,550 Euros 1,500 Euros October 13, 20 3,390 Euros 4,090 Euros 1,300 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
10% off per charter on March 31; April 7, 14, 21 & 28; May 5, 12 & 19
Departure Dates Charter 10 ppl Charter 12 ppl Charter 14 ppl Charter 16 ppl Charter 18 ppl Charter 20 ppl Book Before March 24 52,500 Euros 54,500 Euros 56,500 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,500 Euros 62,500 Euros March 31 47,250 Euros 49,050 Euros 50,850 Euros 52,650 Euros 54,450 Euros 56,250 Euros 7 January 2019 April 7, 14 47,250 Euros 49,050 Euros 50,850 Euros 52,650 Euros 54,450 Euros 56,250 Euros 7 January 2019 April 21, 28 52,650 Euros 54,630 Euros 56,610 Euros 58,590 Euros 60,570 Euros 62,550 Euros 7 January 2019 May 5, 12 52,650 Euros 54,630 Euros 56,610 Euros 58,590 Euros 60,570 Euros 62,550 Euros 7 January 2019 May 9, 26 58,500 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,900 Euros 65,100 Euros 67,300 Euros 69,500 Euros June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 58,500 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,900 Euros 65,100 Euros 67,300 Euros 69,500 Euros July 7, 14 58,500 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,900 Euros 65,100 Euros 67,300 Euros 69,500 Euros July 21, 28 52,500 Euros 54,500 Euros 56,500 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,500 Euros 62,500 Euros August 4, 11, 18, 25 52,500 Euros 54,500 Euros 56,500 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,500 Euros 62,500 Euros September 1, 8, 15, 22, 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, 20 52,500 Euros 54,500 Euros 56,500 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,500 Euros 62,500 Euros
Theme Cruise Supplement
Theme Available for Supplement Opera Cabin bookings 880 Euros per person**
*Cannot be combined with any other special offers.
Opera Ccuises are available on a number of departures, subject to ticket and hotel availability. Opera cruises includes one night’s stay (pre-cruise) in a 4-star hotel, one extra dinner and premium seat tickets to watch a performance of an acclaimed opera in the magnificent Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona. Opera charters are available in July and August subject to availability
For 2019, opera cruise is available on cruise departing 10 August, 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.
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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