€4,090 Per Person
- Country / RegionItaly /
- Duration8 Days/7 Nights
- Cruise CodeLBVOPE0816
- 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
Enjoy a spectacular opera performance of Bizet's 'Carmen' at the historic Arena di Verona in this 7-night cruise. You will also discover the heart of Italy with our excursions of Venice, Verona, Chioggia, Adria, Ferrara and Mantua.
NEW! 2018 itinerary is now available. Price for a stateroom is 4,090 Euros and 4,790 Euros for a Junior Suite per person (based on 2 people sharing).
- Watch a beautiful performance of Bizet's 'Carmen' 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 du 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 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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2018 Itinerary (August 25 - September 1, 2018)
Day 1, 25 August 2018
Guests are met at the meeting point in Mestre or Venice on Saturday afternoon and transferred to the Hotel due Torri in Verona. Early evening, we 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, we 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 we watch a performance of Bizet’s “Carmen” from the top-priced front stalls seats. At the end of a memorable evening, we drive back to the hotel.
Day 2, 26 August 2018
After breakfast in the hotel, we 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 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. 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, 27 August 2018
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, we 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, 28 August 2018
After a stroll or cycle along the 18th century Istrian sea wall in Pellestrina, we cruise to Chioggia, city of Goldoni’s plays. Here we visit the picturesque town centre and colourful fish market. We 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, we 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, 29 August 2018
This morning, we cruise to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town and visit the Archaeological Museum. After lunch on board, we drive to the Bagnoli Estate where we 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, we rejoin La Bella Vita moored at Zelo. Dinner on board.
Day 6, 30 August 2018
Morning excursion with a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara. Here, we tour the Teatro Communale, built in the late 18th century and boasting a majestic 5-tiered auditorium. We 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. We 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, 31 August 2018
Our 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. We explore the city further, finding “Rigoletto’s House” near the cathedral, then finally, we 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, 1 September 2018
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
- Air-conditioned coach
- PC with Internet
- WiFi (Subject to local reception)
Dates & Prices
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 uros 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)
Departure Dates Charter 10 ppl Charter 12 ppl Charter 14 ppl Charter 16 ppl Charter 18 ppl Charter 20 ppl March 25 50,900 Euros 52,800 Euros 54,700 Euros 56,600 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,400 Euros April 1, 8, 15 50,900 Euros 52,800 Euros 54,700 Euros 56,600 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,400 Euros 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 56,500 Euros 58,600 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,800 Euros 64,900 Euros 67,000 Euros July 22, 29 50,900 Euros 52,800 Euros 54,700 Euros 56,600 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,400 Euros August 5, 12, 19, 26 50,900 Euros 52,800 Euros 54,700 Euros 56,600 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,400 Euros 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 Opera Charter up to 20 ppl 800 Euros per passenger
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.
For 2018, th opera cruise includes 1 night (August 25th) at the Hotel du Torri in Verona, a performance of Bizet’s Carmen at the Arena di Verona (best seats in the House) with dinner before inside the Opera Museum.
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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