€52,500 Per Charter
- Country / RegionItaly /
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeLBVWIN0816
- 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
Set sail between Venice and Mantua with the beautiful La Bella Vita and take pleasure in a wine appreciation cruise that lets you uncover the stunning cities like Chioggia, Adria and more! Enjoy wine tastings along your journey and be enthralled by the breathtaking destinations you'll visit like the Ducal Palace and Schifanoia Palace. A voyage that is a true feast for the senses!
- Cruise to the island of Murano
- Cruise to Sant’Erasmo for a wine tasting session at the Wine Estate of Orto
- Stroll along the Istrian sea wall
- Cruise to Chioggia, home to one of the most important fishing markets in Italy
- Visit the beautiful 17th century Villa Ca'Zen in Taglio di Po
- Discover the charming Renaissance gardens of the 17th century Villa Widmann Borletti
- Discover the fabulous Schifanoia Palace
- Visit the medieval town of Soave
- Explore Ducal Palace
- 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 6-10 crew members
- Use of barge facilities including bicycles
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 to La Bella Vita where a Prosecco Welcome awaits you. Late afternoon cruise along the Giudecca Canal to your mooring outside the Naval Museum. Dinner will be served on board with a selection of wines, followed by an evening stroll to St Mark’s Square where you enjoy a glass of wine at the ‘I Corrazzieri’ bacaro.
Day 2, Monday - Venice to San Pietro in Volta
Cruise to the island of Murano, famous for its glass, and then on a private boat to the island of Sant’Erasmo for a tasting at the superb Wine Estate of Orto. Return to La Bella Vita for lunch then a late afternoon cruise to Pellestrina along the Canal of the Orphans, past interesting islands such as San Giorgio Maggiore with its church by Palladio, San Clemente, Santo Spirito and Poveglia with their brightly coloured houses and painted fishing boats before leaving the Lido en route to Pellestrina where you moor in San Pietro in Volta. Here there is the opportunity to stroll or cycle along the 18th century Istrian sea wall, with the Adriatic on one side and the lagoon on the other. Enjoy an aperitif at a local ‘bacaroi’ before dinner on board.
Day 3, Tuesday - San Pietro in Volta to Taglio Di Po
This morning, cruise to the Venetian city of Chioggia, one of the most important fish markets in Italy. The fishing harbour is home to the majority of Italy’s fishing fleets and the vast wholesale fish market serves both local and international markets. The lively, colourful market building houses around 30 fish stalls with fishmongers selling the locally caught catches, of sea cicadas (a delicious crustacean), sole, sea-bass, black sea bass, scallops, anchovies and sardines, which are believed to be particularly healthy due to the local shallow waters. Fish from all over the world is also sold here on a wholesale basis with frozen, conserved and smoked as well as fresh fish being available. The chef will walk you round the market and make his choice for lunch. This afternoon, cruise slowly along the canal through a nature reserve where you should see colourful flamingos and other wildlife. Dinner this evening will be ashore in the beautiful 17th century Villa Ca’Zen in Taglio di Po. You will be kindly hosted by the owners of this private stately home where Lord Byron courted Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.
Day 4, Wednesday - Taglio Di Po to Zelo
Morning cruise, leaving the river and entering the Canal Bianco, to Adria. After lunch, visit the beautiful Renaissance gardens of the 17th century Villa Widmann Borletti. The villa was the project of the famous architect Baldassare Longhena (1598-1682). The monumental complex is one of the most significant in the Veneto for size and beauty. The villa is also a wine-estate, whose wines you will of course taste. Dinner on board at Zelo.
Day 5, Thursday - Zelo to Governolo
Morning excursion with guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the14thC Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges, marble balconies and sumptuous apartments, and the Schifanoia Palace with its fabulous 15thC frescoes. Also see the cathedral façade with its sculpted images described as an Illustrated Bible. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise past villages and farmsteads to Governolo. Dinner tonight includes a tasting of Serego Alighieri wines.
Day 6, Friday - Governolo to Mantua
This morning, depart for the beautiful medieval town of Soave, famous for its crisp, dry wines. What this tasting will show is that the Garganega grape, often with some help from a bit of Chardonnay or some new French oak, can make profound white wines packed full of flavour and interest. Then, re-join La Bella Vita in time for lunch and navigation to Mantua. This afternoon a guided tour and a chance to explore Mantua city centre. Those opera lovers amongst you will of course be familiar with the story of the Duke of Mantua from Rigoletto. The Palazzi, fine architecture and squares reflect the wealth of the Dukes of Gonzaga. The architecture of the city neo-classical and baroque architecture is splendidly portrayed in the 14th century Ducal Palace, set in 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica and theatre. The palace has intricate frescoes, a Gallery of Mirrors and an exquisite Rivers Room and houses an impressive 12,000 paintings and sculptures. The town is also famous as the birthplace of Virgil, and of the artists Mantegna and Donatello. You will enjoy more wonderful food and wines this evening at the “Captain’s Farewell Dinner”.
Day 7, Saturday - Mantua
After breakfast, disembark and get transferred by a 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.
**Alternative locations possible for Private Charter bookings
La Bella Vita Deck Plan
- 140 feet long, 3 decks
- 20 passengers
- 5 to 8 crew
- 2 twin/double Junior Suites (110 sq ft)
- 8 twin/double state rooms (105 sq ft)
- Centrally Heated
- CD player/iPod dock
- Sun deck
- 10 touring bikes/1 tandem on request
- Hi-fi system and a selection of CDs
- WiFi (Subject to local reception)
Dates & Prices
Rates for 2019
10% off per cabin on April 28; June 9; July 7 & 21. No single supplement on April 28 & June 9.
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Junior Suite Single Supplement Book Before March 24, 31 3,390 Euros 4,090 Euros 1,300 Euros April 7, 14 3,390 Euros 4,090 Euros 1,300 Euros April 21 3,750 Euros 4,550 Euros 1,500 Euros April 28 3,375 Euros 4,095 Euros None 18 February 2019 May 5, 12, 19, 26 3,750 Euros 4,550 Euros 1,500 Euros June 2, 16, 23, 30 3,750 Euros 4,550 Euros 1,500 Euros June 9 3,375 Euros 4,095 Euros None 18 February 2019 July 7 3,375 Euros 4,095 Euros 1,500 Euros 18 February 2019 July 14 3,750 Euros 4,550 Euros 1,500 Euros July 21 3,051 Euros 3,681 Euros 1,300 Euros 18 February 2019 July 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)
20% off per charter on March 24 & 31; April 7, 14, 21; May 5 & 12. 10% off per charter on June 16.
Departure Dates Charter 10 ppl Charter 12 ppl Charter 14 ppl Charter 16 ppl Charter 18 ppl Charter 20 ppl Book Before March 24, 31 42,000 Euros 43,600 Euros 45,200 Euros 46,800 Euros 48,400 Euros 50,000 Euros 18 February 2019 April 7, 14 42,000 Euros 43,600 Euros 45,200 Euros 46,800 Euros 48,400 Euros 50,000 Euros 18 February 2019 April 21 46,800 Euros 48,560 Euros 50,320 Euros 52,080 Euros 53,840 Euros 55,600 Euros 18 February 2019 April 28 58,500 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,900 Euros 65,100 Euros 67,300 Euros 69,500 Euros May 5, 12 46,800 Euros 48,560 Euros 50,320 Euros 52,080 Euros 53,840 Euros 55,600 Euros 18 February 2019 May 19, 26 58,500 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,900 Euros 65,100 Euros 67,300 Euros 69,500 Euros June 2, 9, 23, 30 58,500 Euros 60,700 Euros 62,900 Euros 65,100 Euros 67,300 Euros 69,500 Euros June 16 52,650 Euros 54,630 Euros 56,610 Euros 58,590 Euros 60,750 Euros 62,550 Euros 18 February 2019 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 Wine Appreciation Charter up to 20 ppl 6,500 Euros per charter
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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