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La Bella Vita - Wine Appreciation Cruise

La Bella Vita - Wine Appreciation Cruise

From
€50,900 Per Charter
 

Luxuriate in a wine appreciation cruise in Italy aboard the stylish La Bella Vita. An ultimate getaway for those who want to blend the love for wine and travel! 

  • Country / Region
    Italy /
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    LBVWIN0816
  • Itinerary
    Venice to Mantua
  • Cabins
    10
  • Max Passengers
    20
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Up to €6,700 per charter*
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From
€50,900 Per Charter
 

Luxuriate in a wine appreciation cruise in Italy aboard the stylish La Bella Vita. An ultimate getaway for those who want to blend the love for wine and travel! 

  • Country / Region
    Italy /
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    LBVWIN0816
  • Itinerary
    Venice to Mantua
  • Cabins
    10
  • Max Passengers
    20
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Up to €6,700 per charter*
ENQUIRE ABOUT THIS CRUISE
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary DrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deckTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesMealsMeals Gourmet meals paired with wine and cheeseItineraryItinerary Cruise between Venice and MantuaInclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

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 Mazzorbo, 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 Highlights

  • Visit the delightful, little-known island of Mazzorbo
  • 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

 

Inclusions

  • 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

Cruise Cuisine

Regional Specialities
Fegato alla Veneziana, Baccala Mantecato, La Polenta, Sarde in Saor, Risotto al Prezzemolo, Lagoon Seafood

 

Wine Cellar
Chianti Classico Castello d’Albola; Vespaiolo Maculan Breganze; Malvasia Passito Valtidone; Rosè Blanc Brut Sanfeletto; Pinot Grigio St. Michael – Eppan; Rosso di Montepulciano Sabazio

 

Cheese Board
Gorgonzola; Mozzarella di Bufala; Pecorino; Taleggio; Provolone; Grana Padano; Lombardy Quartirolo; Bagos

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Itinerary 

Venice to Mantua

Day 1, Sunday
Meet at the *designated meeting point and transfer to La Bella Vita in the port of Venice, where a glass of Prosecco awaits us. Late afternoon cruise along the Giudecca Canal to our 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
We cruise on a private boat to the delightful, little-known island of Mazzorbo for our tasting at the very special wine estate of Venissa with its medieval walled vineyard. We 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 we moor in San Pietro in Volta. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
After a stroll or a bike-ride along the 18th century Istrian sea wall, we cruise to the Venetian city of Chioggia. Chioggia is home to 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 the local and international market. The lively, colourful market building houses around 30 fish stalls. Here you’ll see 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.

Our chef will walk us round the market and make his choice for our lunch. This afternoon we chug along the canal through a nature reserve where we 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. We 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
Morning cruise, leaving the river and entering the Canal Bianco, to Adria. After lunch, we 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 we will of course taste. Dinner on board.

Day 5, Thursday
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. We also see the cathedral façade with its sculpted images described as an Illustrated Bible. Return to the barge for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads to Trevenzuolo for dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
This morning we depart for the beautiful medieval town of Soave, famous for its dry, still 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.

We then rejoin the boat in time for lunch and have the afternoon to explore Mantova. 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 artists Mantegna and Donatello. We will enjoy more wonderful food and wines this evening at the “Captain’s Farewell Dinner”.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, passengers disembark for transfers back to the *designated drop off point.

Barge Details 

La Bella Vita Deck Plan

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)
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally Heated
  • CD player/iPod dock
  • Sun deck 
  • 10 touring bikes/1 tandem on request
  • Air-conditioned minibus
  • PC with Internet
  • WiFi (Subject to local reception)
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2018

10% off per cabin on April, July & August

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Junior Suite per person Single Supplement Book Before
March 25 3,290 Euros 3,990 Euros 1,250 Euros
April 1, 8, 15 2,961 Euros 3,591 Euros 1,250 Euros 5 January 2018
April 22, 29 3,231 Euros 3,951 Euros 1,450 Euros 5 January 2018
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 3,231 Euros 3,951 Euros 1,450 Euros 5 January 2018
July 22, 29 2,961 Euros 3,051 Euros 1,250 Euros 5 January 2018
August 5, 12, 19, 26 2,961 Euros 3,051 Euros 1,250 Euros 5 January 2018
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 April, 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 50,900 Euros 52,800 Euros 54,700 Euros 56,600 Euros 58,500 Euros 60,400 Euros
April 1, 8, 15 45,810 Euros 47,520 Euros 49,230 Euros 50,490 Euros 52,650 Euros 54,360 Euros 5 January 2018
April 22, 29 50,850 Euros 52,740 Euros 54,630 Euros 56,520 Euros 58,410 Euros 60,300 Euros 5 January 2018
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 5 January 2018
July 22, 29 45,810 Euros 47,520 Euros 49,230 Euros 50,940 Euros 52,650 Euros 54,360 Euros 5 January 2018
August 5, 12, 19, 26 45,810 Euros 47,520 Euros 49,230 Euros 50,940 Euros 52,650 Euros 54,360 Euros 5 January 2018
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
Wine Appreciation Charter up to 20 ppl 5,600 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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