Venice & Po River Cruise - 7 days (RVE)
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VENICE - CHIOGGIA (or surroundings) - TAGLIO DI PO - POLESELLA - VENICE
Day 1: Venice (Embarkation)
Boarding around 6.00pm at the San Basilio quay (vaporetto station, Santa Marta). Settling in the cabins. Crew presentation. Welcome cocktail. Departure of the boat to 7 Martyrs quay. Dinner on board. Stop overnight.
Day 2: Venice
After breakfast on board, we set off for our guided visit of Venice: beginning in what is the historic and tourist centre of the town, St Mark’s Square. This is Venice’s only true piazza with an awe-inspiring basilica, soaring campanile and magnificent Doge’s Palace. The palace is Byzantine in origin and used to be the home of the Doge and the seat of the Palace of Justice. We return on board for lunch.
In the afternoon:
Walkers’ Programme: a walk on the islands of Lazzaretto Nuovo and Torcello. We set off by private boat to visit these two islands. Our first stop is the island of Lazzaretto Nuovo. Though it was abandoned for many years, the island has now been completely restored and is the object of many archaeological searches. The island is an area of great historic and natural importance and is situated in the northern part of the Lagoon which harbours Venice. The island took the name of Lazzaretto in 1468 when the Venetian Senate decided to set the island up as a quarantine station for sailors and merchants for a given period before they were allowed to enter Venice. Next we head for Torcello, which was a flourishing city in ancient times and one of the early centres of civilisation in the Lagoon. Here we find the remains of the Byzantine Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, which has the most beautiful 13th mosaics. (Distance 4.5km (2.8 miles), duration 5 hours (2½ hours’ walking), with no climbing involved.)
Non-walkers’ programme: we spend the afternoon on a visit to the islands in the Lagoon. We begin with the island of Murano, where Venice’s glassmakers felt obliged to congregate, in order to keep their manufacturing processes a secret. We then visit the tranquil island of Burano, famous for its lacework which was developed on the island in the 16th century (hugely popular in the time of Christopher Columbus), and well loved by artists for its quayside houses painted in startlingly bright and contrasting colours.
Return on board for dinner. We moor for the night.
Day 3: Venice - Chiogga (or nearby) – Taglio Di Po
We have breakfast on board and a relaxing morning afloat as we cruise to Chioggia, where we arrive towards the end of the morning and have lunch on board. In the afternoon:
Walkers’ Programme: we have a walk around the nature reserve of Valle Averto. The reserve is located in the middle to lower part of the Venetian Lagoon over an area of 200 hectares, inside an area called the Valle Averto. This is an important example of an "embanked Valley", the typical fishing area of the Venetian lagoon. It extends over sinking mudflats surrounded by alluvial land of mud and clay which emerge during the periods of low tide. In the wetlands you can also find wide stretches of fresh water, reed thickets, meadows, canals and hedges. (Distance 5km (3 miles), duration 4 hours (2-2½ hours’ walking), with no climbing involved.)
Non-walkers’ programme: we set off on our guided visit of Padua, the main setting for Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Known as the town of St Anthony, Padua is also a pilgrimage town and full of artistic treasures. After our visit of the famous “Santo” Basilica dedicated to Saint Anthony, we have plenty of free time to wander at our own pace and explore the historic centre independently. Do try to make time to visit the magnificent 19th century Caffè Pedrocchi, one of the largest cafes in the world and much loved by artists and local inhabitants alike.
We return on board for dinner as our floating hotel cruises gently to Taglio di Po, where we arrive late evening and moor for the night.
Day 4: Taglio Di Po - Polesella
Breakfast on board.
Walkers’ Programme for the morning: a walk in the Po Delta, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. We set off by coach at 8am to the nature reserve of Bosco Mesola, the departure point for our walk in the Po Delta, where we see some exceptional and breathtaking scenery. Here the land has been shaped by the eternal battles between the sea, the river and the land, where nature is still truly unspoilt and where it is eerily silent. Our itinerary begins with a short visit to see the Pomposa Abbey then continues through the woods and a natural fishing valley until we arrive at Valli Cannevie. (Distance 6km (3.7 miles), duration 5 hours (3 hours’ walking), with no climbing involved.)
Non-walkers’ programme: After lunch on board, we set off by coach on our excursion to Verona. This town has the largest collection of Roman remains and artefacts in northern Italy and of course was made famous by Shakespeare’s tragic and impossible love story of Romeo and Juliet.
Return on board in the afternoon for walkers. Return on board before dinner for non-walkers. We moor for the night at Polesella.
Day 5: Polesella
We have breakfast on board this morning before we set off on our excursion to discover Ferrara. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this quite remarkable Renaissance town is surrounded by a continuous wall almost 9km long (approximately 5.6 miles) and has managed to preserve its historic centre. We return to Polesella for lunch on board and then set off by coach for our guided excursion to Bologna. Bologna is a perfectly preserved, authentic medieval city and home to the oldest university in the western world. We return on board for dinner and the boat heads back to Venice.
Day 6: Venice
We arrive in Venice early morning and have breakfast on board.
Walkers’ Programme: walking around Venice is undoubtedly the most fantastic way to discover the hidden facets of this legendary town. Our itinerary takes us through the Castello Quarter where we discover the secrets of Venice through its old quarters and Arsenal. (Distance 4km (2.4 miles), duration 2-2½ hours’ walking, with no climbing involved, several bridges to cross on the route – return to the boat independently either on foot or by public boat (supplement of 6.50€ per person to be paid on the spot).)
Non-walkers’ programme: We set off on foot to visit the Castello Quarter in search of the secret Venice through its old quarters to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. The Church is the largest Gothic building in the town housing some of Bellini’s masterpieces (1430-1516), in particular his famous depictions of Saint Christopher and Saint Sebastian.
After lunch on board, the afternoon is free to explore Venice independently on foot or perhaps take an optional gondola trip. We return on board for dinner and a special Gala evening. We moor for the night in Venice.
Day 7: Venice (Disembarkation)
After breakfast on board, we disembark at 9.00am. End of our journey.
Hiking Difficulty: Level 2
The hikes that are proposed during this cruise are little half-day strolls (2 to 5 h walking), without changes in altitude. Along the hike, you get the chance to see and discover some natural or cultural areas which are on your cruise’s programme.
The durations stipulated in our programmes are given as a rough guide and do not take the breaks into consideration. No athlete’s training is necessary for these hikes, but you should be in good shape and rested to fully enjoy this cruise.
It is essential to bring a backpack (max 30L) in which you can put what is necessary for a hike: sweater, raincoat, picnic, flask of water and solar protection.
It is important, for your comfort and pleasure during the hike, to choose a good backpack. You should take a good-sized and sturdy bag with padded braces and a strong and waterproof fabric. There will be no porterage.
First of all, good shoes should not hurt you and should be comfortable. You should try your shoes and use them a little before leaving, it is important that you feel comfortable wearing them.
Without taking into consideration the difficulty of the hike, the sole should always be of a good quality that is to say that they should be well sewed and not slippery on a wet or damaged ground. You should prefer ankle boots with softened soles in order to avoid malleolus, back- and joints traumatisms.
The equipment for a hike should necessarily include
• More or less warm underclothes depending on the planned hike
• Light quick-drying trousers
• Warm sweater or fleece jacket
• Cape for the rain or raincoat
• Hat or cap
• Thin gloves and a bonnet for the beginning and the end of the season
Do not forget to bring:
• Sunscreen cream
• Small personal first-aid kit (refer to following paragraph)
• Toilet paper
• Folding knife
• Telescopic sticks for those who are used to use them
Your guide will have a first-aid kit for each hike.
It is yet compulsory to bring a personal first-aid kit, different in according with the destination, which will at least include:
• Plastic strip
• If necessary, mosquito lotion
• Eye drops
• Intestinal antiseptic…
… and your personal medicines if you undergo a treatment.
Departures & Pricing
- Please advise when booking if you wish to join the walking tour -OR- the traditional shore excursion.
- A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
- For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise
- The itinerary of this cruise can be affected by the tide and the timetables of arriving at our stops may have to be modified.
- If the ship is moored at San Basilio quay, the visit of Castello quarter will be replced by the visit of Dorsoduro and Santa Croce quarters.
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin and the SINGLE PASSENGER rate.
Cruise Embarkation Date
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Traveler
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Traveler
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.