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Cabins
10
Crew
7
From $3,890 per person

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Special Offer

10% off Charter Bookings - for July 5, 12 & 19; Aug 16 & 23

20% off Charter Bookings - for April 26; May 3 & 31; June 14 & 21

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  • 2020 Offers apply to bookings made by March 30, 2020
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Print Boat Info

La Bella Vita is a stylish 20 passenger vessel that cruises the beautiful canals and rivers of Italy. There are two upper-deck suites and eight staterooms, each with en-suite facilities. The dining room, bar and salon areas are bright and spacious and the entire barge is air conditioned. French doors open to the side decks to give a perfect viewing platform, and above is a large sundeck with comfortable sun loungers to relax and enjoy the passing scenery. For those who wish to explore the area further there are bikes available on board and an expert tour guide to recommend the best routes to take. Delicious regional cuisine, fine Italian wines and the services of an attentive crew of seven will make this an unforgettable cruise.

Boat Details

Boat Size: 140 ft
Number of Cabins: 10
Crew: 7
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

2 Upper Deck Suites
  • Twin or Queen
  • 125 sq ft
8 Lower Deck Staterooms
  • Twin or Double
  • 105 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Sun Shade
Heater
Books & Games
Open Bar
Transfers
WIFI
Computer with printer
Rooftop Deck

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Hairdryers
Heating
Windows that open

Pickup Locations

1:30 PM, Hotel Laguna Palace, Mastre

2:30 PM, Piazzale Roma Square Venice

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Locations

10:00 -12:00, Hotel Laguna Palace, Mastre

10:00 -12:00, Piazzale Roma Square, Venice

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Boat Diagram

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Venice to Mantua
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point on Sunday afternoon and transferred to La Bella Vita for a Prosecco welcome. A late 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. Then time for a stroll to St Mark’s Square and a brief tour of the Doge’s Palace before dinner on board. 
 
Monday
Venice to San Pietro in Volta
Guided walking tour to Castello District, perhaps discovering some hidden parts of the city of Venice: the gardens of the Biennale Exhibition of Modern Arts, Palladio’s Church of San Pietro in Castello, the Naval Museum with a model of the Bucintoro (Doge’s Boat) and the Pavilion of Gondolas housing Peggy Guggenheim’s own vessel. Late afternoon 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. Dinner on board. 
 
Tuesday
San Pietro in Volta to Taglio di Po
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. 
 
Wednesday
Taglio di Po to Bosaro
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. Afternoon cruise to Bosaro. Dinner on board. 
 
Thursday
Bosaro to Trevenzuolo
Morning excursion with guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the 14th century Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges, marble balconies and sumptuous apartments, and the Schifanoia Palace with its fabulous 15th century frescoes. We also see the cathedral façade with its sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. Return to the hotel barge for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads to Trevenzuolo and dinner on board. 
 
Friday
Trevenzuolo to Mantua
Our final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, home of the poet Virgil, artists Mantegna and Donatello and a captivating lakeside setting. Mantua displays extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14th century Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica and theatre. The intricate frescoes, Gallery of Mirrors and exquisite Rivers Room and 12,000 paintings and sculptures all create a Grand Finale to our Italian Renaissance adventure. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board. 
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast, disembark La Bella Vita and transfer to the designated drop-off point. 
Manuta to Venice
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point on Sunday afternoon and transferred to La Bella Vita, moored in Porto Catena in Mantua. A Prosecco welcome gives you a chance to meet the crew followed by an early evening cruise around the lakes surrounding the city or perhaps a stroll through the historic city centre and a visit to Ducal Palace. The architecture of the city neo-classical and baroque architecture is splendidly portrayed in the 14th century 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. Dinner aboard.
 
Monday
Mantua to Trevenzuolo
After breakfast we take time to explore Mantua more. 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 town is also famous as the birthplace of Virgil, and of artists Mantegna and Donatello. We re-join the boat for lunch and 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. Dinner aboard.
 
Tuesday
Trevenzuolo to Adria
Morning cruise along the Bianco Canal past villages and farmsteads. This afternoon we transfer for a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the 14th century Estense Castle. This ancient ducal fortress with moat, drawbridges, unusual battlements and towers, houses marble balconies and sumptuous apartments. We see the Cathedral façade with its sculpted images, described as an Illustrated Bible, and visit the Schifanoia Palace with its fabulous 15th century frescoes. We conclude with a walk through the medieval city centre and Jewish Ghetto before returning to La Bella Vita. Dinner on board.
 
Wednesday
Adria – Taglio Di Po
In the morning we visit the magnificent Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17th century Villa Widmann-Borletti. For over 1000 years wine, balsamic vinegar, organic Carnaroli rice, grape seed oil and truffles have been produced on the Dominio di Bagnoli estate, which has also been famed for its exclusive D.O.C. Friularo vintages since the 17th century. Concerts, opera and art exhibitions are regular features in this magnificent property. We enjoy a private wine tasting before returning to La Bella Vita in Adria and afternoon cruise through Bianco Canal before entering the River Po and our peaceful mooring place at Taglio di Po. Here we have dinner ashore nearby at the beautiful 17th century Villa Ca’Zen, a private river-side stately home where we are hosted by the longstanding family owners. It was here that Lord Byron courted the Countess Guccioli and, whilst a guest at the Villa, wrote some of his most moving poetry.
 
Thursday
Taglio Di Po to San Pietro in Volta
This morning we chug along the canal through a nature reserve where we should see colourful flamingos and other wildlife. Before cruising 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. After lunch aboard, we cruise through the lagoon past rustic fishing huts on stilts and the island of Pellistrina, to 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. Dinner aboard.
 
Friday
San Pietro in Volta to Venice
This morning we cruise to Venice passing lagoon islands such as poetical Poveglia, San Spirito, San Clemente and San Servolo, once a hospital for the Crusaders, to our mooring on the waterfront outside the Naval Museum near St Mark’s Square. Then we take 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. Lunch back on board La Bella Vita, then free time in the afternoon to explore Venice, before the “Captain’s Farewell Dinner”.  
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast, disembark La Bella Vita and transfer to the designated drop-off point. 

Regional Specialities

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

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Wine Cellar

Barolo, Chianti, Castel del Monte, Soave, Valpolicella, Prosecco

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Cheese Board

Gorgonzola, Mozzarella de Bufala, Pecorino, Taleggio, Provolone

 

2020 RATES
ACCOMMODATION VALUE REGULAR
Stateroom Per Person $4,050 $4,550
Suite Per Person $4,890  $5,450
Single Supplement $1,500 $1,800
Charter 10 Passenger $64,500 $72,000
Charter 12 Passenger $66,700 $74,600
Charter 14 Passenger $68,900 $77,200
Charter 16 Passenger $71,100 $79,800
Charter 18 Passenger $73,300 $82,400
Charter 20 Passenger $75,500 $85,000

 

 

2020 DEPARTURE DATES
March 22-28, 29-April 4 VALUE
April 5-11, 12-18 VALUE
April 19-25, 26-2 REGULAR
May 3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6 REGULAR
June 7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4 REGULAR
July 5-11, 12-18 REGULAR
July 19-25, 26-01 VALUE
August 2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29 VALUE
August 30-05 REGULAR
Sept 6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-03 REGULAR
Oct 4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31 VALUE

 

 

 

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, chauffeured transfers from Venice to the barge and return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of bicycles

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

 

2020 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE DATE ROUTE SEASON
March 22, 29 Between Venice & the Po Valley Value
April 5, 12 Between Venice & the Po Valley Value 
April 19, 26 Between Venice & the Po Valley Regular
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Between Venice & the Po Valley Regular
June 7, 14, 21, 28 Between Venice & the Po Valley Regular 
July 5, 12 Between Venice & the Po Valley Regular 
July 19, 26 Between Venice & the Po Valley Value
Aug 2, 9, 9, 16, 23 Between Venice & the Po Valley Value
Aug 30 Between Venice & the Po Valley Regular
Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 Between Venice & the Po Valley Regular
Oct 4 Between Venice & the Po Valley Regular 
Oct 11, 18, 25 Between Venice & the Po Valley Value