Europe and Mediterranean: Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy Cruise

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Travel to romantic Venice and treat yourself to a private evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark's Basilica. Depart the enchanting 'City of Water' to explore the waterfront shops, colourful facades and peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Farther south, discover Chioggia—a charming southern port loved by fishermen, artists and anyone looking for unique gifts or souvenirs. Enjoy additional shopping time in "bountiful" Bologna and medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus. Each of these enchanting locales is yours to uncover on Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy.

All-Inclusive Cruise

  • True All-Inclusive Boutique River Cruising™

  • All gratuities for onboard services

  • Unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits and nonalcoholic beverages**

  • Shore excursions with local experts as your guide

  • Internet and Wi-Fi

  • All arrival and departure day transfers

  • Locally sourced cuisine

Executive Member Benefit

  • Executive Members earn an annual 2% Reward on Costco Travel purchases

  • Receive a US $ 50 shipboard credit per person (maximum US $ 100 per stateroom)♦

Costco Shop Card

  • Member Exclusive: Costco Shop Card with every Uniworld river cruise†

Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1Venice/Italy

Overview

One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Venice is simply magical. The city is surrounded by water; the quiet canals are like city streets crossed by little bridges. There are no cars; it is a pedestrian haven. The piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, is crowded with pigeons and people during the day, but at night becomes an open-air ballroom. Music from several orchestras wafts across the candlelit square. It is a place for lovers and lovers of art and beauty. But, the very thing that makes Venice so special is also a threat. The water has been rising and exceptionally high tides have been flooding the square and eroding the buildings. Much thought and care has been given to finding ways to preserve this special city, but we would waste no time in visiting Venice as soon as you can. It is worth a lot to see this treasure before it is too late.

Day 2Venice/Italy

Overview

One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Venice is simply magical. The city is surrounded by water; the quiet canals are like city streets crossed by little bridges. There are no cars; it is a pedestrian haven. The piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, is crowded with pigeons and people during the day, but at night becomes an open-air ballroom. Music from several orchestras wafts across the candlelit square. It is a place for lovers and lovers of art and beauty. But, the very thing that makes Venice so special is also a threat. The water has been rising and exceptionally high tides have been flooding the square and eroding the buildings. Much thought and care has been given to finding ways to preserve this special city, but we would waste no time in visiting Venice as soon as you can. It is worth a lot to see this treasure before it is too late.

Day 3Chioggia

Overview

Chioggia is a seaside town south of Venice, Italy. Traversed by the Corso del Popolo thoroughfare, its historic area has canals and narrow alleys. The Torre dell’Orologio S. Andrea is a Romanesque watchtower with a medieval clock. The Museum of Adriatic Zoology Giuseppe Olivi includes a display on local fishing traditions. On an island to the east are wide Sottomarina beach and Forte San Felice, a 14th-century fort.

Day 4Polesella

Overview

Polesella is a comune in the Province of Rovigo in the Italian region Veneto, located about 70 kilometres southwest of Venice and about 11 km south of Rovigo.

Day 5Chioggia

Overview

Chioggia is a seaside town south of Venice, Italy. Traversed by the Corso del Popolo thoroughfare, its historic area has canals and narrow alleys. The Torre dell’Orologio S. Andrea is a Romanesque watchtower with a medieval clock. The Museum of Adriatic Zoology Giuseppe Olivi includes a display on local fishing traditions. On an island to the east are wide Sottomarina beach and Forte San Felice, a 14th-century fort.

Day 6Burano

Overview

Burano is one of the greater centres of the lagoon of Venice, with its 7.000 inhabitants around, a flourishing activity of fishing, laces and tourism. The isle as Filiasi remembers it: "This island, once called Buriano at the time of the already destroyed Altino, became Burano when the family "Buriana" settled down there (called Burianus by Latin people). Another theory tells that the inhabitants of Burano came from the destroyed Buranello, a small island situated 5 miles to the south. The historic rests of Buranello are still now present underwater." The name Burano (settled down by the people of Altino), remembers "the Boreana door" of Altino and remained a village even when Torcello and Mazzorbo overcame it in importance. Anyway, the peculiar position of Burano respect to winds and marshes, saved it from the decadence and from the destruction, that happened to other islands. Thanks to its position more detached from the mainland, Burano avoided the plague of malaria, quite normal in the lagoon islands and that counted hundreds victims; furthermore its position was a natural defence from invaders. The inhabitants, century after century, consolidated and raise again the ground, dug canals and raise bridges, transforming a swamp in a hospitable place. Today Burano is a marvelous island, a heaven that enchants the tourists, not only for the historical themes, but even for its charm, for the unreal silence of its mornings, for the happy bawling and for the peculiar local dialect, that has the characteristic to lengthen, almost to double, the consonants. A tourist that comes from Venice by water (with a "vaporetto"), with a trip of 40 minutes in the middle of the lagoon, passing close to islands in ruin that remember the ancient records of the Dominant Republic " Serenissima", here in Burano discovers a maze of narrow streets "calli" and banks "fondamente" on small canals. The characteristic of the motley houses attracts immediately the attention of the visitor, remembering him other forms of polychrome that can be find in other islands of Italy, for example in Pantelleria. The historic traces that the island still preserves (besides some Venetian-byzantine panels of the century XII - XIII that are part of the façade in a house at the end of the main road of the island) are almost all contained in the ample church devoted to S. Martin, a construction of the XVI century, with a Latin cross three aisles plan, with transept, major chapel and two side chapels and a arched ceiling supported by pillars. The most important work of art in the church is the "Crocifissione", a painting made by G.B.Tiepolo (1727). The big square in front of the church is dedicated to Baldassarre Galuppi (1706-85), who was the famous musician called "the Buranello", pride of Burano. Galuppi worked out a collaboration with Goldoni on the "opera comica" as librettist and he composed quartets, symphonies and concerts for cymbal, bringing a remarkable evolution in the instrumental chamber music of the XVIII century. It is worth tasting, in one of the many restaurants of the island, the typical local dishes, all made with fish, among which the most appreciated for its originality is the "risotto" with "nero di seppia", or the "schie," shrimps of the lagoon that, together with "polenta", represents a unique specialty. A few minutes far from Burano, is situated Torcello, pearl of the northern lagoon, known by everyone for its beautiful churches and for its millennial history. Its small museum contained the historical traces of the island. Another isle is that of "S. Francesco del Deserto" with its convent, that brings the visitor visions of the simple and poor life and gives to visitors the tranquility of spirit that only in this place can be felt so deeply.

Day 7Venice/Italy

Overview

One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Venice is simply magical. The city is surrounded by water; the quiet canals are like city streets crossed by little bridges. There are no cars; it is a pedestrian haven. The piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, is crowded with pigeons and people during the day, but at night becomes an open-air ballroom. Music from several orchestras wafts across the candlelit square. It is a place for lovers and lovers of art and beauty. But, the very thing that makes Venice so special is also a threat. The water has been rising and exceptionally high tides have been flooding the square and eroding the buildings. Much thought and care has been given to finding ways to preserve this special city, but we would waste no time in visiting Venice as soon as you can. It is worth a lot to see this treasure before it is too late.

Day 8Venice/Italy

Overview

One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Venice is simply magical. The city is surrounded by water; the quiet canals are like city streets crossed by little bridges. There are no cars; it is a pedestrian haven. The piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, is crowded with pigeons and people during the day, but at night becomes an open-air ballroom. Music from several orchestras wafts across the candlelit square. It is a place for lovers and lovers of art and beauty. But, the very thing that makes Venice so special is also a threat. The water has been rising and exceptionally high tides have been flooding the square and eroding the buildings. Much thought and care has been given to finding ways to preserve this special city, but we would waste no time in visiting Venice as soon as you can. It is worth a lot to see this treasure before it is too late.

Onboard the S.S. La Venezia

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The River Countess will undergo a complete design renovation and debut as S.S. La Venezia bringing guests complete luxury while exploring Northern Italy. The redesign of S.S. La Venezia will be inspired by Venetian culture and feature four elegantly appointed suites, two dining venues, including an Italian kitchen on the upper deck, spa, library, lounge and bar.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Fitness Centre

  • Card Room
  • Movies
  • Fitness Centre
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Library
  • Concierge Desk

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Spa

  • Beauty Salon
  • Internet Centre
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques

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Dining

Main Dining

Main Restaurant (open seating): This seating option allows you to choose when and with whom you dine. Menus are a blend of classic cuisine with a touch of contemporary elegance, and are created using only the finest and freshest ingredients often brought onboard from local ports of call. You'll be surrounded by the beauty of passing riverbank towns and villages.


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Classic Stateroom with Small Window (Category: CL)

Category: CL

  • Luxurious riverview stateroom (151 sq.ft – 14 sq.m)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, closet, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, telephone, and flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Deluxe Stateroom with Window (Category: DE)

Category: DE

  • Luxurious riverview stateroom (151 sq.ft – 14 sq.m)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, closet, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, telephone, and flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Stateroom with French Balcony (Category: FB)

Category: FB

  • Luxurious riverview stateroom (151 sq.ft – 14 sq.m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, closet, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, telephone, and flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Suite with French Balcony (Category: S)

Category: S

  • Luxurious riverview suite (214 sq.ft – 20 sq.m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, closet, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, telephone, and flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, cozy bathrobes and slippers, special towel warmers, and backlit magnifying mirror
  • Additional amenities and services, include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; floor heaters; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine and free laundry service

Grand Suite with French Balcony (Category: GS)

Category: GS

  • Luxurious riverview grand suite (302 sq.ft – 28 sq.m) with a French balcony and a spacious living room
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, closet, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, telephone, and flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, cozy bathrobes and slippers, separate bathtub, and backlit magnifying mirror
  • Additional amenities and service include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine and free laundry service

Deck Plan

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Marco Polo Deck
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Ship Facts

S.S. La Venezia ship image
  • Ship Name: S.S. La Venezia
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Year Refurbished: 2020
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2003
  • Ship Class: River "Super Ship"
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 3
  • Number of Crew: 42
  • Officers' Nationality: European/International
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 14
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 6
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 130
  • Country of Registry: Italy
  • Total Staterooms: 63
  • Suites with Balcony: 43
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: European/International
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River-View Stateroom

French Balcony Stateroom

Balcony Stateroom

Suite Stateroom

Terms & Conditions

*Price shown is per person based on double occupancy and is valid for select stateroom categories only. Click on the Terms & Conditions link below for details.

**Unlimited beverages include premium wine and premium spirits. Diamond List of wine and spirits is available at an additional cost.

♦Executive Members receive a US $ 50 shipboard credit per person, maximum US $ 100 per stateroom. Executive Member benefit is valid for primary cardholder only. Shipboard credit is per stateroom based on double occupancy. Shipboard credit will be applied to your onboard account. Any unused portion of the credit is nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash.

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Ship's registry: Italy

    Package ID: UNIVENEUR20220403