Grand Canal

8D Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy

Destination Climax
St . Mark's Basilica

Venice

Venice, which was founded in the sixth century, controlled all European trade with the East during the Middle Ages. Local guides will lead you through hidden alleys where tourists rarely go to the Piazza San Marco and the Doge's Palace, which is brimming with artistic treasures. Cap off your day with an exclusive, crowd-free visit to spectacular St. Mark's Basilica. In the evening enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Chioggia, Venice

Venice, Chioggia (Padua), Taglio di Po

Enjoy magnificent farewell views of "The Floating City's" greatest sites, including the Grand Canal, as your ship departs Venice. Then visit the medieval walled city of Padua, one of Italy's oldest towns and home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Or, explore Chioggia on foot. This gem of a city is much like a miniature Venice, with its canals, narrow streets, and medieval churches. Later in the afternoon, reboard your ship in Taglio di Po and sail to Polesella.

Comacchio, Ferrara

Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

Spend the whole day in Bologna, called la grassa, meaning "bountiful." There's more to the city than Bolognese sauce, that's for sure - there's Parma ham, parmesan cheese, and perhaps the best tortellini in the world. Or spend a half day in UNESCO-designated Ferrara, one of Italy's best-kept secrets, where you'll discover how the city became an artistic hub for the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, and Petrarch, among others.

Polesella (Ravenna), Taglio di Po (Po Delta area), Chioggia, Venice

You can visit the beautiful Po Delta area, just south of Venice on the Northern Adriatic Sea. The Po Delta Nature Reserve contains 2 million trees of 150 different species. After enjoying the scenery, you'll journey to the fishing town of Chioggia and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch. Or, if you prefer, you can travel to ancient Ravenna, the "City of Mosaics." You'll join your guide on a tour of Ravenna's UNESCO-designated Early Christian Monuments: Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, and St. Vitale Basilica.

Venice (Verona)

Shakespeare endowed Verona with enduring fame when he wrote of two star-crossed lovers, but Verona has been an important city in Northern Italy for two thousand years. Savor the magic of Verona and get swept away in its romance. Or, enjoy a full day at leisure in Venice

Bologna, Italy

Venice

See Venice like the locals do on this immersive walking tour of the Dorsoduro district and the Rialto, the city's historic core, where you'll find the Rialto Market stretched along the Grand Canal. During the afternoon, sail through the scenic Venice Lagoon and enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner in the evening.