Friday, 23 March 2012

From Venice to Mantua with European Waterways

Experience ‘the good life’ in style aboard European Waterways’ more contemporary vessel La Bella Vita, cruising for 6 nights along some of Italy’s most charming waterways between historic Venice and the Renaissance city of Mantua. This is truly a magical itinerary, with departures this season between April and October.

Guests can enjoy the diverse landscapes and nature en route, while cruising past the islands of the Venetian Lagoon and on the calm waters of the Po Valley along the Bianco Canal. With all excursions included in the fare, the cruise highlights on this relaxing holiday feature a tour of historic Venice; The Naval Museum and the Pavilion of Gondolas; dinner ashore at the 17th century stately home Villa Ca’Zen; a private visit to the wine cellars of Villa Widmann-Borletti; and a visit to Mantua with its magnificent Ducal Palace. 

And all this while enjoying gourmet cuisine - prepared by a gourmet chef - and fine regional wines. Typical dishes include Fegato alla Veneziana; Risotto al Prezzemolo; Fegato; Lagoon Seafood accompanied by Lagrein Rosso Allegrini; Lugana Col Vetorax; and Prosecco Spago.

The 20-passenger La Bella Vita - as with all European Waterways’ vessels in the fleet - is fully crewed with a captain, gourmet chef, hostesses and a knowledgeable tour guide and offers comfortable accommodation in air-conditioned, en-suite cabins, with a spacious sun deck and loungers. Prices, to include local transfers, meals, fine wines, open bar, escorted excursions and use of the barge facilities lead in at £2,390 per person (based on two people sharing one cabin) and for a whole boat charter from £39,400.

For booking details, be sure to check with the UK's luxury river-cruise specialists, The Cruise Line Ltd, on 0800 008 6677.