Friday, 9 March 2012

Uniworld To Offer Italy In 2013

In spring of 2013, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises will add another extraordinary river cruise destination to their collection of itineraries: Italy, taking in the Po River and the Venice Lagoon. The 13-day ‘Splendours of Italy’ itinerary combines a seven-night river cruise along the Po River and the Venice Lagoon with a two-night land stay in Florence and three nights in Rome. For those who only wish to do the cruise portion, Uniworld will offer a cruise-only option for eight days, ’Venice & the Po River.’
 
Chris Fundell, Uniworld’s Marketing Manager, tells us: “We wanted to give travellers the option to do a cruise-only or a cruise and land programme offering additional time in two of the world’s best known and loved cities, Florence and Rome.”
 
The new Italy programme is designed to bring the region’s art, architecture, music, cuisine, landscapes, culture, and religious and political history together, creating an immersive and enlightening journey. While guests will get to experience the “must see” sights in the iconic cities of Rome, Florence and Venice, they will also venture off the beaten path, travelling to such places as Ravenna, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enchanting Verona, the home of literature’s most famous lovers Romeo and Juliet. 

Guests will also be introduced to Italy’s distinctive culinary delights, attending a pasta-making workshop in Bologna, the culinary capital of northern Italy. Throughout the journey, they will indulge in the culinary flavours of the region - from crispy Roman pizza to creamy Venetian gelato and hearty Chianti.
 
Uniworld will be moving one of their award-winning boutique cruise ships, the River Countess, to Venice and the Po River in 2013. The Countess is being completely remodelled to reflect the spirit and heart of this great destination, "with all the elegant touches and finesse of an Italian masterpiece."
 
The new 13-day ‘Splendours of Italy’ cruise includes: seven nights in a riverview stateroom aboard the luxurious River Countess; two nights in a deluxe hotel in Florence and three nights in a deluxe hotel in Rome; all meals onboard with complimentary fine wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; fully guided excursions with local experts; and all transfers on arrival and departure days, and throughout the programme.

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