Splendors of Italy (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Milan, Italy to Rome, Italy
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Milan, Italy

Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel.

Milan, Italy

Milan is a mecca for Italian fashionistas, famous for its innovative design and stylish flair. Venture inside the city's hulking Gothic cathedral, as well as its cathedral to capitalism, Europe's oldest shopping arcade. The highlight today is pure genius—Da Vinci's revolutionary The Last Supper mural, the most famous religious painting in history. Fashion and finance, opera and furniture design, telecom companies and trade fairs—bustling Milan, Italy's financial and industrial center, is a modern global city whose roots sink deep into the history of Italy. Founded 2,500 years ago, Milan retains traces of every epoch, from Roman, medieval and Renaissance up to the current moment, and it boasts a dazzling bounty of artistic and cultural landmarks, which are yours to experience today.

Milan, Italy
Verona, Italy
Serego Alighieri Winery, Italy
Venice, Italy

En route to Venice, you'll stop in the literary hometown of Shakespeare's famously star-crossed teen lovers to see the sights and the famous balcony—yes, that balcony. Later, enjoy lunch at a historic wine estate owned by descendants of Dante, the great Italian poet who penned The Inferno. You'll check out of your hotel this morning and head toward the Adriatic coast and magical Venice, but the day includes two delightful stops en route: Verona, forever associated with Romeo and Juliet, and the Valpolicella wine country.

Venice, Italy

If ever there was a city that could be described as "bewitching" and "ethereal", Venice is it. An expert guide will show you iconic sites as well as quiet lanes and secret spots known only to locals (shhhh....). Also on deck today: a scenic cruise around the Venetian Lagoon and an experience that's sure to be a highlight of your trip—an extremely rare after-hours visit to St. Mark's Basilica. Hoping to escape marauding Huns, Goths, and Vandals as the Roman Empire collapsed in the fifth century, refugees built a little settlement they called Venice on tiny islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. By the 12th century, Venice was the wealthiest and most powerful city-state in Europe, controlling the Mediterranean and all European trade with the East. Its merchant-aristocrats lavished their wealth on palaces and churches, art, and music, creating a city that is truly like no other. Now, seawater laps at the foot of thousand-year-old houses—and sometimes rises above the doorsteps—but the glorious palaces and romantic canals enchant visitors just as they have for centuries. Today you will embark on your own personal voyage of discovery through this entrancing city.

Chioggia, Italy

Join a local expert for a stroll around this picturesque fishing village, a popular place for artists, or "Let's Go" with a bike ride along the beaches lining the lagoon. The seaside air and sweeping views are simply spectacular. The River Countess sails from Venice, cruising through the lagoon, past the Lido, the colorful fishermen's houses of Pellestrina, and the huge ongoing flood-control project called MOSE (which is designed to protect Venice from rising seawater), before docking in Chioggia, sometimes called "Little Venice", at the southern end of the lagoon. Special attention to: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. We thank you for your cooperation.

Polesella, Italy
Bologna, Italy
Polesella, Italy

Bologna or Ferrara? Let your passions be your guide today. If you have an appetite for pasta, head to Bologna—the heart of Italian culinary traditions—and learn how to make (and eat!) your own lunch. Or indulge your appetite for art with an excursion to Ferrara, an ancient center for the arts that once rivaled Medici Florence. Today you face a tough decision: do you spend a full day in Bologna, the culinary capital of Northern Italy, or visit UNESCO-designated Ferrara, a beautifully preserved Renaissance city?

Taglio Di Po, Italy
Chioggia, Italy

Chioggia is such a delight that we'll return there today to experience something completely different. You can visit the village's bustling once-a-week market—a colorful and boisterous scene, and quintessentially Italian. Dip into a lively local scene with a stroll through Chioggia. Special attention to: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. We thank you for your cooperation.

Venice, Italy
Burano, Italy
Mazzorbo, Italy
Torcello, Italy
Venice, Italy

Venice is an island surrounded by hundreds of smaller islands, three of which you'll visit today—Burano, famous for its lace-makers and houses painted in eye-popping colors; Mazzorbo, where you'll taste a historic golden-hued wine; and Torcello, home to beautiful Byzantine mosaics.

Venice, Italy

Lovers of food and wine flock to Italy to immerse themselves in a true farm-to-table epicurean experience. If that sounds like you, you'll love today's walking tour to the famous fish and produce market next to the Rialto Bridge. Prefer a more visual feast? Join an art historian for a highlights tour of the Accademia gallery.

DAY 10
Venice, Italy
Florence, Italy

Quick — what's the most famous statue in the world? Many art experts would say Michelangelo's marble masterpiece David. See what all the fuss is about today in Florence when you'll view this larger-than-life wonder with your very own eyes. After disembarking the ship, you'll travel cross-country to Florence. The birthplace of Italy's national poet, Dante Alighieri, and of the Renaissance, Florence offers innumerable treasures of art and architecture. The city rose to international prominence in the 14th century under the rule of the Medici family, who played a significant part in European politics for the next 300 years. Besides being masterful politicians, the Medici were the greatest patrons of art in Europe, employing Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Titian, Fra Angelico, and Giotto, to name only a few. These are the treasures awaiting you, along with Renaissance architecture, seductive vistas—and world-famous gelato. You'll stop for lunch in the Tuscan hills outside of Florence. Take a seat on the sun-dappled patio of a well-known restaurant and prepare to savor a traditional Tuscan meal; then, refreshed and well fed, you'll be ready to begin your exploration of this Renaissance city.

DAY 11
Florence, Italy

If you're not up to speed on the famous Medici family, no worries—you will be after today's walking tour of Florence's architectural treasures, which reveals the enduring influence of these powerful patrons of the arts. Later, feel free to embrace the spirit of la dolce vita as you explore the streets of Florence at your leisure. Gelato, anyone? After breakfast at the hotel, start the day with a walking tour that will introduce you to the heart of this historic city.

DAY 12
Florence, Italy
Rome, Italy

The legendary beauty of the Tuscan countryside is the theme for today, along with superb food and wine—we are in Italy, after all. On the drive to Rome, stop for lunch at a gorgeous castle in the Chianti region, where you'll tour the cellars and taste the estate's fine red wines. You have a few hours to enjoy Florence on your own. Many museums open at eight o'clock, so if you'd like to visit the Bargello, with its early Michelangelo sculptures, or the Uffizi, this is your chance.

DAY 13
Rome, Italy

A list of Rome's top cultural sites reads like a roll call of history—the ancient Forum, the Pantheon, and St. Peter's Cathedral, just to name a few. You could spend an eternity in the "Eternal City" and not exhaust all there is to do and see. Not planning to stay forever? We'll show you the highlights on a discovery tour that includes a look inside the Colosseum and a heart of the city stroll. It is impossible to overestimate the significance of Rome in European history. The Eternal City was founded 2,700 years ago and at one time ruled most of the known world, from Northern Africa all the way to the Scottish border, building roads and aqueducts that still carry traffic and water, and giving rise to the French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian languages.

DAY 14
Rome, Italy

Your final day in Italy may be one of your most memorable yet. Venture within the indescribably vast Vatican Museums, where a local expert will show you the best of the best on a perfectly paced "espresso" tour. For the finale, the Sistine Chapel, famous for its resplendent and vividly colored ceiling frescos by Michelangelo. In a word, sublime. This is the last full day of your Italian adventure. Spend the morning among the amazing treasures collected or commissioned by the popes over the centuries.

DAY 15
Rome, Italy

If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your flight home.

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What's Included


    • An array of pillow options, flat-screen TVs with infotainment centers, and bathrooms stocked with robes, slippers, and L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products

    • All scheduled airport transfers

    • All meals onboard

    • Unlimited beverages onboard, including wines; beers; spirits; cocktails; soft drinks; juices; cappuccinos, lattes, espresso, and French press coffee; teas; and mineral water

    • Shore excursions hosted by English-speaking local experts, with personalization options including Choice Is Yours, Go Active, Do as the Locals Do, Village Day, and Gentle Walking programs and a host of exclusive experiences designed for Uniworld guests only

    • Ship-wide Internet and Wi-Fi access

    • Well-equipped fitness center with exercise classes onboard and use of bicycles* and Nordic walking sticks for onshore enjoyment

    • All gratuities onboard and onshore

    NOTE: Bicycles are not available on the River Countess because bike riding is prohibited in Venice.

Not Included

  • These include, but are not limited to, airfares to and from your destination except where specified; airport/departure taxes; cost of passport and visas; taxes; excess baggage charges; laundry; phone calls; all items of a personal nature; items not included on regular menus; expenses for additional sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; premium spirits & premium wine (please refer to complimentary beverage program in Uniworld’s Terms & Conditions), meals not detailed in the itinerary; Gratuities for programs in Russia, Egypt, India, China and Vietnam/Cambodia.

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