Uniworld Takes You On A River Voyage Through Exotic Northern Italy

Gondola near Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy

Experience the essence of luxury by sailing through Venice on a floating boutique hotel

Photos: Uniworld

Picture this: Staterooms with marble bathrooms, endless culinary delights, open bars, in-house entertainment and 24-hour concierge.

All of which are housed in a single cruise boat, that whisks you on a picturesque journey through the splendour of church spires, baroque domes and the canals of Venice.

If all of that sounds like paradise to you, be sure to check out Uniworld’s river cruises.

All aboard the River Countess

Uniworld promises a luxury getaway when you explore Venice on board the newly-refurbished River Countess.

Exuding Italian sophistication, the ship boasts full-fledged luxury amenities, complimentary WiFi and unlimited beverages such as craft beer, wine and premium spirits.

Limited to only 130 passengers, River Countess is perfect for travellers who prefer a more exclusive and intimate cruising experience.

For a dose of pampering, head on over to their lounge, which features a full-service bar or check into the Serenity River Spa for body massages and spa treatments.

An opulent eight-day excursion

The river cruise will cover as much ground (or water) of Venice within eight days, visiting architectural gems and landmarks that the floating city is prominently known for.

Legendary locales include the Venetian Gothic Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge. The latter is the oldest of the four bridges that span the Grand Canal.

After exploring the medieval Padua and UNESCO-honoured Ferrara, why not participate in a flurry of off-shore activities including pasta-making in Bologna and harvesting mussels in Chioggia?

Guests can also witness a Murano glassmaking demonstration at a Giudecca Glass factory and enjoy a walking tour across the connecting canals.

What’s a voyage without a little feasting and drinking?

As Italy is famed for its vineyards, your taste for the tipple will be duly satisfied at a multi-course lunch complete with wine pairings in a historic wine estate in Valpolicella.

That’s not all. While on the island of Mazzorbo, guests can also taste the heirloom grape Dorona, which has been planted to yield a luscious golden wine.

Whether you’re a fan of fine wines or comfort-filled luxury, a river cruise looks set to satisfy your wanderlust.

Book for 2018 departures and enjoy early bird savings. For more information about Uniworld cruises, visit www.uniworld.com/asia