Po River Cruises

Enjoy history, art and culinary delights on your journey along a section of the river Po, Italy’s longest river at almost 700km. Starting in Venice experience the highlights of the city and its surrounding islands, and call on picturesque fishing villages and historic towns of Northern Italy before returning to Venice.

In Venice amble through the historic Castello district and find quiet lanes and hidden gems, cruise around the scenic Venetian Lagoon and enjoy an exclusive evening at St Mark’s Basilica after-hours before starting on your voyage along the river Po. Discover the charming fishing village of Chioggia on a bike ride along the lagoon’s beaches, or join local fishermen for shellfish harvesting and a deliciously fresh lunch of steamed mussels. Visit medieval Padua on a morning walk, learn to make fresh pasta in Northern Italy’s culinary capital Bologna, and discover the Renaissance gem of Ferrara, a tranquil UNESCO-listed city with impressive medieval city walls and a towering castle complete with moat and drawbridge.

Heading back towards Venice visit a wine estate on the island of Mazzorbo to sample its luscious, golden wine made from the unique Dorona grape. On the island of Torcello, marvel at the 11th century mosaics at the church of Santa Maria dell’ Assunta on a private, early morning visit with an art historian, and on Burano see the art of lace making. Back in Venice pick up local ingredients for the evening’s dinner with the ship’s chef at the lively Rialto market, or join an art historian for a tour of the Accademia, home to the greatest collection of Venetian Renaissance paintings in the world.

Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy

Enjoy history, art and culinary delights on a luxury boutique cruise along the Po River. Starting in Venice this eight-day tour will highlight the best of Venice and its surrounding islands and the hidden treasures of Northern Italy before returning to Venice. There are six days of fully hosted excursions including ‘Choice is Yours’ options, guided ‘Do as the locals do’ and ‘Let’s Go’ programmes and for some cultural enrichment, a Signature Lecture.

Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy

The Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy cruise consists of an 8 days and 7 nights round trip from Venice to Venice.

Day 1 – Sunday: Venice (embark)

You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your ship to settle in.

Day 2 – Monday: Venice

Spend the morning on a walk with a local expert guide. Amble through the historic Castello district and aside from seeing some of the city’s most iconic sites discover quiet lanes and hidden gems before finishing the tour at the Rialto. After a scenic cruise will take you around the Venetian Lagoon. Spend the afternoon at your leisure and in the evening visit St Mark’s Basilica on a private after-hours lighting ceremony*. A special Captain’s Welcome reception and dinner on board in the evening.

* If religious functions or festivities are taking place in the evening the visit will be made during regular hours.

Featured excursions: A morning walk in Venice and a private after-hours visit to St Mark’s Basilica

Day 3 – Tuesday: Chioggia

Sail from Venice through the lagoon and past the Lido before docking in the quintessential fishing village of Chioggia, at times referred to as Little Venice. A choice of excursions today include a bike ride along the lagoon’s beaches, a guided morning walk of Padua and visit to the market, or you can opt to join the local fishermen on board a bragozzo, a small fishing boat, and go shellfish harvesting before a deliciously fresh lunch of steamed mussels.

Choice of excursions: Padua morning walk and market visit, or ‘Let’s Go’ biking Chioggia, or Bragozzo ride and lunch.

Day 4 – Wednesday: Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

The ship docks in Polesella and you can opt for a culinary trip to Bologna or a discover walk around tranquil and UNESCO-listed Ferrara. You could spend a full day in the culinary capital of Northern Italy, Bologna, learning how to make perfect pasta on a private workshop, enjoy lunch in a celebrated restaurant and join a guided tour of the city’s beautiful historic buildings. Once a centre for arts and artists to rival Florence, the beautifully preserved Ferrara is ringed by medieval walls and filled with Renaissance palazzi; a local expert will introduce the highlights of the city and there will be time to explore further before returning to the ship for lunch.

Choice of excursions: Bologna and pasta workshop, or Ferrara discovery walk.

Day 5 – Thursday: Porto Viro, Chioggia

Return to Chioggia before sailing back to Venice in the evening. Visit Chioggia’s bustling and colourful outdoor market stretching for a kilometre along the Corso del Popolo thoroughfare with busy stalls selling a multitude of day-to-day and eclectic wares.

Featured excursion: Chioggia market visit.

Day 6 – Friday: Venice Islands (Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello)

The Venetian lagoon is dotted with a myriad of small islands, and today you will visit three of these hidden treasures. Burano is renowned for its exquisite lace making and brightly painted fishermen’s cottages. Visit a lace-making atelier and enjoy lunch at one of the island’s restaurants before heading to the neighbouring island of Mazzorbo. Here you will visit a wine estate and sample its luscious, golden wine made from a rare, saltwater-tolerant grape. Next is enchanting Torcello, home to the splendid Venetian-Byzantine church Santa Maria dell’ Assunta and you will be able to see its stunning 11th century mosaic on a private, after-hours visit accompanied by an art historian.

Featured excursion: Magic Island Day.

Day 7 – Saturday: Venice

Opt for a walking tour of the city for an insight into local life and visit the colourful and lively Rialto market with the ship’s chef to pick up local ingredients. For more of a visual feast join an art historian for an exclusive highlights tour of the Accademia gallery and its fantastic collection of Renaissance paintings. A special Captain’s farewell reception and dinner on board in the evening.

Featured excursion: AVG Arti Veneziane alla Giudecca glass factory.

Choice of excursions: ‘Do as the Locals Do’ Venice walking tour, or Venetian Painters at the Accademia tour, or Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi.


Day 8 – Sunday: Venice (disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or onward by private transfer from the port to one of our luxury city hotels in Venice if you have chosen to extend your trip with a few days in this enchanted city.

Please note: this cruise departs on Sundays from March to November.

Please note: Itineraries may be subject to change should any operational reason prevail at the time.

S.S La Venezia

  • New for 2020
  • Two dining venues
  • Sun deck and Sky lounge
  • Elegantly appointed staterooms
  • Serenity River Spa & fitness room

Cruise extensions

Why not stay at one of our luxury city hotels in Venice for a few days prior to your boutique river cruise, or extend your holiday with a stay at the end.