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La Bella Vita







La Bella Vita: Luxury Canal and River Cruises in Italy on the Venetian Lagoons, Po River, and Bianco Canal, Barges in Italy Cruise in Italy on the Venetian Lagoons, Po River, and Bianco Canal on the First Class Hotel-Barge LA BELLA VITA


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 20-passenger La Bella Vita was transformed into a hotel barge in 2010 and features a cheerful, intimate salon with comfortable sofas and bar area and a large dining room, all with Juliet balconies for viewing the scenery. The huge top sun deck has tables, chairs and comfortable sun loungers. There are two junior suites on the main deck approximately 125 square feet each including the baths, and there are eight staterooms on the lower deck approximately 105 square feet in size including the baths. Within each cabin is a bathroom with shower. We have enjoyed cruising on La Bella Vita and think its cruise route through the Venetian lagoons and on the Bianco Canal as well as its daily excursions provides a unique perpective of Venice and the surrounding area that few visitors ever see.

La Bella Vita cruises through the Venetian lagoons, touring historical Venice, and then cruising on to the Bianco Canal and Po River. Other excursions include a tour of Chioggia with its Roman, Etruscan and Byzantine history, a private visit to the gardens and wine cellars of Villa Widmann-Borletti, and a visit to the Ducal Palace in Mantua. Those who wish to explore the area further can take advantage of the bikes available on board and an expert tour guide to recommend the best routes to take. Delicious regional cuisine, fine Italian wines and the services of an attentive crew of five to eight crew will make this an unforgettable cruise.

For 2017 La Bella Vita is offering a special 7-night Opera Cruise starting on Saturday, August 19. This cruise includes Saturday night at the Hotel due Torri in Verona and a performance of Puccini's Madame Butterfly at the Arena di Verona (best seats in the House), followed by a 6-night cruise from Venice to Mantua (see itinerary below).


Features



La Bella Vita's Deck Plan
La Bella Vita's Deck Plan

Cabin Names:
Main Deck Junior Suites:
1-Leonardo, 2-Michelangelo.
Lower Deck Staterooms:
3-Tiziano, 4-Canaletto, 5-Mantegna, 6-Boldini, 7-Tintoretto, 8-Veronese, 9-Caravaggio, 10-Tiepolo.



Dining Aboard La Bella Vita:
SAMPLE MENUS



A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard La Bella Vita, cruising in Italy between Venice and Mantua. BREAKFAST
Continental breakfast with freshly baked Italian pastries and breads, cereals, fresh fruits and yoghurts. Eggs cooked on request. Fresh fruit juices, coffee and a selection of teas

LUNCH
During the week several lunches are served as light buffets. Typical dishes:

DINNER


DESSERTS


SAMPLE CHEESE BOARD
Toma del Macagno, Pecorino Tinaio Moresc, Monte Veronese, Basajo served with Specialty Italian breads such as Grissini, Ciabatta, Focaccia and served with Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil

SAMPLE WINES
Bardolino Chiaretto, Greco di Tufo, Nobile Montepulciano, San Lorenzo Dom. Bagnoli, Lagrain Rosè, Barbera d'Asti, Muller Thurgau, Morellino Scansano, Ribolla Gialla and Nero d'Avola


Passenger Comments:

Those that hadn't been on the canals of France seemed to be enamored of the whole thing. Those of us who have cruised on the canals were aware that it is a completely different experience. We loved the barge, the fantastic crew, the food and wine, the cabins, Mantua and Venice. The excursions were good, too, with Paola as our guide and the local guides that showed us through the winery, Ferrara and especially Mantua. All in all, it's a good cruise especially for people who have not been to Venice. The crew was truly fantastic. Rudy, the captain; Aurelio the waiter/bartender and Paola the guide. The others were great, too, and the hostesses very sweet and great with the cabins. Four of us had a cooking demonstration in the galley which was great fun and the lasagne the chef prepared was outstanding.
-- Travel Agent, 2012

A delightful new experience. We had been to Venice before, but on the barge trip we enjoyed visiting some of the lesser-known towns which also had interesting histories and beautiful churches, palazzi and other attractions.
-- MW, New Hampshire, USA, 2012

The food and wines were spectacular. We enjoyed the more personal excursions where we connected with people and where they live, such as the family at Villa Ca’Zen. Aurelio was a wonderful host and the wines he served complemented the meals perfectly. Tour guide Isabella was fun, knowledgeable and helpful and went out of her way to help each of us have the best experience possible.
-- TG, California, USA, 2012

My wife and I have been on approximately 30 cruises over the years. The crew of the La Bella Vita were without doubt the best crew we have experienced on any vessel. Everyone from the Captain to the youngest member was willing to do anything necessary to make the cruise a wonderful experience.
-- SF, Texas, USA, 2012

The meals were absolutely incredible. The quality and variety were outstanding. Silvia is fabulous. The entire crew made our trip the best experience we have ever had and we have cruised with Holland America, Viking, Uniworld and Royal Caribbean. Aurelio provided the most outstanding service we have ever had.
-- JV, Florida, USA, 2012


SAMPLE ITINERARY*
ITALY: Venice to Mantua 2017
The Venetian Lagoon, the Po River and the Bianco Canal

Sunday - Venice
Guests are met at the Hotel Laguna Palace in Mestre or Piazzale Roma in Venice and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Bella Vita for a Prosecco welcome. An afternoon cruise takes us along the Giudecca Canal past some of Venice's most famous monuments: the Chiesa del Redentore, the impressive Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and the Punta della Dogana to our mooring outside the Naval Museum. Then time for a stroll to St Mark's Square and a brief tour of the Doge's Palace before dinner on board.

Monday - Venice to San Pietro in Volta

Guided walking tour to Castello District, perhaps discovering some hidden parts of the city of Venice: the gardens of the Biennale Exhibition of Modern Arts, Palladio's Church of San Pietro in Castello, the Naval Museum with a model of the Bucintoro (Doge's Boat) and the Pavilion of Gondolas housing Peggy Guggenheim's own vessel. Late afternoon cruise to Pellestrina which separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, along the Canal of the Orphans passing lagoon islands with their ancient monasteries, painted fishing boats and tiny churches. Time perhaps for a walk or cycle ride along the 18th century Istrian sea wall. Dinner on board.

Tuesday - San Pietro in Volta to Taglio di Po

After breakfast, we cruise to Chioggia, city of Goldoni's plays. Here we visit the 18th century Church of San Domenico set on its own island, to see Carpaccio's St Paul, his last recorded painting and other works of art by Tintoretto and Bassano. We also admire the Piazzetta Vigo and visit the colourful fish market. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy a short tour of Chioggia's pretty canals in a traditional locally-built boat, before rejoining La Bella Vita at the Po Delta. Passing through a nature reserve with flamingos and occasional heron, snipe and other wildfowl, we travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17th century Villa Ca'Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.

Wednesday - Taglio di Po to Bosaro

This morning we join the Bianco canal and cruise to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town where we visit the Archaeological Museum. After lunch on board, we drive to the Bagnoli Estate to tour the Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17th century Villa Widmann Borletti to enjoy a private tasting of their renowned estate-grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Afterwards, we rejoin la Bella Vita at Bosaro. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Bosaro to Governolo

Morning excursion with a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the Schifanoia Palace, renowned for its fabulous 15thC frescoes. We also admire the exterior of the Estense Castle and its moat and visit the magnificent cathedral with its façade of sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. Return to the hotel barge moored in Zelo for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads to Governolo and dinner on board.

Friday - Governolo to Mantua

Our final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, home of the poet Virgil, artists Mantegna and Donatello and a captivating lakeside setting. Mantua displays extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14th century Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica and theatre. The intricate frescoes, Gallery of Mirrors and exquisite Rivers Room and 12,000 paintings and sculptures all create a Grand Finale to our Italian Renaissance adventure. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Mantua

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the Hotel Laguna Palace in Mestre or Piazzale Roma in Venice.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Italy Opera Cruise: Venice: Venetian Lagoon, Po River, Bianco Canal
Venice to Mantua, August 19, 2017

Saturday, 19 August 2017 - Venice to Verona
Guests are met at the meeting point in Mestre or Venice on Saturday afternoon and transferred to the Hotel Due Torri in Verona. Early evening, we drive to Verona for a visit to the fascinating Arena Muse Opera, a wonderful museum in the magnificent setting of Palazzo Forti and devoted to the history of opera. There, we also have dinner in the delightful courtyard restaurant, before making our way to the nearby Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre built in 30 A.D., where we watch a performance of Puccini's 'Madame Butterfly' from the top-priced front stalls seats. At the end of a memorable evening, we drive back to the hotel.

Sunday, 20 August 2017 - Verona to Venice
After breakfast in the hotel, we enjoy a guided tour of Verona, before driving to Venice to board La Bella Vita for a Prosecco Welcome. After lunch, an afternoon cruise takes us along the Giudecca Canal past some of Venice's most famous monuments: the Chiesa del Redentore, the impressive Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and the Punta della Dogana to our mooring outside the Naval Museum. There is time for a stroll to St Mark's Square and a brief tour of the Doge's Palace before dinner on board.

Monday, 21 August 2017 - Venice to San Pietro in Volta
This morning, a guided tour of the magnificent opera house, the Gran Teatro La Fenice, where the premières of operas by composers such as Rossini and Verdi were performed. It was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1996, but after a complete refurbishment of its spectacular interior, the opera house re-opened in 2004. After lunch back on board, we cruise to Pellestrina which separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, along the Canal of the Orphans, passing lagoon islands with their ancient monasteries, painted fishing boats and tiny churches. Enjoy a walk at sunset before dinner on board.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 - San Pietro in Volta to Taglio di Po
After a stroll or cycle along the 18th century Istrian sea wall in Pellestrina, we cruise to Chioggia, city of Goldoni's plays. Here we visit the picturesque town center and colorful fish market. We also see the Cathedral and the Piazzetta Vigo before cruising on to the River Po delta. Passing through a nature reserve with flamingos and occasional heron, snipe and other wildfowl, we travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17th century Villa Ca'Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - Taglio di Po to Bosaro
This morning we cruise to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town and visit the Archaeological Museum. After lunch on board, we drive to the Bagnoli Estate where we tour the Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17th century Villa Widmann Borletti, for a private tasting of their renowned estate grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Afternoon cruise to Bosaro. Dinner on board.

Thursday, 24 August 2017 - Bosaro to Trevenzuolo
Morning excursion with a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara. Here, we tour the Teatro Communale, built in the late 18th century and boasting a majestic 5-tiered auditorium. We also visit the 'Camerino delle Duchesse', a truly delightful private room in the Ducal Palace decorated in the 16th century for Eleonora and Lucrezia d'Este. We see the 14th century Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges and marble balconies, the fabulous 15th century frescoes in the Schifanoia Palace and the cathedral façade with its sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. Return to the hotel barge for an afternoon cruise past villages and farmsteads to Trevenzuolo and dinner on board.

Friday, 25 August 2017 - Trevenzuolo to Mantua
Our final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, a Renaissance city with a captivating lakeside setting and home to Verdi's opera Rigoletto. Mantua displays extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14th century Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica, intricate frescoes, the Gallery of Mirrors and the exquisite Rivers Room. We explore the city further, finding "Rigoletto's House" near the cathedral, then finally, we visit the intimate Teatro Bibiena, a delightful baroque theatre with a bell-shaped interior that opened with a concert by a 13-year-old Mozart in 1770. A wonderful finale to our Italian opera adventure. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, 26 August 2017 - Mantua
After breakfast, disembark La Bella Vita and transfer to your drop-off point in Mestre or Venice. .
Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.





La Bella Vita
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 26 Venice-Mantua Value
Apr 2 Mantua-Venice Value
Apr 9 Venice-Mantua Value
Apr 16 Mantua-Venice Value
Apr 23 Venice-Mantua Regular
Apr 30 Mantua-Venice Regular
May 7 Venice-Mantua Regular
May 14 Mantua-Venice Regular
May 21 Venice-Mantua Regular
May 28 Mantua-Venice Regular
Jun 4 Venice-Mantua Regular
Jun 11 Mantua-Venice Regular
Jun 18 Venice-Mantua Regular
Jun 25 Mantua-Venice Regular
Jul 2 Venice-Mantua Regular
Jul 9 Mantua-Venice Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Venice-Mantua Regular
Jul 23 Mantua-Venice Value
Jul 30 Venice-Mantua Value
Aug 6 Mantua-Venice Value
Aug 13 Venice-Mantua Value
Aug 20 Mantua-Venice Value
Aug 27 Venice-Mantua Value
Sep 3 Mantua-Venice Regular
Sep 10 Venice-Mantua Regular
Sep 17 Mantua-Venice Regular
Sep 24 Venice-Mantua Regular
Oct 1 Mantua-Venice Regular
Oct 8 Venice-Mantua Regular
Oct 15 Mantua-Venice Value
Oct 22 Venice-Mantua Value
Oct 29 Mantua-Venice Value

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 26 Venice-Mantua Value
Apr 2 Mantua-Venice Value
Apr 9 Venice-Mantua Value
Apr 16 Mantua-Venice Value
Apr 23 Venice-Mantua Regular
Apr 30 Mantua-Venice Regular
May 7 Venice-Mantua Regular
May 14 Mantua-Venice Regular
May 21 Venice-Mantua Regular
May 28 Mantua-Venice Regular
Jun 4 Venice-Mantua Regular
Jun 11 Mantua-Venice Regular
Jun 18 Venice-Mantua Regular
Jun 25 Mantua-Venice Regular
Jul 2 Venice-Mantua Regular
Jul 9 Mantua-Venice Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Venice-Mantua Regular
Jul 23 Mantua-Venice Value
Jul 30 Venice-Mantua Value
Aug 6 Mantua-Venice Value
Aug 13 Venice-Mantua Value
Aug 20 Mantua-Venice Value
Aug 27 Venice-Mantua Value
Sep 3 Mantua-Venice Regular
Sep 10 Venice-Mantua Regular
Sep 17 Mantua-Venice Regular
Sep 24 Venice-Mantua Regular
Oct 1 Mantua-Venice Regular
Oct 8 Venice-Mantua Regular
Oct 15 Mantua-Venice Value
Oct 22 Venice-Mantua Value
Oct 29 Mantua-Venice Value

*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.


La Bella Vita's route in Italy between Venice and Mantua
La Bella Vita's route in Italy between Venice and Mantua



LA BELLA VITA
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Mar 26 thru Apr 22
Jul 23 thru Sep 2
Oct 15 thru Nov 4
REGULAR
Apr 23 thru Jul 22
Sep 3 thru Oct 14
Stateroom (per person, double occupancy)
$3,890
$4,290
Junior Suite (per person, double occupancy)
$4,650
$5,150
Single Occupancy Supplement
$1,450
$1,700
Charter for 12
$63,800
$70,500
Charter for 14
$65,900
$73,000
Charter for 16
$68,000
$75,500
Charter for 18
$70,100
$78,000
Charter for 20
$72,200
$80,500
Opera Cruise Supplement (per person)
$950
$950


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge, all cabins with private bath
- transfers from Mestre or Venice to the barge and return
- all meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one dinner at a local restaurant
- all wines with lunches and dinners
- open bar
- all escorted side-excursions
- use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- overseas air transportation to Venice and return
- suggested 5-7% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent Euros to the captain




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