La Bella Vita Opera Cruise
La Bella Vita” - an Opera Cruise in Italy
Do you like the Opera? Then come to Italy and enjoy a very special trip aboard a luxury all-inclusive hotel barge
cruising the Venetian Lagoon and the River Po Valley to Mantua and its lakes and taking you to discover “il bel canto”.
Enjoy the Italian Opera by visiting the beautiful theatres in Venice, Ferrara, Mantua but also experiencing an Opera live performed in the spectacular Arena di Verona!!!
- 8 days
Classic Cruise Cabin Value Regular Stateroom per person € 3.660,00 € 3.945,00 Suite per person € 4.230,00 € 4.610,00 Single supplement € 1.095,00 € 1.235,00 Charter 12 passengers whole boat* € 55.290,00 € 60.420,00 Charter 14 passengers whole boat* € 58.520,00 € 63.840,00 Charter 16 passengers whole boat* € 61.750,00 € 67.260,00 Charter 18 passengers whole boat* € 64.980,00 € 70.680,00 Charter 20 passengers whole boat* € 68.210,00 € 74.100,00 *consult the calendar in pdf attached file, to see the rigth dates in which is possible to charter the whole boat for group.
- Transfer to the hotel in Verona from the meeting point on Saturday
- 1 night in hotel in Verona,
- 6 nights cruise
- One dinner at Amo Restaurant in Verona
- 1 Gold Ticket for Arena Opera Festival on Saturday evening
- All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
- Open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and no alcoholic drinks
- All wines served throughout the cruise
- Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary
- Use of barge facilities
- Transfer back to the drop off point the following Saturday morning
Guests are met at the designated meeting point on Saturday at 1 pm and transferred to Verona. The check- in in hotel will be followed by a guided tour of the city centre that finishes by visiting the AMO (Arena MuseOpera), which introduces you to the art of the Opera through over 30 rooms.
Let’s have our first Italian Dinner together at Amo Opera Restaurant and enter the Roman Arena to watch an Opera live!!!
We chose for you the 2 best operas to be performed here: Carmen by Georges Bizet and Aida By Giuseppe
After the show we will take you to the hotel to spend a night in Giulietta’s city and… have nice dreams full of music and arias!
VERONA and VENICE
Free time in the morning to relax or for wandering in Verona city centre, pick up at the hotel at 11.30 am and transfer to La Bella Vita. A Prosecco welcome gives you a chance to meet the crew, followed by lunch and a cruise along the Giudecca Canal were we admire some of the most famous monuments of Venice.
Visit of the Doge’s Palace and dinner aboard, followed perhaps by an evening stroll to the magnificent St Mark’s square. We moor overnight in the Riva Sette Martiri by the Naval Museum.
VENICE TO PELLESTRINA
Guided tour of Gran Teatro La Fenice, experiencing the unique atmosphere and the elegance of the most famous theatre in Venice rebuilt after the fire in 1996. After lunch on board, relax or wander. In the late afternoon we cruise along the Lido to Pellestrina, for a special walk or a bike tour at sunset.
Dinner and overnight aboard.
PELLESTRINA TO TAGLIO DI PO
Morning cruise to the very ancient city of Chioggia for a visit to the city centre admiring the Cathedral, Piazzetta Vigo and to the colourful fresh fish market. Transfer to Porto Levante before cruising on the River Po Passing through a nature reserve with flocks of flamingos and other wildlife, we travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17thC Villa Ca’ Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countes Guiccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.
Overnight on board.
TAGLIO DI PO TO BOSARO
Morning cruise leaving the Po River and entering the Canal Bianco to Adria for a walk to the city centre and the free visit of the Archaeological Museum. After lunch, we visit the magnificent Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of 17thC Villa Widmann-Borletti for a private tasting of their renowned estate grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Return to the barge, navigation to Bosaro and … are you ready for a musical surprise on board?
BOSARO TO GOVERNOLO
Morning excursion with guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including a view of the 14thC Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges, marble balconies and the visit of Teatro Comunale, very important opera house, and the very pretty Camerino delle Duchesse where the well-known “concerto delle donne” at the Estensi Court in 16° century developed . We also see the cathedral façade with its sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. Return to the barge for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads from Zelo to Governolo for dinner and overnight aboard.
TREVENZUOLO TO MANTUA
Our final cruise takes us to Mantua with its captivating lakeside setting and visit to the 14th century Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica, theatre and some 500 rooms. Let’s find Rigoletto’s House, named for for the bronze statue of the court jester created by Giuseppe Verdi in the famous Opera. The melodrama, first performed in 1851 is set in Mantua at the time of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga.
Let’s finish the visit by admiring the Teatro Bibiena: it is the most beautiful example of a baroque theatre in Italy. This small jewel was honourably inaugurated in the year 1770 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Captain’s Farewell Dinner aboard.
MANTUA TO VENICE
After breakfast passengers disembark for the transfer back to Venice.