Northern Italy: Art, Architecture and the Waterways
See Northern Italy by comfort-class barge and join experts to learn about the architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica, explore medieval palaces and visit frescoes done by Giotto in 1305.
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Program No. 21666RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

Join a small group aboard a comfort-class barge to discover the treasures of Northern Italy. Begin in Venice, where you delve into the story of the Most Serene Republic of Venice, a state that acquired extreme wealth through both trade and conquest. The barge will travel from the Venetian Lagoon before entering a Po tributary to the Canal Bianco which empties into the Mincio River near Mantova. Leave the barge behind to travel by motorcoach for expert-led excursions that highlight the renowned art and architecture of cities like Ferrara, Padua, Vicenza and Verona.
Activity Level
These programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops through a city, and standing in a museum for a few hours; uneven terrain, stairs and cobblestones common. Embark/disembark barge via ramp. Cabins located on lower deck and reached by steep, narrow stairs with hand rails. Barge does not move at night and only motors during the day.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience the height of Venetian opulence at the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica.
  • Discover the art and architecture of the Renaissance in cultural hubs like Verona, Padua, Ferrara and Mantova.
  • Explore Mantova's stunning architectural treasures, including elegant medieval and Renaissance palaces, such as the Palazzo Te and Palazzo Ducale.

General Notes

While you are taken by bus to the various sites outlined in the program’s itinerary, the barge makes its way to the next port, and meets you there at the end of the day. (No barging during the night).
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