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Departure 13 August 2020 | Orient Express and the Gems of Northern Italy


  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to Verona
  • Verona
  • Venice
  • Chioggia
  • Polesella
  • Chioggia
  • Venice Islands
  • Venice

Orient Express and the Gems of Northern Italy

from £5,295 pp incl. flights
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Exclusive tailor-made river cruise with Orient-Express

Includes pre cruise

  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express overnight train to Verona
  • Private overseas transfers throughout
  • 2-nights accommodation at 5-star hotel in Verona
  • Private tour to Arena di Verona
  • Private transfer to Venice pier

Includes on board

  • Choice of daily excursions
  • Delicious farm-to-table cuisine
  • Unlimited beverages, including many premium spirits and wines
  • Outstanding service with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios of any cruise line
  • Elegant and well-appointed riverview staterooms, with the finest linens, towels and Savoir® beds
  • Onboard fitness center, plus exercise and wellness classes
  • Shipwide Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment

Includes post-cruise

  • Private transfer from pier to Venice airport
  • Flight from Venice to UK

The River Countess will undergo a complete design renovation and debut as S.S. La Venezia in 2020 bringing guests complete luxury while exploring Northern Italy. The redesign of S.S. La Venezia will be inspired by Venetian culture and feature six elegantly appointed suites including two new Grand Suites, three dining venues including an Italian kitchen on the upper deck, spa, library, lounge and bar.

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1 — Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to Verona

Journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London for a luxurious overnight trip to Verona, where you arrive late afternoon the next day.

Board the Belmond British Pullman train at London Victoria. Sit backing your reserved seat and enjoy a delicious brunch and an indulgent Bellini as you travel through the countryside of Kent. After crossing the channel, board the famed Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train where you will enjoy a sumptous four-course dinner, prepared freshly on board by French chefs.

After dinner, retire to your cabin which has been transformed into a cosy bedroom.

Day 2 to 3 — Verona
Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy

Upon arrival in Verona, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a 2-night stay on a B&B basis.

Enjoy the delights of the city, including a private tour with skip-the-line access to the famed Arena di Verona.

Stay: Due Torri Hotel

Day 4 — Venice (embark)
Gondolas, Venice

Gondolas, Venice

On your final morning in Verona, take a private transfer to Venice (about 2 hours) to join the river ship at San Basilio cruise pier and embark S.S Venezia. Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening on the Venetian Lagoon.

Stay: S.S Venezia

Day 5 — Venice
Venice Mask

Venice Mask

Today you will embark on your own personal voyage of discovery through this entrancing city. An expert guide will show you iconic sites as well as quiet lanes and secret spots known only to locals. Also on deck today: a scenic cruise around the Venetian Lagoon.

Featured Excursions:

  • A morning walk in Venice
  • Private after-hours visit to Saint Mark's Basilica

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Stay: S.S Venezia

Day 6 — Chioggia, Italy


The S.S Venezia sails from Venice, cruising through the lagoon, past the Lido, the colourful fishermen’s houses of Pellestrina and the huge ongoing flood-control project called MOSE (which is designed to protect Venice from rising seawater), before docking in Chioggia, sometimes called “Little Venice,” at the southern end of the lagoon.

Join a local expert for a stroll around this picturesque fishing village, a popular place for artists, or “Let's Go” with a bike ride along the beaches lining the lagoon, or, for something really unique, hop aboard a small boat to go mussel harvesting with local fishermen out in the lagoon.

The seaside air and sweeping views are simply spectacular.

Choice of Padua morning walk and market visit or “Let's Go” biking Chioggia or Bragozzo ride with typical Italian mussel lunch.

Stay: S.S Venezia

Day 7 — Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

Today you face a tough decision: Do you spend a full day in Bologna, the culinary capital of Northern Italy, or visit UNESCO-designated Ferrara, a beautifully preserved Renaissance city? Let your passions be your guide today. If you have an appetite for pasta, head to Bologna—the heart of Italian culinary traditions—and learn how to make (and eat!) your own lunch. Or indulge your appetite for art with an excursion to Ferrara, an ancient center for the arts that once rivaled Medici Florence.

Choice of Private pasta-making and Italian lunch in Bologna or Ferrera: Renaissance, elegance and Italian lifestyle town discovery walk.

Stay: S.S Venezia

Day 8 — Porto Viro, Chioggia


Chioggia is such a delight that we’ll return there today to experience something completely different. You can visit the village’s bustling once-a-week market—a colourful and boisterous scene, and quintessentially Italian.

Featured Excursion: Chioggia market visit.

Stay: S.S Venezia

Day 9 — Venice Islands (Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello)

Venice is an island surrounded by hundreds of smaller islands, three of which you’ll visit today—Burano, famous for its lace-makers and houses painted in eye-popping colors; Mazzorbo, where you’ll taste a historic golden-hued wine; and Torcello, home to beautiful Byzantine mosaics.

Featured Excursion: Magic Island Day: hidden treasures of the lagoon.

Stay: S.S Venezia

Day 10 — Venice
Gondolas, Venice

Gondolas, Venice

Lovers of food and wine flock to Italy to immerse themselves in a true farm-to-table epicurean experience. If that sounds like you, you’ll love today’s walking tour to the famous fish and produce market next to the Rialto Bridge. Prefer a more visual feast? Join an art historian for a highlights tour of the Accademia gallery.

Featured Excursion: "AVG Arti Veneziane alla Giudecca" glass factory visit with crafts demonstrations

Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour or “Venetian Painters at the Accademia” tour with art historian guide or Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Stay: S.S Venezia

Day 11 — Venice (Disembark)
Venice Mask

Venice Mask

After breakfast, take your included private transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK

Sailing on S.S La Venezia

S.S. La Venezia will debut on March 27, 2020 bringing guests complete luxury while exploring Northern Italy. The redesign of S.S. La Venezia will be inspired by Venetian culture and feature six elegantly appointed suites including two new Grand Suites.

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  • 1 year complimentary Priority Pass membership
  • Complimentary airport lounge access *
  • Welcome Home Gift

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