Venice Lagoon and Po River Cruises
ABOVE: CroisiEurope's Michelangelo
offers 4- to 6-day cruises of the Venetian Lagoon and the Po River Valley.
Until a few years ago, a
number of companies operated Po River cruises from Venice. Today, there are
CroisiEurope, a French
company that offers 4- to 6-day cruises of the Venetian Lagoon and the Po
aboard Michelangelo (see photo above).
Uniworld is a U.S.-based
luxury river-cruising line that caters to English-speaking travelers. It
offers an 8-day, 7-night
roundtrip cruise from Venice aboard the River Countess that
includes day trips to cities such as Bologna and Ferrara. (See our
illustrated review of a
slightly different River Countess cruise in the Venetian Lagoon and beyond.)
Things to know:
River cruises normally depart from Venice's
San Basilio pier and
spend part of their time moored along the
Riva dei Sette Martiri,
a waterfront promenade above the Piazza San Marco facing St. Mark's Basin.
The latter is a delightful place to spend the night on a ship, especially if
your cabin is on the water side: You can open your window or balcony door in
the morning, stick your heads out, and look into the eyes of vaporetto
passengers as water buses arrive and depart from the Giardini vaporetto
Venetian Lagoon and Po River cruises are more about land
excursions than cruising: Much of your time will be spent on buses or land
tours, with the cruise vessel serving as a floating hotel.
For more information, see the cruise-line descriptions and click
the links on the
CroisiEurope and Uniworld
pages in our European Cruise Guide at
Europe for Cruisers.
European Waterways Ltd. offers six-night cruises from Mantua to
Venice/Venice to Mantua aboard La Bella Vita, a 20-passenger hotel
barge. (The luxury barge is also available for private charter.) See our
illustrated La Bella Vita
cruise review at Europe for Cruisers.
River Countess Cruise Review
Our review of a seven-night cruise
aboard Uniworld's River Countess includes a day-by-day cruise photo
diary. (From Europe for Cruisers.)