Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice & The Swiss Alps 2021 Uniworld River Cruise
Experience the varied wonders of Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Slovenia from every angle with a one-of-a-kind adventure by land, cruise and train.
Begin your journey in Milan and move on to romantic Venice. These two legendary cities (Milan—home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and Venice—the “Queen of the Adriatic”) will bookend unforgettable experiences set along Northern Italy’s exquisite coastline. Travel from dynamic Milan to romantic Venice and treat yourself to a private evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica. Depart the enchanting “City of Water” to explore the waterfront shops, colorful facades and peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Farther south, discover Chioggia—a charming southern port loved by fishermen, artists and anyone looking for unique gifts or souvenirs. Head inland to enjoy a multicourse lunch, complete with decadent wine pairings, at a historic wine estate in the vineyards of Valpolicella. Enjoy additional shopping time in “bountiful” Bologna and medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus. Your trip to Italy wouldn't be complete without a visit to UNESCO-designated Ferrara and Verona, the famed city of Romeo and Juliet.
Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Rosa Grand hotel.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Milan highlights city tour
Milan is a mecca for Italian fashionistas, famous for its innovative design and stylish flair. Venture inside the city’s hulking Gothic cathedral, as well as its cathedral to capitalism, Europe’s oldest shopping arcade. The highlight today is Da Vinci’s revolutionary “The Last Supper” mural.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Verona, “City of Romeo and Juliet” & Valpolicella wine estate lunch
En route to Venice, you’ll stop in the literary hometown of Shakespeare’s famously star-crossed teen lovers to see the sights. Later, enjoy lunch at a historic wine estate owned by descendants of Dante and learn about one of the most unique Italian wines, Amarone di Valpolicella. This evening you’ll arrive in Venice and embark. Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening on the Venetian Lagoon. A compulsory safety drill and briefing, along with the welcome briefing, will be organized shortly before dinner, but this will be a quick and easy part of your journey.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: A morning walk in Venice with Doge’s Palace visit & Private after-hours visit to Saint Mark's Basilica
With your early morning arrival at Doge’s Palace, you’ll be able to marvel at the estate in total peace. Wander through a Venetian neighborhood and experience daily life in an authentic Venetian residential quarter. Later in the evening, cap the day off with a private once-in-a-lifetime experience at an after-hours lighting ceremony inside St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Venice walking tour or Drink like an Italian in Padua or Po Delta sailing or “Let's Go” biking Chioggia with Ca’zen visit and tasting or Bragozzo ride with Ca’zen visit and tasting
Choose between a full-day in medieval Padua, home to Italy's second oldest university, or a Venice walking tour and a choice of several exciting ways to see Chioggia: sailing through the Po delta, riding on a traditional bragozzo or biking through this authentic fishing town.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Private pasta-making and Italian lunch in Bologna or Ferrara: Renaissance, elegance and Italian lifestyle town walk
Explore Italy’s culinary capital Bologna on a full-day tour packed with an exclusive pasta-making workshop and lunch or explore Ferrara on a half-day tour.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Chioggia market visit & Evening stroll in Burano
Today, you’ll admire the greatest sites of charming and coastal Chioggia, including a stop at the local and lively market. Your ship will move to dock overnight in Burano, where you’ll enjoy a lovely evening stroll through this multicolored island.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Full-day Magic Island Day–hidden treasures of the lagoon
Spend the day exploring the northern lagoon of Venice and three of its captivating islands. Explore a basilica with an art historian in Torcello before heading to the peaceful, agricultural island of Mazzorbo. End the tour with a stroll through Burano’s rainbow of colorful homes and visit a lace-making atelier.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour or Rialto walking tour with Casanova
As your water taxi glides past narrow side canals and the Canal Grande, you’ll arrive in style at the Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi. The iconic stone arch bridge sits at the narrowest point of the Canal Grande and holds numerous shops and restaurants.
Disembark the ship. You will be transferred to the Venice Santa Lucia Station, where you will board the Golden Eagle Danube Express. You’ll have time to settle into your new cabins as the train slowly threads its way out of Venice towards Trieste, a medieval port city that was once amongst the oldest and largest cities in the Habsburg Empire. After a tour of the city, re-join the train for dinner as you head over the border into Slovenia and stop at Postojna, where you can enjoy a private evening tour of the caves.
After breakfast, arrive in the Slovenian Capital Ljubljana, where your morning tour of this lovely city includes a boat cruise on the Ljubljanica River. During lunch we travel up to Lake Bled, picturesquely situated in the Julian Alps. Following a traditional pletna boat ride to Bled Island, your train will take you to the medieval Austrian town of Lienz, where you can visit the 13th-century, hilltop castle of Schloss Bruck. During dinner, the train will take you back to Italy to spend the night in San Candido.
In the early morning, your train leaves San Candido on a scenic line through Fortezza and over the Brenner pass to Innsbruck, Austria. Tour this charming town before lunch on the train, during which you will travel through the Arlberg to St. Anton for an afternoon in a year-round Alpine resort.
Your train leaves St. Anton at breakfast time to travel through the vorarlberg to Buchs, where you will visit Liechtenstein and its capital, Vaduz. Join the train for a scenic lunchtime ride along Walensee and the Lake of Zurich on the way to your final stop. Disembark at Zurich Bf (Main Station), where you will be taken to your hotel to enjoy a leisurely evening.
Check out of your hotel and head to Zurich Airport for your flight home.
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|22 October 2021||£9,699|
- Return flights from a selection of UK airports, supplements may apply
- 14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on board S.S. La Venezia
- Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
- All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
- Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
- Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
- 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 11 dinners
- Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners & Captain's Welcome and Captain's Farewell Receptions
- 12 days of excursions, including "Choice Is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
- Guided "Go Active," "Do as the Locals Do," "Village Day" and "Gentle Walking" programs
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
- Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
- 5 countries: Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
- 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Captivating onboard local entertainment