Over an extraordinarily varied and successful 50-year career, Prue Leith CBE has worked as a restaurateur, businesswoman, caterer, broadcaster, journalist, cookery writer and novelist. Having been a judge on the BBC's Great British Menu, Prue now brings her culinary experience to bear as a judge on The Great British Bake Off.
Get a taste of Venice with Prue Leith
The Government has given the go-ahead for all river cruises. We are delighted to announce a new date for this cruise, March 28, 2021. If you were booked on the November 2020 departure, please call Uniworld on the number provided.
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We are delighted to announce a new date for this cruise. You will discover the enchanting beauty of Venice and its surrounding islands. The romantic 'City of Water', where gondolas replace cars and canals are lined by elegant Renaissance palaces, is a floating masterpiece that has inspired artists for centuries.
Good Housekeeping cover star and The Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith will join you for special events at this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will get to visit the famous Rialto food markets with Prue, and enjoy a cooking demonstration, exclusive talk and gala dinner with her on board your luxury cruise ship.
Uniworld's European fleet features luxurious ships. With an average capacity of just 130 guests, it has the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry. Gourmet meals on board and unlimited drinks are included, as well as six days of fascinating excursions, such as a private after-hours visit to St Mark's Basilica, when the crowds have departed. You will also visit Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello; the charming port of Chioggia and the equally iconic Italian city of Bologna, famous for its food.
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- Return flights from the UK and transfers on arrival and departure days
- Cruise for eight days
- Meet The Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith and discover her cooking tips and tricks
- Listen to a private talk from Prue and take part in a Q&A session
- Take in Venice's romantic islands, including Murano and Torcello
- Visit Rialto's food markets with the Bake Off judge
- Stay in a lavish Riverview Stateroom
- Enjoy a special meal chosen for you by Prue
- Choose from a wide range of private tours, including an after-hours visit to St Mark's Basilica
- Opt to go on a day trip to Bologna, Padua or Ferrara
- Indulge in gourmet cuisine and unlimited premium spirits and wines
Day1Arrive in Venice and board the SS La VeneziaVenice, Italy
Arrive at Venice Marco Polo International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening on the Venetian Lagoon.
Day2Explore Venice and after-hours tour of St Mark’s BasilicaVenice, Italy
Hoping to escape marauding Huns, Goths and Vandals in the fifth century, refugees built a little settlement they called Venice on tiny islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. By the 12th century, Venice was the wealthiest and most powerful city-state in Europe, controlling the Mediterranean and all European trade with the East. Its merchant-aristocrats lavished their wealth on palaces and churches, art and music, creating a city that is truly like no other. Now, seawater laps at the foot of thousand-year-old houses- and sometimes rises above the doorsteps-but the glorious palaces and romantic canals enchant visitors just as they have for centuries. On this day you will embark on your own personal voyage of discovery through this entrancing city. An expert guide will take you on a "secret" tour, showing you iconic sites, quiet lanes and secret spots normally reserved only for locals. Also, on deck today-a scenic cruise around the Venetian Lagoon.
- A morning walk in Venice with Doge's Palace visit
- Private after-hours visit to Saint Mark's Basilica
- A special Captain's Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening
The S.S. La Venezia sails from Venice and passes the Lido before docking in Chioggia at the southern end of the lagoon. On this journey you will cruise through the lagoon to see the colorful fishermen's houses of Pellestrina and the huge ongoing flood-control project called MOSE (which is designed to protect Venice from rising seawater), arriving in Chioggia-sometimes called "Little Venice."
Join a local expert for a stroll around this picturesque fishing village, a popular place for artists. The seaside air and sweeping views are simply spectacular. Adventurous travelers can explore the sights with a bike tour around Lusenzo lagoon ending at Sottomarina's beach.
You'll also have a choice of a Padua morning walk and market visit, or "Let's Go" biking Chioggia or Bragozzo ride today.
N.B. We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. Therefore, our guests must disembark the ship and partake in the featured excursions.
Day4Bologna or FerraraBologna, Italy
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 many pastas are made and shaped, even trying to shape some yourself! Then enjoy an authentic Italian pasta lunch prepared just for you. 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 Ferrara: Renaissance, elegance and Italian lifestyle town walk.
Day5Porto Viro, Chioggia and BuranoPorto Viro, Italy
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.
- Chioggia market visit
- Night tour in Burano
You'll sail back to Venice around 2pm, arriving in Venice by 5pm, giving you the opportunity to disembark and have a few hours of free time before dinner.
IMPORTANT: We are obliged to comply with Italian Maritime Authorities who require that the ship is only manned by crew during the Adriatic Sea passage. Therefore, our guests must disembark the ship and partake in the featured excursions. We thank you for your cooperation.
Day6Venice islands and Prue Leith talk and Q&A sessionMurano, Italy
Venice is an island surrounded by hundreds of smaller islands, three of which you'll visit today-Torcello, home to beautiful Byzantine mosaics; Mazzorbo, where you'll taste a historic golden-hued wine; and Burano, famous for its lace-makers and houses painted in eye-popping colours.
Prue will also join today and give an afternoon talk with Q&A.
Magic Island Day: hidden treasures of the lagoon
Day7Visit Rialto’s food markets with Prue Leith and farewell gala dinnerVenice, Italy
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.
Prue will join you on your visit to the Rialto food market and you'll hear her talk in small groups for 10 minutes each.
She will then do an hour-long tips and trick demonstration on board the ship this afternoon.
Prue will also help devise the menu for this evening's farewell dinner.
- Choice of "Do as the Locals Do" Venice walking tour or "Venetian Painters at the Accademia" tour with art historian guide
- A special Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening
Day8Disembark and return to the UKVenice, Italy
Disembark the ship. You will be transferred to Venice Marco Polo International Airport for your flight home.
SS La Venezia
Launching in Italy in 2020
The River Countess will undergo a complete design renovation and debut as SS La Venezia on March 27, 2020 bringing guests complete luxury while exploring Northern Italy. The redesign of SS 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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