When it comes to river cruises, Italy is a country seemingly designed to host them. Its beautiful canals and rivers pass through diverse landscapes and nature en route, from picturesque lagoon islands with their colourful houses, to wild beach dunes and pine woods with an abundance of birdlife. Cruises around Italy are perfect for gaining a real insight into the many cultures - including Roman, Etruscan, Istrian, Byzantine and Renaissance - which have influenced the arts, architecture and history of the region over many centuries.
Our Italian river cruises encompasses the romance and architecture of Venice and its lagoon as well as an inland route along the River Po through the Po Valley. The unique city of Venice is spread across 117 islands connected by 409 bridges, a fascinating maze of canals, narrow streets and small squares bordered by beautiful churches and ancient palaces. Optional excursions include the famous Venice lagoon islands of Murano and Burano with their specialist shops and glass workshops.
Coveted through the ages by aristocrats and invaders alike, Italy's River Po Valley overflows with a wealth of art, culture and tradition. Excursions may include visits to the renowned cities of Padua, Mantua, Ferrare and Verona of Romeo and Juliet fame.