(LOS ANGELES, CA)— In spring of 2013, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises will add another extraordinary river cruise destination to their collection of itineraries: Italy, the Po River, and the Venice Lagoon. The 13-day “Splendors of Italy
” itinerary combines a seven-night river cruise along the Po River and the Venice Lagoon with a two-night land stay in Florence and three nights in Rome. For those travelers, who only wish to do the cruise portion, Uniworld will offer a cruise-only option for eight days, “Venice & the Po River
.” “We wanted to give travelers the option to do a cruise only or a cruise and land program offering additional time in two of world’s best known and loved cities, Florence and Rome,” states Guy Young, President of Uniworld.
Uniworld’s new Italy program is designed to bring the region’s art, architecture, music, cuisine, landscapes, culture, and religious and political history together like pieces of an exquisite puzzle, creating an immersive and enlightening journey for each of their guests. While guests will get to experience the “must see” memorable sights in the iconic cities of Rome, Florence and Venice, they will also have the opportunity to venture off the beaten path, traveling to such places as Ravenna, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enchanting Verona—the home of literature’s most famous lovers—Romeo and Juliet. They’ll also be introduced to Italy’s distinctive culinary delights attending a pasta-making workshop in Bologna, the culinary capital of northern Italy. Throughout the journey, they’ll indulge in the culinary flavors of the region—from crispy Roman pizza to creamy Venetian gelato to hearty Chianti.
Uniworld will be moving one of their award-winning boutique cruise ships, the River Countess
, to Venice and the Po River in 2013. The River Countess
is being completely remodeled to reflect the spirit and heart of this great destination with all the elegant touches and finesse of a finely painted Italian masterpiece. “Uniworld made the decision to move the River Countess
from her current location along the Rhine, Main, and Danube to Italy. While this is a costly venture to move her, it’s the right decision as we wanted to provide our clients with another world-class destination, especially as many of our past guests have been asking for us to offer cruises in this area,” adds Young.
From the palazzo-lined canals of Venice to the fertile olive groves of Tuscany, from the spectacular ruin of Rome’s grand Coliseum to the pilgrim-packed Vatican, Italy offers enough historical, cultural, and natural wonders to delight even the most experienced traveler. “There is no place in the world like Italy, and Uniworld is the only North American river cruise line to offer river cruising here. This is a further tribute to Uniworld as we have been the true pioneer for river cruising for the North American market for almost 40 years,” states Guy Young, President of Uniworld.
For couples wishing to travel to Italy with Uniworld during their inaugural season, they can receive a $1,200 savings by paying in full at the time of booking before June 30, 2012. Uniworld’s new 13-day “Splendors of Italy” includes: seven nights in a riverview stateroom onboard the luxurious River Countess
; two nights in a deluxe hotel in Florence and three nights in a deluxe hotel in Rome; all meals onboard with complimentary fine wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; fully guided excursions with local experts; and all transfers on arrival and departure days, and throughout the program.
About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line™, is recognized among the “World’s Best River Cruises” by Travel + Leisure
. Uniworld was voted the“#1 River Cruise Line in the World” in Condé Nast Traveler
’s Readers’ Choice Awards, was named to Condé Nast Traveler
’s prestigious Gold List and their Platinum Circle for having made the list consistently for the past five years, and won “Best River Ships” in their Readers’ Poll, which ranked River Queen
and River Beatrice
#1 and #2 respectively, along with eight other highly ranked ships in the top 40. Uniworld’s cabins and dining are also ranked among the top three in the world by Zagat Survey®, with Uniworld being the only river cruise line named in the Zagat Survey® amongst the best of the best in the cruise industry. Uniworld features luxurious boutique ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, included shore excursions fully hosted by local experts, world-class gourmet cuisine, and award-winning, personalized hospitality. Uniworld offers over 500 departures sailing on over 13 rivers in more than 20 countries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
For more details, please visit uniworld.com
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Uniworld is a member of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association.