Kevin McCloud MBE is a British designer, writer, and television presenter. He has presented the Channel 4 series Grand Designs since its debut in April 1999 and has also fronted Grand Designs Abroad, Kevin McCloud Slumming It, Kevin McCloud's Man Made Home and Escape to the Wild. He is also the author of four books on design.
Discover Venice with TV’s Kevin McCloud and relax in Lake Garda
The centuries-old canals and palaces of Venice have captivated generations of visitors, and on this incredible Italy experience you'll cruise the islands of the Venetian lagoon before staying in stunning Lake Garda and heading home on the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
You'll discover the Unesco World Heritage site, where gondolas replace cars and the canals are lined by elegant Renaissance palaces, in the company of designer and TV presenter Kevin McCloud, and also visit the beautiful surrounding islands of Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello.
You'll be joined by Kevin on your tour of Venice's famous Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi and he'll give a talk on design and architecture on board your luxury Uniworld Super Ship. Gourmet meals and unlimited drinks are included, as well as a wide range of immersive, flexible and specially curated excursions to truly bring Venice and its islands to life. You'll then spend two nights enjoying the natural beauty of Lake Garda before returning to the UK overnight aboard the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Meet Kevin McCloud
Kevin will give a talk, then answer questions in a Q&A session. The next day, he'll board a water taxi with you on the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi. Venice will take your breath away. Join a tour of spots that are usually reserved for locals, visit the spectacular Doge's Palace and enjoy St Mark's Basilica after hours.
Sail in style
Uniworld is one of the world's most prize-winning luxury river cruise lines. You'll be sailing on one of the newest and most luxurious cruise ships in Italy, SS La Venezia, which has been inspired by Venetian culture and offers a choice of three dining venues.
Travel on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Board the iconic train and step back in time, enjoying a three-course lunch and four-course dinner in the restaurant cars. Explore the Veneto: You'll also see the waterfront shops, colourful facades and peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. And you'll stop at Chioggia, a charming port loved by fishermen and sometimes called 'Little Venice'.
Peace of mind
Uniworld is Abta-bonded and your trip is Atol-protected, so you can book with confidence, as it is 100 per cent protected.
Reasons to book
Explore with Kevin McCloud
Take the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Sail on SS La Venezia
Let Venice take your breath away
Stay in Lake Garda
Peace of mind
Your expert guide
- Flight from UK airports to Venice.
- Seven nights' all-inclusive Uniworld cruise on brand-new super-ship SS La Venezia in a Riverview Stateroom.
- All meals on board, using high-quality local ingredients.
- Exclusive talk and Q&A with Kevin McCloud.
- Private tour of Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi with Kevin.
- Three nights' accommodation in a premium hotel at Lake Garda.
- One night on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, plus lunch, dinner, breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea.
- Six days of immersive, flexible and specially curated excursions to truly bring Venice and its islands to life.
- All international transfers and gratuities, both on board and on shore.
Day1Venice (embark)Venice, 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 VeniceVenice, Italy
With your early morning arrival at Doge's Palace, you'll be able to marvel at the estate in peace. Wander through a Venetian neighbourhood 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.
Day3Padua or VenicePadua, Italy
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. A special Captain's Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Day4Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)Bologna, Italy
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.
Day5Porto Viro, Chioggia, BuranoChioggia, Italy
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.
Day6Burano (Torcello, Mazzorbo, and Burano) and VeniceBubano, Italy
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.
This evening we will be joined by Kevin McCloud who will deliver a talk on his career and experience, also touching on some of the key architectural highlights of Venice. There will be time afterwards for your questions & answers.
Day7Venice with Kevin McCloudVenice, Italy
This morning, Kevin will join you as you take a water taxi 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. A special Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Day8Venice to Lake GardaLake Garda, Italy
Upon arrival at Venice Cruise terminal, private transfer to your accommodation on Lake Garda Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day9Lake GardaLake Garda, Italy
This morning why not take the opportunity to join our optional excursion on board a private sailing boat to the Isola del Garda, the largest private island on the lake. It was an important ecclesiastical center of meditation until the Napoleonic suppression, and, after various changes of ownership, it came at the end of the 19th century to the duke Gaetano de Ferrari, who owed the villa and the park with exotic plants, terraces sloping down to the lake arranged as an Italian garden with floral bushes hedges. Built on preexisting structures, the villa is in neo-Gothic-Venetian style and has a very complex composition, resolved in special grandeur and extraordinary lexical unity. Enjoy an exclusive private visit of the island and the villa in the company of the owners. Cap off the morning with an aperitif inside the villa. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day10Lake Garda sightseeingLake Garda, Italy
Today, join an optional excursion to explore the Valpolicella starting with the parish church Pieve di San Floriano, a magnificent example of Romanesque architecture dating back to the XII Century. Proceed to San Giorgio, a real hidden gem of Valpolicella. Standing on the top of a hill, enjoying amazing views over the vineyards, Verona and Lake Garda, it features a tiny abbey with a lovely cloister dating back to the 12th century. It is the most outstanding Romanesque architecture example of the whole Region. Cap-off the day with the visit of a family-run winery, located in the heart of Valpolicella. Besides developing sustainable production processes, the owners have also carried out an important architectural renovation: the new cellar, designed by a famous architect, exemplifies a synthesis between the surrounding nature and the hand of man. Enjoy a tasting of the excellent local wines, before heading back to your accommodation for an afternoon at leisure.
Day11Orient Express back to LondonVerona, Italy
After breakfast, private transfer to Verona railway station to catch the Orient Express train back to London. Step aboard the historic carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and uncover a hidden jewel, glittering and timeless.
An uncontested icon of the rails, this train has long captured the hearts and imaginations of glamorous guests. Three elegant dining carriages exude culinary sophistication, from Lalique glass inlays in Cote d'Azur to black lacquer panels in L'Oriental. A steward in blue and gold livery waves with a white-gloved hand, welcoming you on board with a knowing smile. Settle in to your cabin, adorned with art-deco details and French-polished cherry wood, and sit back as a grand voyage begins. Sink into your inviting private cabin and relax before a stunning three-course lunch in one of the restaurant cars. Return to your cabin and admire views of forests, lakes and mountains. Perhaps enjoy an aperitif in the Bar Car before sitting down to a magnificent four-course dinner.
Day12Arrive in LondonLondon, United Kingdom
The next morning a continental breakfast is served in your cabin before the train arrives at Paris Gare de l'Est. Your journey continues, and a delicious brunch is served as you travel on towards Calais and the English Channel. After a transfer, meet the Belmond British Pullman at Folkestone where you will be greeted with a glass of chilled champagne. Feast on a classic afternoon tea and admire the passing British countryside before arriving at London Victoria late afternoon.
SS La Venezia
Glamorous Uniworld ship sailing the Po and Venice Lagoon
The River Countess underwent a complete design renovation, debuting as SS La Venezia on March 27, 2020 and bringing guests complete luxury while exploring Northern Italy. The redesign of SS La Venezia was inspired by Venetian culture and features 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.
Suites: Grand Suite (28 sq m), Suite (20 sq m), French Balcony
(14 sq m), Deluxe (14 sq m)
Classic (14 sq m).
Guests: 126, staff: 42. Length 110 m, width 11.4 m.
Aqualux Hotel Spa & Suite
Four-star aqua hotel famous for its pools and spa
This fully eco-friendly four-star hotel is located just a few minutes from the elegant town of Bardolino, on the shores of Lake Garda, just 25 km from the historical downtown of Verona. The hotel features eight swimming pools and a spa, with four cabins for facial and body treatments, mud cabins, two hydro therapy rooms and a solarium. You'll find comfort and elegance in each of the 125 rooms and creative dining in the Evo Restaurant and Evo Bardolino outdoor terrace.
Venice Simplon Orient-Express
Escape into a world of timeless glamour
A night on the Venice Simplon Orient-Express train means relaxing in carefully restored 1920s cabins, rich with craftsmanship. Plush sofas provide the perfect spot to watch the scenery unfold. At night, climb the upholstered ladder to your upper berth or cosy up under crisp sheets on the bottom bunk. After breakfast, beds are returned to comfortable seats in your seating area by your steward. There are WCs at either end of each sleeping car, and a washbasin with hot and cold water, towels, bathrobes and slippers in each cabin. Cabins also feature continental sockets and razor plugs.