Russell Watson is one of the UK's best-selling classical artists. Hailing from Irlam, near Manchester, Watson won a local radio talent competition which kick-started his career in music. His debut album The Voice held the top position in the UK charts for over 50 weeks and he has collaborated with a wide array of artists including musical greats Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Lulu and the legendary Luciano Pavarotti. As well as selling out public shows, Watson has performed for the Queen, Bill Clinton and even the Emperor of Japan.
See Russell Watson perform in Venice
The centuries-old canals and palaces of Venice have captivated generations of visitors, and on this exclusive cruise of the islands in the Venetian lagoon you're ensured of seeing all the sights.
On your cruise of the 'City of Water' you will also be joined by the world-famous tenor Russell Watson, who will give a special talk, host a question-and-answer session, personally sign your complimentary CD and give an exclusive private concert in this stunning and historic city.
You'll have plenty of time, on included excursions, to discover the Unesco World Heritage site, where gondolas replace cars and the canals are lined by elegant Renaissance palaces, and also visit its beautiful surrounding islands Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. You'll also enjoy a tour of Venice's famous Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi.
Gourmet meals and unlimited drinks are included as well as a wide range of immersive, flexible and specially curated trips to truly bring Venice and its islands to life.
What are you waiting for? Book now to avoid disappointment.
Exclusive evening in St Mark's Basilica
What better way to discover the heart of Venice than enjoying private ceremonies in Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica - without the crowds and exclusive to Uniworld guests?
Explore Venice and Northern Italy
You'll also see the waterfront shops, colourful facades and peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. And you'll have the chance to stop in Italy's culinary capital, the stunning city of Bologna.
Sail in style
Uniworld is one of the world's most awarded luxury river cruise lines. You'll be sailing on one of the most luxurious cruise ships in Italy. Super Ship La Venezia, new for 2021, has been inspired by Venetian culture and offers three dining venues.
Peace of mind
Uniworld is ABTA-bonded and your trip is ATOL-covered, so it is 100 per cent protected.
Reasons to book
Sail in style
Meet Russell Watson
Charms of Chioggia
Explore the Veneto
Peace of mind
Your special guest
- Flight from UK airports to Venice
- Seven nights' all-inclusive Uniworld cruise on brand new Super Ship La Venezia in a Riverview Stateroom
- All meals on-board, prepared using high-quality local ingredients
Welcome and Farewell Captain's Receptions and Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
- Exclusive talk and Q&A with Russell Watson
- Private performance and CD signing with Russell Watson in Venice
- 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
Day1Embark SS La VenetiaVenice, Italy
Fly from the UK to Venice Marco Polo International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening on the Venetian Lagoon on-board S.S. La Venezia.
Day2Doge’s Palace and St Mark's BasilicaVenice, Italy
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.
Day3Chioggia or PaduaChioggia, 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: 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.
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.
Day6Torcello, Mazzorbo, and Burano and talk from Russell WatsonBurano, 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, join Russell Watson for an exclusive talk and Q&A, as well as an opportunity for him to sign your included CD.
Day7Rialto Bridge and live concert from RussellVenice, Italy
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.
Today, you will be treated to an exclusive private performance with Russell Watson and a special Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Disembark the ship before being transferred to Venice Marco Polo International Airport for your flight home to the UK.
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.
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