Northern Italy is home to some of Europe's most romantic cities and when it's safe for us to travel again, there's no place we'd rather fall in love with again than Venice.
For a fantastic return to Europe after lockdown, Country Living is inviting you to join us on a celebrity-led tour of the Italian city's cultural treasures, where you'll meet Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud and ride the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.
During this adventure in late August 2021, you’ll explore some of Italy's best bits, with three unique experiences: soaking up the charm of Venice on a lagoon cruise, relaxing on the beautiful private islands of Lake Garda, and riding the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.
What makes this delightful 12-day itinerary extra special is that in Venice you’ll be joined by celebrity designer Kevin McCloud for a tour of the city and a talk from the star about the inspirational architecture surrounding you.
Bringing together three different ways to travel in style, high-class cuisine and exclusive events, this is set to be the trip we’ve all been waiting for. Andiamo!
Touring the City of Canals
Italy has enchanted visitors for centuries with its unique canals, classical palaces and cobbled streets. On our exclusive trip, not only will you have the chance to get lost in the magic of the floating city, but you’ll be able to visit the islands of the Venetian Lagoon by boat.
As you tour the famous sites of Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Kevin McCloud will be on hand to add extra insights from his knowledge of classical architecture and design. He’ll also answer your questions.
A stylish cruise in Veneto
Cruising Uniworld's S.S. La Venezia ship for seven nights, you’ll see the best of the Veneto region, including Venice and the nearby cities and colourful islands of Chioggia and Burano. Returning to the ship, there will be time to pamper yourself in the spa, or relax in the library, lounge and bar, with views that you’ll fall in love with straight away.
A visit to Padua, Bologna or Ferrara wouldn't be complete without sampling iconic regional dishes, such as ragú Bolognese, mortadella bigoli - fat spaghetti - with duck sauce, and cappellacci - a pasta shaped in the style of the hats Ferrara’s peasants wore.
Plus, on S.S. La Venezia, you’ll have the choice of three brilliant dining venues, all serving delicious fresh dishes.
The calm of Lake Garda
Lake Garda is the next destination and offers a whole host of treats. Spectacular vineyards, ancient abbeys, glamorous private islands, charming villa gardens and family-run wineries are around every corner.
You’ll experience them on exciting excursions, including a private visit to Isola del Garda and its villa’s exotic gardens, where you’ll meet the owners, and have a wine tasting at a family-run winery in the heart of Valpolicella.
Plus, you’ll have lots of free time to enjoy the fresh lakeside air and peaceful atmosphere of this irresistible Italian region.
A once-in-a-lifetime journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Another highlight of this trip is the grand voyage back to the UK in Art Deco style - on the stunning heritage carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
You’ll enjoy sophisticated cuisine in the train’s gorgeous dining carriages, and sleep in ornate cabins of polished cherry wood, with views of forests, lakes and mountains through the windows to make this glamorous journey all the more special.
Book your place on a dreamy 12-day tour of Northern Italy with celebrity architect Kevin McCloud.
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