New Wine Cruises in Italy Aboard Hotel Barge at 10% Off

European Waterways Venice

Italy is a major exporter of wine, with aheritage dating back more than 2,000 years to Roman times. It is the perfectsetting for European Waterways’ new wine appreciation cruises for 2019 on La Bella Vita, the20-passenger hotel barge that navigates the Venetian Lagoon and waterways ofthe Po Valley, a region that is home to some of Italy’s best wines. European Waterways is celebrating its new wine oriented cruises with a 10%reduction on whole boat charters, good on select departures in March, April andMay 2019 and when booked by January 7, 2019.

La Bella Vitacan accommodate up to 20 passengers, making it ideal for small groups and localclubs that wish to become more familiar with the wide range of fine winesproduced in this important region of Italy,” said Derek Banks, managingdirector of European Waterways. “The vessel is unique in the industry, offeringthe intimacy and upscale services of our smaller luxury hotel barges, withfirst-rate accommodations, gourmet dining and a crew of 10 to ensure a flawlessexperience for our guests.”

Special pricing on whole boat charters for wine cruises start as low as$64,035, making them an exceptional value. Excursions include a ride on aprivate boat to the island of Sant’Erasmo, where guests will enjoy an exclusivetasting at the domain of Orto di Venezia, Venice’s only winery – famous for theproduction of Casanova’s favorite wine. Guests will also tour the Renaissancegardens of the 17th century wine estate of Villa Widmann Borletti, followed, ofcourse, by a tasting. The crisp, dry wines grown from the Garganega grape areon the itinerary during a visit to the medieval town of Soave, origin of theworld-famous white wine of the same name. This wine can be paired with “almostanything” and is one of the most popular in Italy.  In addition to thevarious wine related excursions, there are plenty of other activities on theitinerary, such as a visit to the fishing port of Chioggia and a guided tour ofthe beautiful 14th century Estense Castle in the Renaissance city ofFerrara.

Banks noted that European Waterways is also offering 10% off per cabin onselect spring departures for LaBella Vita’s classic cruises, which feature a similar selection ofexcursions to historical landmarks.  Though the wine tours are lessfrequent, the cuisine and wine aboard remain exceptional. With this specialoffer, guests can save up to $1,058 per cabin on select departures in March,April and May, based on double occupancy.  Cruises must be booked byJanuary 7, 2019 to be eligible.

“Venice is more than its world-class wines and gastronomic traditions, ofcourse,” said Banks. “There are also incredible historical, architectural, andnatural attractions that make every cruise aboard La Bella Vita a unique and memorableexperience.”

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