Experience 'La Dolce Vita' with Uniworld

... as they Introduce Italy to their Collection of Boutique River Cruises in 2013

In 2013, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises (www.uniworldcruises.com.au) will add another extraordinary river cruise destination to their collection of itineraries: Italy, the Po River, and the Venice Lagoon. The 13-day Splendours of Italy itinerary combines a 7-night river cruise along the Po River and the Venice Lagoon with a 2-night land stay in Florence and 3-nights in Rome. For those travellers who only wish to do the cruise portion, Uniworld will also offer a cruise-only option for 8-days, Venice & the Po River itinerary.

John Molinaro, General Manager, Uniworld, said: "As the leader in the river cruising industry, Uniworld remains committed to offering its guests an unrivalled travel experience as we continue to identifying new opportunities and unique destinations adapting our itineraries to meet their travel desires.

"As a result, we wanted to give travellers the chance to experience the best of Italy, giving them 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."

Uniworld's new Italy program is designed to bring the region's art, architecture, music, cuisine, landscapes, culture, 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' sights in the iconic cities of Rome, Florence and Venice, they will also have the opportunity to venture off the beaten path, travelling 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.

Guests will 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 also indulge in the culinary flavours 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 refurbished to reflect the spirit and heart of this great destination with all the elegant touches and finesse of a finely painted Italian masterpiece.

Molinaro added: "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 itineraries to one of the most highly sought-after European destinations onboard one of our prizewinning river cruise ships, especially as many of our past guests have been asking us for a long time to offer cruises in this area."

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 traveller.

Molinaro added: "There is no place in the world like Italy, and Uniworld is the only major 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 almost 40 years."

For couples wishing to travel to Italy with Uniworld during their inaugural season, they can receive from $700 to $800 savings p/person by paying in full at the time of booking before June 30, 2012. From $6049 (p/person - twin share, excluding tax), Uniworld's new 13-day Splendours of Italy includes: 7-nights in a riverview stateroom onboard the luxurious River Countess; 2-nights in a deluxe hotel in Florence and 3-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. The 8-day Venice & the Po River cruise only itinerary is priced from $3199 (p/person - twin share, excluding tax).

For more information visit www.uniworldcruises.com.au/ Italy or speak to your local travel agent. Connect with Uniworld by becoming a Facebook fan via www.facebook.com/uniworldcruisesaustralia


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