Introducing our New Solo Traveller Cruise

Calling all solo travellers! We’re delighted to announce our new and exclusive “Solo Cruise” aboard the stylish 20-passenger La Bella Vita, departing Sunday 10 October, 2021. 

La Bella Vita luxury barge cruising Mantua

Cruising between Venice and the Renaissance city of Mantua, this six-night, all-inclusive cruise enjoys the very best of our classic departure, with some additional ‘extra surprises’ along the way, that have been hand-picked exclusively for this departure.

And, for a limited time only – we’re offering a special launch offer of 10% off per person!

Why Book a Solo Cruise?

Every aspect has been carefully designed to promote a sense of camaraderie for both the seasoned solo traveller as well as those who are new to ‘going it alone!’ Special surprises also allow like-minded travellers to share in unique experiences and absorb Italy’s rich artistic and historical legacies – all while enjoying world-class wines and gastronomic meals together in complete luxury and comfort.

Toasting to friends aboard La Bella Vita in Italy

Enjoy our 'Extra Surprises'

The Solo Cruise launches with our friendly crew greeting arriving guests with a glass of Prosecco – the sparkling wine produced mainly in Veneto – and introducing you to your fellow travellers.  You’re soon treated to a host of “extra surprises”, hand-picked exclusively for this departure to complement the solo experience, such as an after-dinner stroll through elegant Venice. Visit the iconic and ornate Florian Café to mingle with the locals and enjoy specialty coffees, wine, cocktails, and desserts. En route the following day, you’ll also have the opportunity to stop on the Venetian island of Pellestrina for an aperitif at a ‘bacaro’ – a traditional corner bar frequented by locals and known for their cicchetti – Venetian-style tapas.

Venice gondolas bobbing in the Venetian lagoon waiting for a famous venice gondola ride

Living La Bella Vita

La Bella Vita features a unique cruise route with a diverse itinerary that encompasses the Renaissance, Roman, Etruscan, and Byzantine cultures – four major periods in European history.  Holding a maximum of 20 guests, it is the perfect size for small groups to enjoy quality time together – but also for offer plenty of space for some well-deserved ‘me time’. But don’t forget – a guest-to-crew ratio of 2:1 means that someone is always on-hand to cater to your every need.

After cruising the Venetian Lagoon and ‘mingling with the locals,’ the cruise will follow the River Po and Canal Bianco on its way to the city of Mantua – a UNESCO World Heritage site and a crown jewel in Italy’s Renaissance. Highlights include an exclusive dinner with a countess at her 17th century riverside villa, a private wine tasting in the cellars of Villa Widmann-Borletti, interactive cooking demonstrations, and an onboard “opera night.”

Along the way, bear witness to colorful lagoon islands, tranquil countryside, and wetlands that are home to a wide variety of waterfowl, and even flamingos!  As with all our cruises, you can also enjoy a wide selection of regional wines and four-course gourmet meals cooked by our onboard master chefs each day!

Cooking lessons aboard La Bella Vita luxury hotel barge cruise in Italy's Venice to Mantua

Con te partirò (Time to Say Goodbye)

Journey’s end features a visit to Mantua’s Ducal Palace – home to some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, 12,000 paintings and sculptures, a basilica, and theatre.  It’s all capped with a festive Captain’s Dinner, where guests and crew can all relive the week’s most cherished moments.  It’s the time when everyone often exchanges contact information with the new friends they’ve made and promise to stay in touch.

Some even make plans to do it all again next year!

La Bella Vita guests, who spent a week exploring Venice to Mantua with European Waterways

Don't Miss Out - Secure Your Space Today

Whether you’re a seasoned solo traveller or the first time on your own, our Solo Cruise can be a transformative experience that offers the best of both worlds – delightful company of like-minded travellers as adventurous as you are, and group activities that spark conversation and create lasting memories.

Talk to a member of our Sales Team to secure your place on our solo-exclusive cruise aboard La Bella Vita, departing 10 October, 2021.

La Bella Vita with European Waterways

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