Venice and the other dazzling islands of the Venetian Lagoon can be tricky to navigate independently — especially for older travelers or anyone with luggage that isn’t easily maneuvered up and down centuries-old stone bridges, across bumpy cobblestones, and getting on and off of crowded, bobbing vaporettos. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offers a solution: The intimate and lavishly appointed S.S. La Venezia river ship. The equivalent of a floating five-star hotel, it not only allows you to unpack just once, it also includes the added perks of professionally guided tours and included gourmet meals.
S.S. La Venezia, which debuted in 2021 after a transformation of the former River Countess, accommodates 126 guests and is a splendid homage to the craftsmanship of Venice in the early 20th century. It surrounds guests in the opulence of the era while sailing an 8-day Venice & the Jewels of Veneto itinerary from March to October that explores colorful Burano, windswept Torcello, picturesque Chioggia, and more.
Uniworld, which operates a dozen ships on European rivers and waterways, as well as vessels on the Nile in Egypt and the Mekong in Vietnam and Cambodia, is known to blend local cuisines and culture with stellar service and a carefully curated ambiance that immerses guests in the history and culture of the region they’re exploring — in this case, one-of-a-kind Venice and the Veneto.