European Waterways announces La Bella Vita – new luxury hotel barge cruising from Venice to Mantua


European Waterways is pleased to announce that La Bella Vita, a luxury 20-passenger hotel barge, is joining their fleet this year to offer a very special cruise along some of Italy’s most charming waterways between Venice and the Renaissance city of Mantua. After she has been refitted to very exacting standards, La Bella Vita will embark on her inaugural voyage on Sunday, September 5, 2010.

The special cruise route gives passengers the opportunity to enjoy the diverse landscapes and nature en route, from picturesque lagoon islands with their colorful houses, to wild beach dunes and pine woods with an abundance of birdlife; from the charming Venetian port of Chioggia via the River Po and Bianca Canal to the captivating lakeside setting of the Renaissance city of Mantua.


• Guided tour of historic Venice – hidden gardens, Pavilion of the Gondolas
• Tour of the colorful port of Chioggia and its famous red fish market
• Private wine tastings at renowned local producers
• Tour of ancient Adria, including the opera house and cathedral
• Visits to the Ducal Palace in Mantua and Estense Castle in Ferrara

Like all the hotel barges in the European Waterways fleet, La Bella Vita is fully crewed with a captain, gourmet chef, hostesses, and a tour guide.

Every 6 night/7-day cruise aboard La Bella Vita includes comfortable accommodation in air-conditioned, en suite cabins, gourmet meals, open bar, fine wines, daily escorted excursions, entrance fees, local transfers, and the use of barge facilities such as bicycles to explore the towpaths and a large sundeck to laze on.

Prices for a 6-night cruise are from €2,490 per person for individual bookings and from €40,500 for a full boat charter.

For more details and prices, call +44 (0) 1784 482439 or visit .


Barging along the waterways and canals of Europe has become increasingly popular among travelers who are seeking an alternative to the fast-paced chaos of the typical land tour, in which they can visit many popular attractions in as short a time as possible. A European Waterways cruise represents the ultimate in comfort, with guests drifting gently through the picturesque countryside, pampered along the way by a highly attentive crew. Every vessel features a master chef, a multilingual crew, comfortable accommodation, gourmet meals, a wide selection of fine wines, an open bar, and excursions to some of the countryside’s most cultural and historical sites.