• Sail in style among the treasures of Northern Italy
  • Visit the likes of Chioggia, Burano and foodie's favourite – Bologna
  • Enjoy a five-star stay in Verona
  • Join a private guide to explore the city's famous Arena
  • Travel home in luxury aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Making the most of a favourable timetable, this is the reverse version of one of our most popular luxury rail and cruise combinations. It all begins with a flight out to Venice, where you'll board the S.S. La Venezia for an ever-so-stylish river cruise between the gems of Northern Italy. Taking in the likes of artists' favourite Chioggia and the culinary riches of Bologna. Then, it's on to Verona – Shakespeare's city – where an expert-led tour will introduce you to the wonder's of it's world-famous amphitheatre. Finally, as if all that wasn't enough, you'll board the blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for an unforgettable cross-Continental journey home, enjoying the very best in fine-dining and five-star service.

Day 1

Fly to Venice

Start your holiday in style as you enjoy included UK airport chauffeur transfer and airport lounge access before your flight to Venice. On arrival, a private transfer will see you to your ship – the S.S. La Venezia. Fully refurbished, and with decks named after the islands of the Venetian Lagoon, it’s an opulent home to three restaurants, a spa, a lounge and bar – the perfect home-from-home for your cruise through northern Italy.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 2

Venice: Italy’s floating city

Before departing Venice, you’ll have a day to explore the myriad wonders of Italy’s floating city, as an expert guide helps you to untangle the secrets and myths of its iconic waterways. There’s also time for a scenic cruise around the Venetian Lagoon and a very special after-hours private tour of St Mark’s Basilica. End the day in style with a Captain’s Welcome Reception and delicious celebratory dinner.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

View of a busy Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Grand Canal, Venice

A traditional gondola in the canals of Venice

The canals of Venice

Day 3

Chioggia – Little Venice

Located at the far-southern end of the Venetian Lagoon, Chioggia is often referred to as ‘Little Venice’. Having cruised passed the colourful fishermen’s houses of Pellestrina, you’ll be met by a local guide to uncover the unique charms of this traditional port community. Alternatively, take the chance to spend more time on the water with a boat tour to harvest mussels in the lagoon and then enjoy them as part of a delicious lunch. Whichever you choose, you’ll meet your fellow guests back on board for sundowners on the upper deck – sheer perfection.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

View over channel with boats, houses and reflections in Chioggia

Chioggia, Italy

Day 4

Polesella: Bologna or Ferrara

Today you’ll have a choice of tours. Perhaps take in the culinary joys of Bologna, where you’ll learn how to make pasta before having it cooked and served as part of a traditional lunch, or head to World Heritage-listed Ferrara. Explore its medieval city walls and its impressive Gothic cathedral before retuning to the ship where the bar or onboard spa provide the ideal spots for a relaxing wind-down.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

View across the city of Bologna

Bologna, Italy

Dozza Village near Bologna, Italy

Dozza Village near Bologna

Day 5

Chioggia to Burano

Return to Chioggia today for a new perspective, taking the chance to explore one of Europe’s largest wholesale fish market and enjoying an expert-led tour of Corso del Popolo, where traders meet to sell everything from textiles to trinkets. Pick up some souvenirs, then sail on to Burano for a guided evening stroll among its colourful buildings and pretty canals.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Day 6

The Venetian Islands: Torcello, Mazzorbo & Burano

Today offers a chance to explore three of Venice’s islands, places which tend to escape the attention of many visitors to the city. Setting out in the morning, you’ll begin with Torcello, a once-bustling city now home to a handful of locals and home to an 11th-century mosaic of the Last Judgement, for which you’ll be treated to early access without the crowds. It’s then on Mazzorbo, where you’ll have the chance to tour an estate to learn about the island’s wine-making heritage, before returning to Burano where you’ll visit a lace-making atelier to see this well-practised tradition in action, and perhaps pick up a souvenir.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Burano at sunset, Italy

Burano, Italy

Day 7

A return to Venice

Cruise back to Venice for a choice of superb excursions – the first a ‘do as the locals do’ appreciation of the city’s markets and culinary hotspots in the company of a guide, often the ship’s head chef. You’ll even have the chance to add on a gondola ride before re-joining your guide at a local bacaro wine bar for the Venetian version of happy hour. Alternatively, take a walking tour to Rialto Bridge and visit the sites made famous by renowned intellectual and part-time playboy – Casanova. In the evening, a Captain’s farewell reception and dinner will see you end your cruise in style.

Stay: S.S. La Venezia

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Doge's Palace, Venice

Doge's Palace

Days 8 – 10

Discover Verona: Shakespeare’s city

After a delicious breakfast on board, you'll disembark for a private transfer to Verona and your five-star hotel. Take the time to relax and freshen up as you prepare for two full days exploring the delights of ‘Shakespeare’s city’. Indeed, be sure to take in the likes of Juliet’s balcony before enjoying skip-the-line access and a private tour of one of Italy’s most prestigious music venues – the Arena di Verona. 

Stay: NH Collection Palazzo Verona

Breakfast included

View of Ponte Pietra over the Adige River, Verona

Ponte Pietra, Verona

Arena di Verona

Arena di Verona

Day 11

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Spend a final relaxing morning in Verona before taking your private transfer to the station where the blue-and-gold carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will be waiting to welcome you. Settle into your wood-panelled cabin as you race across rural northern Italy, enjoying a delicious three-course lunch set against a backdrop of the Dolomites' granite spires. Then, following a relaxing afternoon, dress for dinner, mingle in the Bar car and order a signature cocktail while you listen to period pieces performed on the baby grand piano. Finally, settle down to a four-course, wine-paired feast, dining on dishes inspired by the train's route as you head across alpine Switzerland.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Two cabin stewards standing by the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Cabin stewards of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Lobster and champagne on the Cote D'Azur Dining Car on board Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

The Cote D'Azur Dining Car on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Day 12

Return to the UK

Wake to a Continental breakfast served in your cabin as you sweep across northern France towards the Channel. In Calais, you'll say goodbye to the fineries of your Art Deco accommodation for a transfer to Lille and a Eurostar hop across the Channel to London St Pancras. On arrival, you'll be met by one of our chauffeurs for a private transfer home.

Breakfast included

About the itinerary

"For me, this is the quintessential rail and sail holiday, pairing the luxuries of a fully refurbished river ship with the world's most iconic rail experience. And, you'll really get to explore in-depth, enjoying a host of included tours and experiences, as well as a five-star stay in one of my favourite Italian cities – Verona."

David Warne

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £6,120 pp incl. flights

Low Season 2022 from: £6,120 pp
High Season 2022 from: £7,230 pp
Low Season 2023 from: £7,070 pp
High Season 2023 from: £7,980 pp

Availability for 2022 departures is extremely limited - book now for 2023 departure dates and enjoy exclusive early booking savings.


    • Complimentary UK return chauffeur transfers*
    • Complimentary UK departure lounge access
    • Scheduled flight from UK to Venice
    • Private transfer from airport to ship
    • 7-night cruise aboard SS Venezia
    • Private transfer from ship to Verona
    • 3-nights accommodation at 5-star hotel in Verona with daily breakfast
    • Private tour of Arena di Verona
    • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express overnight train from Verona to London

    SS Venezia cruise includes:

    • Choice of daily excursions
    • Delicious farm-to-table cuisine
    • Unlimited beverages, including many premium spirits and wines
    • Outstanding service with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios of any cruise line
    • Elegant and well-appointed riverview staterooms, with the finest linens, towels and Savoir® beds
    • Onboard fitness centre, plus exercise and wellness classes
    • Shipwide Internet and Wi-Fi access
    • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programme

    Departures on selected Wednesdays from April to October 2023.

    *Terms & conditions apply