Reader offer: Cruise the quaint islands of Venice with Rick Stein

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Cruise the quaint islands of Venice with celebrity chef Rick Stein

The Veneto region of Italy has quaint and colourful islands, extraordinary architecture, magnificent displays of art and a deeply rooted history. And with canals and waterways separating these highlights, a cruise is a wonderful way to explore Venice and beyond.

On this trip you’ll spend seven days getting to know the Venetian Lagoon – and celebrity chef Rick Stein – aboard an elegant river ship, SS La Venezia. Hosting just 126 guests, it promises excellent and attentive service. It was fully transformed in 2020 with opulent furnishings that reflect the classic style of Venice.

You’ll have exclusive access to famous locations while they’re closed to the public and the opportunity to see them when they’re free from crowds. Step inside St Mark’s Basilica after nightfall to witness an atmospheric lighting ceremony, and venture inside the church on Torcello before it opens to the public to appreciate its tranquillity.

Floating city: During The Mail on Sunday’s seven-day river cruise, you’ll discover Venice’s majestic canals and waterways 

You will also have VIP access to the Doge’s Palace during an early morning visit. There’s an impressive choice of other excursions too, all included, whether you want to join walking history tours or bike along the beaches of Chioggia to see the Lusenzo Lagoon.

At the end of days exploring the islands, SS La Venezia warmly welcomes you back, transporting you in style through the Venetian Lagoon. Special guest Rick Stein joins the trip for its final few days, accompanying a tour to the Rialto food market in Venice, as well as hosting a cooking demonstration on SS La Venezia and taking questions from guests.

During the trip, you’ll have plenty of time to visit all the unmissable sights of Venice and get to know Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello, Chioggia and Murano, painting a complete picture of life in the Lagoon.

You’ll witness a special lighting ceremony at St Mark’s Basilica (pictured) after dark

OUR SPECIAL GUEST 

You will be joined by Rick Stein 

Rick Stein CBE is a chef, restaurateur, television presenter and author of more than 20 books, among them his autobiography. He has made over 30 television programmes, including 12 cookery series, his latest being Secret France. Rick also cooked for the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and former French President Jacques Chirac.

Reasons to book

Sail in style: SS La Venezia is the perfect ship to explore the Venetian Lagoon. It is specifically designed to sail these waters and the interior is a nod to its locale, with Venetian-style decor and Murano glass.

Meet Rick Stein: Celebrity chef Rick Stein joins the cruise for three days. He’ll accompany a visit to the Rialto market and host a cooking demonstration on board. There’s also the chance to ask Rick questions after he hosts a talk about his life and work.

Exclusive after-hours access: Explore famous sights when they’re closed to the public, including the chance to witness a special lighting ceremony at St Mark’s Basilica after dark and venture inside Torcello’s church for a moment of quiet appreciation of an 11th Century mosaic.

Plenty of inclusions: Exceptional meals are included while aboard SS La Venezia, with the chefs creating excellent dishes using the freshest ingredients. A choice of tours and excursions is also included, with a variety of selections available on some islands.

Meet the craftspeople: Some excursions give you a chance to meet the local craftspeople. Watch glass-blowers in Murano demonstrating an 800-year-old skill and visit an atelier that creates masks for the Carnival of Venice.

Enjoy Italian food and wine: The dining on board SS La Venezia is created using fine ingredients. Away from the ship, there’s the opportunity to join a sommelier on a tour of Dominio di Bagnoli, one of the oldest wine producers in Europe.

WHAT’S INCLUDED 

  • Return flights from the UK.
  • Seven-night cruise in a Classic Riverview Stateroom on SS La Venezia.
  • All meals on board, prepared using the freshest and finest ingredients.
  • Unlimited beverages while you are on board the ship, including fine wines and hand-made cocktails.
  • An on-board cooking demonstration, Rialto market tour and Q&A with Rick Stein.
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Transfers to and from the airport and ship.
  • All gratuities, both on board and on shore.
  • Six days of excursions led by local experts.

YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 London to Venice DAYS 2 & 3 Venice DAY 4 Torcello, Mazzorbo, Burano and Murano DAYS 5 & 6 Chioggia DAY 7 Venice DAY 8 Venice to London

HOW TO BOOK

The price: From £2,599pp*. The dates: October 22 to 29, 2023.

Call 0808 303 0098 quoting MOS VENICESTEIN. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/rick-stein.

Terms and conditions: *From price is per person, based on two people sharing a Classic Riverview Stateroom, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £1,205. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited.

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