Po River cruises travel through the fertile Po Valley in northern Italy, home to nearly a third of the country's population. This ancient river -- known to the Romans as Padus -- winds through charming towns and breathtaking scenery.
The river flows eastward and empties into the Adriatic Sea near Venice, one of the world's most romantic cities. Here, explore Piazza San Marco and its famous Basilica or enjoy a gondola ride through the city's canals. In nearby Padua, visit the university where Galileo taught or view Giotto's frescoes.
You'll also visit Verona and see its renowned balcony, from which Shakespeare's Juliet listened to the pledges of love-struck Romeo. Sail into Serravalle and enjoy a walking tour of Byzantine mosaics in nearby Ravenna, or disembark in Polesella to sample pasta in Bologna, northern Italy's culinary capital.
The day-to-day details are handled by an experienced cruise director, making our cruises hassle-free and relaxing. At each stop, sightseeing guides reveal local history and culture. Sailings are easy to budget, too, as accommodations, onboard meals and sightseeing are included in the upfront price.