If you’re looking to try something a little different on your next summer holiday, why not consider an Italy river cruise? A relaxing trip on a luxury hotel barge is a fantastic way to explore the very heart of this beautiful country. As you wind along the picturesque waterways you’ll get to discover some hidden gems of this popular destination: from quaint local villages to fascinating historic sites.
However, one of the best things about an Italy river cruise is that it offers you a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the well-trodden tourist tracks. A hotel barge holiday is truly the perfect way to relax. Once on board, you’ll be travelling in luxury and will get the best of both worlds with a well-planned itinerary of excursions and plenty of leisure time. If you’re still unsure, here’s an introduction to what you can expect from an Italy river cruise.
Wake up in your beautiful private suite or stateroom, complete with en suite and all the required amenities. The morning ritual aboard your hotel barge sets the tone for your trip as one of relaxation. Enjoy a delicious breakfast on deck - picture fragrant coffee, fresh fruit and anything else you fancy whilst surrounded by the beautiful Italian countryside. While you enjoy your meal you’ll have the chance to plan the day’s itinerary. Is there any better way to start your day?
Throughout the Day
Whether you’re an active traveller who likes to keep moving on holiday or a culture connoisseur who adores a museum or historic site, there’s something for everyone on an Italy river cruise. You’ll have time to plan your itinerary the day before, so if you happen to be passing through a pretty town or close to an historic monument, you’ll have the opportunity to explore. For planned excursions, such as wine tastings (when in Italy!), you’ll have access to an air-conditioned minibus that will take you directly to the chosen vineyard.
If you’d prefer something closer to home, the barge will have bicycles that you can use to ride along the towpath or, for some more gentle exercise,a light stroll alongside the barge is also a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Of course, you also have the option to relax on deck. Grab a book and the attentive crew will ensure that everything else is taken care of.
To top off a day of cruising, your onboard chef will provide you with a 5-star dining experience. Not only is the food an experience to look forward to, but evening drinks and dinner offers the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow cruisers. Travelling with like-minded people is one of the best parts of an Italy river cruise - who knows, you might make lifelong friends! Finally, after a wonderful day, you’ll retire to your comfy private suite, ready for a peaceful night’s sleep.
If you’re looking for a holiday that’s a little different, consider a river cruise. You’ll get the best of a luxury hotel with a twist. Plus it’s one of the greatest ways to see a country that you love. For the ultimate experience, be sure to book your trip with a reputable operator. That way all you have to worry about is relaxing!
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury Italy river cruise itineraries, as well as barge holidays in other great destinations. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.
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