Europe draws travelers in with the wondrous allure of her history, architecture, art, and culture. Visit Europe, and you can feel the warm sun streaming through the rose windows of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Taste rich chocolate sachertorte in a Viennese coffeehouse. Stroll through the vibrant and fragrant Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam. Or bask in the glow of old-world traditions at the holiday markets in Germany. Imagine discovering the unique scenic treasures of Europe from the luxurious serenity of your river cruise ship.
Sailing Europe’s glorious rivers—the Danube, Main, Rhine, Moselle, Rhône, Saône, Seine, Po, and Douro—you will discover the heart of Europe’s charming waterside villages and exciting cultural centers while enjoying the most relaxing way to vacation.Select your river cruise year and itinerary below.
Journey from glittering Paris to the Norman countryside and on to the lush vineyards of Bordeaux.
From the beaches of Normandy to amazing cities like Paris and Bordeaux, and so many places in between, this voyage gives you the best France has to offer. Cruise four noble rivers, the Seine, Garonne, Gironde, and Dordogne, on this grand journey that explores both large cities and charming local towns as you sample the good life—full of world-class art, vibrant culture, and culinary wonders. The perfect itinerary for lovers of life’s finer things.
This picture-perfect journey blends your passion for the good life—art, culture, and gastronomy—with a broad sweep of picturesque French landscapes. Experience the romance of Paris, and then sail the Seine to Normandy, discovering the gems of the region. Follow in the footsteps of Monet at his beloved Giverny and Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise. Board a high-speed train to Bordeaux, and explore a land of noble wines as you glide along the Garonne, Gironde, and Dordogne rivers tasting the flavors of the regions—truffles, oysters, and famous wines. You’ll even be treated to an onboard dinner—along with a signed menu—inspired by the world-famous, award-winning owner of the two-Michelin-star-rated Hostellerie de Plaisance in St. Émilion, French Master Chef Philippe Etchebest, whose cooking is pure culinary poetry.
Discover the unparalleled riches of Aquitaine and its charming capital city, Bordeaux.
Bordeaux, on France’s Southwestern coast, is a unique region unto itself, yet still profoundly French. You’ll cruise three rivers as you explore the stunning countryside, alive with stately Châteaux and abundant vineyards and wine estates. Uniworld’s Epicurean Adventure Program™ includes a special French Master Chef-set dinner menu and a tasting of Arcachon oysters—a local delicacy—onboard, as well as chateau and wine estate tastings and a Cannelé-making demonstration on this culinary-rich journey.
Though settled by the Romans and ruled by the English, Aquitaine is profoundly French. From its noble châteaux to its breathtaking estuary, Bordeaux, as the region is also known, is an oenophile’s paradise and every traveler’s dream.
From Côtes du Rhône to Crêpes Suzette and sun-glazed fields to Van Gogh’s Arles—this is a journey of exquisite pleasure for all your senses. Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Gauguin on this exquisite journey through southern France. The same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will equally inspire you as you cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers, discovering treasures along the way, from the magnificent Palace of the Popes to a millennia-old Roman amphitheater still in use. And, of course, Uniworld’s Epicurean Adventurer Program™ shines a spotlight on the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine.
Provence, once an independent country, has retained a unique identity shaped by the Rhône delta, the welcoming Mediterranean coast, and a hospitable climate. Discover a Roman amphitheater still in use after millennia. Ramble through markets erected on the cobbled squares of delightful villages, and visit the magnificent Palace of the Popes. Spend a morning in Beaune, the wine capital of the region, exploring a palatial Medieval hospital where world-famous wine auctions have taken place for hundreds of years. Discover the many hidden treasures of Lyon, the culinary capital of France. Cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers on Uniworld’s new Super Ship, S.S. Catherine , exploring two regions of France where tradition is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.
Be inspired by the fairytale beauty and romantic spirit of the castle-laden, vineyard-rich Rhine. The Rhine River is your gateway to a truly enchanting journey. Sail her shimmering tide past stately castles, lush hillside vineyards, and storybook towns. You’ll discover highlights of four countries, The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland, on this itinerary that transports you into a fairytale world, one full of romance and beauty. And Uniworld’s Epicurean Adventurer Program™ gives you unique experiences like an exclusive wine tasting at Castle Vollrads in Germany, a Black Forest cake-baking demonstration and tasting, and much more.
Flowers tumble from baskets lining streets of half-timbered houses, and lights glint off quiet canals. A mighty river carries ships and cargo through a landscape shaped by time and history. The spires of Medieval churches and castles appear around each bend in the river, and vineyards climb the verdant hillsides.
Everyone believes in fairytales at Christmastime. Enter into a storybook world as you sail Germany’s Main River and explore all the delights of the season on this Uniworld holiday cruise. Germany is where many of the same Christmas traditions we celebrate today began, including the delightful Christmas Markets that started there more than 500 years ago. Warm apple cider, sweet gingerbread, cold holiday beer, and warm spiced wine will delight your senses as you revel in the enchantment of the season.
Once upon a time, people gathered on cobblestone squares to buy the special tools and ingredients they needed to make the treats of the season. They kept warm with hot spiced wine, music, and games while they shopped and chatted with the local tradesmen. Those were the first Christmas Markets, 500 years ago. Today, though the light comes from twinkling electric bulbs rather than torches, bonhomie and fun still prevail.
Discover the matchless beauty of the Danube River, and the pride of the Czech Republic—Prague. The Old World beauty of Vienna and Prague bookend this exquisite journey through the very best of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Explore Vienna, home to legendary art and some of the world’s most timeless music. And walk among the amazingly preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque wonders in breathtaking Prague. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time, sailing the Danube past charming villages and grand European cities, Medieval castles and cathedrals, centuries-old vineyards and historic capitals.
Sheer cliffs rise above the mighty river, with tiny Baroque villages nestled at their feet. Terraced hillsides are topped by time-mellowed monasteries. The vineyards along the Danube have supported farmers for centuries; these days ambitious vintners apply the latest techniques to making luscious white wines from ancient vines—the product of which you will get to taste.
Celebrate the holiday season with centuries-old traditions and brand-new style. Is there anywhere more enchanted with the spirit of Christmas than Europe during the holidays? Uniworld takes you on this seasonal cruise in incomparable style. Browse Christmas markets in Budapest, then experience Uniworld’s exclusive “Taste of Christmas” Program in the heart of Vienna, followed by the music of Mozart and Strauss at a Viennese concert hall. Holiday atmosphere, beautiful Baroque architecture, unforgettable food and cultural experiences… what could be better?
Budapest has celebrated Christmas for a thousand years, since the reign of St. Stephen, the king who founded Hungary and encouraged the spread of Christianity throughout his realm. As you ramble through the Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square, admiring the handmade porcelain, stop to enjoy as kürtös kalács —a pastry—is baked on rods over an open fire and then coated with sugar before it’s handed to you.
Experience the enchantment of the holidays on the Danube and ring in the New Year in grand style. Celebrate the holiday season in a truly extraordinary fashion this year with a special Uniworld itinerary that gives you the best of four different countries at this magical time. Cruise the mighty Danube, visiting classical capitals like Salzburg and Vienna, celebrating the season with the music of Mozart and Strauss. Then ring in the New Year in elegant style with a gala dinner and ballroom dance in Budapest! What better way to create perfect holiday memories?
Celebrate a splendid musical heritage as you listen to the largest organ in Europe fill a Baroque cathedral with glorious sound. Lift your voice and sing “Silent Night” in Oberndorf, where the beloved Christmas carol was composed, and delight in the music of Strauss and Mozart in Vienna, where the composers lived.
Pay tribute to the queen of Europe’s great rivers, the enchanting Danube. The mighty Danube has inspired poets, composers and artists for generations, and now is your chance to fall under the spell of this legendary waterway on this Uniworld cruise/tour. Travel through Germany, Austria and Hungary, visiting must-see cities like Budapest and Vienna, brimming with beauty and history. And visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, like historic Salzburg and the stunning Wachau Valley. This itinerary promises to be unforgettable for lovers of Old World history, architecture, art and culture.
German poet Friedrich Hölderlin called the Danube “a refreshing, melodious river, sometimes foaming with high spirits, at other times dreaming serenely.” For centuries, this exquisite waterway has cast its spell on poets, musicians, and artists of all kinds. Now it’s your turn to be inspired.
Discover the delights of the season in Germany and Austria. This special Uniworld holiday cruise takes you to some of Europe’s most wonderful Christmas markets, not to mention legendary cities like Nuremberg, Passau, and Vienna. Each market has rows upon rows of wooden stalls, all with unique and charming gifts—everything from handmade dolls and figures to delicious seasonal treats. You’ll be enchanted by the fun and festive holiday atmosphere, part of this tradition that dates back hundreds of years.
This special Uniworld holiday cruise takes you to some of Europe’s most wonderful Christmas markets, not to mention legendary cities like Nuremberg, Passau, and Vienna. Each market has rows upon rows of wooden stalls, all with unique and charming gifts—everything from handmade dolls and figures to delicious seasonal treats. You’ll be enchanted by the fun and festive holiday atmosphere, part of this tradition that dates back hundreds of years.
Travel through time along three great rivers, uncovering the gems of European history, culture, scenery, and art. Lovers of history, rejoice! This remarkable voyage through some of Europe’s most scenic and beautiful destinations is perfect for you. Travel through four countries and enjoy 23 up-close shore excursions, including visits to Budapest’s Grand Market, exclusive “Vienna, City of the Arts” tour, and exploring a farm and village in the Franconian Hills in Northern Bavaria, just to name a few.
Embark on a history-steeped, perfectly paced European journey that takes you through four countries along three great rivers—the Danube, Main, and Rhine—and to countless UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Three great rivers—the Danube, the Main, and the Rhine— carry you through the heart of Europe. You’ll truly be serenaded, not only by timeless Vienna, the “City of Music,” but also by the symphony of scenic wonders you’ll discover throughout this entire itinerary. From shorelines dotted with castles and Gothic churches to charming villages with winding cobblestone streets, you’ll experience both the grand and the intimate Europe. Three iconic rivers open up some of her greatest history and most rhapsodizing sites on this unforgettable passage through The Netherlands, Germany and Austria.
By day, marvel at the terraced slopes of the Danube-carved Wachau Valley and the castle-dotted banks of the romantic Rhine. By night, gaze out the window of your riverview stateroom as the twinkling lights of little villages drift past. You’ll sail the tranquil Main past red-roofed Franconian towns and Rhenish vineyards, encountering fairytale landscapes and centuries-old legends. Will you hear Lorelei on her rock, luring sailors as you approach Rüdesheim?
Discover heaven on earth with a grand cruise through picture-perfect Christmas countries. If you’re looking to celebrate the holidays and welcome the New Year in incredible style, this special holiday and New Year cruise is for you. You’ll sail through Germany, Austria, and Hungary along the shimmering Danube, past incredible landscapes on this unique itinerary. Explore charming Old World villages and Gothic cathedrals, then ring in the New Year dancing in a real Viennese palace!
Escape the hurry and hassle of the holidays as you relax onboard a luxurious ship and cruise through the ravishing landscapes of the Danube. On Christmas Eve, walk through the quiet Medieval streets of Regensburg to the Gothic cathedral for midnight mass. As you pass through the magnificent doors, look up: you’ll see chalk marks invoking age-old blessings for all who enter. Listen to the harness bells chime as you ride through the serene Bavarian Forest in a horse-drawn wagon. Wander through locations from The Sound of Music in beautiful Salzburg and then warm up with rum-laced coffee. Meet Habsburg royalty during a private reception in a castle overlooking the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley. Visit stunning churches and sample delicious wines in enchanting Baroque villages. Dance in the New Year in a Viennese palace, and see how a dusting of snow adds to the glamour of Hungary’s historic capital. The mighty Danube takes you through three nations decked in all their holiday finery at this most delightful time of year.
Discover the riches of four nations as you cruise along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers This exceptional itinerary plies three rivers, the Rhine, Main and Danube, through Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria, giving you the best highlights of each on this aptly-named “Grand” journey. From sleepy Old World villages to imperial capital cities; exclusive regional wine and dessert tastings to an onboard local beer sommelier, this journey is perfect for history buffs and epicures alike, with special cultural and dining experiences featured throughout.
Travel along three majestic rivers—the legendary Rhine, the meandering Main, and the enchanting Danube—and be inspired at every turn. Encounter some of the prettiest villages in Europe—Strasbourg, Heidelberg, and Bamberg—and tour Austria’s imperial capital, Vienna. Explore legendary landmarks, including Melk Abbey and the Würzburg Residenz. Tradition, history, art, and a host of flavors to savor are yours to discover on one grand journey.
Discover all of Europe in one grand journey from the Black Sea to the North Sea. This cruise/tour combines two of our most popular itineraries into one truly epic voyage. Prepare for the journey of a lifetime as you travel the length of Europe through ten nations, exploring wonders of both the Old and New Worlds. 38 remarkable shore excursions give you the real Europe. From visiting the incredible Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to tracing the Habsburg dynasty in Vienna; enjoying an authentic Medieval theater performance to browsing Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar for unique treasures, this voyage is brimming with experiences and memories waiting to be created.
For centuries, people have dreamed of linking the great rivers of Europe, making it possible to travel by water across the continent from the Black Sea to the North Sea. Today that dream is a reality. This cruise lets you take the great rivers of Europe from the Netherlands to Romania and then fly to storied Istanbul, experiencing the grandeur of the past and the magic of the present.
Journey from historic Normandy to breathtaking Provence and vineyard-rich Burgundy. For Francophiles in love with the culture, history, cuisine and romance of France, this is truly the ultimate voyage. You’ll experience nothing less than the full scope of France, from north to south, sailing three rivers and embarking upon 26 in-depth shore excursions. From the beaches of Normandy to the verve and romance of Paris; rich vineyard country to the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean, this itinerary in France is truly nonpareil!
Soak up the joie de vivre that makes France one of the most adored countries in the world. From the bridges of Paris to the beaches of Normandy and the sunny landscapes of the Mediterranean, you will experience the best of France. Explore Paris and then sail north on the Seine. Discover the charming towns of Honfleur and Giverny, which inspired the Impressionists. Walk the beaches of Normandy, and visit Rouen, where Joan of Arc was martyred.
Legends come to life as you sail through eight countries and visit five capital cities on one majestic journey. Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” and Vienna, the “City of Waltzes,” are but two of the many highlights you’ll experience on this grand journey. Cruise and tour through no less than eight different countries and five capital cities, with highlights both ancient and modern. From the grand-domed mosques of Istanbul to the ornate concert halls of Vienna, and everything in between. This is a perfect itinerary for those who love discovering new lands, exotic far-off cultures and Old World traditions.
Take this truly one-of-a-kind journey along paths forged by crusaders, conquerors, and kings through Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria. Explore exotic Istanbul, with its striking mosques and opulent palaces. Step back in time as you cruise the wondrous Iron Gates. Celebrate Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” and let the “City of Waltzes,” Vienna, dazzle you with its imperial charm. As you travel, you’ll uncover scores of hidden treasures, including laid-back, pleasure-loving Osijek; the picturesque Bulgarian towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi; and the astounding rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the colorful folktales and musical traditions of the region’s extraordinary people as you watch children perform a concert for you at their school and savor a home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family. The adventure of a lifetime awaits you.
Travel through five remarkable countries along the legendary Rhine and vineyard-rich Moselle rivers. Explore the riches of five magnificent countries while sailing two brilliant waterways on this remarkable journey. Cruise along the Rhine and Moselle rivers, punctuated with striking castles and charming towns, through The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland, sampling the highlights along the way. Enjoy amazing museums, ancient Roman ruins and exclusive visits to renowned local wine estates, all with astonishing landscapes framing every moment.
Discover extraordinary Roman ruins, romantic castle-dotted shores, and lively cities. Revel in the unmatched beauty of the Moselle and Rhine rivers. Explore the delights of five nations and savor the best these regions have to offer.
Combine a passion for the good life with art, culture, and brilliant landscapes and you have northern France. Ahh, Paris, considered by many to be the most romantic city in the world. Now experience the romance of “The City of Light” for yourself on this itinerary brimming with fantastic art, rich culture, beautiful European architecture and breathtaking scenery. Follow the winding Seine from Paris through Northern France to the beaches of Normandy, enjoying every highlight before returning to Paris itself for a perfect ending to this memorable sojourn.
Is there a more romantic city in the world than Paris? Stroll along the Seine as evening falls and the lights begin to glimmer on the water. Stop by a café in the Latin Quarter for an aperitif while an accordion plays in the background. Marvel at Notre Dame’s flying buttresses and leering gargoyles. Paris’s charm is without peer, and it is the perfect place to begin and end your Seine River journey.
Paris is a dazzling package just waiting to be unwrapped. Christmas in Paris: being there is to experience the height of romance and holiday enchantment. Uniworld makes this dream a reality on our Parisian Winter Holiday cruise. Paris, of course, boasts many marché de Noël (Christmas Markets), often one for every neighborhood, all brimming with light and holiday spirit. And imagine doing this year’s Christmas shopping on Paris’ grand Champs Élysées Boulevard, alive with cafés and boutiques, and framed by the iconic Arc de Triomphe. Breathtaking!
The “City of Light” glows with extra magic during the holidays. Every town in France boasts a marché de Noël in December, but Paris—naturally—boasts many, each one typical of its neighborhood. Stroll down the Champs Élysée for your Christmas shopping this year, or visit one of the boutiques on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Walk through the Tuileries Gardens and marvel at the spectacular holiday décor of the great department stores in the city where they were invented.
Indulge your passion for food, history, and music as you discover the warmth of Portugal and Spain. Experience the “sunny side” of Europe, starting in radiant seaside Lisbon, then follow the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain. Feel the warm sun on your skin as you cruise past terraced hills, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. From taking in a traditional flamenco show to visiting a local café to, of course, memorable local food and wine tastings, this Uniworld cruise/tour gives you the very best of the region.
Breathe the sea air in Lisbon, the city that launched a host of renowned navigators, including Vasco da Gama. Climb the steep hills and hear the sound of fado music fill the streets as you sip a bica at a café. In Porto’s ancient Ribeira district, find picturesque rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine, and a thriving art scene.
Discover the beauty of Prague, the “City of Spires,” and sail down two glorious rivers, the peaceful Main and the romantic Rhine, on this culturally rich adventure. From spellbinding Prague to charming Basel, the moment you step onboard Uniworld’s River Ambassador, you’ll enter a world of utter enchantment. Step into a storybook setting as you gaze upon centuries-old castles and ornate bridges on this UNESCO World Heritage site-rich itinerary. And you’ll feel like one of the locals too, chatting with winemakers and riding a tractor through vineyards for a truly unique travel experience.
Begin your journey in the magical city of Prague, with its UNESCO-designated Old Town and its magnificent castle, before setting sail along the Main and Rhine rivers. Ancient castles, grand palaces, Medieval towns with half-timbered houses, famous Rheingau Rieslings, and robust Franconia beers are yours to enjoy.
Share in the joy of the season while cruising along the legendary Rhine through three wonderful countries. Make this season an unforgettable one, sailing the Rhine River through Switzerland, France and Germany on this special holiday itinerary. Explore charming towns and discover treasures in some of Europe’s finest traditional Christmas markets. You’ll revel in the brilliant holiday decorations and in tasting the many treats and spiced wines of the season. This is truly the way to celebrate Christmas!
Switzerland, France, and Germany provide the perfect backdrop for this true connoisseur’s Christmas Markets cruise. Discover the roots of our Christmas traditions as you explore some of Europe’s most charming towns. Browse for unique ornaments in Basel’s Christmas Market. Sip vin chaud as you stroll to Place Kléber to behold the enormous, brilliantly lighted tree that Strasbourg offers modern celebrants. Find unexpected treasures in the red-roofed stalls clustered around Cologne’s magnificent cathedral.
Discover the diverse pleasures of la dolce vita as you make your way from Venice to Rome. This exceptional Uniworld cruise/tour begins in timeless, water-bound Venice, home to world-renowned architecture and iconic canals. Then travel on to Padua, Bologna, Verona, and Ferrara—must-visit cities—rich with Renaissance and Gothic wonders, and alive with the culture of the region. And no Northern-Italian sojourn would be truly complete without time in beautiful Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance itself, and, of course, the “Eternal City” of Rome, abounding with historic wonders like the Coliseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, just to name a few.
Birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy has given the world a splendid legacy of art, architecture, music, and poetry. No heritage is more splendid than that of Venice, the water-bound city adorned with luminous architecture and romantic canals. Experience the sheer bliss of spending five nights in Venice onboard your luxury floating hotel, conveniently docked so you can easily walk off the ship to indulge in all the pleasures this magnificent city has to offer. You will also discover Northern Italy’s superstars of Renaissance and Gothic treasures: Padua, Bologna, Verona, and Ferrara. These gems provide authentic insight into Northern Italian culture.
Springtime is the most glorious time to discover the natural, cultural, and culinary wonders of Germany and the Netherlands. This springtime cruise through the Netherlands and Germany is designed to delight the senses. You’ll experience the myriad highlights of this region, traveling along the Rhine and Main rivers, from canal-laden Amsterdam to sophisticated Frankfurt. This is the time of year when the countryside—especially the world-famous Dutch Tulips—is bursting with lush color. Combine the natural wonder with timeless works of art from Van Gogh and centuries-old castles and cathedrals, and this is a voyage not to be missed.
From amazing Amsterdam to fabulous Frankfurt, you’ll experience all the glories of springtime as you explore charming towns, bustling cities, and vine-covered hillsides bursting with new life.
Everything that comes to mind when you think of the Netherlands and Belgium—canals, windmills, tulips, rich maritime history, Old Word treasures—are yours to experience. The Netherlands and Belgium are two countries quite unlike any others, and this itinerary gives you their best in luxurious Uniworld style. Miles of scenic canals frame a journey that boasts world-class attractions like Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum and the endless parade of vivid tulips at to be found at Keukenhof Gardens, plus no less than 19 iconic UNESCO-designated windmills! This journey is a must for lovers of great art, fine regional chocolate and hearty beer, and the charm of Old World architecture.
From the canals of Amsterdam to the canals of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through acres of tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty windmills preserved the Netherlands from surrendering to water a longtime ago. Wander through the picture-perfect villages of Veere, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, and the enchanting outdoor museums of Zaanse Schans and Zuiderzee. Uncover the rich treasures at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, housing the world’s largest collection of the Impressionist master’s paintings, and then get an intimate feel for Van Gogh’s daily life as you trace his footsteps in Nuenen. Experience beautiful Bruges or ancient Ghent, and then “Do as the Locals Do” in vibrant Antwerp—the diamond capital of the world.
Celebrate the “Queen of the Adriatic” and uncover the hidden treasures of Northern Italy. Venice. The word alone conjures up images of romantic gondolas, picturesque bridges over canals, and gentle waves lapping against seawalls. This odyssey of Northern Italy’s best begins and ends in this iconic city. This romantic journey also takes you to Bologna, Padua, Ravenna, Ferrara, and Verona, among other remarkable destinations… the ultimate journey for lovers of romance, splendid architecture, and Northern Italian cuisine!
Renaissance palazzi float mirage-like above the lagoon as singing gondoliers pole past. Such sights and sounds could occur in only one place in the world: Venice. But Venice is not the only storied city in Northern Italy; Padua, Bologna, Ferrara, and Verona may lie slightly off the beaten path, but they amply reward the curious traveler.