Opera and a Cruise

European Waterways' La Bella Vita cruising in Venice.
European Waterways’ La Bella Vita cruising in Venice.

Your clients will be singing your praises for booking them on European Waterways’ Opera Cruise, sailing Aug. 20-27 from Venice to Mantua, Italy. The 8-day land and sea adventure begins with a visit to the Arena Muse Opera museum in Verona, followed by dinner in a courtyard restaurant at the Palazzo Forti and a front-row performance of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Arena di Verona Roman amphitheater. The next day, guests board the La Bella Vita luxury hotel barge for a 6-day, all-inclusive cruise, featuring stops in Venice, to see the Gran Teatro La Fenice opera house, where composers such as Rossini and Verdi have performed; Ferrara, a city where guests will find the 14th century Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges and marble balconies; and Mantua, a Renaissance city that is home to the 14th century Ducal Palace, which houses 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica, intricate frescoes, the Gallery of Mirrors and the palatial Rivers Room. Rates start at $3,490 pp dbl. For more information, visit gobarging.com.