Peek out of your porthole at banks of wildflowers and cormorants sunning themselves on branches as you glide (sustainably) down the Mincio and Po rivers all the way to Venice. Avemaria's barging hotel offers four-day or week-long cultural itineraries exploring the peaceful nooks and crannies of the delta.

Unisex bikes available on board (including child seats) make for easy hop-on, hop-off explorations, while the rooftop sundeck provides a superlative evening cocktail terrace and a romantic dining spot.