Europe

Visit Six European Countries in 18 days with Mediterranean Cruise & International Flights

Visit six European countries in 18 days on the adventure of a lifetime around Europe. Start with a 10-day tour of beautiful Croatia and Slovenia before boarding a premium liner for a seven-day cruise taking you to Italy, Malta, Spain and France. This incredible package includes return international flights from Australia, accommodation in premium hotels, all the meals and entertainment aboard the ship, return flights from Venice to Rome, sightseeing, private transfers and much more.

travel Options


18 Days
INSIDE CABIN
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  • Seven nights in an Inside Cabin aboard The MSC Meraviglia, with all meals and entertainment included
  • Return international flights from your choice of Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane or Sydney, with airlines including Emirates and Qatar Airways
  • Return domestic flights from Venice to Rome
  • Nine nights in premium hotels in prime positions in Croatia and Slovenia, including two nights in Opatija, one night in Split, three nights in Dubrovnik, one night in Vodice, two nights in Bled
  • Meals across the duration of the tour, including 16 breakfasts, seven lunches and eleven dinners
  • Transportation in private vehicles
  • An English-speaking local tour guide with expert knowledge of all the sites
  • English-speaking tour manager and local guides in Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb
  • Entrance fees for destinations
  • Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver. Gratuities are not included for the cruise
18 Days
OCEANVIEW CABIN
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  • Seven nights in a Oceanview Cabin aboard The MSC Meraviglia, with all meals and entertainment included
  • Return international flights from your choice of Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane or Sydney, with airlines including Emirates and Qatar Airways
  • Return domestic flights from Venice to Rome
  • Nine nights in premium hotels in prime positions in Croatia and Slovenia, including two nights in Opatija, one night in Split, three nights in Dubrovnik, one night in Vodice, two nights in Bled
  • Meals across the duration of the tour, including 16 breakfasts, seven lunches and eleven dinners
  • Transportation in private vehicles
  • An English-speaking local tour guide with expert knowledge of all the sites
  • English-speaking tour manager and local guides in Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb
  • Entrance fees for destinations
  • Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver. Gratuities are not included for the cruise
18 Days
BALCONY CABIN
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  • Seven nights in a Balcony Cabin aboard The MSC Meraviglia, with all meals and entertainment included
  • Return international flights from your choice of Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane or Sydney, with airlines including Emirates and Qatar Airways
  • Return domestic flights from Venice to Rome
  • Nine nights in premium hotels in prime positions in Croatia and Slovenia, including two nights in Opatija, one night in Split, three nights in Dubrovnik, one night in Vodice, two nights in Bled
  • Meals across the duration of the tour, including 16 breakfasts, seven lunches and eleven dinners
  • Transportation in private vehicles
  • An English-speaking local tour guide with expert knowledge of all the sites
  • English-speaking tour manager and local guides in Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb
  • Entrance fees for destinations
  • Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver. Gratuities are not included for the cruise

Set off on an epic** European adventure** with this unforgettable tour and cruise, taking you to the hottest destinations in the continent including Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Malta, Spain and France in 18 days. **Enjoy a 10-day tour of breathtaking Croatia and Slovenia, stopping in all the most picturesque cities of these two countries, including the *UNESCO World Site heritage of Dubrovnik. *Then set sail on the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea with a **7-day cruise of southern Europe,** travelling from **Italy to France passing through Malta and Spain.

What you'll love

The Tour – Visit Slovenia's and Croatia's best sights and cities

The cobbled streets of Dubrovnik and Split - together with Croatia's extraordinary island-speckled coastline will welcome you to Europe. Your adventure starts in** Opatija, a beautiful **coastal gem located on the Adriatic Coast that was once the most chic seaside resort for the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Take a walk along the famous** Lungo Mare** (the city's seafront promenade) with its impressive villas and backdrop of lush forested hills.

Enjoy a scenic drive along the dramatic Adriatic Coast to Zadar, with its historic Old Town and Roman and Venetian ruins. See the beautiful** Zadar Cathedral**, the 9th century Church of Saint Donatus and more on a private city tour.

Discover the unique city of Split, located on the Dalmatian Coast – one of the country's four historical regions. With the UNESCO World Heritage-listed, Roman-era Diocletian’s Palace at its heart, Croatia’s second-largest city boasts** incredible history married with a beautiful coastal setting and a lively atmosphere**.

Explore the bewitching city of Dubrovnik, famous all over the world for its medieval ramparts standing proud over the water of the Adriatic sea. Uncover the hidden treasures behind the historic** 16th-century city walls, explore the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’** with a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, walk the white limestone streets, and admire the majesty of this city.

Be amazed when you walk through the magical Krka National Park, Coratia's most famous natural park - a sight of unparalleled natural beauty known for its numerous waterfalls and stunning lakes.

Soak up the scenery through wooded mountains and lush vegetation on your way to Zagreb, Croatia's capital city, and discover the beautiful Old Town, brimming with restaurants, café, shops and rich in history.

Enter the neighboring country of Slovenia visiting the exquisite Slovenian resort town of Bled, with its emerald-green lake and** 11th-century clifftop castle**, that wouldn’t look out of place on the pages of a fairytale book.

On the last day of the tour, take in the sights of the pleasantly leafy capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, on a sightseeing tour with your fellow travellers. See the vibrant open-air market, the** impressive Town Hall, the Robba Fountain and the **Parliament building.

The Cruise - Board the incredible MSC MERAVIGLIA and sail the Mediterranean

Your Mediterranean journey begins on the outskirts of Rome, in** Civitavecchia, where you will board the MSC Meraviglia**, your home for the next seven days.

During this seven-day cruise, you will visit some of the hottest destinations in Europe, starting from the island of Sicily and its largest city, Palermo. See what the hype is all about when you land in Valletta, Malta's tiny and scenic capital city. Discover the lively and sunny Barcelona, Spain's enchanting seaside city with immeasurable culture. Sip 'aperitifs' by the seaside in the maritime city of Marseille, one of Provence's gems. Walk the twisting maze of narrow caruggi (streets) in Italy's largest sea port, Genoa.

After spending a good slice of your days exploring European cities, relax in your comfortable Interior Cabin (16 sqm), featuring a double or twin single beds, a bathroom with a shower, an interactive TV, a spacious wardrobe, a** mini-bar** and air-conditioning.

Admire spectacular views of the blue sea when you upgrade to an Oceanview Cabin (up to 22 sqm) or a *Balcony Cabin *(up to 22sqm).

Your package includes:

  • Return international flights from your choice of Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane or Sydney, with airlines including Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad and more
  • Nine nights in premium hotels in prime positions in Croatia and Slovenia, including two nights in Opatija, one night in Split, three nights in Dubrovnik, one night in Vodice, two nights in Bled
  • Seven nights in an inside cabin aboard The MSC Meraviglia, offering a memorable onboard experience with all three-course meals and entertainment included
  • Meals across the duration of the tour as noted in the itinerary, including 16 breakfasts, seven lunches and eleven dinners
  • Transportation in private vehicles
  • An English-speaking local tour guide with expert knowledge of all the sites
  • English-speaking tour manager and local guides in Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb
  • *Entrance fees for destinations *noted in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver. Gratuities are not included for the cruise.

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following departure dates:

8, 15, 22, 29 November 2018

7, 14, 21, 28 February 2019

7, 14, 21 March 2019

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 10 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply (see below). Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone a single traveller surcharge of AU$2000 applies, payable directly to the tour company after booking.

The minimum capacity on the tour is two people, and the maximum capacity is 40 people.

Return international flights in economy class are included in your package. Departures are available from Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney. Flights are provided by Alitalia, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airlines and Qatar Airways. Flights are provided at the tour company’s discretion and requests for specific flights cannot be guaranteed. Flight time will not exceed 29 hours.

Allocated hotels are subject to availability and may be replaced with a similar hotel.

Bedding configuration is double or twin single upon request.

*Maximum Room Capacity: *The maximum room capacity is two adults and one child aged from 10 to 16 years on a rollaway bed. Please note guests aged above 16 years must have their own room, in which case the Single Traveller Surcharge applies.

Connecting rooms are available on request (subject to availability).

Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this before making your booking.

Booking confirmation must be presented at check-in.

All surcharges are payable directly to the tour company.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Onboard the ship, all meals are served in the ship's main restaurant. Breakfast is served from 7am to 9am, lunch is served from midday to 3pm, early dinner is at 7pm and late dinner is at 9:15pm. Reservations are required. Please note food is included but drinks are chargeable. Onboard beverage packs are available to purchase from US$51, payable directly to the tour company.

On the ship on formal evenings, formal attire is required in the restaurant, which includes suit and ties or tuxedos for men and dresses for women. Swimwear, shorts and jeans are not permitted.

Tipping is not mandatory but is recommended at your own discretion.

Please note transfer from Rome cruise port to Rome airport is not included in the package.

If you would like to arrive at the destination earlier than the scheduled tour start date, or leave later than the scheduled tour end date, a fee of $150 applies in each instance, payable directly to the tour company.

Additional tours are available, priced per person as follows, payable directly to the tour company:

Full day Istrian Peninsula tour AU$95 (day 3)

Full day Montenegro tour AU$96 (day 7)

Tour of Radovljica with dinner AU$80 (day 9)

Please contact the tour company directly upon booking for further details.

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this accommodation package.

Strictly no refunds for this accommodation package for amendments and change of date - fees are at the tour company’s discretion and the tour company’s cancellation and change of date policy applies.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings has been determined based on the tour company’s published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

All activities and services (including late checkout) are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - refer LuxuryEscapes.com/terms

Day 1 - Depart for Italy

Depart for Italy

DAY 2 - Arrive in Venice and Transfer to Opatija

Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel in the seaside town of Opatija. A gem on Croatia's Adriatic coast, nestled along the striking Gulf of Kvarner. Afternoon is at leisure to explore the town on your own. Perhaps take a stroll along the "Lungo Mare" seafront and enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf, sheltered by soaring mountains. Tonight, Welcome Drink and Dinner with your fellow travelers, followed by an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the journey that awaits you in Croatia and Slovenia

*Overnight: *Opatija

*Meals: *Dinner

DAY 3 - Full Day in Opatija

Enjoy a full day at leisure in the seaside town of Opatija, with its rich history, picturesque surroundings and gorgeous beaches, once a gathering spot for the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Alternatively, join the optional tour to the Istrian Peninsula that begins in Pula, a strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans. Afterwards, the tour continues to the resort town of Rovinj. Tonight, return to Opatija and explore the charming town with its wealth of fine seafood restaurants Optional: Full Day Istrian Peninsula (AM)

Overnight: Opatija

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Zadar City Tour en Route to Split

Depart today for a long drive along the dramatic Adriatic coast to Split. En route stop at the historic old town of Zadar; highlighted by ruins of a Roman forum, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and museums. This city is a wonderful combination of beautiful Roman architecture, Habsburg elegance, and a picture-perfect seafront. View the Cathedral and St. Donat Church before driving to the UNESCO protected seaside town of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. Upon arrival, in the early evening, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the scenic waterfront promenade

Overnight: Split

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Depart Split, Arrive in Dubrovnik

Walk along the cobbled streets of the Old Town featuring the historic inner city with its dominating Roman influence, built around the astonishing 4th century Palace of Diocletian. This spectacular palace is the largest and best preserved Roman palace in the world, built for the Emperor Diocletian, representing a precious example of Roman architecture. See the remains of the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Domnius built in the Middle Ages, and the Temple of Jupiter, with its headless black sphinx guarding the entrance. Spend time discovering the town independently before continuing along the coast to the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik where you will have the opportunity to see the amazing views of this city known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic". Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

*Overnight: *Dubrovnik

*Meals: *Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 - Dubrovnik City Tour

Enjoy the many delights of Dubrovnik today. The city's splendid medieval ramparts are considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe, and its magnificent Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walking tour of "Old Dubrovnik" highlights the city's treasures within the 800-year-old walls including the Rector's Palace, an outstanding blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture and the monumental Sponza Palace, preserved with its original beauty. Under the City Bell Tower on Luza Square stands Orlando's Tower, dedicated to the knight that saved the city in the 9th century. Continue to the Dominican Monastery, whose museum is a major treasury of culture and to the Franciscan Monastery with exhibits from the world's third oldest functioning pharmacy. The rest of the day is yours. Maybe spend time strolling along the impressive ramparts overlooking the shimmering Adriatic Sea.

Overnight: Dubrovnik

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - Full day in Dubrovnik

A full day at leisure to explore Dubrovnik independently. Perhaps visit the Maritime Museum in St. John's Castle, linger in the historic Old City, or, people-watch at a charming cafe. Alternatively, join the optional full day tour to Montenegro, the "Jewel of the Mediterranean" nestled on the gorgeous Adriatic coast. Drive towards the stunning Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in southern Europe. On to the charming coastal town of Perast where a short boat ride takes you to the 15th century "Our Lady of the Rocks" Church perched on an islet in the bay. Once there, visit the Roman Catholic Church whose interior is decorated with 68 paintings by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th century painter from Perast. Proceed to the charming city of Kotor for a guided walking tour. View the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, Maritime Museum, numerous Palaces and Old Square and get to feel the atmosphere of this unique medieval town.* Leisure time to walk the winding cobblestone lanes of the Old City before returning along the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik. Tonight, enjoy a walk along Dubrovnik's cobbled streets; see the glowing buildings and the fortifications accented against the night sky *Due to the new EU regulations, expect significant delays during border crossings between Croatia and Montenegro.

Optional: Full Day Montenegro Tour (AM)

Overnight: Dubrovnik

*Meals: *Breakfast

DAY 8 - Krka National Park, Vodice

This morning, drive north towards breathtaking Krka National Park. Admire the lake and waterways at one of Croatia's most famous sights, including Skradinski Buk Falls, Arrive this evening in Vodice, a small resort town known for its vibrancy, diversity and friendly people. Dinner tonight is at your hotel

*Overnight: *Vodice

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - Zagreb City Tour, Arrive in Bled

Spend the morning traveling inland through wooded mountains and lush vegetation to Zagreb, capital of Croatia. Upon arrival, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zagreb. View Ban Josip Jelacic square and the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Continue to the medieval section of the Upper Town with its Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s church and the Pope's tower. After lunch on your own, depart for the lovely city of Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps. Bled, with its rich natural beauty ranks among the world's most beautiful alpine resorts and is also renowned for its mild, healing climate and its thermal lake waters. With its emerald-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps, Bled is Slovenia's most popular resort. Tonight, an optional dinner at a charming and popular country inn in the tiny medieval town of Radovljica, highlighted by a selection of traditional Slovenian dishes and wine

Optional: Tour of Radovljica with dinner (PM)

Overnight: Bled

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 - Tour Ljubljana, Return to Bled

This morning drive to Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia for a city tour that includes views of the openair market, City Hall, Robba Fountain, the Three Bridges, and the Parliament. After some time at leisure, return to Bled for a sightseeing tour, including a visit to Bled Castle, located on a cliff high above the lake. This beautiful resort lies in the heart of the Julian Alps. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travelers

Overnight: Bled

*Meals: *Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Venice to Rome – Mediterranean Cruise

Transfer by coach from Bled to Venice airport. Fly to Rome and transfer to the Rome cruise port for your 7 nights cruise MSC MERAVIGLIA in an inside cabin

Day 11 - Civitavecchia, Italy

*Meals: *all meals are included

Day 12 - Palermo, Italy

*Meals: *all meals are included

Day 13 - Valletta, Malta

Meals: all meals are included

Day 14 - At sea

Meals: all meals are included

Day 15 - Barcelona, Spain

*Meals: *all meals are included

Day 16 - Marseille, France

*Meals: *all meals are included

Day 17 Genoa, Italy

*Meals: *all meals are included

Day 18 Depart for Australia

Cruise arrives back in Civitavecchia. Transfer to rome airport by taxi at your own expense for your departure flight (domestic flight to Venice, international flight departs from Venice).

Meals: Breakfast

Getting to Europe has never been easier, with return international flights from Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane or Sydney included in your package. See the 'Fine Print' for more details.