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Discover Italy, France and Spain
Take in the very best of Italy before embarking on a cruise of the Mediterranean sailing via Italy, France and Spain on this 15-day tour. Includes nightly accommodation, daily breakfasts, select lunches and dinners while touring Italy and all meals onboard the cruise, plus return international flights from Australia for only $4,899 per person (twin share), valued up to $7,499.
Spend six nights in a series of specially selected hotels in Venice, Florence and Rome while travelling in comfort in a private air-conditioned coach.
Enjoy seven nights with all meals included on board the MSC Cruise Orchestra Ship. Built to impress, this ship boasts twelve decks brimming with amenities including various restaurants and bars, a casino, theatre, outdoor movie screen, library, art gallery, spa and beauty salon, tennis court, basketball court, pool, water slide, rock climbing wall, mini-golf course, golf simulator, ice-skating rink and more.
Discover the unique city of Venice, built on over 100 small islands and connected by 400 bridges, starting with a boat ride to the island of Murano, known for its unique and colourful Murano glassware.
Your guided walking tour of Venice begins at St. Mark’s Square and takes you to the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. See the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between the prisons and the inquisition rooms of Doge’s Palace, before continuing to the pink marble Doge’s Palace itself – the official residence of the Venetian ruler.
Travel through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany dotted with olive trees and picturesque villages, and stop by a Tuscan farm for a wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties.
Visit Pisa and view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower – one of the most instantly recognisable structures on earth.
Enjoy the lively Renaissance city of Florence with its priceless art and architecture. Tour the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo’s David is housed. Walk to the magnificent cathedral known as Il Duomo di Firenze, celebrated for its magnificent red-tiled dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery’s renowned “Gates of Paradise” by Ghiberti. Spend the night in the Tuscan hills with unlimited wine and entertainment.
Stop by the small medieval town of Assisi; the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site is perched high on a hill in the Umbria region and is home to Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi – patron saint of Italy – its main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco which contains the sacred relics of St. Francis alongside famed artist Giotto’s astonishing frescoes.
Visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel - home to Michelangelo's iconic painted ceiling - as your tour takes you on to Rome. Stroll through one of the most important art collections in the world and continue to St. Peter’s Square. Wander through Rome at your own leisure and take in iconic sights such as the Spanish Steps before you throw a coin in the famous Trevi Fountain .
Next, set sail with seven decadent nights cruising through the Mediterranean on the MSC Orchestra where you’ll dock at UNESCO World Heritage Site La Spezia in Italy, the world-famous city of Cannes in France, the cultural-hub of Barcelona in Spain and more.
Return economy flights departing from all Australian cities to Venice and returning from Rome to Australia.
Thirteen nights’ accommodation across the duration of the tour and cruise, including six nights in specially selected hotels throughout Italy and seven nights aboard the impressive MSC Cruise Orchestra Ship.
Daily breakfasts, seven lunches and ten dinners including a welcome dinner in Venice throughout your Italy tour, this includes all meals plus coffee, tea and orange juice throughout the day onboard the cruise.
Sightseeing (per the itinerary) in a modern air-conditioned motor coach with a maximum tour group of 40 in Italy.
English-speaking tour manager and local guides in all major cities.
Entrance fees per itinerary (excluding shore excursions on the cruise) plus Italian city hotel taxes and hotel porterage.
City to cruise port transfers.
Comfortable wireless earphones for an enhanced touring experience.
Want stunning cruise views? Upgrade to a balcony cabin and receive all the inclusions listed above for only $5,399 per person (twin share), valued up to $7,999.
No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking within 14 days from purchase and can't get your preferred dates within the validity period, you can get a full refund.
How to Book Your Travel Dates! Once you purchase your preferred Luxury Escapes package, you will receive a travel voucher with the direct reservation details for the resort. When you are ready to finalise your travel dates and confirm your booking, contact the resort directly through the reservation email provided in the voucher.
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Experience the best of Italy, France and Spain taking in beautiful views and iconic sights from both land and sea.
Optional tours and excursions are available to enhance your experience and can be booked directly through your tour provider or tour managerClick on the 'Fine Print' tab above to read all the terms and conditions relating to this offer.
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IMPORTANT: All bookings must be made by 31 January 2017.
Tours depart on the following dates in April 2017: 4, 7*, 14*, 18*, 21* & 28* April 2017.
May 2017 departure dates as follows: 2, 5*, 12*, 16, 19* & 26* May 2017.
*Friday Departure Surcharge: A surcharge of $200 applies for Friday departures on 7 April 2017, 14 April 2017, 21 April 2017, 28 April 2017, 5 May 2017, 12 May 2017, 19 May 2017, 26 May 2017.
Voucher is valid for ONE PERSON (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO VOUCHERS, otherwise an additional traveller surcharge will apply.
Please note, guests must be 10 years or older.
Single Traveller Surcharge: Guests travelling alone must pay a single traveller surcharge of $2,000 per person for an inside cabin or $2,700 for a balcony cabin, payable directly to the tour company.
Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click ‘Instant Booking’ and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you’ll click through to ‘Choose Your Dates of Travel’ and will be able to enter in your preferred check-in date. Blackout dates will not be selectable and surcharge periods will be shown with surcharges payable directly to the hotel on check-in
Tour includes accommodation in the following hotels*:
2 nights at Bellini Hotel, Venice
2 nights at Starhotel Michelangelo, Florence
2 nights at Starhotel Metropole, Rome
7 nights aboard the MSC Cruise Orchestra Ship
*Please note, allocated accommodation is subject to availability - may be replaced with a similar hotel of the same class
Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people.
Connecting rooms are not available.
Bedding configuration in all rooms is either a queen bed or twin beds – please specify your preference to the tour company at the time of booking.
No additional guests may stay and no additional beds may be added.
Facilities on board the MSC Cruise Orchestra Ship include bars, restaurants, a casino, beauty salon, theatre, art gallery, spa, library, outdoor movie screen, shops, video arcade, basketball court, tennis court, fitness center, golf simulator, ice-skating rink, mini-golf course, rock climbing wall, pool, waterslide and more.
Booking confirmation must be presented at check-in.
All surcharges are payable directly to the hotel.
Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.
You must be insured for the duration of your trip. You need comprehensive travel insurance to cover cancellation, health requirements, luggage and additional expenses. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this voucher.
Strictly no refunds for this accommodation package for amendments and change of date - fees are at the tour operator's discretion/policy
The tour company reserves the right to amend the itinerary for reasons such as service requirements, road or weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Where a change is of a significant nature, it will be advised to guests in writing. The tour company reserves the right to substitute hotels, lodges, inns and camps with properties of a similar standard.
Should you need to alter your original reservations, there will be an automatic fee charged of $100 per amendment or transaction. Additionally, there may be cancellation fees levied by the tour operator or fees may be applicable where arrangements have been pre-purchased.
A $200 change fee applies for guests who would like to change their flight dates to arrive earlier or depart later.
The tour company does not itself provide carriage services, accommodation, transport or tours. Destination International Holidays acts as an agent for the “Service Providers”). All products and services provided by Service Providers are provided on those Service Providers own terms and conditions which may include limitations and exclusions of liability. All bookings with Destination International Holidays and all tickets, vouchers, receipts, coupons, exchange orders and other like documents issued to the client, are subject to each Service Providers terms and conditions governing the provision of products and services to be provided by that Service provider. Destination International Holidays shall not be liable for any acts, omissions or defaults whether negligent or otherwise, of any Service Providers. Destination International Holidays shall not be liable (whether in contract, tort or otherwise) for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage, expense, delay or inconvenience resulting arrangements have been pre-purchased.
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.
Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this accommodation package.
Package cannot be split.
Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.
Please note, the Australian GST does not apply to international travel. Any service fees, courier, cancellation and amendment fees are subject to GST. You will be charged GST where applicable.
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
Redemption instructions can be found on your booking confirmation.
How to get there
Getting to Venice is easy. Return International economy class flights from Australia are included in your package.
Destination International Holidays
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DAY 1 - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy
DAY 2 - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in glorious Venice with its astonishing treasures; transfer by taxi to your hotel (at your own expense). Balance of the day is at leisure in this city built on over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges, Venice is truly an artistic masterpiece. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner.
DAY 3 - Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice
The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. Afterward, on to St. Mark's Square where the guided walking tour of this romantic city begins. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. See the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between the prisons and the inquisition rooms of Doge's Palace. Then, continue to the pink marble Doge's Palace, official residence of the Venetian ruler; its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently or participate in this afternoon's optional Gondola Ride with music - it's definitely one of the highlights of any Italian holiday.
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
DAY 4 - Tuscany, Pisa, Arrive in Florence
Depart Venice and travel through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive trees. Visit a typical Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties. On to Pisa, to view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, travel to the lively Renaissance city of Florence, with its priceless art and architecture for overnight.
DAY 5 - Tour of Florence
Today's tour of Florence begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Continue on a walk through the open-air museum at Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio. Florence is indeed the center of the world's finest art and architecture. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city, or participate in the optional guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery. Tonight, a delightful evening that begins with a ride through the Tuscan hills to a lovely restaurant where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner is served along with unlimited wine and entertainment.
(Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour PM, US $56): **available for purchase only in Italy from your Tour Manager. **
Florence and the fine arts are synonymous. This guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery provides insight to the history of the structure and its collections. Originally the private collection of the Medici family, the palazzo was opened to the public in 1765. Your tour highlights exceptional examples of Florentine painting with an aim to help you better understand the works of masters including Giotto, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. Tour participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in oftentimes two-three hour queues. ** Important: Please note that the museum has a limited maximum capacity and therefore reserves the right to restrict admission. In this case, we may not be able to offer the tour. Price is based on minimum number of passengers.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6 - Medieval Assisi to Rome
Depart Florence for the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi - patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe which contains the sacred relics of St. Francis and Giotto's astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterward, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. Dinner together at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7 - Vatican Museum & Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
Today visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving at the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Continue to St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade to view St. Peter's Basilica, built on the burial site of Saint Peter, with the most famous Michelangelo's Pieta*. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City's grand piazzas that includes the Spanish Steps and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the baroque Piazza Navona. Tonight linger and explore on your own and perhaps enjoy some typical Roman cuisine.
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
DAY 8 - Depart Italy
Transfer to the cruise port for your MSC Orchestra Mediterranean Cruise – choice of cabin – inside or balcony,
plus all meals included for duration of cruise.
DAY 9 – La Spezia, Italy
La Spezia is a modern city and important military port that retains architectural elements of its long history, from the 13th-century Castle of San Giorno to the many Art Nouveau-style villas from the turn of the 20th century. It is a departure point for the Cinque Terre, a stretch of Italian coastline recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site not only for the breathtakingly beautiful countryside but as a historically significant sign of the millennia-long settlement of the region.
DAY 10 – Genoa, Italy
Italy's largest port is often described as a city of layers. The lower layer is the harbor area with its ships, dance halls and bars; the middle layer comprises the colorful shops and restaurants, the opera house and the Via Garibaldi; and the upper layer is a crest of hills etched with winding roads. Most city tours visit the house where Christopher Columbus was born, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the largest medieval quarter in Europe.
DAY 11 – Cannes, France
Located on the world-famous Côte d'Azur, this resort town boasts an impressive collection of museums and art galleries, botanical gardens, Gothic-style churches and a theater district that hosts the renowned international film festival. Those less interested in the arts can check out the casinos, discos and nightclubs that make nightlife in Cannes legendary. Sandy Mediterranean beaches draw sunbathers from all of Europe, and the shimmering blue waters fill with sailboats in the summer. It's no wonder Cannes is known as the "star" of the French Riviera.
DAY 12 – Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Approximately 60 miles off the coast of Spain, Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, with some 310 miles of sparkling coastline. Because of its ideal climate and strategic location, the island has attracted a variety of outsiders over the years, enriching the island with Roman, Arab and European influences. Passengers sailing into port will get an amazing view of the dramatic Gothic cathedral La Seu, set just above the harbor, and the hilltop Bellver Castle. Most excursions visit both of these sites as well as the Spanish Pueblo and the island's famous white-sand beaches. In valleys all along the coast, little fishing villages sit tucked away, with narrow winding lanes leading past cozy stone cottages and old Moorish estates. Also enjoy the breathtaking view of the Tramuntana range soaring majestically into the sky and countryside tours highlighting Valledemosa's monastery of La Cartuja.
DAY 13 – Barcelona, Spain
The streets of Spain's cultural center are lined with tapas bars and cafes and filled with musicians. City tours take visitors to Gaudi's eccentric Church of the Holy Family, the 14th-century Gothic Quarter, the Picasso Museum and the Spanish Village.
DAY 14 – Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Ajaccio, Corsica's largest town, has all the attractions of a typical French Mediterranean resort with beaches, palm trees, street cafes and a mountain range in the background. Visit Maison Bonaparte, the house where Napoleon was born, which is now a museum, or take a walk around town to see the statues and monuments built in honor of the town's hero.
DAY 15 – Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. Depart Italy
In the Eternal City of Rome, Italy you can explore some of the world's most famous churches, monuments and fountains: the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain (toss a coin in the fountain to ensure your return). Sip cappuccino at a cafe in a piazza or window-shop among the high-fashion boutiques of Via Condotti. Rome is served by the port city of Civitavecchia, located approximately 50 miles away.
Transfer to airport by taxi (own expense) for flights home to Australia