Italy and the Mediterranean: 15-Day Tour and Cruise with Flights

Explore Europe by land and sea with an unforgettable 15-day tour and cruise. See Italy’s iconic sights, from the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and Michelangelo’s incomparable Sistine Chapel to breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites, before setting sail for a 7-night cruise of the Mediterranean through Italy, France and Spain. Enjoy 13 nights' accommodation, daily breakfasts and select lunches and dinners as you travel through Europe aboard an air-conditioned coach and a deluxe cruise ship for only $4,899 per person (twin share), valued up to $7,499. Includes return international flights.

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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.

Itinerary Highlights

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.

Your Package Includes

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.

Important Information

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.

Click on the 'Fine Print' tab above to read all the terms and conditions relating to this offer.

IMPORTANT: All bookings must be made by 31 January 2017.

Departure Dates:

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.

Return International economy class flights from Australia are included in your package. Airlines are Etihad, Emirates, Qatar, Singapore or Cathay Pacific. Specific airlines are strictly at vendor discretion and will include one or two stops en route.

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

Redemption instructions can be found on your booking confirmation.

Getting to Venice is easy. Return International economy class flights from Australia are included in your package.

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