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Classical Italy & the Greek Isles

20 day Classical Italy & Greek Isles cruise with return international airfares, deluxe accommodation, 8 day deluxe cruise, breakfast daily, sightseeing and more!

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Highlights

 

Delicious pasta, historical architecture and cultural treasures make Italy a much-loved destination for travellers of all ages. Experience it all yourself with a 20 day Classical Italy & Greek Isles cruise.

Wander Rome’s ancient streets, see Sorrento‘s stunning views, tour Florence‘s cultural hub and more before cruising picturesque Lake Maggiore. Enjoy a private boat tour of Venice’s islands, take a gondola ride and then board your 7 night Mediterranean cruise of Croatia and the Greek Islands! 

Port at stunning Corfu, ancient Athens, glamorous Mykonos and more! 

Your package includes return international airfares, deluxe accommodation, 8 day cruise, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing, professional tour manager and more! 

Royal Caribbean won Best Entertainment category by the 2016 Cruise Critic UK Editors. 

 
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Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Rome

Depart Australia today to begin your journey of Italy.

Day 2: Rome

Today, arrival in to Rome! On arrival, please make your own way to your hotel. There are plenty of transport options with the quickest being the Leonardo Express train from the airport to the city.

Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, boasts St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Day 3: Rome (B,D)

In the morning, meet your Tour Escort and then embark on a full day tour of Italy’s historic capital city. You will be joined by a local expert who will guide you through the priceless art collection of the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, an area of the Vatican closed to the general public. More of Michelangelo’s breath-taking creations are on display in the adjacent St. Peter’s Basilica, before you cross the Tiber to overlook the Forum and the Colosseum, the Roman Empire’s great gladiatorial arena. After learning about the role this ancient structure played in Rome the rest of the day is then yours to discover this cultural city at your own pace. In the evening, join your fellow guests and Tour Escort for a welcome dinner to get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 4: Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento (B)

After breakfast we begin our journey to Pompeii, the opulent Roman town which was preserved by layers of ash from the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. Here you’ll find Europe’s most compelling archaeological site: the ruins of Pompeii. Today, you can walk through the preserved remains, revealing the daily life of Roman civilisation which was captured in a few dramatic moments. You will be led through the ancient cobbled streets, houses, temples, shops and cafes by a local guide, who will impart the history of one of the world’s most fascinating archaeological experiences. On leaving Pompeii, the coach will follow the spectacular clifftop road to the picturesque coastal resort of Sorrento overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. On arrival the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 5: Sorrento (B)

Sorrento, or Land of Mermaids. Land of Orange and Lemon Groves. Land of Colours. This small city in Campania has earned a plethora of alluring names. Famed for its sea cliffs, the town’s steep slopes look out over azure waters to Ischia, Capri and the Bay of Naples. The outlook is spectacular!

Today is free to explore Sorrento at your own pace. The town remains a popular resort and is home to fabulous restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops which sell traditional locally produced ceramics and lacework. Worth a visit is the Museo Correale, with its Neapolitan arts and picturesque gardens with stunning views along the coastline. Stop by the Basilica di Sant’Antonino, Sorrento’s oldest church and named after the town’s patron saint, or take a stroll from Piazza Tasso down Via Pieta en route to the elegant 15th century cathedral. The former fishing village of Marina Grande harbour welcomes those who wish to relax under a sun-umbrella or dine in one of several excellent fish restaurants.

Optional Tour: The Isle of Capri – A chance to visit one of the most beautiful islands in the world – Capri. You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the port, from where a 20-minute high-speed ferry will transport you to Capri. The island remains a holiday playground for the rich and famous, its intoxicating mix of flowers, narrow lanes and alleyways a lure for past visitors as diverse as Julius Caesar and Gracie Fields. The island is awash with jewellery shops and chic boutiques, and your walking tour of the stylish streets may have you believe you are on the catwalks of Milan. There is an optional visit to Villa San Michele in Anacapri or for just a few Euros, you could take the chairlift to the head-spinning heights of Mount Solaro. At the end of your visit, take the ferry back to Sorrento and you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 6: Sorrento – Florence (B)

This morning, say farewell to Sorrento as we make our way up the boot. Today’s journey heads north, travelling past Rome and into the Province of Umbria, Italy’s green heartland and the only Italian region that has neither the sea nor another country as its border. Continue into Tuscany, famed for its picture-perfect landscapes and superb cuisine. Arrive in Florence late afternoon and immediately capture the essence of the heart of the Italian Renaissance.

One of the city’s most iconic sites is the Florence Cathedral, with its terra-cotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and bell tower designed by Giotto. The Galleria dell’Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David,” while the Uffizi Gallery exhibits preeminent works such as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”

After we check in to the hotel, the evening is yours to enjoy this spectacular city.

Day 7: Florence (B)

After breakfast, join a Local Expert for a tour of this cultural hub. We begin with the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s beautiful statue of David, considered by many as the most beautiful (and most famous) statue ever made. Continue to Giotto’s bell tower and next door see the “Gates of Paradise” which adorn the Cathedral. Visit the Piazza della Signoria – an open-air museum and still the political heart of Florence. The Piazza was the scene of great triumphs, such as the return of the Medici in 1530 as well as the Bonfire of the Vanities instigated by Savonarola, who was then himself burned at the stake here in 1498 after he was denounced by the Inquisition as a heretic. After, stroll on to Piazza Santa Croce, famous for its Basilica and luxury shops. The joys of Florence are varied by personal taste so the afternoon will be free for your own personal exploration.

Day 8: Florence – Cinque Terre – Portofino – Genoa (B)

This morning we leave Florence for a 2-hour drive before being met by a local guide who will accompany you on a boat trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cinque Terre, a string of centuries-old seaside fishing villages set on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. The oldest of the villages is Monterosso, located on a hilltop and where the main attractions are the Old Castle, the Church of Saint John the Baptist and the Convent of the Capuchin. On leaving Cinque Terra, continue to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, with its colourful houses, boutiques, café bars on the piazzetta and luxurious yachts moored in the harbour. The day ends in Genoa, capital of the Liguria region.

Day 9: Genoa – Lake Maggiore (B)

In the morning, head north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favourite retreat of the rich and famous. The 3-hour drive meanders through pretty Alpine scenery before arriving at Lake Maggiore, situated on the south side of the Alps and the second largest lake in Italy. Lake Maggiore, a long, thin lake on the south side of the Alps, is noted for its picturesque setting amid greenery-covered mountains and contains many islands. On arrival, we cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands, visiting Bella and Isola Madre and learn about these secluded paradises in the middle of Lake Maggiore. The most famous and fabulous of the islands is Isola Bella, an immaculately landscaped garden of an island named after the wife of one of the Borromeo, Isabella. The island has been completely transformed into a terraced pyramid of formal gardens hemmed by lined by statue-topped balustrades and clipped lawns strutting with pairs of much-photographed white peacocks. After, relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort town on a beautiful lake.

Day 10: Lake Maggiore – Verona – Venice (B)

Today, continue to Verona, situated in northern Italy’s Veneto region and most famous as being the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. You will have a chance to walk to Juliet’s balcony in the inner courtyard of the Capulet home, as well as visiting the wellpreserved Grand Arena, a 1st century amphitheatre which is still used for open-air concerts and an annual opera festival.

Then following a 2½ drive, you will arrive in Venice. Few cities can claim such a priceless art and history heritage as Venice. This unique city with its magical, spectacular scenery is not just beautiful; it is a real miracle of creative genius: a city built on mud, sand and the slime of a difficult, inhospitable landscape. Venice is the symbol of wise government and freedom. The lagoon was its only defence, there were no palace guards except the Arsenal workers and no parade ground except the sea. During centuries of feudalism and barbarism, Venice symbolised democracy and civilization.

Day 11: Venice (B)

After breakfast, you will be taken on a private boat tour of three of Venice’s islands where you will stop at a glass-blowing factory on Murano. One of the oldest and most respected trades in Venice. Learn about the Murano glassmakers, arguably some of the most famous glass artists in the world. We then visit the Island of Burano, famous for it’s handcrafted lace. The first laces date back to 1500 and initially their workmanship taked place in posh houses, employing needle-and-thread without a canvass as prop. We then continue on to the sparsely populated island of Torcello. Here we visit the oldest cathedral in Venice. According to an ancient inscription, it was founded by the exarch Isaac of Ravenna in 639, when Torcello was still a rival to the young nearby settlement at Venice.

The afternoon is then free to discover Venice Island’s many treasures at your own pace. A visit to Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark’s Square) is a must including the Rialto Bridge, Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs of course. Some say no visit to Venice can be complete without a ride on one of the iconic gondolas, and you will have time to take a trip on the famous Grand Canal as well as through the smaller canals around the neighbourhood of Venice should you wish (on own account).

Day 12: Venice – Embark on cruise (B,D) cruise-icon

Today, your tour of Italy concludes after breakfast. At the appropriate time, make your own way to the port to board your deluxe 7 night Mediterranean cruise of Croatia and the Greek Islands on board the Rhapsody of the Seas.

Day 13: Kotor, Montenegrio (B,L,D)  cruise-icon

This afternoon we make port in Kotor. Kotor is a fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen. Characterized by winding streets and squares, its medieval old town has several Romanesque churches, including Kotor Cathedral. Located where the Balkans meet the Adriatic, Kotor sits on a deep bay surrounded by soaring cliffs. A hilltop fortress stands guard over the walled medieval Old Town, where you’ll find small piazzas, elegant palazzos, lively cafés and shops to explore.

Day 14: Corfu, Greece (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Wake up as we make our way into the port of Corfu. Corfu is a magical mix of history, culture and nature that has enchanted great powers from the Byzantines to the British. Visit the countryside and beaches, explore elegant palaces or stroll the streets and lanes of the Old Town. Its rich culture reflects years spent under Italian, French and British rule before it was united with Greece in 1864. Beaches range from the fine sand and shallow waters of Ayios Georgios to the water sports and party atmosphere at Cavos.

Day 15: Athens, Greece (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Discover the splendours of Greece’s epic past in the ancient city that is also the capital of a modern nation. The hilltop Acropolis has overlooked Athens for 2,500 years. Below, a parklike promenade links many iconic sights. Athens has been the centre of Greek civilization for some 4,000 years. Both ancient and modern, with equal measures of grunge and grace, bustling Athens is a heady mix of history and edginess. Iconic monuments mingle with first-rate museums, lively cafes and al fresco dining.

Day 16: Mykonos, Greece (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Today we are in one of the most popular Greek islands, Mykonos. Mykonos mixes sun, fun, glamour and tradition. Relax at a beach and wander the maze-like streets of the scenic, chic port town. Delos, a sacred islet of antiquity, is a boat ride away. Mykonos is famous for its beaches. Get lost amidst the endless waters of the Aegean or visit the birthplace of Apollo on this historic island.

Day 17: Argostoli, Greece (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Today watch as we cruise to the Ionion Islands, before making port at Kefalonia. Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionion Islands, is perfect for nature and history lovers. Discover rugged mountains, forests, golden beaches and dramatic coastline. In the port of Argostoli explore a vibrant culture shaped by a rich past. This lush green island with breathtaking beaches and crystal clear waters of greenish-blue colours will leave you speechless.

Day 18: At Sea (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Today, enjoy a relaxing day at sea to enjoy everything your ship has to offer. Jam pack your day with every type of activity or simply do nothing! The choices are endless.

Day 19: Venice –airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

This morning we arrive back in Venice. Disembark from your cruise ship and make your own way to the airport. Depending on the time of your flight, you might wish to store you baggage at the port and enjoy the day in Venice before making your own way to the airport to board your flight home.

Day 20: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

 
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What You Get

 

Your package includes return international airfares, deluxe accommodation, 7 day cruise, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing, professional tour manager and more…

  • Return international economy airfares with a full service airline including 20kgs checked baggage
  • 10 nights deluxe 3-4 star accommodation throughout Italy
  • 8 day deluxe cruise on-board Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas sailing the crystal blue waters of the Greek Isles
  • Delicious breakfast daily plus a memorable welcome dinner to get to know your group in Italy
  • All meals while on-board your cruise
  • Professional Webjet tour manager throughout Italy
  • In depth sightseeing in all Italian cities and towns with local experts that know them best
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated coach transportation throughout

Highlights:

  • Explore the Vatican Museum – Boasting one of the world’s greatest art collections
  • Step back in time at the Colosseum where great gladiatorial battles took place
  • Unearth the mysteries of Pompeii which was buried beneath the outpourings from Mount Vesuvius
  • Witness the birth place of the Renaissance in the ancient town of Florence. Enter the Accademia Galley and view one of the world’s great masterpieces – Michelangelo’s David
  • Gaze upon the cliffs of the Cinque Terre and the elegant seaside village of Portofino
  • Cruise Lake Maggiore and learn about the history of the spectacular Borromean Islands
  • Wind your way through the narrow alley ways of Venice and be mesmerised by the beauty of this canal city
  • Cruise the Greek Isles and marvel at the beauty of the Med stopping at ports like Corfu, Mykonos and ancient Athens

Extensions:

Please select the 20 Day tour first, then select your extension when you hit the ‘BUY NOW’ button.

 
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Fine Print

 

 

Excluding:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses
  • Paid shore excursions
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary
  • City Taxes

To book your tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Once you have purchased your voucher, please complete the following request form: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/bookings
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book by the 22 June 2017 or 65 prior to departure, whichever is earlier 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth with China Southern (Qatar Airways, KLM, Emirates or similar if unavailable)
  • Adelaide – A $300 per person interstate surcharge applies. You can purchase your interstate surcharge AFTER you hit ‘Buy Now’
  • We are unable to guarantee which airline you will travel with as flights will be booked subject to promotional fare availability for your travel dates.
  • Customers wishing to choose their preferred airline – please purchase your voucher first and request your preferred airline in the ‘special requests’ field when submitting your booking form. Webjet Exclusives will then advise if any surcharges are payable. Should you be unhappy with the additional surcharge amount, you will be provided with a full refund of your voucher.
  • Including minimum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. Once we receive your form and your dates are available, your booking will be completed – no further changes will be possible.
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

Flights:

  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits, stopovers or a substitute airline. Such changes are beyond our control, as availability on flights can vary.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing.
  • Please Note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days.
  • Passport Details are required

Single Supplement:

Tour + Inside Cabin: $3,299 per person in addition to the twin share price.
Tour + Oceanview Cabin: $3,699 per person in addition to the twin share price.
Tour + Balcony Cabin: $4,399 per person in addition to the twin share price.

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

Group Size: 10 – 35 people

Optional Capri Tour: The optional Capri Tour requires a minimum of 10 people to operate. Your tour leader will assist in facilitating this while on tour. Should minimum numbers not be reached this day will be free for your own arrangements. Approximate cost EUR $86pp payable on tour.

Triple Share: Not available

Children: Same price as adults. Min age 2 years.

Interconnecting/adjoining rooms: Can be requested however not guaranteed. Please submit request when filling out your booking form.

Accommodation:

Rome: Club House or similar
Sorrento: Cesare Augusto or similar
Florence: Gate Hotel or similar
Genoa:  Starshotel President or similar
Lake Maggiore: Hotel Simplon or similar
Venice Mestre:  Delfino or similar
Cruise: Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas

Tour Extensions:

3 nights Rome Extension – $499 per person twin share

3 nights Venice Extension –  $499 per person twin share

See city break extensions here 

To purchase your extension, you will need to purchase both your Treasures of Italy voucher and the extension voucher (located AFTER you hit ‘Buy Now’) per person. 

If you have already purchased your 20 day voucher, you can purchase your tour extension by clicking here 

Stay behind surcharge: If you wish to extend your trip, a $250 per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference). Please purchase your voucher first and Webjet Exclusives will invoice the additional supplement charge when finalising your booking. If you wish to alter or extend your trip, please purchase your voucher first and submit a request on your booking form. Webjet Exclusives will then provide quotations for any alterations or extensions. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected. However if you are unhappy with the options a full refund of the voucher will be provided.

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

Note: If you have not yet selected your dates of travel or submitted your booking form, our 21 Day Money Back Guarantee allows you to claim a full refund within 21 days of your purchase. However, if you have selected your dates and submitted your booking form, your purchase becomes strictly non-refundable even within 21 days of purchase. See our Terms & Conditions for further details. 

 
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Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates:

8 August 2017
22 August 2017
5 September 2017
19 September 2017

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 
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Package Inclusions
  • Return international economy airfares
  • 8 day deluxe cruise on-board Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Delicious breakfast daily 
  • All meals while on-board your cruise
  • In depth sightseeing
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