16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights

16 day Classic Italian Journey including return international Etihad flights, breakfast daily, scenic transportation by rail, 7 night deluxe Mediterranean cruise on board the MSC Sinfonia, in-depth sightseeing and more.

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per person twin share | Typically $5,614!
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  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
  • 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise and Etihad flights
 

Highlights

 

Escape into the beautiful Italian sun with a 16 day Classic Italian Journey with Mediterranean cruise. 

Begin your adventure in the capital of Rome, taking the time to explore the incredible sights of the Colosseum, the Aventino Hill and the Piazza Del Campidoglio. Journey north through Lazio to the Tuscan capital of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and the home to the Palazzo Vecchio and Giotto’s Bell Tower. Take a train ride to the gorgeous floating city of Venice, where you will be able to see the iconic St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace.

Set sail for your deluxe Mediterranean cruise. First stop is the famous Split in Croatia. Explore the hustle and bustle of this amazing place, before journeying on to arrive in beautiful Santorini. Cruise through to the other Greek Island of Mykonos and admire its incredible labyrinthine design and arcaded Venetian houses in an area known as Little Venice.

Arrive back in Croatia in stunning Dubrovnik, a former medieval town that lies between the picturesque sea and mountainous landscape. Travel on wards to the Italian city of Ancona, where you will spend your last day of your cruise exploring and wandering this stunning seaside town. 

Your package includes return flights, accommodation, in-depth sightseeing and more.

 
 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff– Rome

Depart Australia today to begin your incredible Italian holiday.

Day 2: Rome

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Rome and make your own way to your hotel. You are then at leisure to enjoy this historic city and relax after your flight.

Your hotel: Patria (or similar)

Located only 300 meters away from Stazione Termini, in Rome’s historic center, Hotel Patria welcomes you in elegant rooms, with all modern comforts, in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. If you are looking for a hotel with great tradition and prestige, this hotel offers a comfortable facility well served by public transportation that will take you to the city’s most beautiful places.

Day 3: Rome (B)

After breakfast, make your way to the central pick-up point for a guided tour of Imperial Rome and the Colosseum. Arriving by coach at Piazza Venezia you will see the impressive Il Vittoriano monument. Continue on foot to the famous Piazza Del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo from where you will have a fantastic view of the Roman Forum. By coach you will then drive by the Circus Maximus and the Aventino Hill. Stop to admire the beautiful statue of Moses by Michelangelo located in the Church of St. Peter’s in Chains. Conclude your tour with a visit of the majestic Colosseum, an iconic symbol of this eternal city.

Day 4: Rome –train-icon– Florence (B)

This morning, make your way to the station for your train to Florence. Relax as the train takes you north through Lazio to the capital of Tuscany. Make your own way to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. You may wish to wander the quaint alleyways and picturesque plazas.

Your hotel: Delle Nazioni (or similar)

This charming property is located in the heart of downtown Florence, just to the east of the central train station – Santa Maria Novella. It is ideally situated, providing excellent access to the main tourist attractions like the Duomo, as well as the shopping districts, conference centre and exhibition halls.

Day 5: Florence (B)

Start off your day with a guided walking tour of the city. Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, but there is so much to see, it can be hard to know where to start. This 2 hour small-group walking tour is ideal for checking off top attractions such as The Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio and Giotto’s Bell Tower.

Day 6: Florence – train-icon– Venice (B)

This morning, make your way to the station for your train to Venice. Enjoy the views as the train takes you through Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto before arriving at St. Lucia station. Make your own way to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Your hotel: Hesperia (or similar)

This little hotel is situated in the historic centre, looking onto the Canale di Cannaregio. It has recently been restored, using carefully chosen traditional materials and, while offering every modern comfort, still retains a typical Venetian style. The Hotel Hesperia provides an excellent, personalized service, thanks to the fact that the owners are always present, and  available to give their constant care and attention to the needs of their guests.

Day 7: Venice (B)

Explore the “Queen of the Adriatic” at your own pace today. Don’t miss St. Marks’ Square, St. Marks’ Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Also worth visiting is the lagoon island of Murano who are famous for their glass making.

Day 8: Venice – cruise-icon – MSC Mediterranean Cruise (B,L,D)

Today, make your way to the port for your 7-night deluxe MSC cruise.

Your cruise ship: MSC Sinfonia

Even before MSC Sinfonia sets sail, stepping on board is like embarking on a voyage of discovery. With its impressive array of new features and facilities, the ship is now even better equipped to satisfy every need. There’s a world of new experiences to discover on board, day after day, moment after moment.

Day 9: Split cruise-icon (B,L,D)

With its seafront cafés and ancient alleyways, shouting stallholders and travellers on the move, bustling, exuberant Split is one of Croatia’s and the Mediterranean’s most compelling cities, it’s easy to see this feeling when you step aground from your MSC cruise. It has a unique historical heritage too, having grown out of the palace built here by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in 295AD. The palace remains Split’s central ingredient, having been gradually transformed into a warren of houses, tenements, churches and chapels by the various peoples who came to live here after Diocletian’s successors had departed.

Day 10: At Sea cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Enjoy the day at sea on your deluxe ship as it makes its way along the beautiful Croatian coast to Santorini.

Day 11: Santorini cruise-icon (B,L,D)

You can’t say you have been to Greece on holiday without seeing the natural wonder of Santoríni. As your ship manoeuvres into the great caldera of Santoríni (Thíra), the land seems to rise up and clamp around it. Gaunt, sheer cliffs loom hundreds of metres above the deep blue sea, nothing grows or grazes to soften the awesome view. The only colours are the reddish-brown, black and grey pumice layers on the cliff face of this, the largest island in the mini-archipelago. Using a spectacular two-hour footpath along the lip of the caldera you reach the village of Imerovígli and further to the north Firostefáni, both of which have equally stunning views.

Day 12: Mykonos cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Mýkonos is the quintessential image of the Cyclades. In summer most people head out to the beaches during the day, so early morning or late afternoon are the best times to wander the maze of narrow streets. The labyrinthine design was supposed to confuse the pirates who plagued Mýkonos in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and it has the same effect on today’s visitors. From your cruise ship you’ll pass the archaeological museum on your way into town, which was specially built in 1905 to display artefacts from the cemeteries on Rínia Island, opposite Delos.

The Folklore Museum, housed in an eighteenth-century mansion, crams in a larger-than-usual collection of bric-a-brac, including a basement dedicated to Mýkonos’s maritime past. The museum shares the promontory with Mýkonos’s oldest and best-known church, Paraportianí, a fascinating asymmetrical hodgepodge of four chapels amalgamated into one. Beyond the church, the shoreline leads to the area known as Little Venice because of the high, arcaded Venetian houses built right up to the water’s edge on its southwest side.

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

A walled, sea-battered city lying at the foot of a grizzled mountain, Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most popular cruise destination, and it’s not difficult to see why. The former medieval town was reshaped by Baroque planners after a disastrous earthquake of 1667; Dubrovnik’s historic core seems to have been suspended in time ever since.

Walk through the city and admire the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, inside there are a couple of Italian paintings, including Titian’s polyptych The Assumption behind the main altar. Immediately south of Luža – the square centre of the medieval town – is the Rector’s Palace, former seat of the Ragusan government. The current palace is a masterpiece of serene proportion, fringed by an ornate arcaded loggia held up by columns with delicately carved capitals. Entered via a narrow passageway is the fourteenth century Franciscan monastery, whose late Romanesque cloister is decorated with rows of double arches topped by a confusion of human heads and fantastic animals.

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

Ancona hits you with a tangle of commercial buildings only two steps away from the Mediterranean Sea. A stiff climb from the port area, passing Ancona’s well-signposted Roman remains along the way, will take you to the pink-and-white Duomo. Mostly built in a restrained Romanesque style, this is contrasted by an outburst of Gothic exuberance in the doorway’s cluster of slender columns, some plain, others twisted and carved.

The most memorable feature is a screen along the edge of the raised right transept. However, it may be the views from here, the cruise ships and the ferries lined up in the port and the coast fading into the haze, that remain longest in the memory. Ancona’s large, three-storey Museo Archeologico in the old quarter is a fair place to while away an hour or two, its wacky moulded ceilings vaulting over a collection of finds ranging from red- and black-figure Greek craters to a stunning Celtic gold crown.

Day 15: Venice –airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

Bid farewell to Italy and make your own way to the airport today.

Day 16: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

 

 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international airfares with Etihad, including at least 23kg checked baggage 
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 6 nights’ centrally located twin share accommodation
  • 7 night deluxe Mediterranean cruise on board the MSC Sinfonia
  • Scenic transportation by rail 
  • Daily breakfast, plus all meals on board your MSC cruise
  • Guided tour of Imperial Rome and the Colosseum
  • Guided Florence walking tour

Please note: This is an independent tour, accompanying guides are not provided except for guided excursions specified in the tour itinerary

 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book by the 65 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $899 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. 
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/ 
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Excludes: Transfers, Travel insurance, Visas, Personal expenses, Anything not mentioned or “optional” or “own account” in the itinerary.

Single Supplement: 

16 day Classic Italian Escape in an Inside Cabin – $2,199 per person in addition to 1 x twin share voucher 
16 day Classic Italian Escape in an Oceanview cabin – $2,499 per person in addition to 1 x twin share voucher 
16 day Classic Italian Escape in an Balcony Cabin – $2,799 per person in addition to 1 x twin share voucher 
16 day Classic Italian Escape in an Fantastica Suite – $3,199 per person in addition to 1 x twin share voucher 

To purchase your single supplement please click here

Triple Share: Not available

Land Only: Please click on the yellow Land Only tab

Group Sizes: This is an independent tour, accompanying guides are not provided except for guided excursions specified in the tour itinerary.

Accommodation:

 Rome: Patria or similar
Florence: Delle Naziono or similar
Venice: Hesperia or similar
Cruise: MSC Sinfonia

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. 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.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

4 May 2019
18 May 2019
1 June 2019
15 June 2019
20 July 2019
27 July 2019
10 August 2019
31 August 2019
7 September 2019

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Some dates may incur a peak season surcharge. Please see availability calendar for more information. 

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares with Etihad Airways from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane
  • Adelaide & Perth economy airfares with Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways or similar 
  • Including at least 23kg checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to change according to airline policy).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked.
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your flight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference.
  • Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By arriving early and/or extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfers (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to and/or from the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares with Etihad, including at least 23kg checked baggage 
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 6 nights’ centrally located twin share accommodation
  • 7 night deluxe Mediterranean cruise on board the MSC Sinfonia
  • Scenic transportation by rail 
  • Daily breakfast, plus all meals on board your MSC cruise
  • Guided tour of Imperial Rome and the Colosseum
  • Guided Florence walking tour

 

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