CLASSIC EUROPE & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE 29 DAYS

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Tour Highlights:

On land:

  • Explore ornate Prague – the Baroque Jewel of Europe, and see incomparable Prague Castle
  • In Germany, travel through Bavaria, visiting the beautiful towns and cities of this unique region
  • Take a short cruise on the river Rhine, and visit the immense Gothic Cologne Cathedral
  • Explore Amsterdam and its surroundings, and enjoy the liberal Dutch atmosphere
  • Visit Paris, and see the Eiffel Tower, River Seine, Latin Quarter, Louvre Museum, and more!
  • Take in the unparalleled scenery of Switzerland, via Geneva, Zurich, Lucerne, and Grindelwald
  • In Milan, visit Duomo Square and dine at the Porta Venecia, before visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Visit the ‘Eternal City’ – Rome, and experience Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Roman Colosseum
  • Fly to Spain and tour stunning Madrid and Barcelona, then visit Aragón and beautiful Zaragoza

At Sea:

  • Cruise the Western Mediterranean over seven days, visiting five ports in France and Italy aboard the MSC Seaview
  • Select from a wide variety of optional activities in your scenic and historical Ports of Call

Package Inclusions:

  • Return economy class international airfares and
  • taxes flying Etihad or a European Airline
  • departing Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Short-haul economy class flight from Rome
  • to Madrid, and transfers.
  • 19 nights accommodation
  • 7 nights lead-in interior stateroom aboard MSC Seaview
  • English speaking tour guide(s)
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner)
  • City entrance fees + taxes
  • Return airport-hotel transfers
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Insurance: Basic insurance cover is provided for our
  • clients. See below for details.
  • Evening Transfer: Old Town Square in Prague, Red Light
  • District in Amsterdam, Quartier Latin in Paris, Via
  • Cavour in Rome, Plaza de Oriente in Madrid, Debod Temple,
  • Plaza de Espana and Gran Via, Ramblas and Plaza de
  • Catalunya in Barcelona.
  • City tours: Prague, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Madrid,
  • City tours: Prague, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Madrid,
  • Ticket admission: Prague Castle, Diamond Cutting Workshop
  • in Amsterdam, 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower in Paris, Cable Car
  • to Grindelwald First in Zurich, Coliseum of Rome, Plaza
  • de Toros de las Ventas in Madrid, Poblet Monastery, Poble
  • Español in Barcelona.
  • Boat: Moldava River in Prague, Rhine Cruise, Boat Trip
  • along River Seine, Lake Zurich, I Jsselmeer lake from
  • Voledam to Marken in Amsterdam.
  • Train: Rapperswil/Zurich, Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, Montserrat.

Price Excludes

  • All optional activities, tours and attraction
  • tickets not included in the itinerary
  • Tipping: Not mandatory on this tour. Please tip
  • guides, drivers etc. at your discretion
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses

Optional Attractions and Activities

Paris
  • Moulin Rouge Show: ADMISSION TO THE MOULIN ROUGE SHOW IS LIMITED. PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO TRAVELERS WHO HAVE MADE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE. FOR THIS REASON, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BUY THIS EXCURSION IN ADVANCE THROUGH MY TRIP BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL IN EUROPE. See the Moulin Rouge, with more than one hundred years of history. It evokes the Belle Epoque, in the Parisian district of Pigalle where the concept of the French varieté began through great choreographers like the painter Toulouse-Lautrec. More than 100 artists on stage, including 60 dancers from around the world, gigantic aquarium, international attractions and the famous French Cancan. All with one of the fastest scene changes in the world. A show that will not be forgotten.
    • PRICE: EUR130pp (approx. AUD205pp). DURATION: 2h. INCLUDED: Round-trip transport. Table reservation. Tips included. Show with 1/2 bottle of French Champagne per person. No children’s discount.
  • Louvre Museum: ADMISSION TO THE LOUVRE MUSEUM IS LIMITED. PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO TRAVELERS WHO HAVE MADE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE. FOR THIS REASON, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BUY THIS EXCURSION IN ADVANCE THROUGH MY TRIP BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL IN EUROPE. This museum, besides being the best-known gallery in the world, brings together admirable archaeological and sculptural works. Due to the large size of this museum, our guided tour allow yous to see some of the most important works. Our selective tour will take you from the Egyptian Sphinx and Greco-Roman sculptures, including the famous Venus del Milo, until you reach the Victory of Samothrace. It visits the summer apartments of Anne of Austria and Cardinal Mazarin. We also visit the western painting section, the Italian primitives, Cimabue and Giotto, followed by the Grande Galería where we see The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci. Next, admire The Wedding of Cana by Veronese, the most famous painting of the La Gioconda museum. Visit the Gallery of French Painting, with The Raft of the Medusa by Gericault, Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix, and The Coronation of Napoleon, by David. Next is the Apollo Gallery where we will find golden craftworks, and the Gallery of the Guards, where we will find Etruscan and Roman jewels. And finally, visit the apartments of Napoleon III, with their splendid furniture
    • PRICE: EUR50pp (approx. AUD80pp). Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 1h 30m. INCLUDED: Admission, group reservation fee (set time, no queues). Louvre-authorised local guide in English. Private audio guide service.
  • Full Day at Disneyland Paris: Fun and adventure in ‘the happiest place on Earth’ – Disneyland Paris! Travel through the five wonderful ‘lands’, where fairytales come to life through exciting attractions, shows and parades. Join the most intrepid pirates, teleport in space and time, and enjoy the amazing fireworks and light shows of the Sleeping Beauty Castle. The magic is waiting for you at Disneyland Paris!
    • PRICE: EUR170pp (approx. AUD268pp). Minimum participants: 8 persons. DURATION: Full day. INCLUDED: Transfers, admission.
Rome
  • Baroque Rome: This excursion is essential to complete your stay in Rome. You can enjoy the great Rome of Bernini and Borromini, the great baroque Rome with its beautiful fountains, squares and obelisks. That Rome that the Popes created. We will make a complete tour knowing: Lungotevere, Ara Pacis, Porta Pinciana, Via Veneto, Plaza de España with its wonderful fountain of the boat and its staircase Trinidad de los Montes, Fontana de Trevi where you can fulfill the rite of throwing your coin, Piazza Colona, the Pantheon temple, possibly the best-preserved archaeological site of ancient Rome, and we will finish in the extraordinary Piazza Navona. An important part of this excursion is done on foot enjoying the center and heart of Rome.
    • PRICE: EUR35pp (approx. AUD55pp). Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 2 h 30 min. Includes: Entrance to the Pantheon. Transfers by bus. Local guide. Individual headphones connected directly with your local guide.
  • Vatican Museums: ADMISSION TO THE VATICAN MUSEUMS IS LIMITED. PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO TRAVELERS WHO HAVE MADE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE. FOR THIS REASON, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BUY THIS EXCURSION IN ADVANCE THROUGH MY TRIP BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL IN EUROPE. You must remember that many Sundays, Vatican Museums remain closed. We have organized a visit for the most interested passengers, accompanied by an expert guide in Fine Arts, we will visit the most important rooms of the Vatican Museums: gallery of tapestries, sculptures, paintings and other rooms in which we will have the opportunity to appreciate some of the most important works of art of classical and Renaissance antiquity. Our highlight will be the Sistine Chapel, dazzling after its brilliant restoration. Finally, we will visit the Basilica, where we can see Michelangelo’s Pieta, the Baldachin of San Pedro and the dome of Michelangelo.
    • PRICE: EUR35pp (approx. AUD55pp). Minimum participants: 20 persons. DURATION: 3h. Includes: Visit with entrances to the Vatican Galleries, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Local guide (max group per guide: 40 people). Right of entry to the Vatican included. Headset connected privately with your local guide.
Madrid
  • Flamenco Show with Dinner: At the end of the day, we offer you the feeling and the flamenco. Singers attending one of the most attractive shows that you can see in Spain. Do not miss the opportunity to assist with great expectation how they capture your attention. A flamenco picture composed of singers, dancers, guitarists and percussionists who make a wonderful journey through the different flamenco styles: bulerías, seguidillas, fandangos, alegrías and sevillanas. All accompanied by a delicate dinner with Spanish products in an incomparable setting.
    • PRICE: EUR60pp (approx. AUD95pp). Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 2h. Includes:Transfers, guise, show admission, three-course dinner with wine.
Barcelona
  • La Sagrada Familia Basilica: IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE ADMISSION TO THE SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, WE RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE THROUGH MY TRIP. ‘The Holy Family’ offers one of the most exciting experiences in Spain. Something different, impossible to find anywhere else, a living element that evolves as it is built, together with the feelings of those who visit it and know it in depth. A complex architectural project, a world heritage site, on whose exterior stand 18 towers more than 100 meters high; its three thematic facades where Life, Death and Glory are represented by innumerable statues and symbologies based on nature and the Gospels; an interior space that allows the spiritual communion of those who enter, transformed by Gaudí to a Mediterranean forest in which the light filters with different tonalities through its stained glass windows, bathing the inclined columns, branched like trees.
    • PRICE: EUR40pp (approx. AUD64pp). Minimum participants: 20 persons. DURATION: 1h 30min. Includes: Entrance to the Basilica. Group booking (fixed time, no queues). Authorized official guide, headphone service.

NOTES:

  • Prices are given in Australian dollars are at the rate of exchange on the date of publication. Actual prices are in Euros, and may vary from those advertised, at the time of purchase.
  • The number of people who can visit the MOULIN ROUGE SHOW, LOUVRE, VATICAN MUSEUMS, AND SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA is limited. Priority will be given to travellers who have made reservations in advance. For this reason, we recommend that you purchase your tickets for this excurion in advance through MY TRIP before your arrival in Europe.
  • Please use the above as a reference only, as prices are subject to change. Some excursions are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. You can only book optionals/pay taxes whilst on tour with the tour manager, who will also collect payment in cash only (Euros).
 
Itinerary

Day 1Depart Australia

Take an international flight from Australia to Barcelona.
NOTE: Some flights may depart one day later, and may involve up to two transits.

Day 2Arrive Prague

On arrival in Prague you’ll be picked up and check into your hotel. For travellers arriving earlier in the day, an optional transfer to the Old Town Square is available in the evening. This central location is full of energy and touristic activities. It’s a marvellous place to become acquainted with Prague, and to find a place for dinner before returning to the hotel.

Day 3Prague (B)

Today we further explore Prague, the Baroque jewel of Europe. Our local expert will provide a guided city tour, which will include the most outstanding monuments. During the visit we walk through Prague Castle (admission included). Subsequently, we shall take a magnificent boat tour along Moldava River. Enjoy free time at leisure in the afternoon to explore Prague. In the evening, enjoy yourself in the historical city centre, where you can select dinner from cuisines from around the world before returning to the hotel.

Day 4Prague – Lauf – Wurzburg – Frankfurt (B)

This morning we leave for Germany. In the region of Bavaria, see Lauf An Der Pegnitz, a picturesque little village which stands out for its busy market square and castle. After this, carry on to Wurzburg, with time for lunch and to see this Bavarian city, a former bishopric centre and now a very busy university city, on the banks of the River Main. Our journey continues towards Frankfurt. Explore the historic city centre and choose your favourite restaurant for dinner, before returning to the hotel.

Day 5Frankfurt – Cruise on the Rhine – Cologne – Amsterdam (B)

Today we enjoy a short cruise on the Rhine, between the villages of Rudesheim and St. Goar; undoubtedly the river’s most picturesque sector. Then, travel to Cologne, a city which stands out for its immense, gothic Cologne Cathedral. Then, on to Holland, arriving in Amsterdam at the end of the day.

Day 6Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans – Volendam – Marken – Amsterdam (B)

Today we explore Amsterdam, starting with Zaanse Schans with its mills, canals, and distinctive houses. Then it’s on to Volendam, a picturesque fishing village. From Volendam, take a short boat trip to Marken, an island that is connected to the mainland by a fixed dike. In the afternoon we take a tour of Amsterdam to see its narrow canals, the Dam Platz, official buildings and parks, and also to see the technique of diamond cutting. Evening transfer to the red light district, with its liberal atmosphere and restaurants from all corners of the world, is available.

Day 7Amsterdam – Brussels – Bruges – Paris (B)

In the morning, leave for Brussels. Visit the Grand Place and stop to photograph the Atomium. Later, we arrive in Bruges, the marvellous Flemish city known as the ‘little northern Venice’. After lunch, continue to France, arriving in Paris at the end of the day.

Day 8Paris (B)

A scenic guided tour to discover the history, main boulevards and breathtaking monuments of Paris, ending near the Eiffel Tower. You will have the opportunity to climb up to the second level of this remarkable metal monument (admission is included). Take a boat cruise along the River Seine, which divides the north of Paris from the south, then enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city as you choose. At sunset, transfer to the Latin Quarter, a very picturesque area of the historic city centre, is available. Here you can enjoy dinner selected from a wide variety of international cuisine. Return to hotel.
Note: Sometimes queues to climb the Eiffel Tower are long. For organisational reasons, if deemed appropriate, the climb can be made at a different time or on another day.

Day 9Paris (B)

Today we go to the centre of Paris, to the area of the Louvre Museum, for free time at leisure. If you wish, we can accompany you to Benlux, one of the best-known perfumeries in Paris. An optional excursion to Eurodisney is available (at your own expense).

Day 10Paris – Noyers – Beaune – Lyon (B)

Today, travel to the Bourgogne region in the centre of France, famous for its wines. Stop in Noyers, a small medieval town that is amongst the prettiest places in France. After this we will visit Beaune in the centre of the Bourgogne region with its memorable streets full of flowers, its hospice, and fascinating wine museum. After lunch, travel to Lyon, the capital of Roman Gaul on the banks of the Rhône. Its historic centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy free time at leisure.

Day 11Lyon – Geneva – Zurich (B)

On this beautiful stage of the tour, we travel to Switzerland. On arrival in Geneva, visit the Palais des Nations (the United Nations headquarters in Europe) and then to the beautiful Jardin Anglais (English Garden) with its flower clock, and admire the Jet d’Eau, the highest-reaching fountain in Europe. After lunch, we will continue through Switzerland passing the beautiful Leman and Neuchatel Lakes.
Note: Depending on the number of travellers from Geneva to Zürich, this trip might be done by train.

Day 12Zurich – Rapperswil – Zurich (B)

Take a guided stroll in Zurich, the most populous city of Switzerland, and the financial and cultural capital of the country. This ‘city of banks’ has twice been declared to have the best quality of life in the world. Then, take a boat trip on Lake Zurich, lasting almost two hours. The boat makes brief stops, allowing passengers to admire villages on the way, such as Rapperswil, a small and highly picturesque village overlooked by a medieval castle. We return to Zurich by train, and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss Railway. Enjoy an evening in Zurich’s historic city centre, next to the lake, where you can dine at your preferred restaurant.

Day 13Zurich – Grindelwald – Lucerne – Zurich (B, L)

Today´s stage reveals beautiful landscapes, with high mountains and scenic lakes. Enjoy breathtaking scenery in the region of Interlaken. In Grindelwald, we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car up to Grindelwald first (ticket included). Walk along the path (around 30 minutes) and take the ‘footbridge over the empty’ among fantastic scenery, with glaciers all around. Lunch is included (vegetarian option available). Then, continue to Lucerne, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Enjoy free time at the end of the day to stroll, enjoy the city, and dine before returning to the hotel in Zurich.

Day 14Zurich – Burglen – Lugano – Morcote – Milan (B)

Travel to Burglen, the tiny village where William Tell was born, and see a 16th century chapel with paintings illustrating his life. Continue to Lugano, the cosmopolitan capital of Italian Switzerland, with its beautiful lake. Enjoy free time at leisure time to stroll and have lunch. Afterwards, following the shores of the lake, we reach the enchanting little town of Morcote, with its houses made of stone and covered with flowers. On arrival in Milan, visit the impressive Duomo Square. There will be time to dine at the Porta Venecia (Port of Venice) where an outstanding variety of restaurants can be found to delight your palate. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 15Milan – Pisa – Rome (B)

This morning, spend time in Milan and see the great cathedral and the galleries in the city centre. Then, continue towards Pisa. On a little tourist train we will travel to the Piazza Dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), to admire one of the most alluring and beautiful art complexes in Italy, including the well-known Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then, continue to Rome, arriving late afternoon.

Day 16Tour Rome and Vatican City (B)

In the morning, take a scenic tour as an introduction to Rome, The Eternal City. Enter the tiny city-state of The Vatican. Vatican City is the world centre of Catholicism. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica, and later, the Roman Coliseum. This impressive structure dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in time to learn about ancient society during the Roman Empire. In the evening we provide transport to the Via Cavour area for dinner, where you will find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and other international food. Dine and return to the hotel.

Day 17Rome – Madrid (B)

After breakfast a transfer takes you to the airport to take your flight to Madrid. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and check in. Towards the end of the day, evening transfer to the Egyptian Temple of Debod in the Parque del Oeste (one of the few works of ancient Egyptian architecture that can be seen outside Egypt), is available. You’ll also visit the Plaza de España and Gran Via, a vibrant district where you can dine at your preferred restaurant – Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern are some of the options.

Please Note: Baggage allowance for the flight between Rome and Madrid is 1 (one) piece max weight 20kg, plus one 7Kg carry-on bag. Additional baggage allowance can be purchased at check in at EUR85 per piece.

Day 18Madrid (B)

The day starts with a comprehensive tour through the centre of Madrid, including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Gran Via, Plaza de Colón and the Plaza Mayor. Visit Retiro Park, an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Admission to Las Ventas Bullring included. This is one of the most famous bullrings in the world where we will learn about the tradition of corridas in the Bullfighting Museum. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. At sunset, transfer to Plaza de Oriente, opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants serving exquisite international cuisine in which to enjoy a pleasant dinner before returning to the hotel.

Day 19Madrid – Zaragoza – Poblet – Montserrat – Barcelona (B)

Departing Madrid and heading towards Aragón, we pause our journey in Zaragoza to visit the Basílica del Pilar. After visiting this impressive sanctuary, enjoy the sights of the city centre. Next, we make our way to Cataluña and the Monastery of Poblet, surrounded by walls and in a beautiful setting, this is one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries in the world (entrance and guided tour included). We then go on to the Monastery of Montserrat where we take a ride on the rack train for the fantastic views.
Note: From November to March, due to the shorter days, the Monastery of Poblet will not be visited (so that the group can reach Montserrat during daylight).

Day 20Barcelona (B)

Today we tour Barcelona, an impressive city right on the Mediterranean Sea. Our visit includes an informative city tour with a local expert (or if fewer than fifteen people, your guide). We also visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neighbourhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the 1992 Olympic Games took place. It will be possible to see and photograph La Sagrada Familia basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí. Subsequently, we include the entry ticket to Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village). This open air architectural museum is situated in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona. Be delighted by the best Spanish craftsmanship and discover the architectural styles, traditions and folklore of the different communities in Spain. Free time to explore the city on your own. In the evening we provide transfer to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya area, where you can select from a great variety of restaurants before returning to the hotel.

Day 21Embark on Mediterranean Cruise (B, L, D)

After breakfast, transfer to the port and board the MSC Seaview to begin your Mediterranean cruise. MSC Seaview rewrites the rule book of cruise ship design, blending indoor and outdoor areas to connect you with the sea like never before. Circling the ship as low as Deck 7 is a unique seafront promenade lined with places to eat, drink, shop, swim and sunbathe, and you can enjoy superb views from the two glass-floored catwalks and panoramic elevators.

Day 22Port of Call: Ajaccio, France (B, L, D – On Board Meals)

Ajaccio is the capital of Corsica, a French island in the Mediterranean Sea. Surrounded by mountains and situated on a beautiful bay, the claim to fame of this port city is that Napoléon Bonaparte was born here in 1769. Select from a variety of shore excursions.

Day 23Port of Call: Genoa, Italy (B, L, D – On Board Meals)

The capital of northwest Italy’s Liguria region, Genoa has been a centre of international maritime trade for centuries. The birthplace of Christopher Colombus and Niccolò Paganini, the city boasts a rich cultural history in art, music and cuisine. The Via Galibaldi, Royal Palace, and Doge’s Palace are notable attractions. A variety of shore excursions are available.

Day 24Port of Call: La Spezia, Italy (B, L, D – On Board Meals)

A former fishing village at the border of two enchanting regions, La Spezia offers easy access to Tuscany and its great cities like Florence and Pisa, and Liguria’s rugged coast and terraced villages, known as Cinque Terre. Select from a variety of shore excursions.

Day 25Port of Call: Civitavecchia, Italy (B, L, D – On Board Meals)

On the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the central Italian region of Lazio, Civitavecchia (A.K.A ‘The Port of Rome’) was built in the 2nd Century by Roman Emperor Trajan. Now known as a major cruise port, the city boasts the massive Forte Michelangelo. Rome and the Vatican are approximately 90 minutes away from Civitavecchia. Select from a variety of shore excursions.

Day 26Port of Call: Cannes, France (B, L, D – On Board Meals)

Known for its wealth, luxury hotels, and film festival, Cannes sits on the French Riviera. Put on your best outfit, and stroll between the palm trees of the Promenade de la Croisette. Check out the yachts and sports cars, and if you’re there in May, who knows which movie stars you may see! A variety of shore excursions are available.

Day 27Port of Call: Palma Del Mallorca, Spain (B, L, D – On Board Meals)

A rugged island with fine beaches, Mallorca welcomes travellers seeking sun, sea and sand. Its capital city of Palma is home to a lively café and arts scene, historic sights and an Old Town of twisting lanes and hidden courtyards. Select from the exciting optional shore excursions.

Day 28Cruise Ends. Depart Spain (B, L, D – On Board and In Flight Meals)

Arrive in Barcelona and disembark from the MSC Seaview. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Day 29Arrive Australia

Arrive back in Australia.

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