Classic Europe tour and Mediterranean cruise 2019/20

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Welcome to Heart of Europe & appreciate the variety Europe has offered followed by 7 nights cruising the Mediterranean on the MSC Cruise. Relax at Mediterranean sea after savouring the delights of the Heart of Europe.

Return flights including airport taxes
Comfortable hotel (twin share room)
MSC cruise (Bella inside cabin)
Meals as shown in itinerary
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Air conditioned coach as per itinerary
English speaking escorted tour
Airport pick-up and drop-off

Departure Dates

2020 Low Season $4580 per person

APR 30th
MAY 7th, 14th

2020 Mid Season $4980 per person

MAY 29th
JUN 4th, 11th
SEP 3rd

2020 High Season $5480 per person

JUL 30th
AUG 13th
SEP 24th

Take an International flight departing from SYD/MEL to Paris.

Upon arrival at the Paris Airport, you will be met and greeted by our representative and transfer to your hotel for a restful and leisurely day.

Hotel: Hotel Campanile Paris or similar

After breakfast, tour leaves from Paris for a delightful scenic journey through the
rolling countryside of the Champagne region, famous the world over for the
sparkling white wine produced here.

Enjoy seeing the historic attractions of provincial capital Reims, including the
city’s cathedral – a key national heritage site, where coronations of French kings
took place from the 11th century onwards. History and tradition are equally
evident in your next location: Luxembourg, the world’s only remaining Grand Duchy. After arriving in refined Luxembourg City, you’ll be introduced on foot to the main places of interest, including the Place de Constitution and Pont Adolphe.

Hotel: Novotel Kirchberg or similar

After breakfast, we leave Luxembourg behind and head across another Euro­pean border into Germany. The first stop is historic Trier, Germany’s oldest city and the birthplace of Karl Marx. You’ll have the chance to see from the outside the house where the influential philosopher was born, which now functions as the Karl Marx Haus museum. Your walking tour then takes you into the centre of Trier; here you can look around the city’s im­pressive cathedral, where the celebrated Holy Robe- said to be the tunic of Christ­is preserved and occasionally displayed. Trier is also known as’ The Second Rome’ (Constantine served as an administrator here for 10 years), and significant legacies of the once-great empire remain today.

The highlight is undoubtedly Porta Nigra, the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps, which you’ll get to see and photograph. After an exciting morning in Trier, proceed to Koblenz, famous as the location of the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Here you have the option of indulging in a relax- ing lunch alongside the water, then af- terwards you can also choose to add on a scenic Rhine boat cruise for some memo- rable city vistas. Back on dry land you’ll drive through the wine-making town of Rudesheim, and stop to see the bronze 19th century Niederwald monument.

Perched on a hill high above the town, this stop also offers a spectacular photo opportunity of the surrounding Rhine Valley. Then it’s on to Frankfurt, where you’ll discover the delights of Romer­berg, a charming plaza with a distinctive medieval town hall as its centrepiece.

Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson or similar

After breakfast, begins the leisurely drive northwest from Frankfurt to Bonn, the capital of the former West Germany until reunification. Discover the city’s secrets on an orientation stroll through its streets, walking past highlights such as the Rococo-fronted town hall and Ludwig Van Beethoven Haus, a museum celebrating the life of the much-loved composer. Then it’s on to Cologne, where you’ll head inside the city’s glorious Gothic cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Cologne further, to do a spot of local shopping or to simply relax with a suitably refreshing German brew. Proceed to Netherlands in the afternoon.

Hotel: Hampton by Hilton or similar

After breakfast, day of delights begins with a leisurely trip through the Dutch countryside, where you’ll get to sample at close quarters some of the things that the Netherlands is traditionally famous for: clogs, cheese and windmills. Call in at the hugely popular model town of Zaanse Schans*. Next, you’ll head from the quiet countryside to the cosmopolitan city as your journey takes you back to Amsterdam. After visiting a well-known diamond factory, where you’ll see the unique cutting techniques that have been practised here since the 16th century, you can take an optional hour-long pre-dinner canal cruise, which is a great way to discover more about this unique European city. After disembarking you’ll walk to one of the city’s grandest areas, Dam Square, where the Royal Palace is located and the Queen’s birthday celebrations take place.

Hotel: Hampton by Hilton or similar

After breakfast, leaving Amsterdam in the morning you’ll head south across the border into Brussels, the Belgian capital and political centre of the European Union. On the way, the tour stops to see the distinctive Atomium monument, a cell-shaped structure of stainless steel spheres and tubes built for the 1958 World’s Fair. In the centre of Brussels itself an orientation tour will call in at the exquisite Grand Place, as well as seeing the famous impish Manneken Pis statue. After some free time, during which you can try some mouth-watering Belgian delights. From Brussels cross the French border to the bright lights of Paris.

Hotel: Hotel Campanile Paris or similar

After breakfast, your Parisian adventures get off to a spectacular start with a drive along the famous Champs Élysées to the Place de la Concorde, which played such a key part in the French Revolution. You will also get to see the iconic Arc de Triomphe here too, the imposing monument that sits near the western end of the avenue and commemorates the fallen of the revolution. You’ll take in another significant historical building next as you head to L’Hôtel National des Invalides, where Napoleon’s tomb is located. Then it’s on to the most legendary of all Paris’s icons: the Eiffel Tower. Choose to make the optional ascent of the tower for unbeatable views over the city, and a truly memorable experience. Back on ground level you can take a more leisurely cruise along the river Seine, a great sightseeing option that offers views including Notre-Dame Cathedral and Pont Alexandre III. Finally, you’ll travel on the coach out through the Parisian suburbs to the splendid Palace of Versailles, the vast regal château that was the residence of the royal family until the start of the revolution in 1789. In the evening, you can enjoy one of our optional Paris evening shows.

Hotel: Hotel Campanile Paris or similar

After breakfast, your Parisian experience begins with a visit to the Louvre, one of the world’s greatest art museums. Here you’ll set your eyes upon some of history’s most famous masterpieces, including the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. After an exhilarating of walking the gallery corridors, replenish your energy levels with lunch in the museum before heading to the area surrounding the Palais Garnier, Paris’s opera house. Visit to the legendary department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, see the sights or simply sit and sip.

Back the hotel in the evening.

Transfer to Airport early morning to be departing to Venice, Italy. Upon arrival at Venice Internationl Airport. You will be picked up and arranged to the Cruise Terminal to check in and embark on the luxury MSC Sinfonia.

 

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. Adapted long ago to serve as Split’s town centre, Diocletian’s Palace is certainly not an archaeological “site”. Although set-piece buildings such as Diocletian’s mausoleum (now the cathedral) and the Temple of Jupiter (now a baptistery) still remain, other aspects of the palace have been tinkered with so much by successive generations that it is no longer recognizable as an ancient Roman structure. Nearly everything worth seeing in Split is concentrated in the compact Old Town behind the waterfront Riva

Enjoy the World Class show performance in the Cruise as well as activities on board such as cafe, pool, bars, restaurants etc.

You can’t say you have been to Greece on holiday without seeing the natural wonder of Santoríni. As our MSC cruise 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. A shore excursion on your MSC Mediterranean cruise can be the perfect chance to experience Firá (also known as Hóra) which clings precariously to the edge of the enormous caldera. The Archaeological Museum of Firá, near the cable car to the north of town, is well presented, and has a collection from the excavations of Ancient Thira.

When sailing on an MSC cruise to the Mediterranean Sea, Mýkonos is the quin tessential image of the Cyclades. In the 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. When you alight from your MSC cruise, getting lost in its convoluted streets and alleys is half the fun of the place.

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. 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.

Ancona hits you with a tangle of commercial buildings only two steps away from the Mediterranean Sea. Nonetheless, a city centre excursion reserves some historical appeal, and the authorities are making a concerted effort to improve the cruiser and tourist experience.

A stiff climb from the port area, where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return, passing Ancona’s well-signposted Roman remains along the way, will take you to the pink-and-white Duomo. Tucked away at the foot of the flight of steps leading up to Ancona’s austere Dominican church, this worthwhile museum displays models, paintings, sculptures and original documents showing key events in Ancona from 2000 BC to 2000 AD.

Now comes the end of your unforgettable holidays in Europe. After breakfast, disembark from the cruise, you will be arranged to transfer to Rome Airport to depart back to Sydney/Melbourne. Arrive in Australia on the Day 18.

Inclusions

  • Return flights inc Airport Tax Comfortable Hotel (Twin Share Room)
  • MSC Cruise (Bella Inside Cabin)
  • Meals as indicated (B/L/D) per itinerary
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Air Conditioned Coach with WIFI
  • English speaking Escorted Tour
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off in Europe

Exclusions

  • Tour Guide Gratuity €7pp/day (Land)
  • MSC Gratuity €10pp/day (Cruise)
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional Admissions Fees
  • MSC Excursions Activities
  • Upgrade to Balcony Cabin available**
  • Single Supplement surcharge $1750pp
  • Room shared available **T&C Apply

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