Classic Europe Tour and Mediterranean Cruise Autumn Winter2021/22

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

Return flights including airport taxes
Comfortable hotel (twin share room)
MSC cruise (Frantastica 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

Low Season $4980pp

NOV 7th, 14th

Mid Season $5280pp

NOV 21st, 28th

High Season $5880pp

DEC 5th, 12th

Low Season $4980pp

JAN 30th
FEB 27th
MAR 6th

Mid Season $5280pp

JAN 9th, 16th
FEB 13th
MAR 20th
APR 3rd

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 Rome, Italy. Upon arrival at Rome Internationl Airport. You will be picked up and arranged to the Cruise Terminal to check in and embark on the luxury MSC Grandiosa.

 

A fascinating, bustling, colourful port, Palermo yet holds an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches, combined with a warren of medieval streets and markets. The best thing to do here is just to wander as the fancy takes you, sifting through Palermo’s jumbled layers of crumbling architecture, along deserted back alleys, then suddenly emerging in the midst of an ebullient street market.

The UNESCO-protected port of Valletta, the capital of the island of Malta, is one of the must-see stops for Mediterranean cruise of merit. You can admire this port, constructed in the second half of the 16th century by the Frenchman Jean de la Valette and moulded by the religious and military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, from your MSC ship even before disembarking. The over 300 monuments rising in little more than half a square kilometre make this a place with one of the greatest density of historical attractions to visit during a cruise, not mentioning other attractions such as its beaches, seaside locales and restaurants.

Enjoy exclusive world-class shows performed in innovative venues like the Carousel Lounge and the multi-purpose karaoke bar, comedy club, TV studio & Bar. Younger guests can take advantage of the super-amusement park and sports centre to play sports and games during the daytime and party and dance in the evening. And the whole family can enjoy hours of fun in one of the most intricate and exciting water parks at sea.

Barcelona, the self-confident capital and port of Catalunya – vibrates with life, and there’s certainly not another city in the country to touch it for sheer style, looks or energy. A holiday in Barcelona can start with the Ramblas, and then dive straight into the medieval nucleus of the city, the Barri Gòtic. But there are plenty of other central old-town neighbourhoods to explore too, from La Ribera – home to the celebrated Museu Picasso – to funky El Raval, where cool bars, restaurants and boutiques have mushroomed in the wake of the striking contemporary art museum, MACBA. Even if you think you know these heavily touristed neighbourhoods well, there’s always something else to discover during an MSC excursion – tapas bars hidden down alleys little changed for a century or two, designer boutiques in renovated old-town quarters, bargain lunches in workers’ taverns, unmarked gourmet restaurants, craft outlets and workshops, fin-de-siècle cafés, restored medieval palaces and neighbourhood markets. On Passeig de Gràcia there is Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, designed for the industrialist Josep Batlló: the stone facade hangs in folds, like skin, while on the rooftop sprout the celebrated mosaic chimneys and a little tower topped with a three-dimensional cross.

When cruising southern France, you have to know that Marseille is the most renowned and populated metropolitan area in the country after Paris and Lyon. When you alight from your MSC cruise ship, the cafés around the Vieux Port, where glistening fish are sold straight off the boats on quai des Belges, are wonderful spots to observe the city’s street life. Particularly good in the afternoon is the north (Le Panier) side, where the terraces are sunnier and the views better. The best view of the Vieux Port is from the Palais du Pharo, on the headland beyond Fort St-Nicolas, or, for a wider angle, from Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the city’s Second Empire landmark atop the La Garde hill. To the north of the Vieux Port is the oldest part of Marseille, Le Panier, where, up until the last war, tiny streets, steep steps Mediterranean introduction and houses of every era formed a vieille ville typical of the Côte.

Genoa is marvellously eclectic, vibrant and full of rough-edged style; Indeed “La Superba” (The Superb), as it was known at the height of its authority as a Mediterranean superpower, boasts more zest and intrigue than all the surrounding coastal resorts put together. During a holiday to Genoa you can explore its old town: a dense and fascinating warren of medieval alleyways home to large palazzi built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Genoa’s wealthy mercantile families and now transformed into museums and art galleries. You should seek out the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, the Palazzo Ducale, and the Renaissance palaces of Via Garibaldi which contain the cream of Genoa’s art collections, as well as furniture and decor from the grandest days of the city’s past, when its ships sailed to all corners of the Mediterranean Sea. The Acquario di Genova is the city’s pride and joy, parked like a giant ocean liner on the waterfront, with seventy tanks housing sea creatures from all the world’s major habitats, including the world’s biggest reconstruction of a Caribbean coral reef. It’s a great aquarium by any standards, the second largest in Europe by capacity, and boasts a fashionably ecology-conscious slant and excellent background information in Italian and English.

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 (Fantastica 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 Ocean View or Balcony Cabin available**
  • Single Supplement surcharge $1750pp
  • Room shared available **T&C Apply

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