French Riviera & Dalmatian Coast Cruise with Heather Burden

20
Nights
2019
May 8
From
$9890
Celebrity
Constellation
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

Visiting Barcelona, Spain; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Nice, France; Rome & Venice, Italy; Messina, Sicily; Corfu, Greece; Kotor, Montenegro; Zadar, Croatia and London

Highlights Include

  • Sightseeing tour of Barcelona including Gaudi’s stunning architecture
  • Jardi Botanic Mar I Murtra, which was created by Karl Faust
  • Spectacular Santa Clotilde - an Italianate garden in the Renaissance style
  • Park Guell, designed by Gaudi
  • Parc del Laberint d’Horta, which is a superb example of a restored 18th-century neo-classical garden
  • Sightseeing tour with a local guide of Monte Carlo
  • Le Jardin Exotique d’Eze, perched on a high outcrop with the most magnificent views overlooking the sea
  • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild garden
  • The gorgeous formal gardens of Villa Lante
  • A sightseeing tour of Civitavecchia
  • Giardino Villa Madonna della Rocca
  • A sightseeing tour of Corfu
  • Achilleion Palace, built by Empress of Austria, Elizabeth of Bavaria
  • Sail up the picturesque Bay of Kotor
  • A sightseeing tour of Zadar
  • A sightseeing tour of Venice
  • Explore some of the beautiful hidden gardens of Venice with members of the Venice Garden Club
  • Escorted visit to the famous Royal Chelsea Flower Show
  • Hampton Court Palace and Garden
  • Farewell dinner
  • Luxury cruising onboard Celebrity Constellation
French Riviera & Dalmatian Coast Cruise with Heather Burden Map

Includes

  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne, Sydney Brisbane and Perth to Barcelona; from Venice to London and return to Australia from London.
  • Travel on Celebrity Constellation in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Celebrity Constellation
  • Private Celebrity Constellation activities on board
  • Travel in first-class chartered coaches
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Barcelona, 2 nights’ accommodation in Venice, 3 nights’ accommodation in London in 4-star centrally located hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Entry to gardens and attractions as detailed in itinerary
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty. Ltd. with Heather Burden meeting the group in Barcelona
  • A Travelrite travel bag

Don't worry about coming alone

About a third of people on the cruise travel alone. We will match people up in twin-share cabins when available, if requested – saving you the single supplement. You won’t be left alone; the Travelrite tour manager will be looking after you. There will be group activities almost every day.

Celebrity Constellation Deck plans

Celebrity Constellation

A spectacular experience throughout, Celebrity Constellation offers the impeccable service and exceptional amenities of a grand hotel, along with a voyage you’ll never forget. She boasts memorable style and ambience from the minute you enter the magnificent Grand Foyer. This vessel features an AquaSpa, Michael’s Club and Cova Cafe Milano – to name just a few of the features designed to indulge you, pamper you and exceed your every expectation. The Speciality Restaurant offers an alternative dining experience, in which five-star cuisine is presented and finished at tableside. It’s the quintessential Celebrity experience – spectacular cuisine complemented by crisp table linens, fine china and attentive, unobtrusive service. Convenient internet cafés allow guests to stay connected with family and friends. State-of-the-art theatres provide the perfect environment for lavish Broadway and Vegas production shows. A voyage on the Celebrity Constellation is an experience to be savoured and remembered.

Clothing on board the Celebrity Constellation

Clothing on board the Celebrity Constellation is typical attire, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the main restaurants. Nights at sea are classified as evening-chic for dress purposes and nights in port are classified as smart-casual. Evening Chic replaces formal nights and means that you can be glamorous and sophisticated in your own way. The self-service restaurants are casual attire.

Heather Burden

Heather Burden

Heather Burden was born and educated in Sydney. In 1979, through her love of skiing, she travelled to the Italian Alps to do a ski season, promptly fell in love with a ski instructor and has been in Italy for the past 38 years. Since selling her business a few years ago, she now divides her time between the north and the south of Italy. She enjoys living surrounded by olive trees and beautiful turquoise seas. Heather has an intimate knowledge and love of the history, culture and day-today life of the Mediterranean and is happy to share the magic of this beautiful region. On each garden visit we will have the owner or head gardener of the garden visited to show us around.

Day 1 Wednesday May 8, 2019 Departure
Our holiday begins with our flight to Barcelona, Spain.

Day 2 Thursday May 9, 2019 Barcelona, Spain
This morning we arrive in gorgeous Barcelona, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain. We will see the historic cathedral and the beautiful streets of the Gothic Quarter. We visit the modernist Eixample district and see examples of Gaudi’s stunning architecture, including the famous Sagrada Familia. The rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing.

Day 3 Friday May 10, 2019 Barcelona
This morning we travel north to the Costa Brava to visit the Jardi Botanic Mar I Murtra, which was created by Karl Faust. He created several different gardens to house the plants he collected from all over the world. Mar I Murtra is now divided into tropical, temperate and Mediterranean garden areas. In the afternoon, we will travel to visit spectacular Santa Clotilde, a large property built on the site of an old vineyard. It is an Italianate garden in the Renaissance style, where the symmetry of paths, planting and interesting focal points defines the garden. We will enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening to meet other tour members.

Day 4 Saturday May 11, 2019 Barcelona
This morning we will visit Park Guell, designed by Gaudi, which is a combination of architectural and landscape features with mature and natural looking plantings. Among them is the grand iron-balustrade entrance, with its mosaic tile work on the walls and the imposing staircase dragon. In the afternoon we will travel north-west of the city to visit Parc del Laberint d’Horta, which is a superb example of a restored 18th-century neo-classical garden. The most exciting part of the garden is the maze, which consists of 750 metres of Italian cypresses clipped into linear and curved shapes. There are intricate water courses, woodland and formal gardens.

Day 5 Sunday May 12, 2019 Embarkation
The morning is free for independent sightseeing before we are transferred to the port to board the Celebrity Constellation to start our cruise through the Mediterranean to Venice.

Day 6 Monday May 13, 2019 Monte Carlo, Monaco
We will have a wonderful day on the French Riviera today. We first enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide of Monte Carlo, famous for its casino and royal family. We’ll continue our journey with a visit Le Jardin Exotique d’Eze, perched on a high outcrop with the most magnificent views overlooking the sea. This garden, with its wonderful and varied collection of succulents, offers a unique experience, and the little town of Eze is fascinating.

Day 7 Tuesday May 14, 2019 Nice, France
Our ship arrives in the pretty village Villefranche-sur-Mer today. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide of the main sights of the French Riviera We first explore Nice’s narrow picturesque streets before driving along the Corniche road, where we have spectacular views of the ocean and cliffs, before we travel the short distance to visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild garden. It was laid out at the beginning of the 20th century by Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild, a member of the wealthy Rothschild family. The garden has been developed as a series of compartments representing different architectural and planting styles and is the ultimate in manicured French exotic style. Later we travel to Menton to visit the garden Clos du Peyronnet, an exceptional garden that combines colour and movement through a play of water staircases, formed by successive ponds, the last step of which is the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 8 Wednesday May 15, 2019 Civitavecchia, Italy
This morning we arrive at Civitavecchia and visit the gorgeous formal gardens of Villa Lante. Geometrically organised on four levels along a main axis, emphasised by fountains, it has perfect symmetry. This is a marvellous Renaissance garden in which murmuring water, flashing fountains, shade and sunlight alternate under vast plane trees. We travel on to the gorgeous town Orvieto. The town enjoys a remarkable site on the top of a volcanic rock. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour and see the Duomo, dating from the 13th century, situated in the Piazza del Duomo; the Palazzo del Popolo, built of volcanic rock and the Piazza della Repubblica, which stands on the site of the ancient forum.

Day 9 Thursday May 16, 2019 At sea
The day is free to enjoy the wonderful facilities of the ship. In the afternoon we will enjoy a Gardening Trivia competition. We will divide the group into teams with prizes for the winning team.

Day 10 Friday May 17, 2019 Messina, Sicily
On disembarking we travel to Taormina. We will visit the medieval centre and see the terrace Piazza IX April, with its views overlooking Mt Etna and the sea. We will visit Torre dell’Orologio, a restored 12th-century clock tower and the famous ancient Greek theatre, founded in the 3rd century BC and rebuilt by the Romans at the end of the 1st century. It is spectacularly sited with views of Mt Etna in the distance. This afternoon we visit Giardino Villa Madonna della Rocca. Laid out at the turn of the century by an Austrian, who was a collector of antique marble, arches and other artefacts, now romantically entwined with creepers.The hanging gardens are steeply terraced and planted with a large variety of species.

Day 11 Saturday May 18, 2019 Corfu, Greece
This morning we arrive in Corfu, the most northern island of the Ionian Group, lying at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea. On our tour today we will visit Corfu Town with its unique architecture influenced by Venetian, French and British occupation. The most notable examples are the Old and New Fortresses (Venetian) as well as the Palace of Saint Michael & Saint George (British) which now houses an impressive Museum of Asiatic Art. We travel out of the town to visit Achilleion Palace, built by Empress of Austria, Elizabeth of Bavaria. The palace was designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme. The gardens on the top of the hill provide a majestic view of the surrounding hills with the Ionian Sea in the background.

Day 12 Sunday May 19, 2019 Kotor, Montenegro
Today we sail up the picturesque Bay of Kotor, a submerged river canyon. The port of Kotor was built by the Republic of Venice and is surrounded by impressive city walls. There are many attractive Venetian buildings in the town. We will have a morning tour to explore this interesting city. The afternoon will be free for individual exploration.

Day 13 Monday May 20, 2019 Zadar, Croatia
Today we visit Zadar, located in central Dalmatia. On our sightseeing tour we will visit the Old Town, paved with gleaming white stone and the straight streets that were first laid out by the Romans. A high wall remains on the harbour side, built by the Venetians in the 16th century, and an entrance gate still sports the Venetian lion. Alfred Hitchcock visited often and it’s been claimed that the birds of Zadar inspired his film. We will also see the famed Museum of Ancient Glass housed in the 19th-century Cosmacendi Palace and National Museum.

Day 14 Tuesday May 21, 2019 Venice, Italy
This morning we disembark the ship and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Venice with a local guide who will introduce you to this fabled city. We visit the iconic Piazza San Marco and its grand cathedral; see the Grand Canal, the Doge’s Palace and learn about Venice’s history and culture. Later we are transferred to our hotel and the rest of the day will be free for independent exploration – perhaps experience a gondola ride or get a bird’s eye view of Venice from one of the bell towers, or just wander the entrancing maze of streets and canals, window-shopping and people-watching. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby this evening, or you may like to take in a concert.

Day 15 Wednesday May 22, 2019 Venice
This morning is spent exploring some of the beautiful hidden gardens of Venice. We meet our guides, members of the Venice Garden Club, who will provide entry to a very special and beautiful private garden.

Day 16 Thursday May 23, 2019 London, England
This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to London. On arrival we travel into the city to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby to go to a nearby restaurant for dinner. Tonight you might like to catch one of the many splendid London shows.

Day 17 Friday May 24, 2019 London
The highlight of our time in London will be our escorted visit to the famous Royal Chelsea Flower Show. It is the summer event in the English horticultural calendar. It boasts about 20 amazing landscaped gardens built by prominent landscapers and more than 500 displays featuring the best flowers, plants and trees, with many new introductions. For gardeners, it is the experience of a lifetime and a highlight of our garden tour.

Day 18 Saturday May 25, 2019 London
This morning we visit Hampton Court Palace and Garden. The Palace is an interesting place to visit to gain insights into the activities of British monarchs from Henry VIII onwards. The garden is most famous for its Great Vine, planted in 1768, which still produces hundreds of Black Hamburg grapes each year. The Pond Gardens offer a magnificent display of bedding plants. The newly-restored Privy Garden of William III is a spectacular example of baroque design, with parterres, cut work, clipped yews and spring and summer displays of 17th-century plants. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow tour members to toast the terrific time we have had on the tour.

Day 19 Sunday May 26, 2019 Departure
This morning is free to explore London as you wish. Mid-afternoon, we visit a private garden in West London. This is a true collectors’ garden, with perennial borders, a knot garden, a bog garden, a conservatory and views to a private park. Later we travel to the airport to board our flight to Australia.

Day 20 Monday May 27, 2019 In flight

Day 21 Tuesday May 28, 2019 Australia
The group arrives in Australia and tour arrangements conclude.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
10 Interior 3 $9,890 $13,090
9 Interior 6,7,8,9,11 $9,990 $13,290
7 Oceanview 2 $10,790 $14,690
5 Oceanview 6 $10,890 $14,990
4 Oceanview 7,8,9 $10,990 $15,090
2B Deluxe Balcony 6,8,9 $11,590 $16,290
2A Deluxe Balcony 7 $11,790 $16,690
C2 Concierge Balcony 8 $11,990 $17,090
A2 Aqua Balcony 9 $12,290 $17,590
Included port and handling charges $400 $800
Includes air taxes and surcharges as of 20/3/18 $190 $190

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne, Sydney Brisbane and Perth to Barcelona; from Venice to London and return to Australia from London.
  • Travel on Celebrity Constellation in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Celebrity Constellation
  • Private Celebrity Constellation activities on board
  • Travel in first-class chartered coaches
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Barcelona, 2 nights’ accommodation in Venice, 3 nights’ accommodation in London in 4-star centrally located hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Entry to gardens and attractions as detailed in itinerary
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty. Ltd. with Heather Burden meeting the group in Barcelona
  • A Travelrite travel bag

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary; these will be quoted for separately

Availability

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. Please call for details on 1800 033 436.

Extending

You can stay on in the Europe at minimal extra cost. Please contact 1800 033 436 for more information

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TOUR OPERATOR:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd, (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.

TOUR COSTS:
The tour costs are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 20/1/18. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 92 days of departure from Australia.

DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS:
A deposit of $1,000 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. The passenger must also complete an on line check in with Celebrity Cruises and send a reservation form to Travelrite International. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 92 days prior to the commencement of the cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa or Mastercard and 3% for payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.

AIR TAXES:
from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are as at 20/3/18. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

CANCELLATION CONDITIONS:

Number of days before sailing. Cancellation Fee
Over 92 days loss of $1000
91 - or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS AND CONDITIONS:
The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 92 days prior to departure. Travelrite reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified cost. Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour. Tour Organisation: Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour. REFUNDS: The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accomm-odation, meals, airfare or other services not utilized after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport. Visas for countries visited are not required for Australian passport holders. If you hold another passport please check with Travelrite.

BAGGAGE:
All passengers qualify for the 20kg free baggage allowance.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd. is the tour organiser. Neither Nationwide News Pty Limited nor any of its subsidiaries, nor any of its newspapers have any involvement in the tour, and have no liability of any kind to any person in relation to the tour. Travelrite acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in the tour, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, rerouting or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be taken in the State of Victoria.

How To Book:
Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $1,000 for the Garden Cruise. Please send to:

Travelrite International Pty. Ltd.
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn 3103

Further information or a booking form can be obtained by telephoning Travelrite International on the following numbers:

Toll Free 1800 630 343
Phone: (03) 8803 6868
Fax: (03) 9836 8068
Email: balwyn@travelrite.com.au

ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been operating in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for more than 34 years. It is fully ATX accredited (No. A10538) and has two fully credited IATA offices Heathmont and Balwyn. As such, it directly represents the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international tour and transport operators. Travelrite International has been operating special interest tours for 30 years, and now runs over 90 tours a year. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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