Medieval Cities of the Mediterranean

17
Nights
2018
Sep 18
From
$8,190
MS
Oosterdam
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals, entertainment
Definite
Departure

The Medieval Cities of the Mediterranean holiday will be a wonderful opportunity to cruise from Venice to Florence through the Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea’s. The cruise is fully escorted and includes sightseeing tours in most ports of call. Also included are special activities for members of the group. We hope that you can join us.

Visiting Venice, Palermo, Naples & Tuscany, Italy; Split & Dubrovnik, Croatia; Sarande, Albania; Olympia, Crete & Mykonos, Greece; Valletta & Gozo Malta

Tour highlights

  • Sightseeing tours in Venice, Split, Dubrovnik, Sarande, Olympia, Crete, Valletta, Gozo, Palermo, Sorrento, Pompeii, Florence and Siena
  • Sail past Venice Island, one of the most beautiful sights in the world
  • Dubrovnik - the Jewel of the Adriatic, the city is situated on a promontory surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Adriatic Sea
  • The ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games
  • Visit the modern Archaeological Museum - Olympia
  • Walk through the ruins and excavations of Chania’s vast ancient palace
  • Explore the quaint streets of the beautiful island of Mykonos
  • Temples of Ggantija - Malta
  • La Kalsa quarter which is in the old Islamic area of Palermo
  • Visit the ancient, perfectly preserved ruins of Pompeii
  • Explore the great medieval city of Florence
  • Drive through the picturesque Tuscan countryside to Siena
  • Luxury cruising onboard MS Oosterdam
Medieval Cities of the Mediterranean  Map

Includes

  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/ Brisbane/Perth to Europe
  • Travel on MS Oosterdam in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on MS Oosterdam
  • Private group activities on board
  • 2 nights’ centrally located 4-star accommodation in Venice including breakfasts
  • 3 nights’ centrally located 4-star accommodation in Florence including breakfasts
  • Sightseeing tours in Venice, Split, Dubrovnik, Sarande, Olympia, Crete, Valletta, Gozo, Palermo, Sorrento, Pompeii, Florence and Siena
  • Cruise management by Travelrite International
  • Port and handling charges on MS Oosterdam
  • Cruise taxes
  • Air taxes as of 1 July 2017.
  • Onboard gratuities

Don't worry about coming alone

About a third of people on the cruise travel alone. We will match people in twin-share cabins when available, 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.

Fantastic Value – nothing more to pay

The Travelrite escorted MS Oosterdam cruise represents amazing value. There are no extras; everything is included in the one great price!

MS Oosterdam Deck plans

MS Oosterdam

The Oosterdam is the second in Holland America Line’s series of Vista-class ships. Launched in 2003 with a capacity of 1900 passengers she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies and is the perfect, spacious, mid-sized ship. The centerpiece of Oosterdam is a magnificent Waterford crystal globe, prominently displayed in the three-story atrium. She features an extensive use of crystal, marble, inlaid woods and brass, lovely flower arrangements, priceless artwork and antiques and a full wraparound teak promenade deck with padded deck chairs. Throughout the ship there are restaurants to suit every mood, from authentic Italian cuisine to a legendary experience at Le Cirque to a perfectly grilled porterhouse steak. Savor the many diverse restaurants and delicious menus inspired by the latest trends. Evenings on board brim with choices. Take in a thrilling show in the lounge, try your luck in the Casino, or sing along in the piano bar. Explore the varied gathering places to suit every taste. A highlight is the BB King’ Blues Club. Direct from Beale Street, the B.B. King All-Star band brings the best of Memphis music to sea.

Clothing on board MS Oosterdam

During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the main restaurants. The more formal Gala nights attire is for men a jacket and tie and dresses, skirts or slacks for women. There will be two Gala nights on the cruise. Other nights are classified as smart casual, which suggests a collared shirt and slacks for men and casual dresses or trousers and a blouse for women. Passengers not in the mood to get fancy on gala nights can opt for the buffet or room service.

Day 1 Depart Australia
Today we board our flights to Venice.

Day 2 Venice, Italy
Early afernoon we arrive in Venice and we are transferred to our hotel. Built on 117 islands, Venice was once the head of the Mediterranean empire. We will have two nights here before the cruise to enjoy the canals, renaissance palazzos and of course, the fabulous food and wine from the Veneto region. The rest of the day will be free for individual exploration.

Day 3 Venice
Today we will have a sightseeing tour of this beautiful city. We visit St Mark’s Square, see the Grand Canal, St Mark’s Cathedral, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. We will wind our way through the narrow alleyways to the market square of the Rialto. There will be free time in the afernoon to explore the meandering laneways and bridges of this magical city. Perhaps try an espresso or gelato and take in the sights and sounds of Venice. This evening we enjoy an included welcome dinner to celebrate the start of the tour.

Day 4 Embarkation
This morning is free for individual exploration. In the early afernoon we are transferred to the cruise terminal. Make sure that you are up on deck as the Oosterdam sails past Venice Island, one of the most beautiful sights in the world as we commence our ‘Medieval Cities of the Mediterranean’ cruise.

Day 5 Split, Croatia
Today we visit Split, the second largest city in Croatia. The Old Town grew up around the Emperor Diocletian’s vast Roman Palace. We have a morning sightseeing tour, during which we visit the interior courtyard of the Roman complex and the Golden Gate, the main entrance to Diocletian’s Palace. We visit the Baptistry of St John a small, beautiful building consecrated in the sixth century. We see the Renaissance Town Hall on People’s Square surrounded by Venetian buildings.

Day 6 Dubrovnik, Croatia
This morning we call in to the historic city of Dubrovnik. Known as The Jewel of the Adriatic, the city is situated on a promontory surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Adriatic Sea. It is renowned for the beauty of Itinerary its monuments, its magnificent city walls and welcoming atmosphere. It was founded by fugitives from the Roman city of Epidaurum during the seventh century. We have a comprehensive tour of Dubrovnik and see the impressive Fort of St John and the Sponza Palace, which was built in the 14th century as the Mint for the city.

Day 7 Sarande, Albania
This morning we arrive in Sarande, in the mysterious country of Albania and a gateway to the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set in a National Park, these impressive ruins are amongst Albania’s finest and were once occupied by the Greeks, then the Romans over a period of 2,500 years. We have the opportunity to explore the ruins and see the Roman Theatre and Baptistery, and the famous “lion’s gate”.

Day 8 Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
This morning we visit Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games. The Ancient Greeks flocked here every four years for more than a millennium to celebrate the sacred games dedicated to Zeus. We visit the ruins of the Sanctuary, with its athletic quadrangles, stadium, temples and treasuries; then visit the modern Archaeological Museum, a treasure house of Archaic, Classical and Roman sculptures, including the famous Nike “Winged Goddess of Victory”.

Day 9 Chania, Greece
Today we arrive in Chania, Crete. On our sightseeing tour today we will travel inland through the Old Town to visit and explore the Minoan Palace of Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur. We will walk through the ruins and excavations of the island’s vast ancient palace and learn about the Greek mythological tales that are linked to it.

Day 10 Mykonos, Greece
Today we arrive in the scenic Greek island of Mykonos. Mykonos is one of the smallest islands of the Cyclades complex, but is definitely the most famous, thanks to its treasure of natural beauty, rich history, cosmopolitan character combined with plenty of local colour. Chora, the islands capital is spectacular with its narrow, whitewashed streets and white cubicle houses with their tiny balconies, coloured windows lined by bougainvillea and posts of basilicum. Numerous little churches and chapels, hidden minuscule piazza’s and water wells, as well as the multitude of colourful shops makes this a fabulous place to explore at leisure. We will have a free day to explore the quaint streets of this beautiful island.

Day 11 Day at sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afernoon test your knowledge with fellow group members at Trivia.

Day 12 Valletta, Malta
The capital of Malta, Valletta was founded by the Knights of St John in 1566. Its purpose was to strengthen the Order’s position on the island, following the siege of Malta by the Turks in 1565. Our sightseeing tour includes visits to St Johns Co- Cathedral and the magnificent Palace of the Grand Masters. We also visit Mdina, Malta’s ancient capital and a medieval walled town situated on a hill in the centre of the island. The afernoon is free to visit Valletta’s wonderful museums or palaces. The ship overnights in Valetta.

DAY 13 Gozo, Malta
This morning we arrive on the island of Gozo, one of the 21 islands that make up the Maltese archipelago. Our sightseeing begins with a visit to the Temples of Ggantija. The two temples at this UNESCO World Heritage Site were built back in 3600BC, however were not revealed to the modern eye until the 19th century. Locals believed that the temples were built by giants, and once you see the size of the blocks you’ll understand why. This afernoon we enjoy a walking tour of Victoria, the ancient fortified city that dominates the island. We will see sights such as It-Tokk (Independence Square), St George’s Basilica and the Old Prison which was used by the Knights of St John in the 16th century.

Day 14 Palermo, Sicily
Founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC, the city has been home to numerous settlers including the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Germans and Spanish, before finally becoming part of a unified Italy in 1860. We will visit the medieval Cassaro quarter which contains the cathedral, 14th century palazzos and gardens. We will also visit the La Kalsa quarter which is in the old Islamic area, the centre of the city when it was ruled by the Arab Emirs. In the afernoon we visit Villa Malfitano built by the Whitaker family in 1885. The walled garden is rich with sub-tropical flora with a unique Sicilian layout.

Day 15 Naples, Italy
We arrive in Naples this morning and have a tour of the beautiful resort town of Sorrento, with its spectacular views of the Bay of Naples. We then visit the ancient, perfectly preserved ruins of Pompeii, a wealthy settlement of the Roman Empire, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. We will have a tour of the ruins with a local guide to see the Forum, the House of the Vetti, a well-preserved aristocratic villa and much more.

Day 16 Orvieto & Florence, Italy
This morning we arrive in the port of Civitavecchia and travel by coach to Florence where we will spend the next three nights. Along the way we will stop in Orvieto, one of the most popular places in the region of Umbria, Italy. It is situated high above tufa clifs showing traces of every phase of history for the past three thousand years.

Day 17 Florence, Italy
This morning we will have a walking tour of the great medieval city of Florence, capital of Tuscany. Home of Michelangelo and the Medici family, the city was the cradle of the Renaissance. During our walking tour we see the Piazza del Duomo, one of the largest cathedrals in the Christian world. Together with Brunelleschi’s wonderful dome, we see the Campanile and the Baptistry. We also wander through the Piazza della Signoria, which contains the Loggia della Signoria, the Palazza Vecchio and nearby, the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. There will be free time to explore Florence. You might want to visit the famous statue of David or visit the Ufizi Museum.

Day 18 Siena & Florence, Italy
Today we drive through the picturesque Tuscan countryside to Siena, where we soak up the atmosphere of this lovely city. Best known for the famous Palio horse race held in the magnificent Piazza del Campo, Siena is also home to the oldest bank in the world, a spectacular town hall and majestic cathedral. Our local guide will introduce us to the sights of the city, including the Piazza del Campo, with its splendid civic tower and the enormous, partially completed Duomo. The afernoon will be free for tour members to explore Siena independently. We return to Florence for a farewell dinner to celebrate our wonderful cruise.

Day 19 Departure
This morning the group will be transferred to Rome airport for the flight back to Australia.

Day 20 Arrival Australia
Tour members arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
L Interior 4,5,6,7 $8,190 $10,690
K Interior 1,4,5,6,10 $8,390 $10,890
J Interior 1 $8,590 $11,190
I Large Interior 6,7,8 $8,750 $11,250
G Obstructed Ocean View 4 $9,190 $11,790
F Ocean View 1,6 $9,250 $11,850
E Ocean View 1 $9,290 $11,990
DD Ocean View 1 $9,390 $12,090
D Ocean View 1,4 $9,450 $12,150
C Ocean View 1 $9,490 $12,190
VD Deluxe Balcony 6,7 $9,890 $13,690
VC Deluxe Balcony 4,5,6,8 $9,990 $13,790
VB Deluxe Balcony 4,5,6,7,10 $10,090 $13,890
VA Deluxe Balcony 4,5,6,8 $10,190 $13,990
SY Suite 5,8 $11,190 $15,990
SS Suite 6 $11,390 $16,390
SB Suite 4,5,6,7,8 $12,990 $19,690
Included port and handling charges $585 $893
Included on-board gratuities $200 $200
Included air taxes as at 1 July 2017 $200 $200

INCLUDED IN CRUISE

  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/ Brisbane/Perth to Europe
  • Travel on MS Oosterdam in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on MS Oosterdam
  • Private group activities on board
  • 2 nights’ centrally located 4-star accommodation in Venice including breakfasts
  • 3 nights’ centrally located 4-star accommodation in Florence including breakfasts
  • Sightseeing tours in Venice, Split, Dubrovnik, Sarande, Olympia, Crete, Valletta, Gozo, Palermo, Sorrento, Pompeii, Florence and Siena
  • Cruise management by Travelrite International
  • Port and handling charges on MS Oosterdam
  • Cruise taxes
  • Air taxes as of 1 July 2017.
  • Onboard gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary will be quoted for separately
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship
  • Gratuities when not on the ship

Availability

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call 1800 630 343 for fares and information on other cabin categories.

Extending

You can stay longer in Europe for minimal additional cost. Please contact Travelrite on 1800 630 343 for more information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

Tour Operator

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. The MS Oosterdam is operated by Holland America Cruises and the Oosterdam fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Holland America website. All passengers must complete an on-line Holland America online cruise personaliser and sign a Travelrite International booking form.

Tour Costs

The tour costs are based on airfare, shipping, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rates at 1 July 2017. Travelrite International 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 90 days of departure from Australia

Deposit and Payment

A deposit of $900 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 a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. The passenger must also complete the Holland America Line on line check in. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the Oosterdam fly/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.

Cancellation Charges

Number of days before sailing.

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 90 days Loss of deposit
90 - 61 days 50% of full fare
60 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

Refunds

The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

Travel Documents

All passengers will require a valid passport with six month validity. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.

Travel Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

Baggage

Passengers qualify for a 20kg free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the cruise.

Minimum Tour Numbers

The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

Responsibilities

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ATAS A10538) is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these fly/cruises, shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, 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 fly/cruises, 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, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners’ risk throughout the fly/cruise. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this fly/ cruise and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/cruise and/or make such changes in the fly/cruises as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the Oosterdam cruise passage contract with Holland America, detailed on their web site https://www.hollandamerica.com/ If you do not have a copy of this form please contact Travelrite International and we will send one to you.

How to Book

Bookings can be made online or by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $900 per person to:

Postal Booking
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103.

Online Booking
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Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free:1800 630 343
Telephone (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 marketing throughout Australia for over 30 years. It has two fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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