During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the restaurants. During the evening on formal nights, a dinner suit or dark suit for gentlemen and eveningwear for ladies is required in the main restaurants. Casual nights require a collared shirt for gentlemen. The self-service restaurants are casual.
About a third of people on the cruise travel alone. We will match people up 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.
The cruise is fully escorted and will be a great fun holiday with plenty of activities. Each evening dine with the group on our reserved tables. You will meet a fun group of people and have a fabulous time.
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.VIEW ITINERARY
Day 1 Depart Australia
Today we board our flights to Barcelona.
Day 2 Barcelona, Spain
This morning we arrive at Barcelona airport. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred to our hotel. We will have time to freshen up before an overview sightseeing tour of exciting Barcelona.
Day 3 Barcelona, Spain
This morning we will enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide of Barcelona. We will see the historic cathedral and the beautiful streets of the Gothic Quarter as well as the modernist Eixample district and see examples of Gaudi’s stunning architecture, including the famous Sagrada Familia. We will visit Parc Guell, which is a combination of architectural and landscape features with mature and natural looking plantings. The park was commissioned by Count Eusebi Guell in the 1890s. By 1914, Antoni Gaudi had completed the famous features that are most enjoyed by the park’s visitors today. Among them is the grand iron-balustrade entrance, with its mosaic tile work on the walls and the imposing staircase dragon. This evening we have an included welcome dinner to meet the group members.
Day 4 Embarkation
This morning is free for individual exploration. In the early afternoon we are transferred to the cruise terminal. Make sure that you are up on deck as the Oosterdam sails out of Barcelona and we commence our ‘Medieval Cities of the Mediterranean’ cruise.
Day 5 Marseille, France
Today we arrive in Marseilles. We board our coach to travel to Aix-en- Provence, the old capital of Provence for a sightseeing tour. Aix is a graceful city known for its beautiful sandstone buildings. We will see the Old Town with its attractive 18th and 19th-century squares, many of them with attractive fountains in their centre. There will also be time to explore the many interesting shops and cafés.
Day 6 Cannes
This morning we arrive at the city of Cannes. We travel to the fairy-tale principality of Monaco to Monte Carlo, most noted for its glamorous atmosphere, as it is considered Monaco’s wealthiest district. We see the Formula One Grand Prix circuit, the cathedral (built in 1878) where Princess Grace is buried and the Royal Palace, home to Prince Albert 2. We will travel along the Grand Cornice, the most famous panorama road in the world, and see the spectacular French Riviera with its numerous beaches strung together as we head back to Cannes via Nice.
Day 7 Florence, Italy
Today we travel to Florence for a walking tour of the great medieval city, 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.
Day 8 Rome
This morning we arrive in the port of Civitavecchia and travel by coach to Rome. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Eternal City’ and see the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, where group members can throw a coin and make a wish to return to Rome one day. In the afternoon we will return to the Oosterdam.
Day 9 Naples
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 10 Taormina
Today we call in to the island of Sicily. We travel to the famous resort of Taormina, spectacularly located high on a 200-metre-high rocky outcrop, with views to Mt Etna. The town, founded by the Greeks, has an ancient theatre that also overlooks the mountain. Since the 18th century, Taormina has been a popular travel destination. We will walk around 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 third century BC and rebuilt by the Romans at the end of the first century – it is spectacularly sited with views of Mt Etna in the distance.
Day 11 Day at sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon test your knowledge with fellow group members at Trivia.
Day 12 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 finish our tour at the Liston, Corfu Town’s traditional meeting place. The afternoon is free for shopping or sightseeing.
Day 13 Kotor, Montenegro
Today we sail up the picturesque Bay of Kotor, a submerged river canyon. A fantastic landscape is created by the overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovcen. The town was founded by the ancient Romans in 168 BC and conquered by the Venetians in the 15th century. 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.
Day 14 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 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 15 Trieste, Italy
Trieste has a rich historical and cultural background that played a strong role for the economy of the Hapsburg Empire and later the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. On our sightseeing tour we see some beautiful Catholic and Orthodox churches and one of the most beautiful synagogues in Middle Europe, built in a Syrian style. We will see palaces of remarkable architectural value in Neo-Classical style and Italy’s largest square overlooking the sea, Piazza Unità d’Italia. We will also visit the castle of Miramare, the residence of Maximilian from Hapsburg and his wife Charlotte from Belgium. Surrounded by a wonderful park of 22 hectares with rare botanical species, the castle is an example of a noble residence of the mid-seventeenth century. We overnight aboard the Oosterdam in Trieste
Day 16 Venice
This morning we transfer to Venice and our hotel. Built on 117 islands, Venice was once the head of the Mediterranean empire. We will have two nights here 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 17 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. The rest of the day will be free for individual exploration. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate our wonderful cruise.
Day 18 Departure
This morning the group will be transferred to Venice airport for the flight back to Australia.
Day 19 Arrival Australia
Tour members arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.
|Cabin||Description||Deck||Twin Fare||Single Fare|
|Included port and handling charges||$750||$1,142|
|Included ship gratuities||$220||$220|
|Included air taxes as at 1/6/2022||$290||$290|
All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.
You can stay longer in Europe for minimal additional cost. Please contact 1800 630 343 for more information.
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.
The tour costs are based on airfare, shipping, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rates at 1 June 2022. 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 credit card.
Cancellation Charges:Number of days before departure.
|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|
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.
All passengers will require a valid passport with six month validity. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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 by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $900 per person to:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free: 1800 630 343
Phone: (03) 8803 6868
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 a fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) office at Balwyn. As such it 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.
“Had a great time. Well organised. Ship crew were fantastic. Tour Manager did a great job. Guides were good, and we had a very friendly group.”
“Tour Host was very personable, great lectures. Top class guides made all the difference.”