Ancient Wonders & Italian Lakes

Mar 10
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

An amazing Value Holiday visiting Dubai, UAE; Khasab, Muscat, Salalah, Oman; Aqaba, Jordan; Rhodes, Athens, Greece; Rome, Como, Italy

Tour highlights

  • Sightseeing tours in Dubai and Milan
  • A sumptuous BBQ dinner in the desert and watch traditional belly dancers - Dubai
  • Explore Dubai
  • Khasab, the most ‘northern city’ in the Emirates
  • Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman
  • Salalah, the birthplace of the current Sultan
  • The spectacular ancient city of Petra, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world
  • Transit the famed Suez Canal
  • The atmospheric Old Town of Rhodes
  • Explore Rome
  • A sightseeing tour of Genoa
  • Beautiful Lake Como
  • Luxury Cruising onboard MSC Splendida
Ancient Wonders & Italian Lakes Map


  • Economy flight from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth to Dubai and return from Milan
  • Travel on MSC Splendida in the selected cabin category
  • 18 days/ 17-night cruise aboard MSC Splendida
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges aboard MSC Splendida
  • 2 night’s accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Dubai including breakfast
  • 2 night’s accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Como including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours in Dubai and Milan
  • Cruise taxes and port & handling charges


MSC Orchestra Deck plans

MSC Splendida

Eco-ship MSC Splendida carries you in stylish luxury to the most desirable cruise destinations in the world, while being a beautiful destination in her own right. There are a variety of designer themed bars and restaurants with many gourmet choices to explore, from authentic Mediterranean specialities to spicy Tex-Mex. Complete the night with a world-class show in The Strand Theatre, a winning streak in the Royal Palm Casino or dancing in the Club 33 Disco. There’s also a vast array of sports facilities including four swimming pools, a jogging track, squash court and ultramodern gym. After your exertions, you can relax in the MSC Aurea Spa with pampering Balinese massages, thalassotherapy, advanced beauty treatments, a Turkish bath, sauna, whirlpool and solarium.

Clothing on board MSC Splendida

Lightweight, loose clothing are ideal for daytime. For informal evenings, casual dresses for women and a lightweight jacket for men is recommended. For formal evenings, gala dinners or Captain’s cocktail parties, a cocktail dress for the ladies and lightweight or dark suit or dinner jacket for the men is recommended. There are usually at least 2-3 gala or formal evenings per cruise. Throughout the cruise (day or night) there maybe theme parties, including 60s, floral, white or Italian parties. Dressing in theme is NOT compulsory. Please note there are no shops onboard to purchase, make or hire theme costumes or dinner suits. The dress of the day is published in the Daily Program.

DAY 1 Tuesday 10 March, 2020 Depart Australia
Depart Australia and travel to Dubai, UAE. On arrival we are transferred to the hotel.

DAY 2 Wednesday 11 March, 2020 Dubai, UAE
Today we have a sightseeing tour of Dubai to see the modern developments that have catapulted this city into the twenty-first century over the last few years. This evening the group is transferred into the desert for a fantastic ‘dinner in the desert’. You will travel by four-wheel-drive vehicles to a location surrounded by sand dunes, where you will have a sumptuous BBQ dinner and watch traditional belly dancers.

DAY 3 Thursday 12 March, 2020 Dubai, UAE - Embarkation
Today is a free day to explore Dubai. Perhaps visit the Old Town and the world-famous Gold Souk, where narrow streets are lined with shop windows glinting with ornaments made in 22 and 24 carat gold. Or else visit the Burj Al Arab, one of the most well-known landmarks in Dubai and probably in the UAE and enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Skyview Bar, located on the 27th floor and about 200m above sea level. Later you are transferred to the MSC Splendida, be up on deck as the ship slips her moorings this evening. As we step off the ship in our visit to Salalah we will soon be amazed by its historic and artistic wealth. A short way from Salalah, you can visit the Khor Rori archaeological site, with the ruins of the ancient city of Sumhuran where an excursion can offer the excitement of entering the summer palace of the Queen of Sheba.

DAY 4 Friday 13 March, 2020 Khasab, Oman
This morning we arrive in Khasab, the most ‘northern city’ in the Emirates. Khasab is wellknown for its dolphin tours as well as other outdoor activities due to its strategic location and its beautiful mountainscapes as well as fjord-like craggy inlets. You may also choose to take a city tour including Bukha, a dhow cruise or a safari drive to Jebel Harim.

DAY 5 Saturday 14 March, 2020 Muscat, Oman
Today we arrive in Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman. You may like to take a sightseeing tour and travel to the city of Nizwa to visit Jabrin Castle, which is probably the finest and most picturesque in Oman. You can also visit the Nizwa Fort, the oldest in Oman. It was founded in 1668, but took many years to complete, the enormous tower alone taking 30 years. After visiting the fort, you can visit the Nizwa Souk, where you will find locally-crafted goods such as silver jewellery, copper and weaving.

DAY 6 Sunday 15 March, 2020 At sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship.

DAY 7 Monday 16 March, 2020 Salalah, Oman
Salalah, the birthplace of the current Sultan, sits on a long sandy beach fringed with palm trees even though the desert is just a few kilometres away. The mountains behind Salalah capture moisture that allows the famous frankincense trees to grow and produce the incense that is found in local markets and all over the world.

DAY 8 Tuesday 17 March, 2020 At sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. Start the day with an al fresco stretching class in the Aqua Park, other daily events include dance lessons, trivia quizzes, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and various sporting challenges including ping pong, table soccer, mini-golf and squash tournaments.

DAY 9 Wednesday 18 March, 2020 At sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship.

DAY 10 Thursday 19 March, 2020 At Sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. Why not experience the virtual world area housing the most thrilling attractions onboard – an F1 simulator and 4D cinema? There is also a bowling alley in the Sports Bar.

DAY 11 Friday 20 March, 2020 At sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship.

DAY 12 Saturday 21 March, 2020 Aqaba, Jordan
Today we call into the port of Aqaba, Jordan. There is only one sightseeing tour to take today and that is the tour to the spectacular ancient city of Petra, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. It was carved directly from the rock by the Nabateans around 300 B.C. and is more recently known for having been filmed in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. Accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq, it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, the “Rose City, half as old as time.” Perhaps its most famous structure is 45m-high Al Khazneh, a temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade, and known as The Treasury.

DAY 13 Sunday 22 March, 2020 Suez Canal Transit, Egypt
Today you transit the famed Suez Canal. A daytime sailing, through the 119-mile-long Suez Canal via the Great Bitter Lake to Port Said. Opened in 1869, this is the only link between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. It shaved weeks off voyages from Europe to Asia and Australia. A very enjoyable day.

DAY 14 Monday 23 March, 2020 Suez Canal Transit, Egypt

DAY 15 Tuesday 24 March, 2020 At sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. upscale mall housed in a 19th century glass covered arcade. In the early afternoon, we will transfer north to Como. Set in the shadow of the snow-covered Rhaetian Alps and hemmed in on both sides by steep wooded hills, Lake Como is the most spectacular of the regions three major lakes. Shaped like an upside-down Y, its winding shoreline is dotted with ancient villages and exquisite villas.

DAY 16 Wednesday 25 March, 2020 Rhodes, Greece
This morning you arrive in Rhodes. The atmospheric Old Town of Rhodes is a maze of cobbled streets that will spirit you back to the days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond. There are multiple shore excursions available. You can take a 1-hour drive south through the wonderful countryside of Rhodes island, to visit the town and archaeological site of Lindos; a pretty town overlooking a turquoise bay. Or a cultural and history tour of the ruins of Kamiros dating back to 8th century B.C.

DAY 17 Thursday 26 March, 2020 Athens, Greece
Today we call into the ancient city of Athens, capital of Greece. Athens is the home of the Acropolis and the ultimate in ancient Greek architectural perfection, the Parthenon, built to honour the goddess Athena and one of the wonders of the ancient world. The Acropolis is still dominating the frantic bustle of modern Athens.

DAY 18 Friday 27 March, 2020 At sea
Your last day at sea to explore and enjoy the facilities of the ship.

DAY 19 Saturday 28 March, 2020 Rome, Italy
We arrive in Rome today. Take the opportunity to spend a full day sightseeing, visit the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the heart of the Vatican at St. Peter’s Square. See the Baroque architecture at Piazza Navona, taste Roman street food, or step back in time to Imperial Rome at the Colosseum and Roman Forum and the Pantheon.

DAY 20 Sunday 29 March, 2020 Genoa – Como, Italy – Disembarkation
Today we arrive in Genoa and disembark. We are transferred into Milan, the world’s design capital. We will have a sightseeing tour before free time to have lunch and to explore the city at leisure. You may like to see sights such as the Milan Cathedral, the Opera House or do some shopping at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – an MSC Splendida

DAY 21 Monday 30 March, 2020 Como, Italy
A free day to visit the beautiful towns on Lake Como. Catch a ferry to Villa Carlotta, known for its beautiful setting and spectacular gardens, or take another ferry across the lake to the lovely town of Bellagio. Occupying a magnificent site on the promontory dividing Lake Lecco from Lake Como, Bellagio is known for its pretty streets, villas and gardens.

DAY 22 Tuesday 31 March, 2020 Departure
We transfer to Milan Airport for our return flights to Australia.

DAY 23 Wednesday 1 April, 2020 Arrival Australia
Today we arrive back in Australia and tour activities end.

Cabin Twin Fare Single Fare
Inside Belle $4,999 $7,500
Inside Fantastica $5,500 $7,900
Oceanview Belle – Partially Obstructed $5,999 $8,525
Oceanview Fantastica $6,500 $8,999
Balcony Belle $6,750 $9,399
Balcony Fantastica $6,999 $9,999
Suite Aurea $8,250 $12,350
Included port & handling charges $250 $250
Included air taxes as at 1/2/18 $200 $200
Included ship gratuities $272 $272


  • Economy flight from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth to Dubai and return from Milan
  • Travel on MSC Splendida in the selected cabin category
  • 18 days/ 17-night cruise aboard MSC Splendida
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges aboard MSC Splendida
  • 2 night’s accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Dubai including breakfast
  • 2 night’s accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Como including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours in Dubai and Milan
  • Cruise taxes and port & handling charges


  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary. These will be quoted for separately
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Gratuities


The tour costs are based on airfare, shipping, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rates at 1 December 2018. Cruise Offers Value Holidays 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.

A deposit of $1,500 per passenger is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 92 days before departure of the tour from Australia. A 1.5% administration fee will be charged for payment by Visa, Mastercard and AMEX cards.

Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are valid as at 1 December 2018. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to charge additional amounts.


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

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

The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 90 days prior to departure. Cruise Offers Value Holidays 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. REFUNDS: The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilized after the tour has commenced.

All passengers will require a valid passport with at least six months validity from your return date.

All passengers qualify for the 23kg free baggage allowance

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.

Cruise Offers Value Holidays (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd, ATAS A10538) is the tour organiser. Cruise Offers, 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 MSC Splendida fly/cruise passage contract with MSC Cruises, detailed on the MSC Cruises website. If you do not have a copy of the MSC Cruises terms and conditions please contact Cruise Offers and we will send one to you.

Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $1,500 per person to:

423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information can be obtained by telephoning

Toll Free: 1800 630 343 press option 1
Telephone: (03) 9836 2522
Fax: (03) 9836 8068

Cruise Offers Value Holidays (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd), (ABN 64 005 817 078) 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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