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ITALY, CROATIA & GREEK ISLANDS

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16 days from $4999pp

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WONDERS OF 3 COUNTRIES
CRUISE TO SANTORINI, DUBROVNIK, VENICE & MORE
INCLUDES RETURN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

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If you ever need a reminder of how beautiful the world can be, look no further than Italy, Croatia and the Greek Islands. Three awe-inspiring destinations blessed with dramatic coastlines, picturesque islands, grand cities and plenty of opportunities to just sit back, relax and soak in the view.

On this 16 day fly, tour and cruise package, you have a chance to do just that - and so much more. Witness the iconic Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Arch of Constantine in Rome; walk the streets and canals of romantic Venice, and admire the gorgeous bays and colourful houses of the Cinque Terre. Continue on through the sun-kissed landscape of Tuscany, stopping to visit the Renaissance city of Florence. Then, embark on a seven-night cruise of the Mediterranean aboard the MSC Sinfonia ship. Marvel at the dramatic cliffs of Croatia, the white-washed houses of Santorini and Mykonos in the Greek Islands; immerse yourself in the buzzing and lively spirit of Split; stroll within the medieval walls of Dubrovnik; see the vibrant port city of Ancona and so much more!

This incredible package includes return international flights, four nights quality hotel accommodation, a seven night 4-star MSC cruise, and so much more!


 

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ITINERARY

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Day 1 New Zealand - Rome

Today depart from either Auckland, *Christchurch or *Wellington for Rome, Italy! Fly with airlines such as Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air France, KLM, Finnair, Cathay Pacific, to name a few (subject to availability).

Please Note: Due to flight availability and scheduling, some customers may be required to depart after on day 2 and arriving on day 2. Flight schedules will be confirmed approximately 6 weeks prior to departure.


Meals included: In-Flight


 

Day 2 Welcome to Rome!

Upon arrival in Rome, be met by a representative and transferred to the hotel.

Please note: Some customers may arrive early in the morning, and check-in will not be available until 2pm. Affected customers may make use of the hotel common areas and luggage storage so they may either relax or explore the city at leisure until check-in.

Overnight Rome: Grand Hotel Fleming, Rome or similar 
Meals included: None


 

Day 3 Rome City Tour

This morning after breakfast, enjoy a half-day tour of Ancient Rome with a local guide (approx 3 hours). Today, you will see some of Rome’s most iconic sights, visit the Piazza Venezia (central hub of Rome), the Campidoglio and the Via dei Fori Imperiali, a road that runs in a straight line from the Piazza Venezia to the Roman Forum. See the great former centre of political, commercial and legal life of Ancient Rome and famous arena of gladiators; the Colosseum (exterior).

Continue onwards to the Arch of Constantine, a monument dedicated to Emperor Constantine in 315AD by the Senate and the people of Rome. You will also see Palatine Hill, where former emperors and ancient influencers once lived and the exterior of the gigantic Circus Maximus, an ancient chariot-racing stadium and mass entertainment venue.

This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure in the eternal city of Rome.

Please note: If you have your sights set on visiting the famous Colosseum or Vatican Museum during your free time, we strongly advise pre-purchasing tickets online to avoid excessive queue times.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Fleming, or similar Rome 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 4 Rome - Florence - La Spezia (approx. 420 km)

After breakfast depart for Florence, home to a wealth of renaissance art and architecture. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of the city with your tour leader. See the Piazza Santa Croce, the beautiful Piazza Signoria, the Palazzo (town hall) and Ponte Vecchio (segmental arch bridge over the Arno River). You will also see the magnificent Piazza del Duomo and its iconic cathedral (entrance not included). Afterwards, enjoy some free time for lunch (not included) before heading onwards to La Spezia, one of Italy’s most picturesque port cities. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and take the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: CDH Hotel La Spezia or similar, La Spezia
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 5 La Spezia - Cinque Terre

After breakfast, take a boat to the iconic Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages situated on the rugged Italian Riviera. Enjoy a half-day boat tour with your tour leader to discover the beautiful villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Rio Maggiore, Manarola and Corniglia (3 stops included). Take in the unique atmosphere of colourful houses and vineyards that cling to steep terraces, nestled with-in sleek harbours filled with fishing boats and “trattorias” (Italian restaurant) The area is renowned for its seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto.

Enjoy this afternoon at leisure in La Spezia.

Overnight: CDH Hotel La Spezia or similar, La Spezia
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 6 La Spezia - Venice (approx. 350km)

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Venice. Relax and enjoy the scenic landscapes as you travel across mainland Italy.

Upon arrival, check into the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Sport Hotel All'Ancora, or similar, Venice Area 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 7 Venice Full Day

This morning, enjoy a full day in Venice. You will be transferred to Tronchetto Pier where you will board a water bus to the city centre. Take the time to admire the beautiful buildings and architecture as you cruise the waters of Venice. Upon arrival, begin your walking tour with your tour-leader. See the iconic St Mark’s Square, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the hub of Venetian life. Surrounding the square, you will see the famous St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, and the Bell Tower (entrances not included). The church (St Mark’s Basilica) was built to house the body of St. Mark, transported from Alexandria in 828AD. Inside the Basilica, you can admire glittering Byzantine Mosaics. Continue onwards to Rialto Bridge, one of the oldest and most beautiful canal bridges in Venice.

Overnight: Sport Hotel All'Ancora, or similar, Venice Area 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 8 Begin 7 Night MSC Italy, Croatia & Greek Islands Cruise - Departs at 4:30pm

After breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure before being transferred to Venice cruise port for embarkation.

The cruise departs this afternoon at 4:30pm.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - 'MSC Sinfonia' ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner


 

Day 9 Split, Croatia 7:00am - 5:00pm

Croatia's second-largest city, Split provides an insight into Dalmatian life, how it’s really lived. Always buzzing, this exuberant city has a bountiful mixture of tradition and modernity. The antiquity of Split harbour is testified by the presence of the UNESCO listed Diocletian’s Palace built by Emperor Diocletian 295 BC. Split’s harbour is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful, but also one of the oldest in the Adriatic: it is over 1,700 years old, and is surrounded by an extraordinary historical heritage. You can easily reach the nearby islands from here.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - 'MSC Sinfonia' ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 10 At Sea

Overnight: MSC Cruises - 'MSC Sinfonia' ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 11 Santorini, Greece 7:00am - 3:00pm - Mykonos, Greece 8:00pm - 4:00am

Whitewashed villages clinging to the rugged sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island's charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as to the location of the lost city of Atlantis.

After exploring Santorini, depart for Mykonos tonight. Mykonos is the most glamorous of the Greek Isles - well known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, beautiful beaches and incredible nightlife. The old town has many tantalising dining options to choose from.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - 'MSC Sinfonia' ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 12 Mykonos, Greece Depart at 4:00am - At Sea

Overnight: MSC Cruises - 'MSC Sinfonia' ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 13 Dubrovnik, Croatia 2:00pm - 8:00pm

The walled enclave of Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s most popular cruise destinations, and it’s easy to see why. Grand architecture, narrow laneways to explore, and colourful cafes and bars to while away the hours… all framed by the shimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea. It’s truly magical.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - 'MSC Sinfonia' ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 14 Ancona, Italy 10:00am - 6:00pm

Ancona is an intriguing port city just steps away from the Mediterranean Sea, a grand place to set out and explore on foot. Ancona’s large, three-storey Archaeological Museum in the old quarter is a great place to while away an hour or two - it's wacky, moulded ceilings vaulting over a collection of rare finds from red and black-figure Greek kraters (mixing vessels) to a stunning Celtic crown.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - 'MSC Sinfonia' ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 15 Venice, Italy Arrive at 8:00am - New Zealand

Today, you will return back to the port of Venice. Once you have disembarked, make your own way to the airport for your return flight to New Zealand.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight


 

Day 16 Arrive in New Zealand

Please note: some flights may arrive in New Zealand +1 day later.


 

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 TERMS AND CONDITIONS

*Prices are per person (pp) in NZD, twin share based on lead in season. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of publication but is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Valid for sale until sold out. Airfares not included unless specified. Offers are subject to availability and can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Credit card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact a World Travellers consultant.