Empires of the Mediterranean with Mike Perso

Sep 28
MS Nieuw
Including flights, accommodation,
sightseeing, tours, meals, entertainment

Join us on board Nieuw Amsterdam for the fully escorted Cruise of Mediterranean with Smooth fm's Mike Perso. Visiting Rome, Venice, Sorrento & Stresa, Italy; Corfu, Santorini, Athens, Crete, Nafplion & Olympia, Greece; Kotor, Montenegro; Ephesus, Turkey

Tour highlights

  • Sightseeing tours in Rome, Sorrento, Ephesus, Crete, Athens, Nafplion, Olympia, Corfu, Kotor and Venice.
  • Welcome drinks and sessions with Mike Perso including a game of trivia
  • The Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel
  • Ancient ruins of Pompeii
  • Explore the Minoan Palace of Knossos, legendary home of the mythical Minotaur
  • Acropolis, dominating the frantic bustle of modern Athens
  • Parthenon, built to honour the goddess Athena
  • Tour of the old town and historic Palamidi Fortress
  • Corfu Town with its unique architecture influenced by Venetian, French and British
  • Market square of the Rialto
  • Verona, renowned for its summer opera season
  • Villa Carlotta, known for its beautiful setting and spectacular gardens
  • Mike will host a game of trivia with prizes for winners
  • Free time to visit the semi-classical Villa Melzi
  • Take the ferry across the Italian Lakes to the lovely town of Bellagio
  • Luxury Cruising onboard MS Nieuw Amsterdam
Empires of the Mediterranean with Mike Perso Map


  • Economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Perthto Rome and return from Milan
  • Travel on Nieuw Amsterdam in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Tour leadership by Mike Perso
  • Private group activities on board
  • 2 nights' 4 star accommodation in Rome including breakfast
  • 2 nights' 4 star accommodation in Stresa including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours in Rome, Sorrento, Ephesus, Crete, Athens,Nafplion, Olympia, Corfu, Kotor and Venice.
  • Cruise management by Travelrite International
  • Port and handling charges on Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Cruise taxes
  • Air taxes as of 1 October 2019
  • On-board gratuities

Clothing on board MS Nieuw Amsterdam

Daytime dress is casual. Ensure that you wear shoes and a cover-up over a bathing suit when walking through the interior of the ship. Most evenings, Smart Casual is appropriate and can be defined as slacks and sports shirts or sweater for men and a skirt or trousers and sweater or blouse for women. Shorts, flip-flops, swimwear, distressed jeans and men’s tank tops are best left to daytime and the poolside. For Gala Nights jacket and tie are appropriate for gentlemen, while ladies wear a cocktail dress or gown.

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 – 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 advantages of the Mike Perso cruise

The cruise is fully escorted and will be a great fun holiday with plenty of activities. Each evening you will dine with the group on our reserved tables. You will meet a fun group of people and have a fabulous time.

MS Nieuw Amsterdam Deck plans

MS Nieuw Amsterdam

The second of Holland America Line's signature-class ships, ms Nieuw Amsterdam celebrates historic New York City, once called Nieuw Amsterdam, with its inspired design and an art collection valued at more than $3 million. A beautifully appointed midsized ship with elegant lines, she proudly reflects more than 140 years of Dutch seafaring tradition. There are ten delicious dinning venues and the wonderfully relaxing Greenhouse Spa. With sophisticated décor and amenities, staterooms provide a welcoming haven at the end of an eventful day, designed with thoughtful modern touches such as bedside USB ports, frameless shower doors and customized wood cabinets. Dazzling entertainment options abound on board Nieuw Amsterdam. The new Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard venues join the already popular B.B. King's Blues Club for a wonderful "Music Walk" experience.

 Mike Perso

Mike Perso

Mike Perso makes getting up in the mornings a little easier for Melbournians as host of the More Music Breakfast Show weekdays from 5.30am to 9.00am. With 2019 marking his 40th year in radio, Mike has worked in numerous cities for multiple networks as an on-air announcer and in programming, promotions and marketing and has been host of the smooth 91.5 More Music Breakfast Show since 2012. Mike has been with his partner Jac for over 20 years and has three sons. A keen cyclist, bush walker and cross country skier, Mike juggles his radio career with family commitments, devotion to the Carlton Football Club, life in Melbourne's inner west and a couple of way too energetic dogs.

DAY 1 Monday September 28, 2020 Depart Australia
Today we board our flight to Rome, Italy.

DAY 2 Tuesday September 29, 2020 Rome, Italy
Upon arrival in Rome we are transferred to our city hotel. The evening is free to unwind and take in the atmosphere of this beautiful city.

DAY 3 Wednesday September 30, 2020 Rome
This morning 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. In the afternoon we will visit the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel.

DAY 4 Thursday October 1, 2020 Embarkation
This morning we are transferred to the port of Civitavecchia to board the luxurious Holland America Line Niuew Amsterdam. In the evening Mike will host drinks to celebrate the start of the Empires of the Mediterranean cruise.

DAY 5 Friday October 2, 2020 Sorrento & Pompeii
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 6 Saturday October 3, 2020 At sea
A day to explore the ship and enjoy the on-board facilities. Explore the library, shops, gym and pools. In the afternoon Mike will introduce you to all that is involved in being a radio-show host. This promises to be a very entertaining session.

DAY 7 Sunday October 4, 2020 Santorini, Greece
Arriving early in the morning, we have a free day to explore and enjoy Santorini. Known as the Black Pearl of the Aegean; one of the most spectacular landscapes in Greece and in the world. The traditional villages of the island, built on tall cliffs, offer breathtaking views over the submerged volcano.

DAY 8 Monday October 5, 2020 Ephesus, Turkey
This morning we arrive in Kusadasi, on Turkey's Aegean coast. We travel to the Roman city of Ephesus, one of the most extensive archaeological sites in the world. We walk along the marble streets, complete with chariot wheel ruts made nearly 2000 years ago. We see the imposing two-story façade of the Library of Celsus, the best-preserved structure of its kind in the world.

DAY 9 Tuesday October 6, 2020 Crete, Greece
Today we arrive in Iraklion, Crete. On our sightseeing tour today we will travel through the Old Town to visit and explore the Minoan Palace of Knossos, legendary home of the mythical 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. We return to the ship late afternoon.

DAY 10 Wednesday October 7, 2020 Athens, Greece
Today we call in to the ancient city of Athens, capital of Greece. Our sightseeing tour today delves into the glorious history of Athens. A highlight of the tour is a visit to the Acropolis, still dominating the frantic bustle of modern Athens. We also visit the ultimate in ancient Greek architectural perfection the Parthenon, built to honour the goddess Athena, and one of the wonders of the ancient world.

DAY 11 Thursday October 8, 2020 Nafplion, Greece
Today we dock in charming Nafplion, picturesquely situated on the rocky shores of the Argolic Gulf. This morning we will take a tour of the old town and historic Palamidi Fortress. The afternoon will be spent at leisure for individual exploration of this charming town.

DAY 12 Friday October 9 2020 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 13 Saturday October 10, 2020 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. The Liston is Corfu Town's most traditional meeting place, where people gather to read newspapers and drink coffee or ouzo at the old-established cafés. Its terrace, with a series of arches fronting the road, was designed by the French in the early 19th century and is based on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. It forms the western side of the Esplanade, which is the largest square in southern Europe. The afternoon is free for shopping or sightseeing.

DAY 14 Sunday October 11, 2020 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. In the afternoon Mike will host a game of trivia with prizes for winners.

DAY 15 Monday October 12, 2020 Venice, Italy
This afternoon we arrive in the spectacular city of Venice, and make sure that you are up on deck as Nieuw Amsterdam navigates herself into the port. We will have a sightseeing tour of this beautiful city and 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. We will overnight in Venice.

DAY 16 Tuesday October 13, 2020 Italian Lakes, Italy
We disembark this morning and travel to the spectacular Italian Lakes. Along the way we stop in Verona and have a sightseeing tour of this beautiful city, renowned for its summer opera season, and for the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. We will see the Amphitheatre built by the Romans in the 1st century AD and the famous balcony where Romeo visited Juliet. We continue on to Stresa on the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore, which will be our base for the next two nights.

DAY 17 Wednesday October 14, 2020 Italian Lakes
Today we travel to beautiful Lake Como. We will visit Villa Carlotta, known for its beautiful setting and spectacular gardens. It was built in 1745 and later given as a wedding present to Carlotta, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen. We will take the 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. There will be free time to visit the semi-classical Villa Melzi, known for its splendid gardens, on the shore of the lake. We return to Stresa in the afternoon.

DAY 18 Thursday October 15, 2020 Departure
This morning the group will be transferred to Milan airport for the flight back to Australia.

DAY 19 Friday October 16, 2020 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 $7,990 $10,790
K Interior 1,4,5,6 $8,190 $10,990
J Interior 1 $8,390 $11,190
G Oceanview Obstructed 4 $8,990 $11,790
F Oceanview 1,6 $9,190 $11,990
E Oceanview 1 $9,290 $12,090
DD Oceanview 1 $9,390 $12,190
D Oceanview 1 $9,490 $12,290
C Oceanview 1 $9,590 $12,390
VD Verandah Balcony 6,7 $10,190 $14,590
VC Verandah Balcony 4,5,6,8 $10,290 $14,690
VB Verandah Balcony 4,5,6,7 $10,390 $14,790
VA Verandah Balcony 4,8 $10,490 $14,890
V Verandah Balcony 5,6 $10,590 $14,990
SY Suit Balcony 5,6,7 $11,690 $17,190
SS Suit Balcony 5,6 $11,890 $17,490
Included port and handling charges $667 $974
Included ship gratuities $256 $256
Included air taxes as at 1 Oct. 2019 $190 $190


  • Economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Perthto Rome and return from Milan
  • Travel on Nieuw Amsterdam in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Tour leadership by Mike Perso
  • Private group activities on board
  • 2 nights' 4 star accommodation in Rome including breakfast
  • 2 nights' 4 star accommodation in Stresa including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours in Rome, Sorrento, Ephesus, Crete, Athens,Nafplion, Olympia, Corfu, Kotor and Venice.
  • Cruise management by Travelrite International
  • Port and handling charges on Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Cruise taxes
  • Air taxes as of 1 October 2019
  • On-board gratuities


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


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 on in Europe for minimal additional airfare cost. Please contact Travelrite on 1800 630 343 for more information.

Fantastic Value – nothing more to pay

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


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.

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Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 90 days $900
90 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

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

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