Mediterranean Garden Cruise with Heather Burden

20
Nights
2020
May 20
From
$9890
Celebrity
Constellation
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

We invite you on this unique escorted cruise to explore the beautiful Mediterranean region with a visit to the famous Chelsea Flower Show. Visiting London, UK; Barcelona, Spain; Monte Carlo, Monaco; La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples, Venice & Como, Italy; Kotor, Montenegro; Koper, Slovenia; Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Highlights Include

  • Sightseeing tour of London
  • The famous Royal Chelsea Flower Show
  • Welcome dinner
  • Hampton Court Palace and Garden
  • Sightseeing tour of Barcelona including the famous Sagrada Familia
  • Jardi Botanic Mar I Murtra
  • Spectacular Santa Clotilde
  • Sightseeing tour of Monte Carlo
  • The little town of Eze
  • Villa Torrigiani
  • Villa Garzoni
  • Sightseeing tour of Civitavecchia
  • Ferry ride to the island of Ischia
  • Sail up the picturesque Bay of Kotor
  • tour of Dubrovnik
  • Slovenia Botanical Garden
  • Villa Balbianello
  • Lake Como
  • take a private boat across to Isola Bella, the most spectacular of the Borromean Islands
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Luxury cruising onboard Celebrity Constellation
Mediterranean Garden Cruise with Heather Burden Map

Includes

  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne, Sydney Brisbane and Perth to London; from London to Barcelona and return to Australia from Milan.
  • Travel on Celebrity Constellation in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment, and service charges on Celebrity Constellation
  • Private Celebrity Constellation activities on board
  • Travel in first-class chartered coaches
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in London, 2 nights’ accommodation in Barcelona, 3 nights’ accommodation in Como on a bed and breakfast basis in first and moderate first class hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Entrances to gardens and attractions as detailed in itinerary
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty. Ltd. with Heather Burden meeting the group in London
  • A Travelrite travel bag

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, if requested – 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.

Celebrity Constellation Deck plans

Celebrity Constellation

A spectacular experience throughout, Celebrity Constellation offers the impeccable service and exceptional amenities of a grand hotel, along with a voyage you’ll never forget. She boasts memorable style and ambience from the minute you enter the magnificent Grand Foyer. This vessel features an AquaSpa, Michael’s Club and Cova Cafe Milano – to name just a few of the features designed to indulge you, pamper you and exceed your every expectation. The Speciality Restaurant offers an alternative dining experience, in which five-star cuisine is presented and finished at tableside. It’s the quintessential Celebrity experience – spectacular cuisine complemented by crisp table linens, fine china and attentive, unobtrusive service. Convenient internet cafés allow guests to stay connected with family and friends. State-of-the-art theatres provide the perfect environment for lavish Broadway and Vegas production shows. A voyage on the Celebrity Constellation is an experience to be savoured and remembered.

Clothing on board the Celebrity Constellation

Clothing on board the Celebrity Constellation is typical attire, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the main restaurants. Nights at sea are classified as evening-chic for dress purposes and nights in port are classified as smart-casual. Evening Chic replaces formal nights and means that you can be glamorous and sophisticated in your own way. The self-service restaurants are casual attire.

Heather Burden

Heather Burden

Heather Burden was born and educated in Sydney. In 1979, through her love of skiing, she travelled to the Italian Alps to do a ski season, promptly fell in love with a ski instructor and has been in Italy for the past 38 years. Since selling her business a few years ago, she now divides her time between the north and the south of Italy. She enjoys living surrounded by olive trees and beautiful turquoise seas. Heather has an intimate knowledge and love of the history, culture and day-today life of the Mediterranean and is happy to share the magic of this beautiful region. On each garden visit we will have the owner or head gardener of the garden visited to show us around.

Day 1 Wednesday May 20, 2020 Departure
Our holiday begins with our flight to London, England.

Day 2 Thursday May 21, 2020 London, England
This morning we arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred in to the city. We will have an overview sightseeing tour of the city before we transfer to our hotel. We will see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and more. Heather will meet those wishing to dine as a group in the hotel lobby. Tonight you might like to catch one of the many splendid London shows.

Day 3 Friday May 22, 2020 London, England
The highlight of our time in London will be our visit to the famous Royal Chelsea Flower Show. It is the summer event in the English horticultural calendar. It boasts about twenty amazing landscaped gardens built by prominent landscapers and more than 500 displays featuring the best flowers, plants and trees, with many new introductions. For gardeners, it is the experience of a lifetime and a highlight of our garden tour. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 4 Saturday May 23, 2020 London, England
This morning we visit Hampton Court Palace and Garden. The Palace is an interesting place to visit to gain insights into the activities of British monarchs from Henry VIII onwards. The garden is most famous for its Great Vine, planted in 1768, which still produces hundreds of Black Hamburg grapes each year. The Pond Gardens offer a magnificent display of bedding plants. The newly restored Privy Garden of William III is a spectacular example of baroque design, with parterres, cut work, clipped yews and spring and summer displays of 17th-century plants. In the afternoon, we visit a private garden in West London. This is a true collectors’ garden, with perennial borders, a knot garden, a bog garden, a conservatory and views to a private park.

Day 5 Sunday May 24, 2020 Barcelona, Spain
This morning we board our flight to gorgeous Barcelona. Upon arrival we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. We will see the historic cathedral and the beautiful streets of the Gothic Quarter. We visit the modernist Eixample district and see examples of Gaudi’s stunning architecture, including the famous Sagrada Familia. We will continue with a visit to Park Guell, designed by Gaudi which is a combination of architectural and landscape features with mature and natural looking plantings. Among them is the grand iron-balustrade entrance, with its mosaic tile work on the walls and the imposing staircase dragon.

Day 6 Monday May 25, 2020 Barcelona, Spain
This morning we travel north to the Costa Brava to visit the Jardi Botanic Mar I Murtra, which was created by Karl Faust. He created several different gardens to house the plants he collected from all over the world. Mar I Murtra is now divided into tropical, temperate and Mediterranean garden areas. In the afternoon, we will travel to visit spectacular Santa Clotilde, a large property built on the site of an old vineyard. It is an Italianate garden in the Renaissance style, where the symmetry of paths, planting and interesting focal points defines the garden.

Day 7 Tuesday May 26, 2020 Barcelona, Spain
The morning is free for independent sightseeing before we are transferred to the port to board the Celebrity Constellation to start our cruise through the Mediterranean to Venice.

Day 8 Wednesday May 27, 2020 Monte Carlo, Monaco
We will have a wonderful day on the French Riviera today. We first enjoy a sightseeing tour, with a local guide, of Monte Carlo, famous for its casino and Royal Family. We’ll continue our journey with a visit Le Jardin Exotique d’Eze, perched on a high outcrop with the most magnificent views overlooking the sea. This garden with its wonderful and varied collection of succulents offers a unique experience, and the little town of Eze is fascinating. We continue with a visit to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild garden. It was laid out at the beginning of the 20th century by Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild, a member of the wealthy Rothschild family. The garden has been developed as a series of compartments representing different architectural and planting styles and is the ultimate in manicured French exotic style.

Day 9 Thursday May 28, 2020 La Spezia, Italy
On arrival in La Spezia, we travel to visit Villa Torrigiani. We reach the villa by a long avenue of cypress trees which very scenically frame the gate and villa. The downhill part of the park contains fountains reflecting the façade of the villa, which dates back to the layout of the 17th century. The garden is one of the most beautiful of its kind in Italy and is famous for its “waterworks” which are equipped with suitable hydraulic mechanisms, allowing water to spring out to create an overall scenic effect. We stop for lunch in Lucca, a city known for its well-preserved Renaissance walls and cobblestone streets. We continue our travels to explore Villa Garzoni, an ornamented baroque spectacle in a beautiful valley. The garden rises from a semi-circular parterre, through terraced flights of steps to a water cascade, thrusting into the woods. The cascade widens as it ascends the hill, making it more dramatic when seen from below and more extensive when seen from above. A heroic terracotta statue of Fame waves gaily from a highpoint in the garden. Overall, the garden displays a fine baroque transition from cultivated to wild.

Day 10 Friday May 29, 2020 Civitavecchia, Italy
This morning we arrive at Civitavecchia. Today we visit the gorgeous formal gardens of Villa Lante. Geometrically organised on four levels along a main axis, emphasised by fountains, it has perfect symmetry. This is a marvellous Renaiss-ance garden in which murmuring water, flashing fountains, shade and sunlight alternate under vast plane trees. We travel on to the gorgeous town Orvieto. The town enjoys a remarkable site on the top of a volcanic rock. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour, where we will see the Duomo dating from the 13th century situated in the Piazza del Duomo, the Palazzo del Popolo, built of volcanic rock and the Piazza della Repubblica, which stands on the site of the ancient forum.

Day 11 Saturday May 30, 2020 Naples, Italy
Today we arrive in Naples and take a short walk to board a ferry for the island of Ischia where we visit the famous garden, La Mortella, previously the home of Lord and Lady Walter. Here we explore a garden massed with rare trees, palms, shrubs, ferns and bulbs to excite the plantsman and botanist. There are many interesting features including an Islamic-style rill of water leading to a pool. This is part of an extension to the garden by famous designer Russell Page. He also constructed a series of rock pools, their banks a home for bog plants, ferns and bamboo, which contrast with the parched Mediterranean hillside. Lady Walton, who died a few years ago, has a beautiful memorial set in the garden. This garden delights all the senses.

Day 12 Sunday May 31, 2020 At Sea
The day is free to enjoy the wonderful facilities of the ship. In the afternoon we will enjoy a Gardening Trivia competition. We will divide the group into teams with prizes for the winning team.

Day 13 Monday June 01, 2020 Kotor, Montenegro
Today we sail up the picturesque Bay of Kotor, a submerged river canyon. The port of Kotor was built by the Republic of Venice and is surrounded by impress- ive city walls. There are many attractive Venetian buildings in the town. We will have a morning tour to explore this interesting city. The afternoon will be free for individual exploration.

Day 14 Tuesday June 02, 2020 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 Wednesday June 03, 2020 Koper, Slovenia
Today we travel to Ljubljana to visit the Slovenia Botanical Garden. Established in 1810, it is Slovenia’s oldest cultural, scientific and educational institution opening uninterrupted since its foundation. The garden contains 4,500 different species and sub-species 1/3 of them are endemic to Slovenia. We will enjoy our last night aboard the ship tonight.

Day 16 Thursday June 04, 2020 Venice/Como, Italy
After disembarking the ship this morning we will enjoy a short sightseeing tour of Venice before we travel north to the shores of Lake Como, where we will spend the next three nights.

Day 17 Friday June 05, 2020 Como, Italy
A scenic trip along the west shore of Lake Como brings us to the picturesque village of Tremezzo and Villa Carlotta. This elegant 18th century villa has its own landing place on Lake Como and beautiful views over the lake. It was given as a wedding present to Carlotta, Duchess of Saxe-Meningen, who, with her husband, created the landscaped gardens and began the botanical collection. Around the house, an 18th century formal layout has lemon arbours on the terraces, tall camellia hedges and flower beds to suit the architecture. This afternoon, we visit Villa Balbianello, one of the jewels of the lake, located on a small promontory and accessed by boat. Steep steps lead from the landing to an avenue of candelabra-pruned plane trees and the loggia, garlanded with creeping fig. The villa perches high above Lake Como and is filled with an astounding personal collection of furniture and artefacts. This evening Heather will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby.

Day 18 Saturday June 06, 2020 Como, Italy
Today we visit Lake Maggiore, heading to the beautiful town of Stresa from where we take a private boat across to Isola Bella, the most spectacular of the Borromean Islands. The magnificent villa is surrounded by one of the most dramatic 17th-century gardens in Italy, with 10 terraces rising like a ship’s prow in the reflecting waters of the lake. Masses of roses and perfumed plants set among superb statues and fountains make this a garden to remember. We visit the nearby island, Isola Madre, so very different, with its lush sub-tropical planting of ornamental trees and shrubs, in a parkland style of the early 19th century. We will enjoy a farewell dinner this evening to say good-bye to group members.

Day 19 Sunday June 07, 2020 Departure
This morning is free to explore Como. Later we travel to Milan airport to board our flight to Australia.

Day 20 Monday June 08, 2020 In flight

Day 21 Tuesday June 09, 2020 Arrive Australia
The group arrives in Australia and tour arrangements conclude.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
11 Interior 2 $9,890 $12,990
10 Interior 3 $9,990 $13,190
8 Oceanview 2 $10,490 $14,190
5 Oceanview 6 $10,690 $14,590
2C Deluxe Balcony 6,7 $11,590 $16,290
 Included port and handling charges $592 $992
 Includes air taxes and surcharges as of 28/2/19 $190 $190
  Included ship gratuities $150 $150

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne, Sydney Brisbane and Perth to London; from London to Barcelona and return to Australia from Milan.
  • Travel on Celebrity Constellation in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment, and service charges on Celebrity Constellation
  • Private Celebrity Constellation activities on board
  • Travel in first-class chartered coaches
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in London, 2 nights’ accommodation in Barcelona, 3 nights’ accommodation in Como on a bed and breakfast basis in first and moderate first class hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Entrances to gardens and attractions as detailed in itinerary
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty. Ltd. with Heather Burden meeting the group in London
  • A Travelrite travel bag

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary
  • Additional travel arrangements not in the detailed itinerary. These will be quoted for separately.

Availability

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. Please call for details on 1800 033 436.

Extending

You can stay on in the Europe at minimal extra cost. Please contact 1800 033 436 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 assistance from others

TOUR OPERATOR:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd, (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.

TOUR COSTS:
The tour costs are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 28/2/19. Travelrite 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. AIR TAXES: from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are as at 28/2/19. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $1,000 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 an on line check in with Celebrity Cruises and send a reservation form to Travelrite International. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 92 days prior to the commencement of the cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa, Mastercard and AMEX.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 92 days Loss of deposit
92 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

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

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS AND CONDITIONS:
The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 92 days prior to departure. Travelrite 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.

TOUR ORGANISATION:
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.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport. Visas for countries visited are not required for Australian passport holders. If you hold another passport please check with Travelrite.

BAGGAGE:
All passengers qualify for the 20kg (441b) free baggage allowance.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd. is the tour organizer. Neither Nationwide News Pty Limited nor any of its subsidiaries, nor any of its newspapers have any involvement in the tour, and have no liability of any kind to any person in relation to the tour. You engage Travelrite International to book this tour on your behalf and you acknowledge that Travelrite International acts as your agent for the purpose of making contracts between you and the various providers of accommodation, transportation and other services that comprise the tour. Travelrite may without reference to you provide or make available to you, or may as your agent engage any third party to provide or make available to you, any good or service which Travelrite reasonably believes is necessary for your benefit to maintain the tour itinerary, repatriate you or otherwise accommodate, transport or sustain you in circumstances in which the tour itinerary fails wholly or partly for any reason. You appoint Travelrite your attorney for this purpose. You agree to pay Travelrite any cost thereof and you indemnify Travelrite in respect of any cost it incurs in this regard. Travelrite advises you to obtain travel insurance generally including in respect of the risk that any such good or service may become required. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery breakdown, 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 taken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the Celebrity Cruises fly/cruise passage contract with Celebrity Constellation, detailed in the Celebrity Cruise brochure or on the website. If you can’t find this form please contact Travelrite International and we will tell you where you can see it.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $1,000 for the Garden Tour. Please send to:

Travelrite International Pty Ltd.
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn 3103 Victoria

Further information or a booking form can be obtained by telephoning Travelrite International on the following numbers:

Toll Free 1800 630 343
Phone: (03) 8803 6868 or
Email: balwyn@travelrite.com.au

ABOUT TRAVELRITE:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been operating in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for more than 34 years. It is fully ATX accredited: A10538 and has two fully credited IATA offices Heathmont and Balwyn. As such, it directly represents the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international tour and transport operators. Travelrite International has been operating special interest tours for 30 years, and now runs over 120 tours a year. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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