Medieval Cities of the Mediterranean

19
Nights
2019
JUN 21
From
$7990
MS
Koningsdam
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals, entertainment

The Medieval Cities of the Mediterranean tour will be a wonderful opportunity to cruise the Mediterranean Sea aboard the luxurious MS Koningsdam and visit medieval cities of the ancient world. The cruise is fully escorted and includes sightseeing tours in most ports of call. Also included are special activities for members of the group. We hope that you can join us.

Visiting Rome, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Split, Ravenna, Trieste, Corfu, Catania, Valletta, Mgarr, Sorrento

Tour highlights

  • A sightseeing tour of the ‘Eternal City’ Rome and see the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain
  • The Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel
  • A comprehensive tour of Dubrovnik
  • Sail up the picturesque Bay of Kotor, a submerged river canyon
  • A tour of Kotor
  • A tour of Split including the Baptistry of St John a small, beautiful building consecrated in the sixth century and see the Renaissance Town Hall on People’s Square surrounded by Venetian buildings
  • A tour of Ravenna including Ravenna’s well-preserved mosaics
  • Palaces of remarkable architectural value in Neo-Classical style and Italy’s largest square overlooking the sea - Trieste
  • A tour of Corfu Town with its unique architecture influenced by Venetian, French and British occupation
  • Torre dell’Orologio, a restored 12th-century clock tower and the famous Ancient Greek theatre, founded in the third century BC - Sicily
  • Tour of Valletta
  • Cruise the short distance to Mgarr on the Maltese island of Gozo for a sightseeing tour
  • A morning tour of the beautiful resort town of Sorrento
  • Luxury cruising onboard MS Koningsdam
Medieval Cities of the Mediterranean Map

Includes

  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/ Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth to Europe
  • Travel on MS Koningsdam in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on MS Koningsdam
  • Private group activities on board
  • 2 nights 4-star accommodation in Rome including breakfast
  • 2 nights’ 4-star accommodation in Sorrento including breakfasts (Tour 1)
  • Sightseeing tours in towns before and after the cruise and in most ports of call
  • Cruise management by Travelrite International
  • Port and handling charges on MS Koningsdam
  • Cruise taxes
  • Air taxes as of 1 June 2018.
  • Onboard gratuities
MS Koningsdam Deck plans

MS Koningsdam

Launched in 2016, Koningsdam carries forward all of the tradition, nautical heritage, and signature service and style for which Holland America Line is known—while raising the bar for 21st-century elegance. The 2,650-guest Koningsdam is the first of her class, ushering in a new era of Pinnacle-class cruising. At the heart of the ship, Koningsdam’s central atrium is pure visual drama. Soaring three decks high, the space is graced by an airy stainless steel sculpture that evokes the feeling of a classical quartet, with strings, arches, and bows. Onboard activities abound, including intimate tasting and wine-blending classes at BLEND by Chateau St. Michelle. There are ten delicious dining venues or rejuvenate at the Greenhouse Spa. Take a Pilates class or simply relax and unwind. Dazzling entertainment options abound on board Koningsdam. The new Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard venues join the already popular B.B. King’s Blues Club for a complete new “Music Walk” experience.

Clothing on board

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 selfservice restaurants are casual.

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 there to guide you. There will be group activities almost every day.

The advantage of the MS Koningsdam cruise

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

Day 1 Friday 21 June, 2019 Depart Australia
Today we board our flights to Rome, Italy.

Day 2 Saturday 22 June, 2019 Rome, Italy
This morning we arrive into Rome. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and travel to central 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 check in to our hotel.

Day 3 Sunday 23 June, 2019 Rome
This morning we will visit the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. The afternoon will be at leisure. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of our exciting tour.

Day 4 Monday 24 June, 2019 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 MS Koningsdam slips her moorings as we commence our ‘Medieval Cities of the Mediterranean’ cruise.

Day 5 Tuesday 25 June, 2019 At sea
Our first full day at sea to explore the fabulous facilities of the ship

Day 6 Wednesday 26 June, 2019 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 7 Thursday 27 June, 2019 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 8 Friday 28 June, 2019 Split, Croatia
Today we visit Split, the second largest city in Croatia. The old town grew up around the Emperor Diocletian’s vast Roman Palace. We have a morning sightseeing tour, during which we visit the interior courtyard of the Roman complex and the Golden Gate, the main entrance to Diocletian’s Palace. We visit the Baptistry of St John a small, beautiful building consecrated in the sixth century and see the Renaissance Town Hall on People’s Square surrounded by Venetian buildings.

Day 9 Saturday 29 June, 2019 Ravenna, Italy
This morning we arrive at Ravenna, located on the Adriatic coast in north-east Italy. We will have a sightseeing tour of the town which was briefly the capital of the Roman Empire and later, the Italian capital of the Byzantine Empire. During this time, incredible mosaics were constructed throughout the city. Described as a symphony of colour in Dante’s Divine Comedy, Ravenna’s well-preserved mosaics are some of the finest remaining in the Western world.

Day 10 Sunday 30 June, 2019 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.

Day 11 Monday 1 July, 2019 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 Tuesday 2 July, 2019 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 Wednesday 3 July, 2019 Catania, Sicily, Italy
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. 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 14 Thursday 4 July, 2019 Valletta, Malta
The capital of Malta, Valletta was founded by the Knights of St John in 1566. Its purpose was to strengthen the Order’s position on the island, following the siege of Malta by the Turks in 1565. The sightseeing tour includes visits to St Johns Co- Cathedral and the magnificent Palace of the Grand Masters. We also visit Mdina, Malta’s ancient capital and a medieval walled town situated on a hill in the centre of the island. The afternoon is free to visit Valletta’s wonderful museums or palaces. We overnight in Valetta.

Day 15 Friday 5 July, 2019 Mgarr, Malta
This morning we cruise the short distance to Mgarr on the Maltese island of Gozo. On our tour today we visit all the popular landmarks of Gozo, including the Citadel in Victoria, the famous Inland Sea in Dwejra and the rocky cliffs in Xlendi Bay. We will also visit the Ggantijja Temples which are known to be the oldest freestanding temples in the world.

Day 16 Saturday 6 July, 2019 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon join your fellow group members for a game of bingo with prizes for the winners.

Day 17 Sunday 7 July, 2019 Sorrento, Italy
After disembarking we travel to the Amalfi Coast and arrive in Sorrento where we will spend the next two nights. Sorrento is a popular holiday destination, with sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches and pastel-coloured fishing villages.

Day 18 Monday 8 July, 2019 Sorrento
We have a morning 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, one of the well-preserved aristocratic villas and much more. This evening we will enjoy a special farewell dinner to celebrate a wonderful tour.

Day 19 Tuesday 9 July, 2019 Departure
This morning the group will be transferred to Rome airport for the flight back to Australia.

Day 20 Wednesday 10 July, 2019 Arrival Australia
Tour members arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
J Interior 1,4,5,6,7,8 $7,990 $9,990
D Outside 7,11 $8,890 $10,790
C Outside 1 $8,990 $10,990
VC Balcony 5,6 $9,790 $12,990
VS Balcony 5,6,8 $9,990 $13,190
AS Suite 4,7 $10,490 $13,890
SA Suite 7 $13,190 $19,490
Included port and handling charges $596 $1,036
Included ship gratuities $220 $220
Included air taxes as at 1 June 2018 $200 $200

Availability

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/ Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth to Europe
  • Travel on MS Koningsdam in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on MS Koningsdam
  • Private group activities on board
  • 2 nights 4-star accommodation in Rome including breakfast
  • 2 nights’ 4-star accommodation in Sorrento including breakfasts (Tour 1)
  • Sightseeing tours in towns before and after the cruise and in most ports of call
  • Cruise management by Travelrite International
  • Port and handling charges on MS Koningsdam
  • Cruise taxes
  • Air taxes as of 1 June 2018.
  • Onboard gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

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

Availability:

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. Please call for details on 1800 630 343

Extending:

You can stay longer in Europe for minimal additional cost. Please contact Travelrite on 1800 630 343 for more information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TOUR COSTS:
The tour costs are based on airfare, shipping, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rates at 1 June 2018. 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 on line check in. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the Holland America fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa or Mastercard and 3 % for payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:

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

REFUNDS:
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accom-modation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport with six month validity. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
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.

BAGGAGE:
Passengers qualify for a 30kg 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.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
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 whats-oever 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 State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the Koningsdam cruise passage contract with Holland America, detailed on their web site 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 sending full names and addresses of intending tour members 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
Telephone: (03) 8803 6868
Fax: (03) 9836 8068
Email: balwyn@travelrite.com.au

About Travelrite International:
Travelrite Inter-national Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 25 years and operating in Victoria for more than 30 years. It is a member of ATAS (No. A10538) and has two fully accredited IATA offices Heathmont and Balwyn. 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.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

Travelrite The Senior