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.