Medieval Cities of the Mediterranean

19
Nights
2019
SEP 10
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, Athens, Katakalon, Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, Naples, Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany & Siena.

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 tour of Sarande, Albania including 14th century Saint George Monastery and the National Park of Butrint
  • Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games
  • The Acropolis and the Parthenon, built to honour the goddess Athena
  • The scenic Greek island of Mykonos
  • A tour of the old town of Rhodes including the castle and visit the Grand Masters residence
  • Santorini, known as the “Black Pearl of the Aegean”
  • A morning tour of the beautiful resort town of Sorrento
  • A tour of the old town of Olbia, Sardinia, Italy, which still retains the typical style of the ancient villages of Gallura
  • Stay at a small family-owned fifteenth century hotel - Bagno Vignoni
  • Delicious dinners - Bagno Vignoni
  • Visit two of the most beautiful towns situated in the southern region of Tuscany - Montepulciano and Pienza
  • A tour of Siena
  • Luxury cruising onboard MS Koningsdam
Medieval Cities of the Mediterranean September  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
  • 3 nights’ 3-star accommodation in Bagno Vignoni including breakfasts and dinner
  • 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 Tuesday 10 September, 2019 Depart Australia
Today we board our flights to Rome, Italy.

Day 2 Wednesday 11 September, 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 Thursday 12 September, 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 Friday 13 September, 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 Saturday 14 September, 2019 At sea
Our first full day at sea to explore the fabulous facilities of the ship.

Day 6 Sunday 15 September, 2019 Katakalon, 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 Niki Winged Goddess of Victory.

Day 7 Monday 16 September, 2019 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. We see such famous sights as the first modern Olympic stadium. We will have time in the Plaka district a maze of winding streets with shops, café’s and restaurants.

Day 8 Tuesday 17 September, 2019 Athens, Greece
We continue our sightseeing of Athens. Today we visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon, built to honour the goddess Athena, still dominating the frantic bustle of modern Athens and one of the wonders of the ancient world. We continue on to the fascinating Acropolis museum. We return to the ship early afternoon.

Day 9 Wednesday 18 September, 2019 Mykonos, Greece
Today we arrive in the scenic Greek island of Mykonos. Mykonos is one of the smallest islands of the Cyclades complex, but is definitely the most famous, thanks to its treasure of natural beauty, rich history, cosmopolitan character combined with plenty of local colour. Chora, the islands capital is spectacular with its narrow, whitewashed streets and white cubicle houses with their tiny balconies, coloured windows lined by bougainvillea and posts of basilicum. We will have a free day to explore the quaint streets of this beautiful island.

Day 10 Thursday 19 September, 2019 Ephesus (Kusadasi), 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 11 Friday 20 September, 2019 Rhodes, Greece
This morning we arrive at Rhodes, the largest island of the archipelago called Dodecanese and the capital of this group of Greek Islands. It is world known for its colossus. It is located between Karpathos and Kos. The capital lies within the walls of a very well preserved Venetian castle, built by the Knights of Saint John. We will have a tour of the old town including the castle and visit the Grand Masters residence. The afternoon will be free.

Day 12 Saturday 21 September, 2019 Santorini, Greece
Arriving early in the morning, we have a free day to explore 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 a breath-taking view over the submerged volcano. They represent the most beautiful island view you have ever seen!

DAY 13 Sunday 22 September, 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 14 Monday 23 September, 2019 Naples, Italy
We arrive into Naples this morning. 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, the House of the Vetti, a well preserved aristocratic villa and much more.

Day 15 Tuesday 24 September, 2019 Bagno Vignoni, Italy
After disembarking we travel to Tuscany to the village of Bagno Vignoni, where we will spend the next three nights. This small Orcia River Valley village has long been a favourite among travelers seeking solitude in a beautiful location. We will stay at a small family-owned fifteenth century hotel, built by Rossellino as a summer-house for Pope Pius II, who took advantage of the nearby hot mineral springs. On the way we call into medieval hill-town of Orvieto. Vineyards famous for their delicious white wines surround the town. Orvieto’s impressive gothic cathedral houses some of Luca Signorelli’s most beautiful frescoes. There will be time to purchase lunch and to relax and enjoy this historic town. Delicious dinners are included each evening.

Day 16 Wednesday 25 September, 2019 Tuscany, Italy
Today we will visit two of the most beautiful towns situated in the southern region of Tuscany - Montepulciano and Pienza. We first stop in Montepulciano for a walk in the centre of this fascinating hilltop town and then a stop at an historical cellar for a wine tasting of Nobile di Montepulciano. After lunch we will go to Pienza, the “Ideal Town of Renaissance architecture” where you’ll have the time to visit the beautiful town centre before visiting a cheese shop to taste the typical “pecorino” cheese produced for centuries in this region of the Val d’Orcia

Day 17 Thursday 26 September, 2019 Siena, Italy
Today we drive through the picturesque Tuscan countryside to Siena, where we soak up the atmosphere of this lovely city. Best known for the famous Palio horse race held in the magnificent Piazza del Campo. Our local guide will introduce us to the sights of the city, including the Piazza del Campo, with its splendid civic tower and the enormous, partially completed Duomo. This afternoon there will be free time to explore Siena. This evening we will enjoy a special farewell dinner to celebrate a wonderful tour.

Day 18 Friday 27 September, 2019 Rome, Italy
This morning we travel to Rome for our overnight flight back to Australia.

Day 19 Saturday 28 September, 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 $8,690 $10,490
C Outside 1 $8,790 $10,890
VC Balcony 5,6 $9,590 $11,990
VS Balcony 5,6,8 $9,790 $12,990
AS Suite 4,7 $10,090 $13,590
SA Suite 7 $12,990 $18,990
Included port and handling charges $517 $897
Included ship gratuities $220 $185
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
  • 3 nights’ 3-star accommodation in Bagno Vignoni including breakfasts and dinner
  • 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.

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