Islands of the Indian Ocean - South Africa to Venice

31
Nights
2021
Apr 18
From
$4999
MSC
Musica
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

Join us on this incredible journey of Islands of the Indian Ocean - South Africa to Venice, an unforgettable experience. Visiting Durban, South Africa; La Possession, Reunion; Port Louis, Mauritius; Victoria, Seychelles; Aqaba, Jordan; Katakolon, Greece; Kotor, Montenegro; Split, Croatia and Venice, Italy

Tour highlights

  • Sightseeing tours of Durban and Venice with professional English-speaking guides
  • Walk through the vibrant and bustling Zulu markets
  • Visit Africa’s oldest botanical gardens
  • See Juma Masjid, the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere
  • Explore the gorgeous island of Mahe
  • Sailing through the 119 milelong Suez Canal to the Red Sea, via the Great Bitter Lake
  • Sail up the picturesque Bay of Kotor, a submerged river canyon
  • Visit St Mark’s Square and see the Grand Canal of Venice
  • Luxury Cruising onboard MSC Musica
Islands of the Indian Ocean - South Africa to Venice Map

Includes

  • Travel on MSC Musica in the selected cabin category
  • All meals and entertainment on MSC Musica
  • Economy-class ¢ights from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth/Adelaide to Durban and return from Venice
  • 2 nights’ 3-star accommodation in Durban including breakfast
  • 2 nights’ 4-star accommodation in Venice [Mestre] including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours of Durban and Venice with professional English-speaking guides
  • Transfers to/from the airport and cruise
  • Cruise taxes and port & handling charges

 

MSC Musica Deck plans

MSC Musica

MSC Musica not only launched a new class of ecological cruise ship, she launched a new class of cruise – a spacious world of graceful lines and superlative choice, enriched by the creativity, fine natural materials and attention to detail that have always distinguished MSC Cruises. Life aboard is beautiful from the moment you step on board; from the central foyer’s three-tier waterfall to its see-through piano, floating suspended on a crystal floor above a pool of shimmering water. The designer venues on board are equally inspiring, whether you’re dancing to a band in the dazzling Crystal Lounge, pausing in the stylish Havana Club cigar lounge, treating yourself to a wine tasting, gaming in the Sanremo Casino or sitting back to a superb live show in the stunning Teatro La Scala. The delightfully varied cuisine on this beautiful ship excels – all freshly prepared in the traditional manner from prime ingredients. Indulge in succulent Italian gourmet specialities in Il Giardino, treat yourself to the Kaito Sushi Bar, or explore a luscious array of authentic Italian pizzas. Children and young adults enjoy the special treatment typical of MSC’s Mediterranean way of life, with indoor and outdoor play amenities, a pool of their own and separate Kids and Teens Clubs for a vibrant social life on board.

Day 1 Sunday 18 April, 2021 Departure
Today we depart Australia on our flights to Durban.

Day 2 Monday 19 April, 2021 Durban, South Africa
This afternoon we arrive into Durban. On arrival we are met by our private coach and transferred to the hotel for check in. Meals included: In-flight

Day 3 Tuesday 20 April, 2021 Durban
Today we have an in-depth tour of the city of Durban. British colonial architecture prevails in Durban, yet natural beauty is what characterizes this charming city on the Indian Ocean. On this tour you’ll discover the colonial, Zulu and Indian history of Durban as well as walk through the vibrant and bustling Zulu markets. You’ll learn more about the grand old buildings in the city centre and visit Durban’s pride and joy, the Moses Mabhida Stadium. There’s also a visit to the Africa’s oldest botanical gardens and we also see Juma Masjid, the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Wednesday 21 April, 2021 Embarkation
Late morning we are transferred to the cruise terminal to embark the MSC Musica. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Thursday 22 April, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Friday 23 April, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Saturday 24 April, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Sunday 25 April, 2021 La Possession, Reunion
Today we call in to the island of Reunion, a French colony since 1813. Saint Denis still retains its original French spirit, which is demonstrated by the many bistros with Parisian cuisine, enriched by Caribbean influences. Still known as “the Paris of the Indian Ocean” owing to the presence of a large number of bistros and brasseries, the city of Saint Denis is the capital of the island of Réunion, both economically, administratively and culturally. Take a shore excursion where you will visit churches, monuments, creole houses and ancient military buildings that reflect the various eras that have marked the island, and which are a symbol of its multiculturalism. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Monday 26 April, 2021 Port Louis, Mauritius
Today we arrive at the beautiful island of Mauritius. Take a sightseeing tour of the island and the capital, Port Louis, which still retains aspects of its pirate past. Visit the Pamplemousses Gardens with its spectacular display of giant water lilies, and take in the beautiful scenery of the island and its stunning beaches. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Tuesday 27 April, 2021 Port Louis, Mauritius
Another free day in Mauritius. You may like to spend the day relaxing on the beach. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Wednesday 28 April, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 Thursday 29 April, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 Friday 30 April, 2021 Victoria, Seychelles
This morning we arrive in Victoria, on the island of Mahe. The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off east Africa. It is home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. The day will be free for sightseeing. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 Saturday 1 May, 2021 Victoria, Seychelles
A free day to explore the island of Mahe. Its palm-fringed beaches are perhaps the most beautiful in the world, with a spectacular mountainous interior. This gorgeous island is a definite highlight of the cruise. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 Sunday 2 May, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16 Monday 3 May, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 Tuesday 4 May, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18 Wednesday 5 May, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 19 Thursday 6 May, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 20 Friday 7 May, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 21 Saturday 8 May, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 22 Sunday 9 May, 2021 Aqaba, Jordan
Today we call into the port of Aqaba, Jordan. There is only one sightseeing tour to take today and that is the tour to the spectacular ancient city of Petra, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. It was carved directly from the rock by the Nabateans around 300 B.C. and is more recently known for having been filmed in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. Accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq, it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, the “Rose City, half as old as time.” Perhaps its most famous structure is 45m-high Al Khazneh, a temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade, and known as The Treasury. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 23 Monday 10 May, 2021 Suez Canal Transit
Today we transit the famed Suez Canal. A daytime sailing, through the 119 milelong Suez Canal to the Red Sea, via the Great Bitter Lake. Opened in 1869, this is the only link between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. It took weeks off voyages from Europe to Asia and Australia. A very enjoyable day. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 24 Tuesday 11 May, 2021 Suez Canal Transit
We continue our transit through the Suez Canal. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 25 Wednesday 12 May, 2021 At Sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 26 Thursday 13 May, 2021 Katakolon, Greece
Katakolon is a tiny seaside town in Greece in the bay of Agios Andreas, only 20 km away from the ancient site of Olympia. It is one of the largest ancient sites in Greece, spread beside the twin rivers of Alfiós and Kládhios, and overlooked by the Hill of Krónos. You can see the ruins of a gymnasium and a palaestra (wrestling school), used by the competitors during their obligatory month of pre-games training. The main focus of the Altis precinct is provided by the great Doric Temple of Zeus. Built between 470 and 456 BC, it was as large as the Parthenon. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 27 Friday 14 May, 2021 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. Enjoy a free day to explore this interesting city. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 28 Saturday 15 May, 2021 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. Take a morning sightseeing tour, during which you can visit the interior courtyard of the Roman complex and the Golden Gate, the main entrance to Diocletian’s Palace. Then visit the Baptistry of St John a small, beautiful building consecrated in the sixth century. See the Renaissance Town Hall on People’s Square surrounded by Venetian buildings. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 29 Sunday 16 May, 2021 Venice (Mestre), Italy
This morning we arrive in Venice. Built on 117 islands, Venice was once the head of the Mediterranean empire. We will have a sightseeing tour of this beautiful city. We 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. Upon conclusion of the tour we check into our hotel and the remainder of the day will be free to explore the meandering laneways and bridges of this magical city. Perhaps try an espresso or gelato and take in the sights and sounds of Venice. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 30 Monday 17 May, 2021 Venice (Mestre)
A free day to explore Venice. Perhaps take a tour to the island of Murano, known as the glass-making island. Venetian glass is worldrenowned for being colourful, elaborate, and skillfully made. Many of the important characteristics of these objects had been developed by the thirteenth century. Or take a ride on a gondola, and relax and be transported back in time as you take in the uniqueness of this beautiful city. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 31 Tuesday 18 May, 2021 Departure
Today we are transferred to the airport for our flights back to Australia. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 32 Wednesday 19 May, 2021 Arrive Australia
Tour members arrive into Australia and arrangements conclude.

Cabin Cabin Category Twin Fare Single Fare
Inside Bella $4,999 $7,479
Inside Fantastica $5,399 $8,109
Oceanview Bella $5,899 $8,764
Oceanview Fantastica $6,099 $9,189
Balcony Bella $6,499 $9,819
Balcony Fantastica $6,899 $10,494
Included port & handling charges $300 $300
Included air taxes as at 20/12/19 $200 $200

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Travel on MSC Musica in the selected cabin category
  • All meals and entertainment on MSC Musica
  • Economy-class ¢ights from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth/Adelaide to Durban and return from Venice
  • 2 nights’ 3-star accommodation in Durban including breakfast
  • 2 nights’ 4-star accommodation in Venice [Mestre] including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours of Durban and Venice with professional English-speaking guides
  • Transfers to/from the airport and cruise
  • Cruise taxes and port & handling charges

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary. These will be quoted for separately
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Ship gratuities
  • Gratuities for local guides

Availability

All cabins are subject to cabin availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

Extending

You can stay longer in Africa or Europe for minimal extra cost. Please contact Cruise Offers Value Holidays on 1800 630 343 for more information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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.

TOUR OPERATOR:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd) ATAS A10538 (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.

Tour Costs:
The tour costs are based on airfare, shipping, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rates at 20 December 2019. Cruise Offers Value Holidays 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.

Deposits and Payments:
A deposit of $1,500 per passenger is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 121 days before departure of the tour from Australia. A 1.5% administration fee will be charged for payment made by credit cards.

Air Taxes:
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are valid as at 20 December 2019. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

Cancellation Conditions: Number of days before sailing.

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 121 days $1500
121 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 121 days prior to departure. Cruise Offers 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:
Cruise Offers 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.

Hotels:
Durban – Sun Garden Court South Beach Hotel – 3 stars
Venice [Mestre] – Leonardo Royal Hotel – 4 stars

Travel Documents:
All passengers will require a valid passport with at least six months validity from your return date.

Baggage:
All passengers qualify for 30kg free baggage allowance.

GROUP AIRLINE SEATING:
Please note; you will be booked as part of a group booking with the airline, this means we are unable to confirm any seating requests. Pre purchasing of flights and payment of airline seat booking fees allows allocation of specific seats. Additional costs will apply.

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.

Responsibility:
Cruise Offers Pty Ltd. is the tour organiser. Cruise Offers acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever 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 the tour, 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. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any action must be taken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the CMV Columbus cruise passage contract with CMV Cruises, detailed on their website www. cmvaustralia.com If you do not have a copy of this form please contact Cruise Offers and we will send one to you.

DELAYS AND UNFORESEEN EVENTS:
You engage Cruise Offers to book this tour on your behalf and you acknowledge that Cruise Offers 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. Cruise Offers 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 Cruise Offers 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 Cruise Offers your attorney for this purpose. You agree to pay Cruise Offers any cost thereof and you indemnify Cruise Offers in respect of any cost it incurs in this regard. Cruise Offers advises you to obtain travel insurance generally including in respect of the risk that any such good or service may become required.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $1,500 per person to:

Cruise Offers Value Holidays
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free: 1800 630 343 press option 1
Telephone: (03) 8803 6868
Fax: (03) 9836 8068
Email: valueholidays@cruiseoffers.com.au
http://www.valueholidays.com.au/

ABOUT CRUISE OFFERS:
Cruise Offers Value Holidays (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd, ABN 64 005 817 078), is a wellestablished travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 30 years. It has two fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. 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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