Best of Italy, Croatia & Greece

18
Nights
2020
July 22
From
$4999
Rhapsody of
The Seas
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

Experience the very best of Rome, Florence and Venice, Kotor, Split, Dubrovnik, Santorini and Katakolon on this spectacular land and sea journey. We will enjoy leisurely three night stays in Italy so that you can really explore each city. Highlights include Rome and its iconic attractions such as the Colosseum, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. In Florence see the impressive Duomo and Michelangelo’s David. Wander the narrow alleyways of Venice from St Mark’s Square to the Rialto Bridge. While on the cruise soak up the sun along the spectacular Dalmatian Coast and on the beautiful Greek Island of Santorini. Also explore the site of the ancient Olympic Games in Katakolon. We hope that you can join us!

Tour highlights

  • Discover the best of Italy and Greece
  • Explore Rome, Siena, Florence and Venice
  • Cruise to Dubrovnik, Split, Kotor, Santorini, Katakolon
  • Discover the beauty of Florence on a walking city tour and see the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and more
  • Wander through the historic towns of Siena and Ferrara
  • Discover the ancient highlights of Rome on a sightseeing tour and see the Colosseum, the Spanish steps, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and more
  • Relax on the stunning island of Santorini, the Black Pearl of the Aegean
  • Visit Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic
  • Wind your way through the narrow alleyways of Venice
  • Take a relaxing ride on a gondola
  • Luxury cruising onboard Rhapsody of the Seas
Best of Italy, Croatia & Greece Map

Includes

  • Return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to Europe
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in three and four star centrally located hotels (3 nights in Rome, Florence & Venice [Mestre], Italy) including daily breakfast
  • 7 night Greece and Croatia cruise aboard Rhapsody of the Seas
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges aboard Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Journeys through beautiful Italy in a luxury coach
  • Sightseeing tours in Rome, Florence and Venice with a local guide
  • Enjoy 30 meals including daily breakfast
  • Professional English-speaking tour manager
  • Port and handling charges aboard Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Cruise taxes & air taxes and surcharges
  • Onboard gratuities

 

Rhapsody of the Seas Deck plans

Rhapsody of the Seas

Rhapsody of the Seas delivers an unforgettable cruise experience, with rock climbing, the Casino Royale and entertainment including shows, live music, plus relaxing bars and lounges. Rhapsody of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s 6 Vision Class cruise ships, featuring a style all of their own with sun filled atriums and white marble staircases. Known as the ‘ships of light’, this class of vessel has over two acres of glass canopies, skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows giving outstanding views. A voyage on the Rhapsody of the Seas is an experience to be savoured and remembered!

Day 1 Depart Australia
Today we board our flight to Rome, Italy. Meals included: In-flight

Day 2 Rome, Italy
This afternoon we arrive into the eternal city of Rome. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred to our centrally located hotel. Meals included: In-flight

Day 3 Rome, Italy
This morning we will enjoy an overview sightseeing tour of Rome with a local guide. We will see the famous Colosseum, the Spanish steps, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and more. We will also see the Trevi Fountain, where you can throw two coins over your shoulder into the fountain and wish to return to Rome. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Rome, Italy
A free day to explore Rome. You may wish to visit the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Florence, Italy
This morning we travel north to Siena, where we will see the magnificent Piazza del Campo renowned for the famous Palio horse race held in the Campo and its splendid civic tower and the enormous, partially completed Duomo. We continue our journey to Florence, known as “The Cradle of the Renaissance” which will be your base for exploring the region over the next three days. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Florence, Italy
This morning we will enjoy a walking tour to see Florence’s highlights with a local guide. We will see the Piazza del Duomo, one of the largest cathedrals in the Christian world. Together with Brunelleschi’s wonderful dome, we see the Campanile and the Baptistry. We also wander through the Piazza della Signoria, which contains the Loggia della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio and nearby, the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Florence, Italy
A day for individual exploration of this historic city. Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. Visit the Uffizi Gallery, with its unsurpassed collection of art, the Accademia di Belle Arti, with Michelangelo’s statue of David, the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Venice (Mestre), Italy
This morning we travel to Ferrara in the popular Emilia-Romagna region. Ferrara is a tranquil town with streets lined with red-brick houses, palaces and squares. A splendid cultural centre during the Renaissance, these days Ferrara is a young and vibrant town and one of the major artistic and cultural centres in Italy. In the afternoon we continue to Venice. Built on 117 islands, Venice was once the head of the Mediterranean empire. We will have three nights in Mestre before the cruise to enjoy the canals, Renaissance palazzos and of course, the fabulous food and wine from the Veneto region. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Venice (Mestre), Italy
This morning we will enjoy a walking 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. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Venice (Mestre), Italy
A free day to explore Venice. Perhaps take a tour to the island of Murano, known as the glass-making island. Venetian glass is world-renowned 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, relax and be transported back in time as you take in the uniqueness of this beautiful city. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Venice – Begin 7 night Greece and Croatia Cruise
Today we are transferred by private coach to board the Rhapsody of the Seas. Be up on deck as the ship slips her moorings at 5:00pm for the start of our fabulous cruise. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 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 & Dinner

Day 14 Day at sea
A free day while the Rhapsody of the Seas cruises the Mediterranean. There will be time to enjoy the wonderful facilities of the ship, perhaps have a spa or beauty treatment, attend an informative lecture, or a dance class. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 Santorini, Greece
Today we have a 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! Enjoy free time to explore this magnificent port. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16 Katakolon, Greece
Katakolon is the gateway of 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. Otherwise stay around Katakolon and enjoy the seaside town with fishing boats bobbing in the harbour and many cafes around the waterfront. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17 Day at sea
A free day while the Rhapsody of the Seas cruises the Mediterranean. There will be time to enjoy the wonderful facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18 Venice, Italy – Australia
This morning we arrive back at Venice and after disembarking the ship we travel to the airport for your flight home after a spectacular trip-of-a-lifetime. Meals included: Breakfast & In-flight Day 19 Arrive in Australia You will arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
Inside 6V 2,3,4 $4,999 $6,998
Inside 4V 7,8 $5,099 $7,168
Oceanview 6N 2,3,4 $5,399 $7,698
Oceanview 2N 2,3,4 $5,499 $7,848
Balcony 4B 2,3,4 $6,799 $10,329
Included port & handling charges $502 $852
Included air taxes as at 1/3/19 $200 $200
Included ship gratuities $142 $142

Upgrade Offer:

Stay on Venice Island at the 4-star Hotel Carlton – $140pp per night twin/single

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to Europe
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in three and four star centrally located hotels (3 nights in Rome, Florence & Venice [Mestre], Italy) including daily breakfast
  • 7 night Greece and Croatia cruise aboard Rhapsody of the Seas
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges aboard Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Journeys through beautiful Italy in a luxury coach
  • Sightseeing tours in Rome, Florence and Venice with a local guide
  • Enjoy 30 meals including daily breakfast
  • Professional English-speaking tour manager
  • Port and handling charges aboard Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Cruise taxes & air taxes and surcharges
  • Onboard gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

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

EXTENDING:

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

Availability:

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

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 need of assistance from others.

TOUR OPERATOR:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd), (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Rhapsody of the Seas is operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the Best of Italy, Croatia and Greece fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines brochure. All passengers must complete an online cruise personaliser at https://www.royalcaribbean.com.au and sign a Cruise Offers Value Holidays booking form.

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
All Cruise Offers Value Holidays are heavily discounted and available for a limited time only. For this reason we require a deposit of $1500 per person at the time of booking. This payment is non-refundable. The deposit should be sent with a completed Cruise Offers booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. The passenger must also complete the online Royal Caribbean Cruise Line cruise personaliser at https://www.royalcaribbean.com.au. Final payments are due to be paid to Cruise Offers 90 days prior to the commencement of the Rhapsody of the Seas fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added all credit card payments. Any changes made to a booking after purchase may incur fees.

DEPARTURE DATES:
There are four departure dates, 13 May, 10 June, 22 July or 2 September, 2020.

AIRLINES USED:
Etihad Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Qantas Airways, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation has been booked at the following hotels: Rome – Hotel California – 3 stars Florence – Hotel de Lanzi or Hotel Bigallo – 3 stars Mestre – Ambasciatori Hotel – 4 stars If you would like to upgrade your accommodation to Venice Island, please contact Cruise Offers for more information.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 90 days Loss of deposit
90 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, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport. A visa is not required for Europe for stays up to 90 days. If not an Australian passport holder check with Cruise Offers for visa requirements.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Adequate travel insurance is required 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 23kg free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the cruise.

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.

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, Cruise Offers 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:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite Inter-national Pty Ltd, ATAS A10538) is the tour organiser. Cruise Offers, 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 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 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. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the Rhapsody of the Seas fly/cruise passage contract with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, detailed on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines website. If you do not have a copy of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines terms and conditions please contact Cruise Offers and we will send one to you.

DELAYS AND UNFORESEEN EVENTS:
You engage Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd) 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 book-ing form and sending it with a deposit of $1500 per person to:

CRUISE OFFERS
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free: 1800 630 343
Telephone: (03) 9836 2522
Email: valueholidays@cruiseoffers.com.au

ABOUT CRUISE OFFERS:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd), (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established 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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Royal Caribbean Value Holidays