Best of the Med
Buried Roman cities, teetering coastal villages, Venetian palaces, awe-inspiring art and sun-kissed beaches - the Mediterranean will delight and enchant you, leaving you wanting more! On this journey stay on the Italian Riviera before embarking on a 11 night cruise around Kotor, the Ionian island of Corfu, Taormina on the island of Sicily, Capri, Rome, Monte Carlo, Cannes and Barcelona. Fascinating ports of call ensure you see all that the Mediterranean has to offer, in comfort and style.
On this journey you will enjoy the following special experiences: •Farmhouse picnic in Portofino Sit under the olive trees and taste local delicacies like extra virgin olive oil, herbs, homemade jams and focaccia. Set high on the hill, we'll gaze out over the picturesque harbour of Portofino.
•A delightful courtyard dinner in a Venetian Palace We'll sit among marble sculptures, ornaments and secret gardens in one of the best preserved Gothic palaces in Venice. Dinner will be served on the terrace in this enchanting setting.
•Gastronomy tour and cooking class in Barcelona Wander the exotic and lively La Boqueria market awash with fresh fruit juices, olives, seafood, fruit, meats and cheeses, topped off with a hands-on cooking class.
Exceptional Value! This cruise includes free internet, no supplement for dining in any of the three Specialty Restaurants, and unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, coffees, teas and juices. Plus, World Journeys offer a choice of bonus inclusions - choose from free shore excursions, a US$400 shipboard credit or a beverage package.
If you have travelled on one of our Journeys before, we would like to offer you a saving of $400 per couple (or $200 per person) if you book this journey.
Day 1: Auckland > Dubai Morning flight to Dubai. On arrival transit to onward flight.
Day 2: Dubai > Milan > Cinque Terre On arrival in Milan drive to the Italian Riviera. Check in to the Hotel Santa Margherita Palace, right in the heart of Santa Margherita Ligure. Visit the beach just minutes away or relax in the stunning hotel. Your hotel is perfectly positioned for excursions to the Cinque Terre and Portofino.
Day 3: Cinque Terre (B,L) Colourful houses and ancient vineyards cling to steep terraces, fishing boats bob in harbours and trattorias serve seafood specialities. Today our local guide will show us around the beautiful villages of the Cinque Terre. Return to your hotel.
Day 4: Portofino (B,L, D) Visit Portofino, a picturesque town set upon the turquoise sea. Enjoy a special farmhouse picnic set high on a hill with wonderful views overlooking the cape. Sitting among the olive trees we'll taste local delicacies like extra virgin olive oil, herbs, homemade jams and focaccia. Relax before dinner in a local restaurant. Return to your hotel.
Day 5: Cinque Terre (B) Day at leisure.
Day 6: Cinque Terre > Lake Como (B, D) Drive north through the Ligurian countryside and into the alpine scenery of northern Italy to Lake Como. Check into our hotel with views out over the blue lake, craggy mountains and softly rolling hills.
Day 7: Lake Como (B) Ferry passes are included today so we can see the surrounding historical villages and palaces.
Day 8: Lake Como > Venice (B,D) Leave the mountains for Venice. On arrival we travel by private water taxi to our hotel. This evening, we dine on the terrace of a private Gothic palace, one of the best preserved in Venice, complete with limestone lions, marble sculptures, a Venetian Gothic style wellhead and an original staircase.
Day 9: Venice (B,D) Take a walking tour through charming squares, bridges and narrow streets and then enjoy a ride on a gondola. After exploring the Grand Canal, soak up the charms of the city while wandering through picturesque cobblestone alleyways and squares. This evening we board our ship Oceania Sirena.
Day 10: Venice (B) We have the morning at leisure in Venice before returning to our floating hotel, as the ship sails out of Venice this evening at 6pm.
Day 11: Zadar (B,L,D) A hidden gem of the Adriatic, Zadar offers beautiful beaches, charming promenades, preserved ancient architecture and fascinating historical monuments. Roman aqueducts, forums and temples surround the old town, which features medieval churches and monasteries. Stroll along the paved waterfront and enjoy stunning views of the Adriatic Sea or lounge in one of the many cafés.
Day 12: Kotor (B,L,D) Montenegro's most beautiful bay, first settled by the ancient Romans. You may choose to visit the well preserved and vibrant urban centre, medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 13: Corfu (B,L,D) In Corfu, vineyards and olive groves thrive amid rocky mountains. On this Greek island we'll see horse drawn carriages leading tours of Liston, a galleria of open-air cafes and alluring shops.
Day 14: Taormina (Sicily) (B,L,D) Enjoy magnificent panoramic views on the way up to the town, where you can stroll down medieval lanes past stunning palaces. See the famed Greek theater and its fantastic view of Mount Etna. Or take a trip to the volcano itself and get a first-hand look at cones, craters and lava streams from previous eruptions and a fantastic view over the Gulf of Catania.
Day 15: Sorrento/ Capri (B,L,D) Beautiful Capri, with its stunning panoramas, villages, charming piazzas and the Villa San Michele, makes a nice diversion. Visit the ruins at Pompeii, take a cooking lesson in Sorrento or travel to the frenetic city of Naples and learn to make pizzas as the Neapolitans do.
Day 16: Rome (B,L,D) Rome is awash with world-famous churches, monuments and fountains: the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Opt for a guided tour, sip a cappuccino at a cafe, or window shop at the high-fashion boutiques of Via Condotti.
Day 17: Monte Carlo (B,L,D) The jetset principality of Monaco is the essence of the Riviera; couture fashion, grand yachts and nightlife centred around its famed Casino.
Day 18: Cannes (B,L,D) The quintessential Cote d'Azur resort town, Cannes has long been a playground for the rich and famous. While it's easy to spend a day here people-watching, be sure to venture up Susquet Hill and wander the winding streets of the old town. The 12th century Chapel of St. Anne and the eclectic collection of art in the Museum of the Castre may also be of interest. The hilltop also affords phenomenal views of Cannes and the Lerins Islands lying just offshore.
Day 19: Palamos (Costa Brava) (B,L,D) Located on the eastern shores of Spain's Costa Brava, Palamos is a small and walkable city with beautiful beaches and a lovely promenade lined with restaurants and cafes. Learn about the history and the art of fishing at the popular Fishing Museum. Travel outside the city to visit the renowned Dali Museum, where the museum itself is as much of an attraction as the works of Salvador Dali that adorn its walls.
Day 20: Barcelona (B,L,D) Arrive in this enchanting seaside city with Gaudi's splendid modernista architecture and lively Las Ramblas promenade. We disembark for a city tour of the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's renowned unfinished church and Park Guell, another major work by Gaudi full of amazing stone structures, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings. Check into our hotel located right in the heart of Barcelona.
Day 21: Barcelona (B,L,D) Take a fabulous Barcelona gastronomy tour of the famous Bouqueria Market situated on Las Ramblas to delight your every sense. Topped off with a cooking class and taste the dishes we have just made. A walking tour takes us through the Gothic Quarter before our farewell dinner.
Day 22: Barcelona > Dubai (B) Transfer to the airport for the flight to Dubai.
Day 23: Dubai > Auckland We connect to our onward flight.
Day 24: Auckland Arrive Auckland.
• Economy class airfares ex Auckland • A World Journeys host • Accommodation in 4 Star hotels • Transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary • Accommodation on board Oceania Sirena including port taxes, free internet and unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, coffees, teas and juices. • Meals as indicated • Gratuities including on board the ship
WORLD JOURNEYS BONUS OFFER - choose one of the following options! • 4 free standard shore excursions per person, or • a US$400 shipboard credit per Stateroom, or • a free House Select Beverage package per person (if sharing a cabin, both guests must choose the same option)
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs 3 September 2017
3 September 2017
Booking conditions A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person is required, with the balance due 60 days prior to departure. As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory. Business class upgrade is subject to availability.
A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person is required, with the balance due 60 days prior to departure. As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory. Business class upgrade is subject to availability.
Not included • Airline and airport taxes (subject to change)
• Items of a personal nature
• Visa (if applicable)
• Travel insurance (mandatory)
• Cruise shore excursions
• Meals while off the ship
• Airline and airport taxes (subject to change) • Items of a personal nature • Visa (if applicable) • Travel insurance (mandatory) • Cruise shore excursions • Meals while off the ship
Gratuity In the country we are visiting, tipping is customary. For a hassle free journey, tipping is included and will be handled by the World Journeys host.
In the country we are visiting, tipping is customary. For a hassle free journey, tipping is included and will be handled by the World Journeys host.