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IL GRANDE ITALIA!  Fly/Cruise/Tour departs 21st August 2018
IL GRANDE ITALIA! Fly/Cruise/Tour departs 21st August 2018

Onboard Seven Seas Voyager View Ship

Special validity

Special is valid from 16th October 2017 to 14th January 2018.

Cruise Departure Date

Thursday, 6th September 2018

Duration & Cruise Type

7 night Fly Cruise Tour

Special Inclusions

NEW LOWER FARES!
Twin Deluxe Veranda was $16,725 - NOW from $15,770*pp
Twin Penthouse Suite was $18,475 - NOW from $17,295*pp

HIGHLIGHTS:
• Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan Villa
• Hunt for truffles in Piedmont
• Take in the tranquillity of Lake Orta, one of Italy`s hidden gems
• Try liqueurs and chocolates in the hills of Asti
• Wine tasting in Valpolicella
• Choose from 5 or more included cruise shore excursions in most ports of call absolutely FREE^
• Cruising in style without your tie or tiara

IL GRANDE ITALIA! Fly, Cruise & Tour package includes:
- Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Rome inc tax
- One way private car transfer from Rome airport to hotel
- 1 nights pre-tour hotel accommodation in Rome with breakfast
- 11 night Italian Indulgence Back-Roads small group tour from Rome to Venice including:
• 11 night`s accommodation (1nt Perugia, 2nts Tuscany, 2nts Lucca, 1nt Santa Margherita, 1nt Cherasco, 2nt Lake Maggiore, 1nt Tirano, 1nt Trento)
• Experienced Back-Roads tour leader
• Comfortable mini-coach transportation - tour group size approx 18
• European-style breakfast daily & 6 x evening meals
• In-the-know local guide in Florence
• Tuscan cooking class and lunch
• Truffle hunt in Piedmont
• 2 x wine tastings • 1x liqueur tasting
• Boat transfer to Borromean Islands (from Lake Maggiore)
• Entrance tickets: San Fruttuoso Abbey, Isola Madre & Isola Bella, Baptistery of St John in Pisa, Grinzane Cavour Castle
- 3 nights accommodation at a post-tour hotel in Venice with breakfast
- One way transfer from Venice hotel to port
- 7 night Six-Star cruise aboard Regent Seven Seas Voyager from Venice to Rome featuring:
• FREE^ Unlimited Shore Excursions
• FREE Specialty Restaurants
• FREE Unlimited Beverages Including Fine Wines and Premium Spirits with FREE Open Bars and Lounges plus FREE In-Suite Mini-bar Replenished Daily
• FREE Pre-Paid ships Gratuities
• FREE WiFi Throughout the Ship*
• FREE 24-Hour Room Service
• FREE Self Service Laundry onboard ship
• Large Size hotel style accommodations onboard: This ship boasts all Veranda cabins with the smallest measuring 20 sq mt internally with 8 sq mt on the veranda
• The onboard services of Smithsonian Institute destination/cultural specialists/experts with enrichment program
• A Smart Casual No-fuss dress-code, `no tie required` - there are no formal nights onboard
• Regent appeals to 45+ travellers who like adventurous and active holidays - meet like-minded travellers
• Onboard entertainment including a full theatre with 9-piece live orchestra, singers, dancers , acrobats etc)
• Onboard Fitness classes and fully equipped Gym
- One way transfer from Rome port to airport

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IN-DEPTH PRE-CRUISE TOUR INFORMATION:

Backroad`s `Italian Indulgence`
Discover cities that have shaped the world`s culture. Regional flavours and renowned wines, celebrated around the globe. And picture-perfect landscapes that will capture your imagination and stay in your heart. Exploring Italy is truly an experience to be savoured.

Day 1 ROME – ASSISI – PERUGIA
They say all roads lead to Rome, but after we meet, our route whisks us away to awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. Tonight, we come together for a delicious dinner in Perugia. (D)

Day 2 PERUGIA – SIENA – TUSCANY
Introducing Siena: a gorgeous Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the old centre, we venture to our villa in the world-renowned Chianti region. (B,D).

Day 3 TUSCANY
Our host lets us in on a few secrets of Italian cooking today, as we prepare ourselves a classic rustic Tuscan lunch. Later, the afternoon is free to relax. (B,L,D)

Day 4 TUSCANY – FLORENCE – LUCCA
We turn our attention to Florence – birthplace of the Renaissance and home to the world’s most treasured masterpieces. A local guide brings the city alive as we stroll through the streets on a walking tour. As afternoon melts into dusk, we continue on to Lucca. (B)

Day 5 LUCCA – PISA – LUCCA
We come up close and personal to an Italian icon today, with a visit to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Afternoon sees us back in Lucca, where you have the rest of the day and night to explore at your own pace. (B)

Day 6 LUCCA – CAMOGLI – SAN FRUTTUOSO – PORTOFINO – SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE
It`s time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera. Have your camera ready as we tick off Camogli, San Fruttuoso and the glittering village of Portofino, before settling in Santa Margherita Ligure. Enjoy an evening at your own pace – strolling along the beachfront, lined with pastel-painted houses. (B)

Day 7 SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE – BAROLO – CHERASCO
Our compass points north and we travel inland to Piedmont, a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. Our first stop is Grinzane Cavour Castle for a wine tasting, before driving near the village of Barolo, where we join a truffle hunt with a local farmer. Once we have worked up an appetite, we will follow it up by a sumptuous slow-food dinner in Cherasco. (B,D)

Day 8 CHERASCO– ASTI – LAKE ORTA – LAKE MAGGIORE
A treat is in store for the sweet-toothed among us at a distillery near Asti, where we sip regional liquors, complemented by hand-made nougat. Then it`s time to head for the hills, pristine lakes and soaring mountains of northern Italy. Lake Maggiore marks the magnificent final stop of the day`s journey. (B)

Day 9 LAKE MAGGIORE
Leaving dry land behind us for the day, we set sail for the Borromean Islands. We wander the terraces of the ornate Baroque Garden on Isola Bella and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori. The rest of the day is free for you to relax. (B)

Day 10 LAKE MAGGIORE – LECCO – TIRANO
Bidding farewell to Lake Maggiore, we discover the sights of Lecco before we reach Tirano for a wine tasting session. After an indulgent afternoon, we return to our hotel and meet for dinner at a local restaurant to continue the culinary adventure. (B,D)

Day 11 TIRANO – LAKE MOLVENO – TRENTO
This morning we turn our attention to the majestic Lake Molveno at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. We continue to Trento for a walking tour and meet in the evening for a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 12 TRENTO – VERONA – VENICE
Fair Verona beckons today, with its impressive Roman ruins and romantic hotspots. Then it`s onwards to the show-stopping finale: the floating city of Venice where we bid farewell. (B)

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (16Oct17). Outside and Balcony cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. All airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Offer ends 14Jan18 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. Tour portion of this package must be paid in full by 14Jan18 to avoid price increase.

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (16Oct17). Outside and Balcony cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. All airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Offer ends 14Jan18 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. Tour portion of this package must be paid in full by 14Jan18 to avoid price increase.

Cruise Description

7 Night Cruise sailing from Venice to Rome aboard Seven Seas Voyager.

Coined one of the top cruise ships in the world, Seven Seas Voyager is the world's second all-suite, all-balcony ship and the second to feature a restaurant operated by Le Cordon Bleu of Paris, following sister ship Seven Seas Mariner. There are four main dining venues, surprising for a ship her size. You will enjoy impeccable service thanks to some of the highest space and service ratios at sea. And her suites are the largest "lead-in" suites in the industry.

Highlights of this Cruise:

Venice, Italy
This renowned “City of Canals” was built on an archipelago of more than 100 islands formed by about 150 canals. Ancient cobblestone streets lined with tiny ceramic and glass workshops and tempting cafes wind their way between fabulous palazzos and vast town squares along the banks of the canals. For shoppers, the city offers colorful markets; for those interested in architecture, the original Baroque classics, Basilica San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, the Doge’s Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs as viewed from a gondola or toured on foot, are breath-taking. And art lovers should make sure not to miss the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, home to Tintoretto’s finest works; or, for more modern tastes, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, showcasing masterpieces of 20th-century art currents and the avant-garde movements.

Split, Croatia
Split is the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. Split achieved fame when the Roman emperor Diocletian, noted for his persecution of early Christians, had his retirement palace built here. The spectacular stone edifice and its grounds and cellars are a major highlight of any city tour. Other points of interest include the Cathedral of St. Duje, built on the remains of an ancient shrine purported to be the oldest in the world; and the Mestrovic Gallery, where the impressive works of Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic are available for viewing in this home and atelier.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century by a group of refugees from Epidaurum (today’s Cavtat). It is known worldwide for its unique marble-paved squares, tall houses, steep-cobbled streets and fountains. The city walls, once used to as protection against its enemies, now keep motorists at bay in this picturesque town. UNESCO named the Old City a World Heritage Site, and Dubrovnik’s beautiful historic sites have been restored to their former glory.

Durres (Tirana), Albania
Discover ancient Durres with its modern new resort coastline. Visit the Archaeological Museum on the waterfront for an impressive historical overview. Then explore the remains of the public baths, the aqueduct and the largest Roman amphitheater in the Balkans dating back to the 7th Century. Ahmet Zogu’s Villa, perched atop the Durres hill, offers splendid views of the Adriatic. Stroll along the waterfront and enjoy a snack of fresh figs and olives, or a coffee at one of the seaside cafés. Browse the palm tree lined shopping district for handcrafted wooden boxes, fanciful woolen socks and the fine local Skenderbeu Brandy in this emerging Albanian port.

Corfu, Greece
Legendary Corfu is a lush and romantic island, written about by Homer in his famous Odyssey. The island’s history is full of battles, indicative of Corfu’s turbulent position that lasted until modern times with unification with modern Greece in 1864. Corfu offers a combination of cosmopolitan and time-honored Greece. As well as a flower-strewn countryside and Adriatic-style villages, Corfu has splendid coastal scenery and some excellent secluded beaches.

Taormina (Sicily), Italy
Naxos is gateway to the island of Sicily’s strategically significant northeastern region. From this port city, it is a short transfer to Taormina, resting 820 feet above the sea and overlooking imposing Mount Etna. In the early 20th century, Taormina became a colony for expatriate artists and writers, including D H Lawrence. Highlights of any tour of this city would include the remarkably preserved Roman-style Greek Theater, whose acoustics are still appreciated in performances today; the splendid 15th century Palazzo Corvaia; and the Odeon, a small Imperial Age theater set amidst colorful public gardens.

Sorrento/Capri, Italy
Sorrento is surely one of the world’s most beautiful towns, built on a coast with breathtaking views and landscapes. Yet it is far from a frivolous vacation destination. The houses, people and the entire region are filled with a history and culture so deep that it can be traced back to the 11th century BC. Overlooking the bay of Naples, the town is the key point on the Sorrentine Peninsula and is one of the most popular destinations of the entire Campania region. Make sure to plan a day trip to Capri, one of the most celebrated Italian islands, noted for its natural beauty.

Enquire about this Special

    • Cabin Type
    • Rate
    • AU $15,770.00
    • AU $17,295.00
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  • ** Pricing is Per Person twin share, including all taxes.

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Available Sailing Dates

Pre-Cruise Itinerary

    • 21/08
    • Fly Australia to Rome
    • 22/08
    • Arrive Rome, Transfer to your hotel
    • 23/08
    • Tour: Rome - Assisi - Perugia (B,D)
    • 24/08
    • Tour: Perugia - Siena - Tuscany (B,D)
    • 25/08
    • Tour: Tuscany (B,L,D)
    • 26/08
    • Tour: Tuscany - Florence - Lucca (B)
    • 27/08
    • Tour: Lucca - Pisa - Lucca (B)
    • 28/08
    • Tour: Lucca - Camogli - San Fruttuoso - Portofino
    • 28/08
    • cont... Portofino - Santa Margherita Ligure (B)
    • 29/08
    • Tour: Santa Margherita Ligure - Barolo - Cherasco (B,D)
    • 30/08
    • Tour: Cherasco - Asti - Lake Orta - Lake Maggiore (B)
    • 31/08
    • Tour: Lake Maggiore/Borromean Islands (B)
    • 01/09
    • Tour: Lake Maggiore - Lecco - Tirano (B,D)
    • 02/09
    • Tour: Tirano - Lake Molveno - Trento (B,D)
    • 03/09
    • Tour: Trento - Verona - Venice (B), stay on in Venice hotel
    • 04/09
    • Venice at leisure (B)
    • 05/09
    • Venice at leisure (B)
    • 06/09
    • Transfer to port, embark Seven Seas Voyager ship

Cruise Itinerary

Post-Cruise Itinerary

    • 13/09
    • Transfer to airport, Fly Rome to Australia
    • 14/09
    • Arrive Australia

Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.