Italy by Train & Med Cruise with Flights

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$5499 per person
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16 days
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TOP VALUE Italy Highlights & MSC Med Cruise with Flights

Experience the thrills of travelling by train from Venice to Florence and Rome. Then indulge in an amazing Mediterranean voyage to Sicily, Spain and France aboard MSC's new, big and impressive World Europa. Plus, return flights from Australia are included!
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This Italy rail adventure and Mediterranean cruise is a fantastic combination! Watch gondolas glide along Venetian canals, wander through world-famous city squares and see awe-inspiring historical sights. Taste Sicily's famous cuisine, discover vibrant Barcelona and explore the cosmopolitan trading cities of Marseille and Genoa. These and other unforgettable experiences await you on this exciting European journey!

What's included

Destination
France , Italy , Spain Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Fly to Venice, Italy from Australia
Return Location
Fly from Rome to Australia
Tour Start Date & Time
October 27, 2024 12:00 am View other Times
Additional Information
Booking Code: CRTRWE16M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Activities as per the itinerary
  • Cruise as per itinerary
  • Cruise meals and non-chargeable entertainment
  • Daily breakfast
  • Expert local guides
  • International flights from Australia
  • Rail travel as per itinerary
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified
  • Cruise gratuities
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Additional Prices
Extend Your Holiday: Ask us about seeing more of Europe Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential - please ask us for a quote Solo Travellers: Single supplement of $2800 applies for private rooms & cabin

Italy rail tour & Mediterranean cruise overview

This is Italy and big ship cruising through the Mediterranean at its best!

Begin the exciting journey with flights to Venice, where a walking tour will introduce you to the iconic city’s prominent sites. Board the first train ride bound for Florence. Following a local tour to get your bearings, spend time discovering the world’s finest art and architecture at your leisure.

Finally, a high-speed train whisks you to Rome, where you’re free to explore the ‘Eternal City’, dive into the city’s sumptuous culinary delights and visit the magnificent ancient sites like the Pantheon, or take an optional tour to Pompeii. The last day of the tour ends on a high, with a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo’s breathtaking Sistine Chapel.

Next, it’s time to board the impressive new MSC World Europa for a round-trip voyage from Rome. The week that follows will take you through Sicily, Malta, Spain and France.

This 16-day package is everything you need; return flights to Italy, pre-booked hotels and trains, plus a luxe MSC Mediterranean cruise!

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Italy Special Deal

Get in early for this special rail and cruise combo in 2024 and 2025!

  • Inside Cabin – from $5499 per person
  • Oceanview Cabin – from $5999 per person
  • Balcony Cabin – from $6499 per person

Lowest price departures:
2024:
27 October; 3, 10, 17, 27 November
2025: 26 January; 2, 9, 16, 23 February; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March

Note: Prices in AUD are per person based on twin share and subject to confirmation with the airlines, tour operator and cruise company. Sale can be withdrawn without notice. Contact us for current rates, including single supplements, and for travel at other times of the year.

Inclusions at a glance

  • Return economy airfares to Venice & from Rome
    • Fly from Australian capital cities with a full-service airline
    • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
    • 2 nights Venice – Hotel Carlton Capri Venice
    • 2 nights Florence – Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, Florence
    • 3 nights Rome – Hotel Villaframca Rome
  • Rail Transportation between cities via Standard rail with reserved seats
  • One-way transfer from Rome to cruise port
  • 7 nights MED cruise on MSC World Europa round trip from Rome
  • All meals and non-chargeable entertainment on cruise

Why you’ll love this holiday

  • Discover Italy’s iconic highlights on a rail tour to Venice, Florence & Rome
  • Enjoy MSC’s amazing onboard experiences & the care-free advantages of cruising
  • Full days to explore Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona, Marseille & Genoa
  • It’s great value for a luxury cruise and flights from Australia!

Italy independent tour highlights

  • Walking Tour of Venice & trip to Murano
  • Walking Tour of Florence
  • Tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica

 

Rome, Italy
Enjoy a taste of Italy on this exciting independent tour.
  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAY 7
  • DAY 8
  • DAY 9
  • DAYS 10-15
  • DAY 16
DAY 1

Depart Australia for Italy

Board your flights bound for Venice, Italy and enjoy the inflight service.

DAY 2

Arrive in Venice

Arrive in glorious Venice with its astonishing treasures and make your own way independently to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, in this city built on over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges
Overnight: Venice

DAY 3

Walking tour of Venice

Today, travel independently to Venice Santa Lucia Train Station, meet just outside on top of the staircase to begin a morning tour* of Venice. Start with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colourful Murano Glassware, and witness a glass blowing demonstration. Return to Venice for a walking tour, beginning with an orientation of St. Mark's Square where you will learn about the Square's most prominent monuments including the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Doge's Palace, the Bell and Clock Towers. Proceed to Santa Maria Formosa Square and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. Continue to the corner of Marco Polo's House and Malibran Theater. Then, return to St. Mark's Square through the Mercerie, a series of interconnecting streets that link Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square, and are the main streets in the city for shopping. The remainder of the day is at leisure or you may choose an optional Gondola ride *This is a walking and orientation tour of Venice that does not include entry into any landmarks.
Optional: Gondola Ride (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4

Travel to Florence by Rail and Florence Walking Tour

Travel to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, by high-speed rail. After check-in, travel independently to the Perseo Statue inside the Loggia dei Lanzi in Signoria Square to begin your walking tour* of Florence in the open-air art museum. Admire the statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Palazzo Vecchio before continuing to the splendid Ponte Vecchio. Walk to the magnificent Duomo, celebrated for its dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Florence is indeed the centre of the world's finest art and architecture
*This is a walking and orientation tour of Florence that does not include entry into any landmarks.
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5

Free day in Florence

Spend the entire day exploring Florence on your own, or choose to join the optional tour of the Accademia Gallery, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art
Optional: Accademia Gallery (AM)
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6

Travel to Rome by Rail

Today, travel via high-speed rail to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. After check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy the ancient Roman architecture or dive into the sumptuous culinary delights which abound citywide
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7

Free day in Rome

Spend the entire day exploring "The Eternal City" at leisure. Perhaps, visit the Pantheon, a magnificent ancient temple, the world's best-preserved ancient monument, that was later converted into a church and view Raphael's tomb. From here, take a stroll to the nearby beautiful Piazza Navona, to get a glimpse of the famous fountains by Bernini. Perhaps, join the optional tour to Pompeii. Depart Rome this morning and drive along the Sun Route to Pompeii, passing by the bay of Naples and majestic Mt. Vesuvius. After lunch, visit Pompeii, the city that was frozen in time under a thick carpet of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. Return to Rome in the early evening
Optional: Pompeii and its ruins with lunch from Rome
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8

Vatican Museum Tour

Today, travel independently to Caffe Vaticano, opposite the Vatican Museum entrance, to begin the guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's incomparable Sistine Chapel. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you will visit one of the most important art collections in the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the famous Sistine Chapel with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Stroll through St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade to view St. Peter's Basilica. Afternoon is at leisure or choose to join the optional Ancient Rome tour to visit the fabled Colosseum and the legendary Roman Forum
Optional: Ancient Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9

Board MSC Mediterranean Cruise

Check out of your hotel this morning, then transfer to Rome’s port of Civitavecchia to check in for the 7-night MSC Mediterranean cruise aboard World Europa.
Meals: Breakfast

DAYS 10-15

Mediterranean Cruise

 Day

Port

Arrive

Depart

Day 9

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

 

7:00pm

Day 10

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

9:00am

5:00pm

Day 11

Valletta, Malta

10:00am

6:00pm

Day 12

At Sea

   

Day 13

Barcelona, Spain

7:00am

6:00pm

Day 14

Marseille, France

8:00am

6:00pm

Day 15

Genoa, Italy

8:00am

6:00pm

Day 16

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

7:00am

 
DAY 16

Depart Rome - Fly to Australia

Disembark this morning and catch a taxi from the cruise port to the airport for flights to Australia.

More about France

France is one of the oldest nations on earth, the largest in the EU and also the most popular with tourists. People flock to its iconic sites, medieval cities, alpine mountains and Mediterranean beaches. It's a must to visit the amazing art galleries and museums of Paris, but make sure you allow time for people watching in a chic cafe. Visit the French Riviera to see how the rich and famous live, or take the world's highest cable car to get a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc. Try some of the 1600 varieties of cheese produced in France, but don't turn the accompanying baguette upside down, the French believe that brings bad luck!

More about Italy

What's not to love about Italy! From its ancient monuments and treasure-laden museums, to iconic cities, stunning coastal villages and magnificent mountain ranges. And of course the cuisine! You could literally eat your way from Rome to Florence and Venice. Gelato ice cream was invented in Italy and there are over 200 shapes for Italian pasta. Pizza was first created in Napoli in 1860 and yes, calzone is simply folded up pizza!

More about Spain

Spain occupies about 85% of Europe's Iberian Peninsula. The vibrant country boasts varied and dramatic highlights. From spectacular alpine ranges and gorgeous beaches, to medieval castles, impressive galleries, historic sites and charming towns - there's so much to explore and experience in Spain! The second-largest country in Europe has around 3000 documented beaches, many of which remain untouched. Marvel at Spain's unique blend of Gothic and Islamic architecture and witness the way all forms of art are embraced by the locals. Also a big tip for visitors, don't expect to do much between 1pm and 5pm. This is when much of the country takes a nap, or its famous 'siesta' time, so that they can enjoy dining on tapas and bar hopping until the early hours.
This Italy rail adventure and Mediterranean cruise is a fantastic combination! Watch gondolas glide along Venetian canals, wander through world-famous city squares and see awe-inspiring historical sights. Taste Sicily's famous cuisine, discover vibrant Barcelona and explore the cosmopolitan trading cities of Marseille and Genoa. These and other unforgettable experiences await you on this exciting European journey!

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      $5499 per person
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      16 days
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