Beautiful Italy and the Mediterranean 2020 tour and cruise - BIE20

Number of Days: 16
Destination: Italy
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  • Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.

    Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell' Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”

    Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

    Explore these 3 hot spots before embarking on your Mediterranean voyage of Italy, Malta, Spain & France aboard MSC Grandiosa – your 4-star floating resort that offers more public space than her sister ships, along with a series of exciting innovations. Cirque du Soleil, a world leader in live entertainment, has created 2 brand new shows exclusively for MSC Grandiosa, which you can enjoy in a high-tech lounge while savouring a superb culinary experience.

  • Tour/cruise commences Venice on Saturday 14 March 2020 and concludes Naples.

    16 DAY ITINERARY

    DAY 1 - SAT: ARRIVE ON VENICE ISLAND, ITALY.
    Welcome to Venice! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for our included welcome dinner at our hotel. Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.(D)

    DAY 2 - SUN: VENICE ISLAND.
    After a PRIVATE BOAT RIDE, follow your Local Guide on a walking tour and visit ST. MARK'S SQUARE with its Byzantine Basilica, lavish DOGES' PALACE, and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. You may wish to enjoy an optional gondola serenade. (B)

    DAY 3 - MON: VENICE-PISA-FLORENCE.
    A scenic drive across the Apennines brings you to Pisa. In the spectacular Square of Miracles, pose for a popular photo "leaning" against the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 12 feet out of the perpendicular. Arrive in Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance." Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell' Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.” Tonight, is your chance to try out Tuscan specialties. (B)

    DAY 4 - TUES: FLORENCE-ASSISI.
    This morning follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to see Michelangelo's celebrated statue of David. Also admire the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze "Gates of Paradise," and the sculpture studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Continue to peaceful Assisi. (B,D)

    DAY 5 - WED: ASSISI-ROME.
    This morning, a friar will accompany you on a visit to ST. FRANCIS' BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God's creatures. Tonight, in the "Eternal City," an optional dinner is available at one of Rome's famous restaurants. (B)

    DAY 6 - THUR: ROME.
    Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

    Guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo's The Last Judgment, monumental ST. PETER'S SQUARE, and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo's Pieta. Drive to the area of the Imperial Roman Forum and visit the COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites. This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant to celebrate your Bella Italia Escape. (B,D)

    DAY 7 (FRI) & 8 (SAT): ROME.
    You now have two free days to explore Rome at your own pace before continuing your exploration of Italy and the Mediterranean. This is your opportunity to visit the beautiful Piazza Novana - one of the largest and most beautiful piazza (squares) in Rome with three impressive fountains, including la Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi with its large obelisk at the centre. The square was built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in the 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium.It is today a centre for artists and surrounded by al fresco restaurants.Other options include the Pantheon, Borghese Gallery, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, a long Italian lunch, the Rose and Orange Gardens, sampling the roast chestnuts at the Trevi Fountain by night, the famous El Greco café, or checking out the fabulous boutique shopping, the street markets and maybe a gelato or a classic Margherita pizza and a glass of vino at a street side cafe.(B)

    DAY 9 - SUN: ROME
    Free time until we transfer to Civitavechia Port and embarking MSC Grandiosa for your Italy, Malta, Spain & France voyage. MSC Grandiosa – our 4-star floating resort that offers more public space than her sister ships, along with a series of exciting innovations. Cirque du Soleil, a world leader in live entertainment, has created 2 brand new shows exclusively for MSC Grandiosa, which you can enjoy in a high-tech lounge while savouring a superb culinary experience.The ship departs at 6pm.(B)

    Day 10 - MON: PALERMO, SICILY
    We arrive in the beautiful Sicilian capital city of Palermo this morning. Explore the city at leasure or take one of the optional excursions. Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the "toe" of Italy's "boot." Its rich history is reflected in sites across the island, the well-preserved ruins and the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in Palermo. We depart at 5pm tonight and sail the Mediterranean to our next port of call in Malta.(B,L,D)

    DAY 11 - TUES: VALLETTA, MALTA
    Today explore this fascinating little country in the middle of the Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. It's a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and British. It has numerous fortresses, megalithic temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers dating to circa 4000 B.C.(B,L,D)

    DAY 12 - WED: AT SEA
    A day to relax and enjoy the onboard amenities and activities of our cruise ship as we cruise the “Med’ Middle Sea” from Malta to Spain.(B,L,D)

    DAY 13 - THUR: BARCELONA, SPAIN
    Viva Espania -we have the whole day to explore and enjoy vibrant Barcelona - the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró. We sail overnight from Barcelona to Marseilles.(B,L,D)

    DAY 14 - FRI: MARSEILLES, FRANCE
    Why not get up early and watch as we arrive into Marseilles this morning. Then time for breakfast before we go ashore to explore the city and surrounding area attractions.Marseilles is in southern France, has been a crossroads of immigration and trade since its founding by the Greeks circa 600 B.C. At its heart is the Vieux-Port (Old Port), where fishmongers sell their catch along the boat-lined quay. Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is a Romanesque-Byzantine church.(B,L,D)

    DAY 15 - SAT: GENOA, ITALY
    Check out the optional excursions from this port, including to the world famous Portofino – originally a fishing village but now the playground of the rich and famous.(B,L,D)

    DAY 16 – SUN: NAPLES, ITALY
    We arrive in the port of Naples approximately midday, where your cruise concludes.(B)
     

    SIX RECOMMENDED OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS:

    A: Pompeii - day tour to the well preserved ruins of Pompeii.
    B: Sorrento and the Isle of Capri – 2 day tour.
    C: Sicily - 5 days exploring Sicily including Taormina, Agrigento. It’s the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the "toe" of Italy's "boot." And there’s lots more to explore outside of Palermo. Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in mosaics. Enjoy the cafes and shopping, plus spectacular views from Taormina to Mount Etna, one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes.
    D: Apulia - 3 days exploring Lecce in Italy’s southern eastern region of Apulia (the heel of Italy). It's known for its baroque buildings.and the unique round Trulli houses of Alberobello.
    E: Naples - 2 nights hotel accommodation.
    F: Rental car – Explore the rest of Italy at your own pace.

  • Main tour/cruise includes:

    Meals:Breakfast = B, Lunch = L, Welcome and other dinners = D as per final itinerary
    Land transport - touring by private, air-conditioned motor coach. Free Wi-Fi (where available),
    Tour accommodation - First-Class or Superior First-Class with private bath or shower. Includes hotel taxes, porterage, tips and service charges
    Cruise accommodation - Whichever your cabin, you’ll love the spacious designer décor and enjoy superior comfort sleeping on your premium Dorelan mattresses and pillows, bathroom with bathtub and/or shower, wardrobe, widescreen TV, air conditioning, telephone, Wi-Fi connection (for a fee) & safe.
    Cruise entertainment – from Professional Shows to Sports tournaments, Dance classes to Arts & Crafts you’re sure to find something to please.

    Excludes: Gratuities and discretionary item not shown as included in the final itinerary. 

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    14-Mar-2020 29-Mar-2020

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