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Italy & the Med

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Immerse yourself in the glorious history, sublime scenery and delicious food and wine of Italy. Explore grand cities and the picturesque coastline, then board your 12-night cruise of the Mediterranean, taking in the finest coastal cities of Greece, Turkey and Croatia.A feast for the sensesAwaken your tastebuds from the moment we arrive in Italy. Try the local tortellini and taste your way through the Gelato Museum in Bologna. In Modena, sample the region’s famous balsamic vinegar and then enjoy Parmesan cheese and prosciutto in Parma.Delve into the rich history of Florence and Rome. These magical cities are brimming with art, stories and culture. From Imperial Rome to the Renaissance to Roman Catholicism, there’s no shortage of sights to see and things to discover. Explore the Italian RivieraSpend 2 days discovering some of Italy’s most spectacular coastline. Visit the 5 stunning fishing villages of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cinque Terre, perched high on dramatic coastal cliffs and inaccessible by car. Then relax in perfect Portofino, resort town of the rich and famous.Celebrity cruise of the MediterraneanCruise the Mediterranean and experience the beauty of the Tyrrhenian & Aegean seas, discovering the history and culture of Italy, Greece & Malta.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • 10-night cruise on board Celebrity Reflection
  • Port taxes of $120pp (subject to change)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $130pp prepaid. On board the cruise there is a tipping surcharge to pay of approximately $14pp US per day

Accommodation & Meals

  • 11 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 10-night cruise on board Celebrity Reflection
  • 21 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (excluding cruising)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

La Dolce Vita

  • Tour the city of Bologna, famous for its culinary delights and characterised by its red-brick palazzi, towers and lengthy porticoes.
  • Visit the Gelato Museum - with a tasting so you can pick your favourite!
  • Explore Modena and its medieval centre, now filled with bustling piazzas, market stalls and a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral.
  • Taste some of the balsamic vinegar for which the Modena region is famous.
  • Visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello.
  • Stop in the stylish town of Parma, the home of Parmesan cheese and prosciutto, to sample some of the local delicacies.
  • Spend a full day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cinque Terre. Made up of five colourful villages - Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore - the region’s brightly painted houses are some of the world’s most photographed.
  • Enjoy time in Portofino on the Italian Riviera. Originally an Italian fishing village it is now an upmarket resort for the rich and famous.
  • Visit Pisa, home to one of Europe’s most iconic structures - the Leaning Tower.
  • In Florence see the Cathedral of Florence at the grand Piazza del Duomo, as well as Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with Ghiberti’s famed bronze 'Gate of Paradise’.
  • Admire Michelangelo’s incomparable Statue of David.
  • Enjoy some free time in Orvieto, a small town that seemingly rises out of its surrounding countryside, sitting atop a series of tuff cliffs.
  • Explore Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Capitol and the Colosseum.
  • Discover the opulent Vatican City and visit the amazing museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica.
  • Enjoy an evening walking tour of some of Rome’s best sights including the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, on the way to dinner.

Please Note:Once on the cruise, there is no sightseeing included as part of your Bunnik Tour. Should you like to book sightseeing (shore excursions) from the ship, this will need to be either pre-booked via the Celebrity Cruiseswebsite or on board.

Please Note: On the cruise breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the main dining room. Celebrity Cruises does have specialty restaurants that can be enjoyed for a small surcharge. Meals are included when in port, but only available on the ship. If you decide to take a day tour or leave the ship you will need to purchase your own lunch/dinner.

Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
24
Price From
AUD $11,515
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Rail, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
ItineraryExpand
Italy & the Med

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive in Bologna

Welcome to Italy! Home of pizza, pasta, olive oil and wine, Italy is a food-lover’s paradise and a place to indulge in 'la dolce vita’ - the sweet life.

Day 3. Bologna

Bologna is famous for its cuisine and today we tour the city, characterised by its red-brick palazzi, towers and lengthy porticos. This evening we enjoy a group welcome dinner with our fellow travellers. [B,D]

Special Experience: We also enjoy a visit to the Gelato Museum, with tastings so you can pick your favourite!

Day 4. Modena & Maranello Excursion

This morning we travel to Modena. Established as a Roman garrison town in the 2nd century BC, its medieval centre is now filled with bustling piazzas, market stalls and a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral. We’ll also taste some of the balsamic vinegar for which the area is famous, and visit the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. [B]

Day 5. Bologna - Santa Margherita Ligure

We depart this morning for Santa Margherita Ligure, the gateway to the incredible Cinque Terre. En route, we stop in the town of Parma, the home of parmesan cheese and prosciutto, to sample some of the local delicacies. [B]

Day 6. Cinque Terre Excursion

Special Experience: We spend a full day exploring some of Italy’s most photographed coastline, discovering the colourful villages that make up the Cinque Terre. Clinging to steep terraces, the villages and ancient vineyards are linked by paths, trains and boats and cannot be accessed by car, making this a truly unique area. [B]

Day 7. Portofino Excursion

It is easy to understand why the idyllic town of Portofino plays host to so many weddings! Originally an Italian fishing village, it is now an upmarket resort town for the rich and famous. The town is situated around a small harbour and there are plenty of cafes and boutiques to explore, along with some beautiful trails for walking in the surrounding areas. After a short orientation tour we'll have some free time to have lunch and enjoy the idyllic setting. [B]

Day 8. Santa Margherita Ligure - Florence

Today we depart Santa Margherita Ligure and travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower. Here we’ll also see the Baptistery and Duomo of St John. This afternoon we continue to Florence, capital of Tuscany and birthplace of the renaissance. [B]

Day 9. Florence

Our city tour this morning commences at the grand Piazza del Duomo, where we see the Cathedral of Florence, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistery - home of Ghiberti’s famed bronze 'Gate of Paradise’. No visit to Florence is complete without seeing the statue of David, and we’ll then end the morning at the Piazzale Michelangelo, offering panoramic views over Florence. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Why not shop for some of Italy’s finest leather goods? [B]

Day 10. Florence - Rome

Today we depart for the 'Eternal City’ of Rome, travelling via the beautiful Umbria Valley. We'll stop for a break in Orvieto, a small town that seemingly rises out from the surrounding countryside, sitting atop a series of tuff cliffs. [B]

Day 11. Rome

This morning we explore Imperial Rome. Highlights include the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Capitol and the Colosseum (fast-track entry), where gladiatorial contests and games were held along with mock sea battles and executions. This evening we enjoy a walking tour, beginning in Piazza Navona, then to the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, where legend has it that a coin thrown in the fountain guarantees your return to Rome! [B]

Day 12. Rome

Discover majestic Vatican City this morning (fast-track entry). We’ll visit the Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica - all containing works of art and sculptures by Michelangelo. We also visit the Vatican Garden and St Peter’s Square, surrounded by a colonnade of 284 columns. The rest of the day is at leisure before a group farewell dinner this evening. [B,D]

DAYS 13-23. CRUISING WITH CELEBRITY CRUISES

Today we transfer to Rome's port, Civitavecchia, to board theCelebrity Reflection cruise ship. [B,D]

Tour highlights of this 10-night Celebrity cruiseinclude Messina, Mykonos, Ephesus, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens, Naples & Rome.

Day 13. Embark Cruise: Rome, Italy [B,D]
Day 14. Messina (Sicily), Italy
Day 15. Valletta, Malta
Day 16. Cruising at sea
Day 17. Mykonos, Greece
Day 18. Rhodes, Greece
Day 19. Santorini (Thira), Greece
Day 20. Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Day 21. Cruising at sea
Day 22. Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Day 23. Disembark Cruise: Rome, Italy / begin journey home [B]

Except for embarkation/disembarkation days, Breakfast, lunch & dinner are included daily while cruising. The cruise itinerary may change due to local conditions subject to the cruise line’s discretion.

DAY 24. ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA