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Mediterranean - 11 Night Cruise & Stay PACKAGE - Rome Return (MSC23180)

Fantastic Grand Voyage onboard MSC Meraviglia on this 7 Night Voyage from Rome Return.

Tour Departure: Jul 2, 2022

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Take this unforgettable 7 night cruise holiday and discover the seaside city of Rome known for its iconic architecture, colourful culture, and world-class drinking and dining.


11 Night Cruise & Stay offer includes:
  • 4 night pre cruise stay at Empire Palace Hotel Rome, including breakfast
  • BONUS Tour: The best of Tuscany small group Tour: Montepulciano and Pienza with Lunch and Wine Pairing
  • BONUS Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica - Skip the line
  • 7 night cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia) return aboard MSC Meraviglia
  • All main meals and entertainment onboard (excluding specialty restaurants)
  • Private transfers between airport, port and Hotel
  • Port charges and government fees 


Day 1:Private transfer Airport to Hotel
Sat 2 Jul 2022
Day 1 - 5:Empire Palace Hotel Rome

Situated in the heart of Rome, between Via Veneto and Piazza Barberi in a restored 19th century palace, this hotel was once the residence for a noble Venetian family.

The hotel is just a few minutes from the Villa Borghese Gardens and walking distance to some of Rome’s most famous attractions such as the Trevi Fountain and the Piazza del Poppolo.

Sat 2 Jul 2022
Day 2:The Best of Tuscany Small Group Tour: Montepulciano and Pienza with Lunch and Wine Pairing

Leave Rome for a full day trip exploring the stunning towns in the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany. On a private air-conditioned bus, you’ll stop off in hilltop villages, mystical abbeys and Tuscan farms where you'll experience an authentic lunch, wines and shopping for local goods with an expert English-speaking guide.


- Explore the hilltown of Montepulciano with its Duomo, famous belltower and medieval wine cellars

- Experience an authentic Tuscan lunch with Brunello di Montalcino wines on a working farm

- Wander the Renaissance streets of Pienza and shop for Pecorino cheese

From as soon as you leave Rome to when you return over 12 hours later, you’ll explore the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Val d’Orcia in Tuscany. The hustle and bustle of Rome will disappear as you glide over gently rolling hills to discover the towns of Montepulciano, Montalcino and Pienza. As you’ll be traveling in a climate-controlled coach with an expert English-speaking guide, you’ll be more than comfortable.

With an area of 23,000 square kilometers, you can spend a lifetime exploring Tuscany. We have a special route that takes you to the hilltop region where villages have no cars, wine is still stored in underground caves and even the belltowers are dramatic. You’ll discover the history of the mysterious Etruscans who ruled before the Romans and soak up the views from the Montepulciano town walls over the hills.

You’ll be eager to sit down to a three-course Tuscan feast and taste the world-famous Brunello di Montalcino wine. The food and wine are all produced locally, so we guarantee you’ll taste nothing fresher. While all the regions in Italy compete over food, Tuscany is a byword for local produce and its wine is the best in the world.

Food and wine is not all it is known for.

Once you set foot in Pienza, you’ll be visiting one of the first towns in the world to receive a beauty makeover. Another Italian World Heritage Site, it was rebuilt by Pope Pius II in the Renaissance to showcase the idea of urban perfection. Of course, you’ll also discover food here as it is famous for its Pecorino cheese.

By the time you return to Rome, you’ll have experienced the sights and tastes of a unique historical region that many dream of when they first consider a visit to Italy.

Sun 3 Jul 2022
Day 3:Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Basilica - Skip the Line

With skip the line access this guided tour to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica shows you the best of the Vatican City in under four hours.


- Discover some of the world's most important art collections

- Admire colourful frescoes and impressive sculptures

- Be enchanted by St. Peter's Basilica's amazing domed ceiling

The Vatican Museums attract millions of tourists every year and it’s clear to see why. Come and see for yourself the beautiful artwork and artefacts which inhabit the museums from Vincent Van Gogh’s Pietà, after Delacroix, which is housed in the Collection of Modern Religious Art, to the Augustus of Prima Porta in the Braccio Nuovo. The various sculptures and paintings are a sight to behold and at night they’re even more so.

After the visit to the Museums you will be taken to the renowned Sistine Chapel, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. Get a taste of the architecture and art which has gone into making the Sistine Chapel what it is today, with work from some of Italy’s most famous Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo and Pinturicchio. See the gorgeous Sistine Chapel Ceiling, covered in art including The Creation of Adam and many more pieces by Michelangelo.

Visit the renowned St Peter’s Basilica. Venture inside the Basilica and find yourself lost in the amazing architecture and artworks which have gone into bringing this magnificent building to life. Created during the Renaissance period, the building is filled with art from famous Italian artists of the time and was even designed by the famous Michelangelo himself. See the beautiful altar which sits above the resting place of the tomb of St Peter himself, taking pride of place as the centrepiece of this wonderful example of Renaissance architecture. Take this fascinating tour through the Vatican City!

What's more, with the morning tour option you will visit the Raphael Rooms, the 4 rooms painted by the artist and considered one of his masterpieces.

Mon 4 Jul 2022
Day 5:Private transfer Hotel to Civitavecchia Port
Wed 6 Jul 2022
Day 5:Civitavecchia, Italy
Wed 6 Jul 2022
Depart 7:00 PM
Day 7:Palma De Mallorca, Spain
Fri 8 Jul 2022
8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Day 8:Barcelona, Spain
Sat 9 Jul 2022
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Day 9:Cannes, France
Sun 10 Jul 2022
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Day 10:Genoa, Italy
Mon 11 Jul 2022
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Day 11:La Spezia, Italy
Tue 12 Jul 2022
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Day 12:Civitavecchia, Italy
Wed 13 Jul 2022
Arrive 7:00 AM
Day 12:Private transfer from port to airport

Private, premium car transfer.

Wed 13 Jul 2022
Ports of Call may vary by departure date and subject to weather and other conditions.



*Prices are per adult in AUD, based on lead-in twin share accommodation in each of the specified categories. Valid for a limited time only, is capacity controlled, subject to change/availability and can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Does not include any additional accommodation made necessary by flight schedules. Prices are subject to change due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency even after the deposit is paid. Agents may charge service fees/or fees for card payments which vary. Cancellation penalties and conditions apply.
Ready to sail offer
Conditions apply. The Onboard Credit promotion is available between 12.01am AEDT on 2 April 2021 and 11.59pm AEDT on 30 September 2021 inclusive (the Promotion Period) for new bookings only. The promotion is valid for departures, between 1 March 2022 and 6 December 2022, inclusive, selected departures excluded. Onboard credit is available for the first two pax in a cabin with no further onboard credit for additional cabin pax. The Onboard Credit varies based on the duration of the cruise. For cruises 7 nights or less the onboard credit is AU/NZ$100 per person. This Onboard Credit promotion cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. Future Cruise Credits (FCC) can be redeemed with this promotion. The Onboard Credit is not redeemable for cash and is not transferrable. Children under 18 years old cruises free, on selected departures, when sharing with two adults in one cabin, only paying port charges. The Onboard Credit promotion may be withdrawn (or reduced in scope) at any time without prior notice, and is subject to cabin control and availability at the time of booking. All prices are in AUD dollars. Offer available to Australian residents.

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