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Best of Europe

  • Explore Italy, France, Croatia, Monaco & More
  • Cruise the Mediterranean & Greek Islands
Includes Return International Flights

Experience the very best of Europe on this spectacular 19 day land and sea journey. See the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral on a city tour of Paris, travel to Cannes by high-speed train, and visit Nice on the stunning French Riviera. Wander the romantic streets of Venice, explore the vibrant cliffside towns of the Cinque Terre, and soak up the sun on the Greek island of Mykonos. With return flights, nine night hotel accommodation, a 7 night Mediterranean cruise aboard MSC Poesia, and much more, this trip is one worth grabbing with both hands!

ITINERARY

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Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for your flight to Paris, France. Fly with award winning airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Qantas Airways, British Airways or Cathay Pacific to name a few (subject to availability).

Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival into Paris transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure in this beautiful city.

Median Paris Porte de Versailles, Paris Meals included: None

Today enjoy a full day tour to see Paris highlights including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Seine river bridges, Arch de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde and walk the famous Saint Germain neighbourhood.

Median Paris Porte de Versailles, Paris Meals included: Breakfast

This morning travel on the TGV high-speed train to Cannes. The city is known for the annual Film Festival and the luxury hotels and restaurants. Start your French Riviera adventure with a scenic drive to Nice with a late afternoon arrival.

Ibis Nice Palais de Congres Vieux, Nice Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy a panoramic tour of Nice and drive to Monaco, the city of Prince's. View the quarter of Monte Carlo with its famous casino and enjoy a coach tour of the very same road the famous F1 Grand Prix operates on. Continue on to Italy and spend the night in Genoa.

CIT Hotel Britannia, Genoa Meals included: Breakfast

This morning begin the scenic drive to the stunning Cinque Terre region. Together with your tour manager board the local train (tickets included) – to visit the famous Cinque Terre villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza. The Cinque Terre or "The Five Lands" are famous for their natural beauty, steep cliffs and mountainous terrain extending inland. As such, the villages and carefully terraced land have kept their original charm. Drive to Pisa region for the evening to retire in the Lucca area of Tuscany.

Eurostars Toscana Hotel OR Relais San Lorenz, Lucca Area Meals included: Breakfast

Today head to Pisa and marvel the unique leaning tower. Continue on to Florence. In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the historical centre and view Santa Maria Novella, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria.

Hotel Ibis Firenze Nord Airport, Florence Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast drive northbound and arrive in Bologna for a lunch stop (lunch not included) and free time to walk around this lively historic city, renowned for its culinary tradition. It has given its name to the well-known Bolognese sauce, a meat based pasta sauce called in Italy ragù alla bolognese. Afterwards continue on to Venice to enjoy an afternoon walking with the Tour Director around Piazza San Marco and enjoy an opportunity to experience a gondola ride (not included).

Park Hotel Villa Giustinian Mirano, Venice Area Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a full day in Venice, beginning with a walk along the canals and realise why this city is considered among the most romantic ones around the world. See the Rialto bridge, Doge's Palace, Torre dell' Orologio and get a vaporetto ticket (not included) to cruise down the Grand Canal.

Park Hotel Villa Giustinian Mirano, Venice Area Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast transfer to the cruise terminal to embark on your magical MSC cruise for the next seven nights through the Greek Islands. The cruise will disembark at 4:30pm.

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Poesia' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

An ancient city just waiting to be discovered. It’s worth doing an excursion just to wander around the old city of Bari (not included), an entrancing jumble of streets that are possibly the most mind-bending place to walk around on your Mediterranean cruises to southern Italy.

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Poesia' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Katakolon in Greece will let you explore the pretty holiday port town in Ilia on the Greek Adriatic coast. Katakolon is the gateway of Olympia, home of the ancient Olympic Games.

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Poesia' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Mykonos is the quintessential image of the Cyclades. In summer most people head out to the beaches during the day, so early morning or late afternoon are the best times to wander the maze of narrow streets.

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Poesia' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Piraeus, which is a short 30 minute bus trip to the centre of Athens. Take advantage of one of MSC's carefully planned shore excursions. The ancient sites of Athens are a must see on cruises to Athens; visit the Acropolis, Parthenon and archaeological museum. Admire the views and ancient temples in old Cape Sounion. For travellers looking for a slower pace, the panoramic tour of Athens takes in the main sights with photo opportunities from the comfort of the coach.

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Poesia' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Situated on an open sea gulf of the Ionian Sea in the central Mediterranean, Saranda or Sarande is a top tourist attraction of the Albanian Riviera. Sarande is the gateway to the remains of the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other top attractions are The Blue Eye - a natural deep spring embodying clear vibrant water and Ksamil where the locals go to swim at beautiful Albanian beaches.

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Poesia' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

A walled, sea-battered city lying at the foot of a grizzled mountain, Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most popular cruise destination, and it’s not difficult to see why. Waiting to be valued on an MSC Mediterranean cruise excursion its essentially medieval town was reshaped by Baroque planners after a disastrous earthquake of 1667; Dubrovnik’s historic core seems to have been suspended in time ever since.

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Poesia' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning you will dock back in Venice. After disembarkation you will be transferred to your hotel in Venice for 1 final night. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Park Hotel Villa Giustinian Mirano, Venice Area Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast and check-out you will be required to make your own way back to the airport (transfer not included) for your flight home after one spectacular trip-of-a-lifetime. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

*Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • - Discover the best of France, Italy, Monaco, Croatia, Albania and Greece
  • - Explore Paris, Cannes, Genoa, The Cinque Terre Coast, Florence, Venice and more
  • - Cruise to Bari, Katakolon, Mykonos, Athens, Sarande and Dubrovnik
  • - Enjoy a full day city tour of Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triomphe and more
  • - Take the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Cannes
  • - Visit Nice, the capital of the French Riviera
  • - Explore the glittering city of Monaco
  • - Stop in Monte Carlo home to the F1 Grand Prix
  • - Discover the magic of the Cinque Terre coastline
  • - Explore the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza
  • - Take a photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • - Experience the beautiful Tuscan walled city of Lucca
  • - Discover the beauty of Florence on a walking city tour; see the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and more
  • - Wander through food lovers paradise Bologna
  • - Explore Venice and it's famous canals on a full day city tour
  • - Experience Sarandë one of the most important tourist attractions of the Albanian Riviera
  • - Visit Katakolon, the gateway of ancient Olympia
  • - Soak up the history of Piraeus, the port of Athens
  • - Relax on stunning Mykonos Island
  • - Visit the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • - Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • - 9 nights hotel accommodation on tour
  • - 7 night MSC Cruise through the Mediterranean and Greek Islands
  • - Sail aboard the spectacular ‘MSC Poesia’ ship
  • - Enjoy 30 meals including daily breakfast
  • - Professional English-speaking tour director
  • - Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • - Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • - Transfer airport to hotel
  • - Transfer hotel to cruise port
  • - Transfer cruise port to hotel
  • Customer Reviews

    The effort to climb around the paths in Cinque Terre Italy was well worth the gasps and the constant stopping to gather our breath when we came upon this memorable scene. They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

    Alan G, QLD

    Thanks to Trip A Deal we were are able to travel / cruise to Venice and other Great places in Europe. The Gondola ride would be one of the amazing highlights of our trip, such a Romantic experience that we both will never forget. Thank You Trip A Deal.

    Paul K, V

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