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15 Day Unbeatable Europe

  • Cruise the Med to Italy, Spain & France
  • Discover Beijing, China with a 3 night stopover
Includes Return International Flights

Azure waters, incredible cuisine and hidden treasures along the winding streets: the Mediterranean is a dream, and on this 15-day package, you'll see the very best of it. With Italy, Spain and France ticked off, get ready for a bucket-list cruise at an unbeatable price.

Start with a three-night stopover in China on the way to Europe, where you'll see the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, giant pandas at Beijing Zoo, and more. Then fly to Rome, where you'll begin your seven-night Mediterranean cruise aboard the beautiful 'MSC Divina'. Tick off Palermo, Genoa and Cagliari in Italy; Palma de Mallorca and Valencia in Spain; and Marseille in France. With time at leisure to explore each spot, the choice is yours: relax and observe everything there is to enjoy about this stunning part of the world, or spend your time exploring the bustling ports.

Your package includes return international flights, seven nights cruising, four nights in quality hotel accommodation, 26 meals and so much more - along with the opportunity to experience two very different cultures and many incredible destinations on one trip!

ITINERARY

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Today depart from either Sydney, *Melbourne or *Brisbane for Beijing. Fly with Air China. Please note: *Melbourne and *Brisbane customers will fly with Virgin Australia to Sydney.

Meals included: In-Flight

Early this morning, arrive into Beijing where you will be met by a tour representative. You will commence your stay in Beijing with a visit to the Beijing Zoo to see the giant pandas. After your zoo visit, you will be transferred to your hotel for an early check in. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel

Meals included: None

After breakfast, your exploration of Beijing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world and then takes in the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was originally constructed by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le, where 24 emperors once lived successionally. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700s and onwards. Afterwards, visit a Pearl Factory to gain a little knowledge of fresh pearls.

Tonight, take the opportunity to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (not included).

Overnight: Beijing Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, on the way to the Great Wall, stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as “Yu” and it has a history in China of at least four thousand years. Observe the skilled artisans at work as they create their intricate designs. Afterwards take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to reach China’s most renowned monument—the Great Wall. You will visit the less-touristy and more original Juyong Pass, avoiding other sections which are the most accessible and consequently most crowded. The Great Wall meanders through China’s northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert - a distance of more than 3500 miles.

In the afternoon, take the opportunity to join an optional tour (not included) to see Beijing’s 700 year old Hutong’s (narrow lanes) area by old fashioned pedicab. You will also visit a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs including a delicious home-cooked dinner. The optional tour also includes a visit to Shichahai, a historic scenic area consisting of three lakes (Qianhai, meaning Front Sea; Houhai, meaning Back Sea and Xihai, meaning West Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty and remnants of old-style local residences, Hutong and Courtyard.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

This morning make a stop at Tongrentang to learn more about the traditional Chinese medicines before transferring to the airport for your flight to Rome. Upon arrival you will need to make your own way to the hotel.

Overnight: B&B Hotel Roma Tuscolana San Giovanni or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Today at the appropriate time make your own way to the cruise terminal to begin your 7 night Mediterranean cruise aboard the superb ‘MSC Divinia’. The cruise departs at 7:00pm.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Divinia’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

A holiday to Italy with MSC Cruises is the perfect chance to visit the regional capital of Sicily. A fascinating, bustling, colourful port, Palermo yet holds an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches, combined with a warren of medieval streets and markets.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Divinia’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

From an MSC ship on the Mediterranean Sea, the view of Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital and main port, is striking. Crowned by its historic nucleus squeezed within a protective ring of Pisan fortifications, Cagliari’s setting is enhanced by the calm lagoons to the east and west of the city, a habitat for cranes, cormorants and flamingos.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Divinia’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Palma is a vibrant place and a world away from the heaving tourist enclaves of the surrounding bay.

MSC Cruises shore excursions can be a clever option to enjoy Palma (not included). Finding your way around Palma is fairly straightforward once you’re in the city centre. The obvious landmark to see in Palma on your cruise holiday is the Catedral, which dominates the Mediterranean Sea waterfront and backs onto the oldest part of the city, a cluster of alleys and narrow lanes whose northern and eastern limits are marked by the zigzag of avenues built beside – or in place of – the city walls.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Divinia’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

For many, Valencia’s enviable perch on the Mediterranean Sea would be enough of a draw in itself. Spain’s third-largest city and one of the main ports of call on an MSC Mediterranean cruise, Valencia has finally shaken off its former slightly provincial reputation.

In the last decade and a half, the vast, iconic Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias cultural complex has been established, the state-of-the-art metro has continued to expand and dozens of hip new bars, restaurants and boutiques have injected new life into the historic centre. Valencia has also fully redeveloped its beach and port area, as is evident even from your cruise ship.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Divinia’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

When cruising southern France, you have to know that Marseille is the most renowned and populated metropolitan area in the country after Paris and Lyon. When you alight from your MSC cruise ship, the cafés around the Vieux Port, where glistening fish are sold straight off the boats on quai des Belges, are wonderful spots to observe the city’s street life.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Divinia’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Genoa is marvellously eclectic, vibrant and full of rough-edged style; it’s a great cruise excursion. Indeed “La Superba” (The Superb), as it was known at the height of its authority as a Mediterranean superpower, boasts more zest and intrigue than all the surrounding coastal resorts put together.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Divinia’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning the ship docks back into Rome. As your flight will depart late this evening you will have some time do some sightseeing or shopping. Please note: Luggage storage facilities will be available at the port for an extra charge (not included). At the appropriate time please make your own way to the airport for your overnight flight to Beijing, China.

Overnight: In Transit

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Upon arrival into Beijing, please make your way to the Air China counter where complimentary day use stopover accommodation will be provided by the airline. Late this evening you will be transferred back to the airport for your early morning flight tomorrow morning.

Overnight: Airline provided hotel for day use

Meals included: In-Flight

Early this morning you will board your return flight back to Australia. Please note: Melbourne and Brisbane customers will arrive into Sydney and then connect to their home port.

Tour Inclusions

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  • See adorable Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo
  • Visit impressive Tiananmen Square in Beijing
  • Explore the UNESCO listed Forbidden City
  • Learn about pearls at a Freshwater Pearl Centre
  • Visit a local Jade Museum and see artisans at work
  • Walk along the iconic Great Wall of China
  • Learn about traditional Chinese medicine at 'Tongrentang' in Beijing
  • Stay the night in historic city of Rome
  • See the fascinating, bustling, colourful port of Palermo
  • Dock in striking Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital and main port,
  • Dock in vibrant Palma de Mallorca
  • Witness beautiful Valencia
  • Cruise to stunning Marseille
  • Experience the marvellously eclectic and vibrant Genoa
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/*MEL/*BNE
  • 7 night MSC cruise through the Mediterranean
  • Sail aboard the ‘MSC Divina’ ship
  • Receive MSC’s ‘Fantastica’ cabin experience
  • 4 nights in quality hotel accommodation
  • Airline provided day use accommodation
  • Enjoy 26 meals including all meals whilst cruising
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Transfer airport to hotel (day 2)
  • Transfer hotel to airport (day 5)

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase .
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: All additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 21st May 2019.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement applies:
- Interior Fantastica Cabin: $1600
- Ocean View Fantastica Cabin: $2050
- Balcony Fantastica Cabin: $2350
 
Departure Dates (2019)
May: 7, 14, *21
 
Surcharges
Please note: Dates/months with a * incur a cruise high season surcharge of $200 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, *Melbourne, or *Brisbane
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Melbourne, or *Brisbane: $200 per person


Full Service Airline(s) Used
International Flights: Air China (subject to availability).
Domestic Flights: Virgin Australia (subject to availability).
 
Please note: One-way flights cannot be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 
 
Arrive early
Not available.
 
Stay behind in Rome, Italy
$300 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Available only for departures from Rome prior to 13th June 2019.
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
Not available.



Cabins


All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.

 

Cabin Experiences
Fantastica:
‘Fantastica’ fares are a wonderful way to enjoy the comforts of life on board an elegant, modern cruise ship, plus a variety of extra privileges. Benefits are: 
- Enjoy a wide choice of superb cuisine to celebrate the tastes of the Mediterranean with a chance to indicate preferred dinner sitting.
- Access to gourmet buffets with 13 different gastronomic corners open 20 hours a day.
- Daily cabin service and goodnight turndown service.
- Cabins on the upper decks and in the most convenient positions on the ship.
- Priority in choice of dinner sitting.
- Complimentary continental breakfast on every morning except morning of departure.
- Cabin service 24 hours a day.



Accommodation Used


3-4 Star (self-rated)

- Beijing, China: Chunhuiyuan Resort, GuanTong JianHui Hotel / Friendship Hotel / Feitian Hotel / North Star Continental Grand Hotel / Ramada Parkside / Gehua New Century / Chang An Grand Hotel /Novotel Sanyuan / Rosedale Hotel & Suites / Schonbrunn Hotel / Riverside Hotel Beiing or similar

- Rome, Italy: B&B Hotel Roma Tuscolana San Giovanni or similar

- Cruise: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Divinia’ ship

 

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Not available.


Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 44 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
- Beijing: Day 3: The Golden Mask Dynasty 330 RMB (approx. $66 AUD)
- Beijing: Day 4: Tour 700 year old Hutong with Dinner 300 RMB (approx. $60 AUD)
Please note:
- Prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified.
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability)
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).


- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa for China is a strict requirement however a tourist visa is not required for Europe if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Gratuities/tipping 
* China Land: Mandatory at $12 per person/ day payable to the tour leader on tour.
* Cruise: Mandatory at approx. €10 per person/day payable onboard at the end of the cruise.
- Mandatory city taxes payable on tour (please note pricing is subject to change).
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Transfer airport to hotel (day 5)
- Transfer hotel to cruise port (day 6)
- Transfer cruise port to airport (day 13)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however, they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
As this deal covers multiple countries, temperatures will range from low to high 20's. Travel period is over the European high season, so expect dry, warm and sunny days. In May and Sep - the evenings may still require an additional layer of clothing.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance, customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
CRUISE
Disembarkation:
- Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
- Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
  
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers booked via TripADeal will not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the TripADeal booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their TripADeal travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to. 
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
26 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately, our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: A general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.
  
It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The mandatory tip for the tour leader and driver is $12 per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. Tipping for the cruise is mandatory at €10 (approx. $16 AUD) per person/day and will be automatically charged to your onboard account. Please note; additional extras purchased onboard will also have a gratuity of up to 18% charged on top of the normal ship board gratuity.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
 
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.




Europe


A Tourist visa is not required for Europe for stays up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian passport.

 

China
A tourist visa for China is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian Passport. You will be able to start your visa application process once you receive your final travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure. 
 
TripADeal offers a fast, secure and easy service to obtain a Visa for this country - This visa can take approximately 2 weeks to complete.
 
Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

- 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

- 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

- Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

- Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

- Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
- If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
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