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  • Palermo

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  • Barcelona

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  • Valletta

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  • Marsala salt road

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  • MSC Fantasia (Itinerary 2)

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  • Marseille

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  • MSC Grandiosa (Itinerary 1)

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  • MSC Grandiosa (Itinerary 1)

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  • Taormina

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  • Syracuse

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  • Palermo

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  • Barcelona

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  • Valletta

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  • Marsala salt road

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  • MSC Fantasia (Itinerary 2)

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  • Marseille

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  • MSC Grandiosa (Itinerary 1)

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  • MSC Grandiosa (Itinerary 1)

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18 Day Sicily & The Med

  • Discover the magic of Palermo & more
  • Cruise through the best of Italy, France & Spain
Includes Return International Flights

Sicily is a world of vibrant colour, mouthwatering cuisine and beautiful weather. On this 18 day tour and cruise package, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in this incredibly special part of the world before setting off on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise around the Mediterranean.

Begin by seeing all the highlights of Sicily on tour, including Palermo, Selinunte, Taormina, Syracuse and Cefalu. Discover UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Valley of the Temples; travel the dazzling ‘Salt Road’ from Trapani to Marsala; visit Mount Etna, Europe’s highest volcano; and see Selinunte, a renowned archeological site. Then board your cruise aboard either the ‘MSC Grandiosa’ or the ‘MSC Fantasia’ and take in more of Italy, along with France and Spain. Discover the exuberant port city of Marseille, explore the charming streets of Genoa and see Civitavecchia, the gateway to the city of Rome; plus more, depending on your itinerary chosen.

With return international flights, eight nights hotel accommodation, seven-night cruise, 28 meals, English-speaking tour leader and guide and much more, this gorgeous Mediterranean adventure is yours to remember forever.

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart Sydney, Melbourne or *Brisbane for your flight to Palermo, Italy. Fly with award winning Premium airlines such as Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways or Emirates (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Tonic or similar, Palermo
Meals included: None

After breakfast travel to Erice, the western part of the island with cities coined by maritime-trade, fish and salt. Erice, is a small town located on the 751 meters height hilltop of the Monte Giuliano – in the ancient world it was known as the sainthood of Aphrodite, the goddess of Love – and is one of the most impressing mythical places in Sicily. Enjoy the magical atmosphere by strolling along the alleys of the town. From there you can enjoy a spectacular view over the salt fields of Trapani, the Aegadian Islands and the bay of Bonagia. Afterwards enjoy a walking tour in the city centre of Trapani. Walking through the old town, the signs of the passage of various civilizations over the centuries are immediately evident, and all left architectural, artistic and monumental evidences.

Overnight: Hotel Vittoria or similar, Trapani
Meals included: Breakfast

Today join an irreplaceable trip among the salt route, the route connecting Trapani to Marsala where you will see a rare outlook of salt pans and windmills used in the past for processing salt. Further on, visit a wine cellar in Marsala, world famous for the Marsala wine, and taste 3 different wines with appetizers. Continue on to one of the largest Archaeological parks in Europe “Selinunte”, with amazing temples and ruins, the park is a great example of Greek civilization (entrance included). In the late afternoon continue on to Agrigento.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Mose or similar, Agrigento
Meals included: Breakfast

In the morning, visit the Valley of the Temples ‘Valle dei Templi’, a vast archaeological site with well-preserved Greek temples and the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas (entrance included). Enjoy a guided visit to the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Hera and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. In the afternoon, continue to The UNESCO Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina, a splendid art city woven into the heart of Sicily, boasts a slew of monuments that tell of its glorious past. Afterwards, continue to the Taormina area to spend the night.

Overnight: Arathena Rocks Hotel or similar, Giardini Naxos (Taormina area)
Meals included: Breakfast

In the morning enjoy a walking tour with your Tour Leader of Noto, the most famous Baroque town in Sicily (UNESCO World Heritage), renowned for its magnificent cathedral. Continue to Syracuse (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the largest and most beautiful Greek colony in Sicily. Ancient Greek ruins rise out of lush citrus orchards, cafe tables spill onto dazzling Baroque piazzas (squares), and honey-hued medieval lanes lead down to the sparkling blue sea. This was the largest city in the ancient world, bigger even than Athens and Corinth.

First reach the baroque city centre Ortigia, situated on a small island where, after a short free time you’ll meet the local guide to visit the overwhelming Cathedral and the picturesque Arethusa Fountain. Afterwards you’ll proceed to the archaeological area, where you’ll see the impressive Greek Theatre, the former Stone quarries and the garden around them (entrances not included).

Overnight: Arathena Rocks Hotel or similar, Giardini Naxos (Taormina area)
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a visit to the famous Mount Etna. From fall to spring the ca. 3350m height Mount Etna - classified as the highest active volcano in Europe – is covered with snow. Already Pindar, Strabon and others praised in their works the never-ending activity and beauty of Mount Etna which dominates the landscape of the whole Catania province. With generosity, the “steam aspirating monster” donates fertile earth, windbreak and humidity.

The bus will bring you up to a height of 1900m on the south side of Mount Etna where you can visit some streams of lava and the Silvestri craters. Weather permitting, there is an optional ascent to the area of the main crater by cable car and jeep, approx. €64,00 per person payable onsite. Afterwards you will return to the Taormina area for the evening.

Overnight: Arathena Rocks Hotel or similar, Giardini Naxos (Taormina area)
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, continue your Sicilian journey to Cefalù on the northern coast of Sicily, the charming coastal town with an amazing Norman Cathedral and a washhouse from the Arabian period. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Tonic or similar, Palermo
Meals included: Breakfast

Today visit one of the biggest and oldest markets in Palermo - the Capo Market - enjoy a guided tour through the market which features Sicilian fresh food. Enjoy tastings of typical Palermitan street food which is a unique experience reflecting that Palermo is one of the richest cities in the world in terms of street food.

Palermo is the capital city of Sicily and a town with many faces and it’s worth being discovered. Filled with churches, monasteries and gardens, the city is a picturesque oasis. Afterwards take a panoramic drive of the city where you will see the amazing UNESCO site Cathedral of Monreale which showcases a breathtaking 6.500sqm of marvellous mosaics (entrance not included).

Overnight: Hotel Tonic or similar, Palermo
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a morning at leisure in the Sicilian capital city. In the afternoon be transferred to the cruise terminal to embark on the exciting 7-night Mediterranean cruise aboard the spectacular ‘MSC Grandiosa’ ship. The cruise departs at 5:00pm.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Grandiosa’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

The UNESCO-protected port of Valletta is the capital of the island of Malta, and is one of the must-see stops for every Mediterranean cruise. The port was constructed in the second half of the 16th century by the Frenchman Jean de la Valette and moulded by the religious and military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. Admire its beauty from your ship before disembarking to explore this remarkable walled city.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Grandiosa’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Grandiosa’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Barcelona - Spain’s second city and capital of the Catalonia region - pulsates with life. There’s no other city in the country that compares to its style, energy, and good looks. An optional cruise excursion (not included) to the city centre will allow you to discover its world-class art galleries and museums, as well as its countless designer restaurants, bars, and shops. The extraordinary Antoni Gaudí’ designed La Sagrada Família, a church which has been under construction since 1882, and the famous Ramblas boulevard, are just two essential sights worth taking in.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Grandiosa’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Dock this morning in the beautiful southern French city of Marseille. Vieux Port is a place where glistening fresh fish are sold straight off the boats on Quai des Belges. Be sure to check out one of the many amazing French cafés, which provide the perfect spot to observe the city life.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Grandiosa’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Genoa is marvellously eclectic, a vibrant city full of rough-edged style. The old town is a dense and fascinating warren of medieval alleyways and is home to a large palace built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Genoa’s wealthy mercantile families. You might like to seek out the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Palazzo Ducale, and the Renaissance palaces of Via Garibaldi, which contain the cream of Genoa’s art collections (entrances not included), as well as furniture and decor from the days of old when Genoa’s ships sailed to all corners of the Mediterranean.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Grandiosa’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The port of Civitavecchia is one of the largest in Italy. Civitavecchia enjoys a millenary history due to its coves along the coast, which offered a perfect shelter for vessels, making it a natural port long before cruise ships sailed the seas, and in fact the port was known to the Romans as Centumcellae. Choose to explore the area on your own or join an optional shore excursion (not included) to Rome to discover the best of the Italian capital city.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Grandiosa’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy breakfast on-board before disembarking this morning. At the appropriate time make your own way to the airport for the return flight back to Australia. Luggage can be stored at Palermo port for an additional charge - approx. €5 per bag ($8 AUD).


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Itinerary - 2

Today depart Sydney, Melbourne or *Brisbane for your flight to Palermo, Italy. Fly with award winning Premium airlines such as Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways or Emirates (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Tonic or similar, Palermo
Meals included: None

After breakfast travel to Erice, the western part of the island with cities coined by maritime-trade, fish and salt. Erice, is a small town located on the 751 meters height hilltop of the Monte Giuliano – in the ancient world it was known as the sainthood of Aphrodite, the goddess of Love – and is one of the most impressing mythical places in Sicily. Enjoy the magical atmosphere by strolling along the alleys of the town. From there you can enjoy a spectacular view over the salt fields of Trapani, the Aegadian Islands and the bay of Bonagia. Afterwards enjoy a walking tour in the city centre of Trapani. Walking through the old town, the signs of the passage of various civilizations over the centuries are immediately evident, and all left architectural, artistic and monumental evidences.

Overnight: Hotel Vittoria or similar, Trapani
Meals included: Breakfast

Today join an irreplaceable trip among the salt route, the route connecting Trapani to Marsala where you will see a rare outlook of salt pans and windmills used in the past for processing salt. Further on, visit a wine cellar in Marsala, world famous for the Marsala wine, and taste 3 different wines with appetizers. Continue on to one of the largest Archaeological parks in Europe “Selinunte”, with amazing temples and ruins, the park is a great example of Greek civilization (entrance included). In the late afternoon continue on to Agrigento.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Mose or similar, Agrigento
Meals included: Breakfast

In the morning, visit the Valley of the Temples ‘Valle dei Templi’, a vast archaeological site with well-preserved Greek temples and the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas (entrance included). Enjoy a guided visit to the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Hera and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. In the afternoon, continue to The UNESCO Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina, a splendid art city woven into the heart of Sicily, boasts a slew of monuments that tell of its glorious past. Afterwards, continue to the Taormina area to spend the night.

Overnight: Arathena Rocks Hotel or similar, Giardini Naxos (Taormina area)
Meals included: Breakfast

In the morning enjoy a walking tour with your Tour Leader of Noto, the most famous Baroque town in Sicily (UNESCO World Heritage), renowned for its magnificent cathedral. Continue to Syracuse (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the largest and most beautiful Greek colony in Sicily. Ancient Greek ruins rise out of lush citrus orchards, cafe tables spill onto dazzling Baroque piazzas (squares), and honey-hued medieval lanes lead down to the sparkling blue sea. This was the largest city in the ancient world, bigger even than Athens and Corinth.

First reach the baroque city centre Ortigia, situated on a small island where, after a short free time you’ll meet the local guide to visit the overwhelming Cathedral and the picturesque Arethusa Fountain. Afterwards you’ll proceed to the archaeological area, where you’ll see the impressive Greek Theatre, the former Stone quarries and the garden around them (entrances not included).

Overnight: Arathena Rocks Hotel or similar, Giardini Naxos (Taormina area)
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a visit to the famous Mount Etna. From fall to spring the ca. 3350m height Mount Etna - classified as the highest active volcano in Europe – is covered with snow. Already Pindar, Strabon and others praised in their works the never-ending activity and beauty of Mount Etna which dominates the landscape of the whole Catania province. With generosity, the “steam aspirating monster” donates fertile earth, windbreak and humidity.

The bus will bring you up to a height of 1900m on the south side of Mount Etna where you can visit some streams of lava and the Silvestri craters. Weather permitting, there is an optional ascent to the area of the main crater by cable car and jeep, approx. €64,00 per person payable onsite. Afterwards you will return to the Taormina area for the evening.

Overnight: Arathena Rocks Hotel or similar, Giardini Naxos (Taormina area)
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, continue your Sicilian journey to Cefalù on the northern coast of Sicily, the charming coastal town with an amazing Norman Cathedral and a washhouse from the Arabian period. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Tonic or similar, Palermo
Meals included: Breakfast

Today visit one of the biggest and oldest markets in Palermo - the Capo Market - enjoy a guided tour through the market which features Sicilian fresh food. Enjoy tastings of typical Palermitan street food which is a unique experience reflecting that Palermo is one of the richest cities in the world in terms of street food.

Palermo is the capital city of Sicily and a town with many faces and it’s worth being discovered. Filled with churches, monasteries and gardens, the city is a picturesque oasis. Afterwards take a panoramic drive of the city where you will see the amazing UNESCO site Cathedral of Monreale which showcases a breathtaking 6.500sqm of marvellous mosaics (entrance not included).

Overnight: Hotel Tonic or similar, Palermo
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a morning at leisure in the Sicilian capital city. In the afternoon be transferred to the cruise terminal to embark on the exciting 7-night Mediterranean cruise aboard the spectacular ‘MSC Fantasia’ ship. The cruise departs at 6:00pm.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Fantasia’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

From the Sea, the view of Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital and main port, is striking. Known for the hilltop Castello, a medieval walled quarter situated high over the rest of the town, Cagliari’s setting is enhanced by the calm lagoons to the east and west of the city.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Fantasia’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Palma de Mallorca is a vibrant place and a world away from the heaving tourist enclaves of the surrounding bay. Finding your way around Palma is fairly straightforward once you’re in the city centre. The obvious landmark to see in Palma is the Cathedral, 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 Fantasia’ 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 a Mediterranean cruise.Inthe 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 the cruise ship.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Fantasia’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Dock this morning in the beautiful southern French city of Marseille. Vieux Port is a place where glistening fresh fish are sold straight off the boats on Quai des Belges. Be sure to check out one of the many amazing French cafés, which provide the perfect spot to observe the city life.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Fantasia’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Genoa is marvellously eclectic, a vibrant city full of rough-edged style. The old town is a dense and fascinating warren of medieval alleyways and is home to a large palace built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Genoa’s wealthy mercantile families. You might like to seek out the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Palazzo Ducale, and the Renaissance palaces of Via Garibaldi, which contain the cream of Genoa’s art collections (entrances not included), as well as furniture and decor from the days of old when Genoa’s ships sailed to all corners of the Mediterranean.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Fantasia’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The port of Civitavecchia is one of the largest in Italy. Civitavecchia enjoys a millenary history due to its coves along the coast, which offered a perfect shelter for vessels, making it a natural port long before cruise ships sailed the seas, and in fact the port was known to the Romans as Centumcellae. Choose to explore the area on your own or join an optional shore excursion (not included) to Rome to discover the best of the Italian capital city.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Fantasia’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy breakfast on-board before disembarking this morning. At the appropriate time make your own way to the airport for the return flight back to Australia. Luggage can be stored at Palermo port for an additional charge - approx. €5 per bag ($8 AUD).


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

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

Tour Inclusions

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover Italy, France, Spain and Malta
  • Dock in Valletta, Barcelona, Marseille, Rome and more
  • See the best of Sicily including Palermo, Selinunte, Taormina, Syracuse and Cefalù
  • Discover the charming Sicilian hill town of Erice
  • Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Travel the dazzling “Salt Road” from Trapani to Marsala
  • Enjoy a Marsala wine tasting
  • Visit the renowned archaeological site of Selinunte
  • Discover Trapani the town touched from various civilisations
  • Visit the amazing Greek UNESCO site of Valley of the Temples
  • Discover the UNESCO Villa Romana of Piazza Armerina
  • Travel to Noto, the most famous Baroque town in Sicily
  • Tour beautiful Syracuse; the largest Greek colony in Sicily
  • See Ortigia the baroque city centre of Syracue
  • Visit Mount Etna; Europe’s highest active volcano
  • Explore the picturesque town of Taormina ‘the Pearl of the Mediterranean’
  • Marvel the charming coastal town of Cefalù
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Capo Market in Palermo
  • Enjoy a food tasting of local street food in Palermo
  • See the city of Monreale on a panoramic tour
  • Discover the exuberant port city of Marseille
  • Explore the charming, maze-like streets of Genoa
  • Gaze across the azure waters of Valletta, Malta’s capital
  • Dock in Barcelona, home to iconic La Sagrada Familia
  • See Civitavecchia, the gateway to the eternal city of Rome


FLIGHTS
  • Return International flights (economy class) SYD/MEL/*BNE
  • Fly with premium airlines Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways


CRUISE
  • 7 night MSC cruise through the Mediterranean
  • Sail aboard the brand new 5-star 'MSC Grandiosa’


ACCOMMODATION
  • 8 nights quality hotel accommodation


DINING
  • Enjoy 28 meals including all meals while cruising


TOUR ESSENTIALS
  • Parking and toll fees
  • English-speaking tour leader and guide
  • Airline and cruise taxes and port charges


TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles


TRANSFERS
  • Day 2 transfer airport/hotel
  • Day 10 transfer hotel/cruise port
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover Italy, France and Spain
  • See the best of Sicily including Palermo, Selinunte, Taormina, Syracuse and Cefalù
  • Discover the charming Sicilian hill town of Erice
  • Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Travel the dazzling “Salt Road” from Trapani to Marsala
  • Enjoy a Marsala wine tasting
  • Visit the renowned archaeological site of Selinunte
  • Discover Trapani the town touched from various civilisations
  • Visit the amazing Greek UNESCO site of Valley of the Temples
  • Discover the UNESCO Villa Romana of Piazza Armerina
  • Travel to Noto, the most famous Baroque town in Sicily
  • Tour beautiful Syracuse; the largest Greek colony in Sicily
  • See Ortigia the baroque city centre of Syracue
  • Visit Mount Etna; Europe’s highest active volcano
  • Explore the picturesque town of Taormina ‘the Pearl of the Mediterranean’
  • Marvel the charming coastal town of Cefalù
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Capo Market in Palermo
  • Enjoy a food tasting of local street food in Palermo
  • See the city of Monreale on a panoramic tour
  • See Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital city
  • Dock in beautiful Palma de Mallorca
  • Experience the famous Spanish port city of Valencia
  • Discover the exuberant port city of Marseille
  • Explore the charming, maze-like streets of Genoa
  • See Civitavecchia, the gateway to the eternal city of Rome


FLIGHTS
  • Return International flights (economy class) SYD/MEL/*BNE
  • Fly with premium airlines Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways


CRUISE
  • 7 night MSC cruise through the Mediterranean
  • Sail aboard the 4-star 'MSC Fantasia’


ACCOMMODATION
  • 8 nights quality hotel accommodation


DINING
  • Enjoy 28 meals including all meals while cruising


TOUR ESSENTIALS
  • Parking and toll fees
  • English-speaking tour leader and guide
  • Airline and cruise taxes and port charges


TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles


TRANSFERS
  • Day 2 transfer airport/hotel
  • Day 10 transfer hotel/cruise port

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 18th April 2020.
  
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies.
 
Inside Cabin: $1310
Ocean View Cabin: $1485
Balcony Cabin: $1715
  
Departure Dates (2020)
Itinerary 1
February: 15
March: 7
 
Itinerary 2
*April: ^4, 18
 
Surcharges
Please note: Dates/months with a * or ^ incur a high season surcharge.
*Flight High Season Surcharge: $300 per person
^Land High Season Surcharge: $150 per person
  
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne or *Brisbane
 
Departure City Surcharges
*Brisbane: $100 per person



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates plus any codeshare partners (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 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy
$200 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.
- Arrive Early not permitted during and including the following dates: 14th December 2019 – 20th January 2020 and 28th March 2020 – 27th April 2020 
 
Stay behind in Palermo, Sicily, Italy
$200 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.
- Stay Behind not permitted during and including the following dates: 28th March 2020 – 27th April 2020 and 20th June 2020 – 19th July 2020
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $500 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $750 one way
Locations:
* Abu Dhabi
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers
Please note:
- An outbound and inbound stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Abu Dhabi stopovers are not available for Perth departures due to Etihad no longer flying out of Perth from October 2018.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class Buy now: $6199
Please note:
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
- If Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available



Cabins


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





Accommodation Used


3-4 Star (self-rated)

Palermo: Hotel Tonic or similar

Trapani: Hotel Vittoria or similar

Agrigento: Gran Hotel Mose or similar

Giardini Naxos (Taormina area): Arathena Rocks Hotel or similar

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 
- Palermo (Pre/Post Tour): $215 per room including breakfast.
Please note: Extra nights are based on room only and subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
  
Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 2 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
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability.
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Not available.


Minimum group size 25, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.
  
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 7 Mount Etna area of the main crater with cable car and jeep: €64 (approx. $105 AUD) per person
 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 visa is not required for Europe for stays up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Gratuities/tipping
Land: Recommended €5 (approx. $8 AUD) per person per day
Cruise: €10 (approx. $16 AUD) per person per day
- City Tax (payable directly to the hotel at check-in)
Palermo: approx. €4 per person per night
Trapani: approx. €2 per person per night
Agrigento: approx. €4 per person per night
Giardini Naxos/Taormina: approx. €2 per person per night
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- 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
SICILY
February
February is a cooler time of the year to visit Sicily. The island is blessed with a warm climate that features long, hot and dry summers and brief and cool winters.
 
Temperatures will reach a maximum high of around 12°C during the day, dropping to an average low of 5°C at night, so be prepared and pack warm clothing.
 
March
March indicates the end of winter and sees temperatures start to warm up. You can expect temperatures to reach up to 13°C during the day and dropping to 6°C at night.
 
April
The weather gradually begins to warm up in Sicily for April as spring arrives. Temperatures can reach up to 18°C during the day, which is perfect for strolling around the streets and admiring the views.
 
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:
Daily breakfast is 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.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Land
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is €5 per person per day this covers the guide/leader and the driver, which will be collected whilst on tour.
 
Cruise
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for the services of the cruise staff throughout the cruise component of this tour. MSC is an internationally registered company & operates to US & European standards, both of which have an economy driven by a gratuities culture. Gratuities are expected on your cruise and will be charged to your onboard account at €10 per person per day. If you believe you are not receiving the standard of service expected on your cruise, you may reduce or remove the gratuities charged to your onboard account at the cruise reception desk. Although expected by MSC they are a discretionary payment. 
 
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.



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