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Explore Classic Italy and The Med on this 18-day tour that includes Venice, Italy.
Soak up the sun on the Spanish island of Mallorca. (Itinerary 1 only)
Cruise for 7 nights on Costa Cruise's 'Toscana' ship.
Uncover the avant garde architecture of Barcelona, Spain.
Explore the iconic Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy.
Tick the Colosseum off your bucket-list on a guided tour in Rome, Italy.
Take the time to admire the buildings and architecture as you explore Venice, Italy.
One of the most beautiful town squares in the world, discover St Mark's Square in Venice, Italy.
Explore the famous Navigli canals in Milan, Italy.
The Piazza del Duomo is the heart of Milan in Italy and known for its gothic style monuments.
Home of the Renaissance, take a moment for the stunning scenery in Florence, Italy.
Begin your 7-night cruise of the Mediterranean on the Costa Toscana.
Explore the rich variety of art, culture and wildlife in Savona, Italy.
Enjoy the blue-green sea and sandy beaches in Savona, Italy.
Enjoy a stop in the beautiful southern French city of Marseille, France.
Explore the vibrant colours of Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain.
Take in bustling Barcelona in Spain, the capital of the Catalonia region.
Relax as you cruise between idyllic locations on Costa Toscana.
Order a cocktail and watch the sun set on the brand-new 'Costa Toscana' ship.
Cruise the sparkling Mediterranean aboard the 4-star 'Costa Toscana' ship.
Upgrade to a Balcony Cabin for premium ocean views aboard the 'Costa Toscana' ship.
Witness the beautiful Palermo Cathedral in Sicily, Italy.
Indulge in 'Costa Toscana's elegant Le Anfore restaurant.
Take a dip in one of the many pools on board the ship.
Enjoy a day out on the pool deck during your cruise.
Cala d'Hort Beach in the island of Ibiza, Spain. (Itinerary 2 only)
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2 for 1 Italy & The Med

Operated by TripADeal
Italy, France, Spain & more
Visit the iconic cities of Rome, Venice & Barcelona
Cruise to the islands of Sicily, Palma de Mallorca & more
Dates: 7 Nov 2024 - 7 Nov 2025
Earn & Use Qantas Points
Return international full-service flights for 2 people
7-night cruise on the brand new ‘Costa Toscana’ ship
8 nights of 4-star hotel accommodation
Enjoy 28 meals including all while cruising
Overview
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the magic of Italy, Spain and France on this 18-day tour and cruise package that will take you to the ancient ruins of Rome, the bustling heart of Barcelona and the glittering gems of the Mediterranean sea.

Grab the chance to live “la dolce vita” ("the sweet life"), as you begin your Italian odyssey among the eternal beauty of Rome. Let the cobblestone streets lead you to the edge of the Trevi Fountain and across the city’s many iconic sights before you cool off with an ice-cold spritz. Venture on to Venice to lose yourself among its infamous canals and piazzas before your journey heads north to embrace the chic city of Milan, home of Italian fashion. Wrapping up this grand city tour is the elegant birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence.

After exploring these remarkable destinations, sit back, relax and soak up the ever-changing vistas of the Mediterranean aboard a 4-star Costa cruise, the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. This unforgettable cruise stops at incredible destinations including Palermo (Sicily) in Italy, Marseille in France, Barcelona and the stunning European hotspot of Palma de Mallorca in Spain (itinerary 1) or Ibiza (Itinerary 2).

This package includes return international full-service flights, 8 nights 4-star hotel accommodation, a 7-night Costa cruise, and 28 delicious meals. You cannot afford to miss this chance of a lifetime.

Want more? Add extra days to your itinerary with Arrive Early and Stay Behind in Rome, Italy packages.

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Experience the best of Italy, Spain & France
  • Enjoy guided tours in Milan, Venice, Florence & Rome
  • Delve into Rome’s rich history on a guided tour
  • Witness the beauty of the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Palazzo Madama & more in Rome
  • Venture across spectacular mainland Italy
  • Wander through the romantic streets of Venice on a locally guided walking tour
  • Witness Piazza San Marco, The Rialto Bridge & more in Venice
  • Discover Italy’s finest fashion and design on a guided tour of Milan
  • Tour the grand Renaissance city of Florence
  • See the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo in Florence
  • Explore the charming, maze-like streets of Savona
  • Discover the exuberant port city of Marseille
  • Stroll through Palma De Mallorca, where historic charm meets the allure of the Med (Itinerary 1 only)
  •  Soak up bustling Barcelona, home to iconic La Sagrada Familia
  • Take in the colourful capital of Palermo in Sicily
  • Discover the stunning beaches in vibrant Ibiza (Itinerary 2 only)
FLIGHTS
  • Return international full-service flights (economy class) surcharges may apply
CRUISE
  • 7-night Costa cruise through the Mediterranean
  • Sail aboard the brand-new 4-star ‘Costa Toscana’ ship
ACCOMMODATION
  • 8 nights 4-star hotel accommodation on tour in Italy
DINING
  • Enjoy 28 meals, including all meals while cruising


TOUR ESSENTIALS
  • Cruise port charges
  • Parking and toll fees
  • English-speaking tour leader and guides
  • Guide earphones (Guided Tours Only)
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges


TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Travel by water bus to Venice’s city centre


TRANSFERS
  • Day 2: Rome airport to Rome hotel
  • Day 9: Florence hotel to Rome port
  • Day 16: Rome port to Rome hotel
UPGRADES AVAILABLE
  • Arrive Early: Arrive up to 30 days before your tour starts. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Stay Behind: Return up to 30 days after your tour concludes. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Stopover Packages: Break up the long-haul flight with a stopover at a fantastic location. (See checkout for details)
  • Optional Tours: Optional experiences and tours are available to add to your itinerary. (See checkout for details)
  • Cabin Upgrades: Cabin upgrades are available. (See checkout for details)
  • Flight Upgrades: Upgrade to Business Class. (See checkout for details)
  • Guaranteed Airline: Fly with a guaranteed airline. (See checkout for details)

Please note: Extra charges may apply. See the Important Info section and checkout cart for fees and details.



Itinerary 1
Starting from $10,199 for two
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) - Rome, Italy

Today depart for Rome, Italy.
Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some customers may be required to depart on day 2, to arrive on day 2. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation, which you will receive 4 - 6 weeks prior to departure.

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Welcome to Rome

Upon arrival, you will be met by your English-speaking tour leader and transferred to the hotel.



Overnight: Hotel American Palace or similar, Rome

Meals included: None

Day 3 Rome City Tour

After breakfast, be met by your local guide and enjoy a guided tour of Rome - the Eternal City (approximately 3 hours).

The tour begins at the Trevi Fountain, which has become an iconic spot thanks to the movie ‘La Dolce Vita’, directed by Federico Fellini. The tour will take you to the streets of the centre of town, visiting famous sites such as the Pantheon; the Palazzo Madama, which houses the Senate of the Italian Republic (entrance not included); and Navona Square, which was built on the ruins of the Domitian Circus. Once the tour finishes you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Today you might like to visit the incredible Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, don't miss a chance to be awe-inspired by the murals & the immortal Works of Michelangelo. 


Guests who are interested in visiting the Vatican Museums and the magnificent Sistine Chapel are advised to book tickets online well in advance in order to secure their place. 


- Optional Activity: Dinner at a traditional Trastevere restaurant with transfers included: $105 per person

4 courses - 1/2 bottle of white or red wine and water included.

Overnight: Hotel American Palace or similar, Rome

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Rome - Venice

After breakfast, you will continue your Italian journey to Venice in what will be an approximate 520 kilometres travel day. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic landscapes as you venture over to mainland Italy. Upon arrival, be checked into the hotel and take the remainder of the day at leisure.


Overnight: Delfino Hotel or similar, Mestre, Venice Area

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Venice City Tour

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the Tronchetto Pier where you will board a water bus to the city centre. Take the time to admire the beautiful buildings and architecture as you cruise the stunning waters of Venice. Upon arrival, be met by a local guide at Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) and begin your guided tour of Venice (approximately 2 hours). The tour starts at the iconic St Mark’s Square, regarded as one of the most intricate and beautiful town squares in the world - the hub of Venetian life. Surrounding the square, you will see the famous St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, and the Bell Tower (entrances not included). The church (St Mark’s Basilica) was built to house the body of St. Marc which was transported from Alexandria in 828AD. Inside the basilica, you can admire over 8,000 square meters of glittering Byzantine Mosaics (entry not included).

The tour will continue onwards to Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge in the Grand Canal and an icon of the city. Upon conclusion of the tour, you may enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

- Optional Activity: Gondola ride in Venice, 30 minutes: $190 per person

Overnight: Delfino Hotel or similar, Mestre, Venice Area

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Venice - Milan

After breakfast, depart for Milan on what will be an approximate 270 kilometres travel day. Upon arrival enjoy a guided city tour (approximately 3 hours). Celebrated as the Italian capital of fashion and design, Milan is a city rich in art, history and culture. The tour begins from Sforza Castle (entrance not included) before walking towards the Duomo.

On the way, admire elegant buildings along two of Milan’s iconic streets - the Via Dante and Via dei Mercanti. Piazza del Duomo is the heart of Milan, and the Duomo - where German influences are softened by the finesse of Italian artists - is one of its most significant Gothic style monuments. From the Piazza Duomo, your tour continues through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan, before arriving at the Piazza della Scala, home to one of the most famous theatres in the world; La Scala (entrance not included).


Overnight: AS Limbiate Hotel or similar, Milan Area

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Milan - Florence

Today will be an approximate 300 kilometres travel day.
After breakfast, depart for Florence, home of the Renaissance. Upon arrival, take this afternoon at leisure in the city centre. You might like to take in some of Florence’s beautiful highlights such as the Piazzale Michelangelo, the medieval Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo or the Campanile Tower.

For departures from April – Nov 2025 you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel in Montecatini, after having time to explore the beauty of Florence at leisure.

Overnight: Villa Neroli Hotel or similar, Florence (Oct 2024 – March 2025) or Hotel Biondi or similar, Montecatini (April – Nov 2025)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Florence City Tour

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the incredible city of Florence (approximately 3 hours). The tour will take you through some of the famous sights and attractions of Florence, including the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo. Piazza del Duomo, together with Piazza San Giovanni, represent the heart of the city. The most important religious monuments of Florence are situated here, linked by their geometric design and characterised by the typical white, green and pink marble coating. You will see the Baptistery with its octagonal shape and three bronze doors; the Cathedral, built in Florentine Gothic style; and Giotto’s Bell Tower, regarded as one of the most beautiful towers in Gothic architecture (entrances not included).
The tour will continue through Piazza della Signoria to the Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence (entrance not included). Admire the impressive statues that surround the piazza, before continuing to the Straw Market where the tour will conclude. Enjoy time at leisure for the rest of the day or alternatively take some of the optional tours available.
- Optional Activity: Uffizi Gallery: $125 per person.
Includes entrance fees, guided tour, and earphones.
- Optional Activity: Gallery of the Academy of Florence: $105 per person.
Includes entrance fees, guided tour and earphones.
Please note: Only one of the optional tours (Uffizi Gallery or Academy of Florence) may be chosen today as they occur at the same time.

Overnight: Villa Neroli Hotel or similar, Sesto Fiorentino, Florence (Oct 2024 – March 2025) or Hotel Biondi or similar, Montecatini (April – Nov 2025)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Florence - Rome, Civitavecchia - Begin 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise

(Depart at 19:00)


After breakfast, be transferred to the cruise terminal in Civitavecchia to embark on your exciting 7-night Mediterranean cruise with Costa Cruises.

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 10 Savona, Italy

(Arrive at 08:30 and depart at 18:00)


Enjoy Savona and its blue-green sea, sandy beaches, a surprising hinterland, rich variety of culture, art, and wildlife. Take a chance to be part of an optional shore excursion to the colourful port city of Genoa.


Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 11 Marseille, France

(Arrive at 08:30 and depart at 18:30)


Enjoy a stop in the beautiful southern French city of Marseille. When you alight from the ship, discover the Vieux Port, where glistening fresh fish are sold straight off the boats on Quai des Belges (Belgian Quay). The many amazing French cafés are wonderful spots to observe city life.


Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 12 Barcelona, Spain

(Arrive at 08:00 and depart at 18:00)


Capital of the Catalonia region - Barcelona pulsates with life. There’s no other city in the country that compares to its style, energy, and good looks. 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 of many worth taking in.


Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 13 Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

(Arrive at 08:00 and depart at 18:00)


The port city of Palma lies on the south coast of Mallorca. Founded in 124 B.C., Palma is celebrated for its medieval streets, jaw-dropping architecture, and ancient fortified walls. See buildings such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria which features designs by Gaudí and one of the world’s largest stained-glass windows, or the Gothic Bellver castle with its circular centre and eye-catching towers.

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 14 Cruising

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 15 Palermo, Sicily, Italy

(Arrive at 08:00 and depart at 16:00)


Dock for the day in Palermo, Sicily’s multicultural capital. A fascinating, bustling, colourful port, Palermo holds an unrivalled display of Norman art, architecture, and Baroque churches, combined with a warren of medieval streets and markets. At the crossroads of civilisations for millennia, Palermo delivers a heady, heavily spiced mix of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes and frescoed cupolas.


Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 16 Civitavecchia Port - Rome

(Arrive at 08:30)


Enjoy your last breakfast onboard before disembarking and be met and transferred to your hotel in Rome to enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel American Palace or similar, Rome

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17 Rome, Italy - Australia (or New Zealand)

Today at the appropriate time make your own way to the airport for your return flight home after one-trip-of-a-lifetime!



Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 18 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Please note: Some flights may arrive +1 day later.

Itinerary 2
Starting from $12,699 for two
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) - Rome, Italy

Today depart for Rome, Italy.

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some customers may be required to depart on day 2, to arrive on day 2. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation, which you will receive 4 - 6 weeks prior to departure.

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Welcome to Rome

Upon arrival, you will be met by your English-speaking tour leader and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel American Palace or similar, Rome

Meals included: None

Day 3 Rome City Tour

After breakfast, be met by your local guide and enjoy a guided tour of Rome - the Eternal City (approximately 3 hours).
The tour begins at the Trevi Fountain, which has become an iconic spot thanks to the movie ‘La Dolce Vita’, directed by Federico Fellini. The tour will take you to the streets of the centre of town, visiting famous sites such as the Pantheon; the Palazzo Madama, which houses the Senate of the Italian Republic (entrance not included); and Navona Square, which was built on the ruins of the Domitian Circus. Once the tour finishes, you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Today you might like to visit the incredible Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Don't miss a chance to be awe-inspired by the murals & the immortal works of Michelangelo. 

Guests who are interested in visiting the Vatican Museums and the magnificent Sistine Chapel are advised to book tickets online well in advance in order to secure their place. 

Optional Activity: Dinner at a traditional Trastevere restaurant with transfers included: $105 per person
4 courses - 1/2 bottle of white or red wine and water included.

Overnight: Hotel American Palace or similar, Rome

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Rome - Venice

After breakfast, you will continue your Italian journey to Venice in what will be an approximate 520 kilometres travel day. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic landscapes as you venture over to mainland Italy. Upon arrival, be checked into the hotel and take the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Delfino Hotel or similar, Mestre, Venice Area

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Venice City Tour

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the Tronchetto Pier where you will board a water bus to the city centre. Take the time to admire the beautiful buildings and architecture as you cruise the stunning waters of Venice.

Upon arrival, be met by a local guide at Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) and begin your guided tour of Venice (approximately 2 hours). St Mark’s Square is regarded as one of the most intricate and beautiful town squares in the world - the hub of Venetian life. Surrounding the square, you will see the famous St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bell Tower (entrances not included).

The church (St Mark’s Basilica) was built to house the body of St. Marc which was transported from Alexandria in 828AD. Inside the basilica, you can admire over 8,000 square meters of glittering Byzantine Mosaics (entry not included).

The tour will continue onwards to Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge in the Grand Canal and an icon of the city. Upon conclusion of the tour, you may enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Optional Activity: Gondola ride in Venice, 30 minutes: $190 per person

Overnight: Delfino Hotel or similar, Mestre, Venice Area

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Venice - Milan

After breakfast, depart for Milan on what will be an approximate 270 kilometres travel day.

Upon arrival enjoy a guided city tour (approximately 3 hours). Celebrated as the Italian capital of fashion and design, Milan is a city rich in art, history and culture. The tour begins from Sforza Castle (entrance not included) before walking towards the Duomo.

On the way, admire elegant buildings along two of Milan’s iconic streets - the Via Dante and Via dei Mercanti. Piazza del Duomo is the heart of Milan, and the Duomo - where German influences are softened by the finesse of Italian artists - is one of its most significant Gothic style monuments.

From the Piazza Duomo, your tour continues through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan, before arriving at the Piazza della Scala, home to one of the most famous theatres in the world; La Scala (entrance not included).

Overnight: AS Limbiate Hotel or similar, Milan Area

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Milan - Florence

Today will be an approximate 300 kilometres travel day.

After breakfast, depart for Florence, home of the Renaissance. Upon arrival, take this afternoon at leisure in the city centre. You might like to take in some of Florence’s beautiful highlights such as the Piazzale Michelangelo, the medieval Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo or the Campanile Tower.

Afterwards, be transferred to your centrally located hotel in Montecatini, after having time to explore the beauty of Florence at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Biondi or similar, Montecatini

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Florence City Tour

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the incredible city of Florence (approximately 3 hours). The tour will take you through some of the famous sights and attractions of Florence, including the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo. Piazza del Duomo, together with Piazza San Giovanni, represent the heart of the city. The most important religious monuments of Florence are situated here, linked by their geometric design and characterised by the typical white, green and pink marble coating. You will see the Baptistery with its octagonal shape and three bronze doors; the Cathedral, built in Florentine Gothic style; and Giotto’s Bell Tower, regarded as one of the most beautiful towers in Gothic architecture (entrances not included).

The tour will continue through Piazza della Signoria to the Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence (entrance not included). Admire the impressive statues that surround the piazza, before continuing to the Straw Market where the tour will conclude. Enjoy time at leisure for the rest of the day or alternatively take some of the optional tours available.

Optional Activity: Uffizi Gallery: $125 per person.
Includes entrance fees, guided tour, and earphones.

Optional Activity: Gallery of the Academy of Florence: $105 per person.
Includes entrance fees, guided tour and earphones.
Please note: Only one of the optional tours (Uffizi Gallery or Academy of Florence) may be chosen today as they occur at the same time.

Overnight: Hotel Biondi or similar, Montecatini

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Florence - Rome, Civitavecchia - Begin 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise

Depart at 19:00

After breakfast, be transferred to the cruise terminal in Civitavecchia to embark on your exciting 7-night Mediterranean cruise with Costa Cruises.

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 10 Savona, Italy

Arrive 08:30 - Depart 18:00

Enjoy Savona and its blue-green sea, sandy beaches, a surprising hinterland, rich variety of culture, art, and wildlife. Take a chance to be part of an optional shore excursion to the colourful port city of Genoa.

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 11 Marseille, France

Arrive 08:30 - Depart 18:30

Enjoy a stop in the beautiful southern French city of Marseille. When you alight from the ship, discover the Vieux Port, where glistening fresh fish are sold straight off the boats on Quai des Belges (Belgian Quay). The many amazing French cafés are wonderful spots to observe city life.

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 12 Barcelona, Spain

Arrive 08:00 - Depart 18:00

Capital of the Catalonia region - Barcelona pulsates with life. There’s no other city in the country that compares to its style, energy, and good looks.

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 architect Antoni Gaudí-designed 'La Sagrada Familia' (The Holy Family), a church which has been under construction since 1882) is a must-see, as well as the famous Ramblas boulevard.

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 13 Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

Arrive 08:00 - Depart 18:00

Though primarily known for its party scene, Ibiza aims to impress with its fortified old town, rich archaeological sites, and a brilliant array of beaches.

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 14 Cruising

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 15 Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Arrive 08:00 - Depart 16:00

Dock for the day in Palermo, Sicily’s multicultural capital. A fascinating, bustling, colourful port, Palermo holds an unrivalled display of Norman art, architecture, and Baroque churches, combined with a warren of medieval streets and markets. At the crossroads of civilisations for millennia, Palermo delivers a heady, heavily spiced mix of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes and frescoed cupolas.

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa Toscana’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 16 Civitavecchia Port - Rome

Arrive 08:30

Enjoy your last breakfast on board, before disembarking and be met and transferred to your hotel in Rome to enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel American Palace or similar, Rome

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17 Rome, Italy - Australia (or New Zealand)

Today at the appropriate time make your own way to the airport for your return flight home after a trip of a lifetime!

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 18 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Please note: Some flights may arrive +1 day later.

Important Info

Booking information
 

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form 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 and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.

 

Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

Tour packages are non-refundable. If your tour package is affected by Covid-19-related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other tour or package available via the TripADeal website.

 

Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the tour operator you are due to stay with. We recommend you consider purchasing travel insurance with Covid-19 protection. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19.

 

Please note: All additional charges are payable in AUD (unless otherwise stated).  

 

Offer essentials
 

This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 7th November 2025.

 

This travel offer is priced for 2 people, based on a twin share. 

 

Single Traveller Supplement  

For solo travellers, a fully-priced voucher must be purchased. 

Please note: Accommodation for single customers who are travelling on a tour or cruise package may be in a single room, depending on availability. 

 

Departure Dates 

Itinerary 1 (Starting from $10,199 for two)

2024

November: 7

December: ^^12 (Christmas Cruise) 

 

2025 

January: *23

February: 6, 13, 20

March: 6, 13, **20 

April: ^25

September: **26

October: **10, **17, 31

November: 7

  

Itinerary 2 (Starting from $12,699 for two)

2025

May: 9

*August: 15, 29

September: 12

Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.


Surcharges

Please note: 

• Dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $470 per person.

• Dates/months with a ** incur a high season surcharge of $680 per person.

• Dates/months with a ^ incur a high season surcharge of $1150 per person.

• Dates/months with a ^^ incur a high season surcharge of $2000 per person.

Flights

Departure Cities

Sydney, Perth, *Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Auckland

 

Departure City Surcharges

*Melbourne: $100 per person

*Brisbane: $350 per person

*Adelaide: $450 per person

*Auckland: $700 per person

 

International Full-Service Airline(s) Used

• Cabin Class: Economy Class

• Airlines: Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airways, China Eastern, Lufthansa, Virgin Australia, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Finnair, Cathay Pacific, Air France, KLM, British Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Turkish Airlines, China Southern Airlines and airline partners (subject to availability).

Please note: We cannot accommodate one-way flights. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.

 

Missed Flights 

If you fail to arrive for your outbound flight, you risk all flight and land arrangements in your destination being automatically cancelled by the airlines and land operator, respectively. Additional fees may apply to reinstate these services. If you will miss your flight for whatever reason, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements. 

 

Preferred Airline surcharge

• Cabin Class: Economy Class

• Emirates: $400 per person 

• Qatar: $300 per person 

Please note: 

• Preferred airlines are subject to availability. If we are unable to fulfil your request, the above extra cost will be refunded.

• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed, subject to aircraft configuration.

• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased preferred airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the preferred airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.

• Preferred airline refers to the marketing carrier and could include codeshare partners. 

 

Arrive Early Options

Rome, Italy - $300 per person

High season dates range up to $500 per person, subject to availability 

Please note:

• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.

• You may book a date to arrive early via our website but only a date that is within 30 days of the tour departure date. If you wish to arrive earlier than 30 days before your tour departure date, please call our friendly staff for availability and pricing. Additional costs may apply

• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.

• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.

• A high season arrive early can be purchased for up to $500 per person, subject to availability.

• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):

23rd September 2024 - 20th October 2024

6th December 2024 - 31st January 2025 

28th March 2025 - 27th April 2025

16th April 2025 - 20th July 2025

15th September 2025 - 12th October 2025

1st December 2025 - 31st January 2026


Stay Behind Options

Rome, Italy - $300 per person

High season dates: up to $500 per person, subject to availability 

Please note:

• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.

• A stay behind can only be booked up to one month after your package end date upon check-out. Should you wish to stay later, please contact us to request availability. Additional costs may apply.

• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.

• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.

• A high season stay behind can be purchased for up to $500 per person, subject to availability.

• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):

23rd September 2024 - 20th October 2024

6th December 2024 - 31st January 2025 

28th March 2025 - 27th April 2025

16th April 2025 - 20th July 2025

15th September 2025 - 12th October 2025

1st December 2025 - 31st January 2026

 

Stopover Packages 

* Doha

Twin share: $1000 per person/one way

Solo Traveller: $1500 one way

 

* Dubai

Twin share: $1000 per person/one way

Solo Traveller: $1500 one way

 

Includes:

• 2 nights in 4-star accommodation

• Daily breakfast

• Return airport transfers 

Please note: 

• When a pre and post-tour stopover is chosen, the same stopover location must be chosen each way, due to the airline used.

• When selecting an Arrive Early or Stay Behind in conjunction with a Stopover Package, the stopover will take place after the departure date you select for your Arrive Early or Stay Behind.

• Stopover packages are subject to availability.

• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased guaranteed airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the guaranteed airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.

• Blackout dates apply to flights departing between the below date ranges:

- Doha Grand Prix: 28th November - 2nd December 2024

- Doha MotoGP: November 2024

- Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (for Dubai): 4th December - 10th December 2024

- Doha Grand Prix: End of November to start of December 2025

- Doha MotoGP: November 2025

- Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (for Dubai): December 2025

- Christmas and New Years Eve: 22 December 2025 to 2 January 2026

Please note: The exact dates are yet to be confirmed.

 

Flight Class Upgrades

Business: For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout.

Please note:

• Flight upgrades are subject to availability and pricing changes (if we cannot fulfil your request, the upgrade cost will be refunded).

• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed, subject to aircraft configuration.

Cruise

Costa 'Smeralda' Ship 

(Departure dates from February 2024 to April 2024) - SOLD OUT  

 

'Costa Toscana' Ship

(Departure dates from May 2024 to March 2025)

A sister to the 'Costa Smeralda', the 'Costa Toscana' began service in March 2022. A new flagship in the Costa Cruises fleet which has a capacity to carry 6,554 passengers and 1,646 crew members. The ship’s design is inspired by Italian art, culture and landscapes and is the third ship of the Costa Group fleet to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

'Costa Toscana' has over 2,600 cabins, each one more beautiful than the other! The ship has 20 decks which accommodates 11 restaurants and 19 themed bars. Shows and entertainment featuring international artists await you, as well as swimming pools with slides and water games for all ages, a state-of-the-art spa and gym, and much more.

Some of the ship’s highlights include an open-air balcony on the top deck which has a crystal floor where guests can experience the thrill of flying over sea. And there is a spectacular skywalk for guests to stroll on the sea, admiring views from a height of over 65 meters. The indoor swimming pool has salt water which includes a beach club to recreate the atmosphere of swimming in the ocean.


Facilities:

• 2661 staterooms

• 4 swimming pools

• 9 Jacuzzis

• 13 restaurant and snack bars

• 19 bars and lounges (entertainment venues)

 

Inside Cabins:

These cabins are located on the lower decks of the ship and do not have windows or balconies. They are designed for passengers who are looking for a cozy and affordable option. Inside cabins typically feature two twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed, a private bathroom with a shower, air conditioning, a television, a desk, and a closet for storage.

 

Oceanview Cabins:

These cabins are similar to inside cabins but offer a window or porthole for natural light and views of the ocean. Oceanview cabins feature the same amenities as inside cabins but with the added benefit of a view.

 

Balcony Cabins:

These cabins are larger than inside and oceanview cabins and feature a private balcony with chairs and a table. Balcony cabins offer passengers the opportunity to enjoy the fresh sea air and stunning views in privacy. In addition to the amenities available in inside and oceanview cabins, balcony cabins often include a seating area, a sofa bed, and a larger bathroom.

 

Please note: Cruise timetables are subject to change. Some cruise cabins may have restricted views, based on availability.

Accommodation

Accommodation Used

4-Star Properties (Self-Rated)

• Rome: Hotel American Palace

• Venice Area: Leonardo Royal Hotel or Delfino Hotel

• Milan Area: AS Limbiate

• Florence Area (October 2024 – March 2025 dates): Villa Neroli Hotel

• Montecatini (Florence Area): (April to November 2025 dates only) Hotel Biondi, Minerva Palace or Grand Hotel Tettuccio

 

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type and are subject to availability based on seasonality. In the instance a property is not available, a similar standard of accommodation will be provided. Properties will be confirmed and included in your travel pack, which you will receive 4-6 weeks before travel.

 

4-Star Cruise Line (Self-Rated)

• Costa Cruise: 'Costa Toscana'

 

Extra Nights

Not available at check-out. 

 

Please note: If you are interested in booking additional nights of accommodation pre or post-tour, please wait until you receive your travel documentation approximately 4-6 weeks before departure for the confirmed list of hotels. If booking your own additional accommodation directly with the hotel, please be aware that you may be required to change rooms at the start/end of your tour. 

 

Maximum Room Capacity

2 people

 

Child Policy

• No child discounts. The full price applies to all children travelling with their parents.

• Valid for children 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 are allowed.

 

Triple Share

Not available

 

Bedding Configuration

Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).

General information

Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 40 per vehicle.

 

Optional Tours/Activities

  • Day 3: Dinner at a traditional Trastevere restaurant: $105 per person
  • Day 5: Gondola ride in Venice, 30 minutes: 220 per person
  • Day 8: Uffizi Gallery: $125 per person
  • Day 8: Gallery of the Academy of Florence: $105 per person

 

Please note:

• Due to time restrictions you may only pick one of the optional tours in Florence as they occur at the same time - The Uffizi Gallery or Academy of Florence.

• The above optional tours will occur during your free time. The itinerary day may change due to scheduling and time restrictions.

• Prices are based per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.

• The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone before submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability). 

• Some tours or shore excursions require minimum numbers to operate.

• Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line before travel (subject to availability)

• Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).

• Shore excursion programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events concerning the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular, and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Exclusions

• Visa fees and requirements 

• Domestic transfers and flights not stated in the deal offer

• Meals/beverages not stated in the deal offer

• Gratuities/tipping 

• Optional activities/tours 

• Selected airport transfers (Day 17)

• Personal expenses

• City Taxes

• Travel insurance 

• Venice City Centre Entrance Fee 

Other important information 

CITY TAXES

Payable directly to the hotel at check-in.

• Milan: €2.50 per person, per night.

• Venice Area: €3.10 per person, per night.

• Florence Area: €4.00 per person, per night.

• Rome: €7.50 per person, per night.

Please note: Pricing is approximate and subject to change. 

 

Venice Historical Centre Entrance Fee

From the 25th of April 2024, the city of Venice will be imposing an entrance fee to manage the influx of tourists. Visitors will be required to pay €5 per person to enter the city centre between the hours of 08:30 to 16:00. This fee will need to be paid via an online portal: https://cda.ve.it/en/ which will generate a QR code to be checked at checkpoints before entering Venice City Centre.

Please note: More information will be provided while on tour.

 

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 the history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction where they are guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves it 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 at 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 art, architecture, or historical knowledge. 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 required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 

 

CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURE

Italy - November/March

We recommend dressing in layers as there can be significant changes in temperature throughout the day. Wear good walking shoes, jeans or heavy cotton pants, a light cotton shirt plus a sweater/jacket and to fit in with the local Italians, a scarf. Expect temperatures ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C.

 

The Mediterranean Sea - November/March

The temperate Mediterranean Sea can be quite inviting during this month at an average of 17°.

 

Italy & the West Mediterranean - April to October

Italy is largely characterised by a typical Mediterranean climate made up of warm springs and hot and dry summers, the climate here is very pleasant. Along the coast of Southern Italy in July and August the average temperature is above 25°C. April to June and September to October are the best months to travel through southern Italy. You can expect temperatures of up to 26°C during the warmest part of the day.

In the northern areas in October the average daily temperature is 14.5°C but temperatures can still reach highs of 19°C which can feel quite pleasant. Temperatures are starting to drop low during this month though, especially at night. The average minimum temperature in October is 10°C.

 

FLIGHTS

Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:

We do not arrange seat selection. It is essential 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 must provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days before the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. Customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred in this instance.

 

CRUISE

Embarkation / 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.

Please note: Strict Covid-19 terms may also apply regarding proof of insurance covering Covid-19 and/or vaccination. Please refer to the cruise lines’ terms and conditions for further information before boarding.

 

Cruise Loyalty Discounts:

Please note: Travellers must contact the cruise line directly upon receiving their travel documents in order to request any membership benefits they may be entitled to.

 

COACH TOUR

Meals:

For meals not included, the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.

 

Luggage:

You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on tour. You must carry your own luggage from the vehicle to the hotel room and back to the vehicle. The driver will assist with the uploading and unloading of bags from the vehicle.

 

OTHER

Mobility:

If you require wheelchair access please contact our friendly sales and service team to inquire on your behalf.

 

Fitness Level Required:

A leisurely level of fitness will be required. 

Leisurely is described as light walking, including up multiple stairs, and occasional hiking, may involve uneven surfaces. Able to travel unassisted and get on and off vehicles and small boats. Suitable for most fitness levels and mobility. 

Please note: If you have any concerns, please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.

 

Gratuities / Tipping:

Land

Gratuities (tips) are not included for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is 5-7 EUR per person per day. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected on tour. 

Please note: Tipping for services provided is always a matter of personal discretion; however, please be aware that many locals consider tipping part of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment; there's no need to be intimidated by the request.

 

Cruise

Gratuities (tips) are not included for the cruise staff's services throughout this tour's cruise component. Costa Cruise is an internationally registered company & operates to US & European standards, both of which have an economy driven by a tipping culture. Gratuities are expected on your cruise and will be charged to your onboard account at approximately 10 EUR per person, per day. If you have any questions regarding the gratuities on your cruise, please speak to the guest services staff onboard the ship.

 

Sightseeing:

Please note: If entry to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary, where possible, may be adjusted, or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).

 

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 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 regarding shopping for further information.

Visas

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

 

Important: 

• Please start arranging your visa three weeks before departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.

• Visa rules may have changed since Covid-19. Some countries and airlines may require you to obtain an additional visa before arrival. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.

 

Please note: 

• Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also 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 that 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.

Travel insurance

Embarking on your next trip is exciting, and while you hope the unexpected does not happen, it is best to be prepared. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance when making your booking. Whether it’s a potential medical emergency, a flight cancellation, a delayed suitcase, or an unforeseen event, it's important to ensure you're adequately protected. For more information or advice visit https://www.tripadeal.com.au/travel-insurance

Schedule of fees

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.

• Changes - $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error

• If the incorrect name has been provided, charges of $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.

 

Supplier Fees

In the event the tour package you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the tour due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event we are unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee.