Grand Voyage and The Heart of Italy
Your 27 Day Fly, Tour & Cruise Holiday Includes
Economy Flights to Dubai Returning From Milan
Your Pre Cruise Experience in Dubai
Bonus 1 Night Hotel Stay to Explore the City Of Dubai
Your 18 Night MSC Cruise
18 Night Cruise from Dubai to Genoa Onboard MSC’s Newest Ship MSC World-Europa, launching December 2022, in an Interior Stateroom
Onboard Dining Across A Range Of Complimentary Venues
Onboard Entertainment including Live Music & Performances
Onboard All Port Taxes & Charges
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Add on a Beverage Package for only $599pp*
Your 8 Day Guided Heart of Italy Tour
8 Day Leisurely Guided Coach Tour the Heart of Italy
7 Nights Accommodation in Hand Selected Hotels Whilst Touring with Breakfast Daily
Transportation on a Private Deluxe Motor Coach with the Services of a Professional Tour Director
Explore the Old Town of Genoa & the Hidden Gem of Portofino,
Visit the Villages of Cinque Terre
Marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Soak up the History & Charm of Florence
Indulge in a Cooking Class in Tuscany
Discover the Historic City of Padua
Visit Venice’s St Mark’s Square, Rialto Bridge & Enjoy a Traditional Gondola Ride
Follow in the Footsteps of Romeo & Juliet with a Visit to Verona
Immerse yourself in the Fashion, Art & Beauty of Milan
Uncover the Enchanting Fairytale Village of Lake Como
Bonus Low Deposit from $300 pp*
Bonus My Cruises Holiday Savings
General Departure Information
$5,990 per person twin share ex Auckland
$6,090 per person twin share ex Christchurch
Set sail on 25 March 2023
Upgrade to Inside Fantastica Stateroom from only $199 per person
Upgrade to Oceanview Bella Stateroom from only $499 per person
Upgrade to Oceanview Fantastica Stateroom from only $699 per person
Upgrade to Balcony Bella Stateroom from only $1,299 per person
Upgrade to Balcony Fantastica Stateroom from only $1,499 per person
Upgrade to Suite Fanatasica Stateroom from only $1,999 per person
Upgrade to Suite Aurea Stateroom from only $3,499 per person
Day 1: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Welcome to Dubai where you will be able to explore some of the most astounding man-made sites in the Northern Hemisphere. Check out The Palm, an island built in the shape indicative of its name, filled with opulent mansions and in close proximity to the Burj Al Arab Hotel. The Burj is a 7 star, unmatched experience built for the ultra-wealthy elitists. The most well-known building in Dubai is without a doubt the Burj Khalifa, extending 830 metres, seamlessly entering the stratosphere. Size and decadence seem to be the only two prerequisites in Dubai.
Day 2 – 3: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Today you will set sail on your 18 Night Cruise from Dubai to Genoa Onboard MSC’s Newest Ship MSC World-Europa, launching December 2022. Overnight onboard in Dubai
Day 4: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Welcome to one of the most astounding destinations of luxury in the world, a visit to the Ferrari World Theme Park, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Emirates Palace are all must-see experiences. A pleasure for both sight and senses can be achieved with lunch at Etihad Tower.
Day 5: Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates
Famed for its amazing nature reserve, beautiful beaches and thrilling outdoor activities, a day spent on Sir Bani Yas Island is a day well spent. This $40 Billion adventure paradise has something for everyone. Drive a racecar around the F1 Grand Prix Track, surf the artificial wave at Yas Waterworld, have a hit around Yas Links, or simply relax with a cocktail at the 5-star resort, Yas Viceroy.
Day 6: At Sea
Your day at sea will allow you to take full advantage of everything the ship has to offer. Seek out hidden treasures and make the most of the facilities onboard. All of the ship’s activities can be found in the vessel’s daily newsletter. If relaxation is on your mind then your sea day will allow you to sit back, soak in ship life and watch the world as it floats by you.
Day 7: Muscat, Oman
A beautiful oasis of pristine lawns, trees, and an array of flowers is not the first thought when picturing a typically desert country. Traditional architecture, elegant mosques, and eye-opening museums intertwine with modern structures to create a striking resemblance to what Mars would be like if filled with opulence.
Day 8 – 11: At Sea
Enjoy relaxing days at sea.
Day 12: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Jeddah, a Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea, is a modern commercial hub and gateway for pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities Mecca and Medina. Resort hotels, beaches, and outdoor sculptures line the Corniche, a seafront promenade anchored by the iconic King Fahd’s Fountain. The city’s Al-Balad historic district dates to the 7th century and retains traditional homes built from coral
Day 13: At Sea
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea.
Day 14 – 15: Suez Canal, Egypt (Transit)
The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean and the Red Sea and was built by the Suez Canal Company back in 1869. It is one of the great innovations that has lasted into the modern world.
Day 16 – 17: At Sea
Enjoy a relaxing time at sea.
Day 18: Naples, Italy
Cruise to Naples, located on Italy’s stunning Amalfi coast, a city embellished in history. Touring around Naples’ grand piazzas, cathedrals, and castles in the old centre will fill that cultural need. Pompeii is not too far either, a dashing city that boasts diverse cultural offerings and charming streets.
Day 19: Civitavecchia (Rome Port), Italy
Civitavecchia is a coastal town northwest of Rome, in Italy. Built-in the 2nd century, the Port of Civitavecchia still retains some of its original features, like the Roman Dock. The port area also includes the 16th-century Michelangelo Fort. Nearby, the National Archaeological Museum displays bronze and ceramic artifacts. Northeast of town is the Terme Taurine, the ruins of a Roman thermal bath complex.
Day 20: Genoa – Rapallo – Portofino – La Spezia
Disembark MSC Europa and join your Italy Tour Leader on a walking tour of Genoa this morning. Both seaport and a beautiful UNESCO recognised the city of art, Genoa’s Mediterranean charm and its huge artistic heritage make it one of the great surprises of Italy. Later, travel in airconditioned comfort to the iconic Italian seaside towns of Rapallo and Portofino. See ancient fortresses, wander winding cobbled streets, and admire opulent superyachts in the harbour.
Day 21: La Spezia – Cinque Terre – Pisa – Florence
Join your Tour Leader on a boat trip from La Spezia harbour to the magnificent Cinque Terre today. Spend the morning exploring the 5 iconic, sea-locked villages famous for their photogenic brightly painted buildings, surrounded by steep hills, orchards and vineyards. Return to La Spezia on the scenic local train. Then, visit Pisa, the Leaning Tower and other local monuments. Conclude the day with the drive through the Tuscan countryside to Florence.
Day 22: Florence
Start today with a locally guided tour to introduce the heart of Florence, with a visit to the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and impressive Piazza del Duomo. Take in the unique street life of Florence as you walk the winding old streets to the Palazzo Vecchio, in the Piazza Della Signoria. The tour ends in the Straw Market at the famous Fontana del Porcellino. Later, experience the fun of an Italian cooking class, producing and eating authentic pizza and pasta, washed down with a glass of local wine.
Day 23: Marenello – Padua – Mestre
After departing Florence this morning, take a fascinating stop at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. Then, travel on to Padua, a university city in which Galileo was once a teacher. Medieval history and Byzantine architecture reflect the rich and complex history of the city. Your locally guided tour will introduce you to the highlights of this culturally rich ancient city.
Day 24: Mestre – Venice
Welcome to Venice! Take your private boat to the island of Venice today, for a fascinating escorted tour starting in Piazza San Marco, the hub of Venice. See the Clock Tower, Napoleonic Wing and visit the Basilica of San Marco, with its breathtaking Byzantine mosaics and glowing leadlight windows. Later, discover the surprising calm of Venice’s smaller waterways as your gondola ride ventures into the private, palazzo lined canals.
Day 25: Mestre – Verona – Milan
The scenic drive from Mestre stops in the elegant city of Verona. Among the historic piazzas and pristine buildings, see the ancient Roman arena; the atmospheric venue for outdoor summer opera, and of course visit the courtyard of the Capulet home to see Juliet’s balcony.
World famous as the Italian economic capital of fashion and design, Milan is also rich in art, history and culture. Your guided tour in Milan starts from Castello Sforzesco with a visit to the external architecture and garden. From the castle walk towards the Duomo, admiring the elegant buildings that surround the Piazza. Then, walk with your guide through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele to Piazza Della Scala, which is overlooked by important buildings including the most famous theatre in the world: La Scala!
Day 26: Milan – Lake Como – Milan
Today, enjoy a full-day tour from Milan to the fairytale region of Lake Como, known for dramatic scenery, nestled against the foothills of the Alps. This is a great day to discover the timeless beauty of the Italian lakes, with included visits to Villa Carlotta and Villa Melfi’s breathtaking lakeside gardens.
Day 27: Milan, Italy
Farewell Italy today as board your flight home or ask us about our flexible flights & extend your stay.
Featuring a groundbreaking design and new green technology, MSC World Europa is the first in a New Era of Cruising for MSC Cruises. MSC World Europa cruise ship is the first in a 4-unit “MSC World Class” series of passenger liners designed and built for MSC Cruises. The first liner (MSC Europa) is scheduled for launch and inauguration in 2022.
Enjoy entertainment along the lively promenade dotted with bars, shops & boutiques, or relax in one of the many onboard “neighbourhoods”. The size of MSC World Europa ensures that there is something for everyone.
Travel based on Cruise Departure 25 March 2023
Prices are per person twin share in NZD based on travel from Auckland unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to availability and currency fluctuations & subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Accommodation is subject to change and availability.
Surcharges may apply. Flights may not be direct or operate daily. Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur. Shore excursions and other items such as alcoholic beverages & laundry are an additional cost. Should gratuities or hotel service charges not already be included in your package, these are mandatory and charged by the cruise line to your onboard account on a day by day basis.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
These fares/prices may change due to availability or currency fluctuations.
Please note upgrade amounts advertised may be based on lead in obstructed view staterooms.
Please note that a majority of US based (including Hawaii) hotels impose a daily mandatory additional charge that is automatically added to your bill by the hotel. There are various inclusions provided for these resort fees. These fees are separate from, cannot be prepaid prior to arrival and are in addition to our advertised package.
Please note many European hotels charge a nominal daily City Tourist Tax which is utilised locally for tourism-related purposes and to improve the local infrastructure in the area. This tax is collected by the hotels directly from the customer and the amount can vary by region, hotel size or type. Local regulations state this must be collected by the hotel and cannot be prepaid.
All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from New Zealand.