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Italy, Greece,Turkey & Crete including 10 Night Mediterranean Cruise

22 Days  |  Departing Saturday 25th September 2021 and returning Sunday 17th October 2021

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Progress Payment: $ 5400 7300 by 28 May 2021
Final Payment: $ 6199 8399 by 28 Jun 2021
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Highlights

Visit to Vatican City and St Peter's Basilica
Rome City Sights Tour including a visit to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon
Walking Tour of Florence including entrance into the Accademia to see Michelangelo's David
Visit to Vinci the home of Leonardo da Vinci
Visit to San Gimignano, Pisa & Lucca
Visit to Cinque Terre by boat to explore the seaside towns Riomaggiore and Monterosso
Walking Tour of Milan including the Sforzesco Castle
A lovely 2 Night Stay in Cernobbio, overlooking beautiful Lake Como
Visit to Como and the small village of Brunate
Enjoy a 10 Night cruise onboard the Celebrity Constellation in outside cabins (See Notice for cabin ugrade information)
Ports include: Venice, Katakolon, Santorini, Ephesus, Mykonos, Athens, Chania, Zakynthos
2 Night Stay in Venice at the gorgeous Ca Dei Conti Hotel
Gondala Ride throughout the canals of Venice




 

Inclusions

Personally escorted from Australia – Your tour hostess is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one
Return Economy Airfares to Europe inc taxes with Emirates #
Specialist Tour Manager during Land Component
Quality 4 star Accommodation in good locations 
All included sightseeing as per detailed itinerary
All transportation as per detailed itinerary
All meals as per detailed itinerary
10 Night Cruise onboard Celebrity Constellation (Outside Cabins)
An array of included Activities onboard Constellation
Cruise Gratuities, Port Charges & Taxes
Porterage of 1 bag per person for hotels
Tips for Coach Driver, Tour Manager (pre-cruise), local guides & assistants and local coaches
Willing to Share Option (subject to availability)
Documentation Distribution Day (Meet & Greet) subject to minimum numbers
Sisterhood Documentation and Travel Wallet
Assistance with booking optional shore excursions whilst cruising
Small Groups, Personal Service
# Taxes subject to change

Notice

Cruise Cabin Ugrade
Ugrade to a Cat 2C Balcony Cabing for an additional $1489 twin share or $2778 single (subject to availability)

Fitness Level Required
This tour requires a good level of fitness.   It is an on-the-go itinerary where you will encounter uneven surfaces, cobblestones, steep stairs and may need to walk gang planks when participating in any cruising activities.  

Climate  
You can expect Europe to be nice and warm during our visit.  Please pack accordingly.

Passport and Visa Information
Your Passports must have at least 6 months validity from your date of re-entry back into Australia.
No visas are required for Australian Passport holders.

**TIPPING**

Local tipping is customary in Europe.  Sisterhood Womens Travel tipping system on all Group Tours involves passengers contributing to a kitty which is paid to the tour hostess at the beginning of the tour who then distributes it daily to service providers on your behalf. This avoids the need for you to consider individual tipping situations daily throughout your trip. The estimated amount for your tour is EUR$120 (including cruise gratuities) and this will be confirmed in your final documentation.


Vaccinations
We suggest you visit your local GP for up to date advice and recommendations on your vaccination requirements for Europe.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday 25 September 2021

Melbourne - Rome (meals inflight)

Join our Sisterhood Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at Melbourne Airport for our flight to Rome .  Sit back, relax and enjoy the company of new friends and the inflight hospitability.

Upon arrival into Rome we will be met by our tour manager and transfered to our hotel in time for a good nights sleep.

Overnight at Marcella Royal Rome  (or similar)

Day 2 - Sunday 26 September 2021

Rome (B,D)

This morning we will take a tour of the Vatican taking in the Vatican museum and the Sistine chapel, headsets are included for us. Later we will take a short tour of St. Peters Basilica before returning to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure

We'll regroup later for dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight at Marcella Royal Rome  (or similar)

Day 3 - Monday 27 September 2021

Rome (B,D)

This morning we'll enjoy a half day city tour of Rome taking in the main sights of the city including Via Veneto, Piazza della Republica, Via Nazionale, Palazzo della Esposozioni, the world famous Trevi Fountain, Via del Corso, visit to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the impressive Colosseum.  With an afternoon free to continue to explore and dinner at a local restaurant, today will be a fabulous day.

Overnight at Marcella Royal Rome  (or similar)

Day 4 - Tuesday 28 September 2021

Rome - Florence (B,D)

After breakfast we depart Rome and travel to Vinci, the one time home of Leonardo da Vinci.  We then continue onto Florence for our 2 night stay. Later we will take a half day walking tour of Florence with a local guide including the historical centre, Duomo, Baptistery gates, Palazzo Vecchio, Medici Palace & Tombs, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Santa Maria Novello.  Entrance is included to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David.  Followed by dinner in a local restaurant

Overnight at Adler Cavalieri Hotel (or similar) 

Day 5 - Wednesday 29 September 2021

Florence (B,D)

Today we will travel to San Gimignano to enjoy a walking tour of this ‘Medieval Manhattan’ before a stop at a vineyard for a tour and tasting session.   We continue to Pisa to see the famous leaning tower and then to Lucca for a walking tour of the historic centre.  Walk on the vast encircling city walls, learn of Puccini’s birthplace, the pretty church of San Michele, Piazza Napoleone and nearby Piazza del Giglio and the Romanesque cathedral.  Take in Via Fillungo, the most prestigious shopping street with its medieval buildings and towers, including the Torre Guinigi.

We then return to Florence for dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight at Adler Cavalieri Hotel (or similar) 

Day 6 - Thursday 30 September 2021

Florence - La Spezia (B,D)

Today we depart Florence for La Spezia, gateway to the beautiful Cinque Terre. 

We will spend the afternoon at leisure exploring this seaside town, home to a working port and naval base and filled with maritime and archaeological museums, a hilltop castle and the old town ideal for exploring and sampling the local Ligurian cuisine. 

Tonight we will have dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight at The Poet Hotel (or similar)

Day 7 - Friday 1 October 2021

La Spezia - Milan (B,D)

Today we will take a cruise to Riomaggiore and have the chance to walk on the famous Via dell’Amore (path of love) – this is flat, well paved and not too far – but still worth the short stroll.   Continue with the cruise along the coast past the Cinque Terre villages to Monterosso.  Walk to the train station and board the train to La Spezia where the coach will meet us and transfer to Milan .

Later we will regroup for dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight at Ibis Milano Centro (or similar)

Day 8 - Saturday 2 October 2021

Milan - Cernobbio (B,D)

This morning after breakfast we will take a city tour with a local guide taking in the sights of Milan, including the Sforzesco Castle, Duomo di Milano and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.  Continue onto Cernobbio, a picturesque town overlooking Lake Como.

Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the beautiful town centre. 

This evening we'll have dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Centrale (or similar) 

Day 9 - Sunday 3 October 2021

Cernobbio (B,D)

Today we will visit Como town for the day.  Located on the Italian-Swiss border, the town overlooks the southwest end of its lake and is surrounded by green ridge hills, resulting in unparalleled, natural scenery.  Explore the town centre and take a walk on the lakefront.  Enjoy a breathtaking view of Como by taking the funicular up to Brunate, a small village overlooking the lake . 

Later regroup for dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Centrale (or similar) 

Day 10 - Monday 4 October 2021

Cernobbio - Venice (B,D)

Today we will transfer to the Venice cruise terminal for our 10 night Venice, Turkey & Greek Islands Cruise onboard Celebrity Cruise’s ‘Constellation’.  

Accommodation:  Outside Cabin - 10 nights inluding breakfast, lunch & dinner daily.  

Click Here for Cruise Itinerary.

Day 11 - Tuesday 5 October 2021

Cruising - At Sea (B,L,D)

Spend today at sea enjoying the facilities onboard the Celebrity Constellation.

Day 12 - Wednesday 6 October 2021

Cruising - Katakolon Grece (B,L,D)

Today we have the whole day in Katakolon.

This small port on the Ionian coast is the gateway to ancient Olympia, the home of the original Olympic Games and one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.  Take an optional excursion to Olympia with its preserved athletic and mythological monuments, many dating back to 776 BC.  Most intriguing is the stadium, which is still standing, and the gymnasium.  The museum also offers a peek at fabulous Greek sculptures.  Other optional excursions include a scenic drive through the small Greek villages on the way to Kouroutas Beach to spend three hours relaxing under the sun, swimming, and soaking up a perfect Greek beach day.  If you are not taking a shore excursion then soak up the gorgeous Katakolon waterfront views while savouring traditional Greek specialties, like pastitsio or moussaka at one of the quaint tavernas and cafes offering shady outdoor tables.  And of course, an abundance of calamari and other fresh seafood brought in by local fishermen are always on menus.

Day 13 - Thursday 7 October 2021

Cruising - Santorini (B,L,D)

Today we have all day and into the evening on the beautiful island of Santorini.

Here on the island of Santorini, find a classic Greek seascape—whitewashed houses accented by sea-blue roofs.  This is a treasure trove for both professional and amateur archaeology buffs, with sites that include tombs that date back to the 9th century and the sanctuary of Apollo.  In many ways, Santorini could be considered an explosive place, being that its terraced collection of homes and windmills lie on a caldera - a huge basin formed by an erupting volcano.  The island’s volcanic past has also produced delicious grapes for excellent wines that are well worth investigating.  Some of the best on the island can be found in Pyrgos, Megalochori, and Oia.  Oia’s hilltop not only has the ancient, Minoan site of Akrotiri, but is quite possibly the best vantage point from which to witness the spectacular sunsets. And, if you have some time, take a short optional trip to the island of Nea Kameni for a dip in its famous hot springs.  The warm dark waters are enriched with iron and manganese and considered therapeutic.

Day 14 - Friday 8 October 2021

Cruising - Ephesus (Kusadasi) Turkey (B,L,D)

Today we will have all day and into the evening to explore Ephesus.

Once the capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor, this coastal town is now an archaeologist’s dream.  The UNESCO World Heritage ruins of Ephesus impress even those familiar with the world's other ancient cities.  Though excavations have been underway for 150 years, only 20 percent of the city has been uncovered.  This former Greek banking and trading centre is rich with historic sites, including the Great Theatre, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  Check out the Celsus Library — built in 117 A.D.— made up of towering columns highlighted by the statue of the goddess of wisdom

Day 15 - Saturday 9 October 2021

Cruising - Mykanos (B,L,D)

Today we will have all day and into the evening to enjoy Mykanos,

Mykonos is known for its whitewashed villages sprinkled with blue and jade green.  It's also famous for its sophisticated nightlife.  The most popular island in the Cyclades is bustling with activity, awash in beautiful alleyways, and home to alluring sandy beaches.

Day 16 - Sunday 10 October 2021

Cruising - Athens (Piraeus) (B,L,D)

Today we will spend the day in Athens.

Athens brought the world drama, history, poetry, and philosophy.  Once home to the world's most powerful and civilized empires, Athens is now the world's foremost archaeological playground.  The towering columns of the Parthenon still stand in homage to the virgin goddess Athena.  The Parthenon sits atop the Athenian Acropolis and watches over the city where it can be seen from just about anywhere in Athens.  Make it a point to visit the incredible Acropolis Museum (optional shore excursion).  The joint effort between two architects, one American and the other Greek, this outstanding building was completed and opened to the public in 2009.  It focuses primarily on the Greek period dating to 5 B.C., considered to be the apex of art, culture, and philosophy in ancient Greece, but it also has artefacts from the Bronze, Roman, and Byzantine Ages.  There’s even a Plexiglas walkway from which an excavated section of an old Athenian neighbourhood can be viewed. If you’re not taking a shore excursion there’s modern Athens has plenty on offer—from scenic beaches to restaurants with superb Mediterranean cuisine and bustling central markets.

Day 17 - Monday 11 October 2021

Cruising- Chania (Souda), Crete (B,L,D)

Today we will have the whole day to explore Crete.

Like many ports in this part of the world, archaeological ruins dating back to antiquity are found everywhere.  There are also hundreds of gorges around the island and over 1,500 land and sea caves, including Elefantos, noted for its remarkable white and red stalactites.  Over the millennia, this harbor city was conquered many times over by Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Turks.  Chania remains crisscrossed with Ottoman architecture and historic Venetian mansions, many of which have been transformed into quaint shops, inviting cafes, and boutique hotels.  Experience Cretan hospitality and history on an optional tour to the traditional Village of Vamos, the Karidi Monastery, the Braoudakis winery and the Folklore Museum.  Admire the local flora, the ancient homes, and time-worn old mill, with its 12 arches built in 1862.  Take a stroll through Chania’s breathtaking Botanical Park, featuring 50 acres of exotic fruit trees, plants, and herbs.   Learn about the Cretan diet and prepare a traditional dish using local products and extra virgin olive oil.  A historic Venetian lighthouse still watches over the harbor and local artisans can still be seen crafting their wares in the older streets. However, beyond its rich history, Chania is a beachcomber’s paradise, with some of the finest sands and most inviting waters in all of Crete.

Day 17 - Tuesday 12 October 2021

Cruising - Zakynthos (B,L,D)

Today we will spend the day on Zakynthos.

Zakynthos is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea and a well-known summer resort.  The harbour city of Zakynthos is the capital and major hub, centred around waterfront Solomos Square.  Popular beaches like Agios Nikolaos, Alykanas and Tsilivi offer swimming and water sports.  Accessed by boat, Navagio beach is the site of a famed 1980 shipwreck resting in a sandy cove framed by cliffs.

Day 18 - Wednesday 13 October 2021

Cruising - At Sea (B,L,D)

Spend today at sea enjoying the facilities onboard the Celebrity Constellation.

Day 19 - Thursday 14 October 2021

Venice (B,D)

Today we farewell our cruise ship.  Upon arrival in Venice this morning, we will met by our tour manager and transferred by private boat to our hotel.

There may be some walking involved however porters will deliver our bags to the hotel. 

Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure and later we will enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Ca Dei Conti Hotel (or similar) 

Day 20 - Friday 15 October 2021

Venice (B,D)

After breakfast this morning we will enjoy a walking tour of San Marco Island with a local guide.  Explore the famous sites of Venice as you follow the guide through a romantic maze of backstreets to discover some of Venice’s hidden gems.  We will learn the fascinating history of Venice as we wander through narrow alleys and over stone footbridges, and then hop aboard a Venetian gondola for a leisurely ride along the Grand Canal.  

Later enjoy some free time for shopping or exploring before returning to the hotel. 

Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight at Ca Dei Conti Hotel (or similar) 

Day 21 - Saturday 16 October 2021

Venice - Home (B, meals in flight)

This morning we will be met and transferred via private boat to the airport for our flight home.

Day 22 - Sunday 17 October 2021

Welcome Home

Welcome Home!  Thank you for joining Sisterhood Womens Travel for your latest adventure and we look forward to welcoming you back!

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