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Pop Up - Grand Mediterranean MSC Cruise Adventure

21 Days  |  Departing Thursday 17th October 2019 and returning Wednesday 6th November 2019

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$2,900.00 deposit payable

Progress Payment: $4060.00 by 20 Jun 2019
Final Payment: $4639.00 by 20 Jul 2019
Pay by direct deposit, credit card or cheque.

Ship Ahoy! Calling all Cruise Lovers! Join us on our Mediterranean Escape!

Highlights

2 Night Stay in the Heart of Venice
Walking Tour of Venice with must do Gondola Ride
7 Night MSC Opera Cruise enjoying beautifully appointed Aurea Balcony Suites
7 Night MSC Bellissima Cruise enjoying the Exclusive Yacht Club - A Small Ship within a Big Ship!
Cruising to 6 Amazing Countries:
Italy, Montenegro, Greece, Malta, Spain & France
Beautiful Port Visits to:
Kotor, Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Bari, Naples, Messina, Balletta, Barcelona and Marseille
Fantastic Onboard Entertainment including an exclusive Cirque du Soleil show on MSC Bellissima
West End Broadway Style Entertainment
Shopping Promenades with Cafes & Eateries onboard
Beautiful MSC Aurea Spa facilities
Dancing Classes, Art & Craft Classes, Quiz Shows and so much more.....
Friends for Company

The opportunity to enjoy an array of well priced Shore Excursions to further explore your visited Ports.


 

Inclusions

Fully Escorted by a Sisterhood Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one
Return Economy Airfares ex Melbourne including taxes (other departure cities available upon request) 
2 Night Stay in Venice including breakfast daily
Walking tour of Venice and Gondala Ride
7 Night Cruise onboard MSC Opera in Aurea Class - Balcony Suites
Including: Priority Check In
All Inclusive Restaurant & Bar Package
myChoice Dining in Reserved Areas of the Main Dining Room
Exclusive Access to the MSC Aurea Spa including 60 minute massage
Exclusive Access to the Private Sun Deck
7 Night MSC Bellissima Cruise enjoying Exclusive Yacht Club Balcony Suites
Including: Priority Check In
Dedicated Butler Service
24 Hour In Suite Food Menu
24 Hour Complimentary Mini Bar
Exclusive Top Sail Yacht Club Private Lounge Access
All meals onboard with free dining choice at the exclusive MSC Yacht Club Restaurant
Exclusive Access to 'The One' sun deck with pool, spa baths and bars
Transfers throughout
2 Night Stay in Beautiful Milan including breakfast daily
Walking Tour of Milan
Willing to Share Option
Assistance with booking Shore Excursions
Meet and Greet prior to Deprarture to get to know your fellow Cruise Lovers!

Not included:
Onboard Gratuities on both MSC Opera and MSC Bellissima - Please allow AUD15.00 per person per day. Gratuities will be added to your Shipboard Account.
 

Notice

Our Pop Up itineraries are less structured giving you the freedom to explore your destinations at leisure.  Whilst onboard both MSC Opera and MSC Bellissima you have the opportunity to enjoy an array of fantastic shore excursions which you may choose to join with your fellow travellers or independently.  Whilst cruising, your Tour Hostess will meet each evening at a pre-designated location to give the group the opportunity to come together and share their day's experiences.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday 17 October 2019

Melbourne - Venice (Meals Inflight)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel.  Meet your Sisterhood Tour Hostess at the Melbourne Airport to depart for your flight to Venice.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment as we head towards Italy.

Day 2 - Friday 18 October 2019

Welcome to Italy

Upon our arrival into Venice we'll be transferred to our accommodation.  Our accommodation is in the perfect place to explore Venice on foot over the next two days.  We'll have dinner at a local restaurant before an early night to rest.

Overnight - Ca dei Conti (or similar)

Day 3 - Saturday 19 October 2019

Venice Sightseeing (B)

Today we'll begin our exploring of Venice by enjoying a walking tour to enable us to get our bearings.  Today we'll also take a must do gondala ride, a fascinating way to see Venice from the water.  With the remainder of the day free to discover Venice.  You might like to visit San Marco Square, visit the beautiful Doges Palace or Ponte di Rialto.  Venice is a maze of shops, restaurants and cafes and don't be surprised if you get lost!  

Overnight - Ca dei Conti (or similar)

Day 4 - Sunday 20 October 2019

Embark MSC Opera - 7 Night Cruise (B,D)

Another free day in Venice to explore before being transferred to the dock to embark on our 7 Night MSC Opera Cruise.  MSC Opera is an elegant ship offering every conceivable comfort and a wealth of options. MSC Opera draws on inspiration from the Art Deco movement with interiors decorated with geometrical shapes and delicate colour schemes.

Over the next 7 Nights, we'll be visiting some beautiful Mediterranean ports with plenty of opportunities to explore new places whilst only unpacking once.  Our beautifully appointed balcony cabins will be in the Aurea area of the MSC Opera entitling us to priority check in, all inclusive Restaurant & Bar package, myChoice dining in reserved areas of the main restaurant, inclusive Spa package at MSC Aurea Spa with unrestricted use of the Thermal Areaa including sauna and spa, Access to an Adult Only private sun deck.  

Day 5 - Monday 21 October 2019

Kotor, Montenegro (B,L,D)

This morning, an opportunity to enjoy the onboard facilities of the MSC Opera before our arrival into Kotor, Montenegro. Perched on the edge of a majestic bay, the medieval Old Town of Kotor; it’s the undisputed jewel in Montenegro’s crown.

Though no longer Europe’s best-kept secret, Kotor’s sudden elevation to the tour-cruise league has failed to dim the timeless delights of its cobbled alleyways and secluded piazzas. Enclosing cafés and churches galore, the town walls are themselves glowered down upon by a series of hulking peaks.

Down below, a harbour now bustling with sleek yachts marks the end of the Bay of Kotor, made fjord-like by the 1000m cliffs that rise almost vertically from the serene waters. Kotor’s charms are best appreciated by heading to the Old Town, without map, and getting lost in the labyrinthine streets. You’ll likely start your excursion entering through the Sea Gate, next to the harbour, where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return, and emerge onto the main square, Trg od Oružja.

Cafés spill out from glorious buildings, the most notable of which are the old Rector’s Palace and a leaning clock tower. Burrow through the streets and before long you’ll end up at St Tryphon’s Cathedral, backed by a wall of mountains and perfect for photos; it’s well worth the entry fee for a peek inside.

Elsewhere there are several churches that merit a look, as well as a fascinating Maritime Museum, a repository of nautical maps and model ships. The old fortress walls sit proudly above the town, and make for a rewarding climb. Allow at least ninety minutes for the round-trip to St Ivan’s Castle, from which you’ll have tremendous views of the fjord.

Departing Kotor at 8pm - what a day we've enjoyed exploring.

For optional excursions to enjoy please CLICK HERE.  Sisterhood Central is more than happy to assist with booking any excursions.

Day 6 - Tuesday 22 October 2019

Day at Sea (B,L,D)

Today we'll enjoy a day at sea. There are plenty of exciting things to do onboard MSC Opera and guests are invited to make the most of all facilities. If you're an active person sporting facilities include mini-golf, a jogging track, swimming pools and a well equipped gymnasium. Or if you prefer to be pampered a perfect day to visit the MSC Aurea Spa for our 60 minute included massage.  

As day turns to night onboard MSC Opera the dress code becomes a little more formal as we  prepare ourselves for the evening’s entertainment ahead. Spectacular performances and thrilling shows captivate audiences in the tiered Dell' Opera Theatre whilst other professional and multilingual shows can also be found in the vibrant Caruso Show Lounge.

Day 7 - Wedesday 23 October 2019

Mykonos, Greece (B,L,D)

How exciting!  We have a whole day to explore the beautiful Greek Island of Mykonos!! Mýkonos is the quintessential image of the Cyclades. In summer most people head out to the beaches during the day, so early morning or late afternoon are the best times to wander the maze of narrow streets.
 
The labyrinthine design was supposed to confuse the pirates who plagued Mýkonos in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and it has the same effect on today’s visitors. When you alight from our MSC cruise, getting lost in its convoluted streets and alleys is half the fun of the place.

From our cruise ship we'll pass the archaeological museum on our way into town, which was specially built in 1905 to display artefacts from the cemeteries on Rínia Island, opposite Delos. A shore excursion on your MSC Mediterranean cruise can be the opportunity to discover Mýkonos’s museums and mansions. Lena’s House is a completely restored and furnished merchant home from the turn of the twentieth century.

The Folklore Museum, housed in an eighteenth-century mansion, crams in a larger-than-usual collection of bric-a-brac, including a basement dedicated to Mýkonos’s maritime past. The museum shares the promontory with Mýkonos’s oldest and best-known church, Paraportianí, a fascinating asymmetrical hodgepodge of four chapels amalgamated into one. Beyond the church, the shoreline leads to the area known as Little Venice because of the high, arcaded Venetian houses built right up to the water’s edge on its southwest side.  

Tonight for dinner- why don't we all get together and enjoy dinner at a restaurant in town?

We'll depart Mykonos at 2.00am Thursday morning so plenty of chance to dance the night away at a local taverna!

For optional excursions to enjoy please CLICK HERE.  Sisterhood Central is more than happy to assist with booking any excursions.

Day 8 - Thursday 24 October 2019

Mykonos - Santorini, Greece (B,L,D)

This morning we arrive into beautiful Santorini.  You can’t say you have been to Greece on holiday without seeing the natural wonder of Santoríni. As our MSC cruise ship manoeuvres into the great caldera of Santoríni (Thíra), the land seems to rise up and clamp around it. 
  
Gaunt, sheer cliffs loom hundreds of metres above the deep blue sea, nothing grows or grazes to soften the awesome view. The only colours are the reddish-brown, black and grey pumice layers on the cliff face of this, the largest island in the mini-archipelago. 

A shore excursion on our MSC Mediterranean cruise can be the perfect chance to experience Firá (also known as Hóra) which clings precariously to the edge of the enormous caldera. Although Firá’s restaurants are primarily aimed at the tourist market, the food can be very good. Using a spectacular two-hour footpath along the lip of the caldera you reach the village of Imerovígli and further to the north Firostefáni, both of which have equally stunning views. 

The only alternative location is Karterádhos, a small village about twenty minutes’ walk southeast of Firá. MSC Mediterranean cruises also offer excursions to Santoríni’s beaches, on the island’s east coast, which are long black stretches of volcanic sand that get blisteringly hot in the afternoon sun. 

We depart Santorini at 2pm.

Day 9 - Friday 25 October 2019

Corfu, Greece (B,L,D)

Today after a morning at sea, we'll arrive into Corfu, one of the most elegant island capitals in the whole of Greece.  Corfu Town comprises a number of distinct areas. The Historic Centre, the area enclosed by the Old Port and the two forts, consists of several smaller districts: Campiello, the oldest, sits on the hill above the harbour; Kofinéta stretches towards the Spianádha (Esplanade); Áyii Apóstoli runs west of the Mitrópolis (Orthodox cathedral); while tucked in beside the Néo Froúrio is what remains of the old Jewish quarter.

We depart Corfu at 8pm.

For optional excursions to enjoy please CLICK HERE.  Sisterhood Central is more than happy to assist with booking any excursions.

Day 10 - Saturday 26 October 2019

Bari, Italy (B,L,D)

Today we arrive into Bari to enjoy a morning to discover the old city of Bari, an entrancing jumble of streets that are possibly the most mind-bending place to walk around on your Mediterranean cruises to southern Italy.

Situated at the far end of Corso Cavour, its labyrinth of seemingly endless passages, weaving through courtyards and under arches, were originally designed to spare the inhabitants from the wind and throw invaders into a state of confusion. Here, life is lived very much outdoors, and on summer evenings it’s full of people sitting outside their kitchen doors.

On arriving in the heart of Bari’s old city, you find the Basilica di San Nicola, consecrated in 1197 to house the relics of the saint plundered a century earlier from southern Turkey via Mediterranean Sea. The real beauty of the church lies in its stonework, but best of all is the twelfth-century episcopal throne behind the altar, a superb piece of work supported by small figures wheezing beneath its weight. 

As we leave the coast, curious-looking trulli are dotted throughout the Murge area of Puglia. Cylindrical, whitewashed buildings with grey conical roofs tapering out to a point or sphere, they are often adorned with painted symbols. The thick walls insulate equally against the cold in winter and the summer heat, while local limestone is used to make the two-layered roofs watertight.

We depart Bari at 1.00pm.

For optional excursions to enjoy please CLICK HERE.  Sisterhood Central is more than happy to assist with booking any excursions.

Day 11 - Sunday 27 October 2019

Venice - Genoa, Italy (B,D)

Today we'll disembark MSC Opera in Venice.  But wait!! Our adventure's not over.  We'll be transferred to Genoa to join the beautiful MSC Bellissima - one of MSC's four Mega Ships!  About to be christened by Sophia Loren in March 2019.  Featuring a 96m central promenade filled with boutiques, restaurants and tranquil spots for shopping, eating and relaxing… as well as socialising. And in the evening, it comes alive with music, parties and entertainment.  The Horizon pool offers yet more open-air deck space for sun worshippers during the daylight hours. At night the area will be transformed into a stunning outdoor spot for dancing and entertainment.  With an exclusive Cirque du Soleil show and West End style entertainment every evening, onboard experienes are sure to delight.  We will be enjoying Yacht Club Balcony Cabins which include priority check in, accommodation with butler service, included dining at the exclusive Yacht Club Restaurant, entry into the Exclusive Top Sail Yacht Club Private Lounge, Selection of Exclusive Alcoholic beverages in all MSC Yacht Club venues including Pool Side and a mini bar in your cabin.  Our own dedicated concierge for onboard shopping opportunities and exclusive viewings of selected clothing or jewellery in our cabins.  The on board dining has been further enhanced with the introduction of two new dining concepts – L’Atelier Bistrot, with terrace seating so that guests can enjoy the Promenade as well as the modern, street food inspired Market Street, serving a whole array of tempting delights throughout the day and into the evening.  We won't want to go home!  

Day 12 - Monday 28 October 2019

Naples, Pompeii, Italy (B,L,D)

Continuing on our Mediterranean adventure we'll arrive into Naples at 11.00am.  Naples is a large, sprawling Mediterranean port, with a centre that has many different focuses just waiting to be discovered.  

No trip to Naples is complete without visiting the area between Piazza Garibaldi and Via Toledo, roughly corresponding to the old Roman Neapolis (much of which is still unexcavated like in many other Italian cities).

The old part of Naples – the centro storico – is formed by the main streets of Via dei Tribunali and Via San Biagio dei Librai (the latter also known as “Spaccanapoli” as it literally splits Naples in two), which still follow the path of the ancient Roman roads. This is much the liveliest and most teeming part of Naples, an open-air kasbah of hawking, yelling humanity that makes up in energy what it lacks in grace. But it’s the city’s most intriguing quarter, and a must-see on any cruise to Naples. The Duomo is a Gothic building from the early thirteenth century (though with a late nineteenth-century neo-Gothic facade) dedicated to the patron saint of the city, San Gennaro. 

Why not enjoy an optional excursion to Pompeii. One of Campania’s most important Roman commercial centres – a moneyed resort for wealthy patricians and a trading town that exported wine and fish – the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 in effect froze the town’s way of life as it stood at the time.

Another recommended optional excursion can also be taken to the island of Capri, place of legend, home to the mythical Sirens and a much-eulogized playground of the super-rich in the years since – though now it has settled down to a lucrative existence as a target for day-trippers from the mainland.

We depart Naples at 7.30pm.

For optional excursions to enjoy please CLICK HERE.  Sisterhood Central is more than happy to assist with booking any excursions.

Day 13 - Tuesday 29 October 2019

Messina, Taormina, Sicily (B,L,D)

Today Messina may well be our first sight of Sicily, and from our MSC Bellissima – it’s a fine one, the glittering town spread up the hillside beyond its sickle-shaped Mediterranean harbour.

On a shore excursion you can discover Messina’s most important monument, the Duomo, which epitomizes the city’s phoenix-like ability to re-create itself from the ashes of its last disaster. It’s the reconstruction of a twelfth-century cathedral erected by Roger II, one of a series of great Norman churches of Sicily that include the sumptuous cathedrals of Palermo and Cefalù. The Duomo’s detached campanile, or bell tower, claims to be the largest astronomical clock in the world, and puts on its best show at noon every day, when a bronze lion (Messina’s ancient emblem) unleashes a mighty roar over the city that can be quite alarming if you’re not expecting it!

When you are cruising the Mediterranean Sea with MSC Cruises, the most obvious excursion from Messina is to the almost too charming hill town of Taormina, spectacularly located on a rocky bluff between the Ionian Sea and the soaring peak of Mount Etna, whose summit with its bleak lava wilderness is one of the most memorable landscapes Italy has to offer. 

Once the beloved retreat of poets and writers, Taormina is now the most illustrious resort on the entire island, captivating its visitors with its famous ancient theatre, grand hotels and engaging small-town charm.

We depart from Messina at 6pm.

For optional excursions to enjoy please CLICK HERE.  Sisterhood Central is more than happy to assist with booking any excursions.

Day 14 - Wednesday 30 October 2019

Valletta, Malta (B,L,D)

Today we visit Malta and the UNESCO-protected port of Valletta, the capital of the island of Malta.

We'll admire this port, 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, from our ship even before disembarking. Over 300 monuments rising in little more than half a square kilometre make this a place with one of the greatest density of historical attractions to visit during a cruise, not mentioning other attractions such as its beaches, seaside locales and restaurants.

An excursion to the island can start right from its capital, Valletta, which enchants the cruise-goer with its famous Maltese balconies, which decorate the facades of houses in its old quarter. Surrounded by a multitude of churches, which the islanders assure are as many as the days of the year, the St. John’s Co-Cathedral is one of Malta’s biggest tourist attractions.

The National Museum of Archaeology, on the other hand, hosts prehistoric artefacts found on the island. By the Grand Harbour, one can visit the underground passages of Auberge de Castille and the beautiful Baracca Gardens, which overlook the harbour; at night, when the city gates would close, its porticoes served as shelter for travellers. To get a taste of the life of Malta’s ancient nobility, visit Casa Rocca Piccola.

We depart Valletta at 6pm.

For optional excursions to enjoy please CLICK HERE.  Sisterhood Central is more than happy to assist with booking any excursions.

Day 15 - Thursday 31 October 2019

At Sea (B,L,D)

A well earned day at sea awaits.  With so much to explore our Mega Ship MSC Bellissima we have the opportunity to enjoy all the facilities that this 'Big Girl' has to offer.

 

Day 16 - Friday 1 November 2019

Barcelona, Spain (B,L,D)

Don't you just love waking up in another country! Today we have a whole day in Barcelona, Spain’s second city, and the self-confident capital and port of Catalunya.  Vibrating with life,  there’s certainly not another city in the country to touch it for sheer style, looks or energy.

A cruise excursion to Barcelona city centre will take you to discover its world-class art museums and its fashionable designer restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. And in Antoni Gaudí’s extraordinary church of the Sagrada Família and the world-famous boulevard that is the Ramblas, you have two sights that are high up on any Mediterranean cruise sightseeing list.

A holiday in Barcelona can start with the Ramblas, and then dive straight into the medieval nucleus of the city, the Barri Gòtic. But there are plenty of other central old-town neighbourhoods to explore too, from La Ribera – home to the celebrated Museu Picasso – to funky El Raval, where cool bars, restaurants and boutiques have mushroomed in the wake of the striking contemporary art museum, MACBA.

Even if you think you know these heavily touristed neighbourhoods well, there’s always something else to discover during an MSC excursion – tapas bars hidden down alleys little changed for a century or two, designer boutiques in renovated old-town quarters, bargain lunches in workers’ taverns, unmarked gourmet restaurants, craft outlets and workshops, fin-de-siècle cafés, restored medieval palaces and neighbourhood markets. 

We depart Barcelona at 6pm.

For optional excursions to enjoy please CLICK HERE.  Sisterhood Central is more than happy to assist with booking any excursions.

Day 17 - Saturday 2 November 2019

Marseille/Provence, France (B,L,D)

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

Particularly good in the afternoon is the north (Le Panier) side, where the terraces are sunnier and the views better. The best view of the Vieux Port is from the Palais du Pharo, on the headland beyond Fort St-Nicolas, or, for a wider angle, from Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the city’s Second Empire landmark atop the La Garde hill. To the north of the Vieux Port is the oldest part of Marseille, Le Panier, where, up until the last war, tiny streets, steep steps Mediterranean introduction and houses of every era formed a vieille ville typical of the Côte.

We can enjoy many MSC cruise excursions from the Vieux Port. Were it not for the great metropolis of Marseille, just 30 km south, Aix-en-Provence would be the dominant city of central Provence. Aix is more immediately attractive, a stately and in parts pretty place that’s traditionally seen as conservative.

Capital of the Catholic Church during the early Middle Ages and for centuries a major artistic centre, Avignon remains another unmissable excursion. Low medieval walls still encircle Avignon’s old centre, as it nestles up against a ninety-degree bend in the Rhône river. Their gates and towers restored, the ramparts dramatically mark the historic core off from the formless sprawl of the modern city beyond.

We depart Marseille at 6pm.

For optional excursions to enjoy please CLICK HERE.  Sisterhood Central is more than happy to assist with booking any excursions.

Day 18 - Sunday 3 November 2019

Genoa - Milan (B)

This morning we arrive back into Genoa!  What an amazing adventure we have shared!  Having visited 6 countries during our back to back cruises, what a perfect orientation we've enjoyed of each destination.  Upon disembarking and saying Ciao to MSC Bellissima we'll transfer to Milan for our 2 Night Stay.  With a free afternoon at leisure, we will regroup for dinner.

Overnight - Milan

Day 19 - Monday 4 November 2019

Sightseeing Milan (B)

Today we'll enjoy a walking tour of Milan enjoying sights including Sforza Castle in the heart of Milan, the famous La Scala Theatre, Santa Maria Delle Grazie and the Duomo di Milano.  With a free afternoon to enjoy this elegant city, with time to find yourself a seat in Piazza del Duomo for some people watching, or you might like to visit Leonardo DaVinci's The Last Supper (pre booked tickets are recommended).  Tonight we'll enjoy our last night in Italy reflecting on the amazing times shared with new friends.

Overnight - Milan

Day 20 - Tuesday 5 November 2019

Depart Milan - Home (B)

Today we have have a morning free before our transfer to the Milan Airport for our flight home.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airlines as we head home.

Day 21 - Wednesday 6 November 2019

Welcome Home

Welcome Home!  We thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and we hope you've made new friends with lasting memories to share.

Prices & Options

21 Day Pop Up - Grand Mediterranean MSC Cruise Adventure

Choose your Room:

$2,900.00 deposit payable

Pay by direct deposit, credit card or cheque.

For questions & Bookings 1300 885 255