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Ready to travel? Well, you're in luck with this last minute beauty. Visit 6 countries cruising from Maldives to Italy. Cruise the Arabian, Red & Mediterranean Seas.

Sweeping desert plains, charmed seaside cities, unforgettable ancient ruins and palm-fringed tropical islands - you’ll see it all and then some on this incredible 25 day fly, cruise and tour package taking in six countries, each as diverse as the next.

Discover the Maldives, Oman, Israel, Jordan, Greece and Italy as you cruise through the Arabian, Red and Mediterranean seas. To start, fly to the Maldives for a night of tropical relaxation. From here, board the Costa neoRiveria ship - inspired by the charm and atmosphere of the Italian Riviera, the Cote d’Azur and the Amalfi Coast - for your 20 night Maldives to Europe cruise. Sail to Oman’s capital Salalah; Eilat, Israel’s southern most city; the resort town of Aqaba, Jordan; and down the iconic Suez Canal, where your eyes play tricks on you as you stare across the vast desert. Take in the ancient sites of Heraklion and Katakolon, Greece, and journey on to Italy’s stunning seaside city Salerno, renowned for its historic city centre and the charm of the locals. Your bucket list trip finishes with a tour of the city of Rome, including the iconic Pantheon and Colosseum. 

With return Singapore Airlines flights, one night pre and two nights post cruise accommodation, 20 night cruise, 63 meals, and so much more - can you say no to spectacular?



25 day fly, cruise & stay from $3299. TYPICALLY $5399
  • Departs: March 22, 2019
  • Upgrade to Oceanview cabin ... $600pp 
Single Supplements 
  • Inside + $1000 
  • Oceanview + $1300

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit 6 amazing countries: Maldives, Oman, Israel, Jordan, Greece & Italy
  • Cruise the Arabian, Red and Mediterranean Seas
  • Spend a day at leisure either exploring or relaxing in Male
  • Dock in Salalah on the Arabian Sea
  • Sail to the Red Sea port of Eilat, Israel
  • Dock in Aqaba, Jordan - gateway to Petra
  • Sail through the iconic Suez Canal in Egypt
  • Enjoy a day in Heraklion, capital of the Greek Island of Crete
  • Dock in Katakolon – gateway to Olympia
  • Cruise to historic Salerno – gateway to the Amalfi Coast
  • Enjoy a half day city tour of ancient Rome
  • See the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Pantheon and more

FLIGHTS

  • Return international flights (economy class) from SYD/MEL/*BNE
  • Fly with award winning Singapore Airlines

ACCOMMODATION

  • 1 night 3-4 star hotel accommodation in Male, Maldives
  • 2 nights 4 star hotel accommodation in Rome, Italy

CRUISE

  • 20 night Maldives to Europe cruise with Costa Cruises
  • Sail aboard the incredible ‘Costa neoRiveria’ ship
  • Enjoy selected entertainment

DINING

  • Enjoy 63 meals including all meals whilst cruising

TOUR ESSENTIALS

  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • English speaking local guide (day 23)

TRANSPORT

  • Transportation by A/C vehicles

TRANSFERS

  • Transfer cruise port to hotel (day 22)

ITINERARY


Day 1 Australia – Male, Maldives

Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne or *Brisbane for Male, Maldives. Fly with award winning Singapore Airlines. Upon arrival you will make your own way to the hotel.
Overnight: Male Hotel or similar, Male
Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Male, Maldives – Begin 20 Night Maldives to Europe Costa Cruise

Today make your own way to the ship terminal in Male where you will board your home for the next 20 nights the magnificent ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship. The ship will be docked in Male overnight.
Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 3 Male, Maldives – Depart at 6:00pm

The capital of the archipelago welcomes you with the smile of its inhabitants, while you decide which of the fabulous waters you prefer to dive into.
Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 4-6 At Sea

Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 7 Salalah, Oman – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Visit Salalah the capital city of southern Oman's Dhofar province. It's known for its banana plantations, Arabian Sea beaches and waters teeming with sea life.
Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 8-12 At Sea

Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 13 Eilat, Israel – Arrive at 6:00am

Eilat, a southern Israeli port and resort town on the Red Sea, near Jordan. Its beaches are noted for their calm waters, like Dolphin Reef, where the aquatic mammals are often spotted.
Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 14 Eilat, Israel – Depart at 5:00am / Aqaba, Jordan – 7:00am to 7:00pm

Docking for the day in Aqaba, Jordan, means making the choice between relaxing on the sun-drenched coast, ideal for snorkelling and diving or, taking the opportunity to visit the mysterious and beautiful ruins of Petra on an optional shore excursion, on the edge of Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert (not included).
Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 15 At Sea

Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 16 At Sea / Suez Canal Cruising

You will experience a full day transit through the Arabian desert, at times experiencing the optical illusion of other ships seemingly sailing across the desert sand. Ships cruise single file until just over halfway through, where northbound ships can pass and southbound ships wait to rejoin the queue.

Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 17 At Sea

Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 18 Heraklion, Greece – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Heraklion, is a port city and the capital of the Greek Island of Crete. The island of the mythical Minotaur may be a major modern tourist centre, but it proudly retains its ancient traditions.
Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 19 Katakolon, Greece – 9:00am to 5:00pm

Katakolon is a tiny port town, only 30 minutes from Olympia, the ancient home of the Greek games which can be discovered on an optional shore excursion (not included). Alternatively, the town itself is very pretty, with great local dining options, views of the sea and the chance to take a swim.
Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 20 At Sea

Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 21 Salerno, Italy – 8:00am to 6:00pm

Dock in Salerno, a port city southeast of Naples. Considered one of the best preserved in Italy, a visit to the historic centre is a must see. Between the Amalfi coast and the ruins of Paestum, relax to the sound of the waves breaking against the rocks.
Overnight: Costa Cruises – ‘Costa neoRiviera’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 22 Civitavecchia, Italy – Arrive at 8:00am - Rome

After disembarking you will be transferred to the hotel in Rome, where you can enjoy the rest of the day exploring this ancient city at your own pace.
Overnight: Hotel Novotel Rome Euro or similar, Rome
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 23 Rome Half Day City Tour

Today spend the morning at leisure before enjoying an afternoon guided city tour of Rome - the Eternal City (approx. 3 hours). The tour begins at the Trevi Fountain, which has become an iconic spot thanks to the movie ‘La Dolce Vita’. The tour will also take you to the streets of the old town, visiting famous sites such as the Pantheon (entrance not included); the Palazzo Madama, which houses the Senate of the Italian Republic; and Navona Square, which was built on the ruins of the Domitian Circus and the Colosseum (entrance not included). Once the tour finishes you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. If you have your sights set on visiting the famous Colosseum or Vatican Museum (not included) during your free time, we strongly advise pre-purchasing tickets online to avoid excessive queue times.
Overnight: Hotel Novotel Rome Euro or similar, Rome
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 24 Rome, Italy - Australia

Today you will need to make your own way to the airport for your return flight back to Australia. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Day 25 Arrive in Australia


BOOKING INFORMATION

On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).

OFFER ESSENTIALS

Travel offer is valid for travel on the 22nd March 2019.
 This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- Inside Cabin: $1000
- Ocean View Cabin: $1300
 
Departure Dates
22nd March 2019
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne or *Brisbane
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Brisbane: $100 per person

FLIGHTS

Full Service Airline(s) Used
Singapore Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).
Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 Arrive early
Not available.
 
Stay behind in Rome, Italy
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Not available between: 15th – 22th April 2019.
- Only available for departures on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
Not available.

CRUISES

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

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation Used
3-4 Star (self-rated):
- Maldives: Male Hotel or similar
- Rome, Italy: Hotel Novotel Rome Euro or similar
- Cruise: Costa Cruises: ‘Costa neoRivera’ ship 
Please Note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

Extra Nights
Not available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Not available.

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

Minimum group size 15, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability).
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).

EXCLUSIONS

- Visa fees and requirements (For Australian passport holders, a 30 day tourist visa will be granted upon arrival in the Maldives and tourist visas are not required for any of the other destinations on this cruise, except for Jordan, which will be granted on arrival if participating in an 'onshore excursion' and managed by the cruise company while on the tour and an eVisa is a strict requirement for Oman).
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise).
- Gratuities/tipping: 
* Optional land: At the customer's discretion.
* Mandatory cruise: standard cruise gratuities €210 per person charged to the onboard account. Any optional extras purchased onboard the cruise will have up to an 18% gratuity added.
- Rome city tax per person/ per night €6 payable at hotel.
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise).
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance (Mandatory).
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Maldives 
Average daytime temperatures for the month of March are around 29°C.
 
Italy 
The average daily temperature in Rome in April is 12.5°C, which is slightly warmer than March, while highs can reach a pleasant 19°C. At night, temperatures can drop to an average minimum temperature of 8°C.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
We do not arrange seat selection for this offer. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
CRUISE
Disembarkation:
- Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
- Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
 
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers booked via this offer will not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the TripADeal booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their TripADeal travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to. 
 
Meals:
63 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver and are optional and at the customer’s discretion. Standard gratuities onboard the cruise are not included in the package price and amount to a total of €210 euro per person. Any optional extras purchased onboard the cruise will have up to an 18% gratuity added.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.

VISAS


For Australian passport holders, a tourist visa for the Maldives is granted upon arrival if travelling for up to 30 days and tourist visas are not required for any of the destinations on this cruise, except for Jordan, which will be granted on arrival if participating in an 'onshore excursion' and managed by the cruise company while on the tour and an eVisa is a strict requirement for Oman. You can apply for an Oman eVisa by clicking here - https://evisa.rop.gov.om/
 
Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a 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 DOCUMENTATION 
Please note: Due to the close proximity to travel, travel documentation will be sent out approximately 2-3 weeks prior to travel.

INSURANCE


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

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.
·       1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·       2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·       Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·       Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·       Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
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