Venice, The Med & Cuba

28 Days for $5499

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Cruise from Venice to Cuba via the Dalmatian Coast, The Med & Caribbean. Post cruise extension available

Every now and then an opportunity comes along that you simply cannot afford to miss - and this is one of them! A transcontinental voyage of epic proportions, this 28 day journey from Italy to Cuba via Spain, Croatia, France and the glittering Caribbean has the potential to be simply life-changing.


Fall in love with the history and romance of Venice as you stroll among its iconic piazzas and canals, and then climb aboard the MSC Opera for a sensational 22 night cruise through the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. Visit the picture-perfect Croatian ports of Zadar and Dubrovnik, renowned for their old towns and lively cafe scenes; sail to Civitavecchia, gateway to the Eternal City of Rome; visit the sun-kissed city of Ajaccio and perhaps enjoy a dip in its crystal clear waters; explore the vibrant streets of Barcelona at leisure; be surprised by the beauty of Funchal in Portugal; relax in paradise with a visit to Bridgewater in beautiful Barbados; stroll along the gorgeous beaches of St Maarten and more. When it seems the trip can’t get any better, arrive in balmy Havana and discover why this crumbling capital is one of the top destinations to visit in 2019. This bucket list trip includes return flights, two nights hotel accommodation, a 22 night MSC cruise, airport transfers and more!

Have more time? Upgrade to the 30 day package and enjoy a post-cruise tour of Cuba.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Barcelona, Funchal, Ajaccio, Marseille and more
  • Spend a night in the extraordinary city of Venice, Italy
  • Visit the dazzling ports of Zadar and Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Dock in Civitavecchia, gateway to Rome, Italy
  • Explore fascinating Ajaccio on the French Island of Corsica
  • Enjoy a day in Marseille, the most populated city in Southern France
  • Spend a day at leisure in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain
  • Relax in Funchal - the capital city of Portugal's Madeira archipelago
  • Soak up the tropical vibes of Barbados
  • Dock in St John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, the heart of the Caribbean
  • Admire the Colonial style of Philipsburg, St Maarten
  • Experience the history and passion of Havana, Cuba
  • Spend a night at leisure in Cancun, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

FLIGHTS

  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 1-way international flight (economy class) ex Havana, Cuba to Cancun, Mexico

CRUISE

  • 22 night Cuba to Europe MSC Grand Voyage Cruise
  • Sail onboard the elegant ‘MSC Opera’ ship

ACCOMMODATION

  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Mestre (Venice), Italy
  • 1 night post-cruise hotel accommodation in Cancun, Mexico

DINING

  • Enjoy 68 meals including all meals while cruising

TOUR ESSENTIALS

  • All parking and check point charges
  • Airline and cruise taxes and charges

TRANSPORT

  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles

TRANSFERS

  • Return airport and cruise port transfers

30 DAY WITH CUBA POST-CRUISE EXTENSION

    All of the above inclusions, plus the following:
  • Explore Cuba’s UNESCO Heritage listed Vinales Valley
  • Visit a working Cuban cigar factory and farm
  • Explore a limestone cave by boat
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation including one night at famous Hotel Nacional de Cuba
  • Enjoy an additional 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners 
  • English speaking tour leader and guides (Day 25 & 26)

ITINERARIES
Itinerary - 1
Day 1 [28 Day Venice to Cuba] Australia - Venice, Italy
Day 2 Welcome to Venice
Day 3 Venice, Italy - Begin 22 Night MSC Opera Europe to Cuba Cruise – Depart 7:00pm
Day 4 Zadar, Croatia – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Day 5 Dubrovnik, Croatia – 9.00am to 4:00pm
Day 6 At Sea
Day 7 Civitavecchia (Rome) – 8:00am to 7:00pm
Day 8 Ajaccio (Corsica), France – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Day 9 Marseille, France – 8:00am to 6:00pm
Day 10 Barcelona, Spain – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Day 11 At Sea
Day 12 At Sea
Day 13 Funchal, Portugal – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Day 14 At Sea
Day 15 At Sea
Day 16 At Sea
Day 17 At Sea
Day 18 At Sea
Day 19 Bridgetown, Barbados – 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Day 20 St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, (Caribbean) – 11:00am to 6:00pm
Day 21 Philipsburg, St. Maarten (Caribbean) – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Day 22 At Sea
Day 23 At Sea
Day 24 Havana, Cuba – Arrive at 9:00am 
Day 25 Havana, Cuba - Cancun, Mexico – Disembark from 9:00am
Day 26 Cancun, Mexico - Australia
Day 27 In Transit
Day 28 Arrive in Australia


Itinerary - 2
Day 1 [30 Day Venice to Cuba] Australia - Venice, Italy
Day 2 Welcome to Venice
Day 3 Venice, Italy - Begin 22 Night MSC Opera Europe to Cuba Cruise – Depart 7:00pm
Day 4 Zadar, Croatia – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Day 5 Dubrovnik, Croatia – 9.00am to 4:00pm
Day 6 At Sea
Day 7 Civitavecchia (Rome) – 8:00am to 7:00pm
Day 8 Ajaccio (Corsica), France – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Day 9 Marseille, France – 8:00am to 6:00pm
Day 10 Barcelona, Spain – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Day 11 At Sea
Day 12 At Sea
Day 13 Funchal, Portugal – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Day 14 At Sea
Day 15 At Sea
Day 16 At Sea
Day 17 At Sea
Day 18 At Sea
Day 19 Bridgetown, Barbados – 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Day 20 St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, (Caribbean) – 11:00am to 6:00pm
Day 21 Philipsburg, St. Maarten (Caribbean) – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Day 22 At Sea
Day 23 At Sea
Day 24 Havana, Cuba – Arrive at 9:00am 
Day 25 Havana - Vinales (approx. 180km) – Disembark from 9:00am
Day 26 Vinales - Havana (approx. 190km)
Day 27 Havana - Cancun, Mexico
Day 28 Cancun, Mexico - Australia
Day 29 In Transit
Day 30 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 2nd November 2019.
 This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
28 Day Standard Package:
Inside Cabin: $1999
Ocean View Cabin: $2399
Balcony Cabin: $3449
 
30 Day With Extension Package:
Inside Cabin - $2099
Ocean View Cabin - $2499
Balcony Cabin - $3569
 
Departure Date
2nd November 2019
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.

FLIGHTS

Full Service Airline(s) Used
Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Air France, KLM, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Air New Zealand, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Virgin Australia, American Airlines, Fiji Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Aero Mexico and 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 in Venice, 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.
 
Stay behind in Cancun, Mexico
$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.
- Stay behind is not available during and including the following dates: 10th December 2019 – 12th January 2020
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $450 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $700 one way
Locations:
*Doha
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- Only an outbound stopover can be chosen.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available
- Business Class: Not available

CRUISES

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

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation Used
28 Day Standard Package:
4 Star (self-rated)
Venice, Italy: Best Western Plus Quid Hotel, Mestre
Cancun, Mexico: InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort

30 Day With Extension Package:
4 Star (self-rated)
Havana, Cuba: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

3 Star (self-rated)
Vinales, Cuba: Hotel La Ermita, Hotel Los Jazmines, Hotel Rancho San Vicente, Hotel E Central or similar

 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
- Venice, Italy (Pre Tour): $150 per room.
- Cancun, Mexico (Post Tour): $280 per room.
Please note: extra nights are based on room only and subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 2 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
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability. 
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 45 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Please note:
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- 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 (A tourist visa for Cuba is a strict requirement, however a visa for Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean is not required if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Gratuities/tipping:
* Mandatory cruise: €8.50 (approx. $13.50 AUD) per person/day payable onboard at the end of the cruise.
* Recommended land: €5 (approx. $7.50 AUD) per person/day payable on tour (For the extension package only).
- 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
Europe:
Sunny skies, mild humidity and temperatures in the low 20's. Autumn is a good time weather-wise to visit most locations in Italy, Croatia, Southern France, Spain and Portugal.
 
Yucatan - Mexico, Cuba and Caribbean Islands:
This whole region has a tropical climate. The average temperature during the day throughout the year is between 25 and 35°C. There almost always blows a breeze from the North-East which offers some relief. Temperatures are only moderately higher during the summer, with the warmest month being August.
 
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 booking process on this deal. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to. 
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Some 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 us 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 basic 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 throughout the tour. For the extension package, the recommended tip for the tour leader, driver and guides is €5 (approx. $7.50 AUD) per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. The cruise involves a mandatory gratuity of €8.50 (approx. $13.50 AUD) per person per day payable onboard at the end of the cruise. Please note; additional extras purchased onboard will also have a gratuity of up to 18% charged on top of the normal ship board gratuity.
 
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

Europe:
A tourist visa is not required for Europe if travelling on an Australian Passport for stays up to 90 days.

Mexico and the Caribbean:
A tourist visa is not required for Mexico and the Caribbean if travelling on an Australian Passport.
 
Cuba:
A Cuban tourist visa can be purchased onboard for €15 (approx. $25 AUD) per passenger (adults, children or infants). Please note a passport with 6 months of remaining validity is required. 
 
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.

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
• If the incorrect name has been advised to Ucango, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.                                             



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