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Classic Spain & the Mediterranean In Depth

Duration
17 Days
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US$ 3,847

Explore the highlights of Spain and the Mediterranean on this city and cruise combo. You’ll begin in Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona to experience the vibrancy of Spain before boarding a cruise ship and visiting Mediterranean highlights, from Naples and Rome to Florence and Cannes.


This 17-day Spain vacation includes visits to Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona as well as a cruise across the Mediterranean, stopping off at Naples, Rome, Florence, and Cannes.

Your European vacation begins in Madrid, the Spanish capital and one of the few cities in the world that truly deserves the label “vibrant.” In the past the city was home to royalty and artists, and today it remains home to some of the best nightclubs, bars, and restaurants the world over. On your first day, follow your fancy by taking advantage of the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour to zip around to the most popular spots in the city, including the massive Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza de Cibeles, with its gorgeous Neo-Classical style. The next day, join a guided tour to the sights you missed, starting at Plaza de Oriente and heading to Retiro Park and the Bullring, Plaza de Colon, and ending at the Prado Museum, where you can marvel at masterworks by Goya, Bosch, El Greco, and Velazquez.

From Madrid continue to Seville, the capital of the Andalusia region in the country’s southwest. Known as the birthplace of flamenco, Seville remains one of the country’s cultural capitals. You’ll find three UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the Old Town alone, including the Gothic Seville Cathedral, where explorer Christopher Columbus is buried. On a sightseeing tour, you’ll visit icons on and off the beaten track, including the University, Plaza de Espana, and the Jewish Quarter, Santa Cruz. You’ll also visit the Bullring and cross the oldest bridge in the city, Triana Bridge, designed by Gustav Eiffel of Parisian fame.

Close out the Spanish portion of your Mediterranean vacation by heading to Barcelona, the heart of Catalonia and Spain’s artistic capital. Take advantage of the Hop-On Hop-Off tour to move between the popular sites including Gaudi’s La Sagrada Famlia and the shopping boulevard of Passeig de Gracia. Be sure to feast on some world-famous cuisine while in the city and revel in the unmatched artistry in its streets. While in Barcelona, you’ll also take a half-day trip to Montserrat Mountain, where you’ll see the Royal Basilica, where the famous 13th-century sculpture, the Moreneta Virgin or Black Virgin, resides.

In Barcelona, you’ll board the Norwegian Epic, a state-of-the-art cruise liner that’s famous for its on-board Broadway shows and incredible number of dining options. Aboard the Norwegian Epic, set sail for Naples, the treasure of the Amalfi Coast. In Naples, you’ll explore the Piazza del Plebiscito, investigate its castles and caverns, and enjoy a Neapolitan pizza in the city that invented it. You’ll also have the option of heading to nearby Pompeii to explore an ancient city that was destroyed in 79AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted. Head north along the coast to Rome, the Italian capital and heart of the Roman Empire. Spend a day getting a taste of the many historical wonders to be found in the city, focusing on the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and adding in the Vatican City with its treasures of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel if you have time.

From Rome, continue your Italy vacation by heading to Florence, the heart of Tuscany and the country’s figurative treasure trove of art. Head to the Uffizi Gallery to marvel at masterworks by Botticelli and da Vinci, including “The Birth of Venus.” Then zip over to the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s “David,” the most famous statue in the world. In between all the art, make sure to feast on the bright flavours of Tuscany and sip some incredible wine. Later in the day, pass on to Pisa, home to the famous Leaning Tower, which remains one of the most beloved buildings on the planet, despite being an architectural blunder in its own time.

You’ll close out your Mediterranean vacation with a visit to the French coastline, stopping in Cannes, that jewel of the French Riviera that attracts the world’s greatest filmmakers and movie stars for the Cannes Film Festival each May. Even though you’ll miss the festival, you’ll still get to walk down the palm-lined Promenade de la Croisette and hike up Suquet Hill to enjoy gorgeous views of the city and sea. You’ll then make one last stop at Palma on the island of Majorca, where Romans founded a city over 2,100 years ago. Stroll through its narrow cobblestoned streets and visit the Gothic Cathedral before taking advantage of the many restaurants, shops, and art galleries. You’ll then return to Barcelona to disembark and catch your flight home.


 

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Accommodation in Madrid

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    Vincci Capitol



    Vincci Capitol is set on Madrid's Gran Via, a few meters from Callao Metro Station. This stylish hotel features a roof terrace with impressive city views, a spa and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The Capitol offers Art Deco-style design, and its soundproofed rooms are spacious ...

    Vincci Capitol is set on Madrid's Gran Via, a few meters from Callao Metro Station. This stylish hotel features a roof terrace with impressive city views, a spa and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The Capitol offers Art Deco-style design, and its soundproofed rooms are spacious and air conditioned. Each has a pillow menu, a minibar and a hairdryer. A daily breakfast is served, including products for celiacs. The popular Puerta del Sol District with its many bars and restaurants is just 500 metres from the hotel. Plaza Mayor can be reached in 10 minutes, by foot.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage

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    Vincci The Mint



    Located in the city center, 500m from Puerta del Sol - close to shops and restuarants ranks 18 on trip advisor in 2017

    Located in the city center, 500m from Puerta del Sol - close to shops and restuarants ranks 18 on trip advisor in 2017

    Facilities

    • Laundry
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Reception Bar
    • Room Service
    • Terrace
    • WiFi

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    Vincci Centrum



    Vincci Centrum is housed in a building that dates back to 1920 and is protected as National Heritage. It has been completely renovated, inspired by the glamour of the 1950s and the use of natural elements typical of Scandinavian design. Strategically located in the centre ...

    Vincci Centrum is housed in a building that dates back to 1920 and is protected as National Heritage. It has been completely renovated, inspired by the glamour of the 1950s and the use of natural elements typical of Scandinavian design. Strategically located in the centre of Madrid, just 300 metres from Gran Via, it finds itself in the cultural triangle formed by the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia museums.

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    • Bar
    • Parking
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Accommodation in Barcelona

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    Hotel Vincci Bit



    The Hotel Vincci Bit is located in the Diagonal Mar, near the CCIB convention center next to Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre, and just minutes walking distances from the Mar Bella beach. This is a great hotel where the modern art also has its place, since ...

    The Hotel Vincci Bit is located in the Diagonal Mar, near the CCIB convention center next to Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre, and just minutes walking distances from the Mar Bella beach. This is a great hotel where the modern art also has its place, since the hallways of each floor have been decorated with graffiti murals by nationally and internationally recognized illustrators and designers. The hotel also has a beautiful rooftop pool and terrace, a relaxing spa and sauna.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Services
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gymnasium
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Smoke Free Hotel
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool - Outdoor

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Duration
17 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,847

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Day 1

Madrid Airport to Madrid City Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Vincci Via 66

Vincci Via 66 enjoys an outstanding location in Madrid's city centre, on the famous Gran Via, close to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de Espana squares, the commercial areas and the renowned triangle of arts, formed by the museums El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen. The Vincci Via 66 offers a contemporary design that will surprise even the most demanding eye, with its unique twist of theatrical splendor entwined with distinctive design features ensuring that you enjoy Madrid and all its delights from the moment you step inside. The Vincci Via is located a 10-minute walk from the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol. Santo Domingo Metro Station is 150 metres away and is just a few stops from Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Vincci Via 66

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    Vincci Via 66



    Vincci Via 66 enjoys an outstanding location in Madrid's city centre, on the famous Gran Via, close to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de Espana squares, the commercial areas and the renowned triangle of arts, formed by the museums El Prado, Reina Sofia ...

    Vincci Via 66 enjoys an outstanding location in Madrid's city centre, on the famous Gran Via, close to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de Espana squares, the commercial areas and the renowned triangle of arts, formed by the museums El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen. The Vincci Via 66 offers a contemporary design that will surprise even the most demanding eye, with its unique twist of theatrical splendor entwined with distinctive design features ensuring that you enjoy Madrid and all its delights from the moment you step inside. The Vincci Via is located a 10-minute walk from the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol. Santo Domingo Metro Station is 150 metres away and is just a few stops from Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Madrid City Tour Hop On-Off Pass 1 Day

The easiest way to see the city is on double-decker buses. With one ticket you will be able to hop on and off the bus all day along the route of your choice or change to another, admiring the architectural and cultural magnificence of Madrid, with the commentaries offered through a headphone audio system in fourteen different languages. You will be given a map of the city and discount checks for different shops and restaurants in the city. The operational frequency, depending on the season of the year, ranges approximately between 7 and 15 minutes. Route 1 takes about 80 minutes and Route 2 lasts about 65 minutes.

Route 1 (Blue):
Museo del Prado, Puerta de Alcala, Barrio de Salamanca, Plaza de Colon, Plaza de Cibeles, Gran Via, Plaza de Espana, Templo de Debod, Teatro Real, Palacio Real, Puerta de Toledo, San Francisco El Grande, Catedral Almudena, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Circulo Bellas Artes, Museo Thyssen, Museo Reina Sofia, Jardin Botanico and Museo del Prado.

Route 2 (Green):
Plaza Neptuno, Plaza de Cibeles, Plaza de Colon, Museo Esculturas, Museo de Ciencias Naturales, Nuevos Ministerios, Santiago Bernaeu, C.S.I. Cientificas, Museo Lazaro Galdiano, Serrano, Museo Arqueologico, Puerta de Alcala, Alcala, Puerta del Sol, Plaza de las Cortes and Plaza de Neptuno.

Day 3

Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Prado Museum Tour

This tour you would take in many contrats Madrid offers. This would include the elegant Plaza de Oriente and Plaza de Espana, Oeste Park, Principe Pio hill, Puente del Rey (bridge), Virgen del Puerto ( which offers one of the best views of Madrid's historic) and Puente de Segovia (bridge). We then continue on to Calle Mayor, Plaza de la Villa, Puerta del Sol, Neptuno Fountain, Atocha, Puerta de Alcala ( former city gate), Calle Alcala. Also, stately Retiro Park and the bullring, site crowds and colour on afternoons when there are bullfights. At Plaza de Colon, we stop for a soft drink ( included by courtesy of the hard rock cafe Madrid). We then continue to see the new Madrid, with its mondern buildings and gardens, taking Paseo de la Castellana up to Plaza Castilla ( Puerta de Europa). We then travel back down to take in Santiago Bernabeu Stadium , Plaza de la Cibeles, Gran Via (high street), and Plaza de Callao. We will arrive at the Prado Musuem and the visit will take place in chronologoical order.

Duration4 Hours
Day 4

Madrid City Hotels to Madrid Rail Station

Duration30 Minutes

Seville Rail Station to Seville Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Vincci La Rabida

With Seville Cathedral and the historic and tourist zones just a short walk away, the Vincci la Rabida is the perfect location from which to discover the sights and unique culture of this vibrant southern city. The Hotel Vincci La Rabida is perfectly situated in the centre of the historic city of Seville In center of city, walking distance to the Cathedral and ranks 36 on trip advisor in 2017. Close to the Guadaquivil River and nearby to famous attractions such as the Bellas Artes (Fine Arts) museum, it is the perfect base to explore this fantastic city.It is 18km from the San Pablo Airport and the Plaza de Armas bus station is within 500m. Santa Justa railway station is just three km away. Rooms are reflecting the style as the architecture of the building, in a typical Seville style.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Vincci La Rabida

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    Vincci La Rabida



    With Seville Cathedral and the historic and tourist zones just a short walk away, the Vincci la Rabida is the perfect location from which to discover the sights and unique culture of this vibrant southern city. The Hotel Vincci La Rabida is perfectly situated in ...

    With Seville Cathedral and the historic and tourist zones just a short walk away, the Vincci la Rabida is the perfect location from which to discover the sights and unique culture of this vibrant southern city. The Hotel Vincci La Rabida is perfectly situated in the centre of the historic city of Seville In center of city, walking distance to the Cathedral and ranks 36 on trip advisor in 2017. Close to the Guadaquivil River and nearby to famous attractions such as the Bellas Artes (Fine Arts) museum, it is the perfect base to explore this fantastic city.It is 18km from the San Pablo Airport and the Plaza de Armas bus station is within 500m. Santa Justa railway station is just three km away. Rooms are reflecting the style as the architecture of the building, in a typical Seville style.

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Day 5

Unusual Seville

Start with a Sightseeing tour and discover the most emblematic monuments of Seville, the University, the Old Tobacco Factory scene of the story of Carmen, Bizet's famous character, San Telmo Palace, The Golden Tower, Isabel II Bridge and the Macarena Basilica. Visit the Plaza de Espana, the jewel of the 1929 Iberoamerican Exposition.

Then discover Santa Cruz, the famous Jewish quarter: a labyrinth of narrow streets, which lead to the gorgeous Plaza de los Venerables. Later, continue with a lovely river boat trip along the Guadalquivir where you will enjoy with the beauty of the views of the city. On board you can see first-hand the untouched sides of the Golden Tower, the famous Betis street, the Bullring, Triana bridge - the oldest in the city, designed by none other than Gustav Eiffel himself and the more modern bridges and the Pavilions, built during the 1992 Exposition. Close by you will also see the famous Isla de la Cartuja and its Monastery where Christopher Columbus lived for some years.

Duration2 Hours
Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Seville Hotels to Seville Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Barcelona Airport to Barcelona City Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Vincci Gala

Enjoy a modernist hotel in Barcelona by booking a room at the Vincci Gala, our hotel in the centre of Barcelona, constructed in an old stately building from 1900 located next to Las Ramblas and Plaza de Cataluña. It is a unique hotel in Barcelona, designed especially for travellers who are looking for something truly special, inspiring, full of character and beauty.

Rest in a hotel with a patio terrace in Barcelona and no more than 78 exclusive rooms, all of them decorated in a contemporary style and featuring exclusive four-star services. Book your hotel in the heart of Barcelona at the best price available, only here, on the official web page for the Vincci Gala.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Vincci Gala

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    Vincci Gala



    Enjoy a modernist hotel in Barcelona by booking a room at the Vincci Gala, our hotel in the centre of Barcelona, constructed in an old stately building from 1900 located next to Las Ramblas and Plaza de Cataluña. It is a unique hotel in Barcelona, ...

    Enjoy a modernist hotel in Barcelona by booking a room at the Vincci Gala, our hotel in the centre of Barcelona, constructed in an old stately building from 1900 located next to Las Ramblas and Plaza de Cataluña. It is a unique hotel in Barcelona, designed especially for travellers who are looking for something truly special, inspiring, full of character and beauty.

    Rest in a hotel with a patio terrace in Barcelona and no more than 78 exclusive rooms, all of them decorated in a contemporary style and featuring exclusive four-star services. Book your hotel in the heart of Barcelona at the best price available, only here, on the official web page for the Vincci Gala.

    Facilities

    • Lounge Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Snack Bar

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Day 8

Barcelona City Tour (Hop On And Hop Off) 1 Day

If you want to visit Barcelona at you own pace, the double-decker tourist bus is your option. You can get on and off all day long with the same ticket, and learn about the history of the city. You would have a comfortable audio system with earphones, in 12 different languages. We will give you a guided map containing all the stops of the routes, and discounts for different establishments in the city. Our new buses are adapted for people with reduced mobility and have a sliding hood in case of rain. They are fitted with anatomical seats, heating on both decks. Moreover, there is always a stewardess on board.

There are 2 routes: East and West. The frequency of buses at stops varies and each route takes approximately 2 hours.

Duration2 Hours
Day 9

Montserrat - Half Day Tour

Going through picturesque towns in the province you reach the incomparable setting of the Montserrat mountain, to the right of the Llobregat river, majestically rising 1235 m above sea level. The Montserrat Mountain is a unique natural park in the world and Sanctuary of the Patron Saint of Catalonia. Today you will visit the Royal Basilica, where the Moreneta Virgin or also known of as the Black Virgin is, a Romanesque sculpture from the 13th century. The Basilica has been one of the most important places of pilgrimage in our country for many centuries. Some days you can see the singing of the "Escolania", the oldest children's choir in Europe. You can also enjoy a tasting of 4 typical liqueurs of Montserrat and enter the "Espai Audiovisual Montserrat Portes Endins".

Duration5 Hours
Day 10

Barcelona City Hotels to Barcelona Pier

Duration30 Minutes

Barcelona, Spain

Embark - 18:00

The capital of Catalonia, and one of its provinces, Barcelona, is a place of palpable history, where you can lose yourself strolling down the medieval streets of the Barri Gotic. It's a city designed to delight the senses: visit other-worldly Modernista churches like Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, or treat yourself at a street side cafe to Patatas Bravas or a Passion Fruit Mojito.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
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Norwegian Epic

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    Norwegian Epic



    Explore the history of the Mediterranean and Caribbean, or just sit back and relax while you cruise across Atlantic. Whatever you choose to do, Norwegian Epic is sure to dazzle. Awarded Best Cruise Ship Entertainment by Frommer's, Norwegian Epic keeps the bar high with two ...

    Explore the history of the Mediterranean and Caribbean, or just sit back and relax while you cruise across Atlantic. Whatever you choose to do, Norwegian Epic is sure to dazzle. Awarded Best Cruise Ship Entertainment by Frommer's, Norwegian Epic keeps the bar high with two new Broadway shows: Ballroom Blitz and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Not only is Norwegian Epic offering world-class performers but a new wave of accommodations as well-from Studios, designed and priced for the solo traveler, to the private Haven. Add more than 20 different dining options and you'll understand why this is Freestyle Cruising on a truly grand scale.

    Facilities

    • Aqua Park
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Bowling Alleys
    • Dining Area
    • Sports Complex

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Day 11

At sea

Today will be spent exploring all of the activities and restaurants aboard this beautiful vessel. Norwegian Epic keeps the bar high with two new Broadway shows: Ballroom Blitz and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Not only is Norwegian Epic offering world-class performers but a new wave of accommodations as well - from Studios, designed and priced for the solo traveler, to the private Haven. Add more than 20 different dining options and you'll understand why this is Freestyle Cruising on a truly grand scale.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Naples, Italy

Arrive - 7:00, Depart - 19:00

Cruise to Naples, located on Italy's stunning Amalfi coast, a city rich in history. A tour around Naples' grand piazzas, cathedrals and castles in the old center will take you back centuries. Pompeii is not too far either, a dashing city which boasts diverse cultural offerings and charming streets.

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Day 13

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Arrive - 6:00, Depart - 19:00

Endless adventures await in Rome. With two and a half thousand years of history, art and culture, it is no wonder Rome is one of the most visited cities on the planet. Gaze at the masterpieces of the Vatican or walk into the past with visits to ancient relics, historic monuments and legendary museums. Or people-watch while sipping on an espresso in a quaint cafe.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14

Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy

Arrive - 7:00, Depart - 19:00

How lucky to visit the Tuscan region, Florence and Pisa, resplendent in art and history. What's even more fortunate is that all the main attractions in Florence are centrally located for the perfect walking tour. See Santa Croce, Piazza del Duomo and Michelangelo's David.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

Cannes, France

Arrive - 8:00, Depart - 18:00

Drive up Suquet Hill for a view of the city, sea and Lerins Island - fabulous dahling! How many rich and famous can you spot, walk the palm-lined promenade de la Croisette and count. The French Riviera at its best...the International Film Festival calls this home.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 16

Palma, Mjorca, Spain

Arrive - 13:00, Depart - 20:00

On the one hand, this city, founded by the Romans some 2,100 years ago, is replete with (literally) wall-to-wall history and architectural splendor. You can journey back in time and wander the mazes of alleyways and cobblestone paths that surround the Gothic cathedral. On the other hand, Palma is bustling with life, showcasing the island's best restaurants, shops, nightlife and a vibrant art scene.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 17

Barcelona, Spain

Disembark - 5:00

Barcelona Rail Station to Barcelona City Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip transfers between airport/railway station and hotels
  • 16 nights' accommodation
  • Guided tours as indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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