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MSC POESIA – EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Visiting: Bari, Dubrovnik, Milan, Mykonos, Piraeus, Sarande, Sirmione, Venice

  • Tour 1: 11 - 20 August
From € 1579 per person

Friday

We meet the Tour Leader at the airport at 11:00am to check in for our Air Malta flight to Milan departing at 12:55pm.  Upon arrival, we will be transferred to our 4* hotel –Best Wester Hotel Airvenice in Quarto d’Altino, near Venice.  Assignment of rooms.

 

The hotel is situated just 700 metres away from the train station. One can catch the train to Venice which takes around 25 minutes.  The last trip from Venice to Quarto d’Altino departs at 10.40 pm.

Saturday

Breakfast.  We depart from the hotel for Venice, where we will embark on board the MSC POESIA. During our week on board, we will be on Full Board Basis, therefore breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack are all included in the price.  Assignment of cabins and you have time to visit the ship.  The ship sets sail at 4:30 pm.

Sunday

Breakfast on board.  At 10:00 am the ship berths in the port of Bari.We are offering an optional excursion to;

 

ALBEROBELLO – BAR02 [Duration 4hr30min]
Leave the port of Bari for a scenic 1-hour coach ride through the Italian countryside to Alberobello, a town in the Apulia region that forms the top of the heel of the boot of Italy. Thanks to its distinctive mortarless round stone houses with conical roofs, known as trulli, the town was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1996. Your tour includes a guided walk through the delightful streets of this most unusual village plus a visit to St. Antonio, the only trullo church  in the world. Many of these trullo houses are topped by a so-called pinnacolo a sort of white cap or sphere and all of them have curious symbols, possibly good-luck charms, painted on the roofs. If there is time, you will also go on a short sightseeing tour of Bari by coach before you return to the port and your ship.

Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

 

Ship sets sails at around 5:00pm

Monday

Breakfast.  The ship enters the port of Katakolon in Greece at around 11:00am.  You can join us on the following optional excursion:

 

OLYMPIA AND SHOPPING – KAT01 [Duration 4hrs]
From the port of Katakolon your coach first heads inland through the Greek countryside to Olympia, the archaeological site of the ancient Olympic Games. A team of German experts in the 19th century excavated the area, in the course of which many important artifacts were unearthed. According to legend Zeus, the king of the Greek gods, built Olympia. The tour includes a chance to view the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium, which was constructed with a maximum capacity of 40,000 spectators. You will also have some free time to do a spot of shopping before the tour ends with your return to the port and your ship.

Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

 

Ship sets sails at around 5:00pm

Tuesday

Breakfast on board.  Today, at 08.00 am, the ship berths in Mykonos. Todays’ suggested optional excursions is to;

 

MYKONOS UNCOVERED: VIBRANT, BEAUTIFUL AND UTTERLY GREEK – MYK05 [Duration 4hrs]
Venture out and uncover the many different facets of Mykonos island, the St. Tropez of Greece. Just how much the island has to offer is yours to discover on this relaxing and mainly coach-based tour, which begins with a drive to the so-called Panorama vantage point. A photo stop will give you a chance to capture beguiling views of Mykonos town and the old port, before a scenic route will take you through the picturesque villages of Agios Ioannis and Kalafatis as well as past the cosmopolitan beach of Ornos. A stop will be made at the heart of Mykonos to visit the islands second-largest settlement, the village of Ano Mera, at whose centre stands the monastery and church of Panagia Tourliani. Probably founded at some time during the 16th century and then remodelled in 1767, the cloister is a major draw for travellers visiting the area. A generous helping of warm Greek hospitality then awaits you in a village taverna, giving you a chance to reflect on your day of Mykonian magic as you relax to the aniseed flavour of ouzo and the savoury goodness of typical Greek appetizers. More pleasing views can then be enjoyed during the return drive to the port and your ship.
Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

 

Ship set sails at around 7:00pm

 

Wednesday

At 07.30 am, the MSC Poesia enters the port of Piraeus, in Athens. After breakfast, we will have a half day optional excursion to:

 

ATHENS & ACROPOLIS – PIR04 [Duration 5hrs]
Take some time off the ship and head for Athens for a comprehensive sightseeing tour through the main streets and squares of a city steeped in classical history. Not only is Athens widely regarded as the cradle of western civilisation and the birthplace of modern democracy, it is also a cornucopia of visual delights you will not want to miss. After the city tour, you will continue on to Athens premiere landmark: the imposing Acropolis, a plateau that overlooks the town at a height of 150 metres. Among various other examples of classical Grecian architecture, the site is home to the world-famous Parthenon, a huge temple dedicated to the ancient Greek goddess, Athena, and one of the worlds greatest cultural monuments. A brief stop will be made for some souvenir shopping before the tour concludes with your return to the ship.

Please note:the tour includes long walk with some uneven ground so is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

 

Ship set sail at 4:30pm

Thursday

Breakfast, and at around 12:00 pm enters the port of Sarande – Albania. For today we suggest the following excursion:

 

SARANDA CITY TOUR – SAR01 [Duration 4hrs]
The tour will start with a panoramic drive of the town of Saranda, stopping in the city centre to pay a pleasant visit to the Byzantine Church and the Synagogue, both dating back to the 5th Century A.D.. Saranda town was founded in the 6th Century B.C. and its current name comes from the name of the Byzantine monastery of Agioi Saranta literally meaning Forty Saints in Greek, after the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste. You will stroll through the town until the Museum, rich of mosaics and archaeological findings coming from the whole region around Saranda. After the visit to the Museum, youll continue your tour with a panoramic coach drive along the main avenues of the town. The itinerary includes the most important buildings of the centre, the Secondary School Hasan Tahsini, the University Branch of Tirana, to mention only a few. Before going back to the pier, a photo stop will be paid on the hill of Lekuresi, overlooking the town: during the clear days, you will be able to get wonderful views of Corfu in front of the coast. The excursion will also give you chance to have enough free time for independent exploration.

Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.

 

Ship set sails at around 8:00pm

Friday

Breakfast on board.  The ship will dock in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We suggest the following excursion for today:

CITY TOUR – DUB01 [Duration 3hrs]
Enjoy Dubrovnik in all its historic splendour with this excursion that takes you through the narrow streets and along the ramparts of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the city and admire the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary a masterpiece of stone with an interior adorned with Venetian paintings. The town was given its original name Dubraca, meaning grove of the oak, by the Slavs. You will admire the Rectors Palace, seat of the government and residence of the Prince (Rector) of the Dubrovnik republic. Onofrio de la Cava, an architect from Naples who also built the waterworks and the two public fountains in Dubrovnik, constructed the building in the late Gothic style. Continue with a visit to the Monastery of St. Francis, which boasts a magnificent cloister; the Monastery also houses the oldest pharmacy in Europe, which opened in 1317. At the end of the walking tour, you will have free time to explore the old city at your leisure before returning to the port.

Please note: there may be some queues at the parking area when returning from the old town to the ship. For all calls before 01.06.2016, the visit to Rectors Palace will be replaced with a visit to the Dominican Monastery.

Ship set sails at 3:00pm

 

Saturday

Breakfast.  The MSC Poesia re-enters the port of Venice at 09.00 am.  After disembarkation we shall be transferred to the village of Sirmione, which is situated on Lake Garda (excursion included). In the afternoon we will proceed to our Hotel Ibs Milano Centro (3*) for our overnight stay.

Sunday

Breakfast. We have a full day of personal sightseeing and/or shopping around the city of Milan. In the afternoon we proceed to the Linate Airport for our Air Malta flight back to Malta which will depart at 9:20 pm. We should be arriving to Malta at around 11:15pm

PRICE per person

Tours 1
Cabin Type Quad Triple Twin Single Children (2-11 yrs) Youths (12-17 yrs)
Inside Bella (I1) N/A N/A €1579 N/A N/A N/A
Inside Fantastica (I2) N/A N/A €1649 N/A N/A N/A
Balcony Bella (B1) N/A N/A €1859 N/A N/A N/A
Balcony Fantastica (B2) €1680 €1764 €1939 N/A €665 €930

*   Rooms for 3/4 persons are not available at the hotel – 2 adjacent rooms will be provided.

*Size  layout and furniture of the cabin may vary from that shown ( within the same cabin category). For further information please visit www.msccruises.com

*Clients using a wheelchair are advised to be accompanied from another relative/helper since assistance would be needed with getting on and off the coaches. We suggest that wheelchairs are collapsible/foldable.

 

 

Price Includes

  • Direct Flights – Malta/Milan/Malta
  • Air taxes, Port taxes, Fuel surcharge and Service charge
  • All transfers as indicated in the program
  • 7 nights accommodation on the MSC Poesia staterooms according to your choice of category
  • 1 night 4* accommodation in Quarto d’Altino on B/B basis
  • 1 night 3* accommodation in Hotel Ibs Milano Centro on B/B basis
  • Milan City Tax
  • Full board basis during the cruise
  • Sirmione excursion
  • Services of a Tour Leader

EXCURSIONS

Adults Children (2-13)
Alberobello €55 €42
Olympia & Shopping €62 €45
Mykonos €52 €39
Athens & Acropolis €72 €52
Sarande City Tour €39 €29
Dubrovnik City Tour €52 €39

EXTRAS

Excursions
Service Charge (paid on board) - €10 per person per day ( 12yrs onwards) - Total €70.00. €5 per child per day (2-11yrs) - Total €35.00
Children under the age of 2 pay the total of €210.00 each
Insurance - €25 per adult (16-69yrs) and €17 per child (2-15yrs)
All Inclusive Restaurant & Bar Drink Package - €26 per person per night - Total €182. And €12 per child (3-17yrs) - Total €84.

 

 

 

It is suggested that you wear comfortable walking shoes, since certain excursions do involve long walking distances.

The excursions mentioned above are just our suggestions.  MSC offers a wide selection of excursions in each port of call. Full list of excursions (as at 03.11.2016. List can be also downloaded from www.msccruises.com): 

Tour 1

 

Should you need a price for any particular excursion kindly get in touch with us and we will gladly provide them.  You can pre-book any excursion through our agency. However, please note that the Tour Leader will only be present on the excursions suggested by us, provided that there is a minimum of 25 participants.  MSC RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE EXCURSION PRICES AT ANY GIVEN TIME.  THE FINAL APPLICABLE PRICE WILL BE THE ONE AT TIME OF FINAL SETTLEMENT.

IN ORDER TO BOOK
* It is important that the names given to us are exactly as those shown on your passport
* We need to have the dates of birth, the passport number, the date of issue and the date of expiry for each participant in order to block a cabin
* When booking kindly provide us with your preferred dinner seating so that we can REQUEST it accordingly.  THE DINNER SEATING IS JUST A REQUEST AND CANNOT BE GUARANTEED. IT IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY DURING THE PARTICULAR SAILING WEEK AND SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION ONCE ON BOARD.
The First seating is generally some time between 1830 and 1930 hours whilst the Second Seating is generally some time between 2030 and 2200 hrs.

All excursions are guided by an English speaking local guide. If the minimum number of participants required per excursion is not reached the excursion is cancelled. Neither MSC nor Hamilton Travel are responsible for any changes in the excursions due to local activities, events, holidays etc that prevent part of the excursion or the entire excursion from being carried out.

This tour is subject to our general conditions. Please read them carefully before booking

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