Tuscan Fields & Croatian Jewels - Fly Cruise & Tour - 4th August 2018

A wonderful 19 night journey from ancient Athens to rustic Florence with Ponant cruises & Back-Roads tours...

Date: 04–26 Aug 2018

Ship: Le Lyrial

BalconySuite
AU $9,995AU $12,945

This Le Lyrial cruise will set sail to discover the Mediterranean and the Adriatic on an exclusive Ponant itinerary. During this 8 night cruise, Le Lyrial will take you to Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Italy. And combined with a delightful small-group tour `Tuscan Treats` - a rich tapestry of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food. On thisTuscany tour you`ll seek out world-renowned treasures and hidden gems, turn into a culinary connoisseur and fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region...

Sensational Singles! Single deluxe balcony from $13,395*

TUSCAN FIELDS & CROATIAN JEWELS Fly, Cruise & Tour package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare** from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Athens and ex Florence on return inc tax
  • One way private car transfer from Athens airport to hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation at the St George Lycabettus Hotel (5-star) Athens including daily breakfast
  • BONUS! Free afternoon half day tour of Athens with Acropolis
  • One way private car transfer from Athens hotel to port
  • 8 night `Discovery of Dalmation Shores` cruise aboard Le Lyrial from Athens to Venice including: All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation) | Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner | Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request) | Evening entertainment and events | Room service 24h (special selection) | Port taxes
  • One way transfer from Venice port to Venice Mestre train station
  • One way first class train fare from Venice to Florence
  • One way transfer from Florence train station to hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation in Florence pre-tour including breakfast
  • 6 night `Tuscan Treats` small group tour (18 guests) with Back-Roads Tours round trip from Florence including: 6 nights in boutique accommodation | The services of an experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader | Local guide in Florence | Premium mini-coach transportation | European breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 evening meals (D) | Wine tastings | Tuscan cooking class | Olive oil tasting | Pecorino cheese & wine tasting | Entrance included to: Cinque Terre Card, Baptistery of St John in Pisa & Cathedral of Siena
  • 1 nights accommodation in Florence post-tour including breakfast
  • One way transfer from Florence hotel to airport

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Back-Roads tour information

(day to day itinerary subject to change)

Day 1 FLORENCE – LUCCA

Your introduction to Italy involves an in-depth guided walking tour of Florence. But, before we get too comfortable in Florence, it`s off to leafy Lucca – where cobbled streets and red-roofed buildings make up the first stop on our journey. When we reach Lucca, unwrap layer upon layer of fascinating history and fine architecture as we go beyond its city walls. Tonight, we come together for the first of our delicious dinners at a local osteria. (D)

Day 2 LUCCA – CINQUE TERRE – LUCCA

Rocky coastline. Romantic, sugared almond-coloured villages. It`s time to take the road less travelled along the more remote parts of the Italian Riviera`s sublime shoreline. Our route brings us to the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a tour highlight. We explore villages dotted along this secluded stretch and marvel at the breathtaking scenery surrounding us. After time spent discovering this beautiful area, we return to Lucca in time for dinner. (B)

Day 3 LUCCA – PISA – VOLTERRA

Infamous and impossible to miss, Pisa`s Leaning Tower is a staggering sight – and our first point of call today. Afterwards, we travel on to Volterra where you have the chance to explore the town at your own leisure. Perched on a plateau, this magnificent and mysterious medieval walled town is our home for the night – but before bed beckons, there’s plenty of time for you to discover its charismatic character.

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Day 4 VOLTERRA – SAN GIMIGNANO – SIENA – PIENZA

A magnificent piazza. Meandering stepped streets. Throw in beautifully preserved architecture and a sensational location, and you have San Gimignano where we make time to visit Gelateria Dondoli, home to a master gelato maker and carry on to Fattoria San Donato for an indulgent wine tasting, complete with bruschetta and local meats. After taking in the city`s head-turning historic centre, we continue to Pienza with a stop via Siena. Tonight, the evening is all yours. (B)

Day 5 PIENZA – CHIANTI

Its timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop make Pienza a serene spot to spend this morning on foot with your Tour Leader, before we continue our journey to sample handcrafted pecorino cheese and world-class wine. Driving onwards through the Chianti countryside, another gem awaits – a Tuscan country house that we’ll call home for the next two nights. (B,D)

Day 6 CHIANTI

Rise and shine as your invitation to the kitchen awaits, where we roll up our sleeves and don aprons. The villa`s chef treats us to an exclusive lesson in making Tuscan delicacies, sharing all the secrets, and then we sit down to savour the fruits of our labours for lunch. (B,L,D)

Day 7 CHIANTI – FLORENCE

While we have to say goodbye to our villa this morning and we reach the final day of our trip, there’s one more treat in store: a stop-off at an oil mill for a guided tour, olive oil tasting and light lunch. All in all, it`s a fitting end to our tour that has celebrated the natural beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany, and that ends back in romantic Florence. (B,L)

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. **All airfares/taxes are based on guestimated rates and schedules from 2017 and are subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior - at which time, schedules and prices may change. Once booked, all airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. The advertised prices shown here are based on a 30% Ponant bonus fare which may be withdrawn at anytime without notice. Package prices based on full payment for tour portion of package by 29Aug17 otherwise prices will increase. Offer ends 29Aug17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

22 nights From AU $9,995 per person, twin share