21 April 2018 • 22 Night Spanish & Italian Treasures • Fly, Cruise & Tour Package

  • Pricing

    Veranda Stateroom per person twin share from  –  $14,695   (was $15,895)


     Penthouse Suite per person twin share from  –  $17,775  (was $19,315)


    Single price veranda stateroom  –  $22,895

    Inclusions

    • Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Barcelona and ex Venice on return inc. tax
    • One way private car transfer from Barcelona airport to hotel
    • 1 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Barcelona with breakfast
    • One way private car transfer from Barcelona hotel to port
    • 8 night Six-Star cruise aboard Regent Seven Seas Explorer from Barcelona to Rome featuring:

    • FREE^ Unlimited Shore Excursions

    • FREE Specialty Restaurants: Up to four gourmet restaurants, including the iconic steakhouse Prime 7, An authentic Italian evening restaurant Sette Mari at La Veranda, Haute French cuisine at Chartreuse and classic Continental dining at Compass Rose, plus casual indoor and outdoor dining at La Veranda and the Al Fresco Pool Grill

    • FREE Unlimited Beverages Including Fine Wines and Premium Spirits with FREE Open Bars and Lounges plus FREE In-Suite Mini-bar Replenished Daily

    • FREE Pre-Paid ships Gratuities

    • FREE WiFi Throughout the Ship*

    • FREE 24-Hour Room Service

    • FREE Self Service Laundry onboard ship

    • Large Size hotel style accommodations onboard: This ship boasts all Veranda cabins with the smallest measuring 20 sq mt internally with 8 sq mt on the veranda

    • The onboard services of Smithsonian Institute destination/cultural specialists/experts with enrichment program

    • A Smart Casual No-fuss dress-code, `no tie required` – there are no formal nights onboard

    • Regent appeals to 45+ travellers who like adventurous and active holidays – meet like-minded travellers

    • Onboard entertainment including a full theatre with 9-piece live orchestra, singers, dancers , acrobats etc)

    • Onboard Fitness classes and fully equipped Gym

    • One way private car transfer from Rome port to hotel
    • 2 nights pre-tour hotel accommodation in Rome with breakfast
    • 11 night small group (18 guests max) boutique style `Italian Indulgence` tour with Back-Roads, from Rome to Venice including:

    • 11 night’s accommodation (1nt Assisi, 2nts Tuscany, 2nts Lucca, 1nt Santa Margherita, 1nt Cherasco, 2nt Lake Maggiore, 1nt Negrar, 1nt Venice) • Experienced Back-Roads tour leader • Comfortable mini-coach transportation – tour group size approx 18 • European-style breakfast daily & 6 x evening meals • In-the-know local guide in Florence • Tuscan cooking class and lunch • Truffle hunt in Piedmont • 2 x wine tastings (Grinzane Cavour Castle & Tenuta Santa Maria Valverde estate) • 1x liquor tasting at Asti • Boat transfer to Borromean Islands (from Lake Maggiore) • Venice water taxi • Entrance tickets: Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, Baptistery of St John in Pisa, Cinque Terre Card, Isola Bella and Isola Madre on Lake Maggiore, Sigurta Garden Park

    • One way private transfer from Venice hotel to airport
  • Itinerary

    8 Night Luxury Cruise – Barcelona to Rome

    DAY 1 – BARCELONA, SPAIN – DEPART 6PM

    One of Europe’s most visually stunning cities, Barcelona balances the medieval intimacy of its Gothic Quarter with the grace and distinction of the wide boulevards in the Moderniste Eixample. It was the home of architect Antoni Gaudí, whose Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Park Güell and Casa Milà are the most profound statements of Modernisme. View the splendid works at the Picasso Museum and the Miro Foundation, or discover Barcelona’s passionate ambiance at a flamenco show.

    DAY 2 – VALENCIA, SPAIN – 8AM TO 6PM

    Valencia was established by the Greeks and later occupied by the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs. A 15th century artistic movement here gave the world spectacular paintings, sculptures, and jewels. Today a “City of Arts and Sciences,” Valencia offers visitors remarkable samples of modern architecture, alongside such notable classics as the 13th century Cathedral and Chapel of the Holy Chalice. Built on the site of a mosque which was originally a Roman temple the Chapel contains the chalice which legend says was used by Christ at the Last Supper. For a more historic view, take in the Quart Towers, a former gate of the medieval wall, built in 1444; and Serranos Towers, a former prison surrounded by a moat and built around 1391.

    DAY 3 – PALMA DEL MALLORCA – 8AM TO 5PM

    Mallorca, also known as Majorca, is a wind-swept island with steep jagged cliffs and olive groves more than a thousand years old. Mallorca is an island of contrasts. To the south is a busy tourist area with hotels, bars, restaurants, shopping and dazzling night life. To the north are rocky valleys, sleepy villages shrouded in bougainvillea, and breathtaking views. Palma is dominated by the breathtaking Gothic Cathedral, located high above the waterfront on the site of a former mosque.

    DAY 4 – SÈTE, FRANCE – 10AM TO 8PM

    Spend a glorious day in the Provençal countryside; see magnificent Carcassonne with its towers, turrets, half-timbered houses and superb nave of the 11th century Basilica de Saint-Nazaire, beautiful hilltop Les Baux or Arles, where Van Gogh found so much inspiration. Or explore fortified Aigues Mortes in the heart of the Petite Camargue surrounded by ponds, marshes and saltpans.

    DAY 5 – PROVENCE(MARSEILLE), FRANCE – 8AM TO 6PM

    Located in southeastern France, today’s Marseille is a far cry from the sleepy villages it once inspired in Cézanne’s paintings. With more than a million people, the city remains the cosmopolitan and exuberant capital of southern Europe, with its picturesque Old Quarter, lively sidewalk cafes and shops, and Romanesque-Byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, overlooking the steep cliffs and offering a bird’s eye view of the city’s colorful “quartiers” stretching down toward the sea.

    DAY 6 – MONTE CARLO, MONACO – 8AM TO 10PM

    Located in southeastern France, today’s Marseille is a far cry from the sleepy villages it once inspired in Cézanne’s paintings. With more than a million people, the city remains the cosmopolitan and exuberant capital of southern Europe, with its picturesque Old Quarter, lively sidewalk cafes and shops, and Romanesque-Byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, overlooking the steep cliffs and offering a bird’s eye view of the city’s colorful “quartiers” stretching down toward the sea.

    DAY 7 – PORTOFINO, ITALY – 8AM TO 6PM

    Picturesquely situated in a narrow cove, this tiny port owes its popularity to its beautiful setting, agreeable climate and lush and luxuriant vegetation. The town crowded around its small harbor is considered to be among the most beautiful Mediterranean ports. It has long been known as an exclusive gathering place for the wealthy, artists and actors with an ever-growing number of waterfront restaurants, cafes, and tourist hot-spots. Historic sites not to miss include to the Chiesa di San Giorgio, built on the site of a sanctuary Roman soldiers dedicated to the Persian god Mithra; and Castello Brown, with its lush garden and panoramic views of the town and harbor below.

    DAY 8 – FLORENCE/PISA (LIVORNO), ITALY – 8AM TO 8PM

    Livorno, located in the centre of Tuscany, is the gateway to the glory of Renaissance Florence and Pisa. From the 13th to 16th centuries, this era of creative freedom encouraged the genius of Dante, Donatello, Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, da Vinci, and Machiavelli to create some of the world’s most noted masterpieces. Elegant Florence offers the Galleria dell’Accademia, with its iconic masterpiece, Michelangelo’s David. The Uffizi is home to the most renowned art gallery in Italy, with representative works by the titan’s of Renaissance art. Join us for an excursion to Pisa, and tour the city’s beautiful and historic Campo dei Miracoli. Nearby Siena captures the spirit of Medieval Italy and Lucca offers the memorable chance to bicycle through the fragrant Tuscan countryside.

    DAY 9 – ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY – 6AM

    Whether enjoying the street performers at the Spanish Steps and people-watching over a fine glass of wine in colorful Trastevere, or taking in the historical and architectural glory that is Rome, visitors are spoiled for choice in this truly Eternal City. St. Peter’s Basilica is a full-day outing, featuring the Sistine Chapel and panoramic city vistas for those willing to climb to the top of the dome. Other landmarks not to miss include the renowned Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, and Aventine Hill, which provides you with a grand view of the imposing remains of the Imperial Palaces and the Circus Maximus, of Ben Hur fame. 

    11 Day Small Group Escorted Tour – Rome to VeniceMap of Italian Indulgence  2018

    DAY 1 ROME – ASSISI – PERUGIA

    They say all roads lead to Rome, but after we meet, our route whisks us away to awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. Tonight, we come together for a delicious dinner in Perugia. (D) Accommodation: (Hotel Fortuna)

    DAY 2 PERUGIA – SIENA – TUSCANY

    Introducing Siena: a gorgeous Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the old centre, we venture to our villa in the world-renowned Chianti region. (B,D). Accommodation: (Villa La Palagina)

    DAY 3 TUSCANY

    Our host lets us in on a few secrets of Italian cooking today, as we prepare ourselves a classic rustic Tuscan lunch. Later, the afternoon is free to relax. (B,L,D) Accommodation: (Villa La Palagina)

    DAY 4 TUSCANY – FLORENCE – LUCCA

    We turn our attention to Florence – birthplace of the Renaissance and home to the world’s most treasured masterpieces. A local guide brings the city alive as we stroll through the streets on a walking tour. As afternoon melts into dusk, we continue on to Lucca. (B) Accommodation: (Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli)

    DAY 5 LUCCA – PISA – LUCCA

    We come up close and personal to an Italian icon today, with a visit to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Afternoon sees us back in Lucca, where you have the rest of the day and night to explore at your own pace. (B) Accommodation: (Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli)

    DAY 6 LUCCA – CAMOGLI – SAN FRUTTUOSO – PORTOFINO – SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE

    It’s time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera. Have your camera ready as we tick off Camogli, San Fruttuoso and the glittering village of Portofino, before settling in Santa Margherita Ligure. Enjoy an evening at your own pace – strolling along the beachfront, lined with pastel-painted houses. (B) Accommodation: (Hotel Lido Palace)

    DAY 7 SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE – BAROLO – CHERASCO

    Our compass points north and we travel inland to Piedmont, a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. Our first stop is Grinzane Cavour Castle for a wine tasting, before driving near the village of Barolo, where we join a truffle hunt with a local farmer. Once we have worked up an appetite, we will follow it up by a sumptuous slow-food dinner in Cherasco.  (B,D) Accommodation: (Hotel Somaschi)

    DAY 8 CHERASCO– ASTI – LAKE ORTA – LAKE MAGGIORE

    A treat is in store for the sweet-toothed among us at a distillery near Asti, where we sip regional liquors, complemented by hand-made nougat. Then it’s time to head for the hills, pristine lakes and soaring mountains of northern Italy. Lake Maggiore marks the magnificent final stop of the day’s journey. (B) Accommodation: (Grand Hotel Majestic)

    DAY 9 LAKE MAGGIORE

    Leaving dry land behind us for the day, we set sail for the Borromean Islands. We wander the terraces of the ornate Baroque Garden on Isola Bella and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori. The rest of the day is free for you to relax. (B) Accommodation: (Grand Hotel Majestic)

    DAY 10 LAKE MAGGIORE – LECCO – TIRANO

    Bidding farewell to Lake Maggiore, we discover the sights of Lecco before we reach Tirano for a wine tasting session. After an indulgent afternoon, we return to our hotel and meet for dinner at a local restaurant to continue the culinary adventure.  (B,D) Accommodation: (Hotel Corona)

    DAY 11 TIRANO – LAKE MOLVENO – TRENTO

    This morning we turn our attention to the majestic Lake Molveno at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. We continue to Trento for a walking tour and meet in the evening for a farewell dinner. (B,D) Accommodation: (Hotel America)

    DAY 12 TRENTO – VERONA – VENICE

    Fair Verona beckons today, with its impressive Roman ruins and romantic hotspots. Then it’s onwards to the show-stopping finale: the floating city of Venice where we bid farewell. (B) 

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