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Highlights of the Italian Lakes Tour & Greek Isles, Albania & Dubrovnik, 20 September 2019 (15 nights)

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Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
Cruise Ship: MSC Musica
  • Hotel Included

Holiday Features

Highlights of the Italian Lakes
  • 7 Nts Tour: Milan, Saronno, Lake Como, Lugano, Lake Maggiore, Verona, Lake Garda, Rovereto, Bergamo
  • Services of a Tour Director
  • 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
  • 3-4* Accommodation
  • Excursions to Lake Como
  • Juliet's Balcony, Verona
  • Train Milan to Venice
  • Most Overseas Transfers
  • Return UK Flights
  • All meals onboard inc midnight snack/buffet
  • 3 Restaurants;Gli Archi Cafetteria Deck: 13 - Vivace, L'Oleandro Restaurant Deck: 5 - Grazioso,Restaurant Deck: 6 - Brillante 
  • 16 Bars & Lounges
  • A well planned programme of activities
  • Sports facilities including tennis, basketball & mini-golf
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Gym, sauna and whirlpools
  • Award winning MSC Aurea Spa
  • Library, casino & games room
  • Evening entertainment & Broadway style shows
  • Duty free shopping gallery
  • Spacious ensuite accommodation 
  • Port taxes and fees
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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Fly UK/Milan
1 Highlights of the Italian Lakes Escorted Tour
2 Lake Como & Bellagio day tour
3 Lugano
3 Lake Maggiore
4 Lake Maggiore
5 Rovereto
6 Rovereto
7 Milan
8 Train - Milan to Venice
8 Venice (Mestre) Hotel Stay - 1 Night
9 Venice
Swap shipboard life for a gondola for an unforgettable tour of one of the most romantic cities in Europe.
10 Brindisi PM PM
11 Olympia (Katakolon) AM PM
12 Mykonos Town, Mykonos AM PM
13 Athens (Piraeus) AM PM
14 Sarande PM PM
15 Dubrovnik
The most beautiful city on the Croatian coast, with café terraces and the third oldest pharmacy in Europe, Dubrovnik is not one to miss.
16 Venice
Swap shipboard life for a gondola for an unforgettable tour of one of the most romantic cities in Europe.
16 Flight departs

Ship Facilities

Highlights of the Italian Lakes Land Tour

Milan, Italy, Italy

Highlights of the Italian Lakes Escorted Tour

Included in your Escorted Tour

Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

Selected Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

Luxury air-conditioned coach

Carefully chosen hotels, all tried and trusted

Variety of Optional Excursions

An expert Travel Director and separate driver

All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes               

DAY 1 of Land Tour: Milan - Saronno

On arrival in Milan transfer to Saronno for a two night stay. The Saronno region is well known for its almond or apricot kernel biscuits (amaretti), the sweet, almond flavoured Italian liqueur called Amaretto is also produced in this town. After check-in relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and travelling companions for an included dinner at your hotel Starhotels Grand Milan.(D) 

Day 2 of Land Tour: Lake Como Excursion

After breakfast enjoy the short drive to Lake Como and an included lake trip to Bellagio known as 'the pearl of Lake Como'. Later return to Saronno. (B)

DAY 3 of Land Tour: Saronno - Lugano - Lake Maggiore

This morning travel to the Swiss city of Lugano which is also known as the 'Monte Carlo of Switzerland'. Enjoy free time to walk along the lake or do a little shopping for Swiss souvenirs. Later travel back to Italy for a two-night stay at your lakeside hotel Villa Carlotta on the western shores of Lake Maggiore. This evening enjoy an included dinner at your hotel.(B,D)

Day 4 of Land Tour: Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is the second-largest lake in Italy after Lake Garda and one of the most scenic. You will have a free day to explore or perhaps take an excursion to the Borromean Islands.(B) 

Day 5 of Land Tour: Lake Maggiore - Verona - Lake Garda Scenic Drive - Rovereto

This morning travel to Verona immortalised by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juiliet and enjoy an orientation tour of the town including sights such as the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony. Afterwards, you will have free time to savour the atmosphere of this historic city. This afternoon take a scenic drive along Lake Garda, before arriving at your hotel, Mercure Nerocubo for a two-night stay. (B)

DAY 6 of Land Tour: Lake District Free Day

Why not Consider taking a lake trip across Lake Garda or maybe join a full-day Optional Excursion into the Dolomite Mountains where you can ride a cable car up one of the mountain peaks for spectacular views? (B) 

DAY 7 of Land Tour: Rovereto - Bergamo - Milan En route to Milan stop and visit the town of Bergamo by funicular railway. Move from the lower town to the upper town enjoying the breathtaking views. On arrival in Milan, enjoy a walking tour of the city centre with your Local Guide including views of the Gothic Duomo, the 19th century Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Dinner is at your hotel, Novotel Milano Nord Ca Granda. (B,D)   

DAY 8 of Land Tour: Milan - Cruise This morning, transfer to the railway station for the train journey that takes you to the start of your cruise. Transfers will be private taxis and will take you to your chosen cruise port for embarkation. (B)

Lake Como Lake Maggiore Roverto

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Customer reviews for MSC Musica

Lovely ship, spotlessly clean as cleaning seemed to go on all day which was good. Staff exceptionally nice albeit some were overworked especially at the bar areas which also dealt with soft drinks and ice cream. Food mostly excellent but self service restaurant sometimes was a hit and miss. Customer Help Desk could really be more helpful and you have to press them if you have an important issue. Irritating when you ask a young member of staff onboard a question and you get back an enormous smile instead of an answer since not all can speak English.The theatre was a beautiful and attractive one just as you would expect, and the acts were fabulous. Looked forward every evening to this. All in all a lovely cruise but not sure if it was value for money.

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I will never cruise with MSC again first and last time ships crew members above cleaners bar staff and general workers were to be frank quite ignorant although we missed our transfer from the port of Venice and had to pay 40euros for a taxi through no fault of our own we have not received any form of apology from them in my opinionMSC stands for most ship cruise line

CONS -Embarkation - we were waiting for two hours in the port. The port guy was constantly shouting at you and people waiting. People in the queue were very poorly mannered, kicking, pushing you and trying to skip the long queues -MSC gave us incorrect drinks package and then blamed our travel agent saying travel agent provided incorrect info ( not true) -MSC allocated our preferred restaurant incorrectly and blamed our travel agent asking for that specific restaurant as per our request (not true) -Dirty bedlinen in the cabin ( stains) -Dirty bathroom ( dirty door, mirror, rust and dirt in the shower) -The balcony cabin is old and carpet/ furniture needs to be replaced very badly - The balcony is dirty and rusty - Customer service is non existent -at the very best they will ignore your complaints, otherwise they will shout at you , they could not care less about your comfort or satisfaction -Cold water at all tea stations- impossible to make a cup of tea -The pool was impossible to get into- too many poorly mannered people pushing you out of the way and kicking you ( we have got a balcony cabin Fantastica experience, which was supposed to be a luxury experience- what a joke!) -The Italian staff were very rude , inpatient, poorly mannered. They were constantly raising their voice and shouting at you. Anything we were asking for was too much of a trouble for them - Our waiter at dinner was really good but service in the restaurant during lunchtime was awful - the waiting staff was ignoring you, you could sit there for 30 min waiting to get a menu, the waiter at the door shouted at you when asked to take order ( shouting that he is not taking orders as he is a door waiter) -They will charge you for water in the cabin even when water is included with your package - They will add Unicef charge to your bill without asking you - I have got a severe allergic reaction within 10 minutes of drinking their cheap pina colada at the pool -They will mix french and english speaking groups together on excursions to earn more money, pure greed ( and will still charge you 90 euro per person). -Disembarking was terrible, staff were treating you like a cattle, long queues again for 3 hours, staff shouting at you, people kicking and pushing you, arrival was also late -Buffet was a mess, people running around, pushing you out of the way and trying to skip long queues - The wines included in the 30 euro per day package were very cheap and of a very bad quality , MSC cocktails gave me a severe allergic reaction PROS -The food was very tasty -Ports / towns where we stopped were very nice - especially Dubrovnik , Venice, Lecce, Mykonos, Olympia -Some Asian staff were very good, polite and friendly -Excursions were interesting and well organised ( except for the guide called Eva in Athens - Acropolis, Plaka and Museum tour- my advice would be to avoid this one) -Entertainment was really good

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