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Best of the Italian Lakes Tour & Montenegro & Greece, 14 September 2019 (14 nights)

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Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Cruise Ship: Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Hotel Included

Holiday Features

Best of the Italian Lakes Escorted Tour
  • 8 Nts Tour: Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Bergamo, Lake Garda, Verona & Modena
  • Return Home Pick-up within 150 miles of UK Mainland Airport
  • 4* Accommodation
  • 8 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners with Wine
  • Train Milan to Venice
  • Porterage
  • Most Overseas Transfers
  • Return UK Flights 
 
  • Spacious ensuite stateroom
  • All meals and snacks onboard*
  • 2 Restaurants
  • 5 Bars & Lounges
  • 2 Swimming Pools, 6 Jacuzzis
  • All entertainment
  • Theatre, Cinema, Casino, Nightclub
  • Spa & Fitness Centre
  • Rock Climbing/ Sports Court/ Arcade
  • Library, Games Room
  • Kids activities from toddlers to teenagers
  • *Additional charges apply for specialty dining venues. Specialty beverages, beer, wine and soda are charged separately and are offered at current bar menu prices.
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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Fly UK/Milan
1 Best of the Italian Lakes Escorted Tour
2 Baveno
3 Lake Garda
4 Verona
5 Marostica & Bassano del Grappa
6 Lake Garda - Day of leisure
7 Modena
8 Milan
8 Train - Milan to Venice
8 Venice
Venice
Swap shipboard life for a gondola for an unforgettable tour of one of the most romantic cities in Europe.
PM
9 Dubrovnik
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.
AM PM
10 Kotor AM PM
11 At Sea
12 Thira, Santorini AM PM
13 Olympia (Katakolon) AM PM
14 At Sea
15 Venice
Venice
Swap shipboard life for a gondola for an unforgettable tour of one of the most romantic cities in Europe.
AM
15 Fly Venice/UK

Ship Facilities

Best of the Italian Lakes Land Tour

Milan, Italy, Italy
Best of the Italian Lakes Escorted Tour

Included in your Escorted Tour

VIP Home Pick Up (150 miles free or £1.80 per mile there after)

Selected Meals: 8 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners with local wine

Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi

Carefully selected hotels, all tried and trusted

Optional Experiences and free time

All porterage and restaurant gratuities

Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

An expert Travel Director

All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

VIP entry to many sights

DAY 1 of Land Tour: Milan – Lake Maggiore (Baveno)

On arrival in Milan transfer to the Hotel Simplon for two nights. You will meet your Tour Director and travelling companions at a Welcome Reception this evening.

DAY 2 of Land Tour: Lake Maggiore at Leisure and Como Excursion

A morning at leisure as you ease into 'la dolce vita', perhaps amble along the glamorous Baveno Marina before exploring Baveno with its Romanesque bell tower and octagonal baptistery. Later, meander through Italy's exquisite Lake District to scenic Lake Como. Its historic atmosphere is palpable as you walk through the beautiful waterfront of Como town or relax alongside the lake sipping cappuccinos and indulging in a tasty gelato before returning to your hotel this afternoon. (B)

DAY 3 of Land Tour: Lake Maggiore (Baveno) – Bergamo – Lake Garda

Today, the enchanting cobblestone lanes of Bergamo, near the foothills of the Alps, yield architectural and artistic treasures which you will have an opportunity to explore. Wander past centuries-old Renaissance façades and into the exquisite Piazza Vecchia built on the site of an ancient Roman Forum to see the ornate Contarini Fountain and 12th century Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica. Continue through the Italian Lakes to Lake Garda for the next five nights and the Hotel Villa Maria. Dinner will be at the hotel this evening. (B,D)

DAY 4 of Land Tour: Verona Excursion

See Juliet's Balcony in Vernona today during a walking tour of the town with a Local Guide. You will also go past the Roman Arena, still in use today. You will have time to enjoy some time to explore the city on at your own pace. See the seven medieval towers of Castelvecchio, relax under the shady trees in Verona's expansive Piazza Bra or climb up Lamberti's Tower for magnicent views of this beguiling city. This evening, you will have dinner experience hosted by a local family. (B,D)

DAY 5 of Land Tour: Marostica and Bassano Del Grappa Excursion

Today you embark on a full-day excursion today to the walled town of Marostica, most renowned for its living chess event held every other year, although the gigantic chessboard is visible in the Piazza Castello all year round. Enjoy a leisurely exploration of the city's fascinating sights, including the old city walls, Lower and Upper Castles and Romanesque bell tower. Continue to the banks of the River Brenta for an relaxing visit to Bassano del Grappa, renowned for its white brandy (Grappa) and magnicent scenery. Return to Lake Garda later this afternooon return to the picturesque lakeside setting of Lake Garda. (B)

DAY 6 of Land Tour: Lake Garda at Leisure

Experience a day at leisure to explore the largest lake in Italy and its picture perfect setting. You could meander along its tranquil shores, stopping at quaint lakeside villages and breathing in the intoxicating aroma of lemons around every turn. Perhaps, enjoy the flavours of delicious local olive oils and cheese at bustling markets. You could visit the lake's extraordinary sights, including the 13th century Scaliger Castle, Grottoes of Catullus or the 5th century wooden statue of St. Peter near Bogliaco. Maybe you could join an Optional Experience to visit the magnicent Dolomite mountain range, a World Heritage Site comprising 18 peaks at an altitude of 3,000m. (B)

DAY 7 of Land Tour: Modena Excursion

Sparkling Lambrusco, salty prosciutto and the intense aromas of parmigiano await us in the gastronomic paradise of Modena, which you explore today in the company of a Local Guide. Stroll past pastel-hued façades in Modena's Old Town into the magnicent Piazza Grande which, along with its 12th century cathedral and Torre Civica, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sample the intoxicating flavours of a city that was the birthplace of Ferrari and Pavarotti, home to Michelin Star restaurants, tortellini and delicious balsamic vinegar. Afterwards, you take a short drive to the Ferrari Museum for an insight into the history of this luxurious Italian icon founded by Enzo Ferrari. (B)

DAY 8 of Land Tour: Lake Garda - Milan

Leave the tranquil lakeside of Garda for the Northern Capital of Milan. Admire the views of the Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and 19th century Galleria with its impressive glass and iron domed roof. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure so why not enjoy the atmosphere on Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your Tour Director and new found friends. Tonight will be at Starhotels Business Palace. (B,D)

DAY 9 of Land Tour: Milan Malpensa - Milan Central Station

Transfer from the airport to the railway station will be by private taxi as you continue to join your Mediterannean Cruise. (B)
Lake Garda Verona Lake Maggiore Milan

Cabins on the Rhapsody of the Seas

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Customer reviews for Rhapsody of the Seas

Fantastic time on recent cruise from Venice down the Adriatic to Santorini. Cabin was quite spacious. Ship was very clean and lots to do. Not a great experience at the Speciality steak house and Asian restaurants. Not very impressed with having an 8 hour wait at Venice airport on return home and not being allowed to drop bag off for 8 hours.

We had a wonderful cruise.Thanks to you for arranging it.The ship and crew were excellent, and the excursions well-run and enjoyable.Our junior suite and balcony were everything we wanted them to be. The food was of a high standard, although we found the relentless hard sell of the premium restaurant packages onboard a bit grating. We took advantage of the drinks package, and found that the range was more than sufficient. Having previously only sailed transatlantic on QM2 on our honeymoon,this cruise was a taster for us - with our 10 year old son. We would have no hesitation in sailing with Royal Caribbean again. We also much enjoyed the Italian leg of our holiday: both hotels were excellent and most transfers were fine, although we had less than 5 minutes to jump onto the Milan-Venice express after our connecting train from Lecco was late. We loved Lake Como and Venice. The only major quibble that we have is with the flights. We understand that this was a BA package holiday, which required us to use them or their partners (in this case Aer Lingus) however flying from Belfast via LHR meant that the first and last days of our 12 day holiday were spent on planes or in airports (we had over 4 hours in a packed Terminal 5 on both days). In future we will insist that we fly direct from Belfast or Dublin if the destination is in Europe. That said, we are glad that we chose Iglu for this holiday and we will be bending your ears soon about next year. Prior to contacting yourselves I had been trawling cruise line websites and losing the will to live so to find your website so practical, along with the phone contacts which we had with your staff, was both a relief and a joy.Thanks again for sourcing this holiday.We already have a few ideas to put to you for next year. 

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First of all, we’re very happy with IgluCruise. We all enjoyed it very much. The cruise customer services & staff were really helpful. Food was delicious and it suited everyone. However joining the WiFi onboard was extremely expensive and not worth the cost. Overall, we very much enjoyed our experience with Royal Caribbean and would highly recommend.

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