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Mosaics of the Mediterranean with Passage through the Balkans & Tuscany

Mosaics of the Mediterranean with Passage through the Balkans & Tuscany

From NZD $24,245

Description

On this amazing small ship cruise and overland tour, you will start in beautiful Siena. Then boarding in stunning Livorno. Sailing through amazing locations such as Sardinia, Tunisia, Malta and Croatia to name just a few. Disembarking in Dubrovnik and start touring overland through Bosnia and Herzegovina to Serbia. Your final destination will be the unique coming together of cultures which is Belgrade.

Trip Name
Mosaics of the Mediterranean with Passage through the Balkans & Tuscany
Days
23
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 90 metres Passenger Capacity: 114 (in 57 suites) Built: 1991 / refurbished 2012 The MS Caledonian Sky accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in 57 spacious outside suites. Many have walk-in wardrobes and some feature tub baths. There will be seven categories of suites and sixteen suites will have private balconies. For those familiar with the MS Island Sky she will feel like a second home, although there are some differences. The dining room, lounge, Lido Deck and bar are all similar. However, the ‘Club’ on the MS Caledonian Sky has been transported to the very top deck. Here, there is a library and bar which leads out on to a lovely forward deck. The ‘Club’ has wonderful views with ceiling to floor windows. If you like the MS Island Sky, we are sure you will also approve of her sister. And, of course it is important that we offer the very best of facilities. However, equally as important are the staff on board whether they are the vessel’s crew or our own expedition staff. Noble Caledonia’s reputation has been built on providing the very best in all areas. Their crew of 74 not only offer an excellent service they are also noted for their kindness and attention to detail. A well run ship with a warm atmosphere is what we are known for, and it is because most of our crew have been with us for many years that we are able to engender such an atmosphere. Your Suite Onboard there are 57 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. The passenger accommodation is arranged over four decks and all suites have outside views. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. Each affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring a country style wash basin, hot towel rack and vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower and/or bath tub. Facilities in the suites also include walk-in or spacious wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool or desk, mini-fridge, flat screen television, telephone, programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted toiletries, air-conditioning and heating. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Your space The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge where daily briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage and an elegant bar where a pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The bar also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station. In addition there is the Club Lounge on the Panoramic Deck which features a bar. The onboard travel library is the perfect place to relax with a book and is stocked with reference books pertaining to the places the vessel is visiting along with a selection of games and two computers with internet access. Daily newspapers and magazines are also placed in the library depending on local availability. Outside there is a rear Lido deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. On the top deck there is a further observation and sun deck with bar service and comfortable deck furniture for sun bathing or relaxing with a book. There is also a small gymnasium onboard and hairdressers with appointments made on request. Your dining With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the quality of cuisine will be of a consistent superior quality. Where possible and when it meets his high standards, our accomplished chef will obtain local produce in markets or buy the catch of the day from a passing fishing boat. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and bring a local touch to the varied menus. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order and lunch and dinner is à la carte. When weather permits, breakfast, a buffet-style lunch and dinner are also served on deck. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with lunch and dinner. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and tea and coffee are available 24 hours. With sufficient notice, most diets can be catered for on board. For your comfort, safety and security The vessel is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilisers to minimise the ship’s motion. The Captain and officers operate an open-bridge policy that allows passengers onto the bridge at most times with the exception of arrival and departure from port and during times of complicated navigation. Here you can check the ship’s progress by charts and learn more from the officers about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to outside decks only. Gratuities Unlike many other cruise vessels, onboard the MS Caledonian Sky you do not need to worry about tipping staff as we have included them in your holiday price. In addition we tip all their guides and drivers along the way, thereby taking away the hassle of always having to remember to have some small change with you.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Arrive Florence, Siena
Welcome to Italy! We’ll meet you at Florence Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Siena.Stay: Three Nights, Siena, Grand Hotel Continental or similar
Day 2 - Day 2 Siena
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingPerhaps travel to San Gimignano for a sightseeing discovery, with a tasting at the world-famous Gelateria Dondolim, owned by gelateria master Sergio Dondoli. Or, travel to Val d’Orcia, one of the most attractive areas in Tuscany. Here, visit the Renaissance town of Pienza, famous for its Pecorino cheese and truffle production. After a brief stroll, continue to the countryside farm of Podere il Casale, to visit its cheese factory and wander through the farm itself. A third option is to join a guided hike followed by a picnic lunch.Thanks to our Freedom of Choice options, you can shape your day according to your interests.
Day 3 - Day 3 Siena, Florence
Be guided by a historical lecturer on a morning exploration of Florence. You’ll visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s Statue of David. Later, explore Florence’s Central Market where you’ll have the chance to meet local artisans and sample delicacies during free time. Back in Siena for dinner.
Day 4 - Day 4 Siena, Pisa, Livorno, Embark Ship
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEVisit a traditional Tuscan farmhouse that produces its own wine and olive oil, and enjoy a gourmet Tuscan lunch.After breakfast this morning, traverse the rolling hills of Tuscany en route to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt. Later transfer from Rome to the port city of Livorno, which overlooks the Ligurian Sea. Board your ship and meet with your fellow guests this evening during a welcome dinner on board.Stay: 11 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky
Day 5 - Day 5 Elba
Disembark in Portoferraio, the island of Elba’s charming capital. A drive takes you across the bays of Lacona, Laconella and Golfo Stella, with a stop at the coastal town of Porto Azzurro, to explore its medieval fortress and harbour. Continue to an old country farm with ocean views to enjoy a wine-tasting paired with local Tuscan produce, including salami, cheese and cantuccini (almond biscuits). Later, return to your ship for dinner, as it sets sail for the French island of Corsica.
Day 6 - Day 6 Bonifacio
This morning, as you disembark in the Corsican capital’s natural harbour, Bonifacio’s clifftop citadel looks on from above. Enjoy a guided tour of Bonifacio’s fascinating Old Town, where medieval houses perch on limestone cliffs. Later, continue exploring this historic fortress town, once the former home of Napoléon Bonaparte, at your leisure.
Day 7 - Day 7 Cagliari
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingPerhaps join a guide on a city tour, including the medieval walled Castello and the 13th-century Cagliari Cathedral. Or, travel to Nora with a local expert to see the excavations of Nora and the Tower of Coltellazzo. Dating back to Phoenician times, get a feel for how this ancient civilisation once lived.Arriving at Sardinia’s capital Cagliari, the choice is yours as to how your day unfolds.
Day 8 - Day 8 Tunis
Explore the Tunisian capital of Tunis on a guided discovery today Unearth the treasures of the city’s Bardo Museum, spanning civilisations. Visit the Heritage-listed maze-like Medina and enjoy a guided walk through its colourful, spice-laden souks. With a break for lunch back on board, you’ll then head to the coastal clifftop village of Sidi Bou Said, for glittering Mediterranean views.
Day 9 - Day 9 Trapani, Mazara del Vallo
Disembark in the sickle-shaped harbour of Trapani in Sicily. Today’s adventure takes you to the medieval mountain town of Erice. If you can drag yourself away from blissful sea and valley views, there’s a sweet treat in store at Sicily’s most famous pastry shop. Then continue to Saline where the region’s salt flats and salt mounds resemble snow. Visit the Salt Museum of Nubia and stop for lunch at Trattoria del Sale before setting off for the port of Mazara del Vallo, home to Italy’s largest fishing fleet.
Day 10 - Day 10 Valletta
Spend the day immersed in the ancient and modern history of Malta. Disembark for a guided discovery of Malta’s capital Valletta. You’ll hear all about Anzac history, finding traces of World War I’s legacy scattered throughout the city. In 1915, 57,950 service men from the Gallipoli expeditionary forces were evacuated to Malta, which earned the nickname the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’. Afterwards, enjoy lunch back on board, before making the most of free time to stroll through the streets of Valletta and soak up Maltese culture.
Day 11 - Day 11 Syracuse
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingEither visit the Archaeological Park Neapolis, before moving on to the island of Ortygia, to explore Syracuse’s historic centre. Or take a tour of Noto, known as the capital of Sicilian baroque style, with a trip to the fishing village of Marzamemi.In Syracuse, spend your day one of two ways.
Day 12 - Day 12 Messina
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingThe city of Taormina was founded in 4th century BC and perches spectacularly on a mountainside, filled with noble palaces and a Greek amphitheatre as its centrepiece. Or, Mount Etna is Europe’s tallest active volcano, which you’ll venture to via tiny villages and lunch at a local winery, handed down through generations.Sicily’s dramatic landscapes are the perfect backdrop for today’s adventures. Will you head to Taormina or Mount Etna?
Day 13 - Day 13 Crotone
Learn how Calabria’s port of Crotone is also the site of the ancient Greek city of Kroton, where philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras set up a school in 530BC. Later, travel to Santa Severina, one of Italy’s prettiest towns overlooking the Neto River valley. Visit the Norman Carafa Castle, the cathedral, the Byzantine baptistery and explore the town. On your return to the ship, stop off at a vineyard famous for its Calabrian wine, Ciro. Join a tasting accompanied by typical Calabrian food.
Day 14 - Day 14 Otranto, Lecce
Find yourself in the port of Otranto today, in the southern region of Puglia. From here, transfer to Lecce, a city renowned for its beauty. With a guide, explore Lecce’s flourish of architectural styles, from Roman to baroque. After lunch back on deck, discover Otranto, which gazes out over the Adriatic Sea. You might also like to take a dip at one of the beaches nearby.
Day 15 - Day 15 Disembark Ship, Dubrovnik
This morning, disembark your ship for the final time and enjoy a guided tour of Dubrovnik, this ancient walled city of lies on the shores of the Adriatic. Set against a rugged mountain backdrop, Dubrovnik is a regular on the silver screen.Stay: Hotel Dubrovnik or similar
Day 16 - Day 16 Dubrovnik, Mostar
Sit back and watch the views slide by as you journey from Dubrovnik to Mostar this morning. Spanning a valley carved out by the Neretva River, this is a city packed with charming streets and architecture, clustered along steep riverbanks. First, sample traditional street food, burek (a delicious meat or cheese pastry), before continuing to see Stari Most (Old Bridge). This is the city’s centrepiece, a magnificent stone arch between medieval towers, which straddles the Neretva River. This 16th-century Ottoman treasure was rebuilt in 2004 and is now a World Heritage-listed structure known for its tradition of bridge diving. Later, take your time discovering the colourful stalls and handicrafts on display at the local bazaar of Kujundžiluk.Stay: Mostar, Hotel Mepas or similar
Day 17 - Day 17 Mostar, Sarajevo
Leaving Mostar, set out for the historical city of Sarajevo today. Once you’ve arrived in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there’s time to settle into your hotel and enjoy this afternoon as you like. With a full day set aside to discovering Sarajevo tomorrow, you might like to relax a while before dinner at a local restaurant this evening.Stay: Two Nights, Sarajevo, Hotel Europe or similar
Day 18 - Day 18 Sarajevo
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingPerhaps visit Sarajevo’s Old Town, including the Baščaršija, which is the city’s ancient bazaar as well as its cultural and historical centre. Baščaršija dates back to the 15th century when it was founded by Isa-Beg Isaković. Afterwards, enjoy a wander along Coppersmith’s Street and see the Yellow and White Bastions, which are part of the old wall that originally protected the city. Alternatively, journey to Bijambare Nature Park, not far from Sarajevo, and explore the ancient Bijambare caves. This limestone cave complex, filled with stalagmites and stalactites, enjoys a stunning natural setting of pine forests and pasture.Fascinating Sarajevo was at the centre of monumental events in the 10th century – the assassination which launched World War I, and the four-year siege of the city during the Balkans conflict in the 1990s. While scars remain, it has regained its status as a beautiful and cosmopolitan city.
Day 19 - Day 19 Sarajevo, Zlatibor
After breakfast this morning, head for Zlatibor, a region of mountains, rolling hills and rural villages, considered one of the most beautiful in Serbia. On arrival check into your hotel for the next two nights.Stay: Two Nights, Hotel Zlatibor Mona or similar
Day 20 - Day 20 Zlatibor
It’s all aboard the Šargan Eight Railroad this morning, as this heritage narrow-gauge railway loops through lovely scenery. You’ll also learn about this historical feat of engineering, which was built by Austro-Hungarian forces during World War I. Afterwards, continue to the timber village of Drvengard for lunch. Filmmaker Emir Kusturica created this village as the setting for his film Life is a Miracle and it is now an open-air museum depicting traditional life. This afternoon is dedicated to exploring Tara National Park. Nothing short of breathtaking, you’ll see pristine forested slopes, ravines and the dramatic Drina River Canyon, which is the third largest of its kind in the world.
Day 21 - Day 21 Zlatibor, Belgrade
Today depart from Zlatibor and travel to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Along the way, linger in a local winery, which has been family-owned for generations, where warm hospitality and wine tasting are the order of the day. Later, continue to your hotel for the next two nights.Stay: Two Nights, Belgrade, Hilton Hotel or similar
Day 22 - Day 22 Belgrade
Today, experience Belgrade on a walking discovery, including the Old Town’s Bohemian quarter, where cobbled streets are lined with trees and cafes. At its heart, take a stroll down the curved street of Skardalija dotted with taverns, art galleries and antique shops. Later, you’ll also visit the burial place of Josip Broz Tito, Belgrade Fortress, Kalemegdan Park and the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest Orthodox places of worship in the world.
Day 23 - Day 23 Depart Belgrade
After breakfast you will be transferred to Belgrade Airport for your onward flight.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
29-07-202120-08-2021NZD $24,245Castle Standard Suite
29-07-202120-08-2021NZD $30,495Promenade Owner's Corner Suite
29-07-202120-08-2021NZD $24,954Caledonian Superior Suite
29-07-202120-08-2021NZD $26,145Promenade Premium Suite
29-07-202120-08-2021NZD $27,895Bridge Deluxe Balcony Suite
29-07-202120-08-2021NZD $28,895Promenade Prem. Balcony Suite

Inclusions

    • Sit down to a gourmet lunch at a traditional Tuscan farmhouse
    • Explore Sardinia
    • Experience Malta
    • Be immersed in Italian culture and flavors.

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