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17 Day Italy & Deluxe Mediterranean Cruise

This tour includes return international airfares. See the Fine Print section for further details.


Make the most of your cruise and travel independently, with everything organised for you. Your international flights, pre-cruise stay, and cruise are organised so all you have to do is relax and enjoy your time at sea. Of course, there is the option of extending your tour if you don’t want to head straight to the airport upon disembarkation.

Cruise Style

A portion of this tour runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is self-guided, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Escorted Type
Partially Escorted

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Classic Tour
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✓ Includes return international airfares
Incredible sightseeing including guided tours through Rome, Florence, Venice.
Entrance tickets to Colosseum (November to February, pending availability) or Roman Forum (March - October), Saint Mark's Basilica and Murano Glass Factory in Venice.
Cruise the islands of Venice by ferry
7 nights in select 3 and 4 star accommodation 
✓ 7 nights cruise with MSC Cruises including all meals 
14 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners
Partially escorted by a local expert guide 
Transfer from Milan Airport to hotel on arrival 
Coach transportation until day 5
In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary and under inclusions

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.


Prepare to be inspired. Depart today for your journey to Milan to commence your  European tour.

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Welcome to Milan! On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you have free time to explore the city.

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Our journey continues as we make our way to the city of Pisa. On board the tourist train, you will be transported to the renowned Piazza Dei Miracoli, also known as the Square of Miracles. Here, you will have ample time to marvel at one of Italy's most remarkable art complexes, which includes the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Take in the awe-inspiring architecture and soak up the historical significance of this mesmerising site.

After our exploration of Pisa, we will proceed on our voyage to the eternal city of Rome, arriving towards the end of the day. As we approach our destination, anticipation builds for the wealth of cultural treasures and historical wonders that await us in this magnificent city.

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In the morning, we will embark on a delightful scenic tour that will serve as an introduction to the renowned "Eternal City" of Rome. Our first stop will be the magnificent Vatican City, the spiritual and cultural hub of Christianity. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, a grand testament to architectural brilliance and religious significance.  Next we will visit either the Colosseum (November to February, pending availability) or Roman Forum (March to October)

As the evening approaches, we have arranged a transfer to the charming Trastevere area, where you can leisurely wander through its narrow, picturesque cobblestone streets. This enchanting district holds hidden treasures, including modest medieval churches and quaint shops displaying intriguing objects that offer glimpses into daily life. Immerse yourself in the authentic Italian atmosphere as you discover trattorias and osterias, serving local dishes that capture the essence of Italian cuisine. After enjoying a delightful evening, we will return to our hotel, filled with memories of the wonders Rome has to offer.

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Today, we bid farewell to Rome and embark on a journey towards the eternal city of Florence in northern Italy. As we traverse this route, we will be treated to breathtaking landscapes.

Upon arrival in Florence, our first stop will be the remarkable Piazzale Michelangelo, offering panoramic views of the city. Here, we can soak in the beauty of the cityscape and appreciate its stunning architecture.

In the evening, we will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local expert who will guide us through the historic centre of Florence. As we meander through its charming streets, we will have the opportunity to marvel at iconic landmarks such as the Ponte Vecchio, the magnificent Duomo, and the captivating Plaza della Signoria. Florence itself is like an open-air museum, with its rich history and artistic treasures that are sure to captivate us.

This evening, feel free to explore the city further on your own, immersing yourself in its vibrant atmosphere and discovering its hidden gems.

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Today, we embark on a scenic journey through the breathtaking Apennine Mountains, where stunning mountain landscapes will accompany us along the way. Our destination is the enchanting city of Venice, renowned for its unique charm and beauty.

Upon our arrival, we will board a boat and gracefully cross the Giudecca to reach the Island of Venice. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, we will embark on an exploration of St. Mark's Square, a true gem of the city. We will have the privilege of entering the splendid St. Mark's Basilica, where we can admire its exquisite architecture and rich historical significance (entrance fee included).

Our journey continues with a visit to the renowned Murano Glass Factory, where we will have the opportunity to witness the process of creating this ancient and delicate glass art. The technique and craftsmanship involved in the production of Murano glass are truly fascinating.

Following these enriching experiences, you will have some leisure time to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Venice. Stroll through its charming streets, get lost in its labyrinthine alleys, and discover the hidden treasures that await at every turn.

As the day draws to a close, we will find accommodation in the Mestre district, providing a comfortable base for our stay. Venice promises to be a truly remarkable destination, offering an unforgettable blend of history, art, and unique experiences that will leave a lasting impression on us.

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Bid farewell to your group as the next two days are yours at leisure to explore Venice before joining your cruise.  

Why not visit the remarkable Palazzo Ducale. Formerly the Doge's residence and the seat of Venetian government, the Palace is the very symbol of Venice and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

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Another day at leisure to explore Venice at your own pace. With its labyrinth of laneways and canals, this picturesque city is a wonderful place to wander on foot or perhaps take a ride on a gondola.

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Breakfast, Dinner

This afternoon please make your own way to Venice-Marghera port to join your Mediterranean cruise. 

Your ship will set sail at 4pm. 

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early this afternoon, arrive at the port of Kotor in beautiful Montenegro. Kotor is one of the most atmospheric medieval towns on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountains. It's an attractive destination for those with a love of history and architecture. Glimpse ancient churches, an array of rustic palaces, and a maze of streets and squares. 

Set sail again late this evening.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today relax on board as you cruise towards Greece. 

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, arrive at the stunning Greek island of Mykonos. During the 18th-century, Mykonos’ maze of tangled lanes would confuse even the most well-travelled pirates. Nowadays pretending to get lost in these winding alleys makes for a day of entertainment! This destination is known for its romantic Greek Island glamour. See brilliant beaches, turquoise waters, and picturesque whitewashed villages.

Your cruise will depart for your next destination late this evening, allowing plenty of time to catch a sunset.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early this morning arrive in Santorini where you have the full day to explore. Santorini, a Cyclades Island, was formed from the remains of a volcanic caldera which is evident in its rugged geology. Santorini is famous for its sheer cliffs, red beach, and whitewashed houses that contrast strikingly against the blue Aegean Sea. The island is also home to ancient archaeological sites, hot spring swimming, and stunning wineries.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day to relax & soak up the sun as you cruise back towards Italy.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This afternoon, dock in Ancona, capital of Italy’s picturesque Marche region. Overlooking the glittering Adriatic Sea, this bustling city is packed with historical landmarks such as the Roman ruins, Cathedral of Saint Ciriaco, and the Trajan Arch — a Turkish marble icon dating back to 114 A.D.

Set sail one last time this evening as you cruise back to Venice.


This morning, you will disembark your cruise in Venice and make your own way to your connecting flight.

Arrive home today. We hope you have enjoyed your inspiring journey and have memories to last a lifetime.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.


  • Return economy international airfares
  • Partially escorted by a local expert guide
  • 7 nights accommodation in selected 3 and 4-star hotels
  • 7 night cruise with MSC Cruises
  • 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners
  • Arrival transfer from Milan Airport to hotel 
  • Ferry trip to the islands of Venice and Murano
  • Guided city tours in Rome, Florence, Venice
  • Entrance tickets included for Colosseum (November to February, pending availability) or Roman Forum (March - October), St Mark´s Basilica and Murano Glass Factory in Venice
  • Train ticket Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa

  • Milan - Spend time exploring the beautiful cobbled Piazza del Duomo, part of the Centro Storico famous for its lively cafes, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II mall, and home to the impressive Gothic cathedral of Duomo di Milano. 
  • Pisa - Time to admire one of the most alluring and beautiful art complexes in Italy, including the well-known Leaning Tower of Pisa. 
  • Rome - Scenic tour of the main sites of  “The Eternal city” including the tiny state of the Vatican with time to visit St. Peter’s Basilica and included admission to the Roman Colosseum. Evening transfers to Trastevere with time to stroll in the narrow cobbled streets.
  • Florence -  Walking tour through the historic centre, taking in the city highlights such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and Plaza della Signoria. Visit the impressive Piazzale Michelangelo with views across the city.
  • Venice -  Guided walking tour of St. Mark's Square with entrance ticket included to the Basilica as well as a boat trip to Murano Island to visit a glass factory with ample time at leisure to explore on your own.
  • Kotor - Visit Montenegro’s port town of Kotor, set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountains.
  • Mykonos - Explore the stunning beaches, turquoise waters, and picturesque whitewashed villages.
  • Santorini - Enjoy this picturesque island, home to ancient archaeological sites, hot spring swimming, and stunning wineries.
  • Ancona - Wander this bustling city, packed with historical landmarks such as the Roman ruins, Cathedral of Saint Ciriaco, and the Trajan Arch

At MSC Cruises, our love for the sea goes back many generations. And we are eager to pass this passion on to future generations. That’s why we are dedicated to making each of our cruises a voyage of discovery and unforgettable emotions for every guest. We offer an enriching, immersive and safe cruise experience, where you can enjoy international dining, world-class entertainment, award-winning family programmes and the latest user-friendly technology on board.

Cabin Inclusions & Upgrades

Bella Experience
Please note, if booking a Bella category cabin in either the Interior or Oceanview, MSC will assign your cabin within 4 days before the cruise departure. You cannot choose your cabin number. For Ocean View Bella cabins you could be assigned a cabin with obstructed view. 

Interior Bella (IB) - Included

  • Surface approx 12-13 sqm, deck 7-10
  • Relaxing armchair
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer
  • Comfortable double or single beds (on request)
  • TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar

Ocean View Bella (OB) - FROM an additional $299 per person, twin share (Solo travellers from $449)

  • Surface approx. 12-13 sqm, deck 7-10
  • Window with sea view
  • Relaxing armchair
  • Comfortable double or single beds (on request)
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer
  • TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar

Junior Balcony Deck (BM1) - FROM an additional $899 per person, twin share (Solo travellers from $1,399)

  • Surface 13 sqm, balcony 3 sqm, deck 9-10
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer
  • Comfortable double or single beds (on request)
  • TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar

Please note your upgrade request in the 'Special Request' field whilst making your booking. Once your upgrade has been confirmed, the additional amount will be added to your invoice and payable with your final payment.

Fine Print

This product requires full payment upfront to secure your booking.
Once you have created your booking you will be directed to your invoice to choose your preferred payment method.

This package includes international airfares or has the option of adding international airfares to your booking when selecting your departure city.

If international airfares are included this will be stated in the ‘Inclusions’ section

Alternatively, if international airfares can be added to your booking you will be able to select your departure city after clicking ‘Book Now’ and a cost will be stated next to your selected departure city. This cost will then be added to your booking and flights will be added to your booking.

Conditions of flights for this package bookable by Inspiring Vacations:

  • Flight Offer valid from select departure cities within the purchase path only
  • Flights will be booked with the best available airline/s with luggage included. Low-cost carriers may be booked in conjunction with a full-service airline. Depending on the carrier, entertainment and meals may not be included but payable at an extra cost on-board. We cannot specify or guarantee the airline booked. If you would like a specific airline, please request this at the time of purchase. To make a flight request, please click ‘Book Now’ and select Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?  By selecting this option you will be sent a request form after completing your purchases to make your request. 
  • Flights may not be direct and may include multiple connections
  • Due to disrupted airline schedules globally with the pandemic, stopovers/transit times may be longer than usual (up to 12 hours in duration in some circumstances).
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable; any changes will be subject to the airline rules, Airline change fees and an Inspiring Vacations change fee of $250 per person.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required at the time of submitting your traveller booking form. Any error in the names submitted will be subject to an Inspiring Vacations name change fee of $150 plus any applicable fees charged by the airline, or the ticket may be non-refundable with the purchase of a new ticket required. 
  • If the required booking class is unavailable at time of booking, surcharges may apply. Total cost is final only at time of ticketing. Once issued, air tickets are subject to amendment and cancellation fees or may be non-refundable
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are outside of our control. It is important that you, as the customer, stay up-to-date with the latest airline schedule information prior to your departure. If a schedule change results in extended transits or an earlier/later departure from your destination, any additional accommodation or alternative arrangements will be at the traveler's expense.
  • After booking, the price payable may be subject to change as a result of factors beyond the control of Inspiring Vacations. Inspiring Vacations reserves the right to increase the price payable and this will be reflected on the customer's invoice. Increases may be in relation to, but not limited to, currency fluctuations, airline taxes, airfare increases and fuel surcharges.
  • Internal airfares (where applicable and included in the itinerary) will be using a local carrier and may include low-cost carriers without meals or entertainment. Checked baggage will still be included for each passenger. Any additional baggage required is payable at time of check-in. 
  • If you are travelling with another party on a separate booking, we cannot guarantee that the same flights will be booked for all parties, as this strictly depends on availability. 
  • You will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters are not included. If travelling over the recommended amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable directly.
  • In the event of that you no-show on your scheduled flight, please be aware the airline will require you to pay a no show fee, Airline reissue fee plus any additional airfare and taxes. Inspiring Vacations will also charge a $250 admin fee to assist re accommodating you on the next available flight. Please note that depending on the airline's policy, purchasing a new ticket may be required.


Included baggage differs based on your country of origin. Included baggage will be as per the following:

Country of Origin

Carry-on Baggage

Checked Baggage




New Zealand



United States of America









United Kingdom



Baggage allowances provided by the airline might differ to the values stated above. However limitations are required due to transport storage restrictions on your selected tour or package.

Flight requests, amendments or preferences

We understand customers may wish to request changes to their included airfares. If you wish to fly with a certain airline, land at a certain time or change your flight in other ways we will gladly provide you with a personalised quote tailored to your specific requirements.

To make a flight request, please click ‘Book Now’ and select Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?  By selecting this option you will be sent a request form after completing your purchase to make your request.

We would be more than happy to provide you with a quote for the following requests:

  • Airline Preferences - You may wish to fly with a particular airline
  • Cabin Preferences - These include upgrading to premium economy or business class
  • Extensions (start and end cities must remain the same) - You may request to extend your stay pre or post tour.
  • Meal Requests - You may request a specific meal for dietary requirements.
  • Seat Requests - If you would like to request particular seating. However please note, not all airlines allow the selection of pre-purchased seat arrangements.

We are currently unable to provide a quote for the following requests:

  • Stopovers - Is where you might want to stop in transit for a certain amount of days prior to your tour or after your tour.
  • One way flights
  • Different start or end city to the tour - you may not amend the arrival or departure city of your itinerary. 
  • Around the world tickets  - Is when a ticket includes multiple stops in different continents.
  • Return home to a different city from the one you departed.
  • Frequent Flyer point redemption - Is when an airline allows you to redeem points to pay for your flights or upgrade your ticket.  

If we can’t fulfill your request and you still wish to proceed with the booking, please select Land Only (excluding UK customers). This will allow you to travel on the land portion of the package without the included airfares. You will then be able to arrange your own flights separately.


For more frequently asked questions please view our FAQs  section. 

Online check-in 

Some airlines may not permit online check-in where flights have been booked by a travel company. Where unavailable to do so online, you will be required to check-in at the airport. Inspiring Vacations cannot check-in online on behalf of our customers.

Rome Sightseeing
Due to restrictions limiting ticket availability, particularly for the months March - October, entrance to the Colosseum in Rome has been permanently removed from this tour.  Visits to the Colosseum may still be possible during the low season (November - February) but remain subject to availability.  When Colosseum tickets are not available for any departure, entrance to the Imperial Forums will be included as an alternative.  

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a ”4"

Active Tour: A very good level of fitness and mobility is required for you to enjoy all aspects of the itinerary, as this is considered a fast-paced tour. While there is some free time scheduled either in the morning or afternoon, there are many full days of sightseeing with minimal rest and some early starts. You will be required to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and participate in all scheduled sightseeing that may be conducted on uneven ground and terrain. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

This package includes comfortable 3-4 star accommodation. However, the accommodation may not be centrally located. We recommend factoring in any additional transportation costs when considering this itinerary, as well as researching your final hotel list (received approximately 30 days before departure) so you can understand the facilities and amenities available throughout your stays.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $1,953.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book Comprehensive or Essentials cover for your domestic, international or multi-trip journeys simply by clicking HERE.

 Note that Inspiring Vacations cannot provide advice with regards to any insurance product.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return.

Visas may be required.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.

Group Size
Maximum of 70 people on Italy touring component

The group size will vary as you progress through different stages of your journey. Our carefully curated itinerary combines various components to create a seamless and continuous adventure. This means that you'll have the chance to meet and connect with fellow travelers along the way, as some individuals may join or depart throughout the trip.

Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
Join like-minded adventurers on this exciting multi-part adventure operated by one of our trusted travel partners. Be prepared to meet fellow travellers along the way, as other groups join and depart at different stages of the journey.

Immerse yourself in the local culture with experienced local guides in each region. These guides will be multilingual, where English is their second language. Depending on the group, they may also provide explanations in Spanish.

Tour Length
The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Travel Times 
This itinerary features extensive exploration, with some days involving longer journeys and potentially later arrivals at your accommodations. Prepare for coach journeys, soaking up the European landscapes as you travel between destinations. Pack essentials for travel days to keep yourself comfortable during journeys.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $228.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $201.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

  • Departure Transfer in Venice
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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