MSC Cruises ex Genoa – 50% off second guest

50% off second passenger on MSC Meraviglia
PLUS Cirque Du Soleil at sea dinner and show!

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Exclusively for MSC Meraviglia, Cirque du Soleil has created two different shows, VIAGGIO, an immersion into a world of colour and SONOR, an auditory adventure with unique sensations and sounds.

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7 night cruise departing Genoa (Italy) via Italy, Malta, Spain and France.
Inside from AU$1,136 per cabin*
Oceanview from AU$1,511 per cabin*
Balcony from AU$2,023 per cabin*

*Cirque du Soleil promotion only valid for Balcony or Deluxe Suite bookings, selected departures only.

Escorted Coach Tour of the Balkans

13 days ‘Grand Balkan’ – start in Zagreb and finish in Dubrovnik

Great coverage of this region with Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia all ticked off!

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Zagreb – Ljubljana – Plitvice – Split – Dubrovnik – Tirana – Ohrid – Skopje – Kolasin – Dubrovnik

Inclusions:

  • 3 and 4 star accommodation
  • Meals as detailed
  • Dinner in a local restaurant in Plitvice
  • Zagreb arrival transfer and Dubrovnik departure transfer
  • Guided sightseeing tours (Zagreb, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Skopje, & Kotor)
  • Entrance fees to most attractions
  • Services of a multilingual tour director
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

2018 EARLY BIRD OFFER: AUD $500 per couple credit to spend on additional accommodation when you book and pay in full by 29 Dec 2017.

Prices for 15 May and 5 Jun departures $2580 p/p, with all other departures $2700 p/p twin share.

Guaranteed Departures in 2018:

  • 15 May
  • 5 June
    3 July
  • 31 July
  • 21 August
  • 11 September

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Tour itinerary:

Day 1: ZAGREB
Arrive in Zagreb and transfer to your hotel. This evening, join your fellow tour members and guide at a welcome dinner. (D)

Stay at Hotel International (4 star) or Panorama Hotel (4 star) (July 3 departure only)

Day 2: ZAGREB – BLED – LJUBLJANA
Morning city tour of Zagreb, including the fortified Upper Town, city’s historical centre, where you will see the multi-coloured roof of St Mark’s Church and the Croatian National Theatre. Free time to explore until the departure for Slovenia. First stop in Slovenia is Lake Bled and its mountainous environs and stunning topography. Then continue on to Ljubljana. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel M (3 star)

Day 3: LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE
Morning city tour of Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, exploring historical city centre, whose unique architecture is the legacy of the Baroque and Art Nouveau periods situated on the banks of the majestic Ljubljana River. Afternoon departure for Plitvice, for the Plitvice Lakes National Park a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.The tour of this magnificent national park featuring sixteen lakes at different levels joined by a series of cascading waterfalls. (B, D)

Stay at Park Hotel (4 star)

Day 4: PLITVICE – TROGIR – SPLIT
After breakfast, depart for the Adriatic coast and stop in the seaside town of Trogir for a visit of this ancient centre of artistic activity. Continue a short distance to Split, Croatia’s second largest city, the city tour includes a walk through Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Roman emperor in the 4th century B.C. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Katarina (4 star)

Day 5: SPLIT – DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, departure for Dubrovnik, via Bosnia & Herzegovina. Short stop in Mostar, recently included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage sites, with its elegant Bridge, Old Bazaar, the Mosque and a typical Turkish house. Then continue onto Dubrovnik. The afternoon city tour of Dubrovnik, this medieval walled city which includes the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, Rector’s Palace and the cathedral. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Ivka (3 star)

Day 6: DUBROVNIK
Today you have a full day to discover this UNESCO World Heritage listed city at your leisure. (B, D)

Day 7: DUBROVNIK – BUDVA (Montenegro) – SHKODRA (Albania) – TIRANA (Albania)
From Dubrovnik you drive inland to Budva, known for it’s historic Old City encircled by walls from the Venetian period. Continue to Shkodra, once the 3rd Century B.C. capital of the Illyrian Kingdom, before ending the day in Tirana. (B, D)

Stay at Sky Tower Hotel (4 star)

Day 8: TIRANA – OHRID (Macedonia)
Your morning sightseeing tour of Tirana includes the massive Skanderbeg Square, Mosque of Et’hem Bey and the National Museum. In the afternoon, depart for Macedonia and the magical town of Ohrid. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Metropol (4 star)

Day 9: OHRID
The lakeside town of Ohrid is a World Heritage site. Your morning tour will include the 11th century St. Sofia Church with its magnificent Byzantine frescoes, and in the afternoon, visit St. Naum Monastery which was built on the shores of Lake Ohrid in 900 AD. (B)

Stay at Hotel Metropol (4 star)

Day 10: OHRID – SKOPJE
After breakfast, travel to Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, where you will have a tour of Kale Fortress, Church of the Holy Saviour, the old bazaar and Stone Bridge. Then drive to the slopes of Vodno Mountain to visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th century icons and frescoes. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Karpos (4 star)

Day 11: SKOPJE – KOLAŠIN (Montenegro)
This morning you drive to Kolasin in Montenegro via the impressive Moraca River Canyon. Kolasin is a popular ski resort on the banks of the Tara River and surrounded by thick pine forests of the Bjelasica Mountains. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Bianca (4 star)

Day 12: KOLAŠIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK
Morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola’s Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrović. Continuation to Kotor, a UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St Triphon, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik, driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor for a farewell dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Ivka (3 star)

Day 13: DUBROVNIK
Your Grand Balkan Tour concludes with a departure airport transfer for your onward journey. (B)

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Special Feature: Liverpool

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What first comes to mind when you think about the city of Liverpool? It’s the home of The Beatles.

A band loved by generations both young and old, it’s hard not to appreciate the brilliance that made these four lads some of the best musicians of all time.

If you are planning a trip to the UK in 2018, then make a stop in Liverpool to immerse yourself in everything that is the Beatles. Take a ticket to ride on the two hour Magical Mystery Tour and visit all those places Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, The Cavern Club, and their childhood homes.

The main starting point is down at Liverpool’s UNESCO world heritage waterfront at Albert Dock where a permanent display has been set up covering the Beatles story. You can wander around and enjoy the audio guide by John’s sister Julia telling the story of their remarkable success.

Attractions are recreations of the Abbey Road Studios (still hoping one day they will open the actual studio in London to the public for tours), Casbah Coffee Club, and a Yellow Submarine.

Memorabilia such as John’s Imagine glasses positioned on that white piano, the Sgt Pepper outfits, and many guitars used by the group. 2018 will also feature a special Beatles in India exhibit. Transcendental Peace man!

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The Cavern Club was where the band cut its teeth and played over 300 gigs between early 1961 and mid 1963. It still exists as a working club as well as a museum.

Liverpool is embracing its place in music with other attractions being opened. Down at Pier Head, located in the old Cunard building, is the British Music Experience. This was only opened in early 2017 and houses a collection of music history from WW2 through to current day artists like Adele and Coldplay.

Remember to take a ferry on the Mersey and visit the many art galleries that have sprung up in the past few years. Perhaps take a ghost tour or visit Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield Stadium for hopefully a game and sing their great theme song ‘You Never Walk Alone’. Liverpool has over 2,500 listed buildings some housing museums and many public sculptures of significance. Great for the lovers of architecture.

As you can see a few days is well worthwhile in this unique city.

As a suggestion of where to stay, we would recommend the Hard Day’s Night Hotel. It’s in an historic building dating from 1884 and located next to the Cavern Club. A Beatles themed boutique hotel with wall to wall art on display, a fitting match to your whole Beatles experience.

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Current cost for a deluxe double bed room (38 sq – very large) for two nights in summer is $361 total.

So if you are to visit the UK next year, or you’ve got it on the radar for your next upcoming trip, remember to factor in a stay in Liverpool.

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Northern Isles Cruise – Holland America

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This is a great opportunity to visit some unique ports of call not often available on cruises.

14 Day cruise – departure 07 July 2018 from Copenhagen on the MS Zuiderdam (pictured above).

Prices from $3799 p/p (inside cabin) and $4199 p/p (outside cabin).

Highlights

  • Amazing food and superb service make Holland America one of the longest running cruise lines
  • Inspire yourself with a Northern Europe cruise highlighted by Viking legends, grand, looming fjords, and a history of royalty
  • Visits to Iceland, Faroe Islands, Shetland Islands, Norway
  • Copenhagen is a delightful city with some of the world’s most interesting places, like the longest pedestrian street and one of the oldest amusement parks in the world

Zuiderdam – Passenger Capacity: 1918, Year Built: 2002, Last Refurbished: 2015

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Daily Itinerary
Jul 7, 2018 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Jul 8, 2018 – Cruising
Jul 9, 2018 – Bergen, Norway
Jul 10, 2018 – Alesund, Norway
Jul 11, 2018 – Cruising
Jul 12, 2018 – Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Jul 13, 2018 – Akureyri, Iceland
Jul 14, 2018 – Isafjord, Iceland
Jul 15, 2018 – Reykjavik, Iceland
Jul 16, 2018 – Reykjavik, Iceland
Jul 17, 2018 – Cruising
Jul 18, 2018 – Thorshavn, Denmark
Jul 19, 2018 – Lerwick, Scotland, UK
Jul 20, 2018 – Cruising
Jul 21, 2018 – Copenhagen, Denmark

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For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Southern Italy, Sicily and Malta

Bunnik small group tour – 23 days
Various departures available from April – October 2017 including airfares, taxes, tips, all breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners.
Cost twin share from $10,145 p/p.

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Sightseeing – La Dolce Vita

  • Explore Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Capitol and the Colosseum.
  • Discover the opulent Vatican City and visit the amazing museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica.
  • Visit the famous ruins of Pompeii which lay buried for hundreds of years after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in the year 79AD – it’s one of the most significant examples of Roman civilisation.
  • Pizza originated in the Naples region so it’s only fitting that you take a pizza-making class in Sorrento.
  • Explore the beautiful Isle of Capri and visit the cheerful village of Anacapri.
  • Enjoy a half day excursion along the stunning Amalfi Coast. Enjoy the views at a stop over Positano, and wander the streets of Amalfi.
  • Stop to visit the UNESCO Heritage-listed fortress of Castel del Monte on the way to Apulia.
  • Take a walking tour of the picturesque town of Alberobello, which is famous for its unique trulli – whitewashed dry stone circular houses with conical roofs.
  • Spend 2 nights in a heritage-listed Trulli.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Grotto di Castellana with its stalactites, stalagmites, fossils and cavities that stretch 3 kilometres in distance and 72 metres below ground.
  • Enjoy some time in the pretty seaside town of Polignano a Mare.
  • Discover the remarkable baroque town of Lecce, located in the heel of ‘Italy’s boot’.
  • Visit Ostuni, a charming, fortified hill town known as La Città Bianca (The White City).
  • Spend 2 nights in the amazing ‘Sassi’ cave residences in Matera.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Matera to learn more about this subterranean city.
  • Visit Mt Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano, approximately 3,350 metres high.
  • Explore the hillside town of Taormina, walking the narrow streets and seeing the picturesque Duomo that dates back to the 13th century.
  • Spend some time in Cefalù and visit its beautiful Basilica.
  • Tour the city of Palermo, including the red-domed church of St John the Hermit, the Norman Cathedral (Palermo Cathedral), the Royal Palace, once the seat of power for Italy’s Kings during the Norman domination, and the Monreale Cathedral which was commissioned by William II in 1174, the Norman ruler of Sicily.
  • Visit the well-preserved Greek Doric temple in Segesta.
  • Discover the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento, one of Sicily’s most historical attractions. The archaeological park is made up of 8 temples – Hera, Concordia, Heracles, Olympian Zeus, Castor and Pollux, Hephaestos, Demeter and Asclepius.
  • Enjoy some time to explore this fascinating town of Ragusa.
  • Taste the specialty of the Ragusa region “Cioccolato di Modica” characterised by a grainy texture and aromatic flavour.

The Jewel of the Mediterranean

  • Tour the city of Valletta including the Upper Barracca Gardens, St John Co-Cathedral and Grand Masters’s Palace.
  • Enjoy a cruise of the Grand Harbour on a traditional dghajsa.
  • On the island of Gozo see the prehistoric Temples of Ggantija in Xaghra, the capital – Victoria, and see the Citadel and the lovely Bay of Xlendi.
  • Visit Ta’Mena Estate and taste some local Gozitan wine and produce over a light lunch.
  • See the Azure Window, an impressive rock arch where the sea has crashed against the cliffs and has formed a hole. From certain points on the cliffs, the arch gives the appearance of looking through a window with a view of the ocean – hence the name.
  • Tour the medieval city of Mdina, which reveals its charm especially at night when the narrow streets are empty and lit by old lanterns. An evening tour will familiarise you with the secrets of the city and its nocturnal residents.

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For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Full itinerary:

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive in Rome
Welcome to vibrant Italy and the beautiful Eternal City of Rome. Meet your fellow travellers and tour director for a welcome cocktail this evening.

Day 3. Rome
This morning we explore Imperial Rome. Highlights include the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Capitol and the Colosseum (fast-track entry), where gladiatorial contests and games were held along with mock sea battles and executions. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before tonight’s group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Rome
Discover majestic Vatican City this morning (fast-track entry). We’ll visit the amazing Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica – all containing works of art and sculptures by Michelangelo. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 5. Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento
We travel to the stunning Bay of Naples and the town of Sorrento via the ancient city of Pompeii (fast-track entry). Buried under ash for centuries after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD, it is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman civilisation. [B,D]

Special Experience: Naples is the birthplace of Pizza so tonight we’ll enjoy an authentic Italian pizza-making class.

Day 6. Isle of Capri Excursion
After breakfast we take the ferry to the Isle of Capri, known for its rugged seascape, café culture and brilliant bougainvillea. We tour the hilltop town of Anacapri and have some time at leisure before returning to Sorrento in the late afternoon. [B]

Day 7. Sorrento
Special Experience: We’ll travel along the famous Amalfi Coast, through the stunning towns of Positano, Praiano and Amalfi, making several photo stops along the way!

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to relax in Sorrento. [B]

Day 8. Sorrento – Alberobello
We stop to visit the 13th century UNESCO World Heritage-listed Castel del Monte in Andria on our way to Alberobello, a heritage-listed town famous for its unique limestone dwellings. When we arrive we’ll explore the town on a walking tour. [B]

Special Experience: For the next two nights we’ll stay in one of the heritage-listed ‘Trulli’.

Day 9. Alberobello
The Grotte di Castellana began to form some 90 million years ago and is more than 3km long. We take a guided tour of this natural wonder to admire the incredible stalactites and stalagmites, fossils and canyons. We’ll also have some free time to explore the seaside town of Polignano a Mare, home of the famous cave restaurant overlooking the sea. [B]

Day 10. Alberobello – Lecce – Ostuni – Matera
From Alberobello, we explore the ornate town of Lecce, characterised by its abundance of baroque architecture. This afternoon we discover the beautiful ‘White City’ of Ostuni, spread high on a hill just 8km from the coast. For the next two nights we’ll be staying in one of Matera’s impressive cave residences known as ‘Sassi’. [B]

Day 11. Matera
We begin the day with a walking tour of Matera to learn more about this subterranean city before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 12. Matera – Giardini Naxos
This morning we travel to Villa San Giovanni, where we board a ferry across the Strait of Messina to Sicily. Once we arrive in Sicily, we make our way along the coast to the charming resort town of Giardini Naxos on the coast of the Ionian Sea. [B]

Day 13. Mt Etna & Taormina Excursion
Today we visit Mt Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano at approximately 3,350 metres high. In the afternoon, we visit the famous hillside town of Taormina, where we’ll stroll along the narrow streets, explore the 13th century Duomo and enjoy sweeping views over the Gulf of Naxos. [B]

Day 14. Giardini Naxos – Palermo
Travelling to Palermo, we stop in the seaside village of Cefalù and visit the beautiful Norman Basilica. [B]

Day 15. Palermo
Palermo, the capital of Sicily, has been invaded many times and this is evident in the many architectural styles that can be seen. We’ll visit the Moorish St John the Hermit Church, the Norman Palace, and the Cathedral, characterised by its fusion of romanesque, baroque and gothic styles. [B]

Day 16. Palermo – Agrigento
Today we travel to Agrigento via Segesta, where we’ll visit its well-preserved 5th century Greek Doric temple. After lunch we’ll explore Agrigento’s ‘Valley of the Temples’, one of Sicily’s most historical attractions. The archaeological park is made up of 8 temples – Hera, Concordia, Heracles, Olympian Zeus, Castor and Pollux, Hephaestos, Demeter and Asclepius. [B]

Day 17. Agrigento – Malta
We make our way along the coast, stopping to explore in the beautiful Ragusa region.

Special Experience: Try the speciality of the region, “Cioccolato di Modica”, characterised by a grainy texture and aromatic flavour.

This evening we cross the Mediterranean to the island of Malta. [B,D]

Day 18. Malta
Today we explore Malta’s capital, Valletta. Highlights include the Upper Barracca Gardens, St John Co-Cathedral, the Grand Master’s Palace, and the Malta 5D Show. We’ll then board a traditional dghajsa for a cruise around Valletta’s Grand Harbour. [B]

Day 19. Gozo
We discover the tiny island of Gozo today. Marvel at the rugged terrain, spectacular coastline and the famous Azure Window, a natural limestone arch formation, created after the collapse of two sea caves. We’ll also see the prehistoric Temples of Ggantija in Xaghra, Victoria – the island’s capital, and the Citadel and lovely Bay of Xlendi. [B,L]

Special Experience: We visit an organic vineyard for wine tastings and a light lunch.

Day 20. Malta
We have a full day at leisure to enjoy the delightful island of Malta. This evening we explore Mdina. The city is at its most charming at dusk. Our guide will share tales as we wander the narrow streets, lit by old lanterns. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 21. Depart Malta
Today we bid farewell to Malta and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 22. In Transit
Day 23. Arrive in Australia

Scenic River Cruise – Paris to Nice

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Various departures are available from May thru to September 2017.
Special FLY FREE offers with limited availability left and offer expires 16 December.

Prices start from $9195 p/p.

All-inclusive highlights:

  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 2 exclusive Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 29 Freechoice activities
  • Exclusive Scenic Culinaire
  • 1 Sundowners event
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade
  • 36 meals– 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners

There are no overnight sailings on this itinerary. There’s no need, with so many beautiful sites in such marvellous proximity.

That gives you the perfect opportunity to step out and explore whatever incredible destination your 5-star floating hotel happens to be docked in. You’ll find yourself right there, in the centre of the action, in one of Europe’s most beautiful regions, with nightly opportunities to stretch your legs and explore.

A gourmet splurge in Lyon, the food capital of France, or an evening of fabulous entertainment in Tarascon – the possibilities are endless, and the choice is yours.

Combine that with highlights such as immersing yourself in the acclaimed Beaujolais wine region, and a visit to the beautiful Camargue, and the temptations of succumbing to the South of France become even more alluring.

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

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Albania, Montenegro and Adriatic Cruise

Cruise for 12 Days/11 Nights – Start Tirana Finish Dubrovnik – Departures APR/MAY/JUN/AUG/SEP 2015

from $2920 per person plus port taxes $101 per person.

Day 1 – Arrive Tirana

You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 2 – Tirana

Our morning tour starts at Skanderbeg Square, the Mosque of Et’hem Bey, the Clock Tower, and the statue of Albania’s national hero, G.K. Skanderbeg, the Palace of Culture built with Soviet assistance; and the National History Museum, with a mosaic on its facade portraying the country’s history. Afternoon at leisure to explore, shop, or just relax.

Day 3 – Tirana-Kolasin

Depart Tirana and travel to Shkodra, a cultural centre and one of Albania’s oldest cities. See the ruins of Rozafa Castle, set on a hill high above the city, then cross the border into Montenegro to Kolasin. This region is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain and is a popular skiing/spa resort, dinner in Kolasin.

Day 4 – Kolasin

Today we visit Morača Monastery the largest medieval Orthodox monument in Montenegro built in 1252. Continue to the National Park Durmitor, Zabljak and the River Tara Canyon (the deepest canyon in Europe). Lunch at the local restaurant. We will visit Biogradsko Lake (the most romantic lake) located in the centre of the Biogradska Mountain.

Day 5 – Dubrovnik

Drive to Podgorica, capital of Montenegro followed by drive to Cetinje, the historical capital of Montenegro located at the foot of Mount Lovcen and visit the Cetinje Museum. Then, take a spectacularly steep road down to the Bay of Kotor, the deepest fjord in Southern Europe and along the way view the towns of Risan and Kotor. Continue to Croatia with drop off at the Dubrovnik Port of Gruz for your Adriatic Cruise. Afternoon embarkation followed by welcome reception by your tour guide. Overnight on board.

Day 6 – Dubrovnik-Mljet

Morning walking tour of Dubrovnik, the pearl of Adriatic enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage, visit the Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy. Lunch on board. Then sail to the National Park on the Island Mljet. Visit of the Mljet National Park which covers the Western wooded area of the Island: there are five types of forest many species of birds and eagles nest here. The east end of the park is characterised by two deep bays that are called “lakes” because of their narrow channel (Big Lake and Small Lake). A channel connects the small lake with the big lake, on which St Mary’s Island is situated with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century. Many tales involve the island of Mljet, eg: it was the favourite holiday destination of the Greek hero Ulysses! Dinner is on board.

Day 7 – Mljet-Pucisca

Sail by the Island of Korcula, a unique example of harmony between magnificent nature, cultural tradition, rich history and modern tourism. Lunch will be served on board. Continue to sail to Pucisca, a beautiful small town on island Brac. Stop for swim at a bay near Pucisca. Evening at leisure enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Day 8 – Omis-Split

Today we sail to Split, the capital of Dalmatia. Lunch on board. Weather permitting, stop for swim in Omis, with its churches and fortresses is a silent reminder of the power and the might of infamous pirates. Today, it is the centre of the Omis Riviera, and is one of the most beautiful parts of Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. In Split, guided visit of the port, the seafront promenade and the Roman Emperor Diocletian‘s Palace. The historical centre of the city, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage, is nestled inside the area of the gigantic Roman palace with its busy alleys, its ancient columns and Roman belfries. Dine at your leisure and back on board the boat.

Day 9 – Split-Bol-Hvar

Stop in Bol, said to have the best beach in Croatia for a swim at Golden Horn. A vast golden pebble beach some 580 yards long and is unique as it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Lunch on board. Then head to Hvar for a guided visit. Hvar is one of the most popular and developed tourist islands in the Adriatic Sea and a meeting point for the international jet set. The “Croatian Madeira” is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. It shelters numerous little coves which offer both, discrete and paradisiacal places to anchor. Enjoy a tour of Hvar town which boasts the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s Theatre in the UK), the Franciscan Monastery and many more historical sights. Evening in Hvar is free to explore and dine at one of the many local family owned restaurants.

Day 10 – Hvar-Korcula

Relax on the sun deck as you cruise arriving in the late afternoon to Korcula, the acclaimed birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Lunch is on board. Later enjoy a walking tour through narrow, cobbled streets and will include the visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St Mark. The rest of the evening at leisure to enjoy dinner at a local restaurants of your choice.

Day 11 – Korcula-Dubrovnik

As you sail back along the shores of Mljet Island, gaze at the steep coastal cliffs and stop in the bay for swim (weather permitting). Continue to the Peljesac Peninsula for a visit to the Grgich Winery, where you’ll see the vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting. Evening at leisure in Dubrovnik.

Day 12 – Dubrovnik

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Inclusions: 7 nights in twin share cabin with private facilities on the M/S princess Aloha or M/S Vita, 4 nights in first class hotels, service charges, taxes, arrival and departure transfers, breakfast daily, six lunches, two dinners (including wine, beer and soft drinks on cruise), professional cruise manager, porterage 1 piece luggage pp, welcome reception, taxes, service charges. Sightseeing: Tirana-Skanderbeg Square, Kolasin-Moraca Monastery, Durmitor National Park, Podgorica-Ceninje Museum, Dubrovnik-Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery, Miljet-National Park, Lakes, Split-Diocletian’s Palace, Bol-Franciscan Monastery, Korcula-St Mark’s Cathedral. Hotels: Tirana-Sheraton, Kolasin-Bianca Resort and Spa (or similar).

To find out more about this adventure, contact Trans Otway Travel on (03) 9600 1482 or email contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Spain Tour – Explore Moorish Andalucia

14 days ex Seville 11 Oct 2014 – cost $1881pp

Limited places left. Great time to see this beautiful and historic region of Spain. Combines all the highlight cities of Seville, Cordoba and Granada, with scenic walks in places of outstanding beauty. Several days spent in the wild mountains of Cazorla, Ronda and Grazalema.

Tour includes 11 nights in standard hotels, 2 nights in a simple hostel, all breakfasts. Small group 10-16 people.

One Way on Luxury Gulet 7 Night Cruise

Individual Cabin Charter – 7 Night Cruise

This is a unique offer to cruise one way from Split to Dubrovnik without having to charter the whole vessel, but only charter an individual cabin.

Fortuna is a beautiful 27 metre ketch that offers a choice of 7 cabins – 4 double cabins with ensuite and 3 twin cabins with ensuite.

She offers a covered aft deck with dining area and large sun-deck for sunbathing on lazy afternoons.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Marina Frapa, Rogoznica – Maslinica, Šolta
Day 2: Maslinica, Šolta – Bol, Brač
Day 3: Bol, Brač – Hvar
Day 4: Hvar – Ščedro
Day 5: Ščedro – Korčula
Day 6: Korčula – Mljet
Day 7: Mljet – Šipan
Day 8: Šipan – Dubrovnik

Package includes:

  • Seven day cruising (4 hrs navigation daily)
  • Cabin accommodation
  • Half board (breakfast & lunch)
  • Port & Tourist taxes
  • Clean linen & towels
  • Four crew members assistance
  • Sightseeing of Hvar & Korčula with an English speaking local guide
  • Internet connection

Prices start from $2,550 per person twin/double share.

To book, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Romantic Rivieras of the Mediterranean

Enjoy the Romantic Rivieras and Islands of the Mediterranean in July and August 2013 and receive a 50% discount on the second paying passenger sharing a cabin!

Discover the glamorous resorts and hidden coves of the French and Italian Riviera as you cruise in ultimate style and comfort. Every day brings a new panorama of picturesque towns, beautiful blue waters and a glimpse into playgrounds of the rich and famous.

Highlights of this exclusive cruise are visits to St Tropez, sparkling Monte Carlo, Ile Rousse, medieval Bonifacio on Corsica, pictorial Elba Island, and Cinqueterre on the Ligurian coast of Italy!

Onboard the brand new, state-of-the-art Variety Voyager, you will cruise along the enchanting coastlines of southern Europe surrounded by the highest standard of luxury, comfort, and passenger care. This brand new vessel was launched in 2012 and has been beautifully styled with warm fabrics, rich marbles and soft tone wood panelling.

Throughout the vessel you can enjoy unobstructed views of the ocean which makes it the perfect ship for exploring Europe. From departure to return, the Voyager is a truly unforgettable cruise holiday.

To receive the discount simply book before the 31st December 2012 to receive a 50% discount on the second paying passenger sharing the cabin.

From $2,695 for the first person, and $1,350 for the second person.

To book, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au