Grand Voyage Venice to Durban

This incredible repositioning cruise takes you through Italy, Greece, Jordan, Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, South Africa for 23 nights of top class cruising with the MSC Sinfonia. You will also get one night stay in a 4-star hotel in Durban, South Africa, following your cruise.

DESTINATION Italy, Greece, Jordan, Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, South Africa
FROM Dublin
DATE 07 October 2017
DURATION 25 Nights
PRICE From €2,799 pp

This incredible cruise truly is a Grand Voyage taking in some of the most beautiful cities in the world. 23 nights on the top class MSC Sinfonia to travel to places such as; Katakolon, Heraklion (Crete), the Suez Canal, Eilat,  Aqaba, Seychelles, Mauritius,  La Possession (Reunion), and Durban. After your spectacular cruise you will also get to spend one night in a 4 star hotel in Durban.

Flight Times:

OUTBOUND Depart 07.20 Arrive 11.00
RETURN Durban – Dublin Indirect & Overnight

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Venice, Italy: Depart 17.00

On arrival in Venice you will be transferred to the port where you will board the luxurious 4 Star MSC Sinfonia. You can take this day to relax and take in all of the amazing features your cruise ship has to offer. In the evening you will set sail.

Day 2: At Sea

Day 3: Katakolon, Greece: Arrive 08.00 Depart 14.00

Katakolon is a dazzling seaside town in western Ilias. Near Olympia, where the ancient Greeks flocked every four years to celebrate the ancient games dedicated to Zeus, Katakolon has a special feel. You’ll find ruins of the Temple of Hera and remnants of what was once the first Olympic Stadium. In fact, historical landmarks can be seen where ever you turn.

Day 4: Heraklion (Crete), Greece: Arrive 08.00 Depart 14.00

Heraklion is the largest of the Crete islands and is also the administrative centre. The Bronze Age palace of Knossos, also known as the Palace of Minos, is located nearby.

Days 5 & 6Transiting the Suez Canal: 

Today sees you pass through the Suez Canal, connecting the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. It beholds inspiring scenery.

Day 7: Eilat, Israel: Arrive 09.00 Depart 23.55

Eilat averages 360 sunny days a year with warm seas all year round. The city’s beaches, coral reef, nightlife and desert landscapes make it a popular destination for domestic and international tourism.

Day 8: Aqaba, Jordan: 07.00 Depart 19.00

This vibrant coastal town is Jordan’s only sea port, offering an unmissable opportunity to journey through the Wadi Rum desert immortalized by Lawrence of Arabia and then explore the unique ancient city of Petra, hewn into the pink sandstone rock. Aqaba itself offers abundant archaeological sites alongside the superb beach life, diving and water sports for which the Red Sea is renowned.

Day 9 – 15: At Sea

 

Day 16: Port Victoria, Seychelles: Arrive 06.00 Depart 18.00

Port of Victoria, is located in Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar. Port-Victoria has no fixed handling equipment. Ships are handled through ship’s gear by the private stevedores. Port Victoria is the capital city of the Seychelles (smallest African capital) and is situated on the north-eastern side of Mahé, which is the main island of the archipelago. The city was first established as the seat of the British colonial government.

Day 17 – 18: At Sea

 

Day 19: Port Louis, Mauritius Arrive 08.00 Depart 17.00

Port Louis (por loo-ee), the island’s capital and largest city, can feel like a kaleidoscope of countries and cultures, with flashes of India, Africa, Europe, China and the Middle East.  private beaches. Most interest lies amid the busy streets, the tangle of ethnic quarters, beautiful private beaches and some wonderfully preserved colonial buildings.

Day 20: La Possession, Reunion: Arrive 07.00 Depart 17.00

La Possession is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. It is located on the northwest side of the island of Réunion, between the capital of Saint-Denis and the commune of Le Port. To the territory of this commune belongs the major part of the valley of Mafate, a caldera of the extinct Piton des Neiges volcano. It is part of the Réunion National Park.

Day 21 – 23: At Sea

 

Day 24: Durban, South Africa: Arrive 07.00

Once you disembark from the cruise ship you will be whisked away to a 4 Star hotel. The crisp beaches of Durban with its picturesque views of the Indian Ocean offer a sense of paradise. Durban offers a beautiful contrast of busy urban culture, its heritage and close in distance to the Valley of a Thousand Hills, where the Zulu drum still beats.

Day 25: Durban, South Africa

Today is your final day and you will be transferred to the airport where you will get on an overnight flight to Dublin.

24 Nights accommodation aboard the 4 Star MSC Sinfonia, operated by MSC Cruise Line. 1 Night’s stay in a 4 Star hotel in Durban, South Africa.

MSC Sinfonia – Making Sweet Music

As her name suggests MSC Sinfonia is a cruise ship inspired by the works of Europe’s great classical composers and, like the thrilling symphonies they produced, she is something of a masterpiece herself, capable of capturing and enhancing your every mood! If you’re looking for peace, quiet and relaxation, head for Le Terme on Debussy deck where sauna, massage, a gym and fitness centre will help sooth away the stresses of modern life. For a shot of Mediterranean or South African sunshine head for the solarium up on Schubert deck. Be careful not to overdo the tanning though; cruise ships create their own gentle breeze that makes it easy to think the sun isn’t half as strong as it really is – although the medical centre is excellent, it’s one facility we hope you never use! An MSC Cruise is a great way to find a new hobby – where better to take up Italian? – or, if you’re already into golf then, chances are, you’ll return a much better player thanks to a state-of-the-art Virtual Golf Simulator that’s perfect for beginners and seasoned professional alike. If this is all too serious for you, why not enjoy a spot of mini-golf or traditional deck games? Traditional cruising pleasures abound too from the fine cuisine available in the restaurants, the café and the outdoor buffet, to a plethora of bars – the Irish Pub, Shelagh’s House, will make British cruisers feel at home – and elegant lounges where you’ll find music, dancing and the lost art of conversation much in evidence.

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07 October 2017 €5,699 Balcony
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Price inclusions

  • Direct flight from Dublin to Venice
  • Transfer to the port
  • 23 nights onboard MSC Sinfonia, based on 2 adults sharing an inside cabin
  • Meals on a full board basis while onboard MSC Sinfonia
  • Varied onboard entertainment included with MSC
  • Transfer from the port in Durban to your hotel
  • 1 night in 4-star hotel in Durban
  • Return transfer from hotel to airport
  • Overnight flight Durban to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in baggage

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250 per person
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • Optional Insurance €59 (conditions apply)
  • Currency onboard will be in Euro’s
  • Gratuities are not included in the above prices. Gratuities/Tips can either be pre-paid or paid the end of your cruise at a charge of €8.50 per person per night.
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.