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Quintessential Mediterranean

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24 Nights from $ Per Person

Oceania Cruises


  Rome, Italy

  24 Nights



An intoxicating mix of ancient cities and imagination-firing landscapes, Italy is a land where unforgettable experiences lie around every corner. Savour every moment of this Back-Roads adventure as you journey from enchanting Tuscan villages to tranquil lake-side retreats – sampling an abundance of tantalising flavours and local wines along the way.

On this idyllic voyage that journeys along the desirable eastern Adriatic coast, explores the best of Italy and calls on classic French and Spanish destinations, you’ll delight in the many joys of life in the Mediterranean.

BONUS US$300 OLife Choice Shipboard Credit

Your Fly, Tour & Cruise Package Includes:

  • $1500 flight credit
  • 12 night Italian Indulgence guided holiday with Back-Roads Touring, Rome to Venice
  • Includes hand-picked accommodation, 18 meals, premium transportation, select activities plus more
  • 12 night Mediterranean cruise onboard Sirena, Venice to Monte Carlo
  • Includes all meals & specialty restaurants, still & sparkling water, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea, Wi-Fi plus more
  • Select transfers
  • Gratuities onboard your cruise

Pricing is per person twin share and based on travel 03-27 June 2023

Single traveller pricing available, speak with your travel consultant

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 - Rome (Italy)

They say all roads lead to Rome – and that is where we’ll begin our delightful Italian adventure. After meeting the group, we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 - Rome – Assisi – Perugia

After breakfast, our route will whisk us away to awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. After getting to know the famous hilltop town a little better on an orientation tour, we’ll move on to Perugia – the medieval capital of the Umbria region.

Day 3 - Perugia – Siena – Rural Tuscany

Introducing Siena: a magnificent Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town centre with our Tour Leader, we’ll make tracks for tonight’s idyllic accommodation: a country villa hotel set amidst the rolling Tuscan countryside. For dinner this evening, we’ll come together to indulge in some superb local cuisine.

Day 4 - Rural Tuscany

Interested in learning a few Italian culinary secrets? You’re in luck! Today our friendly hosts will help us to prepare a classic Tuscan lunch. After indulging in our creations, the afternoon will be ours to take in the panoramic countryside views or take a dip in the pool.

Day 5 - Rural Tuscany – Florence – Lucca

Today we’ll turn our attention to Florence: the birthplace of the Renaissance and home of some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces. A local guide will bring the city alive as we stroll by the likes of the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio on a walking tour. Then, as the afternoon turns to dusk, we’ll press on to lovely Lucca.

Day 6 - Lucca – Pisa – Lucca

Prepare to see an Italian icon up close today as we pay a visit to the Campo Dei Miracoli: home to the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa. There will be plenty of time for photographing this iconic landmark and uncovering the acoustic wonders of the Baptistry of St John before returning to Lucca. This afternoon, we’ll have the chance to explore the cobblestone streets at our own pace.

Day 7 - Lucca – Camogli and Portofino – Santa Margherita Ligure

It’s time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera! Today we’ll make stops at romantic Camogli and glittering Portofino before settling in at Santa Margherita Ligure. This evening, take some time to wander along the beautiful beachfront – taking in the pastel-coloured houses, elegant hotels and sparkling sea.

Day 8 - Santa Margherita Ligure – Barolo and Asti – Cherasco

Away from the coast and onwards to Barolo, in Piedmont: a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. This afternoon there’s a treat in store for the bon vivants among us – we’ll be visiting a local distillery near Asti to taste some local liquors. After, we’ll move on to quaint Cherasco where a group dinner awaits.

Day 9 - Cherasco – Alba and Lake Orta – Lake Maggiore

Rise and shine – this morning we’ll be heading out into the hills of Alba to join a truffle hunt with a local farmer and his dog. Later, we’ll hit the road to the captivating Lake Orta: a tranquil retreat sitting pretty at the bottom of the imposing Monte Mottarone. Then: from one blissful Italian lake to another! Lake Maggiore will be the final stop on today’s scenic journey.

Day 10 - Lake Maggiore

Today we’ll leave dry land behind us and set sail for the Borromean Island: a charming collection of islets located in the western corner of the lake. We’ll have plenty of time to explore Isola Madre, wander the terraces of the ornate baroque garden on Isola Bella and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori before we return to shore. After a light lunch, we’ll have some free time to spend at our leisure.

Day 11 - Lake Maggiore – Lake Como – Sondrio

After bidding a fond farewell to Lake Maggiore we will venture along the shores of stunning Lake Como. Passing lakeside villages draped in opulence, here we’ll receive a rare insight into how the rich and famous live. Continuing our journey, we’ll stop to taste some local wine before arriving at Sondrio – our home for the night.

Day 12 - Sondrio – Lake Molveno – Trento

Today we’ll shine the spotlight on one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy: the spectacular Lake Molveno – a swathe of iridescent blue that lies at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. Then, our Tour Leader will take us on a leisurely stroll around the mountain city of Trento before we settle in for tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 13 - Trento – Verona – Venice

Filled with impressive ruins and romantic hotspots, fair Verona beckons today. After taking in the city highlights on an orientation tour, we’ll board the mini-coach one last time for the journey to our show-stopping finale: the floating city of Venice.

Cruise Itinerary:





15 Jun 23

Venice, Italy - Embark


6.00 pm

16 Jun 23

Split, Croatia

10.00 am

7.00 pm

17 Jun 23

Kotor, Montenegro

7.00 am

3.00 pm

18 Jun 23

Igoumenitsa, Greece

8.00 am

5.00 pm

19 Jun 23

Cruising the Strait of Messina



19 Jun 23

Taormina (Sicily), Italy

9.00 am

6.00 pm

20 Jun 23

Sorrento/Capri, Italy

7.00 am

6.00 pm

21 Jun 23

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

7.00 am

8.00 pm

22 Jun 23

Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy

8.00 am

8.00 pm

23 Jun 23

Propriano, Corsica, France

8.00 am

5.00 pm

24 Jun 23

Mahón (Menorca), Spain

8.00 am

7.00 pm

25 Jun 23

Barcelona, Spain

7.00 am

7.00 pm

26 Jun 23

Provence (Marseille), France

8.00 am

6.00 pm

27 Jun 23

Monte Carlo, Monaco - Disembark

8.00 am


Terms and Conditions

*Conditions apply. Subject to availability and change without notice. Prices listed are in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy/travel, unless otherwise stated. Prices/Offers are correct at the time of distribution. Full travel supplier booking conditions apply.

Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest inside category available at the time.  Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 27 June 2022 and can be withdrawn without notice.  Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated.  Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included.  Air credit is applicable on airline of choice, subject to availability and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions.  Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.

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