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Soak up the enchanting sights of Venice during a hotel stay before exploring an array of fascinating ports across the Mediterranean, Arabia and East Africa.

The enchanting city of Venice is where your Mediterranean adventure begins with a one-night hotel stay. Discover secret passageways, dramatic Gothic architecture and the famous Venetian cuisine; all of which contribute to the beauty and intrigue of this enchanting city.

Following your stay, you’ll embark MSC Sinfonia, a ship which pays homage to the symphonies of the great composers in a unique reinterpretation of a traditional cruise experience. Admire its stylish designer interiors of polished woods and gleaming marble and immerse yourself in its array of dazzling features.

Explore treasures of the Eastern Mediterranean with stops in Split, home to the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace which dates back to the 4th century, and Katakolon, where you could wander the original Olympic Stadium. After a leisurely cruise through the Suez Canal, you’ll reach Egypt; from its beautiful beaches to its Millennia-old monuments, it’s a destination of great charm. Soak up the sun in Sharm El Sheikh and delve into the tombs of Luxor from Safaga.

Discover the ancient city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, gateway to astounding Mecca, the cradle of Islam, before enjoying five days at sea to revel in the delights on board. A highlight of your cruise will be spending an overnight in port in Victoria, capital of the Seychelles. An archipelago of over a hundred picturesque islands in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles are a true tropical paradise.

Staying in East Africa, you’ll reach magical Mauritius, where you’ll relish a further overnight in port before arriving in Réunion. Hiking, snorkelling and whale watching are a part of the norm when visiting Réunion Island but you could also discover some of humanity’s contribution like a 19th century rum distillery. Your cruise then ends in Durban, where you’ll disembark and head home.

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The MSC Sinfonia Experience

MSC Sinfonia may be a small cruise ship by today’s leviathan standards but she still manages to encompass a lot of comfort, quality and choice for her guests. From active to relaxing cruise holidays, Sinfonia manages to provide a setting for both. You may choose to spend a morning at Le Terme, the tranquil spa where a soothing massage and cleansing sauna await; or why not perfect your golf swing with the Virtual Golf Simulator. When you’ve worked up an appetite, there are plenty of restaurants to try from the elegant Café Le Baroque to the modern La Terrazza Buffet.

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Dining

It’s all about fresh Italian fare on Sinfonia. For casual dining, head to La Terrazza Buffet for salad, pasta, pizza and grilled dishes. For more formal dining, go for Il Galeone or Il Covo, the two main restaurants, serving high-quality pasta or risotto.

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Activities

Enjoy a Balinese massage at the Aurea Spa; let the kids run free at the age-appropriate clubs or in the splash park; unwind by the pool on a sun lounger and browse the Duty-Free gifts in the shopping area.

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Entertainment

For early evening dancing and late-night cabaret, head to the Sinfonia Lounge, while in the main theatre, Teatro San Carlo, guests can enjoy spectacular acrobatic shows. There’s also Pasha Club Disco, Ambassador Cigar Lounge and Sanremo Casino.

Your 28 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

15 November 2022

Be enthralled by the city of Venice during a one-night hotel stay

Discover the romance of Venice through its enchanting atmosphere, iconic landmarks and intricate architecture. Glide through the labyrinthine canal streets on a gondola as you admire the remarkable Renaissance and Gothic palaces, lining their path. Head to the heart of Venice, St. Mark’s Square, home to impressive St. Mark’s Basilica and marvel at its ornately decorated luminous Byzantine mosaics or pay a visit to Doge’s Palace – a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

Hotel Giorgione

The romantic Hotel Giorgione lies in a 14th century building in the heart of Venice. Among the most appreciated four-star hotels for having maintained the characteristics of the ancient residencies of Venice, it’s just moments from St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. Rooms overlook the majestic city and are furnished in authentic style and embellished with fine fabrics and furnishings.

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Day 2

16 November 2022

From Venice, embark the remarkable MSC Sinfonia for your enchanting cruise

Today you’ll embark MSC Sinfonia for your grand voyage to Durban. A cosmopolitan ship with an amazing array of activities and entertainment, a holiday on board MSC Sinfonia is an unforgettable experience.

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Day 3

17 November 2022

Uncover the treasures of Split, the largest city on the Adriatic coast

Split combines archaeological treasures, natural beauty and modern Dalmatian life with consummate ease. With its spectacular setting – a mountainous backdrop offset by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea – it’s no wonder that a powerful Roman emperor once chose to build his palace here. Today, Diocletian’s Palace is one of the finest and best-preserved Roman monuments in the world and takes up a large area of the delightful Old Town.

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Day 4

18 November 2022

Dine on delectable, high-quality fare from the variety of on-board restaurants

Enjoy the cruising tradition of dining with fellow cruise holiday guests at set time sittings in the two beautiful main restaurants, dine on sumptuous European cuisine in the elegant Il Galeone and the pretty and slightly more intimate Il Covo, or for a slightly more easy-going mealtime, head to La Terrazza, overlooking the pool deck.

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Day 5

19 November 2022

Explore the original Olympic Stadium from the port of Katakolon in western Ilia

The gateway to Olympus and the site of the original Olympic Stadium. Walk on the original stadium track over 2,000 years old or visit one of the extensive ruins that transcend time and help you envision what once was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Zeus. Other highlights include the Olympia Archaeological Museum where you will find the Head of Hera, the superb statue of Hermes of Praxiteles, the sculpted ornaments of the Temple of Zeus, and many other priceless works from ancient times.

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Day 6

20 November 2022

Spend your day at sea doing as much or as little as you like

The sports and leisure options on board MSC Sinfonia span all tastes and ages, from a high-tech golf simulator and video games to a lavish pool complex, not forgetting the fully-equipped gym and MSC Aurea Spa with its modern beauty treatments and exotic Balinese massages.

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Days 7 - 8

21 - 22 November 2022

Savour a scenic cruise through the Suez Canal

Sit back and enjoy your cruise through the Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas. One of the world’s most impressive man-made waterways since its completion in 1869, it takes in the sights of Port Said, Ismailia and the city of Suez along the way. Keep your camera ready as you sail through this famous engineering marvel, lined with endless villages and mosques.

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Day 9

23 November 2022

Soak up the sun from the beautiful beaches of Port Sokhna, Egypt

The quiet Port of Sokhna is surrounded by beautiful beaches and an abundance of marine life. Those interested in the history of this area should visit St. Anthony's Cave which goes back to the time of the first desert hermit who christened Egypt. Monasteries were built like towns and you can visit St. Paul's and St. Anthony's. St. Paul's has its own mill and 3 churches, while St. Anthony's has sprawling gardens, a bakery, five churches, and library. For ancient history, Cairo is an hour away where you can visit the pyramids and temples. To pick up some souvenirs, visit the local bazaar.

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Day 10

24 November 2022

Admire the sheltered sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and majestic coral reefs of Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh is a stunning coastal resort surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise water rich in marine life and bright coral reefs. Apart from the attraction of watersports, this city offers fabulous shopping in neighbouring Sharm al-Maya with the walled Sharm Old Market. For those interested in the history of this city, visit the historical landmarks, including the Chapel of the Burning Bush dating back to the 6th century. St Catherine’s Monastery is one of the world’s most historic Christian monasteries and the beautiful Amphitheatre positioned on Mount Sinai is also worth visiting.

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Day 11

25 November 2022

Delve into the landscapes of Safaga, nestled on the coast of the Red Sea

Safaga draws visitors from all over the world who come to enjoy its black sand beaches the exceptionally salty mineral waters of the Red Sea, which are thought to have healing properties. With a moderate climate and year-round sunshine, it’s a popular spa destination. Safaga is also the gateway to the temples and tombs of Luxor, the world’s greatest open-air museum, and once ancient Thebes. Explore the magnificent ancient ruins of tombs and palaces in the glorious city of the god Amun-Ra, marvel at the Pharaonic tombs in the Valleys of Kings and Queens, and the enormous columns and statues in this awe-inspiring site.

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Day 12

26 November 2022

An abundance of live entertainment to suit every taste and mood can be found on board

You’ll find live bands and singers in the atmospheric bars and lounges as well as a couple of elegant nightclub-style venues where you can dance the night away to whatever musical mood takes your fancy. Other bars offer an opportunity to chill out over a drink or two with friends in a tranquil environment.

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Day 13

27 November 2022

Discover the ancient trading city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a vital gateway to Mecca

Jeddah, a major port in central Hejaz, lies along the Red Sea in western Saudi Arabia. Although it acts as the gateway for pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities Mecca and Medina, it’s also become Saudi Arabia’s buzzing cosmopolitan hub, home to gleaming hotels and world-class events such as the Red Sea International Film Festival. Delve into the city’s ancient heart, Al Balad, the charming historical quarter, learn more about the history and local culture with a visit to Al Tayebat International City and admire the stunning Al Rahma Mosque, poised over the seafront.

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Days 14 - 18

28 November - 2 December 2022

From golfing to fitness classes, shopping to soaking up the sun, days at sea are yours to enjoy

Whether you like to be active on your holiday, or prefer to let the world go by as you relax and unwind, you’ll find this attractive ship can accommodate all your moods from lazy days soaking up the sun or taking a dip in a hot tub, to energetic days with the golf simulator, fully-equipped gym and pool games.

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Days 19 - 20

3 - 4 December 2022

Awaken your senses with an overnight in port in the sensational Seychelles

Home to white-sand beaches kissed by clear waters that are filled with colourful coral and exotic marine life, it’s a fantastic destination to go snorkelling. This location holds two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve with its palm forest, largely unchanged since prehistoric times, and Aldabra Atoll, a coral island home to the largest giant tortoise population in the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to delve into the colourful Sir Selwyn Clarke Market – the island’s most famous market – which sells everything from spices and fruit to art and souvenirs.

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Days 21 - 22

5 - 6 December 2022

Experience ultimate relaxation during a few days at sea where you could indulge in a spa treatment

Sit back and relax in the Aurea Spa, rich with an exotic interior of natural stone, precious woods and striking mosaics. Here you’ll be able to indulge in a variety of treatments, from Balinese Massages to revitalising facials. Feel the stress melt away during a soak in an invigorating whirlpool bath, feel rejuvenated with a relaxing steam and awaken your senses with the blend of scented essences and aromatic oils. For those who want to keep their fitness levels up, there is a fully equipped gymnasium too.

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Days 23 -24

7 - 8 December 2022

Discover the kaleidoscope of countries and cultures in Port Louis, Mauritius’ glorious capital

The capital of Mauritius, Port Louis offers something for everyone. Shopaholics will have their cravings satisfied in every way. Birdwatchers will be fulfilled at Casela Bird Park. Water enthusiasts head straight for the island’s beaches. Many enjoy Grand Bay for sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing. La Cuvette beach or lovely Pereybere cove and south-easterly Blue Bay beach are ideal for bathing, windsurfing and sailing. Le Morne and Tamarin are popular for surfing and swimming. Flic en Flac, its white-sand beaches fringed with filaos and casuarinas, is perfect for sunbathing.

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Day 25

9 December 2022

Immerse yourself in the tropical climate and diverse landscapes of La Possession, Réunion

Boldly yet delectably French in every way, from the decor to the croissants on the breakfast table. It is as if Réunion lay just off the coast of Cannes, and not thousands of miles away, just off the coast of Madagascar. Réunion's history began 3 million years ago as a mountain which built up slowly, rising in four successive stages to a towering peak of more than four thousand metres high. Over 500,000 years ago, a new volcanic ridge appeared on the south-eastern side and to this day it still spews out its lava, slowly, patiently building Réunion.

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Days 26 - 28

10 - 12 December 2022

Relish a spot of shopping from the fashionable boutiques

During your final few days at sea, escape to the promenade filled with a fashion boutique, perfumery, duty-free store, jewellery shop and an art gallery. Pick up any last-minute souvenirs, spend some time admiring the masterpieces in the gallery or treat yourself to a little gift – a keepsake from your incredible holiday.

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Day 29

13 December 2022

Disembark in vibrant Durban, your stunning cruise adventure complete

Your cruise ends in Durban where you’ll bid farewell to your fabulous ship and head home, your grand voyage complete.

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Your Hotel Stay

Hotel Giorgione, Venice
★★★★

Maintaining the characteristics of the ancient Venetian residences, with large halls and an enchanting internal courtyard, a hotel stay at the Hotel Giorgione offers the perfect retreat to indulge in classic Italian romance combined with sleek, modern amenities. Situated close to restaurants in the Cannaregio district, this stunning hotel was built in the late 19th-century and is just a 9-minute walk from the Rialto Bridge and 12 minutes from Piazza San Marco. Rooms are incredibly lavish with authentic style décor and embellished with fine fabrics and furnishings. Immerse yourself in the relaxation and wellness area, complete with salt-water pool or soak up the sun from the charming terrace.

Your Holiday Summary

Cruise

  • 27 night full-board cruise on board MSC Sinfonia

Hotel Stay

  • 1 night four-star hotel stay in Venice at the Hotel Giorgione with breakfast

All flights

Prices From

Departing

15 November 2022

Inside

R39,999pp

Outside

R46,999pp

Balcony

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Suite

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Duration: 28 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Venice, Croatia, Katakolon, Suez Canal, Port Sokhna Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh, Safaga Egypt, Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Port Victoria Seychelles, Port Louis Mauritious, La Possesion Reunion, Durban

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