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Embark on the Mediterranean adventure of a lifetime, discovering six spellbinding countries, with an unforgettable cruise on board Holland America’s five-star Oosterdam.

Savour a two-night hotel stay in Mestre, a charming town connected to Venice by railway that spans over an enchanting lagoon. Venture into the city of Venice to uncover its seductive pathways leading to secret squares laden with awe-inspiring architecture. For a true venetian experience, discover the famed floating city as you glide through the labyrinthine canal streets on a gondola.

Following your stay, you’ll head to Trieste, where you’ll embark the magnificent Oosterdam to delight in a five-star itinerary-intense cruise. On board you’ll enjoy the finest elements of cruising heritage along with some neat modern innovations. Unwind in spacious surroundings, indulge in food from the array of restaurants and lose yourself in the ship's musical theme.

You will then sail the Adriatic to enjoy Dubrovnik, home to UNESCO World Heritage centres, idyllic beaches and delectable cuisine, before exploring the thriving town of Sarande, celebrated for its verdant natural habitat, dazzling mosaics and fascinating historical ruins.

Katakolon awaits, where you could wander the original Olympic Stadium, before escaping to the mesmerising landscapes of Italy. Discover Naples, an atmospheric city awash with grand architectural treasures, uncover history among breathtaking ruins in Rome, and immerse yourself in the romance of Florence.

Arriving in France, you’ll call at the picturesque old town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, founded in the 14th-century and relish a visit to the charming city of Toulon, lined with sandy beaches and shingle coves.

Next, you’ll discover Palma de Mallorca. Wander through streets immersed in history or lose yourself in the masterpieces of numerous art galleries. Finally, admire the futuristic glamour of Valencia, a city famous for its City of Arts and Sciences, before disembarking Barcelona.

Your Route

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Experience MS Oosterdam

Passengers appreciating exceptional service and high-quality facilities will adore relaxing on board the attractive Oosterdam; a great choice for those aspiring to experience this fabulous style of holiday for the first time, and for seasoned travellers who expect the very best fine dining options and superior service. While on board, sample a cocktail created by award-winning mixologist Dale DeGroff, try your luck in the casino or sink into a plush theatre chair while world-class singers and dancers showcase their incredible talents.

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Explorations Café Bar

Unwind in one of the most extensive libraries at sea in this café with great sea views.

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The Mainstage

Showcasing comedy, song, dance and more, the Mainstage presents myriad performances.

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Greenhouse Spa

Unwind with an indulgent treatment or two in the Greenhouse Spa & Salon.

Your 16 Night Holiday Includes

Days 1 - 2

20 - 21 Oct 2022

Savour two nights in magical Mestre and discover the wonders of Venice

Your holiday begins with a two-night hotel stay in Mestre, a town home to an abundance of history and character. Offering access to Venice, a stay in Mestre offers the opportunity to discover the city’s romance 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.

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Day 3

22 Oct 2022

From the port of Trieste, you’ll embark the opulent Oosterdam for your luxury, five-star voyage

Today you’ll embark the remarkable Oosterdam, Holland America’s first Vista-class cruise ship ahead of your Mediterranean adventure. It’s a ship that successfully blends the finest elements of cruising heritage with a selection of modern innovations, and a superb choice for those looking for a leisurely pace of life at sea in exquisite surroundings, yet with stimulating activities and high-quality entertainment available.

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Day 4

23 Oct 2022

Revel in a day at sea to enjoy a variety of activities on board

When it comes to activities on board Oosterdam, much-loved favourites such as the Greenhouse Spa and fitness centre will ensure guests are well looked-after, while more recent introductions such as informative digital workshops and the brilliant America’s Test Kitchen add a new twist to the cruise holiday experience.

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Day 5

24 Oct 2022

Delve into Dubrovnik’s distinctive Old Town

Today you’ll discover beautiful Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic and renowned for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with towering stone walls. Take a walk around the city walls and gaze upon the fantastic view of the Old Town and glittering Adriatic or discover more about Dubrovnik’s history at the Cultural History Museum, once the palace for the elected rector who governed in the late 15th Century. If you prefer being by the coast, take a dip in the glittering Adriatic Sea, or embark on a boat trip to explore more of the striking Dalmatian coastline.

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Day 6

25 Oct 2022

Embrace the beauty of Sarande, nestled between the shimmering Ionian Sea and rolling hills of olive groves

Sarande is an ancient and charming city set against the Albania Riviera. Nearby Butrint is a national heritage site where you can see an impressive Roman amphitheatre, a Roman temple with mosaic floors and an abundance of buildings built throughout the Roman era. For spectacular views travel up to the old Castle of Lekures where you will be blessed with a view of Sarande Bay, Butrint Lagoon and the island of Corfu on the beautiful Ionian Sea.

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Day 7

26 Oct 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 2000 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 8

27 Oct 2022

Spend a day at sea catching up with friends in one of the sophisticated bars

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a relaxed drink, a quiet corner in the ocean breeze or somewhere to dance the night away with friends, you’ll find it on board MS Oosterdam. Sip cocktails while enjoying spectacular ocean views in the Crow’s Nest and then head to BB King’s Blue’s Club for live music.

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Day 9

28 Oct 2022

From historical Pompeii to towering Mount Vesuvius, Naples boasts glorious attractions

Naples, with its famous bay, is southern Italy’s most historic city and is overlooked by the towering slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Savour a pizza in the city where this staple of Italian cuisine was first conceived and check out the palaces, piazzas and glass-domed gallerias. Naples also serves as a gateway to key destinations including Sorrento, the Amalfi coast and, of course, Pompeii, an ancient city preserved under ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. 

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Day 10

29 Oct 2022

Immerse yourself in the fascinating ancient history of Rome

Drink in the sights of Italy’s ancient capital, where you can follow in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum, built in 80AD and which once housed around 50,000 spectators. In between chic cafés and serene statues on street corners, you’ll find treasures like the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, where a coin tossed into its shining waters promise a return to Rome. Sample hearty local cuisine at a family-run trattoria and find a gelato stand for a cooling ice cream as the stylish locals zip through cobblestone streets on Vespa scooters. It’s a city that brims with atmosphere.

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Day 11

30 Oct 2022

Lose yourself in the streets of romantic Florence or admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa from the port of Livorno

The Tuscan capital is an achingly romantic city of medieval architecture and art, with a magnificent city centre that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Regarded by many as the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, it’s home to the superb Uffizi Gallery, home to works by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Other sights include the Duomo, a cathedral with a striking terracotta-tiled dome, the illustrious Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo which boasts panoramic views of the city. Or why not grab that iconic photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Don’t just admire this celebrated landmark from the ground, climbing the tower is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you’ll enjoy fantastic views from the top.

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Day 12

31 Oct 2022

Savour a peaceful call in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Discover the French Riviera in the 14th century town of Villefranche-sur-Mer with its winding staircases and narrow streets. Admire terracotta-coloured houses, midnight blue sea and stunning beaches that the region is so well known for. Due to its location, it means that you’ll get all the joy of Nice without the busy resorts, so you can explore its treasures like the beautiful seaside villa of Ephrussie de Rothschild, complete with gorgeous gardens and opulent interior.

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Day 13

1 Nov 2022

Lose yourself in the charms of Toulon's breathtaking landscapes

Toulon has unexpected charm and is all the better for not being a major tourist destination as you can wander through the cobbled streets of its delightful old town, untroubled by crowds; the best view of the old town and the harbour is from Mont Faron which overlooks both. Don’t miss a visit to Aix, the city of a thousand fountains will show you one of the ‘jewels’ of Provence.

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Day 14

2 Nov 2022

Relish a day at sea enjoying some of the delicious culinary delights on offer

Enjoy your time on board and explore a wide range of delicious on-board dining options - everything from breadboards in Lido Market to the classic Italian flavours of Canaletto, to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at Pinnacle Grill. When it comes to activities much-loved favourites such as the Greenhouse Spa and fitness centre will ensure guests are well looked after.

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Day 15

3 Nov 2022

Soak up the sun from the golden beaches in Palma de Mallorca

Walk the narrow, cobbled streets of the Old Town, visit the ancient Arab Baths or simply soak up the rays on the sun-drenched city beach. As day stretches into night, take a stroll along the Passeig d’es Born boulevard and see the honey-hued La Seu Cathedral bathed in the golden glow of the fading light, before heading to a tapas bar to enjoy plates of spicy albondigas, sizzling gambas al ajillo and patatas bravas washed down with jugs of icy sangria.

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Day 16

4 Nov 2022

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences

Valencia is a picturesque resort known for its pavement cafes, parties and paella. A must for anyone who travels here is a trip to Peñíscola Castle or Papa Luna, poised on the highest points of a rocky headland with stunning panoramic views over the city. Built by the Knights Templar, this charming attraction sits on a site that was previously an old Arab citadel. The old city holds the Valencia Cathedral, where you can climb the octagonal Miguelete Bell Tower to see sweeping views. In the new town you’ll see the ultra-modern ‘City of Arts and Sciences’ with its soaring glass palaces.

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Day 17

5 Nov 2022

Disembark in Barcelona and fly home, filled with a wealth of fond memories

Your five-star Mediterranean medley voyage comes to an end in vibrant Barcelona. Here you’ll disembark Oosterdam and head to the airport for your flight home.

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Your Holiday Summary

Cruise

  • 14-night full-board cruise on-board Hal Oosterdam

Hotel Stays

  • 2-night four-star hotel stay in Mestre with breakfast

All flights

Prices From

Departing

October 20 2022

Inside

R 29,999pp

Outside

R 34,999pp

Balcony

R 39,999pp

Duration: 9 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo, Civitavecchia (Rome), Savona, Marseille, Barcelona

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