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Classical Spain, France and Italy with Celebrity Apex 17 Days

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On land: Madrid, Granada, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona

At Sea: Barcelona & Valencia (Spain); Ibiza & Provence (Toulon); Nice (Villefranche) & Florence/Pisa (La Spezia) & Rome (Civitavcchia)

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Tour Highlights

On land:

  • Seek out a charming bistro in medieval Albaicin
  • Take a train through the Andalusian countryside
  • Fall in love with the distinct Barcelona architecture
  • Paddle in the mediterranean sea and toast to Spain
  • Marvel at the white cliffside houses of stunning Ronda

At Sea:

  • Cruise through the Balearic and Tyrrhenian Sea, aboard the beautiful Celebrity APEX.
  • Visit the fine sand and clean water, the vastness of the sea and the closeness of the coastal mountains make the Valencian coast uniquely attractive.
  • Discover the lively nightlife in Ibiza Town, where major European nightclubs have summer outposts
  • Beautiful Provence with the Southern Alps and Camargue plains to rolling vineyards, olive groves, pine forests and lavender fields. To the south is the Côte d’Azur (or French Riviera), where the elegant city of Nice
  • Stop at Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture.
  • End the cruise at Rome, the capital city of Italy.
  • Select from a wide range of shore excursions and activities

Start in Madrid and end in Barcelona! With the land tour, you’ll have an 8 day tour package that will take you from Madrid to Barcelona and through Madrid, Spain and 9 other destinations in Spain. The land part from Madrid to Barcelona) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Explore the region of Balearic and Tyrrhenian Sea with the Celebrity APEX – the second of four new cruise ships that will debut under Celebrity’s Edge Class moniker. With innovative designs and visionary spaces, Celebrity ApexSM will revolutionize the way you experience the world. With unparalleled luxury and accommodations that unite indoor and outdoor living, Apex will be the next best thing at sea starting April, 2020.

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2020 Twin Share Per Person Single Supplement
29 May 10 Jul** From $5,999
$5,499

FREE upgrade to Ocean View stateroom

Book by 15 Oct.

$2,750
12 Jun* 24 Jul*
26 Jun** 07 Aug
* = Shoulder Season Surcharge: $500
** = Peak Season Surcharge: $1,000

Inclusions:

  • Return economy class international airfares and taxes flying Etihad or a European Airline (subject to availability), departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Please Note: Flight itineraries are not available until approximately 2 weeks before departure. Some flights may depart one day later and may involve up to 2 transits per leg
  • 7 nights accommodation in comfortable three-star hotels, twin rooms with private facilities. Double rooms and Triple share are not available.
    Note: Hotels will vary depending on group sizes and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 5-7 days prior to departure.
  • 7 nights lead-in interior stateroom aboard Celebrity Apex
  • Insurance: Basic insurance cover is provided for our clients during the land component of this tour. See below for details.
  • City tours: Madrid, Granada, Seville, Poblet, Barcelona.
  • Ticket Admission: Las Ventas bullring in Madrid in MADRID, Alhambra Palace in Granada in GRANADA, Poblet Monastery in Poblet, Poble Espanyol in Barcelona in BARCELONA.
  • Boating: along Guadalquivir river in Seville in SEVILLE.
  • Evening Transfers: Debod Temple and Plaza de Espana/Gran Via in Madrid in MADRID, Plaza de Oriente in Madrid in MADRID, Albaicin in Granada in GRANADA, Historic center of Seville in SEVILLE, Ramblas and Plaza de Catalunya in Barcelona in BARCELONA.
  • Trains: Montserrat in Montserrat.
  • High speed train: Seville – Madrid. Transfer included in Madrid.
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Return airport-hotel transfers
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Exclusions:

  • All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary (please see below for more detailed information)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses

Optional Attractions and ActivitiesOptional Extension

    • Granada
        • Tablao Flamenco Zambra Gitana: In this activity you will have a night out in the city of Granada to the famous neighborhood of Albaicin-Sacromonte, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and where you can attend the Zambra Gitana show. We will make a short walking tour of this picturesque place where we will reach the famous Mirador de San Nicolás from where you can see the Alhambra illuminated at dusk. You will have the opportunity to attend the pure flamenco show in Granada: flamenco stick, dance, singing, guitar playing and a drink.
          • PRICE: EUR30pp. Minimum participants: 1 persons. DURATION: 3 hours. Includes: Transfer by minibus with hostess to and from the hotel. Walk on the Sacromonte. Show with a drink.

    • Seville
        • Artistic and Seville Cathedral: We will visit the cathedral, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A great work made over several centuries, considered one of the largest in the world in surface, a true museum inside, where is the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Then, if you wish, you can climb the famous tower of the cathedral “La Giralda” with its 104 meters where you can enjoy a fabulous view of the city of Seville.
          • PRICE: EUR25pp. Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 1 hours. Includes: Service local guide. Entrance and reservation included. Headphones in private with our local guide.

        • Sevillian Night in Patio Sevilla: One of the most famous and well-known tablaos in Sevilla. You will get to know the Andalusian art that is captured in the dance, the guitar playing and the cante in the show. Dancers and singers with national and international awards will show us the art of flamenco and Spanish classical dance.
          • PRICE: EUR40pp. Minimum participants: 1 persons. DURATION: 1h 30mins. Includes: Transfer with our bus and assistance from our guide. Entrance to the show with drink included.

    • Barcelona
      • La Sagrada Familia of Antonio Gaudi: La Sagrada Familia OF ANTONI GAUDÍ The Holy Family building proposes one of the most exciting experiences possible today, integrating us in the vision of a genius, Antoni Gaudí, capable of imagining at the beginning of the 20th century a building that incorporated the viewer in the process of Divine Creation, and made for almost 150 years, successive generations were involved in his dream. Something different, impossible to find anywhere else, a living element that evolves as it is concluded, together with the feelings of those who visit it and know it in depth. A monumental complex impossible to compare: a complex architectural project, a world heritage site, on whose exterior stand out its 18 towers with more than 100 meters high; its three thematic facades where Life, Death and Glory are represented by innumerable statues and symbologies based on nature and the Gospels; an interior space that allows the spiritual communion of those who enter, transferred by Gaudí to a Mediterranean forest in which the light filters with different tonalities through its stained glass windows, bathing the inclined columns branched like trees.
        • PRICE: EUR45pp. Minimum participants: 20 persons. DURATION: 1h 30 mins. INCLUDED: Entrance to the Basilica. Right / rate Group booking fixed time, no rows, Authorized Official Guide, Headphone service.

NOTES:

  • These prices are given in Australian dollars at the rate of exchange on the date of publication. Actual Prices may vary at the time of purchase.
  • The number of people who can visit the La Sagrada Familia of Antonio Gaudi is limited. If not all tickets are available, priority will be given to travellers who have made reservations in advance. For this reason, we recommend that you purchase your tickets for these excurions in advance through MY TRIP before your arrival in Europe.
  • Please use the above as a reference only, as prices are subject to change. Some excursions are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. You can only book optionals/pay taxes whilst on tour with the tour manager, who will also collect payment in cash only (Euros).

Insurance Optional Extension

Basic insurance cover is provided for our clients during the land component of this tour only. The policy comes into effect on arrival at the destination and commencement of the tour proper. Consequently, it does not include incidents during flights, cruises, or early arrivals or stay-behinds.

Guarantees:
  • Medical expenses: €3,000*
  • Dentistry expenses: €60
  • Extended hospitalisation due to illness or accident: €80/day. Max. 10 Days
  • Transfer of sick or wounded persons: Unlimited
  • Transfer of mortal remains: Unlimited
  • Return of accompanying insured persons: Unlimited
  • Sending of medicines abroad: Included
  • Travel of one person to accompany the hospitalised insured person: Unlimited
  • Accommodation and allowances for the person accompanying the hospitalised insured person: €80/day. Max. 10 Days
  • Return of the insured person in the event of the death of a realtive: Unlimited
  • Search for and location of luggage: Included
  • Sending of urgent messages (arising from guarantees): Included
  • Loss, damage and theft of luggage: €30/item, Max. €300
  • Delayed luggage attributable to land operator exceeding 12 hours: €100
  • Accident insurance – death caused by an accident during trip: €2,500
  • Accident insurance – disability caused by an accident during trip: €6,000

*Excess amount of €50/claim, payable by the insured person

This insurance has limited cover and does not include impolrtant elements such as electronic equipment, loss, theft, breakage or minor damage (handles/scratches/wheels) to luggage, cash, jewels or valuable goods, eve if they are in hotel rooms/ship cabins. If your luggage is worth more than the insurance cover, we suggest you declare it before starting the tour and take out extra insurance that provides additional cover.

Nexus Holidays declines all responsibility in cases in which the insurance company considers that the policy does not cover the expenses claimed by the passenger, regardless of the reasons.

Nexus Holidays advises all clients to take out additional insurance with additional cover to that stated above.

Hotel AccommodationOptional Extension

The hotels we use are carefully selected to provide you with a comfortable stay in a relaxing environment. All the hotel we use are three to four star, with continental breakfast included. A selection of our preferred hotels in our main destinations is listed below. As the hotels are generally not in the downtown area, we cannot guarantee that there is transportation to the city except for taxis. Please note that hotels will vary depending on group sizes and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 5-7 days prior to departure.

Madrid Novotel Campo De Las Naciones or similar
Granada Corona De Granda or similar
Seville Novotel Marques Nervion or similar
Barcelona Rafael Badalona or similar

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Take an international flight from Australia to Madrid.

NOTE: Some flights may depart one day later, and may involve up to two transits.

Welcome to Madrid! Upon arriving at the airport, we will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Check the information boards in the hotel reception area for details of the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers. Towards the end of the day, we provide transfers to the Egyptian Debod Temple, Plaza de Es­paña and Gran Via; a vibrant district where you can dine at your preferred restaurant: Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern are some of the options available.
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The morning starts with a comprehensive tour through the centre of Madrid including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor. We then visit to Retiro Park, an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. A visit to Las Ventas Bullring (admission included) is next, this is one of the most famous bullrings in the world where we will learn about the tradition of “corridas” in the Bullfighting Museum. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
At sunset we provide a transfer to Plaza de Oriente, opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants serving different cuisines such as local Spanish food, international, and Chinese. Enjoy a pleasant dinner of your choice, then return to hotel together.
Paris

We leave Madrid in the early morning (if the group of English-speaking travellers is small, they may share the trip to Granada with Spanish-speaking passengers). We travel to the south across La Mancha, stopping in PUERTO LAPICE, a ‘manchego’ village evoking the figure of Don Quixote. We will enter Andalusia via Despeñaperros, arriving in GRANADA. In the afternoon we will visit the immense Alhambra Palace, with entrance and local guide included, and it’s beautiful Generalife gardens, built in Arab times. In the evening we visit the Albaicín district of Granada, a World Heritage site along with the Alhambra, where you can enjoy dinner in the narrow winding streets of this captivating Medieval Moorish quarter. Tonight, you have the option to attend a flamenco dance show and the traditional neighbourhood of Sac­romonte.

Note: In the Alhambra complex, the Nazari palaces allow a limited number of people in at a time. In the highly improbable case of not being able to visit this area of the Alhambra, a visit to the Alcázares will be included in Seville (which have similar architecture and features).

Troy
Departing from Granada and travelling towards the Costa del Sol, we will arrive in MALAGA and explore the historic centre, with its cathedral and the Picasso Museum. After this we will continue along the coastal motorway with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Stopping in PUERTO BANUS, Marbella, a pretty resort known as a playground for Europe’s rich and famous. In the afternoon we will continue through the hills until we reach RONDA, a very beautiful white town with its large gorge that divides it in two. Continuing to SEVILLE, arriving in the late afternoon.
Horse
After breakfast, a local expert guides you through a scenic visit of Seville featuring the Cathedral and its famous Giralda (bell tower), the banks of the Guadalquivir river, popular neighborhoods of Santa Cruz and Triana and the beautiful Plaza de España (note: if the group has fewer than fifteen travelers, it can be arranged in both Spanish and English). After the tour, we will include a boat trip along the river Guadalquivir, enjoying the panoramic views from the boat. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the train station to catch a high-speed train (the speed can reach to 300 km/h) to Madrid (2-3 hours duration).
Izmir
In the morning we leave for Aragón over the lands of Castile. In ZARAGOZA we stop briefly to see the Pilar Basilica. We continue to the Monastery of Poblet, surrounded by its walls in a beautiful site that is one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries in the world (entrance and guided tour included) . We then proceed to the Monastery of Montserrat where you will go up the mountain on a rack train to see its fantastic scenery. Following this we will continue to BARCELONA, arriving in the late- afternoon.
Note: In the winter months, from November to March, due to the shorter days, we will not visit the Monastery of Poblet in order to reach Montserrat in the daylight.
Cotton
Today we will explore Barcelona, an impressive city right on the Medi­terranean Sea. Starting with an informative city tour with a local expert (note: If the group has fewer than fifteen people, explanations can be given by our guide.) We also visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neigh­bourhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place. We will get the chance to see La Sagrada Fa­milia Basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí. Following this, we include the entry ticket to visit ‘Poble Espanyol’ (meaning ‘Spanish Village’). This open-air architectural museum is situated in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona. Enjoy Spanish craftsmanship and discover the architectural styles, traditions and folklore of the different communities in Spain. Take some free time to explore the city on your own.
In the evening we provide transfers to Las Ramblas and Plaza Cata­lunya area for dinner, where you can select from a great variety of restaurants. Return to hotel.
Antalya
After breakfast, transfer to the cruise terminal and board the CELEBRITY APEX.
Mushroom

Valencia, Spain- Best known as the birthplace of paella, Valencia has steadily moved onto the radar of savvy travelers. It’s a vibrant, friendly, mildly chaotic place with two outstanding fine-arts museums, an accessible old quarter, Europe’s newest cultural and scientific complex – and one of Spain’s most exciting nightlife scenes. Whole sections of the old city, for example the Carmen Quarter, have been extensively renovated. One of the best spots for exploring Valencia’s history is at the museum L’Almoina, which opened three years ago in the Carmen on the site where Valencia was founded by the Romans in 138 B.C. Here, you can walk over glass floors, looking down at a stunning assemblage of ruins excavated in the area. The exhibition includes Roman baths, tombs and a medieval Moorish ward for plague victims.

Discover a slice of Spain not found in Barcelona or Madrid on your Valencia cruise. This city has quietly built up a great reputation of its own, namely with innovative engineering and ultra-modern architecture. A few of its notable projects include Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias (city of art and sciences); a futuristic complex that houses the family-friendly arts and science museums and the extraordinary futuristic buildings designed by local legend, Santiago Calatrava.

Valencia

Cruises to Ibiza, Spain – Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain that is often synonymous with world-famous mega-clubs and is a summertime meccas for many celebrities and DJs. However, you’ll find on your cruise to Ibiza that the island is simply one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. With mystical islets and hidden coves that beg to be explored, Ibiza Town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk along the ramparts of the ancient capital, D’Alt Vila and enjoy a Cava Sangria tasting. Or, spend an afternoon relaxing on the soft sands of the secluded north-coast cove.

Thanks to Ibiza’s booming club scene, an assortment of eclectic and fashionable shops have popped up and are well worth exploring. And head to Las Dalias for a market filled with merchants and artisans selling authentic Bohemian clothes. Traditional Ibiza cuisine comes from the sea and the island’s rich farmland. Stroll to just about any local bistro or restaurant for fried Ibizan fish, shellfish, lobster stew, or roasted lamb.

Whether it’s the lush beats and sounds of the summertime mega-clubs that call you to Ibiza, or the beautiful sandy beaches, there’s an abundance of culture and history to discover and experience on your Ibiza cruise.

Ibiza
While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination.
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The distinct Italian accent you’ll find here is a remnant of the 2nd century B.C. Romans. Finding the climate and inland of what is now known as Provence so inviting, they stayed and Toulon didn’t become part of France until the 15th century.
Athens
This jewel of the French Riviera is home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and terraced cafes. Stroll the ultra-famous Promenade des Anglais or see masterpieces by Matisse, Renoir, Monet and Chagall in one of Nice’s many museums.
La Spezia, which lies between Genoa and Pisa, and is just minutes to the east of Cinque Terre-the five fishing ports that enjoy National Park status-is home to the Palio del Golfo, an annual boat race that sees the Gulf of Poets; 13 historic villages face off against one another in celebration of the annual Festa del Mare. The town also offers fantastic shopping opportunities, as well as plenty of trattorias to enjoy local, Ligurian cuisine.
On arrival in Rome, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Arrive home this morning.