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CRYSTAL CRUISE OF FRANCE, SPAIN, ITALY AND MONTE CARLO
June 6-13, 2021

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The Royal Palace of Monaco in Monte Carlo

Join us for an early summer cruise highlighted by an overnight visit to glamorous Monte Carlo, plus a full day visiting the stunning French Riviera, with a visit to its famed lavender fields in their peak blooming season, as well as charming Riviera towns and stunning scenery, plus an overnight with 2 days’ visit in Barcelona Spain, plus a full day to visit Florence/Pisa Italy and the surrounding Tuscany villages, a day on the island of Corsica, known for being the birthplace of Napoleon and finally ending in Rome with an optional post cruise stay in either Rome or an optional post cruise visit to the independent nation of San Marino, which is landlocked inside of Italy, amidst gorgeous mountains and located only a 3 hour train ride from Rome.

CRUISE ITINERARY:


Day

Date

Ports

Arrive

Depart

Links

1

Jun 06, Sun

Monte Carlo, Monaco   

Embark PM

-

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2

Jun 07, Mon

Monte Carlo, Monaco   

-

6:00 PM

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3

Jun 08, Tue

Le Lavandou, France

7:30 AM

6:00 PM

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4

Jun 09, Wed

Barcelona, Spain   

8:00 AM

-

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5

Jun 10, Thu

Barcelona, Spain   

-

3:00 PM

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6

Jun 11, Fri

Cruising the Mediterranean

-

-

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6

Jun 11, Fri

Ajaccio

1:00 PM

6:00 PM

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7

Jun 12, Sat

Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy

7:00 AM

7:00 PM

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8

Jun 13, Sun

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

6:00 AM

Disembark AM

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PORT DESCRIPTIONS

Monte Carlo

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 An ancient principality steeped in rich and colorful history, Monaco was bought from the Genoese in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who still rule as the world's oldest monarchy - presided over today by Prince Albert.  See the famous casino of Monte Carlo, which is stunning both outside and inside, especially after sundown when the casino and its surroundings are all aglow in lights.

Enjoy an optional full day group excursion to see sites including the changing of the guard at the royal palace and the stunning sites along the nearby French Riviera.

 

Port
Le Lavandou

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The stunning lavender fields of Le Lavendou in the Provence region of France

In the heart of the French Riviera, this charming, seaside resort town (named for Provençal lavender fields which bloom from June-August) is becoming increasingly popular but is still unspoiled. Dotted with wild inlets of pine, mimosa, eucalyptus and palm, the long, sandy coast and crystal-clear waters have earned its beaches Blue Flag designation, while high on the hill, its historic village center overflows with plants and flowers. Nearby, the Domaine du Rayol, aka The Mediterranean Gardens are not to be missed.

When you walk the streets of this quaint village you feel like you are in a romantic French movie, with its small yellow houses, sycamore trees and sparkling blue sea

Enjoy a full day group excursion taking you to see the beautiful lavender fields, which are at their best in June, along with stunning coastal scenery and other sites along the fabulous French Riviera.

Port
Barcelona

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Barcelona’s seaside beauty, plus the amazing Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the eclectic Las Ramblas with its quirky mimes and tantalizing tapas cafes, the city’s sprawling beaches, eclectic architecture, and did we mention the world-class tapas and amazing buildings throughout the city are all reasons to fall in love with the city of Gaudí. Indeed, the treasures here are many and diverse, captivating travelers and experts alike. In fact, nine important sites in the city, seven designed by the famed architect himself, have earned the acclaim of UNESCO.

Enjoy two days and an overnight cruise visit here, with an optional full day group excursion the first day and an optional half day group excursion the second day.

 

Port
Ajaccio, Corsica

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Home to the Maison Bonaparte, the residence-turned-museum bearing the general’s name, this once fortified town founded by the Genoese in 1492 today boasts a Côte d’Azur flair along its trendy waterfront promenade. Nestled between sea and mountains, its magnificent UNESCO-designated Golfe de Porto is part of Corsica’s Regional National Park, renowned for its geologic and ecologic natural value
Enjoy an optional group excursion to visit these fantastic sites.

Port
Florence/Pisa (Livorno)

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The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa

Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo made their marks of genius here. This cradle of the Renaissance owes its UNESCO status to the overwhelming influence the city and its museums, churches, architecture and artworks have had on Europe and, ultimately, the world. Vestiges of this enlightened period are everywhere today – at the Uffizi gallery, the Palazzos Pitta and Vecchio and throughout the city streets.

Enjoy several great options for excursions here as there are so many nearby towns which are stunning to visit.  For the first timer, Crystal’s shore excursion to see Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a must do. 
For the return visitor, take our optional group excursion to see the stunning hillside village of San Gimignano, a beautiful village of Tuscany, which is circled by 13th century walls and features an old town square that feels like you are in a movie, hundreds of years ago, with its multiple towers built centuries ago, a triangular town square and marvelous medieval looking houses.

 

Rome/SAN MARINO

Our cruise ends in the port of Civitavecchia, approx. 75 minutes outside of Rome.  If you have never been to Rome, it is a must visit for a post cruise stay, which we can organize for anyone for as many days as desired.  The Eternal City of Rome has more than 2,500 years of history and ancient landmarks that will leave you with memories for a lifetime, including the timeless Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and much more.

If you have been to Rome, but wish to extend your stay instead to see a place most have never been to (and many have never even heard of), join your trip leader in taking the scenic train for a three hour journey north to the independent nation of San Marino. 
San Marino is entirely contained within the borders of Italy, making it one of only three independent nations in the world which can say that about their geography.

Among the world’s oldest republics, San Marino retains much of its historic architecture. On the slopes of Monte Titano sits the capital, also called San Marino, known for its medieval walled old town and narrow cobblestone streets. The Three Towers, castle-like citadels dating to the 11th century, sit atop Titano’s neighboring peaks.

About our luxury cruise ship, Crystal Symphony.
Crystal cruise line has been rated the number one luxury cruise line so many times we have stopped counting.  Their commitment to luxury and elegance, as well as customer service is so far above the rest of the cruise industry that you will notice the difference right away. 

Their ships only hold 1000 people so you will find No crowds at the buffet line, or on the pool/sun deck and no crowds trying to get off the ship each morning or get back on each evening.  Their staff treat you with such grace and warmth and, of course, EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED – ALL DRINKS, ALL MEALS, ALL INTERNET ACCESS, ALL GRATUITIES, PHONE CALLS FROM THE CONCIERGE DESK,  EVEN THE OPTION OF SELF SERVICE LAUNDRY ROOMS WITH MACHINES AND DETERGENT, RATHER THAN PAYING A FORTUNE TO HAVE A CRUISE STAFFER DO THE LAUNDRY AS MOST SHIPS CHARGE!

 

Included Highlights

Amenities & Services

  • ALL DRINKS - Wines, Champagnes, Beers, Spirits, Coffees, Teas, Juices, Waters (did we leave anything out?)
  • Open Seating & Specialty Dining
  • 24-hour In-suite Dining
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi & Internet Access
  • "You Care. We Care." Voluntourism
  • Gratuities
  • ETRO Italian Fashion House Amenities
  • Ultra-thin TVs with On-demand Free Movies
  • Housekeeping & Nightly Turn-down
  • One-touch Lighting & Room Controls
  • Complimentary Self Services Launderettes which machines and detergents

  • Welcome to your indulgent home away from home, where you’re every conceivable need is fulfilled with expert care. Enjoy a wealth of amenities such as plush down comforters, indelibly soft 100% cotton linens and bath towels, Frette robes, kimonos and personal slippers, a pillow menu, 24-hour complimentary in-stateroom dining, twice-daily housekeeping and nightly turndown service, and so much more.
  • Crystal serves up one of the best afternoon teas at sea. Held in the serene and spacious Palm Court, tea is done properly, with live musicians playing softly in the background, white-gloved waiters offering a variety of teas and an extensive selection of sandwiches, scones and tasty treats. There are also popular themed afternoon teas, such as the famous Mozart Tea. Waiters dress in period costumes with velvets and brocades, a classical quartet plays some of the famous composer's pieces, and an especially large selection of Austrian desserts is on offer.
  • Another area in which Crystal excels is live music – whether it’s classical music at teatime, a classical quartet in the atrium, torch songs at cocktail hour in the Palm Court, Broadway show tunes and other pop hit songs from today and yesteryear, with a pianist every night in the Avenue Saloon before and after dinner and fabulously fun karaoke in the intense Pulse Disco

 

  • One noteworthy highlight on Crystal Symphony is the Sunset Bar at the forward end of the Palm Court. It offers gorgeous views over the bow (hence the name) and is rarely crowded.
  • The Crystal Casino, on the way to the Galaxy Lounge, offers a comprehensive range of table games and slots and the Crystal internet café offers some of the fastest internet speeds at sea. Internet is complimentary, so you can visit 24 hours a day and use the internet on an unlimited basis for free or use your own device via Wi-Fi, all free and all unlimited.   Crystal even offers three complementary self-service laundry facilities onboard.

 

  • The ship has two pools. The Seahorse is the main one, with a bandstand and two whirlpools. The Neptune, which lies under a sliding-glass roof, is ostensibly the "bad weather" pool.

 

TRIP COST:
Ocean view cabin with a roommate of the same gender assigned to you (or travel with your own friend)
$3729 per person plus tax of $315 per person
Upgrade to a cabin with a private balcony for only $999 per person more.

OPTIONAL SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT:  If you prefer your own room, just add the below listed prices to the double occupancy rates:
Ocean view cabin:  Add only $599 to the double occupancy rate of $3729 + tax, thus making the single occupancy rate $4328 plus tax of $315   LIMIT FOUR SINGLE OCCUPANCY OCEAN VIEW CABINS SO BOOK EARLY IF YOU WISH TO GRAB ONE OF THESE CABINS!
 Balcony cabin:  Add $1249 to the double occupancy rate of $4748 plus tax, making the single occupancy balcony rate, $5997 plus tax of $315
 LIMIT THREE SINGLE OCCUPANCY BALCONY CABINS SO BOOK EARLY IF YOU WISH TO GRAB ONE OF THESE CABINS

 

PAYMENTS:
A DEPOSIT OF $900 IS DUE WITHIN 7 DAYS OF BOOKING

THE BALANCE PAYMENT IS DUE FRIDAY JAN. 29TH, 2021

CANCELATIONS:
If you are travelling in single occupancy and have travelled with us before, you can cancel for a full refund of your $900 deposit if canceled by December 23rd, 2020

If you are traveling in double occupancy and have traveled with us before, you can cancel for a full refund of your deposit if cancelled by Nov. 23rd, 2020

If you are travelling in single occupancy and have not travelled with us before, you can cancel by Dec. 23. 2020  and receive a future trip credit in the full amount of your $900 trip deposit, good for 2 years from the start date of your cancelled trip.

If you are travelling in double occupancy and have not traveled with us before, you can cancel by Nov. 23rd, 2020 and receive a future trip credit in the full amount of your $900 trip deposit, good for 2 years from the start date of your cancelled trip.

Travel insurance is available. Ask for rates and coverage details.

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