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All Things RUNNING – 17th March

I’m sure you all RAN to your radio to listen to this weeks insight into the Spanish city of Pamplona.  Well, we’re going to keep the Spanish theme alive this week with a wonderful cruise onboard the WORLDS LARGEST CRUISE SHIP – the SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS…

On the 9th October you fly from Australia to Spain’s capital city of MADRID.  Enjoy 3 nights in Madrid (hotel with breakfast), giving you ample time to explore the sights and sounds.  Madrid is Europe’s 3rd largest city (behind London and Berlin) with an urban population of around 6.5 million.  Madrid is an art lovers paradise, with famous museums (Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza) displaying original works by local talents such as Goya and Velaquez.  Madrid has also grown into a gastonomic haven for foodies from traditional tapas bars to a choice of 17 Michelin starred restaurants.   Make sure to stroll around the streets, visiting the Palacia Real , Plaza Mayor and the Plaza de Santa Ana during your stay in Madrid.

Madrid, Spain

You wave farewell to the largest city in Spain and hop on the rail service to Spain’s second largest city, and the capital of Catalonia; BARCELONA.  Here you will enjoy a 2 night stay at the elegant Hilton Barcelona (with breakfast).  Soak up the atmosphere as you wander the streets of Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter or climb the Sagrada Familia.  Once again, you are submerged into a creative kaleidoscope of art and design throughout the city, with Gaudi, Picasso and Miro influences all around you.

The Sagrada Familia looming over Barcelona

Once your Barcelona experience is over, its time to Cruise, and the SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS in waiting for you in the Port of Barcelona.  The Symphony of the Seas is scheduled to launch in just a few weeks from now, and will be the largest cruiseship in the world.  More resort than cruise ship, the Sydmphony of the Seas will keep you entertained for the next 9 days along with around 5,500 passengers.  You have 20 restuarants, 13 bars, waterslides, broadway entertainment, casino, ice-skating and much more to explore during the days at sea.

Symphony of the Seas

Of course there are ports of call to explore also.  Your first is just the day after leaving Barcelona as you arrive at the island of Mallorca.   PALMA DE MALLORCA is a modern cosmopolitan city with a wealth of things to do, and it welcomes visitors with open arms all year round. Your visit to the city should include a tour of its most important historical buildings and its artistic heritage. Historic Palma de Mallorca boasts patios, outstanding religious architecture and iconic buildings as well as museums and art galleries. Its artistic and cultural content deserves being well known and will surprise anyone who has traditionally thought of Palma de Mallorca just as a sun and sand destination.

Next is Marseilles, the gateway to PROVENCE.  Marseille is the largest port in the Meditterranean and the second largest city in France, and serves as your gateway to the lush fertile region of Provence and all its cultural contributions to gastronomic excellence, Impressionistic art, and ancient architecture.  Shore excursions offered from Marseilles will whisk you off to Cassis, Avignon or Aix-en-Provence.

Sénanque Abbey, Provence

A former fishing village at the border of two enchanting regions, La Spezia offers easy access to Tuscany and its great cities like FLORENCE and PISA and the Liguria’s rugged coast and terraced villages known as Cinque Terre.  A evening sailaway from La Spezia will allow you plenty of time for sightseeing in any one of the many options from this port.

Civitavecchia is the closest port to the Eternal city, ROME.  Rome has been the focal point for many of the world’s greatest artists, architects, rulers and philosophers. See Michelangelo’s masterly ceiling, the famous Swiss Guards in the Vatican and the Imperial splendours of the Colosseum. Climb the Spanish steps. And don’t forget to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to guarantee your return to this sublime city.

Rome, the Eternal City

Not only famous for its Pizza, NAPLES is vibrant and exciting.  Situated on its famous, truly breathtaking blue bays at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. This beautiful city offers some of Italy’s best shopping and dining. Visit picturesque Sorrento and the ruins of ancient Pompeii, a city frozen in time or take a boat to the beautiful and captivating island of Capri. The lesser-known island of Ischia is also close by with great beaches, with over 100 thermal springs and a 14th century castle overlooking the water.

Mount Vesuvius guarding the city of Naples, Italy

You’ve already explored Spain’s two largest cities, so why not make it the top three as you arrive in VALENCIA.  Known for flowers, sunlight, colour and contracts, this is where history — Moorish, medieval, Golden Age — meets modern as cutting-edge architecture infuse new style and energy into traditional streets and plazas.

Following another day at sea you arrive back into BARCELONA for your flight home.  Of course you can stay longer in Spain, or explore another region of Europe – this package is fully flexible.

So, whats the small print!  Well we have a 9 night cruise on the Symphony of the Seas, 3 nights in Madrid, Rail Ticket, 2 nights in Barcelona, transfers between airport/hotel/ship and international flights from Australia….

…..all for just $4,995 per person!!!

Of course higher grade of cabins are available if you fancy treating yourself to an Ocean View or a Balcony.  So what are you waiting for….RUN to the phone and call Travel Masters on 1800 672 988 to book your cabin.

And if you cant get to your telephone, we have a link below so you can reserve a cabin (or ready more details about the cruise)