LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois - Now is the time to think about a terrific Christmas gift for a loved one - or even a treat for yourself.
For next spring and summer, TourCrafters is offering a variety of Mediterranean cruises with pre and post land packages that fit any budget. And, if you book by December 31, you'll get an Early-Bird discount that will make that budget look even better.
There are, for example, several Spanish-flavored Pullmantur cruises that take in the region's most interesting ports of call - for a very affordable price. The 13-night âItalian Southern Splendor and Mediterranean Odysseyâ cruise starts with three days in Rome, then a cruise on the Sovereign to Livorno (Pisa or Florence), Villefranche on the French Riviera, Barcelona, Tunisia, Naples, and a 4-star hotel stay in either Sorrento or Amalfi. All this from US$2,129 per person with savings of US$539. There's also the 14-night âSpain and the Islands of Legends,â which starts with two nights in Madrid, then Andalucia and Valencia by rental car, then a cruise to Malaga (Costa del Sol), Sardinia, Rome, Corsica, Palma de Mallorca, and Barcelona for two nights. This one starts at US$2,299, with a discount of US$495.
Both of these prices and discounts are for the least expensive cabin on the ship. However, discounts can be as high as US$1,769 for the splendid and spacious Grand Suite, which boasts its own verandah, not to mention a king-size bed, sofa bed, mini-bar, and more.
For those with deeper pockets, TourCrafters also offers luxury yacht cruises with land packages - the next best thing to having your own mega yacht. On the beautiful new 223-foot super yacht Variety Voyager, you'll visit Nice, St. Tropez, Corsica, Elba, Portovenere (Cinque Terre), Portofino, Monte Carlo, and then enjoy three nights in Nice and a train trip to Paris. The Early-Bird price for the first passenger on this âParis, Provence, and Rivieraâ package is US$4,530, the price for the second is US$3,035, for a saving of US$1,495 per couple.
There are several other packages including one from Venice (three nights in a 4-star hotel) cruising around the Adriatic with a discount of US$1,113, and one from Athens cruising around the Aegean Islands and Peloponnese with a land-tour of Athens, Delphi, and Meteora's âperchedâ monasteries and a discount of US$1,345.
All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability, and do not include air fare (available on request), shore excursions, gratuities, port charges, or city tax (to be paid in euros directly to the hotels).
For more information, visit www.tourcrafters.it and click âDeal of the Week.â For reservations, call 800-482-5995.