Now is the time to snag a travel deal to visit Italy in the fall


LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois — If you’ve longed for a Mediterranean cruise, but have been put off by the prices, here’s good news. TourCrafters has put together a package that includes transatlantic airfare, 3 nights in Rome, 3 nights in Florence, breakfasts, most transfers, train tickets, sightseeing tours, and a 10-day all-inclusive cruise to Venice down the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik and on to Greece. In Greece, the cruise visits the beautiful island of Corfu, the port for Olympia and its classical ruins, and the 2 most popular Aegean Islands, the legendary Santorini and hip Mykonos, with a final two nights in Athens. All this, starting at only US$2,459.

The fall trip departs from Washington, DC and Philadelphia on September 11, September 25, and October 9. The US$2,459 is for a Tourist Package — 3-star hotels and an inside cabin – booked by July 15. Prices are higher (US$2,839 to US$2,895) for a Superior Package – 4-star hotels and an inside cabin – which must be booked by August 1. Prices are higher still for later bookings and exterior cabins or suites.

The ship is the Zenith of Pullmantur Cruises. Hotels in Rome include the 3-star Brasile or 4-star River Palace. In Florence, it’s the 3-star Meridiana or 4-star Kraft, and in Athens, it’s the 3-star Polis Grand or 4-star Electra Palace. Add-on ai fares are US$100 from New York, US$68 from Miami, US$82 from Atlanta, US$165 from Chicago, US$49 from Houston, US$180 from Phoenix, and US$170 from Los Angeles.

All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability, and do not include fuel surcharges of about US$420, airport taxes of about US$110, port taxes of 175 euros and a cruise service fee of 65 euros, both of which must be paid on board in euros. Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking.

For more detailed information, visit For reservations, call 800-482-5995.