LOS ANGELES, June 17, 2009 â€“ New luxury packages to Spainâ€™s Costa Brava and Madrid and Segovia are among several pre- and post-cruise hotel and land programs Crystal Cruises is offering with 15 Mediterranean cruise itineraries this summer and fall. From inland journeys through Prague and Budapest to Italyâ€™s posh Lake Como, each carefully crafted program provides in-depth experiences that allow guests to extend their vacation and immerse themselves in a destination. Available with Crystal Serenityâ€™s Mediterranean, Black Sea and Canary Islands cruises from June through October, the optional three- to five-night programs depart from Barcelona, Venice and Rome.
The tours showcase the regionsâ€™ architecture, history, villas, castles and other attractions at World Heritage sites and Europeâ€™s vacation playgrounds. Mirroring Crystalâ€™s ultra-luxury onboard experience, guests will dine at renowned restaurants and stay at some of the worldâ€™s most sought-after hotels, like Villa dâ€™Este and Pragueâ€™s Carlo IV Boscolo.
2009 Extended Land Programs include:
- NEW! Castile Kingdom Splendor â€“ Explores the legend of Don Quixote and visits Madrid and Spainâ€™s World Heritage sites of Segovia and Toledo (four nights);
- NEW! Costa Brava Exploration â€“ Features Spainâ€™s â€œwild coast,â€ set against the Pyrenees Mountains, charming Catalonian villages, as well as Salvador Daliâ€™s birthplace (four nights);
- Lake Como and Villa dâ€™Este â€“ Ultra-luxury resort Villa dâ€™ Este at Cernobbio on Italyâ€™s Lake Como is the favored playground of royalty and international celebrities (three nights); and
- Prague and Budapest â€“ Castles, palaces and monuments in two of the worldâ€™s most fascinating cities (five nights).
â€œCrystalâ€™s Extended Land Programs are designed to provide seamless transitions from the luxury cruise experience to equally luxurious land experiences,â€ said John Stoll, director, land programs. â€œThe popularity of these programs continues to grow as more guests seek to expand their travels and experience destinations further ashore, without sacrificing the quality and luxury they find with Crystal.â€
Crystal Serenityâ€™s Mediterranean cruises depart from Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul, Lisbon, Monte Carlo, Rome and Venice. Celebration fares start at $3,535 per person, double occupancy, and offer an All Inclusive â€“ As You Wish shipboard credit to customize oneâ€™s vacation. Fares for Crystalâ€™s Mediterranean Extended Land Programs start at $4,499 per person, double occupancy.
For more information or Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the lineâ€™s website, crystalcruises.com.