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Rome (Civitavecchia) to Istanbul

ANCIENT REVERIES | 10 Nights | Departs Aug 27, 2015

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  • PRE Cherished Relics of Rome

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    Marvel at the true icons of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum and the gardens of the Pope’s summer residence.

    DAY 1

    Upon exiting Customs in the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Palace. Check in is at 2PM, and the rest of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure.

    The hotel enjoys a prime location on Rome’s celebrated Via Veneto, providing easy access to an abundance of shops and restaurants.

    DAY 2

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will tour the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica. The museums contain some of the world’s greatest paintings and sculptures, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Caravaggio. Besides seeing the most well-known exhibits, you will also visit areas usually closed to the general public, including the tomb of Pope Pius XII and the Niccoline Chapel, which features the lives of St. Lawrence and St. Stephen.

    Note: When the Niccoline Chapel is not available, we will substitute with a visit to the “private room of the tears and the room of Pope’s vestments.

    Next, you will drive to the Piazza Navona, a lovely square constructed in the 15th century and lined with cafes and Baroque palaces. Here you will enjoy lunch.

    Your afternoon is devoted to two more icons. First, you will be treated to an inside visit of the Colosseum, an enduring symbol of ancient Rome that once held 55,000 spectators. Afterwards, you will explore the treasures that lie beneath San Clemente Basilica, which include a 4th-century church, a 2nd-century pagan temple and a 1st-century house. The farther down you go, the more ancient the structures, until you reach the foundations which date from the Roman Republic.

    Following the visit of San Clemente you will be driven to San Crispino’s near the famed Trevi Fountain for a cup of what is touted to be the best gelato in Rome.

    In time, you will return to your hotel where the remainder of the evening and dinner are on your own.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive southeast from Rome toward Lake Albano, where you will find Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. Here you will be granted privileged access to the Vatican (Barberini Gardens). Here you can wander through the ruins of the Imperial Theatre and the Crypto-Portico – a covered passageway where the Emperor and his guests would stroll to escape the summer heat. Amongst the hidden treasures that can see are the Magnolia Garden, the Path of Roses, the Square of Holly Oaks and the aromatic herb garden. (note: an inside visit to the castle is no longer permissible).

    Next you will visit the Chigi Palace in Ariccia. This ducal palace is a unique example of a baroque home which has remained virtually unchanged in its environment. It still contains its original furnishings and is a testament to the great wealth of one of the most important Italian papal lines: the Chigi Family.

    Around midday, you will drive to a nearby farmhouse for a hearty lunch and an olive oil tasting. You will also learn also how to make pasta at the farmhouse. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel and enjoy an afternoon at your leisure.

    The evening ends in style with a special Roman farewell dinner served at an extraordinary restaurant in the Via Veneto area near the hotel.

    DAY 4

    Following breakfast and check out at the hotel, you will transfer to the ship to begin your cruise.

    Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are approximate, given here only for general reference, and are subject to change.

    Extra nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met when your flight arrives and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Palace. Check-in time is 2:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details.

    DAY 1

    Arrive at the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and proceed through Customs. You will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will spend the evening.

    DAY 2

    AM Breakfast

    7:30am Depart the hotel

    8:30am Start tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica

    12:30pm Lunch in Piazza Navona

    2:30pm Drive to the Colosseum

    3:00pm Inside visit of the Colosseum

    4:00pm Walk to the San Clemente Basilica

    4:30pm Visit the San Clemente undergrounds

    5:30pm Drive to the Trevi Fountain Drive and visit San Crispino’s for ice cream

    6:15pm Drive back to your hotel

    Evening and dinner at your leisure

    Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Palace or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Breakfast

    7:30am Drive to Castel Gandolfo

    8:30am Visit the Gardens of the Papal Residence in Castle Gandolfo

    10:00am Walk around Castel Gandolfo (no inside visit)

    11:00am Visit Chigi Palace in Ariccia

    12:30pm Drive to the farmhouse

    1:00pm Lunch in the farmhouse and olive oil tasting

    4:00pm Drive back to the hotel

    7:30pm Short walk to the restaurant for farewell dinner

    9:00pm Return to your hotel

    Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Palace or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    AM American breakfast

    10:00am Hotel check out

    1:15pm Transfer to the ship

    2:45pm Arrive at the ship for embarkation

    Expected weather:

    April — 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius)

    May/June/September — 78° Fahrenheit (28° Celsius)

    July/August — 86° Fahrenheit (30° Celsius)

    November — 59° Fahrenheit (15° Celsius)

    What to bring:

    Dress is generally casual, although when visiting churches your knees and shoulders must be covered. Bring good walking shoes, a hat, weather-appropriate clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.

    Local currency:

    The Euro is the local currency, but U.S. dollars and travelers checks are also accepted.


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    Hotel address:

    Hotel Boscolo Palace

    Via Vittorio Veneto 70, 00187 Rome

    Telephone: +39 06 478719

    * If a hotel is substituted due to an unforeseen situation, it will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified. If you receive no change notification then you will stay at the hotel listed.

    Program includes:

    • Standard room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts

    • Transfers

    • Lunch on Day 2

    • Lunch on Day 3

    • Farewell dinner on Day 3

    • A bottle of water during the tours on Days 2 and 3.

    Please note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, if you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

    Program excludes:

    • Meals or services not mentioned above

    • Gratuities to drivers and guides

    • Hotel incidentals

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

    All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

    Price: $2,299.00 per guest based on double occupancy.

    PRE - CHERISHED RELICS OF ROME (Concierge-Level Suite Pricing)
    Price: $2,184.00 per guest based on double occupancy.

Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.

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