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Barcelona to Lisbon

MEDITERRANEAN RHAPSODY | 17 Nights | Departs Oct 14, 2015

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Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy-port

Whether enjoying the street performers at the Spanish Steps and people-watching over a fine glass of wine in colorful Trastevere, or taking in the historical and architectural glory that is Rome, visitors are spoiled for choice in this truly Eternal City. St. Peter’s Basilica is a full-day outing, featuring the Sistine Chapel and panoramic city vistas for those willing to climb to the top of the dome. Other landmarks not to miss include the renowned Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, and Aventine Hill, which provides you with a grand view of the imposing remains of the Imperial Palaces and the Circus Maximus, of Ben Hur fame.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Private View of the Vatican
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Classical Rome By Private Railcar
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Discover Rome
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Italian Countryside & Catacombs
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Panoramic Rome
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Roma Express - Exclusive Train Transfer
    Seated Tour
  • Rome - the Eternal City
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Rome On the Lighter Side
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Rome On Your Own
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • The Angels and Demons of Rome- Inspired By Dan Brown
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • The Best of Rome and the Vatican
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • The Colors and Aroma of the Etruscans
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Vatican City and Rome Highlights
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • A Private View of the Vatican

    Moderate Activity/Walking Regent Choice
    Duration: 10 hours
    Tour Code: civ-005

    This tour offers the rare opportunity to enter exclusive areas of Vatican City that are off limits to the general public. Your journey begins with an early morning drive to Rome, followed by free time to shop, sightsee, and enjoy lunch on your own. Then, after driving to the Vatican, your private tour commences at the beautiful Bronze Gate, which contains many outstanding Bernini masterpieces, and continues to a graceful Bernini staircase leading to the magnificent Royal Room. Adorned with paintings by Vasari and Raphael, this private papal chamber is a fitting site for the Holy Father's meetings with international heads of state. Next, by special permission, you will have the unusual privilege of visiting the Pope's private place of worship, the Niccolina Chapel (since the Paolina Chapel is under restoration). Under the pontificate of Nicholas V (1447-55) the Vatican became a court of the muses; the Pope was really an art lover and in 1448 asked the famous painter Fra Angelico to embellish his private chapel, the Cappella Niccolina. Three walls are covered with frescoes representing scenes from the lives of St. Stephen and St. Lawrence, two archdeacons who had been widely venerated in Rome since the early Middle Ages. Fra Angelico was able to accomplish this considerable amount of work only with the assistance of a large workshop, including Benozzo Gozzoli.

    To conclude your private showing, you will have a rare opportunity to see the Papal Treasures. These include carefully preserved clothing, richly adorned vestments, precious jewels, hundreds of priceless gifts presented over the centuries by kings and queens and heads of state, and incomparable objects of art created for the Renaissance Popes by Bernini and Cellini.

    Please note: Guests are required to wear suitable attire covering the knees and shoulders for the visit inside the Basilica or the Vatican Museum. No shorts, sleeveless tops or other revealing clothing will be permitted. This tour cannot operate on Sundays or Catholic holidays. Lunch is on your own. There is 1 mile of walking from the parking area to the Basilica and approximately 50 steps to negotiate. This tour involves approximately 4 hours of extensive walking on cobblestones and uneven surfaces throughout the whole tour, therefore this tour is not recommended to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. The Niccolina Chapel on occasion may be closed for Vatican functions. On those dates it will be substituted with a visit to the private Room of Tears.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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