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.

Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Experience

Rome (Civitavecchia)

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  • POST - ROME AND TIVOLI TREASURES 2019-20 CODE: CIVL26

    Note: This tour not recommended for guests with walking difficulties due to the amount of walking, steps and cobbled surfaces.

    Marvel at the true icons of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum. Also explore Villa D’Este, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tivoli and whose gardens have been used as a model for other gardens all across Europe for centuries.

    DAY 1

    Upon disembarkation you will be picked up at the cruise port and transferred to the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Rome. Check in is at 3:00 PM, and the rest of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure.

    Lunch and dinner are on your own.

    The hotel enjoys a privileged location, next to the Villa Borghese Park and surrounded by a stunning botanical garden – a true oasis in the heart of Rome.

    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 like the Sistine Chapel, 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.

    After the visit you will return back to your hotel.

    In the afternoon, meet the group in the lobby and leave the hotel to enjoy a beautiful panoramic drive of the Ancient Rome. Pass by the Colosseum, the Caracalla’s Baths and the Circus Maximus. Then, you will reach Trevi Fountain, theatrically designed by Nicola Salvi; be sure you throw your coin to ensure your return to Roma.

    Next, you will walk to the Piazza Navona, a lovely square constructed in the 15th century and lined with cafes and Baroque palaces. Under the Navona’ Square lies the magnificent Stadium of Domitian. The Stadium was commissioned around 80 AD by the Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus as a gift to the people of Rome, and was used mostly for athletic contests. After the visit you will enjoy a cocktail in this amazing location.

    Afterwards, you will return to your hotel. Dinner is on your own.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive East from Rome toward Tivoli.

    The town of Tivoli, the ancient Tibur, lies 30 kilometers east of Rome in the Sabine Hills, beautifully set on a limestone ridge above the ravine carved by the River Aniene. During the Roman Empire, it was a favorite resort of nobles and the Emperor Augustus himself, who sought the cooler air of the hills as an escape from Rome's summer heat.

    While here, visit the gardens of Villa D’Este, often cited as the masterpiece of the Italian garden and the model for gardens all over Europe. This series of gardens are highlighted with statues, nymphs, elaborate fountains, water play, pools, cascades, grottos, and terraces with spectacular views across the Roman plains.

    After your visit, enjoy some free time to wander through the colorful open air market selling all manner of souvenirs, fruits and local products and then enjoy lunch in a beautiful restaurant overlooking another one of Tivoli’s sights, the beautiful Villa Gregoriana.

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

    DAY 4

    After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport based on your flight departure time. Check out is at 10:00am. Should you have a late flight, luggage storage is available at the hotel.

    Land Program Details Step by Step:

    • Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    • Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    • The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    DAY 1

    9:00am Disembark the ship and transfer to your hotel in Rome

    Check in time is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

    Meals are on your own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 2

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    7:45am Depart the hotel

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

    1:00pm Return to your hotel, lunch on own

    4:30pm Meet your guide in the lobby and Panoramic drive of the Ancient Rome (Colosseum, Caracalla Baths, Circus Maximum)

    5:30pm Walk to Trevi Fountain

    6.00pm Walk to Pantheon and Navona Square.

    7:00pm Private guide for the Stadium of Domitian and cocktail

    9:00pm Drive back to your hotel, dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    8:30am Drive to Tivoli

    10:00am Visit the Gardens of Villa D’Este

    12:00am Free time

    12:30pm Transfer to a local restaurant

    12:45pm Lunch

    2:00pm Drive back to your hotel

    3:30pm Approximate return to your hotel

    Dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    8:00am Breakfast

    10:00am Check out

    Transfer from hotel to the Fiumicino Airport based on your flight schedule.

    *For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

    Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 10:00am (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 4 of your program.

    Transfers: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 10:00am. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

    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.

    Electricity:

    220 volts. We suggest bringing your own travel adaptor if you bring electric devices.

    Hotel address:

    Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi

    Via G. Frescobaldi 5, 00198 Roma

    Telephone: +39 06 854421

    *We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards guests will be notified in advance. If guests are not notified of changes before departure, then the hotel(s) listed in this program will be used

    Spa and Outdoor Swimming Pool at the Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi

    Please note that the Spa Entrance and outdoor swimming pool access are not included in the room rate.

    For use of these facilities the cost is 15 Euro per person (subject to change at the discretion of the hotel) and will be added to your hotel incidentals.

    Program includes:

    • Classic room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts

    • Touring and entrances per the itinerary

    • Transfers

    • 1 x lunch in Tivoli

    • 1 evening cocktail in Rome

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated departure information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

    Program excludes:

    • Meals or services not mentioned above

    • Gratuities to drivers and guides

    • Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    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, and 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. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: 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. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program.

  • POST - ROMAN WONDERS CODE: CIVL06

    Please note: Due to the amount of walking, the tour is not suggested for guests with reduced mobility. Please remember when visiting churches, your knees and shoulders must be covered.

    Thousands of years of history unfold on a fascinating exploration of Rome. Tour the Vatican Museums, home to some of the most important artworks in the world, and visit St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture. Also visit the Colosseum, the Roman Empire’s largest amphitheater and the site of epic battles; the architectural masterpiece of the Pantheon; the beautiful Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

    DAY 1 - April 29, 2019

    Upon disembarkation you will be picked up at the cruise port in Civitavecchia and transferred to Rome.

    Visit 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. Included is a visit of the Sistine Chapel where you can view the brilliantly restored Michelangelo frescoes of the Genesis and Last Judgement as well as the other priceless masterpieces that adorn the chapel walls.

    At St. Peter’s Basilica you can admire the gilded Papal canopy suspended over the high altar where the Pope celebrates mass. Also see the splendid gilt and bronze throne in the apse and some of Michelangelo’s most glorious work - the Pieta.

    Drive to your hotel and check in. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

    In the evening you will be met and taken to a famous restaurant close to the Via Veneto for a typical and delicious Italian meal.

    After dinner you will drive to the Colosseum for an amazing visit by night. Once inside it is easy to imagine the magnificence of ancient Rome. From various viewpoints you can see the enormous arena that once featured 76 entrances, marble seats and a subterranean passage where animals and other apparatus where hidden from view.

    Leaving the Colosseum you will pass the imposing Arch of Constantine erected to commemorate Constantine’s victory over Maxentius. Also see the Forum where vestiges of the Roman Empire remain.

    Transfer back to your hotel.

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol Hotel or similar

    DAY 2 -April 30, 2019

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide and drive southeast from Rome towards Lake Albano where you find Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence. Here you will be granted privileged access to the Vatican (Barberini) Gardens. 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 be seen here are the Magnolia Garden, the Path of Roses, the Square of the Holy Oaks and the aromatic herb garden.

    Next you will enter the Apostolic Palace, built in 1623 by Pope Urbano VIII and designed by Carlo Maderno. An audio-guide will explain the Gallery of the Popes where you can admire the portraits of the Popes as well as many objects belonging to past Popes.

    Drive to a nearby farm house for a pasta making demonstration followed by a hearty lunch and olive oil tasting.

    Continue your drive in the afternoon through the gentle hills of Rome’s wine region and arrive at Terre dei Pallavicini, one of the most famous wineries in the area. Taste their wines and local products before returning back to Rome and your hotel.

    The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Dinner is on your own.

    DAY 3 – May 1, 2019

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide and drive to People’s Square and begin a walking tour. Admire three churches on its borders with an ancient Egyptian obelisk in the center. Continue walking along elegant streets until you reach Piazza di Spagna, better known as the “Spanish Steps”. This beautiful and busy area is dominated by the 16th Century Tinita dei Monti Church and the Barcaccia Fountain created by Bernini. According to legend, the water coming out of this fountain is the sweetest water in Rome.

    Next walk to the beautiful Trevi Fountain where King Neptune’s Tritons guard the sparkling waters of Rome’s most beloved monument. Be sure to toss a coin into the fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City.

    Cross the Via del Corso and walk to the Pantheon to see the tomb of Raphael and then to Piazza Navona, said to be the most beautiful square in Rome. Here admire the Fountain of the Four Rivers, sculpted by Bernini and representing the four great rivers of the world. Enjoy an Italian ice cream while admiring the view.

    In time you will return to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

    Dinner is on your own.

    NOTE: Guests wishing to remain at Piazza Navona may do so and return to the hotel at their own leisure and expense.

    DAY 4 - May 2, 2019

    After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport based on your flight departure time.

    Land Program Step by Step:

    Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    *This program involves a lot of walking

    DAY 1

    8:30am Disembark the ship and transfer to Rome

    10:00am Begin the tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peters Basilica

    1:30pm Drive to your hotel for check in

    6:45pm Meet your guide and drive to a local restaurant for dinner

    7:00pm Dinner

    8:30pm Drive to the Colosseum

    9:00pm Visit the Colosseum

    10:30pm Drive back to your hotel

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol or similar hotel

    DAY 2

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    7:30am Drive to Castle Gandolfo

    8:30am Visit the gardens of the Papal residence

    11:00am Visit the Apostolic Palace

    12:00pm Walk around the town of Castle Gandolfo

    12:30pm Drive to a local farmhouse

    1:00pm Lunch and olive oil tasting with pasta demo at the farmhouse

    3:00pm Drive to the Pallavicini Estate

    4:00pm Visit the winery and wine tasting

    5:30pm Return to your hotel in Rome

    Remainder of the evening at your leisure. Dinner on own

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    9:00am Meet your guide and drive to People’s Square

    9:30am Walking tour including Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Navona Square

    1:00pm Drive back to your hotel

    Remainder of the day is at your leisure. Lunch and dinner on own

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol or similar hotel

    NOTE: Guests wishing to remain at Piazza Navona may do so and return to the hotel at their own leisure and expense.

    DAY 4

    8:00am Breakfast

    10:00am Check out

    Transfer from hotel to the Fiumicino Airport based on your flight schedule.

    *For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

    EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 10:00am. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4. Should you book your own extra nights, a departure transfer is not included.

    Expected weather:

    Typically warm and sunny - approximately 78° Fahrenheit (28° 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.

    Electricity:

    220 volts. We suggest bringing your own travel adaptor if you bring electric devices.

    Hotel address:

    Hotel Bernini Bristol

    Piazza Barberini 23, 00187 Roma

    Phone: 39 06 488931

    * 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 at the Bernini Bristol Hotel or similar

    • Touring and entrances per the itinerary

    • Transfers

    • 1 dinner

    • 1 lunch

    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, a departure transfer is not provided.

    Program excludes:

    • Meals and beverages (lunches and dinners) not mentioned above

    • Gratuities to drivers and guides

    • Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    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.

  • PVT-PARCO DEI PRINCIPI + TRANSFERS CODE: CIVL24

  • PRE- ROME AND TIVOLI TREASURES - 2019-20 CODE: CIVL25

    Note: This tour not recommended for guests with walking difficulties due to the amount of walking, steps and cobbled surfaces.

    Marvel at the true icons of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum. Also explore Villa D’Este, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tivoli and whose gardens have been used as a model for other gardens all across Europe for centuries.

    DAY 1

    Upon exiting Customs in the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel. Check in is at 3:00pm, and the rest of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

    The hotel enjoys a privileged location, next to the Villa Borghese Park and surrounded by a stunning botanical garden – a true oasis in the heart of Rome.

    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 like the Sistine Chapel, 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.

    After the visit you will return back to your hotel.

    In the afternoon, meet the group in the lobby and leave the hotel to enjoy a beautiful panoramic drive of the Ancient Rome. Pass by the Colosseum, the Caracalla’s Baths and the Circus Maximus. Then, you will reach Trevi Fountain, theatrically designed by Nicola Salvi; be sure you throw your coin to ensure your return to Roma.

    Next, you will walk to the Piazza Navona, a lovely square constructed in the 15th century and lined with cafes and Baroque palaces. Under the Navona’ Square lies the magnificent Stadium of Domitian. The Stadium was commissioned around 80 AD by the Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus as a gift to the people of Rome, and was used mostly for athletic contests. After the visit you will enjoy a cocktail in this amazing location.

    Afterwards, you will return to your hotel. Dinner is on your own.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive East from Rome toward Tivoli.

    The town of Tivoli, the ancient Tibur, lies 30 kilometers east of Rome in the Sabine Hills, beautifully set on a limestone ridge above the ravine carved by the River Aniene. During the Roman Empire, it was a favorite resort of nobles and the Emperor Augustus himself, who sought the cooler air of the hills as an escape from Rome's summer heat.

    While here, visit the gardens of Villa D’Este, often cited as the masterpiece of the Italian garden and the model for gardens all over Europe. This series of gardens are highlighted with statues, nymphs, elaborate fountains, water play, pools, cascades, grottos, and terraces with spectacular views across the Roman plains.

    After your visit, enjoy some free time to wander through the colorful open air market selling all manner of souvenirs, fruits and local products and then enjoy lunch in a beautiful restaurant overlooking another one of Tivoli’s sights, the beautiful Villa Gregoriana.

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

    DAY 4

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

    Land Program Details Step by Step

    • The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Program times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    • Itineraries with the up-to-date details will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive a final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review the letter and your final itinerary carefully for further amendments.

    • The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Extra Nights

    • If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

    • If you have an early-arriving flight, you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 3:00pm.

    • If you book extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    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. Meals are on your own. Check in time – 3:00pm.

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    Meet and Greet and transfers

    • Final cruise documents will be emailed 21 days prior to sailing. The local ground agent’s telephone number will be on page 1, if you can’t locate the meet-and-greet representative upon arrival. Be aware that the representative may be assisting others and may not be in sight when you first exit Customs and the luggage claim area.

    • Look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt, ask the airport staff to direct you to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    • Meet and Greet and transfers for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for extra nights booked through the cruise line are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing.

    • If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed, and the Destination Services Land Team has not been notified, then a transfer cannot be provided, and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    DAY 2

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    7:45am Depart the hotel

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

    1:00pm Return to your hotel, lunch on own

    4:30pm Meet your guide in the lobby and Panoramic drive of the Ancient Rome (Colosseum, Caracalla Baths, Circus Maximum)

    5:30pm Walk to Trevi Fountain

    6:00pm Walk to Pantheon and Navona Square.

    7:00pm Private guide for the Stadium of Domitian and cocktail

    9:00pm Drive back to your hotel, dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    8:30am Drive to Tivoli

    10:00am Visit the Gardens of Villa D’Este

    12:00am Free time

    12:30pm Transfer to a local restaurant

    12:45pm Lunch

    2:00pm Drive back to your hotel

    3:30pm Approximate return to the hotel, dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    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.

    Electricity:

    220 volts. We suggest bringing your own travel adaptor if you bring electric devices.

    Hotel address:

    Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi

    Via G. Frescobaldi 5, 00198 Roma

    Telephone: +39 06 854421

    *We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards guests will be notified in advance. If guests are not notified of changes before departure, then the hotel(s) listed in this program will be used

    Spa and Outdoor Swimming Pool at the Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi:

    Please note that the Spa Entrance and outdoor swimming pool access are not included in the room rate.

    For use of these facilities the cost is 15 Euro per person (subject to change at the discretion of the hotel) and will be added to your hotel incidentals.

    Program includes:

    • Classic room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts

    • Touring and entrances per the itinerary

    • Transfers

    • 1 x Lunch in Tivoli

    • 1 x evening cocktail in Rome

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

    Program excludes:

    • Meals or services not mentioned above

    • Gratuities to drivers and guides

    • Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    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, and 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. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: 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. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

  • PROMO- POST - ROME AND TIVOLI TREASURES 2020 CODE: CIVL27

    Note: This tour not recommended for guests with walking difficulties due to the amount of walking, steps and cobbled surfaces.

    Marvel at the true icons of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum. Also explore Villa D’Este, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tivoli and whose gardens have been used as a model for other gardens all across Europe for centuries.

    DAY 1

    Upon disembarkation you will be picked up at the cruise port and transferred to the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Rome. Check in is at 3:00 PM, and the rest of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure.

    Lunch and dinner are on your own.

    The hotel enjoys a privileged location, next to the Villa Borghese Park and surrounded by a stunning botanical garden – a true oasis in the heart of Rome.

    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 like the Sistine Chapel, 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.

    After the visit you will return back to your hotel.

    In the afternoon, meet the group in the lobby and leave the hotel to enjoy a beautiful panoramic drive of the Ancient Rome. Pass by the Colosseum, the Caracalla’s Baths and the Circus Maximus. Then, you will reach Trevi Fountain, theatrically designed by Nicola Salvi; be sure you throw your coin to ensure your return to Roma.

    Next, you will walk to the Piazza Navona, a lovely square constructed in the 15th century and lined with cafes and Baroque palaces. Under the Navona’ Square lies the magnificent Stadium of Domitian. The Stadium was commissioned around 80 AD by the Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus as a gift to the people of Rome, and was used mostly for athletic contests. After the visit you will enjoy a cocktail in this amazing location.

    Afterwards, you will return to your hotel.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive East from Rome toward Tivoli.

    The town of Tivoli, the ancient Tibur, lies 30 kilometers east of Rome in the Sabine Hills, beautifully set on a limestone ridge above the ravine carved by the River Aniene. During the Roman Empire, it was a favorite resort of nobles and the Emperor Augustus himself, who sought the cooler air of the hills as an escape from Rome's summer heat.

    While here, visit the gardens of Villa D’Este, often cited as the masterpiece of the Italian garden and the model for gardens all over Europe. This series of gardens are highlighted with statues, nymphs, elaborate fountains, water play, pools, cascades, grottos, and terraces with spectacular views across the Roman plains.

    After your visit, enjoy some free time to wander through the colorful open air market selling all manner of souvenirs, fruits and local products and then enjoy lunch in a beautiful restaurant overlooking another one of Tivoli’s sights, the beautiful Villa Gregoriana.

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

    DAY 4

    After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport based on your flight departure time. Check out is at 10:00am. Should you have a late flight, luggage storage is available at the hotel.

    Land Program Step by Step:

    Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    DAY 1

    9:00am Disembark the ship and transfer to your hotel in Rome

    Check in time is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

    Meals are are on your own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 2

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    7:45am Depart the hotel

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

    1:00pm Return to your hotel, lunch on own

    4:30pm Meet your guide in the lobby and Panoramic drive of the Ancient Rome (Colosseum, Caracalla Baths, Circus Maximum)

    5:30pm Walk to Trevi Fountain

    6.00pm Walk to Pantheon and Navona Square.

    7:00pm Private guide for the Stadium of Domitian and cocktail

    9:00pm Drive back to your hotel , dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    8:30am Drive to Tivoli

    10:00am Visit the Gardens of Villa D’Este

    12:00am Free time

    12:30pm Transfer to a local restaurant

    12:45pm Lunch

    2:00pm Drive back to your hotel

    3:30pm Approximate return to your hotel

    Dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    8:00am Breakfast

    10:00am Check out

    Transfer from hotel to the Fiumicino Airport based on your flight schedule.

    *For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

    EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 10:00am. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4. Guests who book their own extra nights will not be transferred to the airport.

    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.

    Electricity:

    220 volts. We suggest bringing your own travel adaptor if you bring electric devices.

    Hotel address:

    Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi

    Via G. Frescobaldi 5, 00198 Roma

    Telephone: +39 06 854421

    * 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.

    Spa and Outdoor Swimming Pool at the Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi

    Please note that the Spa Entrance and outdoor swimming pool access are not included in the room rate.

    For use of these facilities the cost is 15 Euro per person (subject to change at the discretion of the hotel) and will be added to your hotel incidentals.

    Program includes:

    •Classic room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts

    •Touring and entrances per the itinerary

    •Transfers

    •Lunch on Day 3

    •Cocktail on Day 2

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

    Program excludes:

    •Meals or services not mentioned above

    •Gratuities to drivers and guides

    •Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    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.

  • PROMO - POST ROMAN WONDERS CODE: CIVL05

    Please note: Due to the amount of walking, the tour is not suggested for guests with reduced mobility. Please remember when visiting churches, your knees and shoulders must be covered.

    Thousands of years of history unfold on a fascinating exploration of Rome. Tour the Vatican Museums, home to some of the most important artworks in the world, and visit St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture. Also visit the Colosseum, the Roman Empire’s largest amphitheater and the site of epic battles; the architectural masterpiece of the Pantheon; the beautiful Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

    DAY 1 - April 29, 2019

    Upon disembarkation you will be picked up at the cruise port in Civitavecchia and transferred to Rome.

    Visit 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. Included is a visit of the Sistine Chapel where you can view the brilliantly restored Michelangelo frescoes of the Genesis and Last Judgement as well as the other priceless masterpieces that adorn the chapel walls.

    At St. Peter’s Basilica you can admire the gilded Papal canopy suspended over the high altar where the Pope celebrates mass. Also see the splendid gilt and bronze throne in the apse and some of Michelangelo’s most glorious work - the Pieta.

    Drive to your hotel and check in. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

    In the evening you will be met and taken to a famous restaurant close to the Via Veneto for a typical and delicious Italian meal.

    After dinner you will drive to the Colosseum for an amazing visit by night. Once inside it is easy to imagine the magnificence of ancient Rome. From various viewpoints you can see the enormous arena that once featured 76 entrances, marble seats and a subterranean passage where animals and other apparatus where hidden from view.

    Leaving the Colosseum you will pass the imposing Arch of Constantine erected to commemorate Constantine’s victory over Maxentius. Also see the Forum where vestiges of the Roman Empire remain.

    Transfer back to your hotel.

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol Hotel or similar

    DAY 2 -April 30, 2019

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide and drive southeast from Rome towards Lake Albano where you find Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence. Here you will be granted privileged access to the Vatican (Barberini) Gardens. 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 be seen here are the Magnolia Garden, the Path of Roses, the Square of the Holy Oaks and the aromatic herb garden.

    Next you will enter the Apostolic Palace, built in 1623 by Pope Urbano VIII and designed by Carlo Maderno. An audio-guide will explain the Gallery of the Popes where you can admire the portraits of the Popes as well as many objects belonging to past Popes.

    Drive to a nearby farm house for a pasta making demonstration followed by a hearty lunch and olive oil tasting.

    Continue your drive in the afternoon through the gentle hills of Rome’s wine region and arrive at Terre dei Pallavicini, one of the most famous wineries in the area. Taste their wines and local products before returning back to Rome and your hotel.

    The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Dinner is on your own.

    DAY 3 – May 1, 2019

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide and drive to People’s Square and begin a walking tour. Admire three churches on its borders with an ancient Egyptian obelisk in the center. Continue walking along elegant streets until you reach Piazza di Spagna, better known as the “Spanish Steps”. This beautiful and busy area is dominated by the 16th Century Tinita dei Monti Church and the Barcaccia Fountain created by Bernini. According to legend, the water coming out of this fountain is the sweetest water in Rome.

    Next walk to the beautiful Trevi Fountain where King Neptune’s Tritons guard the sparkling waters of Rome’s most beloved monument. Be sure to toss a coin into the fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City.

    Cross the Via del Corso and walk to the Pantheon to see the tomb of Raphael and then to Piazza Navona, said to be the most beautiful square in Rome. Here admire the Fountain of the Four Rivers, sculpted by Bernini and representing the four great rivers of the world. Enjoy an Italian ice cream while admiring the view.

    In time you will return to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

    Dinner is on your own.

    NOTE: Guests wishing to remain at Piazza Navona may do so and return to the hotel at their own leisure and expense.

    DAY 4 - May 2, 2019

    After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport based on your flight departure time.

    Land Program Step by Step:

    Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    *This program involves a lot of walking

    DAY 1

    8:30am Disembark the ship and transfer to Rome

    10:00am Begin the tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peters Basilica

    1:30pm Drive to your hotel for check in

    6:45pm Meet your guide and drive to a local restaurant for dinner

    7:00pm Dinner

    8:30pm Drive to the Colosseum

    9:00pm Visit the Colosseum

    10:30pm Drive back to your hotel

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol or similar hotel

    DAY 2

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    7:30am Drive to Castle Gandolfo

    8:30am Visit the gardens of the Papal residence

    11:00am Visit the Apostolic Palace

    12:00pm Walk around the town of Castle Gandolfo

    12:30pm Drive to a local farmhouse

    1:00pm Lunch and olive oil tasting with pasta demo at the farmhouse

    3:00pm Drive to the Pallavicini Estate

    4:00pm Visit the winery and wine tasting

    5:30pm Return to your hotel in Rome

    Remainder of the evening at your leisure. Dinner on own

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    9:00am Meet your guide and drive to People’s Square

    9:30am Walking tour including Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Navona Square

    1:00pm Drive back to your hotel

    Remainder of the day is at your leisure. Lunch and dinner on own

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol or similar hotel

    NOTE: Guests wishing to remain at Piazza Navona may do so and return to the hotel at their own leisure and expense.

    DAY 4

    8:00am Breakfast

    10:00am Check out

    Transfer from hotel to the Fiumicino Airport based on your flight schedule.

    *For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

    EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 10:00am. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4. Should you book your own extra nights, a departure transfer is not included.

    Expected weather:

    Typically warm and sunny - approximately 78° Fahrenheit (28° 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.

    Electricity:

    220 volts. We suggest bringing your own travel adaptor if you bring electric devices.

    Hotel address:

    Hotel Bernini Bristol

    Piazza Barberini 23, 00187 Roma

    Phone: 39 06 488931

    * 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 at the Bernini Bristol Hotel or similar

    • Touring and entrances per the itinerary

    • Transfers

    • 1 dinner

    • 1 lunch

    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, a departure transfer is not provided.

    Program excludes:

    • Meals and beverages (lunches and dinners) not mentioned above

    • Gratuities to drivers and guides

    • Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    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.

  • POST - ROME AND TIVOLI TREASURES CODE: CIVL08

    Marvel at the true icons of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum. Also explore Villa D’Este, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tivoli and whose gardens have been used as a model for other gardens all across Europe for centuries.

    DAY 1

    Upon disembarkation you will be picked up at the cruise port and transferred to the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Rome. Check in is at 3:00 PM, and the rest of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure.

    Lunch and dinner are on your own.

    The hotel enjoys a privileged location, next to the Villa Borghese Park and surrounded by a stunning botanical garden – a true oasis in the heart of Rome.

    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 like the Sistine Chapel, 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.

    After the visit you will return back to your hotel where you can have lunch on your own.

    In the afternoon, meet the group in the lobby and leave the hotel to enjoy a beautiful panoramic drive of the Ancient Rome. Pass by the Colosseum, the Caracalla’s Baths and the Circus Maximus. Then, you will reach Trevi Fountain, theatrically designed by Nicola Salvi; be sure you throw your coin to ensure your return to Roma.

    Next, you will walk to the Piazza Navona, a lovely square constructed in the 15th century and lined with cafes and Baroque palaces. Under the Navona’ Square lies the magnificent Stadium of Domitian. The Stadium was commissioned around 80 AD by the Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus as a gift to the people of Rome, and was used mostly for athletic contests. After the visit you will enjoy a cocktail in this amazing location.

    Afterwards, you will return to your hotel. Dinner on your own.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive East from Rome toward Tivoli.

    The town of Tivoli, the ancient Tibur, lies 30 kilometers east of Rome in the Sabine Hills, beautifully set on a limestone ridge above the ravine carved by the River Aniene. During the Roman Empire, it was a favorite resort of nobles and the Emperor Augustus himself, who sought the cooler air of the hills as an escape from Rome's summer heat.

    While here, visit the gardens of Villa D’Este, often cited as the masterpiece of the Italian garden and the model for gardens all over Europe. This series of gardens are highlighted with statues, nymphs, elaborate fountains, water play, pools, cascades, grottos, and terraces with spectacular views across the Roman plains.

    After your visit, enjoy some free time to wander through the colorful open air market selling all manner of souvenirs, fruits and local products and then enjoy lunch in a beautiful restaurant overlooking another one of Tivoli’s sights, the beautiful Villa Gregoriana.

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

    DAY 4

    After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport based on your flight departure time. Check out is at 10:00am. Should you have a late flight, luggage storage is available at the hotel.

    Land Program Step by Step:

    Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    DAY 1

    9:00am Disembark the ship and transfer to your hotel in Rome

    Check in time is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

    Meals are on your own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 2

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    7:45am Depart the hotel

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

    1:00pm Return to your hotel, lunch on own

    4:30pm Meet your guide in the lobby and Panoramic drive of the Ancient Rome (Colosseum, Caracalla Baths, Circus Maximum)

    5:30pm Walk to Trevi Fountain

    6.00pm Walk to Pantheon and Navona Square.

    7:00pm Private guide for the Stadium of Domitian and cocktail

    9:00pm Drive back to your hotel , dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    8:30am Drive to Tivoli

    10:00am Visit the Gardens of Villa D’Este

    12:00am Free time

    12:30pm Transfer to a local restaurant

    12:45pm Lunch

    2:00pm Drive back to your hotel

    3:30pm Approximate return to your hotel

    Dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    8:00am Breakfast

    10:00am Check out

    Transfer from hotel to the Fiumicino Airport based on your flight schedule.

    *For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

    Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 10:00am (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 4 of your program.

    Transfers: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. . If flight details are not received 10 days before your program start date, transfers will not be arranged.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 10:00am.

    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.

    Electricity:

    220 volts. We suggest bringing your own travel adaptor if you bring electric devices.

    Hotel address:

    Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi

    Via G. Frescobaldi 5, 00198 Roma

    Telephone: +39 06 854421

    * 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.

    Spa and Outdoor Swimming Pool at the Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi:

    Please note that the Spa Entrance and outdoor swimming pool access are not included in the room rate.

    For use of these facilities the cost is 15 Euro per person (subject to change at the discretion of the hotel) and will be added to your hotel incidentals.

    Program includes:

    •Superior room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts

    •Touring and entrances per the itinerary

    •Transfers

    •Cocktail on Day 2, Lunch on Day 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 departure information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, if you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

    Program excludes:

    •Meals or services not mentioned above

    •Gratuities to drivers and guides

    •Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    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.

  • POST- ROMAN WONDERS CODE: CIVL22

    Please note: Due to the amount of walking, the tour is not suggested for guests with reduced mobility. Please remember when visiting churches, your knees and shoulders must be covered.

    Thousands of years of history unfold on a fascinating exploration of Rome. Tour the Vatican Museums, home to some of the most important artworks in the world, and visit St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture. Also visit the Colosseum, the Roman Empire’s largest amphitheater and the site of epic battles; the architectural masterpiece of the Pantheon; the beautiful Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

    DAY 1 - June 1, 2018

    Upon disembarkation you will be picked up at the cruise port in Civitavecchia and transferred to Rome.

    Visit 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. Included is a visit of the Sistine Chapel where you can view the brilliantly restored Michelangelo frescoes of the Genesis and Last Judgement as well as the other priceless masterpieces that adorn the chapel walls.

    At St. Peter’s Basilica you can admire the gilded Papal canopy suspended over the high altar where the Pope celebrates mass. Also see the splendid gilt and bronze throne in the apse and some of Michelangelo’s most glorious work - the Pieta.

    Drive to your hotel and check in. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

    In the evening you will be met and taken to a famous restaurant close to the Via Veneto for a typical and delicious Italian meal.

    After dinner you will drive to the Colosseum for an amazing visit by night. Once inside it is easy to imagine the magnificence of ancient Rome. From various viewpoints you can see the enormous arena that once featured 76 entrances, marble seats and a subterranean passage where animals and other apparatus where hidden from view.

    Leaving the Colosseum you will pass the imposing Arch of Constantine erected to commemorate Constantine’s victory over Maxentius. Also see the Forum where vestiges of the Roman Empire remain.

    Transfer back to your hotel.

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol Hotel or similar

    DAY 2 - June 2, 2018

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide and drive southeast from Rome towards Lake Albano where you find Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence. Here you will be granted privileged access to the Vatican (Barberini) Gardens. 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 be seen here are the Magnolia Garden, the Path of Roses, the Square of the Holy Oaks and the aromatic herb garden.

    Next you will enter the Apostolic Palace, built in 1623 by Pope Urbano VIII and designed by Carlo Maderno. An audio-guide will explain the Gallery of the Popes where you can admire the portraits of the Popes as well as many objects belonging to past Popes.

    Drive to a nearby farm house for a pasta making demonstration followed by a hearty lunch and olive oil tasting.

    Continue your drive in the afternoon through the gentle hills of Rome’s wine region and arrive at Terre dei Pallavicini, one of the most famous wineries in the area. Taste their wines and local products before returning back to Rome and your hotel.

    The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Dinner is on your own.

    DAY 3 - June 3, 2018

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide and drive to People’s Square and begin a walking tour. Admire three churches on its borders with an ancient Egyptian obelisk in the center. Continue walking along elegant streets until you reach Piazza di Spagna, better known as the “Spanish Steps”. This beautiful and busy area is dominated by the 16th Century Tinita dei Monti Church and the Barcaccia Fountain created by Bernini. According to legend, the water coming out of this fountain is the sweetest water in Rome.

    Next walk to the beautiful Trevi Fountain where King Neptune’s Tritons guard the sparkling waters of Rome’s most beloved monument. Be sure to toss a coin into the fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City.

    Cross the Via del Corso and walk to the Pantheon to see the tomb of Raphael and then to Piazza Navona, said to be the most beautiful square in Rome. Here admire the Fountain of the Four Rivers, sculpted by Bernini and representing the four great rivers of the world. Enjoy an Italian ice cream while admiring the view.

    In time you will return to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

    Dinner is on your own.

    NOTE: Guests wishing to remain at Piazza Navona may do so and return to the hotel at their own leisure and expense.

    DAY 4 - June 4, 2018

    After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport based on your flight departure time.

    Land Program Step by Step:

    Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    *This program involves a lot of walking

    DAY 1

    8:30am Disembark the ship and transfer to Rome

    10:00am Begin the tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peters Basilica

    1:30pm Drive to your hotel for check in

    6:45pm Meet your guide and drive to a local restaurant for dinner

    7:00pm Dinner

    8:30pm Drive to the Colosseum

    9:00pm Visit the Colosseum

    10:30pm Drive back to your hotel

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol or similar hotel

    DAY 2

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    7:30am Drive to Castle Gandolfo

    8:30am Visit the gardens of the Papal residence

    11:00am Visit the Apostolic Palace

    12:00pm Walk around the town of Castle Gandolfo

    12:30pm Drive to a local farmhouse

    1:00pm Lunch and olive oil tasting with pasta demo at the farmhouse

    3:00pm Drive to the Pallavicini Estate

    4:00pm Visit the winery and wine tasting

    5:30pm Return to your hotel in Rome

    Remainder of the evening at your leisure. Dinner on own

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    9:00am Meet your guide and drive to People’s Square

    9:30am Walking tour including Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Navona Square

    1:00pm Drive back to your hotel

    Remainder of the day is at your leisure. Lunch and dinner on own

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol or similar hotel

    NOTE: Guests wishing to remain at Piazza Navona may do so and return to the hotel at their own leisure and expense.

    DAY 4

    8:00am Breakfast

    10:00am Check out

    Transfer from hotel to the Fiumicino Airport based on your flight schedule.

    *For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

    EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 10:00am. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4. Should you book your own extra nights, a departure transfer is not included.

    Expected weather:

    Typically warm and sunny - approximately 78° Fahrenheit (28° 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.

    Electricity:

    220 volts. We suggest bringing your own travel adaptor if you bring electric devices.

    Hotel address:

    Hotel Bernini Bristol

    Piazza Barberini 23, 00187 Roma

    Phone: 39 06 488931

    * 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 at the Bernini Bristol Hotel or similar

    •Touring and entrances per the itinerary

    •Transfers

    •1 dinner

    •1 lunch

    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, a departure transfer is not provided.

    Program excludes:

    •Meals and beverages (lunches and dinners) not mentioned above

    •Gratuities to drivers and guides

    •Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    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.

  • PRE - ROME AND TIVOLI TREASURES CODE: CIVL07

    Marvel at the true icons of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum. Also explore Villa D’Este, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tivoli and whose gardens have been used as a model for other gardens all across Europe for centuries.

    DAY 1

    Upon exiting Customs in the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel. Check in is at 3:00pm, and the rest of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

    The hotel enjoys a privileged location, next to the Villa Borghese Park and surrounded by a stunning botanical garden – a true oasis in the heart of Rome.

    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 like the Sistine Chapel, 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.

    After the visit you will return back to your hotel where you can have lunch on your own.

    In the afternoon, meet the group in the lobby and leave the hotel to enjoy a beautiful panoramic drive of the Ancient Rome. Pass by the Colosseum, the Caracalla’s Baths and the Circus Maximus. Then, you will reach Trevi Fountain, theatrically designed by Nicola Salvi; be sure you throw your coin to ensure your return to Roma.

    Next, you will walk to the Piazza Navona, a lovely square constructed in the 15th century and lined with cafes and Baroque palaces. Under the Navona’ Square lies the magnificent Stadiumof Domitian. The Stadium was commissioned around 80 AD by the Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus as a gift to the people of Rome, and was used mostly for athletic contests. After the visit you will enjoy a cocktail in this amazing location.

    Afterwards, you will return to your hotel. Dinner on your own.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive East from Rome toward Tivoli.

    The town of Tivoli, the ancient Tibur, lies 30 kilometers east of Rome in the Sabine Hills, beautifully set on a limestone ridge above the ravine carved by the River Aniene. During the Roman Empire, it was a favorite resort of nobles and the Emperor Augustus himself, who sought the cooler air of the hills as an escape from Rome's summer heat.

    While here, visit the gardens of Villa D’Este, often cited as the masterpiece of the Italian garden and the model for gardens all over Europe.

    This series of gardens are highlighted with statues, nymphs, elaborate fountains, water play, pools, cascades, grottos, and terraces with spectacular views across the Roman plains.

    After your visit, enjoy some free time to wander through the colorful open air market selling all manner of souvenirs, fruits and local products and then enjoy lunch in a beautiful restaurant overlooking another one of Tivoli’s sights, the beautiful Villa Gregoriana.

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

    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:

    •Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review that Welcome Letter and your final itinerary carefully for any further amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Extra Nights:

    •If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in time is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

    •Should you have an early arriving flight you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 3:00pm

    •Should you book any extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    Meet and Greet and transfers:

    •Final cruise documents emailed at 21 days prior to sailing, also include on page 1, a contact telephone number of our local ground agent to use should you not be able to locate your meet and greet upon arrival. Remember that often many guests are arriving on the same flight and the representative may be assisting someone else when you exit the customs and / or luggage claim area.

    •Always look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt please check with airport staff to be directed to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    •Meet and Greet and transfers for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for any extra nights booked through the cruise line, are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing.

    •If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed and the Destination Services Land Team not notified, then a transfer cannot be provided and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    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. Meals are on your own.

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 2

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    7:45am Depart the hotel

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

    1:00pm Return to your hotel, lunch on own

    4:30pm Meet your guide in the lobby and Panoramic drive of the Ancient Rome (Colosseum, Caracalla Baths, Circus Maximum)

    5:30pm Walk to Trevi Fountain

    6:00pm Walk to Pantheon and Navona Square.

    7:00pm Private guide for the Stadium of Domitian and cocktail

    9:00pm Drive back to your hotel , dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    8:30am Drive to Tivoli

    10:00am Visit the Gardens of Villa D’Este

    12:00am Free time

    12:30pm Transfer to a local restaurant

    12:45pm Lunch

    2:00pm Drive back to your hotel

    3:30pm Approximate return to the hotel, dinner on own

    Overnight at the Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    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.

    Electricity:

    220 volts. We suggest bringing your own travel adaptor if you bring electric devices.

    Hotel address:

    Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi

    Via G. Frescobaldi 5, 00198 Roma

    Telephone: +39 06 854421

    * 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.

    Spa and Outdoor Swimming Pool at the Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi:

    Please note that the Spa Entrance and outdoor swimming pool access are not included in the room rate.

    For use of these facilities the cost is 15 Euro per person (subject to change at the discretion of the hotel) and will be added to your hotel incidentals.

    Program includes:

    •Superior room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts

    •Touring and entrances per the itinerary

    •Transfers

    •Cocktail on Day 2, Lunch on Day 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 including mini bar and room service

    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, and 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. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Please note: 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. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

  • PROMO - POST ROMAN WONDERS CODE: CIVL21

    Please note: Due to the amount of walking, the tour is not suggested for guests with reduced mobility. Please remember when visiting churches, your knees and shoulders must be covered.

    Thousands of years of history unfold on a fascinating exploration of Rome. Tour the Vatican Museums, home to some of the most important artworks in the world, and visit St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture. Also visit the Colosseum, the Roman Empire’s largest amphitheater and the site of epic battles; the architectural masterpiece of the Pantheon; the beautiful Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

    DAY 1 - June 1, 2018

    Upon disembarkation you will be picked up at the cruise port in Civitavecchia and transferred to Rome.

    Visit 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. Included is a visit of the Sistine Chapel where you can view the brilliantly restored Michelangelo frescoes of the Genesis and Last Judgement as well as the other priceless masterpieces that adorn the chapel walls.

    At St. Peter’s Basilica you can admire the gilded Papal canopy suspended over the high altar where the Pope celebrates mass. Also see the splendid gilt and bronze throne in the apse and some of Michelangelo’s most glorious work - the Pieta.

    Drive to your hotel and check in. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

    In the evening you will be met and taken to a famous restaurant close to the Via Veneto for a typical and delicious Italian meal.

    After dinner you will drive to the Colosseum for an amazing visit by night. Once inside it is easy to imagine the magnificence of ancient Rome. From various viewpoints you can see the enormous arena that once featured 76 entrances, marble seats and a subterranean passage where animals and other apparatus where hidden from view.

    Leaving the Colosseum you will pass the imposing Arch of Constantine erected to commemorate Constantine’s victory over Maxentius. Also see the Forum where vestiges of the Roman Empire remain.

    Transfer back to your hotel.

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol Hotel or similar

    DAY 2 - June 2, 2018

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide and drive southeast from Rome towards Lake Albano where you find Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence. Here you will be granted privileged access to the Vatican (Barberini) Gardens. 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 be seen here are the Magnolia Garden, the Path of Roses, the Square of the Holy Oaks and the aromatic herb garden.

    Next you will enter the Apostolic Palace, built in 1623 by Pope Urbano VIII and designed by Carlo Maderno. An audio-guide will explain the Gallery of the Popes where you can admire the portraits of the Popes as well as many objects belonging to past Popes.

    Drive to a nearby farm house for a pasta making demonstration followed by a hearty lunch and olive oil tasting.

    Continue your drive in the afternoon through the gentle hills of Rome’s wine region and arrive at Terre dei Pallavicini, one of the most famous wineries in the area. Taste their wines and local products before returning back to Rome and your hotel.

    The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Dinner is on your own.

    DAY 3 - June 3, 2018

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide and drive to People’s Square and begin a walking tour. Admire three churches on its borders with an ancient Egyptian obelisk in the center. Continue walking along elegant streets until you reach Piazza di Spagna, better known as the “Spanish Steps”. This beautiful and busy area is dominated by the 16th Century Tinita dei Monti Church and the Barcaccia Fountain created by Bernini. According to legend, the water coming out of this fountain is the sweetest water in Rome.

    Next walk to the beautiful Trevi Fountain where King Neptune’s Tritons guard the sparkling waters of Rome’s most beloved monument. Be sure to toss a coin into the fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City.

    Cross the Via del Corso and walk to the Pantheon to see the tomb of Raphael and then to Piazza Navona, said to be the most beautiful square in Rome. Here admire the Fountain of the Four Rivers, sculpted by Bernini and representing the four great rivers of the world. Enjoy an Italian ice cream while admiring the view.

    In time you will return to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

    Dinner is on your own.

    NOTE: Guests wishing to remain at Piazza Navona may do so and return to the hotel at their own leisure and expense.

    DAY 4 - June 4, 2018

    After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport based on your flight departure time.

    Land Program Step by Step:

    Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    *This program involves a lot of walking

    DAY 1

    8:30am Disembark the ship and transfer to Rome

    10:00am Begin the tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peters Basilica

    1:30pm Drive to your hotel for check in

    6:45pm Meet your guide and drive to a local restaurant for dinner

    7:00pm Dinner

    8:30pm Drive to the Colosseum

    9:00pm Visit the Colosseum

    10:30pm Drive back to your hotel

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol or similar hotel

    DAY 2

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    7:30am Drive to Castle Gandolfo

    8:30am Visit the gardens of the Papal residence

    11:00am Visit the Apostolic Palace

    12:00pm Walk around the town of Castle Gandolfo

    12:30pm Drive to a local farmhouse

    1:00pm Lunch and olive oil tasting with pasta demo at the farmhouse

    3:00pm Drive to the Pallavicini Estate

    4:00pm Visit the winery and wine tasting

    5:30pm Return to your hotel in Rome

    Remainder of the evening at your leisure. Dinner on own

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    9:00am Meet your guide and drive to People’s Square

    9:30am Walking tour including Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Navona Square

    1:00pm Drive back to your hotel

    Remainder of the day is at your leisure. Lunch and dinner on own

    Overnight at the Bernini Bristol or similar hotel

    NOTE: Guests wishing to remain at Piazza Navona may do so and return to the hotel at their own leisure and expense.

    DAY 4

    8:00am Breakfast

    10:00am Check out

    Transfer from hotel to the Fiumicino Airport based on your flight schedule.

    *For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

    EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 10:00am. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4. Should you book your own extra nights, a departure transfer is not included.

    Expected weather:

    Typically warm and sunny - approximately 78° Fahrenheit (28° 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.

    Electricity:

    220 volts. We suggest bringing your own travel adaptor if you bring electric devices.

    Hotel address:

    Hotel Bernini Bristol

    Piazza Barberini 23, 00187 Roma

    Phone: 39 06 488931

    * 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 at the Bernini Bristol Hotel or similar

    •Touring and entrances per the itinerary

    •Transfers

    •1 dinner

    •1 lunch

    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, a departure transfer is not provided.

    Program excludes:

    •Meals and beverages (lunches and dinners) not mentioned above

    •Gratuities to drivers and guides

    •Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    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.

  • UPGRADE - ROME AND TIVOLI TREASURES CODE: CIVL09

  • PRE - A TALE OF TUSCANY CODE: CIVL29

    Note: This tour not recommended for guests with walking difficulties due to the amount of walking, steps and cobbled surfaces.

    Discover the delights of Tuscany through wine and olive oil tastings, a cooking class and by visiting scenic cities such as Siena, San Gimignano and Orvieto in a small group not to exceed 10 guests.

    DAY 1

    Upon exiting Customs in the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi for a 3:00PM check in. The hotel enjoys a privileged location in the heart of Rome. It is next to the Villa Borghese Park and a mere 10-minute walk from Via Veneto.

    After you settle in, the remainder of the day will be at your leisure with dinner on your own.

    DAY 2

    Following breakfast and check out at the hotel, you will enjoy a panoramic drive into the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Along the way, you will stop at a farm and olive oil mill that the Gonnelli family has owned since 1585. Following an enlightening tour of the estate including a visit to the old Museum of Santa Tea and the cellars of the farm where oil is extracted., you will be treated to a taste of premium extra virgin olive with bruschetta and receive a parting gift.

    Continuing on, you will check into Villa La Massa, a country estate that is now a luxury hotel that overlooks the Arno River just outside Florence. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure with dinner on your own. If you would like to explore Florence, just hop on the complimentary shuttle that the hotel operates until 8:00pm.

    DAY 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to San Gimignano for a guided walk through the narrow, cobbled streets of the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site noted for its architecture. One of the first sights will be Piazza Duomo, whose three medieval buildings face one another, forming a triangle. The Romanesque cathedral here is revered for its fine frescoes.

    In time, you will make your way to the Azienda Agricola La Lastra winery to learn how it produces organic Tuscan wines. The guide will explain each step, leaving you with a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of the vineyard ecosystem and the environmentally friendly production process.

    You will also visit the historical cellar to discover the chemical-physical and microbiological processes that make for a quality production. A wine-tasting and light lunch follows.

    You will then drive to Siena, a glorious and immensely scenic city of winding narrow streets that cling to steep hillsides. It boasts an unmatched, enchanting medieval atmosphere with buildings surrounding the central, shell-shaped Piazza del Campo that symbolizes Siena’s golden age.

    While walking through the atmospheric city center, you can expect to visit the Duomo and enjoy free time for shopping. Be sure to stop at a bakery for a Ricciarelli, an almond-flavored macaroon-type biscuit that originated in Siena in the 14th century.

    Following the tour of Siena, you will return to the hotel. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure with dinner on your own.

    DAY 4

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive through the gorgeous Chianti region to Castello del Trebbio, a historical estate near Florence. Following an enlightening tour of the family-owned castle and the wine cellars, you will participate in a hands-on cooking class.

    The chef will teach you how to prepare three Tuscan courses from scratch, the last of which you will be served for lunch. The dish will be paired with four wines that Castello del Trebbio produces.

    Afterwards, you will return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure with dinner on your own. If you wish to explore nearby Florence, a shuttle service will be available from the hotel.

    DAY 5

    Following breakfast and check out at the hotel, you will drive to Orvieto, a small city perched atop a massive limestone outcrop. Once a citadel of the Etruscans, Orvieto still looks medieval, as there has not been much new construction since the 14th century. The city overlooks vineyards that primarily produce a dry white wine made from Trebbiano grapes.

    You will enjoy free time to explore Orvieto, during which you might dine on your own, browse the shops lining the picturesque lanes and alleyways, and relax in a plaza while taking in the delightful medieval atmosphere.

    In time, you will drive to the port of Civitavecchia, where you will embark the ship.

    OPTIONAL ADD-ON —ONE EXTRA NIGHT IN ROME, INCLUDING A PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR:

    Discover the must-see attractions in the Eternal City of Rome, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

    Upon arriving, you will be met at the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel in Rome for a 3:00pm check in. Rooms cannot be guaranteed to be available before this time. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure with meals on your own. Overnight in Rome.

    Following breakfast in the morning, you will meet your personal Rome guide in the hotel lobby and begin an enlightening exploration of Rome. Each booking will have their own private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide.

    Your tour will start at Rome’s most iconic monument, the Colosseum. Once inside, it will be easy to imagine the magnificence of ancient Rome. Standing at one of the viewpoints, you will gaze out over the enormous arena that once featured 76 entrances, marble seats and subterranean passages where animals and other apparatus were hidden from view.

    Not far away, you will drive past the imposing Arch of Constantine, which was erected to commemorate Constantine’s victory over Maxentius during the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the largest of the Rome’s triumphal arches.

    You will then visit the Roman Forum, the religious, political and commercial center of the Roman Empire. Originally a swamp, the area became the center of Roman public life at the end of the 7th century BC. For the next 1,000 years, the Senate and emperors enriched it with monuments, temples, arches of triumph and columns. Your visit will take you to the remains of the Basilica Emilia, the Temple of Vesta, the Via Sacra, the Temple of Venus and Rome, and the Arch of Titus.

    Following free time for lunch on your own, you will tour the Vatican and its museums. As you walk through one room after another, you will be awed by the size and scope of the incredible collections displayed in the Tapestry and Geographical Maps Galleries and in the Candelabra Gallery.

    You will then arrive at and visit the Sistine Chapel, which holds an invaluable collection of masterpieces by Botticelli, Signorelli, Perugino, and, of course, Michelangelo Buonarroti, who spent four grueling years painting the chapel ceiling.

    Later, after crossing the vast expanse of St. Peter’s Square, you will pass through Bernini’s Colonnade and into Christendom’s largest church—St. Peter’s Basilica. To realize its enormity, look at the metal markers on the floor inside that show the comparative lengths of other churches and cathedrals.

    In the 17th century, Bernini created the gilded papal canopy that is suspended over the altar where the Pope celebrates Mass. Bernini also designed the splendid gilt-and-bronze throne in the apse.

    Before returning to your hotel, you will also have time to view one of the best-known pieces of sculpture in the world, the Pietà, Michelangelo’s masterpiece in white marble. Overnight in Rome and the following day (Day 2 of the program) you will begin the Tale of Tuscany itinerary.

    This add on needs to be requested in conjunction with the A Tale of Tuscany Program and cannot be done on its own.

    An extra night in Rome without this private tour is also available upon request and space availability at the hotel.

    Land Program Details Step by Step

    •The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Program times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the up-to-date details will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will receive a final itinerary from our ground operator with a welcome letter upon arrival at your hotel. Please review the letter and your final itinerary carefully for further amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Extra Nights

    •If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program.

    •If you have an early-arriving flight, you may wish to book an extra night, as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 3:00pm.

    •If you book extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    Optional Add-on— Extra night with private Rome tour

    •You will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. Check-in is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals will be on your own the day you arrive.

    •On Day 1 of the Tale of Tuscany program, which is the day after you arrive and when other guests are typically arriving for the program, you will meet your local Rome guide in the lobby of your hotel for a private 8-hour tour of Rome. Meals other than breakfast will be on your own. Gratuities to driver and guide are not included. Please check with your cruise reservations agent for pricing details.

    DAY 1 - for guests without any extra nights

    After arriving at the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, you will proceed through Customs and transfer to the Parco dei Principi (or a similar hotel) for the evening. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure with dinner on your own.

    Meet and Greet and transfers

    •Final cruise documents will be emailed 21 days prior to sailing. Call the local ground agent at the telephone number on page 1, if you can’t locate the meet-and-greet representative upon arrival. Be aware that the representative may be assisting others and may not be in sight when you first exit Customs and the luggage claim area.

    •Look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt, ask the airport staff to direct you to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    •Meet and Greet and transfers for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for extra nights booked through the cruise line are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing.

    •If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed, and the Destination Services Land Team has not been notified, then a transfer cannot be provided, and guests will be responsible for traveling to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    DAY 2

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    8:30am Drive to Florence

    12:00pm Tour the Gonnelli farm and olive oil tasting

    2:00pm Drive towards Florence

    3.00pm Arrival at the Villa La Massa hotel

    Remainder of the day at your leisure with dinner on your own

    Overnight at Villa La Massa or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    8:00am Drive to San Gimignano

    9:30am Tour the city’s historical center

    11:00am Drive to Azienda Agricola La Lastra winery

    11:30am Tour the winery and enjoy a wine tasting

    2:30pm Drive to Siena

    2:45pm Tour Siena

    4:45pm Drive to your hotel

    6:30pm Arrive at your hotel

    Remainder of the day at your leisure with dinner on your own

    Overnight at Villa La Massa or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    8:30am Drive to Castello del Trebbio

    9:30am Tour Castello del Trebbio

    10:30am Begin the cooking lesson

    1:30pm Drive to your hotel

    2:30pm Arrive at your hotel

    Remainder of the day at your leisure with dinner on your own

    Overnight at Villa La Massa or similar hotel

    DAY 5

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    8:30am Check out and drive to Orvieto

    10:30am Free time in Orvieto

    1:30pm Drive to the port of Civitavecchia

    3:30pm Approximate arrival 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 walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, including a hat and sunglasses.

    Local currency

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

    Electricity

    220 volts. We suggest bringing a travel adaptor for your electric devices.

    Hotel addresses

    Rome

    Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi

    Via G. Frescobaldi 5, 00198 Roma

    Telephone: +39 06 854421

    Florence

    Villa La Massa

    Via della Massa 24, 50012 Candeli, Firenze

    Telephone: +39 055 62611

    * 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 don’t receive a change notification, then you will stay at the hotels listed above.

    4-night Program includes:

    •1 overnight in Rome—classic room accommodations including breakfast on Day 2

    •3 overnights in Tuscany at Villa La Massa—standard room accommodation including breakfast daily

    •Touring and entrance fees as per the itinerary

    •Transfers

    •Farm and mill visit and olive oil tasting on Day 2

    •Wine tasting and light lunch on Day 3

    •Lunch with self-cooked meal, including wine tasting on Day 4

    4-night Program with optional extra night and private Rome tour add-on includes:

    •2 overnights in Rome—classic room accommodations including breakfast

    •Rome - 8-hour private sedan with guide including entrance fees to sites listed in description

    •3 overnights in Tuscany at Villa La Massa—standard room accommodation including breakfast daily

    •Touring and entrance fees as per the itinerary

    •Transfers

    •Farm and mill visit and olive oil tasting on Day 2 of the land program

    •Wine tasting and light lunch on Day 3 of the land program

    •Lunch with self-cooked meal, including wine tasting on Day 4 of the land program

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

    Program excludes:

    •Meals or services not mentioned above

    •Gratuities to drivers and guides

    •Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    •Optional add on: extra night with private Rome tour. This can be added at an additional expense and is based on space availability at the hotel in Rome

    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 and 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.

  • POST - A TALE OF TUSCANY CODE: CIVL31

    Note: This tour not recommended for guests with walking difficulties due to the amount of walking, steps and cobbled surfaces.

    Discover the delights of Tuscany through wine and olive oil tastings, a cooking class and by visiting scenic cities such as Siena, San Gimignano and Orvieto in a small group not to exceed 10 guests.

    DAY 1

    Upon disembarking the ship in Civitavecchia and collecting your luggage, you will be met and transferred to the Villa La Massa, a country estate that is now a luxury hotel that overlooks the Arno River just outside Florence.

    Along the way, you will stop at a farm and olive oil mill that the Gonnelli family has owned since 1585. Following an enlightening tour of the estate including a visit to the old Museum of Santa Tea and the cellars of the farm where oil is extracted., you will be treated to a taste of premium extra virgin olive with bruschetta and receive a parting gift.

    Check in at Villa La Massa is at 3:00pm. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure with dinner on your own. If you would like to explore Florence, just hop on the complimentary shuttle that the hotel operates until 8:00pm.

    DAY 2

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to San Gimignano for a guided walk through the narrow, cobbled streets of the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site noted for its architecture. One of the first sights will be Piazza Duomo, whose three medieval buildings face one another, forming a triangle. The Romanesque cathedral here is revered for its fine frescoes.

    In time, you will make your way to the Azienda Agricola La Lastra winery to learn how it produces organic Tuscan wines. The guide will explain each step, leaving you with a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of the vineyard ecosystem and the environmentally friendly production process.

    You will also visit the historical cellar to discover the chemical-physical and microbiological processes that make for a quality production. A wine-tasting and light lunch follows.

    You will then drive to Siena, a glorious and immensely scenic city of winding narrow streets that cling to steep hillsides. It boasts an unmatched, enchanting medieval atmosphere with buildings surrounding the central, shell-shaped Piazza del Campo that symbolizes Siena’s golden age.

    While walking through the atmospheric city center, you can expect to visit the Duomo and enjoy free time for shopping. Be sure to stop at a bakery for a Ricciarelli, an almond-flavored macaroon-type biscuit that originated in Siena in the 14th century.

    Following the tour of Siena, you will return to the hotel. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure with dinner on your own.

    DAY 3

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive through the gorgeous Chianti region to Castello del Trebbio, a historical estate near Florence. Following an enlightening tour of the family-owned castle and the wine cellars, you will participate in a hands-on cooking class.

    The chef will teach you how to prepare three Tuscan courses from scratch, the last of which you will be served for lunch. The dish will be paired with four wines that Castello del Trebbio produces.

    Afterwards, you will return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure with dinner on your own. If you wish to explore nearby Florence, a shuttle service will be available from the hotel.

    DAY 4

    Following breakfast and check out at the hotel, you will drive to Orvieto, a small city perched atop a massive limestone outcrop. Once a citadel of the Etruscans, Orvieto still looks medieval, as there has not been much new construction since the 14th century. The city overlooks vineyards that primarily produce a dry white wine made from Trebbiano grapes.

    You will enjoy free time to explore Orvieto, during which you might dine on your own, browse the shops lining the picturesque lanes and alleyways, and relax in a plaza while taking in the delightful medieval atmosphere.

    In time, you will drive to Rome and your hotel, the Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi for a 3:30PM check in. The hotel enjoys a privileged location in the heart of Rome. It is next to the Villa Borghese Park and a mere 10-minute walk from Via Veneto.

    After you settle in, the remainder of the day will be at your leisure with dinner on your own.

    DAY 5

    After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport based on your flight departure time. Check out is at 10:00am. Should you have a late flight, luggage storage is available at the hotel.

    OPTIONAL ADD-ON —ONE EXTRA NIGHT IN ROME, INCLUDING A PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR:

    Discover the must-see attractions in the Eternal City of Rome, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

    On Day 5 of your land program, following breakfast, you will meet your personal Rome guide in the hotel lobby and begin an enlightening exploration of Rome. Each booking will have their own private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide.

    Your tour will start at Rome’s most iconic monument, the Colosseum. Once inside, it will be easy to imagine the magnificence of ancient Rome. Standing at one of the viewpoints, you will gaze out over the enormous arena that once featured 76 entrances, marble seats and subterranean passages where animals and other apparatus were hidden from view.

    Not far away, you will drive past the imposing Arch of Constantine, which was erected to commemorate Constantine’s victory over Maxentius during the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the largest of the Rome’s triumphal arches.

    You will then visit the Roman Forum, the religious, political and commercial center of the Roman Empire. Originally a swamp, the area became the center of Roman public life at the end of the 7th century BC. For the next 1,000 years, the Senate and emperors enriched it with monuments, temples, arches of triumph and columns. Your visit will take you to the remains of the Basilica Emilia, the Temple of Vesta, the Via Sacra, the Temple of Venus and Rome, and the Arch of Titus.

    Following free time for lunch on your own, you will tour the Vatican and its museums. As you walk through one room after another, you will be awed by the size and scope of the incredible collections displayed in the Tapestry and Geographical Maps Galleries and in the Candelabra Gallery.

    You will then arrive at and visit the Sistine Chapel, which holds an invaluable collection of masterpieces by Botticelli, Signorelli, Perugino, and, of course, Michelangelo Buonarroti, who spent four grueling years painting the chapel ceiling.

    Later, after crossing the vast expanse of St. Peter’s Square, you will pass through Bernini’s Colonnade and into Christendom’s largest church—St. Peter’s Basilica. To realize its enormity, look at the metal markers on the floor inside that show the comparative lengths of other churches and cathedrals.

    In the 17th century, Bernini created the gilded papal canopy that is suspended over the altar where the Pope celebrates Mass. Bernini also designed the splendid gilt-and-bronze throne in the apse.

    Before returning to your hotel, you will also have time to view one of the best-known pieces of sculpture in the world, the Pietà, Michelangelo’s masterpiece in white marble. Overnight in Rome and the following day you will be transferred by private vehicle to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport based on your flight departure time. Check out is at 10:00am. Should you have a late flight, luggage storage is available at the hotel.

    This add on needs to be requested in conjunction with the A Tale of Tuscany Program and cannot be done on its own.

    An extra night in Rome without this private tour is also available upon request and space availability at the hotel.

    Land Program Details Step by Step:

    •Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    DAY 1

    8:30am Disembark and transfer to your hotel in Florence

    12:00pm En-route, tour the Gonnelli farm and olive oil tasting

    2:00pm Re-board your coach and reach the hotel in Florence

    3.00pm Arrival at the hotel

    Remainder of the day at leisure, dinner on own

    Overnight at Villa La Massa or similar hotel

    DAY 2

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    8:00am Drive to San Gimignano

    9:30am Begin your visit

    11:00am Re-board your coach and drive to Azienda Agricola La Lastra

    11:30am Visit the winery and enjoy a wine tasting

    2:30pm Re-board you coach and drive to Siena

    2:45pm Begin your visit

    4:45pm Return to your hotel

    6:30pm Arrival at your hotel

    Remainder of the day at leisure, dinner on own

    Overnight at Villa La Massa or similar hotel

    DAY 3

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    8:30am Drive Castello del Trebbio

    9:30am Begin your visit

    10:30am Begin the cooking lesson

    1:30pm Return to your hotel

    2.30pm Arrival at your hotel

    Remainder of the day at leisure, dinner on own

    Overnight at Villa La Massa or similar hotel

    DAY 4

    AM Breakfast at your hotel

    8:30am Hotel check out

    10:30am Stop in Orvieto for shopping, lunch & free time

    1:30pm Re-board your vehicle and drive to Rome

    3:30pm Arrive at your hotel in Rome

    Remainder of the day at leisure, dinner on own

    Overnight at Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi or similar hotel

    Day 5

    10:00am Check out

    Transfer from hotel to Fiumicino Airport based on your flight schedule.

    *For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

    Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 10:00am (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 5 of your program.

    Optional Add-on— Extra night with private Rome tour

    •On Day 5 of the Tale of Tuscany program, which is the day when other guests will typically be departing Rome, you will meet your local Rome guide in the lobby of your hotel for a private 8-hour tour of Rome. Meals other than breakfast will be on your own. Gratuities to driver and guide are not included. Please check with your cruise reservations agent for pricing details.

    •The following day, breakfast is included at your hotel. You will be transferred by private vehicle to the airport based on the flight details provided.

    Transfers: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 10:00am. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

    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 walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, including a hat and sunglasses.

    Local currency

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

    Electricity

    220 volts. We suggest bringing a travel adaptor for your electric devices.

    Hotel addresses

    Rome

    Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi

    Via G. Frescobaldi 5, 00198 Roma

    Telephone: +39 06 854421

    Florence

    Villa La Massa

    Via della Massa 24, 50012 Candeli, Firenze

    Telephone: +39 055 62611

    * 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 don’t receive a change notification, then you will stay at the hotels listed above.

    4-night Program includes:

    •3 overnights in Tuscany at Villa La Massa—standard room accommodation including breakfast daily

    •1 overnight in Rome—classic room accommodations including breakfast on Day 2

    •Touring and entrance fees as per the itinerary

    •Transfers

    •Farm and mill visit and olive oil tasting on Day 1

    •Wine tasting and light lunch on Day 2

    •Lunch with self-cooked meal, including wine tasting on Day 3

    4-night Program with optional extra night and private Rome tour add-on includes:

    •3 overnights in Tuscany at Villa La Massa—standard room accommodation including breakfast daily

    •2 overnights in Rome—classic room accommodations including breakfast

    •Rome - 8-hour private sedan with guide including entrance fees to sites listed in description

    •Touring and entrance fees as per the itinerary

    •Transfers

    •Farm and mill visit and olive oil tasting on Day 1 of the land program

    •Wine tasting and light lunch on Day 2 of the land program

    •Lunch with self-cooked meal, including wine tasting on Day 3 of the land program

    Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated departure information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

    Program excludes:

    •Meals or services not mentioned above

    •Gratuities to drivers and guides

    •Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    •Optional add on: extra night with private Rome tour. This can be added at an additional expense and is based on space availability at the hotel in Rome

    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 and 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.

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