Gorgeous Gaeta stretches through typical medieval lanes and streets, a wide castle, Roman monuments, and historic churches that overlook the beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea. Its history as a resort dates back to Imperial Rome and every since then travelers have been enchanted with Gaeta's beaches that are situated between the green vegetation of the hills which slope to the rocks and to the crystal-clear blue sea. Visit the picturesque Serapo Beach, in the very heart of the town, or journey north for a more secluded beach oasis.

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  • Gaeta and Ulisse Riviera

    Admire the architecture in Gaeta’s old town, which was a resort area during Roman times, and then settle in for a leisurely drive up the naturally beautiful coast.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in the most historical section of Gaeta, traces of which date to Roman times, when the city was a popular resort. Gaeta is still highly appealing for its beaches and architectural treasures.

    As you travel through old town, you will see the top landmarks, including the most significant churches. The neo-Gothic Church of St. Francis was built in the 13th century and contains important art by numerous Neapolitan artists. The Church of the Holy Annunciation was built a century later and is known for its Golden Grotto, where Pope Pius IX often mediated during his reign.

    The most dominant building in town is the imposing Aragonese-Angevine Castle, which is thought to be 1,500 years old, although its origin is unrecorded. Incredibly, the hilltop castle still serves as a military barracks and can only be viewed from the exterior. The only older structure is the mausoleum of 1st-century Roman senator Lucius Munatius Plancus, which sits atop Mount Orlando at the south end of town.

    Later, you will see some attractions on the outskirts of Gaeta. In all likelihood, fishermen will be tending their boats and townspeople will be enjoying Serapo Beach in the shadow of Mount Orlando. Finally, after driving the Ulisse Riviera coastal road toward Sperlonga, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature with walking primarily at the guests’ discretion during any stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with other mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Sperlonga and Giove Anxur Temple

    Stroll through the ruins of an ancient temple at the edge of the sea, followed by a carefree visit to the unpretentious resort city of Sperlonga.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive north that follows the gorgeous coastline much of the time. Approaching the ancient city of Terracina, you will notice the Temple of Jupiter (“Giove” in Italian) Anxur perched on the edge of a high cliff overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, a dominant position that it has held since the early first century B.C.

    Although much of the temple and surrounding building complex are in ruins, they are still spectacular. As you walk about the excavated archaeological site, you will pass a colonnaded portico, the arcaded substructure that once supported the temple and a lengthy vaulted hall. Elsewhere, you will find a smaller temple and the walls of a monastery, attesting to the fact that this lofty site has been held sacred for centuries.

    Continuing on, you will soon arrive in Sperlonga, a beautiful speck of a city that clings to a hillside that rises gently from the sea. Its charms attracted celebrities such as Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s, and Sperlonga still draws affluent beach-lovers and gourmands. During free time, you might linger at a seaside cafe, stroll the narrow streets or visit the natural grotto where Emperor Tiberius held lavish parties. In fact, Sperlonga takes its name from the Italian word for grotto. Following free time, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of guided walking over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There are steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests as the sights are not wheelchair accessible, and may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Sperlonga and Archeological Museum

    Delve into the ancient history of Sperlonga at its archaeological museum and then stroll the seaside city on your own, taking in its spectacular setting and casual charm.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive north to Sperlonga, a beautiful speck of a city that clings to a hillside that rises gently from the sea. In the first century A.D., Emperor Tiberius constructed his summer residence there.

    When the site was excavated in the late 1950s, many of the valuables from the emperor’s home were put on display at the Archaeological Museum of Sperlonga. As you browse the exhibits, you will see a collection of statues that recount episodes in Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey.” The statues were found in fragments and were painstakingly reconstructed. Other treasures include portraits, furnishings and artifacts depicting life at the time.

    Later, during free time in Sperlonga, you might explore the remains of Tiberius’ imperial residence and the adjacent seaside grotto where the Roman emperor held lavish parties. In fact, Sperlonga takes its name from the Italian word for grotto.

    If you wish to enjoy Sperlonga’s more contemporary charms, you might linger at a seaside cafe, stroll the narrow streets lined with whitewashed homes or shop near the waterfront. The beach is especially lovely. In the 1960s, Sperlonga inspired celebrities such as Brigitte Bardot and Marlene Dietrich to visit, and Sperlonga still draws affluent beach-lovers and gourmands. Following your free time, you will rejoin your coach and transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of guided walking over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There are steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests as the sights are not wheelchair accessible, and may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Mount Cassino and Its Abbey

    See the crypt of St. Benedict while touring the mountaintop abbey that he founded in the 6th century, a hallowed site that has been repeatedly rebuilt.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive inland, past pristine parkland and on to Mount Cassino, the site of a Roman-built citadel and amphitheater. Despite the archaeological importance of those ruins, the abbey atop the mountain is its most famous building.

    Founded by St. Benedict in 529 AD, the abbey was repeatedly attacked and pillaged over the centuries. It even suffered natural disasters such as the 14th-century earthquake that razed it. Even so, the abbey was always rebuilt.

    The present form is a reconstruction needed after the abbey was bombed during World War II, when the Germans held it. This latest rebuilding was based on the original plans, and Pope Paul VI re-consecrated it in 1964. How appropriate that the motto in the abbey’s coat of arms means “Struck down it comes to new life.”

    While touring the abbey, you may see monks walking through the cloisters or praying in the basilica, site of the holy sepulcher of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica, his sister. The Latin inscription on the black marble scroll that you will see above their tomb states that the two were never separated in spirit during their lives, nor are they separated in death.

    Before returning to the pier, you may also learn about the Rule of St. Benedict, his guide to monastic life and pious living.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 75 minutes of guided walking over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and there will be steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests as the sights are not wheelchair accessible, and may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Amphitheatre of Minturno and Wine Tasting

    Explore the remains of a Roman settlement that once flourished at Minturno and then savor a selection of locally produced wines at a nearby vineyard.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque drive around the bay and on to Minturno, an ancient site first mentioned in Roman documents from 340 B.C. However, the town may be even hundreds of years older.

    While here, you will see several impressive Roman structures, including archways, a forum and a theater for more than 4,500 people. It has been completely restored and performances are still held there. The Emperor Tiberius is thought to have added Minturno’s aqueduct, which brought water from a mountain nearly seven miles away.

    Other highlights include well-preserved sections of the 5th-century Appian Way, the widest and largest road of its time. It connected Minturno and countess other cities to Rome. In fact, the Appian Way probably gave rise to the expression “all roads lead to Rome.”

    Continuing on, you will soon arrive at a nearby vineyard for a tour of the vineyard and wine tasting. Grapes have grown in this region since antiquity, and the locally produced wines are quite distinctive. You may sample a dark ruby blend of Aglianico and Piedirosso grapes, a soft silky Eleusi or a more complex white wine made from Falaghina grapes with aromas of citrus and honey. Following the tasting, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of guided walking over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and there will be steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests as the sights are not wheelchair accessible, and may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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