Italy and Greece
15 day tour/cruise - September 7, 2014
Italy, Greece and the Mediterranean - NEW!
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Special Guest Educator
This fantastic cruise/tour has it all. If you have ever dreamed of visiting Italy and Greece, your dreams can come true.
You would make the mistake of a lifetime if you do Italy any other way than the way we present this cruise/tour. Too many make the mistake of doing Rome and Florence from a cruise ship! It is impossible to really experience these fantastic cities in the short time the ship is in port. Having taken many groups to Italy, we know how to do it right! Look at the itinerary:
This is the right time of year to visit this part of the world. It can easily reach over 100 degrees in the middle of summer. Fall is perfect in Italy and the Mediterranean. You also avoid the larger crowds of summer.
We do our own Shore Excursions!
Another real advantage to traveling with us when a cruise is involved:
We give you the opportunity to purchase our own discounted shore excursions cheaper than what the cruiseline charges.
Package Price Includes:
Package Price: $2,895*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include international airfare and tips.
*International airfare information will be available soon.*
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Sep 7: Fly to Rome
We depart our home and travel to Rome.
Day 2: Sep 8: Rome
This morning we will arrive into Rome – our tour of Rome today will include Trevi Fountain, which has been made famous by many movies including “Three Coins in a Fountain”. We will also visit the Pantheon and one of the best small museums in the world – the Bernini Museum. We will overnight in a deluxe hotel in Rome.
Day 3: Sep 9: Rome
This morning early we will visit a separate country, Vatican City. We will visit St. Peters Basilica (the largest church in the world), St. Peters Square, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. In the afternoon we will visit the magnificent Coliseum and the Forum before returning to our deluxe hotel.
Day 4: Sep 10: Rome / Pisa / Florence
We will spend the day traveling through the Tuscany Countryside visiting small villages, San Gimignano and Pisa before heading to Florence where we will overnight.
Day 5: Sep 11: Florence
We will have a full day to enjoy Florence and all that it has to offer. We will spend the day visiting the center of the Renaissance, whose liberating ideas helped pave the way for the reformation. This city is the home to the Medici family, Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci and Dante. We will take a guided tour of the old city, visiting such sites as the Piazza del Duomo, including the beautiful Baptistery Doors that inspired Michelangelo. We will also visit the original statue of David in the Academy Museum. You will have time to shop in the old streets of Florence and also time to enjoy the many sidewalk cafes before returning to our hotel this evening.
Day 6: Sep 12: Florence / Ravenna / Venice
This morning we will travel to Ravenna, a World Heritage Site. Here they have some of the best ancient mosaic floors and walls found anywhere in the world. We will then continue to Venice to overnight.
Day 7: Sep 13: Venice – Board your Royal Caribbean Ship and set sail
For those who purchased our optional shore excursion today we will spend the morning touring and exploring Venice. After our tour you will have time to walk the many old streets and bridges found in Venice. You will also have time to enjoy a gondola boat ride and eat in one of the many quant sidewalk cafés. Mid-afternoon we will head to our ship to check in. (Anyone who does not purchase the shore excursion package will be dropped off at the Venice Airport where they will be transfered through the cruise line to the ship before the group starts there tour.)
Day 8: Sep 14: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Today will be a highlight day as you will be able to experience one of the best walled cities in Europe. For those who purchased our optional shore excursion package we will have a tour in and around Dubrovnik. Before we disembark you will at 11:30am, we will meet with our guest Educator: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox.
Day 9: Sep 15: Fun Day at Sea
Today will be a free day to relax and enjoy your day at sea. We will also be meeting with Dr. S. Michael Wilcox twice today preparing us for Ephesus tomorrow.
Day 10: Sep 16: Ephesus Turkey
The ship is parked in Kusadasi, a fair distance to Ephesus. For those who purchased our optional shore excursion package will visit Ephesus and the surrounding area.
Day 11: Sep 17: Santorini Greece
Not all islands are created equal. Santorini is a 10 on a scale of one to 10 and is the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. For those who purchased our optional shore excursion package will have a tour of this beautiful island.
Day 12: Sep 18: Katakolon Greece
We will again offer our own optional shore excursion for the surrounding area.
Day 13: Sep 19: Fun Day at Sea
Today will be another day to relax on the ship and time to enjoy our guest educator: Dr. S Michael Wilcox.
Day 14: Sep 20: Venice
This morning we arrive back into Venice. After clearing the ship we will drive to Verona, home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This is one of the most picturesque old cities in Europe. After a tour of the old town, you will have time to explore and have lunch at one of the many sidewalk cafes. This evening we will head to Padova to overnight at your deluxe hotel.
Day 15: Sep 21: Fly Home
This morning we will head to the airport for your flight back to the US and home. You will arrive home the same day.