Italy and Greece
15 day cruise/tour - September 11, 2016
Italy, Greece and the Mediterranean - NEW!
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Special Guest Educator
If you have ever dreamed of doing Italy & Greece, jump on board!
This special Cruise & Land Tour has it all. It gives you the very best of Italy, Greece and Ephesus, Turkey. If you have ever dreamed of doing Italy and Greece, jump on board. This fantastic vacation is for you! Italy is hard to see from a ship as there just isn’t enough time in port to really experience cities like Rome and Florence. With our well planned land tour we will be able to take the time to really enjoy Rome and Florence as well as visiting places the ship does not stop – places like San Gimignano, Ravenna, Tuscany, the Italian countryside and so much more. We even visit Verona home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Throughout your land tour we will we stay in deluxe hotels and tour in deluxe buses.
We have added to your fantastic vacation Dr. S. Michael Wilcox; the very best educator for this part of the world. He will bring to life the history and magic of all that you will see and experience. This cruise tour has sold out every year we have offered it with Michael. We usually turn away almost as many as have signed up. This is one tour you do not want to wait to make your reservation.
We do our own Shore Excursions!
Our cruise portion of your special vacation starts in the romantic city Venice. From your beautiful Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas you will visit Venice (home of gondola’s and canals), Dubrovnik Croatia (one of the best walled cities in Europe), Ephesus Turkey (one of the best ancient ruins in the world), Santorini Greece (Greece’s most beautiful island) and Katakolon Italy.
Package Price Includes:
Package Price: $2,995*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include international airfare and tips.
Airfare Prices TBA soon.
Call our office for quotes on other cities.
You can also purchase your own airfare.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Sep 11: Fly to Rome.
We depart our home and travel to Rome.
Day 2: Sep 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: Venice – Board your Royal Caribbean Ship
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 quaint 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 18: 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 19: 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 20: 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 21: 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. We will return later in the afternoon to meet again with Michael.
Day 12: Sep 22: Katakolon Greece
We will again offer our own optional shore excursion for the surrounding area.
Day 13: Sep 23: 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 24: 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 25: 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.