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Italy and Greece

Italy, Greece and the Mediterranean
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Italy and Greece

Italy, Greece and the Mediterranean NEW! 17 day cruise September 21, 2019

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. 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, Tuscany, the Italian countryside and so much more. 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.

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We do our own shore excursions!

Our cruise portion of your special vacation starts in Rome Italy. From your beautiful Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas you will visit Rome Italy, Sicily Italy, Valletta Malta, Mykonos Greece (a beautiful island in Greece), Santorini Greece (one of the most beautiful islands in Greece), Athens Greece, and Naples Italy.

Package Price Includes:

  • 9 night cruise inside cabin on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas to Rome, Sicily, Malta, Mykonos, Santorini, Athens and Naples.
  • $270 in Ship port charges and fees.
  • $84.63 in Ship taxes.
  • Deluxe hotels in Rome, Florence and Venice area.
  • All transfers to and from airports, hotels and ship.
  • All tours, buses and guides in Rome, Florence, San Gimignano, Tuscany and the Italian Countryside.
  • Special Guest Educator: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox.
  • Fun For Less Tour Staff throughout your tour and cruise.
  • Shore excursions are not included: You have the option to purchase our discounted shore excursion package.
  • Airfare is not included. You have the option to purchase our group airfare.

Package Price: $3,495*

**Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include international airfare and tips.
Airfare Pricing: To be announced soon.
Call our office for quotes on other cities.
You can also purchase your own airfare.

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Day 1: September 21: Fly to Rome
We depart our home and travel to Rome.
Day 2: September 22: Rome
This morning after arriving into Rome we will visit the magnificent Coliseum and Roman Forum before heading to our deluxe hotel.
Day 3: September 23: 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. We then transfer to our hotel to overnight.
Day 4: September 24: Rome
This morning we will visit the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, which has been made famous by many movies including “Three Coins in a Fountain”.  Mid-afternoon we will transfer to our beautiful cruise ship to check in.

Day 5: September 25:  Messina, Sicily
Today for those on our optional excursion in Messina, Sicily, we will visit Taormina (about 1 ½ hour drive) where we visit the ancient Greek Theater and have some free time to explore.

Day 6: September 26: Valletta, Malta
For those who purchased our optional shore excursion, we will visit Valletta. When UNESCO named Valletta a World Heritage Site, it described it as one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.

Day 7: September 27: Fun Day at Sea
Today will be a free day to relax and enjoy your day at sea.  We will also be hearing from Dr. S. Michael Wilcox today.

Day 8: September 28: Mykonos, Greece
Today will be a free day to explore the beautiful island of Mykonos. If you want you can purchase a shore excursion package through the cruise line.

Day 9: September 29: 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 10: September 30: Athens, Greece
For those who purchase our optional shore excursion package will have a wonderful sightseeing tour of Athens and the Acropolis. There is a lot of walking on this tour, including stairs, make sure that you have good walking shoes.  Some of the sites you may see along the way include; the Temple of Zeus, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Parliament, the Presidential Palace, and the Panathinaikon Stadium.  The tour highlight will be the Acropolis where you will travel 150 stairs up to the top of this famous hill.  We will see the Propylaea Entrance, the Erectheum, the Temple of Wingless Victory and of course the Parthenon.

Day 11: October 1: 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 12: October 2: Naples
For those who purchase our optional shore excursion package, we will drive along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world on our way to the city of Sorrento.  Sorrento is fabled to be home to the sirens who attempted to lure the mythological figure Ulysses onto the rocks.  We also take you to the fascinating city of Pompeii which was buried by Mt Vesuvius in 79AD.   You will be able to walk through the ancient streets that are considered to be the very best example of ancient Roman life.  Pompeii was home to many wealthy ancients who craved a leisure lifestyle.  For this reason, Pompeii is home to many lavish baths, temples and richly decorated mansions.  As the ash and pumice stone rained over Pompeii time stood still, preserving life as it was in 79AD.

Day 13: October 3: Rome / Pisa / Florence
This morning we arrive back into Rome.  We will disembark the ship and will travel through the Tuscany countryside visiting small villages, San Gimignano and Pisa before heading to Florence where we will overnight.
Day 14: October 4: 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 15: October 5: Florence / Verona / Venice
We will travel to Verona where we will explore this beautiful small city.  After we are done touring we will travel to Venice where we will overnight.
Day 16: October 6: Venice
We will have a full day tour in Venice where we will explore the old streets and bridges found in this historic city.  You will also have time to enjoy a gondola boat ride and eat in one of the many quaint sidewalk café’s.  We overnight Venice.
Day 17: October 7: 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.