ITALY & THE GREEK ISLANDS CRUISE & TOUR
Discover the fascinating Greek Islands where stunning sunsets, picture perfect villages and delicious cuisine await. Start your fascinating adventure in the Eternal City of Rome and visit the famous Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.
Embark on a nine-night Italy and Greek Islands cruise. Sailing by Naples you will explore the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, Italy’s most romantic stretch of coastline. Greece has more then 3,000 years of history, numerous myths and breathtaking landmarks. In Athens, visit The Acropolis, also called the ‘Sacred Rock’ of Athens, one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. Cruise on to the gorgeous islands of Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini.
Rome - Chania, Crete - Mykonos - Rhodes - Santorini - Athens - Naples
* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Rome: two nights 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Full-day city tour of ancient Rome including Skip The Line and entrance to the Colosseum, Vatican and Sistine Chapel
• Royal Caribbean cruise: nine-night sailing onboard Jewel of the Seas with all meals (onboard the cruise only)
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All taxes, fees and gratuities***
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11 night cruise & tour onboard Jewel of the Seas
Group size: 30 maximum
Departs: Oct. 9, 2019
Toronto - $4,495* p.p.
Vancouver - $4,795* p.p.
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DAY 1 | Oct. 9, 2019 | Toronto/Vancouver - Rome
Board your overnight flight to Rome.
DAY 2 | Oct. 10, 2019 | Rome
Arrive in Rome and transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation at Hotel Imperiale (2 nights)
DAY 3 | Oct. 11, 2019 | Rome (B)
Following breakfast at your hotel, depart on a half-day tour of Vatican City. This tour includes access to the Vatican Museum and
the Sistine Chapel.
We will then visit the Colosseum, known as the Flavian Amphitheatre and the most recognizable ancient Roman building.
Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
DAY 4 | Oct. 12, 2019 | Rome - Civitavecchia (B, D)
Your morning is at leisure. Transfer to the cruise terminal to board your Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
Departs at 5 p.m.
Accommodation onboard Jewel of the Seas (9 nights)
DAY 5 | Oct. 13, 2019 | At sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.
DAY 6 | Oct. 14, 2019 | Soudha Bay (Chania) (B, L, D)
Arrive 11:00 a.m. Depart 8:00 p.m. Soudha Bay (Chania) is located in the western region of the island of Crete, Greece. Chania located only 7km from the bay) is the second largest city on the island, which makes it the perfect place to spend your day. This destination, offers its visitors an array of attractions including the respected Soudha Bay War Cemetery, wonderful
beaches and plenty of shopping opportunities.
DAY 7 | Oct. 15, 2019 | Mykonos (B, L, D)
Arrive 7:00 a.m. Depart 7:00 p.m.
Mykonos's many captivating attributes make it one of the most celebrated Greek islands. Its main village is a colourful maze of narrow streets lined with white-washed houses, many with bright blue doors and shutters.
As an attractive backdrop, famous windmills are lined up like toy soldiers on the hillside, vestiges of a time when wind power was used to grind grain. Mykonos has churches and chapels scattered about the island. Radiant flowers spill over white-washed walls and shady courtyards. Artists have relied on Mykonos' beautiful setting to inspire them.
The most photographed site is the Paraportiani, a cluster of whitewashed churches resting below windmills. Mykonos's museums include an Archaeological Museum, which houses relics from the Trojan War, a Folk-Art Museum and a Maritime Museum.
DAY 8 | Oct. 16, 2019 | Rhodes (B, L, D)
Arrive 7:00 a.m. Depart 5:00 p.m.
Rhodes is one of Greece’s favoured vacation spots and was an important cultural centre with a well-known School of Rhetoric attended by such greats as Cicero and Caesar.
Rhodes' most famous attractions originated with the Knights of St. John, who occupied parts of the island from 1310 to 1522. The Knights left behind a medieval town, dominated by the Palace of the Grand Masters and Knights' Hospital, which houses an Archaeological Museum with interesting exhibits of national archaeological finds.
Rhodes has inspired many artists. The Old Town offers shopping opportunities and lively nightlife. At Mount Filerimos a church has been built on the site of an ancient temple. A popular excursion is to the charming village of Lindos. Its premier attraction, the ancient acropolis, stands atop sheer cliffs. Walls of a 13th century Crusader
castle enclose the site.
Today, the winding path up to the acropolis is lined by stalls, where locals sell lace tablecloths and souvenirs. Mandraki Harbour's entrance is flanked by stone columns topped by figures of a stag and a hind, the town's heraldic animals.
DAY 9 | Oct. 17, 2019 | Santorini (B, L, D)
Arrive 7:00 a.m. Depart 6:00 p.m. Santorini is everything that has made the Greek islands legendary.
The world-famous island of Santorini is the southern most island of the Cycladic group in the Aegean Sea and is located north of Crete. Its population is distributed among thirteen villages and just exceeds nine thousand. The marvelous dry climate and unbroken sunshine create year-round conditions which are perfect for observation, photographs and videos under an extraordinary variety of natural lights and colours.
DAY 10 | Oct. 18, 2019 | Athens (B, L, D)
Arrive 6:00 a.m. Depart 6:00 p.m.
Piraeus is the seaport for Athens, the capital of western civilization, which boasts a fantastic mix of classical ruins and vivacious modern life.
Climb the hill of Acropolis to wonder at the Parthenon, join the lively Athenians in Constitution Square, and find a welcoming
taverna for spirited bouzouki music, plenty of ouzo to drink, and energetic Greek dancing.
Piraeus is the largest harbour in the country. The white chapel of St. George at its summit has a theatre bearing the same name. The hill of Nymphs is the site of a planetarium, which is located above magnificent Thesseio temple. Among these hills, Acropolis is the one that glorified Athens and the whole Greek world.
DAY 11 | Oct. 19, 2019 | At sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.
DAY 12 | Oct. 20, 2019 | Naples (B, L, D)
Arrive 7:00 a.m. Depart 6:00 p.m.
From Naples visitors can explore the rugged Amalfi coast, Italy's most romantic stretch of coastline. Near Amalfi is the resort of Positano, where visitors enjoy strolling through streets and shopping in small boutiques.
You may choose to take an excursion to legendary Pompeii, an ancient Roman city covered and preserved by the debris from the violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The monuments of this city are among the finest of any ancient city in Europe, and visitors can spend a day here learning about life in a Roman town during the 1st century A.D. The Cathedral of San Gennaro, a fine medieval building, has one chapel containing the tomb of Charles of Anjou, while another houses the cathedral's gold and silver treasure. Among the Christian underground burial vaults discovered in an area of suburban heights, the Catacombs of San Gennaro can be visited. Capodimonte Park, a well-kept tropical park, has a royal palace built by Charles III in 1738 that now houses Naples' picture gallery, the National Museum of Capodimonte.
DAY 13 | Oct. 21, 2019 | Rome (Civitavecchia) - Toronto/Vancouver (B)
Arrive in Rome at 5:00 a.m.
After breakfast, disembark your cruise and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
*CDN$ p.p. dbl. occ. Taxes included. Based on an interior stateroom cat. 2V or similar. Single supplement: $2,100. Upgrade to an ocean view stateroom cat. 8N or similar: $150. Upgrade to an ocean view stateroom cat. 2N or similar: $200. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom cat 2D or similar: $800. Airfare available from most Canadian airports, please enquire. **Minimum 15 passengers required for a Merit Travel tour host. ***Gratuities are included onboard the cruise. Shore excursions not included.
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