ROME, SICILY & THE AMALFI COAST
This is the perfect Roman summer holiday. Begin your journey in Rome with a walking tour through Rome’s most popular attractions including the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and more! We then head to the coast to set sail on the Royal Clipper, the world’s largest five mast cruise ship. Join fewer than 230 passengers and sail down the glamorous coast, calling in to Sorrento, Amalfi and visiting the island of Lipari and Taormina in Sicily, before returning to Rome.
Onboard enjoy gourmet cuisine, a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, engaging staff and the opportunity to enjoy onboard amenities. Swim in the Mediterranean Sea, and take advantage of onboard water sports equipment including kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and more!
Rome - Sorrento - Amalfi - Taormina - Sicily - Lipari
* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Rome: two nights 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Half-day city tour of Ancient Rome, including the Colosseum
• Star Clippers cruise: seven nights sailing onboard Royal Clipper with all meals (onboard the cruise only)
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All transfers, taxes and gratuities***
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DAY 1 | Sept. 25, 2019 | Toronto/Vancouver - Rome
Board your overnight flight to Rome, Italy.
DAY 2 | Sept. 26, 2019 | Rome
Arrive in Rome. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in.
Accommodation at the Hotel Imperiale or similar (2 nights)
DAY 3 | Sept. 27, 2019 | Rome (B)
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of ancient Rome including entrance to the Colosseum, known as the Flavian Amphitheatre and the most recognizable ancient Roman building.
DAY 4 | Sept. 28, 2019 | Rome - Civitavecchia (B, D)
Transfer to Rome’s port of Civitavecchia to board your cruise.
Accommodation onboard the Royal Clipper (7 nights)
DAY 5 | Sept. 29, 2019 | Ponza & Palmarola (B, L, D)
The pastel houses of Ponza Town rise in neat terraced rows from the busy harbour where sleekly groomed yachts and ramshackle fishing boats moor side by side. Happily, there are few tourists here, so it's a delight to wander through the unspoiled town.
Palmarola is a snorkelling heaven that is part of a group called The Pontine Islands, located off the coast between Rome and Naples.
The landscape is craggy with pink coral beaches and emerald coves, beckoning you in for a swim and snorkel. You will enjoy this totally unique, isolated and stunning island.
DAY 6 | Sept. 30, 2019 | Sorrento (B, L, D)
Sorrento, whose city walls rise straight out of the sea, is located on the lovely Amalfi Coast and overlooks the Bay of Naples. Optional excursions might include taking a trip back in history to Pompeii, where the ashen remains of ancient Romans lie frozen in time.
DAY 7 | Oct. 1, 2019 | Amalfi (B, L, D)
During the Middle Ages, Amalfi was a powerful republic of 70,000 people, rivalling nearby Ravello. For a sense of Amalfi's medieval glory, wander through the grand Duomo, containing the remains of St. Andrew. Or visit nearby Positano, said to be the most beautiful town in the Mediterranean.
DAY 8 | Oct. 2, 2019 | Taormina (B, L, D)
Barreling under full sail through the narrow Strait of Messina past Scylla and Charybdis, where rock and whirlpool almost claimed Ulysses, you arrive in lovely Taormina. Perched on the shoulder of Mt. Etna, Taormina inspired Goethe to say that “It is the greatest work of art and nature.
DAY 9 | Oct. 3, 2019 | Lipari (B, L, D)
Italy's seven volcanic Aeolian Islands, just off the north coast of Sicily, are obviously a place favoured by the Gods. In Lipari, climb narrow streets to the medieval castello and enjoy a secluded beach. As Royal Clipper sails past Isola Strómboli, watch the sky for frequent volcanic fireworks.
Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea between the Italian mainland and the island of Sicily is the volcanic island of Stromboli. With three active craters at the peak, the volcano of Stromboli is known for its frequent eruptions – the most recent taking place in 2009. Eruptions are so frequent, in fact, that the island has been given the nickname “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean".
DAY 10 | Oct. 4, 2019 | At Sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy amenities onboard your ship as you cruise the seas.
DAY 11 | Oct. 5, 2019 | Civitavecchia - Rome - Toronto/Vancouver (B)
Disembark your cruise after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
*CDN$ p.p. dbl. occ. Taxes included. Based on a cat. 5 ocean view stateroom or similar. Single supplement: $1,700. Upgrade to a cat. 2 ocean view stateroom or similar: $700. Upgrade to a cat. 1 ocean view stateroom or similar: $1,100. Upgrade to a deluxe suite stateroom with a private verandah: $2,200. 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. Star Clippers T&C’s: Final payment is due 120 days before departure. Cancellation penalties: 120 days and more before departure, loss of total deposit. 119-90 days before departure, 50% of the total tour cost. 89 days or more before departure, 100% of the total tour cost. Full terms and conditions are available.
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