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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - VIENNA: CITY OF DREAMS

PRE - VIENNA: CITY OF DREAMS

NOTE: This program begins in Vienna therefore arriving flights should be booked into the Vienna International Airport (VIE). The program begins on Day 1 at 7pm therefore flights should be booked into Vienna to arrive before this time.

Once home to Sigmund Freud, Vienna has been called the "City of Dreams" and is also known as the "City of Music" for its rich musical heritage. During two days exploring this immaculate capital, one of the most liveable cities in the world, you will experience the history and culture of Vienna with one of the highlights being an inside visit of the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace. Once the focus of court life in Austria, it is now a cultural treasure and one of the country's most popular attractions.

Day 1: Vienna

Upon arriving at the Vienna International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon will be spent at your leisure, allowing you time to settle in and relax.

In the evening, as elegant Vienna lights up and takes on a warm glow, you will embark on a buffet dinner cruise along the famed Danube River. More than any other city, Vienna is inextricably linked with the Danube, as it was here in Austria's capital that Johann Strauss wrote the "Blue Danube Waltz." As you cruise the river's serene waters, you'll hear a wonderful selection of Viennese melodies, enhancing the already enchanting atmosphere.

Following the dinner cruise, you will return to the hotel and spend the night.

Day 2: Vienna

After breakfast, you will enjoy a leisurely, guided driving tour of Vienna. Along the way, you will see a wealth of marquee attractions, many of them on the Ringstrasse, a horseshoe-shaped boulevard that together with the Danube canal encircles the historic district. It's one architectural gem after the other, including the State Opera House, spectacular Museum of Fine Arts, neo-Renaissance Natural History Museum, stately Parliament and City Hall, as well as the Burgtheater, one of the world's most respected German-language theaters.

The highlight may well be the tour inside Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Hapsburgs, starting in the 18th century. It's everything you might imagine in a Baroque imperial palace. Most of the rooms are decorated in a Rococo style, the staterooms are lavish, and many of the walls feature gold-leaf ornamentation. In 1772, child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played a concert in the Hall of Mirrors. There is even a zoo, which was created in 1752, making it the world's oldest.

Following your visit, you will pass the Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugene, which houses the world's largest collection of art work by famed Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.

The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy as you please. Dinner will be at a typical Viennese restaurant serving traditional fare. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel to spend the night.

Day 3: Vienna- Venice

After breakfast, begin your journey to Venice, driving through the picturesque Austrian mountains. You will stop for lunch in Slovenia's resort town of Bled, an area that was part of Austria-Hungary until its dissolution in 1918. By late afternoon, you will arrive at the port in Venice and embark your ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of the sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes, and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Hilton Vienna. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Fly into Vienna International Airport (VIE) and transfer to your hotel

Check-in time is 3:00pm; early check in is not guaranteed

Afternoon at your leisure. Lunch on your own.

7:00pm Buffet dinner cruise on the Danube River

10:00pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at the Hilton Vienna or similar

DAY 2

9:00am Breakfast at the hotel

9:30am Guided tour of Imperial Vienna

12:30pm Free time at your leisure. Lunch on your own.

8:00pm Dinner at a local restaurant (evening attire, no shorts)

Overnight at the Hilton Vienna hotel or similar

DAY 3

6:30am Breakfast at the hotel

7:30am Depart for Venice. *There are no restrooms on the bus, but two restroom

stops will be made along the way.

11:30am Stop in Bled for lunch

1:30pm Continue to Venice

4:30pm Arrive at the port and embark your ship

Expected weather: Vienna typically experiences warm summers and cold winters, interspersed with fairly mild weather during the spring and autumn. The springtime climate during April sees temperatures averaging 14°C (57°F) by day, although it can get even a bit warmer. In the summer, the temperatures can rise as high as 32°C (90°F). By November, the climate becomes much colder, with winter frosts and snow just around the corner.

What to bring:

Comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles, hat, sunscreen, jacket and camera

Currency:

Euro

Electricity:

220 volt

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Passports are required.

Accommodation:

Hilton Vienna or similar.

We will only substitute a hotel in unforeseen situations. If a similar hotel is required, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Hilton Vienna

AM STADTPARK 1,A - 1030 VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Tel: +43 1 717000

Program includes: Hotel for 2 nights in Vienna, breakfasts, bus with air conditioning, 2 dinners in Vienna, 1 lunch in Bled, guided tours, a guide for the entire trip, all parking fees and entrance fees.

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Not included: Meals and beverages not listed above, personal expenses, hotel incidentals and gratuities.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,999 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST- CHERISHED RELICS OF ROME

POST- CHERISHED RELICS OF ROME

Marvel at the true icons of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum and the gardens of the Pope’s summer residence.

DAY 1

Upon disembarkation you will be picked up at the cruise port and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra. Check in is at 2PM, and the rest of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure.

The hotel enjoys a prime location in Rome’s celebrated Piazza della Repubblica, providing easy access to an abundance of shops and restaurants.

DAY 2

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will tour the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica. The museums contain some of the world’s greatest paintings and sculptures, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Caravaggio. Besides seeing the most well-known exhibits, you will also visit areas usually closed to the general public, including the tomb of Pope Pius XII and the Niccoline Chapel, which features gold that Columbus brought from the New World.

Note: When the Niccoline Chapel is not available, we will substitute with a visit to the “private room of the tears and the room of Pope’s vestments.

Next, you will drive to the Piazza Navona, a lovely square constructed in the 15th century and lined with cafes and Baroque palaces. Following lunch at one of the restaurants, you will walk to San Crispino’s near the famed Trevi Fountain for a cup of what is touted to be the best gelato in Rome.

Your afternoon is devoted to two more icons. First, you will be treated to an inside visit of the Colosseum, an enduring symbol of ancient Rome that once held 55,000 spectators. Afterwards, you will explore the treasures that lie beneath San Clemente Basilica, which include a 4th-century church, a 2nd-century pagan temple and a 1st-century house. The farther down you go, the more ancient the structures, until you reach the foundations which date from the Roman Republic.

In time, you will return to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra for dinner on your own and to spend another relaxing evening.

DAY 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive southeast from Rome toward Lake Albano, where you will find Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. Here you will be granted privileged access to the Vatican (Barberini Gardens). Here you can wander through the ruins of the Imperial Theatre and the Crypto-Portico – a covered passageway where the Emperor and his guests would stroll to escape the summer heat. Amongst the hidden treasures that can see are the Magnolia Garden, the Path of Roses, the Square of Holly Oaks and the aromatic herb garden. (note: an inside visit to the castle is no longer permissible).

Next you will visit the Chigi Palace in Ariccia. This ducal palace is a unique example of a baroque home which has remained virtually unchanged in its environment. It still contains its original furnishings and is a testament to the great wealth of one of the most important Italian papal lines: the Chigi Family.

Around midday, you will drive to a nearby farmhouse for a hearty lunch and an olive oil tasting. You will also learn also how to make pasta at the farmhouse. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel and enjoy an afternoon at your leisure.

The evening ends in style with a special Roman farewell dinner served at an extraordinary restaurant in the Via Veneto area near the hotel.

DAY 4

After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport based on your flight departure time.

Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are approximate. They are given here only for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark the ship and transfer to your hotel in Rome

Check in time is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

Meals are at your leisure

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 2

AM Breakfast

8:30am Begin your tour of The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica

1:30pm Lunch in Piazza Navona

2:30pm Walk to Trevi Fountain and taste the most famous ice cream in Rome, at San Crispino’s.

3:30pm Drive to Colosseum

4.00pm Inside visit of the Colosseum

5:00pm Walk to San Clemente Basilica

5:30pm Visit of San Clemente undergrounds.

6:15pm Drive back to your hotel.

Dinner at leisure

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 3

AM Breakfast

7:30am Drive to Castel Gandolfo

8:30am Visit the Gardens of the Papal Residence in Castle Gandolfo

10:00am Walk around Castel Gandolfo (no inside visit)

11:00am Visit Chigi Palace in Ariccia

12:30pm Drive to the farmhouse

1:00pm Lunch in the farmhouse and olive oil tasting

4:00pm Drive back to the hotel

8:30pm Farewell dinner

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 4

8:00am Breakfast

10:00am Check out

Transfer from hotel to the Fiumicino Airport based on your flight schedule. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 10:00am. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Expected weather:

April — 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius)

May/June/September — 78° Fahrenheit (28° Celsius)

July/August — 86° Fahrenheit (30° Celsius)

November — 59° Fahrenheit (15° Celsius)

What to bring:

Dress is generally casual, although when visiting churches your knees and shoulders must be covered. Bring good walking shoes, a hat, weather-appropriate clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Local currency:

The Euro is the local currency, but U.S. dollars and travelers checks are also accepted.

Electricity:

220 volts

Hotel address:

Hotel Boscolo Exedra

Piazza della Repubblica, 47 00185 Rome, Italy

Telephone: +39 06 489381

* If a hotel is substituted due to an unforeseen situation, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program includes:

• Standard room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts

• Transfers

• Lunch on Day 2

• Lunch on Day 3

• Farewell dinner on Day 3

• A bottle of water during the tours on Days 2 and 3.

Please note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, if you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program excludes:

• Meals or services not mentioned above

• Gratuities to drivers and guides

• Hotel incidentals

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

$2,199 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - CULINARY CREATIONS:ROMA

POST - CULINARY CREATIONS:ROMA

Delve into the culinary delights of Rome through inspired wine and food tastings, a country meal at a rural farmhouse, and at a chef’s home, where you’ll be treated to a private cooking lesson.

DAY 1

Upon disembarkation you will be picked up at the cruise port and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra. Check in is at 2PM, and the rest of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure.

The hotel enjoys a prime location in Rome’s celebrated Piazza della Repubblica, providing easy access to an abundance of shops and restaurants.

DAY 2

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive southeast from Rome toward Lake Albano, where you will find Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. The castle has been in the church’s domain since 1596, when Pope Clement VIII received it from a local family in lieu of unpaid debts.

After a brief tour of the castle, you will pass by the lovely village of Nemi and several surrounding lakes on the way to a traditional farmhouse. Here, you will enjoy a hearty lunch and a tasting of distinctive, locally produced wines. To complement your culinary immersion, you will also learn how to make pasta from scratch, a staple of nearly every farmhouse meal.

Another wine tasting awaits you on the return drive to Rome, as you stop at Castel de Paolis or a similar winery. The wines produced in this area south of Italy’s capital have long been admired and Castel de Paolis is one of the most respected winemakers, as it strictly adheres to organic principles of production.

By late afternoon, you will return to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra for dinner on your own and to spend another relaxing evening.

DAY 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will accompany an Italian chef to a local farmer’s market to select fresh, seasonal ingredients for the cooking lesson that follows. The menu will be dictated by which ingredients look best, but you can expect it to encompass everything from traditional appetizers through indulgent desserts. To enhance the experience and authenticity, the cooking lesson will be in the chef’s home. Best of all, after the food is perfectly prepared, you will enjoy it during a leisurely lunch.

Then, after a few hours of free time back at the hotel, you will be treated to a walking tour of Trastevere, one of the oldest sections of Rome. As you meander through the labyrinthine streets, you will stop for as many as ten tastings that may include wine, pizza, pasta dishes, cheeses, cookies and gelato. It’s a sampling that reveals a traditional Roman diet and gives you great insight into daily life in this historical neighborhood.

Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for an evening at your leisure.

NOTE: On the RVA140815 (Riviera August 15th) sailing, due to restaurant unavailability in Trastevere, the dinner program will be replaced with a guided traditional Roman dinner that offers participants an opportunity to sample and learn all about traditional Roman cooking (what it includes, how it has evolved, how it differs from other parts of Italy) The meal will feature a sampling of antipasti, primi, secondi, dolci, and wine along with explanations and stories about the history and preparation of the dishes. Participants will be provided with recipes of some of the dishes that were tasted.

DAY 4

After breakfast , you will be checking out from the hotel for your transfer to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.

Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are approximate. They are given here only for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark the ship and transfer to your hotel in Rome

Check in time is 2.00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

Meals are at your leisure

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 2

From 7:00am American Breakfast

9:00am Drive to Castel Gandolfo

10:30am Brief visit of Castel Gandolfo and Nemi with the respective Lakes

12.00pm Drive to the Farmhouse

12:30pm Wine tasting and lunch

3.00pm Drive to a winery on the way to Rome

3:30pm Wine tasting

5:00pm Drive back to your hotel .

Dinner at leisure

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 3

From 7:00am American breakfast

9:00am Drive to the market

9:30am Visit of the market

10:30am Cooking lesson & lunch

2:00pm Drive back to your hotel

2:30pm Afternoon at leisure.

5:30pm Walking tour of Trastevere , food and wine tastings

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

NOTE: On the RVA140815 (Riviera August 15 sailing)sailing, due to restaurant unavailability in Trastevere, the dinner program will be replaced with a guided traditional Roman dinner that offers participants an opportunity to sample and learn all about traditional Roman cooking (what it includes, how it has evolved, how it differs from other parts of Italy) The meal will feature a sampling of antipasti, primi, secondi, dolci, and wine along with explanations and stories about the history and preparation of the dishes. Participants will be provided with recipes of some of the dishes that were tasted.

DAY 4

8:00am Breakfast

10:00am Check out

Transfer from hotel to the Fiumicino Airport based on your flight schedule.

*For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 10:00am. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Expected weather:

April — 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius)

May/June/September — 78° Fahrenheit (28° Celsius)

July/August — 86° Fahrenheit (30° Celsius)

November — 59° Fahrenheit (15° Celsius)

What to bring:

Dress is generally casual, although when visiting churches your knees and shoulders must be covered. Bring good walking shoes, a hat, weather-appropriate clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Local currency:

The Euro is the local currency, but U.S. dollars and travelers checks are also accepted.

Electricity:

220 volts

Hotel address:

Hotel Boscolo Exedra

Piazza della Repubblica, 47 00185 Rome, Italy

Telephone: +39 06 489381

* If a hotel is substituted due to an unforeseen situation, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program includes:

• Standard room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts

• Transfers

• Lunch on Day 2 and tastings

• Lunch on Day 3

• Walking tour and tastings on Day 3

• A bottle of water during the tours on Days 2 and 3.

Please note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, if you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program excludes:

• Meals or services not mentioned above

• Gratuities to drivers and guides

• Hotel incidentals

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

$2,199 Per Guest



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