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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - CULINARY CREATIONS: ROMA

PRE - 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 arriving at Customs in the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, you will be met 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.

**SPECIAL NOTE:

Due to hotel unavailability, guests booking this program for the following sailing date will stay at the BOSCOLO ALEPH located on Via San Basilio 15 instead of the Hotel Boscolo Exedra:

Nautica – May 16, 2014 sailing

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 RVA140901 (Riviera September 1st) 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

Following breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and transfer to the ship to begin your cruise.

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

Extra nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met when your flight arrives and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra. Check-in time is 2:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details.

DAY 1

Arrive at the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and transfer to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra (or similar), where you will spend the evening.

DAY 2

From 7:00am American breakfast

9:00am Drive to Castel Gandolfo

10:30am Visit Castel Gandolfo

12.00pm Drive to the farmhouse

12:30pm Wine tasting and lunch

3.00pm Drive to a nearby winery

3:30pm Wine tasting at the winery

5:00pm Drive back to the 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 the market

10:30am Cooking lesson and lunch

2:00pm Drive back to the hotel

2:30pm Afternoon at leisure

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

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

NOTE: On the RVA140901 (Riviera September 1st) 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

From 7:00am American breakfast

10.30am Hotel check out

1:15pm Transfer to the ship

2:45pm Arrive at the ship for embarkation

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.

**SPECIAL NOTE:

Due to hotel unavailability, guests booking this program for the following sailing date will stay at the BOSCOLO ALEPH located on Via San Basilio 15 instead of the Hotel Boscolo Exedra:

Nautica – May 16, 2014 sailing

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, an arrival 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.

$2,299 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - CHERISHED RELICS OF ROME

PRE - 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 exiting the Customs area in the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, you will be met 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

Following breakfast and check out at the hotel, you will transfer to the ship to begin your cruise.

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

Extra nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met when your flight arrives and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra. Check-in time is 2:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details.

DAY 1

Arrive at the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and proceed through Customs. You will be met and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra hotel (or similar), where you will spend the evening.

DAY 2

AM Breakfast

8:30am Start tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica

1:30pm Lunch in Piazza Navona

2:30pm Walk to the Trevi Fountain

3:30pm Drive to the Colosseum

4.00pm Inside visit of the Colosseum

5:00pm Walk to the San Clemente Basilica

5:30pm Visit the San Clemente undergrounds

6:15pm Drive back to the 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

AM American breakfast

10:00am Hotel check out

1:15pm Transfer to the ship

2:45pm Arrive at the ship for embarkation

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, an arrival 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.

$2,299 Per Guest



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