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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
AM American breakfast
10:00am Hotel check out
1:15pm Transfer to the ship
2:45pm Arrive at the ship for embarkation
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.
The Euro is the local currency, but U.S. dollars and travelers checks are also accepted.
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.
• Standard room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts
• 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.
• 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.
PRE - CHERISHED RELICS OF ROME
Price: $2,299.00 per guest based on double occupancy.
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Price: $2,184.00 per guest based on double occupancy.