Rome & Area
Enjoy the relaxed and efficient nature of cruise travel as you voyage to the jewels of the Mediterranean Sea. Embarking in Civitavecchia, the port of glorious Rome, you'll visit historically and culturally significant port cities in France, Tunisia and Malta before returning back to Italy where it all began. Sail to La Spezia, located between Genoa and Pisa, followed by a stop in Marseille, France’s second largest city, second only to Paris. Voyage to La Goulette, the port of Tunis, situated near the ruins of the glorious ancient city of Carthage. Find yourself in Malta, visiting Valetta with its impressive seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You'll continue on to Sicily, where you'll visit Trapani, a city rich in history, and nearby to popular day trip spots Erice, Segesta and the Egadi Islands. Conclude your voyage back where it began, in Civitavecchia. See the world quickly, while relaxing all the while. This itinerary is the best way of seeing several Mediterranean Highlights in a short period of time.
Available Cruise Departure Dates:
(2014): Aug 1,8,15,22,29, Sep 5,12,19,26 Oct 3,10,17
For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking assistant waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
Enjoy a shared afternoon tour to discover Ancient Rome, lasting approximately 3.5 fun-filled hours. You will be taken to Piazza Venezia, where you will see the imposing memorial of Victor Emanuel II, the first king of United Italy. The tour will then proceed to the Roman Forum, the old centre of the imperial city, where the Senate House, the Basilicas, and the Temples of the major gods are located. After walking along the Via Sacra and passing by the Arch of Titus, you will visit the Colosseum, surrounded by impressive monuments such us the ruins of the Arch of Constantine the Great. The last stop on your tour will be the 5th century Christian Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, where you will see the world famous Statue of Moses by Michelangelo. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel. For your convenience, this tour includes the entrance fee to the Colosseum. Please note: Shorts and uncovered shoulders are not admitted into churches.
You'll be picked up in Rome and transferred to the port in Civitavecchia by a private vehicle and English-speaking driver.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in before attending the welcome dinner, where you can meet your fellow cruisemates.
La Spezia is a port city on the Ligurian Sea, located between Genoa and Pisa. It is still a heavily naval town, although its proximity to such beautiful tourist destinations as the Cinque Terre, and its mild climate have given it more appeal to holidaymakers. The town spreads across the inside of the Golfo dei Poeti, the Gulf of Poets. The town also has lovely views inland, towards the Apuan Alps.
Marseille is the second largest city in France, after Paris. Located on the southeast coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is France's largest commercial port and largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. It is listed as a major centre of art and history. The city has many museums and galleries and there are many ancient buildings and churches of historical interest. Most of the attractions of Marseille (including shopping areas) are located in the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th arrondissements.
Today is a relaxing day spent at sea, en route to your next destination, La Goulette. There are plenty of entertainment options aboard your ship, or for pure relaxation, grab a drink and settle in with a book. This is the carefree beauty of cruise travel.
La Goulette is the port of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. The town's Kasbah fortress was built in 1535 by Charles I of Spain but was later captured by the Ottoman Turks in 1574. The ancient ruins of Carthage lay near the town of La Goulette.
Valletta is a port city and the capital of Malta. The city contains buildings from the 16th century onwards, built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as Knights Hospitaller. Valletta is essentially Baroque in character, with elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture in selected areas, though World War II left major scars on the city. The City of Valletta was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.
Trapani is a city and port located on ther west coast of Sicily. Carthage seized control of the city in 260 BC, subsequently making it an important naval base, but ceded it to Rome in 241 BC following the Battle of the Aegates in the First Punic War. Much of the old city of Trapani dates from the later medieval or early modern periods; there are no existing remains of the ancient city. Trapani has a long history of cultural events including the longest running Easter festival in the world which has run continuously since Good Friday of 1612.
After breakfast this morning, you'll be disembarking your ship back in Civitavecchia. Bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates as your voyage has come to conclusion.
You will be transfered to Rome Airport.
Hotel Trevi (3*) is two steps away from its namesake the Trevi Fountain. It offers a refined atmosphere equipped with the best facilities within a historical 16th century palace. It is located in the proximity of the famous “Via Veneto”, and the magnificent Spanish Steps. Breakfast is served on a splendid, yet peaceful, rooftop garden where guests can enjoy the view of a typical urban skyline of the Eternal City. Comfort, tradition and efficiency is the principle for making each stay unforgettable. Under new Roman law, hotels charge a small amount per traveller per day as a “tourist tax”, which needs to be paid locally through your hotel in Rome. Amounts may vary, but currently the cost is 2EUR per person for 2* & 3* hotels and 3EUR for 4* & 5* hotels. The charges will be added to your bill upon check out and are non-negotiable.
The MSC Lirica offers cozy comfort in a traditional yet elegant setting. Like beautiful lyrics set to music, the MSC Lirica cruise ship is perfectly in tune with the sea. The timeless Italian design and ambiance features gleaming marble, plush fabrics and fine artwork. If you are looking for a more casual resort ambience, decorated in an opulent yet relaxed style, the delightful MSC Lirica cruise liner is your ideal choice. Cruising is one of the best ways to see the sights and sounds of the world. MSC Lirica is an ideal choice for families and first-time cruise passengers thanks to its smaller size and welcoming atmosphere.
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