Greece & Italy Christmas thru New Year's
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This once a year opportunity for a once a life "UNFORGETTABLE" experience that takes us thru time and breathtaking country while celebrating the Holidays in Style! From Christmas in Rome to New Year's in Venice we embrace for an exhilarating journey to Europe's Origins and some of its finest highlights from Pisa, Florence, Rome, Venice, The Vatican, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri to Athens, The Islands, Santorini, Delphi, and more. The cultural diversity is nowhere else so prevalent and the scenery so gorgeously exhibited and dream-come-true takes on a total new meaning!

 Featuring:
Igouminitsa
 
Delphi
 
Te Greek Islands
 
Athens
 
St Peter's
 
The Vatican
ITINERARY SUMMARY
 
Day1
Evening Departure



Evening departure from selected pickup points.
Day2
Pisa - Florence - Siena

Arrival in Pisa, opportunity for Breakfast and sightseeing. Later on we continue to Florence for an orientation tour highlighting the city's most famous landmarks.


We then continue to Siena and check-in. Enjoy the evening exploring one of Tuscany's most charming cities.
Day3
Pompeii - Sorrento

Morning departure for the Bay Of Naples where we have an opportunity to join our local guide to tour the forgotten city of Pompeii and one of the best preserved Roman cities. We then continue to picturesque Sorrento and check-in.


Later this evening your may decide to attend a typical Trantalla show.
Day4
Island Of Capri or Amalfi Cost Positano - Naples - Rome

Enjoy the morning exploring Sorrento or else you may decide to join us on an excursion to the beautiful Island Of Capri. You may instead choose to visit Positano one of Amalfi's Coast most adorable villages.


In the afternoon we will visit Naples before continuing to Rome and Checking in.
Day5
Rome - The Vatican Museums - Midnight Mass

Time on your own leisure or join us on an optional tour* by a licensed local guide of the Vatican Museums & The Sistine Chapel.


In the afternoon, we embark on our a city tour of ancient Rome hoghlighting Circus Maximus, The Forum Romano , The Caraclla Baths and finishing at the Colosseum where you may decide to visist this intrecate Anciant Architecural Marvel.
This evening there will be an opportunity for a midnight mass at St Peter's.
Day6
Christmas Day Mass at St Peters Square

This morning we have the unique opportunity for the traditional Urbi et Orbi address and blessing given by the Pope from the central loggia of Saint Peter's Basilica.


Enjoy the afternoon out and about in Rome. You may decide to visit one of the famous Catacombs, or follow the footsteps of Michelangelo at St Peter's in Chains.
Day7
Assisi - Perugia

This morning we travel north to Assisi to explore Picturesque Assisi but in foremost visit St Francis Of Assisi on a tour led by one of its hospitable Friars pointing out details of this marvelous architectural achievement.



We then check into our hotel in Perugia, your tour guide can arrange for typical Umbrian dinner.
Day8
San Marino - Ancona - Patras Adriatic Crossing

Enjoy the morning exploring Perugia, then in the afternoon continue to Ancona to board our overnight cruise to Patras, Greece.



Enjoy the amenities onboard.
Day9
Patras - Athens

Mid-Morning arrival to Patras and continue to Athens for an orientation tour followed by hotel check in.


Joined by our local guide we tour both of ancient and modern Athens highlighting The Acropolis once the cultural center of ancient Athens, and is considered to be the first example of a complex of buildings dedicated to performances of the arts. We;ll see the infamous Parthenon once dedicated to patron of Athens, The Ancient Agora once was the center of administration, of the legal process, and indeed the focal point of commercial and business life. Before Classical times, the Agora was also the area where the Citizens' Assembly gathered and a site for theatrical and other competitions and more.
An unforgettable night out in the Plaka district is a must. See your tour guide for suggestions.
Day10
Athens

Enjoy the day Exploring Athens or else take a cruise over to one of the 1,400 but nearby Greek islands


or else join us on an optional roundtrip flight excursion to Santorini Greece's most stunning island
with colorful cliffs soaring nearly 1,000ft this will be one the culminating experience to be had.
Day11
Delphi - Igoumenitsa

We leave for Delphi once the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world, and a major site for the worship of the god Apollo after he slew the Python, a deity who lived there and protected the navel of the Earth.


There will be time to explore before continuing our journey along the coast to Igoumenitsa to board our overnight cruise to Ancona, Italy.
Day12
Ancona - Padoa - Venice "New Year's"

Morning at sea.


Afternoon arrival to Ancona and continue our journey to Padoa/Mestre and check-in.
This is New Year's Eve and your tour guide will take you to the heart of Venice for best Fireworks Viewing and celebrations like no other welcoming the New Year.
Day13
Venice - Home

Today is dedicated to a great finale visiting Venice.


A waterbus will take us into Venice for an orientation tour to St Mark's Square the central landmark and its surrounding. Venice stretching over 117 islands connected by bridges is Europa's largest car free zone and is inviting you for a leisurely stroll, some shopping and sightseeing. Arrangements can be made for a romantic and charming gondola ride that provides a very special view of the city and to coronate our tour.
An opportunity for a farewell dinner will culminate this incredible journey and one we will rememebr for a lifetime. We then travel homewards.
Day14
Early Morning Return

Morning to midday hours return to points of origin.


What a Wonderful Journey, what a perfect transition to a New Year!
MAIN HIGHLIGHTS
The Vatican Museum & St Peters Cathedral
Brilliantly decorated and lined with masterpieces, the museums are brimming with treasures and history. Your guide will lead you through the 2000 rooms that stretch over almost nine miles, and point out highlights of the museums such as Michelangelo's famous Creation of Adam fresco in the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. After taking in the Vatican Museums, you will encounter another of Michelangelo's masterpieces, La Pieta, in St Peter's Basilica and admire magnificent St Peter's Square, as you discover Bernini's ingenious use of optical illusion. € 39
Rome Dinner & Illumination tour
We start the evening with a traditional Italian meal and music to end the night with a walk through the vibrant streets and squares of the historical center, passing by illuminated Palaces, Monuments and Fountains. Throw your coin in the Trevi Fountain with the wish to come back to Rome. € 39
Midnight Mass at St Peter's
Likely the most famous Midnight Mass in the world, Christmas Eve services at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City are once-in-a-lifetime event no matter if you are inside St. Peter's Basilica or if you are staying in St. Peter's Square -- next to the life-size nativity scene watching the mass on large video screens. The warm energy and joy of fellow pilgrims in the square that night adds to the magical experience.
Christmas Day Blessing
The Pope blesses pilgrims from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 25 during his Christmas Day blessing "urbi et orbi"
Forum Romanum
The Roman Forum (Forum Romanum) began as a market place, but became the economic, political, and religious hub, town square, and center of all Rome. Today, the forum can look like a disorderly collection of ruins to the uninitiated, but with some imagination you can see the Roman empire come back to life at this site. Remains of many buildings from different periods are visible; the forum was littered with temples, basilicas and triumphal arches.
Rome
Modern and old, past and present go side by side, all the time. You will encounter ancient monuments, medieval and Renaissance buildings and fountains, and great museums. It is is the capital of modern Italy and boasts many fine restaurants and cafes, good nightlife, and lively streets and squares. Rome offers attractions for any taste and allows to enjoy its life by just strolling strolling through the streets.
The Colosseum
...the greatest amphitheater of the antiquity - was built in Rome, Italy, about 1920 years ago. It is considered an architectural and engineering wonder, and remains as a standing proof of both the grandeur and the cruelty of the Roman world.
Rome City Tour
This tour highlights most of the best known sites of Ancient Rome, including the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Capitoline Hill,..... You’ll be led by a expert tour guide that will give you all the information with their passion for the heritage and history of the Eternal City.
Christmas Market Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona, home to the spectacular Fountain of the Moor and the Fountain of Neptune, is where Rome's biggest and most traditional Christmas Market takes place. Meet Santa Claus, see nativity scenes and browse the many stalls for Christmas goodies.
Bay of Naples
The Bay of Naples, A wonderful climate, a spectacular sea, and magnificent cities constructed centuries ago by the ancient civilizations who passed through the gulf, leaving behind them the traces of their art and architecture. From the vibrant and densely populated city of Naples to the elegant Sorrento and the ruins of Pompeii, the bay offers a series of unique and unforgettable town and seascapes.
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Note: Unless included is an optional excursion package, listed highlights may be require entrance fees to access that can be paid for locally and may be subject to availability and holiday closures.

PICKUPS & TIMES
 
December Friday 21, 2018 thru January Thursday 03, 2019 (Christmas)
Locations
Ramstein, Shell Station (Autohof), off A6, Landstuhl exit #13 (parking fee €5/day)
6:00 PM
Kaiserslautern West Park & Ride, gps: Mitfahrerparkplatz Kaiserslautern West A 6 / B 270, Kaiserslautern-West, 67663 Kaiserslautern
6:30 PM
Katterbach Kaserne, Main Gate, Airfield, Airfield GPS Neukirchen Strasse, 91522 Katterbach - follow sign towards Airfield
5:30 PM
Baumholder, Main Gate, 55774 Aulenbacher Strasse
5:00 PM
Baumholder, Wagon Wheel Theater
5:00 PM
Grafenwoehr Front Gate, Neue Amberger Strasse 109, 92655 Grafenwoehr (Mc Donald Parking lot)
3:30 PM
Vilseck, Bavarian Motor Cars GmbH, Gut 3, 92249 Vilseck
4:00 PM
Stuttgart Panzer Kaserne, Main Gate, Panzer Kaserne, Main Gate Main Gate, Panzerstrasse/Herdweg, 71032 Boeblingen
6:30 PM
Spangdahlem Main Gate AB, Visitor Center
4:00 PM
Wiesbaden, Corner Washingtonstrasse/John-F-Kennedy Strasse, Wiesbaden 65189
6:00 PM
Landtuhl Regional Medical Center, Dr. Hitzelberger Strasse (Gate 3) 66849 Landstuhl
5:30 PM
Vogelweh, Mc Donalds, GPS Im Haderwald 15, Kaiserslatuern
6:30 PM
Bad Rappenau, BEST WESTERN Hotel Bad Rappenau, Buchackering 42 · 74906 Bad Rappenau
7:15 PM

Note: Some Pickup locations may be subject to minmum participation requirements. Notifications of any changes issued latest 72 hours before departure.

Departures & Prices
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Time FrameAdults|Child|Infant
Friday, December 21, 2018 Thru
Thursday, January 3, 2019 Christmas
14 Days
€999
€769
€250
  

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 Shangri La Corsetti
Rome
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Gotenburg
Day: 4
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 Christina
Day: 7
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 Accor Hotel Chain
Day: 9
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1 Super Fast Ferries 6
1 Super Fast Ferries 9


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