Fall Mediterranean and Holy Land Cruise with Allan and Vicki Gunnerson

Dates Oct 26-Nov 11, 2018
Destination Rome, Italy; Day at Sea: Mediterranean Crete, Greece; Day at Sea - Mediterranean Sea Haifa; Ashod; Mykonos, Greece Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy
Duration 17 days 16 nights
Price From 2,299
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Religious Focus:


Activity Level*:

Fall is a wonderful time to travel and what a better way to see the Mediterranean than from the comfort of a cruise ship. Come with us on the beautiful Celebrity Constellation and visit the missionary sites in Greece, walk in the footsteps of Christ in Israel and end in breathtaking Rome. It has something wonderful to offer to everyone!

There are so many highlights of this cruise tour it’s hard to not call this experience a life changer! As you take this time to learn and ponder on the Savior, his life and ultimate gift to us in these sacred places your spirit will be filled with love and gratitude. Visiting the sites of the Apostles missionary journeys will testify of the importance of the work that continues today.

Our cruise tour price includes the cruise, special onboard seminars to enhance your experience, 3 night’s pre-cruise tour in Rome INCLUDED plus all your transfers!  We have optional LDS guided excursions in Israel and Athens as well as private tours set up in Crete and Pompeii to customize your trip the way you want!

When you add your cruise host, Allan and Vicki Gunnerson who've taken hundreds of people to visit these special sights and you have a trip of a lifetime at an exceptional value!

Questions? Contact:

Karen Gerlach, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6152

Tour ID-928J26

*While the cruise itself isn't physically straining, the shore excursions on this trip as well as the pre-tour can require distance/uphill and uneven surface walking.

Day1 and 2 - Friday& Sat, Oct 26/27, 2018

Depart the US for Italy.  Arrive and ½ day Panorama Rome City Tour

Depart today from your home city and travel to Rome, Italy.  Upon arrival we will board our bus for a city tour seeing the many highlights before arriving to your hotel to rest from your travels.  Tonight we'll enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel and have a chance to meet the other tour members.

Meals : Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

LDS Church services and LDS Temple site visit

This morning we’ll have the opportunity to attend a local sacrament meeting before we journey to the LDS Temple site in eastern Rome.  With the ground breaking for this temple back in 2010, it’s not expected to be open until 2019.   This afternoon will be yours to enjoy the city at your leisure.  

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4 - Monday, Oct 29, 2018

Vatican and Colosseum visit

Today we get to spend the morning at the Vatican - home of the Pope, St Peters Basilica and the Sistine Chapel as well as one of the best museums anywhere.  Next, we will visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the breath taking Colosseum where we will have a guided tour around the most visited site in Rome.  We will continue to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5 – Tuesday, Oct 30 , 2018

Board Celebrity Constellation

This morning we'll enjoy a relaxing morning before we say farewell to Rome and head to the Civitavecchia Port to board our home for the next 12 nights on the Celebrity Constellation.  Once onboard take time to relax and explore the ship and all it has to offer.  Tonight we will meet as a group for dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 – Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018

Fun day at sea

Today you have all the time you’d like to explore the ship and the many activities available to you.  Today we’ll meet as a group to get to know each other better.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7- Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Chania, Crete, Greece

Chaniá is the second largest city of Crete, and one of the most beautiful. It lies along the north coast of the island at the east end of the Gulf of Chaniá. It’s the site of the ancient Minoan settlement the Greeks called Cydonia (Kydonia), which was mentioned in Virgil's Aeneid. The site has been continuously inhabited from Neolithic times-at least 5000 years. The city's rich history can be traced through historic buildings and monuments with Venetian, Turkish and Greek architecture. 

PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSION OPTION: Our tour begins at the Port of Souda where you join the coach en route to the British Commonwealth War Cemetery, which is the last resting place of 1,527 of the known 2,000 British Commonwealth war dead. The majority of them lost their lives in the Battle of Crete between the Allied and German forces for control of Crete between the dates of May 20 - 31, 1941.  A stop for photos will be made. Your tour continues to Agia. Triada Monastery (Holy Trinity) of Jagarolon, which is one of the most significant monastic complexes from the end of the Venetian Occupation of Crete. Discover in the east suburbs of Chania on the hill of Profiti Elia (Prophet Elijah) Venizelos Tombs where are buried one of the most significant politicians of modern Greece, Eleftherios and his son Sofoklis Venizelos. Continue your tour to the Chania town, where neoclassical mansions and massive Venetian fortifications testify to the city's turbulent and diverse past. There you will have the chance to explore independently the town, before you return back to the port.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8- Friday, Nov 2, 2018

Fun Day at Sea

Today we’ll meet again together to prepare for our exciting visit into Israel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9, Saturday, Nov 3, 2018

Haifa, Israel 

This spectacular city rises dramatically from the Mediterranean on terraced hillsides, which culminate with Mount Carmel. From that viewpoint all the world seems to lie at your feet. On a clear day you can see north all the way to the Lebanese border, as well as the snowcapped Mount Hermon to the east.


Day 1: Today we start our exploration of Israel. After leaving the ship we will visit the Bahai Gardens in Haifa for a beautiful overview of the port and the countryside. We will travel east to the Galilee region and see where Christ started in ministry, called his apostles and performed many miracles. From the Mount of Beatitudes to shores of the Sea of Galilee and banks for the River Jordan, you will start to see the Bible come alive before your eyes.  

Tonight we will return to the ship for dinner and a review of the next 2 days.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10, Sunday, Nov 4, 2018

Ashdod, Jerusalem Israel 

Sacred to three of the world's major religions, Jerusalem is one of the world's oldest cities, with a history dating back to 4000 BC. Gaze at the Western Wall, which is all that's left of the fabled Second Temple, or watch the sunlight bounce off the golden-roofed Dome of the Rock or the shimmering silver al-Aqsa Mosque.


DAY 2: Today we travel to Jerusalem! In the next 2 days we will visit the sites of Christ's birth, many miracles and his ultimate suffering in Gethsemane followed by his death and resurrection. 

There is so much to see; we'll stay in a hotel in the city tonight to maximize and enhance our visit. Tonight after dinner we will make a special trip to the olivewood stores for shopping for that special souvenir. Lunch, dinner and hotel included in tour cost

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11, Monday, Nov 5, 2018

Ashdod, Jerusalem Israel 

PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSION-DAY 3: Today we will continue our exploration of Jerusalem if you've purchased our private package. If not, you'll have plenty of time to explore on your own or to relax on board.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12, Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018

Fun Day at Sea

Today you can recover from your 3 days in Israel on board.  This afternoon we’ll meet to discuss the sites we saw and learn more about their importance to our lives today.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13, Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is known for its whitewashed villages sprinkled with blue and jade green. It’s also famous for its sophisticated nightlife. The most popular island in the Cyclades is bustling with activity, awash in beautiful alleyways, and home to alluring sandy beaches.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14, Thursday, Nov 8, 2018

Athens, Greece

Athens brought the world drama, history, poetry, and philosophy. Once home to the world's most powerful and civilized empires, Athens is now the world's foremost archaeological playground. The towering columns of the Parthenon still stand in homage to the virgin goddess Athena

PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSION OPTION: Today is all about Paul and Acts 17.  Our private guide will give us a wonderful tour of the city including the Syntagma Square and the Olympic stadium but it will be when we head to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon and Mars Hill that your heart will start to race.  We’ll hear of Paul's sermon about the unknown Gods and climb to the top of the Parthenon and walk around the monumental ruins of the UNESCO listed site.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15, Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Fun Day at Sea

Today enjoy sleeping in or rising with the sun, it’s yours to choose.  This afternoon we’ll again meet to talk about the missionary journeys of Peter and Paul in the area.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16, Saturday, Nov 10, 2018


Framed by Mount Vesuvius along a dramatic skyline, the 2,800 year-old port city of Naples is chock full of historical sites, churches, and museums that make it an incredible place for you to explore. And in the region where pizza was first invented, you know the food is going to be incredible. Just 35 miles down the coast, Salerno offers you a rich history but also boasts a marvelous collection of parks, natural wonders, and unique vantage points to take in the beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Two cities. One incredible stretch of Italian coastline.

PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSION OPTION: Today our private group will be met at the port by our host to start our touring at the amazing town of Pompeii and discover this city hidden for hundreds of years under the ash of Mt Vesuvius. This city tells many stories of the ancient Romans and their lifestyle and will surely be a tour highlight for all. After a lunch stop we will travel back to the coast and discover why the Amalfi Coast captures many with is pastel colored towns and thriving fishing port framed by the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17, Sunday, Nov 11, 2018

Civitavecchia - Rome, Italy – Flights Home (Arrive 5am)

This morning we will be picked up and returned to the airport for our flight home with memories to last a lifetime!!

Meals : Breakfast


  • 12-day cruise onboard the Celebrity Constellation
  • All meals and entertainment on board
  • Multiple LDS based lectures on board the ship
  • Round Trip Transfers from airport to ship/ship to hotel/hotel back to airport
  • 3 Nights Pre tour in Rome with hotel and sightseeing
  • Visit to the new LDS Temple site in Rome
  • Tour Audio hearing Sets
  • Tour book & travel document package

Not Included:

  • Government fee's and land taxes of $127.17
  • Optional LDS Guided private shore excursions as listed below
  • International Flights - Group air from Salt Lake City is available for $1199 pp on Delta
  • Trip cancellation & trip interruption insurance - Several options available - Ask for details
  • Gratuities for tours and cruise - Optional Cruise Prepaid Gratuities is $162.00 pp

• Optional Pricing: •

  • Inside Cabins •- $2299.00
  • Outside Cabins - $2629.00
  • Balcony Cabins - Concierge Class- $3939.00 (Better prices may be available at time of booking)
  • Note: Single/triple/quad cabins are based on availability and are subject to change.  Rates will be quoted based on availability.

Cruise Tour Add On Options

  • A. Optional Excursion In Crete- $49.00 Each
  • B. Optional LDS Shore Excursions: $459.00 ** 3 Days in Israel - 1 day in Galilee area and a 2 day tour in Jerusalem including an overnight in Jerusalem to maximize your time (see tour itinerary for full details.
  • C. Optional Excursion In Athens- $89.00 Each
  • D. Optional Excursion In Naples to Pompeii - $99.00 Each

Payment Terms:

  • $500 deposit due at the time of booking •-
  • Final Payment due July 24, 2018
  • Cash discount - $75 off per person for payments made by check
  • ** This tour is based on a minimum of 30 passengers and a max of 40 passengers. •
  • Terms & Conditions