2020 Summer Apostle Mediterranean Cruise with Rome Temple

Dates June 11-21, 2020
Destination Rome, Italy; Day at Sea - Mediterranean Sea; Santorini, Greece; Ephesus, Turkey; Mykonos, Greece; Naples, Italy;
Duration 11 days 10 nights
Price From 1,499
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Summer is a wonderful time to travel and what a better way to see the Mediterranean area than from the comfort of a cruise ship.   We invite you to come with us on the beautiful Explorer of the Seas and visit the missionary sites of the New Testaments in Greece, Turkey, and Rome!  There are many highlights to this trip-it’s hard to not call it a life changer! 

As we take this time to learn and ponder on the Savior, his life teachings that continued with his called apostles 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. Hopefully, all of this will include the celebration of the highly anticipated temple opening in Rome.   

Our 7-night cruise includes the 2 nights pre-cruise stay in Rome with touring the iconic & historic sites along with a visit to the new LDS Temple.  We will enjoy also special on-board seminars to enhance your experience with study materials plus all your transfers! Optional LDS excursions will also be offered along the way. 

You tour directors, Howard and Shari Lyon have taken hundreds of people to visit their favorite sites in Rome and are excited to share those and other special, sacred sights to you on this trip of a lifetime. 

With this being a cruise, the activity level on this package is light while on board but the included pre- tour of Rome and optional LDS shore excursions will require the ability to walk 3+miles a day on un-even surfaces without assistance. 

TOUR ID#9220F11

Days 1 & 2: Thursday and Friday, June 11-12, 2020

Home City to Rome, Italy

Today we are off to begin our exciting Mediterranean cruise tour by flying to Rome.  Upon our arrive we'll be picked up at the airport and taken on a 1/2 day city tour of the great historical sites of the Eternal City. We will visit Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon, The Spanish Steps to name of few of the landmarks that await. 

We will then be dropped off at hour hotel for the next 2 nights to rest and get ready for the amazing adventures ahead. Tonight we will have a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Saturday, June 13, 2020

Rome, Italy

This morning we travel outside the "old city" walls of Rome to attend the long-awaited experience of the LDS Rome Temple.   This afternoon touring will include visits to the iconic Colosseum and the Roman Forum to see it's ancient ruins like the Temple of Julius Caesar.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Rome, Italy to Civitavecchia to board cruise

This morning after breakfast we will depart the hotel to attend a local sacrament meeting before making our was to the coastal town of Civitavecchia to board our home for the next 7 nights on the Explorer of the Seas.

After you check checked into your cabin you'll have time to explore the ship.  We'll meet for dinner followed by a group "fireside" meeting tonight.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Monday, June 15, 2020

Day at Sea

Whether you seek an adrenaline rush or total tranquility, your ship will have it all.  

This afternoon we will have a group seminar. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6, Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Santorini, Greece

Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island’s charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Private LDS excursion option: The Teachings of Paul

This morning we'll depart from the Port of Kusadasi for private tour of Ephesus, Basilica of John and Mary’s House. Ephesus was home for Paul, Luke, Timothy, John and perhaps Mary. Our tour will start with a visit to Mary’s House where she spend her last days. Later we will continue to Ephesus which is one of the best preserved ancient sites in the World. We will visit the city where Paul had been and walk in the streets where Paul had walked. After a nice tour of Ephesus, we will be heading for our lunch which will consist of local dishes with shopping possibility. We will visit the Basilica of John which was constructed on the hill where John The Revelator had lived before he was exiled to island of Patmos.  We will conclude our tour with a visit at Temple of Artemis- one of 7 wonders of the Ancient World and Isa Bey Mosque- a Selcuk period Mosque and finally drive back to port of Kusadasi. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is a classic Greek Island with whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and windmills. Add a reputation for beautiful beaches and you’ll understand why Mykonos is the most popular island in the Cyclades. Explore the island in a 4 x 4 or take a ferry to the tiny island of Delos. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Friday, June 19th, 2020

Fun day at sea

Today you get a day of rest to sleep in and rejuvenate from the last few busy days.  This afternoon we will gather for a New Testament lesson.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10:Saturday, June 20th, 2020

Naples (Capri), Italy

Cruise to Naples, located on Italy’s stunning Amalfi coast, a city rich in history. A tour around Naples’ grand piazzas, cathedrals and castles in the old center will take you back centuries. Pompeii is not too far either, a dashing city which boasts diverse cultural offerings and charming streets.

Optional Group Shore Excursion:

Today we will spend exploring the ruins of Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius and while in port in Naples. Our private group will be lead by an local expert guide making sure we understand the history and devastation of the story of Pompeii.  While there we'll see the largest archaeological site in Europe and tour Pompeii's Thermal Baths, Lupanare brothel and the Forum. Afterward, we'll have an included break for lunch before tour the area of Mt Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for Pompeii’s destruction and enjoy sweeping views of the Bay of Naples.  Afterwards we'll visit one of the quaint village on the Capri coast before returning to our ship.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11:Sunday, June 21st, 2020

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 

This morning we will arrive back to Civitavecchia.  You will either catch your transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the US or, you might consider extending for 1 more day to enjoy the city of Rome.  You'll have a free day to revisit or enjoy more splendid sites on your own. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Included:

  • 7-night cruise on board Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas
  • All meals and entertainment on board
  • Multiple LDS & Art/Art history based lectures on board the ship
  • Round Trip Transfers from airport to ship/ship to hotel/hotel back to airport
  • 2 Night Pre tour in Rome with hotel and sightseeing
  • Visit to the new LDS Temple site in Rome 
  • Tour Audio hearing Sets on land tours
  • Tour book & travel document package

Not Included:

  • Round trip airfare to Rome - Group air from Salt Lake City will be available
  • Government fee's and land taxes of $85.52
  • Optional LDS Shore excursion as listed below
  • Trip cancellation & trip interruption insurance - Several options available - Ask for details
  • Gratuities for tours and cruise - Optional Cruise Prepaid Gratuities is $135.00 pp

Optional Pricing:

  • Inside Cabins - $1499 starting per person/based on double
  • Outside Cabins - $1799 starting per person/based on double
  • Veranda Cabins -  $1959 starting per person/based on double
  • 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 LDS Shore Excursions- Ephesus - The Teachings of Peter
  • B. Optional Excursion In Mykonos - $49.00 Each
  • C. Optional Excursion in Capri - The Historic History of Pompeii full day tour with lunch - $149.00
  • D. Post Hotel stay in Rome with Transfers $159.00pp

Payment Terms:

  • $50 per person CASH DISCOUNT for making final payment by check ** Please advise at booking
  • $500 pp deposit due at the time of booking
  • Final Payment due March 11, 2020
  • ** This tour is based on a minimum of 30 passengers and a max of 60 passengers.

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