Rome LDS Temple and Mediterranean Spring Cruise

Dates May 17-May 31, 2018
Destination Rome, Italy; Sicily, Italy Day at Sea - Mediterranean Sea Mykonos, Greece Ephesus, Turkey; Santorini, Greece Athens, Greece; Crete, Greece; Naples, Italy United States
Duration 12 days 11 nights
Price From 1,999

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Spring 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 Jewel of the Seas and visit the missionary sites in Greece and Turkey and Rome!  This vacation has something wonderful to offer to everyone!

There are so many highlights to this trip 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 teachings that continued with his called apostles will fill you with love and gratitude. Visiting the sites of the Apostles missionary journeys will testify of the importance of the work that continues today. All of this concludes in the celebration of the highly anticipated temple opening in Rome.

Our cruise tour price includes the both 2 nights pre cruise stay and 1 night post cruise stay in ROME, the 10 day cruise, special on board seminars to enhance your experience with study materials plus all your transfers!  Could any other experience offer you more?

When you add your tour director, Tim Taggart who has taken hundreds of people to visit these special sights and you have a trip of a lifetime at an exceptional value!

Days 1 & 2: Thurs-Fri, May 17-18th, 2018

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 with guest speaker, Bishop Ugo Perego.

Day 3: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Rome, Italy

The tale of 2 Church's- After breakfast at the hotel we embark on our tour to the Vatican, a country in a country and home of the Roman Catholic Church.  We'll start by visiting the Museum where you can walk through the many rooms that house the largest art collection in the world. We will see the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world and see with our own eyes the Sistine Chapel, a masterpiece of Renaissance art, the ceiling of which was painted by Michelangelo.

We'll have a lunch stop followed by an afternoon visiting to the new LDS Temple and visitors center. (Open House only if applicable, if not we will have alternate touring available)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Rome, Italy

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 10 nights on the Jewel 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, May 21, 2018

Sicily (Messina), Italy

The third largest city on the island of Sicily, Messina welcomes cruise ship visitors with its lovely harbor, extraordinary architecture (much of which miraculously survived a horrendous earthquake and tidal wave in 1908) and wonderful food. Stroll through Messina’s Piazza Cairoli taking in magnificent fountains and cathedrals, or sip Marsala wine at a sidewalk cafe. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

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 to help prepare us for the sites we'll be visiting to make them more meaningful to us upon our visit

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

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 8:Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

1st part of the LDS 2-pak 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 9: Friday, May 25th, 2018

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 10: Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Athens (Piraeus), Greece

This is the cradle of civilization, the oldest city in Europe. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, It is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping.

2nd Excursion for our LDS 2-pak excursion option: The Teachings of Paul

Morning meeting at port of Pireus for our private tour of Athens. We will drive to central Athens for our visit to Acropolis. Later, we will visit the Mars Hill(Hill of Ares) where Paul’s one of the most important gospel presentations took place during his second journey. We will visit and walk in the Agora where our bus will be waiting for taking us back to port of Pireus. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11:Sunday, May 27th

Chania, Crete

One of the most beautiful cities on the island of Crete, charming Chania has also been the site of many great battles. Greeks, Christians, Moors, Venetians and Ottomans all fought for control of the city. See how these cultures interweave when you explore Old Town, with its Venetian Harbor, 16th-century Turkish prison, 17th-century mosque, Greek Orthodox Chania Cathedral and more.

Optional Group Excursion: Historic Crete:

Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. Your 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 who 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 Ag. 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 town, before you return back to the port.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Monday, May 28th, 2018

Fun day at sea

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13:Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

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 14:Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

This morning we will arrive back to Rome City where you will have a free day to revisit or enjoy more splendid sites on your own.  We'll meet back up tonight at the hotel for a last farewell dinner together as we prepare for our journey home.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15:Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Rome Airport with flights back to the United States

This morning we'll board our coaches 1 last time as we travel to the airport in Rome to return home with memories to last a lifetime!

Meals : Breakfast

Included:

  • 10-night cruise on board Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
  • 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
  • 2 Night Pre tour in Rome with hotel and sightseeing
  • 1 Night Post stay in Rome with hotel and transfers Nights
  • Visit to the new LDS Temple site in Rome (Pending official date announcement)
  • Tour Audio hearing Sets
  • Tour book & travel document package

Not Included:

  • Optional LDS Guided private shore excursions 
  • Group air from Salt Lake City (other options will also be available)
  • Trip cancellation & trip interruption insurance - Several options available - Ask for details
  • Gratuities for tours and cruise - Optional Cruise Prepaid Gratuities is $35.00 pp
  • Government fee's and land taxes of $81.35

• Optional Pricing: •

  • Inside Cabins •- $1999.00 if booked by July 31st ** $2199.00 after
  • Outside Cabins - $2039.00 if booked by July 31st ** $2299.00 after
  • Veranda Cabins - $2459.00 if booked by July 31st ** $2599.00 after
  • 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- 2 pack-Ephesus and Athens - The Teachings of Peter - 
  • B. Optional Excursion In Crete- $49.00 Each
  • C. Optional Excursion in Capri - The Historic History of Pompeii full day tour with lunch - $149.00

Payment Terms:

  • $500 deposit due at the time of booking •-
  • Final Payment due Feb 16th, 2018
  • ** This tour is based on a minimum of 30 passengers and a max of 60 passengers. •

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