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Luxury  Cruise from Venice, thru the Greek Isles to the HOLY LAND!

In addition see Florence, Rome and the Rome Temple

The cruise of a lifetime!

Plus Rome temple and Visitor's Center

(A temple visit to perform ordinances is available for recommend holders)

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From LAX:  Airfare included

Tour dates between

April 11, 2020 - April 29, 2020

Main Tour with Interior cabins on the ship starting at $2,945 for an interior cabin

(Price INCLUDES  Gov/fees of $347.00 pp) 

(New Limited Inventory)

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The long-awaited day has come!

In the Conference Center, President Thomas S. Monson's announcement of a temple to be constructed in Rome produced wide smiles and an audible gasp of surprise from the congregation during the Saturday Morning Session of the October 2008 General Conference

 

The long-awaited day to see the temple is arriving soon.  Come join us for this significant occasion to see the temple and the new Visitors center with the display of the sculptures of the Christus and the apostles carved from the marble of Carrara.  The same marble quarry of the originals in Copenhagen and the famous David statue in Florence.

Trip Overview

Depart on a Saturday  from Los Angeles International airport.  The international flights are included in the package price for this amazing trip.   We will take off and arrive the next day in Venice Italy.  From the airport, we will overnight near the airport. The next morning we will transfer by bus to the romantic city of Venice and tour! The next day we will board our ship for an exciting itinerary in the Greek Isles and on to the Holy Land. (see below).  After the cruise, we arrive back to Venice and spend some time touring and then we will travel to Florence and see this art-filled city.  Then onto Rome where we will visit the Vatican and see the Sistine Chapel along with the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Cathedral as well as other prominent Roman sites. The last day before we fly home, we will tour the Rome Temple and Visitor's Center.  We will spend the evening in Rome before we fly home. 

"...From Athens, we follow backwards the route of the Apostle Paul or the Crusaders and sail to the Holy Land, specifically to HAIFA  where your pilgrimage begins. A likely bus route from Haifa is southward along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea. North of there lies the town of Nazareth, today an Arab city, and the place that the Bible tells us, Jesus (of Nazareth) was raised. Nearby is the town of Cana. To the northeast lies the Sea of Galilee (or the Sea of Kinnereth) and the lakeside town of Tiberius, all popular sites.  The culmination of visiting the Holy Land is your arrival in Jerusalem, where the three great monotheistic religions trace their roots. Likely spots to visit include the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, thought to be where Jesus prayed before his crucifixion, the Western Wall  (Wailing Wall). the Via Dolorosa, believed to trace Jesus’ steps toward the Hill of Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre." 

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Itinerary

  • Sat. | Depart USA

    • Overnight flight to Venice​

  • Sun. | Arrive Venice

    • Transfer to hotel - Free time

  • Mon. | Tour Venice

    • Tour of St. Marco's square and Venice

  • Tue. | Board Cruise Ship

    • After breakfast transfer to the ship around noon - Lunch on ship

  • Wed. | Bari, Italy

    • Visit the old town district to see impressive Romanesque - Pugliese structures and numerous churches. 

  • Thu. | At Sea

    • Education at Sea with Bruce H. Porter

  • Fri. | Piraeus (Athens)

    • The port to Athens and the birthplace of Western civilization. The first stop on most excursions is the Pantheon on the hill of the Acropolis.

  • Sat. | At Sea

    • Education at Sea with Bruce H. Porter

  • Sun. | Israel

    • Visit the Old City of Jerusalem, Mount of Olives & Garden Tomb 

  • Mon. | Israel

    • Visit Jericho the Galilee, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes.

  • Tue. | At Sea

    • Education at Sea with Bruce H. Porter

  • Wed. | Iraklion, Crete

    • Home of the world-famous Palace of Knossos, and the minotaur.

  • Thu. | Corfu, Kerkira

    • The best excursions include a city tour and an Island outing that explores the beaches and countryside. 

  • Fri. | Split, Croatia

    • A must-see is the old town within Diocletian's Palace

  • Sat. | Venice & Bus to Florence

    • Disembark the ship and bus through Tuscany to Florence

  • Sun. | Tour Florence

    • This Renaissance city is out art, architecture, and history as you see sights like the Duomo

  • Mon. | Bus to Rome / Footsteps of Colosseum Tour

    • Explore at the footsteps of the Colosseum and other major sites in Rome

  • Tue. | Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters, LDS Temple

    • Visit the Vatican Museum. Explore St. Peter's Basilica and LDS Rome Temple

  • Wed. | Flight Rome (FCO) to USA

* Itinerary subject to change at any time

Luxury Ship Rating 4 Stars

Costa Victoria

BALCONY

$3,395

OCEAN VIEW

$3,195

INSIDE

$2,945

RATES INCLUDE ROUND TRIP FLIGHTS FROM LAX, CRUISE, HOTELS, GROUND TRANSPORTATION, (SEE BELOW).

PRICES ARE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.

PRICES ARE SUBJECT CHANGE,  AVAILABILITY AND HAVE LIMITED SPACE  PRICES INCLUDE GOV/FEES OF $347 INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE RATES. 

5 DAYS TOURING IN ITALY INCLUDING THE ROME LDS TEMPLE AND A 11  NIGHT CRUISE ON THE COSTA VICTORIA

Includes: Round Trip airfare from the advertised city with the package you selected; Airport Meet and Greet upon arrival with Tour Leader; Tour buses; Mini Vans for the Rome Day Tour; Tour Leader; LDS Host; LDS Rome Temple Visit (With an opportunity to perform Ordinances - Temple recommend required and must bring Temple Ordinance Clothing); 6 nights hotel; Guides; 3 Dinners; Daily Breakfasts at hotels; 11 night Cruise accommodations departing from Venice or Trieste, including Port charges and ship taxes.

Included in the Cruise:

Cabins: All the cabins have every comfort you need for a pleasant stay: private bathrooms with soap bars and liquid soap for the shower, air conditioning, telephone, cable radio, satellite TV and safe. Your cabin is cleaned daily and all the linen you require (sheets and towels) is supplied and changed regularly.

Food and Drink: You always enjoy full board on board Costa. The full board includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and buffets. (Included beverages: bottled water poured to glass at all meals, and juices at breakfast)
Meals by the pool and mouthwatering dinners at the restaurant: every day you have the choice of a relaxed bite to eat at the buffet, or a more traditional dinner in the main restaurant.

Snacks and Special Menus: Delicious culinary events. Gala dinners with a special menu, created by Bruno Barbieri, the Italian chef with seven Michelin stars. Light, vegetarian and vegan menus.
Special diets, gluten-free dishes for coeliacs or hypoglycaemic dishes for diabetes sufferers, and special dishes for people with food allergies or intolerances.

Entertainment: A world of entertainment activities: games, competitions, treasure hunts, tournaments, parties, karaoke, theme evenings. Children`s entertainment, Squok and Teen Clubs divided by age group: Mini Club with special Peppa Pig-themed activities (ages 3-6 years), Maxi Club (ages 7-11), Teen Club Junior (ages 12-14), Teen Club (ages 15-17). Music shows, cabaret, and talent shows in the theatre, dance, and parties every night. Disco

Time to Relax: Use of the pools and jacuzzis on the lidos, sun loungers, and beach towels. Use of the ship`s special areas and facilities: library and card room.

 

 

 

Sport: Use of the ship`s special areas and facilities: gym, multi-sport pitches, jogging track. Gym classes (aerobics, stretching, dance exercises, step aerobics) led by gym instructors.

Not Included: Tipping, Items of personal nature, Travel Insurance, (Travel insurance is available as an optional add on) Beverages other than Juices at breakfast and bottled water poured to the glass at lunch and dinner and self-service water stations, Beverage packages, Room service and breakfast in cabin, Beauty salon. Samsara Spa, Yoga and Pilates classes. Personal trainer. "C Wonders" (sports simulators and state-of-the-art games, only available on some ships), Spends in the casino. If you have a question if something is additional you may ask the service staff.

Passports are required for this trip. Passports need to be valid for 6 months beyond the return flight travel date. Airlines will deny boarding if your passport does not meet the criteria.  If you need to renew or get a new passport please make a passport appointment with your U.S. Post Office.  Passports take about 6-8 weeks to process.  You can expedite processing for an additional fee through the Post Office or a Passport Broker.

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Trip Pricing Details
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING:
  • Included Int'l Round Trip Airfare From  Los Angeles (LAX) 
  • Transfers: from Airport to Hotel, Rome Touring & transfer to Ship, Ship to Hotel, Hotel to Airport.
  • Pre-cruise and Post cruise  hotel accommodations (2-night pre-cruise and 4-night post-cruise)
  • Touring as defined in the tour overview
  • Post Cruise Touring: Venice, Florence, Rome, Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, and LDS Temple and Visitors Center
  • Cruise Port Expenses included in rates
  • LDS Host on Rome Tours and Temple portion
  • Breakfasts at hotels
 
NOT INCLUDED:
  • Gov and tours fees of $347 per person
  • Tipping on the ship (est. $15 / day - this is paid onboard the ship with your Ship Account.
  • Shore excursions and incidentals and items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional airline charges for luggage, meals and seat assignments. (est $180 pp round trip)
  • Tipping on the Tours - Plan on $3 per day for Drivers and $5 per day for guides.
  • Incidental and snacks and meals not included in the hotels or while cruising.

 

Initial Deposit of $250 per person for the package.    We have airfare specialists to help coordinate your airfare with the cruise/tour. A monthly payment schedule is provided depending upon your sign-up date. All payments must be completed by 100 days prior to the trip.

 
Travel Insurance is recommended. If you have travel insurance and need to cancel for a covered reason you will receive back
your money less the cost of the insurance.  Otherwise, all money paid in on the trip is non-refundable. 
 
ALL INCLUSIVE PRICING with Air from LAX
 

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THE CRUISE OF A LIFETIME: VENICE-ISRAEL-ATHENS-ROME April 2020

For centuries, romantic Venice has been a favorite of artists and poets, writers and filmmakers.

Indiana Jones loved it. James Bond, too.

So will you. This is where your Mediterranean cruise will begin and end. 

After arriving, you’ll have a couple of days to explore this poetic place. The good thing is, Venice is small enough to be explored by foot or boat in a fairly short time. It’s built on more than a hundred small islands all clustered together in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It really has no roads, only canals, with a “Main Street”—the Grand Canal—running through the middle of it with palaces on either side. No wheels needed, just oars. 

Start at the city's central square: Piazza San Marco. It faces St. Mark’s Basilica, an ancient cathedral covered with Byzantine mosaic tiles. Nearby is the cathedral’s Campanile, a well recognized Venetian landmark. And, it’s just a five-minute walk from where the cruise ship Costa Mediterranea is berthed.

You set sail on the third day to Bari, a port on the heel of the Italian boot.  As you walk on the cobblestones of Bari Vecchia, you’ll be following in the footsteps on conquerers and interlopers of centuries gone by, including the Normans, the Swabians (from southern Germany) and the Greeks. One must-see site is the Romanesque Basilica of Saint Nicholas built on the ruins of the Byzantine Palace, the 12th century cathedral of San Sabino and a dozen little churches of the same period, that all still bear the traces of “visitors” who came, saw and conquered over the centuries.

After a day on the sea, you’ll arrive in Greece, at the port of Piraeus, an extension of Athens. Often called the Birthplace of Democracy, Athens occupies a place on a pedestal–a place in a time; it’s a romantic city on a hill, that peoples around the world have pointed to and said “if only we could be like the Greeks of old…”  From here, the Greeks spread their language, learning and philosophy around the region. The Greeks’ influence on the Western world, its culture and traditions is incalculable. Its place in history is epitomized by the Parthenon and the Acropolis.  As the Greeks know all too well, freedom and democracy are fragile things. A visit to Athens should help impress that upon your mind.

From Athens, we follow backwards the route of the Apostle Paul or the Crusaders and sail to the Holy Land, specifically to HAIFA  where your pilgrimage begins. A likely bus route from Haifa is southward along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea. North of there lies the town of Nazareth, today an Arab city, and the place that the Bible tells us, Jesus (of Nazareth) was raised. Nearby is the town of Cana. To the northeast lies the Sea of Galilee (or the Sea of Kinnereth) and the lakeside town of Tiberius, all popular sites.  The culmination of visiting the Holy Land is your arrival in Jerusalem, where the three great monotheistic religions trace their roots. Likely spots to visit include the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, thought to be where Jesus prayed before his crucifixion, the Western Wall  (Wailing Wall). the Via Dolorosa, believed to trace Jesus’ steps toward the Hill of Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Then, we set sail again for Greece, this time for Crete, the island of myths and legends. Be careful. Keep an eye out for the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull who prowled the labyrinth of King Minos and was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus.  Ancient history is on display here in Heraklion, Knossos, the one-time capital of the Minoan civilization and reportedly Europe’s oldest city and everywhere else on the island. Take notes and take pictures.

The Greek island of Corfù is the next stop on our itinerary. Once a Venetian port, Corfú has been in the crosshairs of Mediterranean empires for millennia; a casual inspection of the island reveals that these sea powers have left their marks on this second-largest of the Ionian islands, which is west of the Greek mainland. It has been called the Grand Lady of the Ionian islands, a place where legends come alive as well as a playground of Europe’s royal dynasties… where old empires left their footprints. Now, you can leave a footprint of your own.

Split, Croatia is next. This port of call is layered in history: the Romans made it the capital of their province of Dalmatia succeeding the Greeks who settled it. Later, it was part of Byzantium, then Split became came under Venetian rule, then the French Republic under Napoleon; after his demise, the Hapsburgs took over until the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire when it was incorporated into Yugoslavia after the defeat of the Nazis. Split’s colorful history is on display in the old city, in the architecture and culture. It’s a smorgasbord all laid out for you.

After returning to Venice, our land tour of Italy begins as we make our way to Florence, for centuries Venice’s rival, as these two powerful city-states vied for influence. Here the art and architecture of the Renaissance are on display, such as the terracotta-tiled Duomo engineered by Brunelleschi, Giotto’s bell tower and the Galleria dell’Accademia that houses Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. 

Then, we march on Rome, witnessing for ourselves the remnants of empire, like the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, and the vestiges of spiritual power at the Vatican, including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums housing masterpieces like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes. That same day, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the new Rome temple and visitors center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Church members may participate in temple ordinances while there.

For 19 days, you’ll have the opportunity to walk where Jesus walked, follow in the footsteps of ancient apostles and march through time from the meridian of time, through the Renaissance and see for yourself the newest “hinge point” of history, as President Nelson has described the dedication of the Rome LDS temple.

This could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We hope you can join us.

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