Sicily, Mediterranean Dreams and Rome |
Sicily, Mediterranean Dreams and Rome
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The Mediterranean is one of the world’s most popular regions for cruise holidays, and this exciting itinerary lets you sample some of the best destinations both with hotel stays and as part of your Royal Caribbean cruise. You’ll start your holiday with five nights on the picturesque island of Sicily, the ideal place to unwind and enjoy a more relaxed pace of life whether you decide to relax or spend your time exploring the beautiful scenery on offer. Then it’s onto Civitavecchia to board your cruise, including calls in Monte Carlo and Barcelona with their famous landmarks and cultures, and the beaches of Palma de Mallorca. Your cruise ends in Rome with a two-night stay, including a breakfast experience in The Vatican with a tour of the museums included

What´s included:

  • Direct return flights from the UK
  • Private overseas transfers
  • 5 night 4-star hotel stay in Sicily
  • Direct flight from Sicily to Rome
  • 7 night full-board cruise
  • 2 night 4-star hotel stay in Rome
  • Breakfast in the Vatican with a tour of the museums

  • 20 May 2018

Price includes all flights, transfers, excursions, luggage allowance etc.

  • 5 night 4-star hotel stay in Sicily
  • FREE Breakfast in the Vatican tour
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Fly direct from the UK to Catania, Sicily
Day 1
Transfer to a 4-star hotel in Giardini Naxos for a five night stay
Giardini Naxos is a seaside resort strung along a wide bay below the famous mountainside resort Taormina on the eastern coast of Sicily. Its setting is picturesque, and although the little town is not particularly elegant or exciting, it's a cheery place in the tourist season, with superb views of Taormina and the Sicilian hills. An archaeological park gives the town some cultural interest.
Fly direct from the UK to Rome and embark Jewel of the Seas®
Day 6
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Civitavecchia is the port for all cruises from Rome – from here you will sail to a number of captivating ports across the Mediterranean.
Cannes / Monte Carlo, France
Day 7
One of the best-known cities of the French Riviera, Cannes is the place to be. A party port, Cannes's marina is packed with flash yachts, flamboyant cars and a shopping scene that's bursting with all the designer names. And, not forgetting, Cannes is the setting for the annual film festival too. Away from all the glamour, you'll discover Le Suquet (the old town). With its cobbled streets, traditional architecture and breath taking views, it seems a world away from the glitziness of the marina. Other places worth a visit include The Tower and Chapel of St Anne House and the Musée de la Castre. And, just half a mile off shore is the island Île Sainte-Marguerite. Famous for its fortress prison, the Man in the Iron Mask was held here. To do a spot of Souvenir shopping, head to the shops in Le Suquet (the old town) - it's the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or two. La Croisette (the ultra-glamorous part of Cannes) has an array of international designer shops. It's a shopaholic's paradise.
Ajaccio, Corsica
Day 8
The capital of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio is a year-round tourist attraction. With charming villages, sparkling blue waters and rugged peaks, Ajaccio is the picture perfect setting. The birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, you'll find statues, monuments and street names dedicated to the military leader - just about everywhere. And, the home in which he was born has since been transformed into a fascinating museum – it's one of Ajaccio's main tourist attractions. Another popular tourist spot is the ‘Fesch Museum', which is renowned for its impressive collection of Italian paintings. Along with beaches for sunbathing and plenty of beautiful countryside for exploring, Ajaccio offers something for everyone. Check out the daily markets in Ajaccio's old town. A selection of pastries, liqueurs and cheeses are usually on offer here.
Barcelona, Spain
Day 9
Barcelona is Spain's largest city and the capital of Catalonia and attracts tourists from all over the world. With a rich history dating back at least 2,000 years, Barcelona is famous for its culture and mesmerising architecture. Many of Barcelona's buildings date from the medieval period - some even older. Labelled ‘Art Nouveau' the architecture present in Barcelona is courtesy of ‘Antoni Gaudi' – the most famous architect in Barcelona. Gaudi's most famous building is probably the ‘La Sagrada Familia Temple', which has been under construction since 1882! A truly magnificent building, it's an absolute must-see when you're in Barcelona. The museums are definitely worth a visit too - the ‘City History Museum' is Barcelona's most famous one. Offering something for everyone, Barcelona also has stunning sandy beaches, outdoor markets, fashionable boutiques, fine restaurants and more. Barcelona's world famous 'Las Ramblas' starts at 'Plaça Catalunya' and ends at Barcelona's harbour. Here you'll discover souvenirs and painters. The shops on 'Las Ramblas' are opened seven days a week. For famous brands like Chanel, Armani or Zara, then visit ‘Plaça Catalunya', ‘Passeig de Gràcia' or ‘Diagonal'.
Palma De Mallorca, Spain
Day 10
The largest of the Balearic Islands, the name Majorca comes from the Latin word ‘insula maior' - which means the ‘larger island'. Renowned for its beautiful white sand and crystal water beaches, Majorca continues to be a firm favourite with nationalities all over the world. The capital of Majorca, Palma, is a popular port of call. Famous for its stunning sunsets, in Palma you'll discover architectural wonders, including the 'Palma Cathedral', which proudly looks over the old town. A striking building, it's most likely to be the first building you'll notice as you enter the harbour. Another Palma highlight is 'Bellver castle'. Constructed in 1300 AD, the castle is also used for cultural activities such as programs of classical music. Palma's locally made handicraft is made from the wood of the olive tree – it's the perfect souvenir. As well as these wooden handicrafts, other popular purchases include leather goods, ceramics, local confectionary and Majorca pearls.
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Day 11
The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is the 'greenest' Italian city. Offering the best of everything (architectural wonders, historic monuments and tranquil lagoons), Cagliari has it all. Inhabited since ancient times, this is a place rich in history. The old part of the city is dominated by a medieval castle and cathedral - protected by walls nearly 1,000 years old. The Church of San Lucifero and the Paleo-christian Basilica of San Saturnino are among the oldest temples in Sardinia - definitely worth a visit. And, after the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was found at the Basilica of San Saturnino, it became considered as the place where miracles happen. If you're after a spot of relaxation, head to one of the sandy white beaches. Poetto is the main beach here – stretching up to 13 kilometres from Sella del Diavolo (the Devil's Saddle) up to the coastline of Quartu Sant'Elena, it's one of the longest beaches in Italy. The main shopping street, Via Roma, is full of shopping arcades. And the shops on 'Via Manu' are definitely worth checking out too. The local gallery situated in ‘Santa Croce' sells the island's traditional handicrafts. Handicrafts can also be bought from ‘San Benedetto'— it's one of the largest covered markets in Europe. Popular purchases in Cagliari include ceramics, wrought iron, paper maché and leather goods.
Day at sea
Day 12
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Day 13
Disembark and transfer to a 4-star hotel for a two night stay
Civitavecchia - which means “Ancient Town” - is located 70 km away from Rome. With charming towns surrounding the port, there are a number of notable sites to be explored in Civitavecchia – and neighbouring Rome. Civitavecchia has its fair share of tourist attractions, such as ‘Forte Michelangelo' which is an iconic building appointed by Julius II to defend Rome. Just an hour away, you'll find Rome. The ultimate holiday destination, Rome is crammed full of history, with layer upon layer of remarkable ruins, early Christian churches, medieval bell towers and Renaissance palaces. The markets in central Rome are the perfect place to purchase souvenirs, crafts and keepsakes. For the most exquisite jewellery, check out ‘Piazza San Silvestro'. Boutique stores such as Prada, Fendi and Gucci can be found at ‘Piazza di Spagna'.
Transfer to the airport for your direct flight to the UK
Day 15
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