ROME - GREECE - ISRAEL - ROME. (Option to Warsaw, Krakow, Prague and 14 night cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam )
Fully escorted from Auckland
21 days/17 nights accommodated from just $10,750 ex Auckland
Premium Economy and Business Class long haul travel options.
ANCIENT EMPIRES 2018
21 Days. 26 September - October 16, 2018
FLY FREE TO EUROPE DEPOSIT ($2,500 per person) PAID BY 30 SEPTEMBER, 2017.
Just $9,000 per person share twin Oceanview Cabin
Day 1. Wednesday 26 September, 2018 AUCKLAND DEPART
Depart Auckland today
Day 2. Thursday 27 September
ROME ARRIVE (D)
Arrive Rome and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax
Day 3. Friday 28 September. ROME (BD)
Enjoy the day sightseeing in ancient Rome including St Peters Square, Vatican City and Museum, Sistine Chapel, Tiber, and Trevi Fountain.
Day 4. Saturday 29 September ROME (BD) Continue our sightseeing including the Colliseum, Forum, and San Calisto Catacombs.
Day 5. Sunday 30 September ROME DEPART (BD) Free morning to explore as you wish.
Early afternoon we transfer to Civitavecchia and join Holland America Line charming smaller ship “Prinsendam” Sail at 7pm. (38,100 tons. 835 guests)
Day 6. Monday 01 October. AT SEA (BLD)
A free day to relax and enjoy the facilities of your ship. Optional introduction to 5,000 years of history we will be experiencing!
Day 7. Tuesday 02 October OLYMPIA (BLD)
Arrive Katakolon 8am – sail 5pm
Included excursion to ancient Olympia, original home of the Olympic Games first held in 776 BC and was a sacred precinct of the god Zeus, whose temple once housed one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We visit the ancient stadium and temples before returning to our ship.
Day 8. Wednesday 03 October NAFPLION, GREECE (BLD) Arrive Nafplion 8am – sail 5pm
Included excursion to ancient Corinth. Walk the ancient streets and see the Agora where Paul taught and other remains from ancient times and explore the imposing ruins of Mycenae, the ancient city Homer called 'a city rich in gold'. Enter the city by the Lions Gate and visit Agamemnons Royal Palace.
Day 9. Thursday 04 October. ATHENS (BD)
Arrive Piraeus 7am – depart 5pm
Our included excursion includes a climb to the Acropolis and visit the Parthenon, nearby Mars Hill, and pass by the Tomb of the unknown soldier, Parliament House, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch before returning to the ship.
Day 10. Friday 05 October. AT SEA (BLD)
A free day to relax, enjoy the facilities of your ship and get ready for Israel
Day 11. Saturday 06 October HAIFA–GALILEE–JERUSALEM (BLD)
Arrive Haifa 8am. We disembark after breakfast and drive across the Valley of Jezreel, past ancient Megiddo, to Nazareth passing the Church of the Annunciation and visiting the ancient Israel Village presenting life in Israel as it was at the time of Jesus Christ. Then on to Galilee to the Mt of Beatitudes where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount, Tabgha the traditional site where Jesus performed the miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, and Capernaum to visit the Synagogue where Jesus taught, and Peter's House. Lunch on the shores of the Sea of Galilee on fish from Galilee and enjoy a cruise on the Lake. Late afternoon we drive down the Jordan Valley to ancient Jerusalem, holiest city in the world and drive around the outside of the old city to see the lights. Overnight at a hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 12. Sunday 07 October. JERUSALEM - HAIFA (BLD) Drive to the Mt of Olives for a magnificent view over the city including the Kidron Valley, Golden Gate, and Temple Mount. Walk through the Garden of Gethsemane and pause for reflection, and visit the Church of All Nations. We enter the old city through the Zion Gate through the Jewish Quarter to visit the 2nd century Cardo and remains of the walls of the 2nd Temple. We walk through the bazaar to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or Temple Mount for a visit and see the last 5 stations of the Via Dolorosa and continue our walk through the Christian Quarter to exit at the Jaffa Gate. Visit the Garden Tomb and Caiaphas Palace. If there is time we will also visit the Shepherds fields near Bethlehem before returning to our ship. Sail from Haifa at 11pm.
Note: Sightseeing in Jerusalem is limited by time. If you have been before or have particular places you want to see we will try and accommodate you,Options can include Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Israel Museum and model of old Jerusalem, and other sites.
Day 13. Monday 08 October AT SEA (BLD)
A day to relax, reflect, recuperate, and enjoy the service on board
Day 14. Tuesday 09 October RHODES (BLD)
Arrive 8am – sail 6pm
Our included tour today will take us some 50km along the coast to the town of Lindos to climb some 250 steps to the Acropolis (or hire a donkey to take you part way up – own expense) for a panoramic view including St Paul's Bay where the Apostle Paul arrived in AD51. See where the Colossus of Rhodes spanned the harbour and the 4th century BC Doric Temple of Athena. Stroll through the narrow streets and enjoy lunch in the old town before visiting the Palace of the Grand Masters for a visit. See the colourful marble and superb Mosaics and walk through the Street of the Knights, with its medieval Buildings, towers, and emblazoned facades. Some free time to explore on your own before returning to “Prinsendam”
(Today involves considerable walking on ancient uneven steps and streets. Comfortable walking shoes are a must)
Day 15. Wednesday 10 October HERAKLION-CRETE. Greece (BLD)
Arrive 8am - Sail 5pm.
Included excursion to the Palace of Knossos, centre of the Minoan Civilisation.
Day 16. Thursday 11 October AT SEA. (BLD)
Another day to relax, reflect, and enjoy the service on board.
Day 17. Friday 12 October. MESSINA (Sicily, Italy) (BLD)
Arrive 8am – sail 5pm
Optional tours arranged by Holland America – full details on their website.
CASTELMOLA AND TAORMINA. Taormina was founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC and subsequently occupied by the Romans. It is now one of Sicily's most impressive resorts with many of its old areas only available by foot. Stroll through the old city and see the Greco Roman theatre before visiting Castelmola where lunch is included. Uphill walking required....... 7 hours..... USD 199.95
CLASSIC MESSINA Orientation drive through Messina. Visit the Cathedral treasury and square..... 4 hours.... USD 79.95.
Day 18. Saturday 13 October. NAPLES, Italy. (BLD)
Arrive 8am – sail 6pm. Naples enjoys a magnificent setting under Mount Vesuvias and the day is free to explore it.
Optional tours arranged by Holland America – full details on their website.
INSIDERS POMPEII AND NAPLES ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM . Visit the amazing ruins of ancient Pompeii with a professional guide to explore the city that was frozen in time when Mt Vesuvias erupted in AD79. Visit some of the homes, baths, temples, and theatres. Also visit the Archaeological museum of Naples...... 7 hours..... USD 149.95
SORRENTO AND POMPEII. Visit beautiful Sorrento,and lunch then explore the ruins of Pompeii ..... 8 hours... USD 159.95
CRUISE TO THE ISLAND OF CAPRI .... 8 hours.... USD 189.95
Day 19. Sunday 14 October. ROME DEPART (B)
Arrival at Civitavecchia is scheduled for 7am. We disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Day 20. Monday 15 October. EN ROUTE
Day 21. Tuesday 16 October. AUCKLAND ARRIVE
Arrive Auckland today
Tour cost per person share twin room/cabin
Oceanview Cabin $10,750
Verandah Cabin $12,,320
Upgrade to Premium Economy air fares Add $2,000 per person
Upgrade to Business Class Add $5,000 per person
Tour cost includes
** Return economy class fares to Rome
** 3 nights in Rome with 2 days sightseeing and transfers
** 14 night cruise aboard " PRINSENDAM" from Rome to Rome (Civitavecchia) including all meals and entertainment).
** Tours to Olympia, Corinth, and Athens in Greece
** Two day tour to Galilee and and Jerusalem
** One day tour in Rhodes and tour in Crete
** Services of tour escort from Auckland.
** Travel Insurance – essential
** Personal expenses
** Wines with meals
** Tips – allow USD400