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Join us on this fantastic celebration of the cultural riches and natural beauty of the Western Mediterranean as we set sail aboard the Costa Pacifica, a beautiful addition to Italy's premier luxury cruise line.
Our journey is an exotic living mosaic, where every port recalls another magnificent era of castles and fortresses, steaming volcanoes, ancient cultures, exotic art, and architectural treasures and grandeur. We'll visit fascinating ports of call in Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Malta and Sicily, while enjoying the lavish Italian lifestyle aboard our cruise ship.
And lavish is what the Pacifica was built to embody, with a huge, magnificent fitness area on two decks with a swimming pool at its center, three additional swimming pools, two with retractable glass roofs and a state-of-the-art spa that offers every imaginable type of massage.
If you're dreaming of a luxury cruise vacation without compromise, this is one opportunity you can't afford to miss. But hurry and reserve your space before our magnificent Mediterranean dream vacation is all sold out.
|Western Mediterranean Cruise: Italy, Spain, Tunisia & Malta|
|Day||Port of Call||Arrive||Depart|
|2||Civitavecchia, Italy||--||7 pm|
|3||Savona, Italy||8 am||5 pm|
|4||Barcelona, Spain||1:30 pm||7:30 pm|
|5||Palma de Mallorca||7 am||1 pm|
|6||Tunis, Tunisia||2 pm||7:30 pm|
|7||La Valleta, Malta||9:30 am||6 pm|
|8||Catania, Sicily||8 am||1 pm|
|9||Civitavecchia, Italy||8 am||--|
Day 2: Rome. Early afternoon arrival in Rome, vibrant capital of Italy. After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to Civitavecchia to board the Costa Pacifica and begin your weeklong Mediterranean cruise. Costa Pacifica Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 3: Savona (Genoa). With origins dating back to the middle of the Bronze Age, Savona's ancient structures and winding streets are just minutes from the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and is an area rich in culture. Explore on your own, or join an optional shore excursion to Genoa, Liguria's capital and ancient Maritime Republic. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 4: Barcelona. Explore Spain's most exciting, flamboyant and sophisticated city, home to the 1992 Olympics. An optional shore excursion takes you to the Barrio Gotico (old quarter), a 14th century maze of tiny houses, stately palaces and intriguing shops.
See the famous palm tree-lined Plaça Real, hub of Barcelona nightlife, and visit a lively Ramblas café where Catalan voices accompany dancers swaying to the Sardana, or witness the impassioned foot-stamping Flamenco. Marvel at one of the greatest architectural achievements of the 20th century, Gaudí's extravagant Cathedral of Sagrada Família. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 5: Palma de Mallorca. This morning arrive at the sun-splashed port of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in the Balearic Islands. Here, for millennia, the famous and ordinary have found their private paradise in this lovely vacation island off Spain's coast. Wander on your own or join an optional shore excursion including a visit to Palma's Grand Cathedral, harbor and lovely Old Town. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 6: Tunis. This afternoon arrive at Tunis, Tunisia, where whitewashed, blue-shuttered buildings hide a treasure trove of Ottoman art. On an optional shore excursion, inspect illuminated manuscripts from the Koran, follow the twisting lanes and alleys of the old Inner City, and marvel at the ornate Palace of Dar Ben Abdallah and the magnificent Mosque, whose 184 columns were "recycled" from the rocky ruins of Carthage. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 7: La Valletta. Today you'll have an opportunity to visit the fascinating port of La Valletta on the island of Malta, where the Knights of St. John established their headquarters in 1530. An optional shore excursion takes you to St. John's Cathedral, the Grand Master's Palace, the Armory and a hospital, which became the site of a modern East/West Summit in 1989. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 8: Catania, Italy. Located at the base of the active volcano Mount Etna, Catania was founded by the Greeks and then taken over by the Romans. Explore independently or select from optional tours including: Taormina (the most popular Sicilian beach resort), a Jeep tour of Mount Etna, and a tour of historic Catania including Saint Agatha's Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheatre, and other exquisite examples Baroque architecture. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 9: Arrive in Rome. Arrive in Rome this morning. After breakfast, disembark from your cruise and enjoy a full day to explore Rome, the Eternal City. You'll find a treasure trove of ancient ruins, art, music and architecture, religious passion, all juxtaposed against the frenetic pace and cutting edge modern fashion of an ultra-modern European city. Your hotel is ideally located, within short distance of many major attractions, as well as the best shopping and dining. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Rome/USA. Your memorable Mediterranean journey ends as you say arrivederci Roma and transfer independently to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Arrive in the USA later today. Or, continue your stay in Rome by adding a late return and extra nights to your package. Breakfast provided.
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This is the ship for fitness and relaxation. Completely innovative, this floating resort becomes an additional destination on your cruise. What makes it so special? To start with there is a comprehensive wellness center, spanning a total of almost 6,000 m² and featuring a fitness center, Samsara spa, and a specialty restaurant. There are four swimming pools, two with retractable glass roofs. The central pool area also features a large viewing screen for "dive-in" movies by the pool.
Combining the elegance of Italian style with American comforts, the Pacifica offers guests a stunning array of facilities including 13 bars, 5 restaurants, a theater extending over three decks, a casino, disco, and internet cafe. Discover hospitality at its best and toast to a well-deserved vacation with a glass of vino or campari. Savor the quality of Italian culinary classics served in elegant restaurants or meet new friends in stylish lounges.
The Private Veranda Staterooms are approximately 210 sq. ft. and include two lower beds that convert into a queen-sized bed, a private veranda, private bathroom with shower, direct-dial telephone service, minibar, TV, safe, and a hairdryer.
The Costa Pacifica is registered in Italy.
For quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Italy, click here.
For quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Spain, click here.
For quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Tunisa, click here.
For quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Malta, click here.
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No Compromise on Quality: Despite our extraordinary prices, there are no compromises on our Mediterranean Cruises.You'll sail the Mediterranean aboard Italy's premier cruise line, Costa, aboard the Pacifica, inaugurated just last year. In Rome, you'll stay in a First Class, centrally located hotel that is noted for its amenities and service.
Included Features: Your arrival transfer from the airport to your cruise and your re-arrival transfer from the cruise to Rome are included in your tour price, not expensive extras as in other tours. These transfers alone save you more than $100 per person!
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Other dates: These featured sailing dates offer specially negotiated savings on inside, outside and veranda cabins. Other sailing dates may be available, but pricing will depend upon space at the time of booking. If you can’t take advantage of our special travel dates but wish to travel at another time, call us to check the options. We’ll do our very best to accommodate your schedule as well as your budget.
Alternate Gateways: Included flights are from New York (JFK). Departures from other cities at low through fares are available upon request. Please call us at 800-555-5765 to check availability from alternate gateways.
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Gratuities: Tipping is a personal matter, and your own judgment is the best guide. However, for your convenience, Costa will automatically debit your onboard account a modest service charge of 6 euros per person per day. Should you wish to change this amount, you can contact the Guest Relations Desk on board.
Transfers: Transfers for this tour are provided on a group basis only. For land-only passengers or for passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.
[Italian Treasures] was wonderful and we are very pleased that we chose Friendly Planet as our tour provider. Our tour director, Flavio Nicoletti, was top-notch in every way. He was professional, knowledgeable, friendly and fun-loving. He went out of his way on many occasions to ensure that our group had the best possible experience. He arranged wonderful excursions, including an evening at a Tuscan Farmstead which my travel mates and I will always remember as a highlight of our trip. I co-host a radio Morning Show in North Carolina. During the trip I called into the show to report on the trip. Flavio even agreed to join me during the call and go on the air with us! He did a great job! My friends and I now feel that we have a friend in Rome. We are so thankful to Flavio and to Friendly Planet for making our once-in-a-lifetime trip so special and memorable.
— Tamera Rumfelt, Kernersville, NC