Joyful Travelers of Jacksonville Mediterranean Cruise
November 4–13, 2006 • Hosted by Rose Menciano & Tess Reyes
Includes airfare, great hotels, transfers & more!
Join us on this fantastic celebration of the cultural riches and natural beauty of the Western Mediterranean as we set sail aboard the Costa Concordia, the newest and largest 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.
Day 2: Arrive Rome. Early afternoon arrival in Rome, vibrant capital of Italy. After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to your hotel in the heart of Rome. Starhotel Metropol
Day 4: 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 the Riviera's most celebrated playground of the rich and famous, Monte Carlo. Explore the old town, called The Rock, with the Prince's Palace, picturesque alleyways, shops Oceanographic Museum, Cathedral and its world-famous casinos and hotels. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 5: 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. Marvel at one of the greatest architectural achievements of the 20th century, Gaudí's extravagant Cathedral of Sagrada Família. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: Palermo. This morning you'll arrive at the Sicilian port city of Palermo, once regarded as Europe's grandest, most beautiful city. Explore the city's fascinating treasures on an optional excursion that includes the Four Corners of Palermo, where each 17th century Spanish Baroque facade is adorned with a statue, the Fontana Pretoria, often called the Fountain of Shame because of its nude Florentine figures, and the famous Norman Cathedral and Capuchin catacombs, among other sites. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 10: Rome/USA. Arrival this morning at Civitavecchia and disembark then transfer to the airport for your flight to the USA. Your memorable Mediterranean journey ends as you arrive in the USA later today. Or, continue your stay in Rome.Breakfast provided.
Mediterranean Cruise Included Features
• Round trip flights from Jacksonville via scheduled wide-bodied jet service
• All ground transportation and all transfers
• Deluxe Western Mediterranean cruise aboard the Concordia cruise ship of Costa Cruises with private bath
• Special discounted upgrades to deluxe outside cabin and deluxe outside cabins with veranda
• 21 bountiful meals including 8 American buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
• Comprehensive optional touring program including entrance fees
• Professional English-speaking tour director and local guides
Tour Prices from Jacksonville
|Single Occupancy:||add $820|
|Airport departure taxes, fuel surcharges and fees:||$290 (not included)|
|Travel Insurance:||$129 (optional)|
Please download the reservation application and fax or mail it to us, together with your $300 per person deposit and $129 per person insurance premium (optional). Fax to: 215-572-9803. Mail to 500 Old York Road, Suite 200, Jenkintown, PA 19046.
For additional information, please contact:
Tel: 904-542-3500 Ext. 8702