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Program #21139RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 25 — Jul 6, 2013

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Day One: Tuesday, June 25 - Depart North America
Depart From: Flights depart from North America

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Massimo d’Azeglio is located in the heart of Rome and it is located really close to the city's most important monuments. The Pantheon, the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, via Veneto, the Forum, the Opera House, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the National Museum of Rome and many other landmarks are within walking distance: a short romantic walk will take you back in time.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Via Cavour, 18
Rome, 00184 Italy
phone: +39 06 4870270
Room amenities: Wi-Fi in all rooms. Where history meets technology The 184 rooms of the Hotel Massimo d’Azeglio are spacious, light and have been recently revamped. With wooden floors, oak classic furniture, high ceilings and large airy windows they offer its guests a “fin de siecle” atmosphere with modern comforts such as air conditioning, mini-bar, safe and Wi-Fi internet connection. Respect for traditions, but aware of innovation Tradition, service, luxury, comfort, attention to detail, but also innovation. These are the main combined features in all the rooms of Hotel Massimo d’Azeglio. There is tradition with innovation All rooms are soundproof and equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, direct dial telephone, minibar, colour TV with international channels, safety deposit box and Wi-Fi internet connection. The charming bathrooms are equipped with bath, shower and hairdryer. In all rooms, free Wi-Fi internet access.

Facility amenities: ROOM SERVICE Treat yourself Room service is available from 6.30 am till midnight. From 6.30 am to 10.30 am you can order breakfast. During the opening hours of the restaurant you can have starters or main courses available on the menu of the day. In addition, throughout the day, you can request drinks, sandwiches or cold dishes such as salads, cold meats and cheeses. FITNESS AREA To feel great away from home A gym equipped with modern equipment awaits you. At the Hotel Mediterraneo you can also book Shiatsu, ayurvedic, anti-stress or relaxation massages, and aromatherapy. Prices start from € 40,00. INTERNET POINT Free Internet In the lobby you will find the Internet point for those wishing to connect to the Internet but do not have a portable PC. A printer is available for short prints, i.e. boarding cards or electronic tickets. Wi-Fi (Totally free internet coverage in all rooms) To surf unlimited free of charge from your room. Wi-Fi is available, free of charge, throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please contact PD for price
Pre-night rooms are available on a first come-first serve basis. Please the contact Program Development department for more information.


Day Two: Wednesday, June 26 - Arrive in Rome, Italy
Arrive To: Arrive in Rome, Italy and transfer to the program hotel.

Afternoon: Program Welcome and Orientation: Review program details with your group leader.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the worlds most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call.

Ship Information: Guest Capacity: 922 Per guest space ratio: 54 Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas Officers: European Captain International Officers International Crew: Countries Represented: 40 European-trained Hotel and Dining Staff American/European Cruise Staff Total Crew: 545 Gross Registered Tons: 51,044 Length: 781 ft. (238.0 m) Width: 99 ft. (30.2 m) Draft: 25 ft. (7.6 m) Cruising Speed: 20 knots Maximum Speed: 21 knots

Contact info:
2049 Century Park East suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com/VoyageDetail.aspx?CID=0219

Room amenities: Staterooms and suites are sanctuaries of refined comfort and style with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, pillow menu, Frette terry cloth robes, Baltic bath linens, wood and padded hangers, and flat-screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics such as Rubelli and Pierre Frey, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, Brown Jordan Mission Teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. Shopping boutiques feature legendary brands such as Hermès, Chanel and St. John, while the Connoisseur Club offers Davidoff, Monte Cristo and other select cigars. Our golfing facilities use only TaylorMade equipment, and our enrichment programming showcases names renowned as the very best in their respective fields: Berlitz, Yamaha, Cleveland Clinic, the Tai Chi Cultural Center, the Society of Wine Educators, and Dell®.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Thursday, June 27 - Rome, Italy / Embark the Crystal Symphony
Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: EXCLUSIVE ROAD SCHOLAR FIELD TRIP: Depart the hotel by coach, for a panoramic overview of Rome. Highlights will include the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain. Transfer to the Port of Civitavecchia, approximately 1 hour northwest of Rome.

Lunch: Lunch will be served enroute at a charming farmhouse approximately 30 mintues from the Port of Civitavecchia.

Afternoon: Embark the Crystal Serenity for 13 nights. Settle into your stateroom and familiarize yourself with the ship.

Dinner: Road Scholar participants are invited to eat as a group every night in the Crystal Dining room. Tables have been reserved for the first dinner seating which begins at 6:15 pm.

Lodging: Crystal Symphony

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the worlds most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call.

Ship Information: Guest Capacity: 922 Per guest space ratio: 54 Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas Officers: European Captain International Officers International Crew: Countries Represented: 40 European-trained Hotel and Dining Staff American/European Cruise Staff Total Crew: 545 Gross Registered Tons: 51,044 Length: 781 ft. (238.0 m) Width: 99 ft. (30.2 m) Draft: 25 ft. (7.6 m) Cruising Speed: 20 knots Maximum Speed: 21 knots

Contact info:
2049 Century Park East suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com/VoyageDetail.aspx?CID=0219

Room amenities: Staterooms and suites are sanctuaries of refined comfort and style with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, pillow menu, Frette terry cloth robes, Baltic bath linens, wood and padded hangers, and flat-screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics such as Rubelli and Pierre Frey, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, Brown Jordan Mission Teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. Shopping boutiques feature legendary brands such as Hermès, Chanel and St. John, while the Connoisseur Club offers Davidoff, Monte Cristo and other select cigars. Our golfing facilities use only TaylorMade equipment, and our enrichment programming showcases names renowned as the very best in their respective fields: Berlitz, Yamaha, Cleveland Clinic, the Tai Chi Cultural Center, the Society of Wine Educators, and Dell®.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, June 28 - Sorrento, Italy
Note: Choose your own shore excursion from a variety offered by Crystal Cruises. Excursions may be booked online up to 6 months prior to the departure date. Please visit www.crystalcruises.com for more information about their shore adventures.

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Explore Sorrento independently by choosing from a variety of shore excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. Excursions will vary in length from a couple of hours to a full day with different activity levels. As your ship approaches the Sorrento Peninsula, delight in craggy cliffs draped with flowing pink blossoms.Renowned for its serene way of life, this romantic port exudes a special magic. Its dramatic bluffs and surrounding flowered hills bid travelers welcome to a town overflowing with charm and character. It is easy to relax in this languid southern Italian atmosphere. The sensational Amalfi Coast and the haunting ruins at Pompeii are among the region's highlights.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Sorrento.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Lodging: Crystal Symphony

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the worlds most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call.

Ship Information: Guest Capacity: 922 Per guest space ratio: 54 Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas Officers: European Captain International Officers International Crew: Countries Represented: 40 European-trained Hotel and Dining Staff American/European Cruise Staff Total Crew: 545 Gross Registered Tons: 51,044 Length: 781 ft. (238.0 m) Width: 99 ft. (30.2 m) Draft: 25 ft. (7.6 m) Cruising Speed: 20 knots Maximum Speed: 21 knots

Contact info:
2049 Century Park East suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com/VoyageDetail.aspx?CID=0219

Room amenities: Staterooms and suites are sanctuaries of refined comfort and style with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, pillow menu, Frette terry cloth robes, Baltic bath linens, wood and padded hangers, and flat-screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics such as Rubelli and Pierre Frey, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, Brown Jordan Mission Teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. Shopping boutiques feature legendary brands such as Hermès, Chanel and St. John, while the Connoisseur Club offers Davidoff, Monte Cristo and other select cigars. Our golfing facilities use only TaylorMade equipment, and our enrichment programming showcases names renowned as the very best in their respective fields: Berlitz, Yamaha, Cleveland Clinic, the Tai Chi Cultural Center, the Society of Wine Educators, and Dell®.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Saturday, June 29 - Sicily / Taormina, Italy
Note: Choose your own shore excursion from a variety offered by Crystal Cruises. Excursions may be booked online up to 6 months prior to the departure date. Please visit www.crystalcruises.com for more information about their shore adventures.

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Explore Taormina independently by choosing from a variety of shore excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. Excursions will vary in length from a couple of hours to a full day with different activity levels. Nature and history have made Sicily a land of striking contrasts. The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily was for centuries the center of the known world. Its unique geographic position made the island vulnerable to attacks by foreigners, while also making it a meeting place of Mediterranean civilizations, a bridge between the East and West. The picturesque little town of Taormina enjoys a beauty comprised of light, color and sea. Taormina has no middle tones, no grays and no muted shades. Lying on a short terrace of the coast and dripping off the shoulders of the enormous Mount Etna, Taormina embodies the essence of Sicily.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Taormina

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Lodging: Crystal Symphony

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the worlds most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call.

Ship Information: Guest Capacity: 922 Per guest space ratio: 54 Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas Officers: European Captain International Officers International Crew: Countries Represented: 40 European-trained Hotel and Dining Staff American/European Cruise Staff Total Crew: 545 Gross Registered Tons: 51,044 Length: 781 ft. (238.0 m) Width: 99 ft. (30.2 m) Draft: 25 ft. (7.6 m) Cruising Speed: 20 knots Maximum Speed: 21 knots

Contact info:
2049 Century Park East suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com/VoyageDetail.aspx?CID=0219

Room amenities: Staterooms and suites are sanctuaries of refined comfort and style with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, pillow menu, Frette terry cloth robes, Baltic bath linens, wood and padded hangers, and flat-screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics such as Rubelli and Pierre Frey, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, Brown Jordan Mission Teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. Shopping boutiques feature legendary brands such as Hermès, Chanel and St. John, while the Connoisseur Club offers Davidoff, Monte Cristo and other select cigars. Our golfing facilities use only TaylorMade equipment, and our enrichment programming showcases names renowned as the very best in their respective fields: Berlitz, Yamaha, Cleveland Clinic, the Tai Chi Cultural Center, the Society of Wine Educators, and Dell®.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Sunday, June 30 - Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Join your group leader for an exclusive presenation on art and culture in the Mediterranean

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: Join your group leader for an exclusive presentation on art and culture in the Mediterranean.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: The ship will be docked in port overnight.

Lodging: Crystal Symphony

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the worlds most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call.

Ship Information: Guest Capacity: 922 Per guest space ratio: 54 Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas Officers: European Captain International Officers International Crew: Countries Represented: 40 European-trained Hotel and Dining Staff American/European Cruise Staff Total Crew: 545 Gross Registered Tons: 51,044 Length: 781 ft. (238.0 m) Width: 99 ft. (30.2 m) Draft: 25 ft. (7.6 m) Cruising Speed: 20 knots Maximum Speed: 21 knots

Contact info:
2049 Century Park East suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com/VoyageDetail.aspx?CID=0219

Room amenities: Staterooms and suites are sanctuaries of refined comfort and style with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, pillow menu, Frette terry cloth robes, Baltic bath linens, wood and padded hangers, and flat-screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics such as Rubelli and Pierre Frey, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, Brown Jordan Mission Teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. Shopping boutiques feature legendary brands such as Hermès, Chanel and St. John, while the Connoisseur Club offers Davidoff, Monte Cristo and other select cigars. Our golfing facilities use only TaylorMade equipment, and our enrichment programming showcases names renowned as the very best in their respective fields: Berlitz, Yamaha, Cleveland Clinic, the Tai Chi Cultural Center, the Society of Wine Educators, and Dell®.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, July 01 - Mykonos, Greece
Note: Choose your own shore excursion from a variety offered by Crystal Cruises. Excursions may be booked online up to 6 months prior to the departure date. Please visit www.crystalcruises.com for more information about their shore adventures.

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Continue to explore Mykonos by choosing from a variety of shore excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. Excursions will vary in length from a couple of hours to a full day with different activity levels. Mykonos, a former 18th-century pirates' bastion, is now a sophisticated and cosmopolitan island resort. This quintessential Greek island offers a maze of winding streets, graceful windmills, inviting beaches, domed churches and whitewashed houses accented in blue. Dotting the waterfront are cafés, taverns and tempting shops. Mykonos is an excellent island to explore on your own. Investigate the local restaurants and cafes, unique shops and boutiques and pleasant, labyrinth of streets.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Mykonos.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Lodging: Crystal Symphony

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the worlds most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call.

Ship Information: Guest Capacity: 922 Per guest space ratio: 54 Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas Officers: European Captain International Officers International Crew: Countries Represented: 40 European-trained Hotel and Dining Staff American/European Cruise Staff Total Crew: 545 Gross Registered Tons: 51,044 Length: 781 ft. (238.0 m) Width: 99 ft. (30.2 m) Draft: 25 ft. (7.6 m) Cruising Speed: 20 knots Maximum Speed: 21 knots

Contact info:
2049 Century Park East suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com/VoyageDetail.aspx?CID=0219

Room amenities: Staterooms and suites are sanctuaries of refined comfort and style with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, pillow menu, Frette terry cloth robes, Baltic bath linens, wood and padded hangers, and flat-screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics such as Rubelli and Pierre Frey, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, Brown Jordan Mission Teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. Shopping boutiques feature legendary brands such as Hermès, Chanel and St. John, while the Connoisseur Club offers Davidoff, Monte Cristo and other select cigars. Our golfing facilities use only TaylorMade equipment, and our enrichment programming showcases names renowned as the very best in their respective fields: Berlitz, Yamaha, Cleveland Clinic, the Tai Chi Cultural Center, the Society of Wine Educators, and Dell®.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, July 02 - Santorini, Greece
Note: Choose your own shore excursion from a variety offered by Crystal Cruises. Excursions may be booked online up to 6 months prior to the departure date. Please visit www.crystalcruises.com for more information about their shore adventures.

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Explore Santorini independently by choosing from a variety of shore excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. Excursions will vary in length from a couple of hours to a full day with different activity levels. Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic. Once an active volcano, it was known as Stongyle, or the Round Island. In about 1500 BC, the volcano erupted with such force that the center of the island literally exploded, leaving the haunting submerged crater into which Crystal sails. The island's small villages were preserved in the ashes and recent excavations have uncovered a fascinating view of everyday life from 3,500 years ago. Santorini's dark landscape offsets its simple, yet refined Cycladic buildings, which glimmer in the sunlight. The rich volcanic soil is ideal for grapes and the local vines produce a cherished crop known for its "special volcanic taste." Thíra, or Fira Town, is laid out along the edge of a cliff that partially forms the rim of the now extinct caldera. A picturesque site, it exudes charm and an atmosphere of leisure that can be attributed to the easy-going Greek lifestyle.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Santorini.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Lodging: Crystal Symphony

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the worlds most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call.

Ship Information: Guest Capacity: 922 Per guest space ratio: 54 Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas Officers: European Captain International Officers International Crew: Countries Represented: 40 European-trained Hotel and Dining Staff American/European Cruise Staff Total Crew: 545 Gross Registered Tons: 51,044 Length: 781 ft. (238.0 m) Width: 99 ft. (30.2 m) Draft: 25 ft. (7.6 m) Cruising Speed: 20 knots Maximum Speed: 21 knots

Contact info:
2049 Century Park East suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com/VoyageDetail.aspx?CID=0219

Room amenities: Staterooms and suites are sanctuaries of refined comfort and style with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, pillow menu, Frette terry cloth robes, Baltic bath linens, wood and padded hangers, and flat-screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics such as Rubelli and Pierre Frey, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, Brown Jordan Mission Teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. Shopping boutiques feature legendary brands such as Hermès, Chanel and St. John, while the Connoisseur Club offers Davidoff, Monte Cristo and other select cigars. Our golfing facilities use only TaylorMade equipment, and our enrichment programming showcases names renowned as the very best in their respective fields: Berlitz, Yamaha, Cleveland Clinic, the Tai Chi Cultural Center, the Society of Wine Educators, and Dell®.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Wednesday, July 03 - Kusadasi, Turkey
Note: Choose your own shore excursion from a variety offered by Crystal Cruises. Excursions may be booked online up to 6 months prior to the departure date. Please visit www.crystalcruises.com for more information about their shore adventures.

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Explore Kusadasi independently by choosing from a variety of shore excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. Excursions will vary in length from a couple of hours to a full day with different activity levels. A lovely seaside resort on Turkey's Aegean coast, Kusadasi [koo-SHAH-duh-see] is renowned for its inviting sparkling waters, broad sandy beaches and large marina. The shops in town are filled with designer clothing, carpets, jewelry and leather goods. South, along the Aegean coast, the ancient Greco-Roman cities of Priene, Miletus and Didyma furnish impressions of the sophisticated civilizations that once thrived here. Kusadasi is perhaps best known as the gateway to the archaeological site of Ephesus, one of the world's greatest archaic finds. Excavations continue in the 4,000-year-old city and it is believed that more than half of it still remains buried in the hillside. Its marble streets are lined with architectural masterpieces. The city played a significant role in the life of the Apostle Paul, who wrote an epistle to its people.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Continue indepdendent exploration of Kusadasi

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: The ship will be docked in port overnight.

Lodging: Crystal Symphony

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the worlds most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call.

Ship Information: Guest Capacity: 922 Per guest space ratio: 54 Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas Officers: European Captain International Officers International Crew: Countries Represented: 40 European-trained Hotel and Dining Staff American/European Cruise Staff Total Crew: 545 Gross Registered Tons: 51,044 Length: 781 ft. (238.0 m) Width: 99 ft. (30.2 m) Draft: 25 ft. (7.6 m) Cruising Speed: 20 knots Maximum Speed: 21 knots

Contact info:
2049 Century Park East suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com/VoyageDetail.aspx?CID=0219

Room amenities: Staterooms and suites are sanctuaries of refined comfort and style with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, pillow menu, Frette terry cloth robes, Baltic bath linens, wood and padded hangers, and flat-screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics such as Rubelli and Pierre Frey, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, Brown Jordan Mission Teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. Shopping boutiques feature legendary brands such as Hermès, Chanel and St. John, while the Connoisseur Club offers Davidoff, Monte Cristo and other select cigars. Our golfing facilities use only TaylorMade equipment, and our enrichment programming showcases names renowned as the very best in their respective fields: Berlitz, Yamaha, Cleveland Clinic, the Tai Chi Cultural Center, the Society of Wine Educators, and Dell®.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Thursday, July 04 - Cruising the Dardanelles
Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Join your group leader for an exclusive presenation on art and culture in the Mediterranean.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: Join your group leader for an exclusive presenation on art and culture in the Mediterranean.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Lodging: Crystal Symphony

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the worlds most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call.

Ship Information: Guest Capacity: 922 Per guest space ratio: 54 Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas Officers: European Captain International Officers International Crew: Countries Represented: 40 European-trained Hotel and Dining Staff American/European Cruise Staff Total Crew: 545 Gross Registered Tons: 51,044 Length: 781 ft. (238.0 m) Width: 99 ft. (30.2 m) Draft: 25 ft. (7.6 m) Cruising Speed: 20 knots Maximum Speed: 21 knots

Contact info:
2049 Century Park East suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com/VoyageDetail.aspx?CID=0219

Room amenities: Staterooms and suites are sanctuaries of refined comfort and style with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, pillow menu, Frette terry cloth robes, Baltic bath linens, wood and padded hangers, and flat-screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics such as Rubelli and Pierre Frey, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, Brown Jordan Mission Teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. Shopping boutiques feature legendary brands such as Hermès, Chanel and St. John, while the Connoisseur Club offers Davidoff, Monte Cristo and other select cigars. Our golfing facilities use only TaylorMade equipment, and our enrichment programming showcases names renowned as the very best in their respective fields: Berlitz, Yamaha, Cleveland Clinic, the Tai Chi Cultural Center, the Society of Wine Educators, and Dell®.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Friday, July 05 - Istanbul Turkey
Note: Today's excursion has been arranged by Road Scholar and is included in your program price. Please do not book a Crystal Shore adventure today.

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: EXCLUSIVE ROAD SCHOLAR EXCURSION: Discovery Istanbul. Topkapi Palace -- The great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th century to the 19th century. Today, it is one of the richest museums of the world housing the treasury of the Ottoman Royal Family. Blue Mosque -- Sultan Ahmet Mosque is also known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue Iznik tiles. Visits to the Roman Hippodrome and Grand Covered Bazaar.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Istanbul

Afternoon: Continue your exclusive Road Scholar field trip in Istanbul, with some free time at the Bazaar before returning to the ship.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Lodging: Crystal Symphony

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Saturday, July 06 - Istanbul / Disembark
Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the Istanbul airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
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