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Mediterranean Mezes: Italy, Greek Isles and Turkey

Program Number: 21139RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/25/2013 - 7/6/2013;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Italy/Turkey/Greece
Price starting at: $6,375.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 29; 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Revel in many meze-like “small tastes” of the Mediterranean: volcanic islands, historic ports, ancient ruins and, of course, magnificent meals.




Activity Particulars

Must be able to handle your own luggage, get on and off a motorcoach, walk a few blocks and climb a few stairs.



Programs with Crystal Cruises are designed for the independent traveler. These programs offer a lower activity level and the ability to choose your own shore excursion based on your preferences and physical ability. Road Scholar will provide one exclusive shore excursion and private onboard lectures with our own Study Leader.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Rome (Italy), 1 night; aboard Crystal Symphony, 9 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-3: Arrival Rome (Italy) / embark Crystal Symphony:

An expert-led city excursion includes the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain. Enjoy lunch at a charming farmhouse en route to the ship. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Day 4: Sorrento:

As you approach the Sorrento Peninsula, delight in cliffs draped in pink blossoms. Explore the charming town of Sorrento on an excursion of your choice.



Day 5: Sicily:

Go ashore in Taormina on the east coast of Sicily, an island where, throughout history, cultures have met and mixed in the shadow of Mount Etna.



Days 6-7: At Sea / Mykonos (Greece):

Discover this quintessential Greek island’s winding streets, graceful windmills and domed churches.



Day 8: Santorini:

Experience this dramatic volcanic island where whitewashed houses with bright blue roofs glitter in the sunlight.



Day 9: Kusadasi (Turkey):

Choose a shore excursion exploring Kusadasi, a lovely resort on the Aegean coast, or the magnificent ruins of ancient Ephesus.



Days 10-12: At Sea / Istanbul / disembark / departure:

Sail through the Dardanelles to Istanbul. On an exclusive Road Scholar excursion, step inside Topkapi Palace, seat of the Ottoman Sultans, and the magnificent Sultan Ahmed (or “Blue”) Mosque.



Crystal Symphony

This sleek 781-foot ocean liner is one of the most spacious at sea. It accommodates 940 passengers for whom it provides a spa, fitness facility, two pools, Jacuzzis and inspired dining options, including a restaurant, café and outdoor grill. Complimentary fine wines and premium spirits are available to you throughout the voyage.


Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio
  Rome, Italy 1 night
   Crystal Symphony
  At Sea, At Sea 9 nights
 Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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.

 Crystal Symphony
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 Hermčs, 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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: NA 


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins in the late afternoon on Day 2 in Rome, Italy with a welcome orientation at the program hotel. You will be staying at Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends in the morning following breakfast on board the ship in Istanbul, Turkey You will be staying at Crystal Symphony the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT INFORMATION** All participants must register online with Crystal Cruises. To register go to checkin.crystalcruises.com to access the Priority Check-in and Planning Center. To log in, you need type in your first/last names as they appear on your passport and your booking number (which appears on your cruise confirmation or can be obtained from Road Scholar). You will need to enter your contact and passport information in order to register. Once registered you will be able to book excursions and on-board activities (such as specialty dining, spa appointments, etc). If you did not recieve a booking number, please call us at 1.866.359.5966. For more information on using the Priority Check-in & Planning Center please see the attachment at the end of this booklet. Proof of citizenship is required for ALL guests. For full information regarding traveling with Crystal Cruises, we recommend visiting the Crystal Cruise website at: www.crystalcruises.com and refer to the "Cruise Guidebook"
  Parking availability:
Driving to program site is not possible.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rome
  Nearest airport:  Rome International Airport - Fiumicino
  Transportation to site: Transfers will be provided from the Rome Airport to the program hotel for all participants who arrange their air travel through Road Scholar, and are arriving on Day 2 of the program. There will be one designated group transfer, which Program Only Participants (POPS) may join if the flight times coincide with your arrival flights. The group transfer time will be confirmed in your final program materials sent approximately 5 weeks prior to the program. We recommend that all participants arrive by 3:00 pm in order to make it to the ship in time for the program orientation.
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Sea
  Transportation from site: There will be one departure transfer from the Istanbul cruise port on the morning of Day 12. Participants who arranged their airfare through Road Scholar Travel Services and who are departing on the group date will be provided with a transfer from the ship to the airport in Istanbul. Independent travelers may join the group transfer or take a taxi. We do not recommend booking flights that depart before 12:00 pm. The group transfer time will be confirmed in your final program materials sent approximately 5 weeks prior to the program.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart North America
(Tuesday, June 25)
   
 Depart From: Flights depart from North America

Day 2: Arrive in Rome, Italy
(Wednesday, June 26)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Rome, Italy / Embark the Crystal Symphony
(Thursday, June 27)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sorrento, Italy
(Friday, June 28)

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.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sicily / Taormina, Italy
(Saturday, June 29)

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.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
(Sunday, June 30)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Mykonos, Greece
(Monday, July 1)

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.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Santorini, Greece
(Tuesday, July 2)

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.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Kusadasi, Turkey
(Wednesday, July 3)

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.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Cruising the Dardanelles
(Thursday, July 4)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Istanbul Turkey
(Friday, July 5)

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.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Istanbul / Disembark
(Saturday, July 6)
   
 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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