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Voyages to Antiquity: Islands and Empires of the Western Mediterranean

Program Number: 21661RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/10/2015 - 6/27/2015;
Duration: 17 nights
Location: Spain/Gibraltar/France/Italy
Price starting at: $6,595.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 41; 16 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

Sun-washed villages peek over rugged sea cliffs. Moorish palaces and Gothic cathedrals stand as reminders of past kingdoms. Island peoples carry on cultures shaped by settlers and invaders through the centuries. Experience these and more intersections of history and beauty on this voyage to Spain, Gibraltar, Corsica and Italy.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day and standing for up to four hours per day. Some uneven terrain, hills and steep stairs without railings at historic sites.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Madrid (Spain), 2 nights; Seville, 2 nights; aboard Aegean Odyssey, 11 nights; Rome (Italy), 1 night.

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

Days 2-3: Arrival Madrid (Spain):

Begin your adventure in Spain’s cosmopolitan capital. Savor two staples of Spanish culture: a tapas dinner and a flamenco show. Lodging: 4-star hotel.

Days 4-6: Train to Seville / embark Aegean Odyssey:

A high-speed train zips you to the Andalusian capital. Experience the imposing Gothic Cathedral and the Moorish Alcázar palace, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Take a field trip to Córdoba to find the Great Mosque-Cathedral and the old Jewish quarter. Lodging: Stylish, centrally located hotel.

Days 7-8: Guadalquivir River / Gibraltar (British Overseas Territory):

Sail down the Guadalquivir and into the Atlantic. Explore the tiny territory famed for the Rock of Gibraltar and its Barbary macaques.

Day 9: Málaga (Spain):

Journey through the countryside to the Alhambra, an opulent palace-fortress built by the Moors. Stroll through its gardens and exquisite interiors.

Days 10-11: At Sea / Majorca:

Learn the history of this isle settled by the Romans, conquered by the Byzantines and occupied by the Moors. Visit the vast Gothic cathedral.

Days 12-13: At Sea / Corsica (France):

Step ashore in the Corsican town of Bonifacio. You may wish to explore the Haute Ville (“upper town”), built on a promontory overlooking the sea.

Day 14: Elba (Italy):

This Tuscan island is best known as Napoleon’s place of exile. Long before, Romans, Etruscans and Carthaginians vied for control of it.

Day 15: Portofino:

Sail along the rugged Ligurian Coast for a look at the five cliff-top villages known as the Cinque Terre. Go ashore to discover picturesque Portofino.

Day 16: Pisa and Florence:

Venture inland to medieval Pisa with its iconic leaning tower. Continue to Florence, the heart of the Italian Renaissance, for a walking excursion.

Days 17-18: Rome / disembark / departure:

By coach and on foot, experience ancient treasures including the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Step into Roman homes that are 1,000 years old. Lodging: Modern, centrally located hotel.

Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium-class ship especially rebuilt for sailing along shallow coastlines, among remote islands and into small, uncrowded harbors that larger ocean liners can’t reach. Public areas include several gourmet restaurants, library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Alexandre Paiva Cardoso

Raised in France, Alex Cardoso is of Portuguese nationality, has lived in New York and London, and is now a resident of Barcelona. He studied Portuguese culture at the Portuguese consulate and languages at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Alex is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese – making him truly multi-cultural and multi-lingual! With 10 years of experience as a Road Scholar Group Leader in Europe, South America and South East Asia, Alex has embraced the Road Scholar mission and loves to share his passion for cross-cultural learning and international exploration. His unflagging good humor and incredible knowledge have made him a favorite of many Road Scholar participants.
Meals and Lodgings
   Meliá Galgos
  Madrid, Spain 2 nights
   Meliá Sevilla
  Seville, Spain 2 nights
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 11 nights
   Hotel Genova
  Rome, Italy 1 night
 Meliá Galgos
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the chic Barrio Salamanca, close to the main Paseo de la Castellana, the Meliá Galgos is a recently renovated 4-star hotel. It is surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants, cafés and shops, and there are two metro stations nearby providing easy access to all areas of the city.
  Contact info: Calle de Claudio Coello, 139
28006 Madrid,   Spain
phone: +34 915 62 66 00
  Room amenities: Each room has a full bathroom with a make-up mirror, toiletries set, and a hairdryer, flat screen television, telephone, pillow menu, safe box, minibar, and complimentary WIFI.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour reception, lobby, bar, two restaurants, fitness center with sauna, hot tub and steam room, small roof terrace, meeting rooms and business facilities with printers (for a fee), complimentary WIFI, and air-conditioning.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Meliá Sevilla
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Seville opposite the Parque de Maria Luisa and Plaza España and very close to the University (Old Tobacco Factory), the Alcazar, the Barrio de Santa Cruz district, the Cathedral and the Archive of the Indies, the new Meliá Sevilla is the perfect choice for your business and leisure trips, thanks to its excellent location in the city centre, its fully equipped and comfortable facilities and the quality of its services.
  Contact info: Dr. Pedro de Castro, 1
Seville 41004,   Spain
phone: +34 95 4421511
  Room amenities: Each room has 24 hour room service, individually controlled air conditioning, luxury bedding, satellite television, telephone, free high speed WiFi Internet, mini bar, laundry service, an iron and ironing board (on request), safe box, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour front desk service, two restaurants and a bar, lobby, free high speed WiFi Internet, laundry service, outdoor pool with poolside bar, spa and gym, and a lounge.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The Aegean Odyssey offers boutique-style cruising at its best. In contrast to the massive vessels cruising to and from major ports, it is a midsized ship adapted for island and coastal cruising. The Aegean Odyssey can visit smaller, less crowded harbors and sail closer to the coast enabling you to really appreciate the magical views.
  Ship Information: Ship’s Tonnage: 11,563 Length: 461 feet Beam: 67 feet Draft: 20.5 feet Cruising Speed: 18 knots Passenger Decks: 7 Stabilizers: 2 Passenger Staterooms/Cabins: 198 Passengers – lower beds: 378 Classification: Lloyd’s Register Society London Ship’s Registration: Malta
  Contact info: Voyages to Antiquity
1800 SE 10th Avenue, Suite 230
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 877-398-1460
  Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a flat screen TV, air-conditioning, and personal safe. Particular importance is placed on the standard of bedding in cabins. Luxury bedding, including fine duvets, covers and sheets, ample soft pillows and quality towels can be expected. Also, shampoo, bath and shower gel, soap, and shower cap are provided. Your cabin steward is always available. Cabins and suites feature outlets with 220 voltage, using the “European” two round pin plug. Hair dryers are provided in your cabin and electric rollers, curling irons, electric shavers and other small appliances can be used in your cabin. For safety reasons, travel irons are not allowed.
  Facility amenities: Dining: Aegean Odyssey offers many dining facilities: The Marco Polo Restaurant is the ship's more formal restaurant, providing casual country-club elegance for lunch or dinner; The Terrace Cafe offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner from the grill or the sumptuous daily buffet. In the evenings, enjoy breathtaking views over dinner at Tapas on the Terrace. *There is a complimentary choice of wine, beer, or soft drinks with your evening meal. There will be a string trio, pianist and casual dancing before and after dinner. You may also wish to partake in afternoon tea, served in the Observation Lounge or enjoy an evening snack and cocktail, available in the Lido and Rendezvous bars. A limited room service menu is available. Special Diets: Please advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. The ship can usually meet most general requests such as those made with an air carrier; however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Services: Library; outdoor pool; spa; health center, saunas, massage and beauty treatment rooms and early morning yoga on the Lido Deck; elevators; beauty salon; medical center; laundry and pressing services (order form and laundry bag is provided in cabin); lecture theater and cinema and on board shop. Internet: The ship has an Internet center (open 24 hours) and WiFi is available in the reception area. Fees begin at 10mb for $20. As a rough guide you could send around 200 standard emails with no attachments for $20. However, if you start adding medium size web standard photographs (not hi res), each one would be about 1.5mb. There are no refunds for unused capacity. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of satellite connectivity on board a ship, the internet connection is slow, erratic and may be unavailable at times.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Genova
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Genova is an elegant and modern structure that was completely renovated in 2008. It is centrally located just a short drive from the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and within walking distance from the Termini Railway Station.
  Contact info: Via Cavour 25
Rome,  00187 Italy
phone: +39 06476951
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, safe box, air conditioning, mini bar, telephone, room service, hair dryer, high speed cable Internet connection (for a fee), and a vanity set (shampoo, soap, shower cap, bath foam).
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, lobby, 24-hour reception, breakfast room, meeting rooms, terrace, air conditioning, laundry services, wireless Internet access in the lobby (for a fee), fax machine and pay phones.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Madrid, Spain. Meet at 5:00 PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Meliá Galgos that night.
  End of Program:
Rome, Italy. The program will end after breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Hotel Genova the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Madrid
  Transportation to site: A taxi from the airport to central Madrid costs 30 Euro. Alternatively, take the Metro Line 8 from the airport to Nuevos Minsterios station. From Nuevos Ministerios, the Meliá Galgos hotel is a 10 minute taxi ride, costing approx. 10 Euros. Tickets can be purchased at the station and cost 5 Euro.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Rome
  Transportation from site: It is a short walk to the Termini central station from which you can take the train Leonardo Express to Fiumicino airport. If you wish to hire a private car (57 Euro for transfers between 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM), you may contact Italian Details at or 011-39-06-89087926.
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: Departures
(Wednesday, June 10)
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight.

Day 2: Welcome
(Thursday, June 11)
 Afternoon: Arrival at Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD). Meet group outside of customs and transfer to the hotel. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM in hotel lobby.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Meliá Galgos
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Madrid, Spain
(Friday, June 12)

Note: If the Royal Palace is closed to the public due to a royal event, a museum visit will be substituted in its place.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Morning panoramic sightseeing visit of Madrid including Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid's chic modern district, the Paseo del Prado, also known as the Triangle of Art, the Plaza de Cibeles and Town Hall, La Gran Vía, Madrid's theatre district, and Almudena Cathedral. Visit the stunning Royal Palace, the largest in Europe by floor area and containing a spectacular collection of artwork, as well as furnishings.
 Lunch: Free time for lunch on your own; perhaps explore local fare in Old Madrid at the San Miguel Market.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an optional walking excursion with your Group Leader to the majestic 17th century Plaza Major with its three-story residences and statue of Felipe III. Next, on to Puerta del Sol, one of the most well known landmarks in Madrid. Originally named for the gate in the city wall that surrounded Madrid in the 15th century, now the city's busiest plaza and the center of the Spanish road system, from which all distances are measured.
 Dinner: Enjoy an introduction to Flamenco with a brief lecture and demonstration followed by a tapas dinner and a Flamenco show.
Accommodations: Meliá Galgos
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Train to Seville, Spain
(Saturday, June 13)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning transfer we transfer to Madrid's Atocha station to board a high-speed train to Seville. The roughly 300 mile journey takes approximately 2 1/2 hours.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel upon arrival.
 Afternoon: Check-in to hotel and enjoy some time for relaxing before heading out with your Group Leader to explore nearby Maria Luisa Park and the impressive Plaza de España, built for the World Expo in 1929, and a fine example of typical Sevillan architecture and incorporating traditional Andalucían ceramic tile.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.
Accommodations: Meliá Sevilla
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Seville, Spain / Córdoba
(Sunday, June 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy the rolling plains of the Andalucían countryside during this morning's transfer to Córdoba. Today's full-day field trip will include the Mezquita, a medieval Islamic mosque that was converted into a Catholic cathedral. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is most notable for its arcaded hypostyle hall, with 856 columns of jasper, onyx, marble and granite. Next, explore Córdoba's Jewish quarter where this population flourished between from the 10th century until their expulsion from Spain in 1492. Its historic synagogue built in Mudéjar style is a memorial to the nearly 500 years of peaceful coexistance of Christians, Jews and Muslims in this city. There will also be time to visit the Alcázar, formerly a Visigoth fortress before falling to Umayyads conquerers and much later – after its expansion – it served as one of the primary residences of Isabel I and Ferdinand II.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Visit Viana Palace, formerly housing nobility and now a National Historic Monument. It is oft referred to as the Museum of the Patios, for its twelve separate 'patios' or garden rooms, each with their own unique design. There will be some free time after this visit for independent exploration of Córdoba before meeting the coach for the transfer back to Seville.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own upon return to Seville.
Accommodations: Meliá Sevilla
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Seville, Spain / embark the Aegean Odyssey
(Monday, June 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Explore Seville's oldest neighborhood, the Barrio Santa Cruz. Meander its labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys that open onto beautiful plazas. During medieval times, this neighborhood was the Jewish quarter and it is home to many of Seville's oldest churches. Visit its cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral – and the third largest church – in the world. In 1898 it became the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. Next, visit the spectacular moorish Alcázar Royal Palace and gardens -- the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. Originally a fort built by the Almohad Dynasty, it is one of the best remaining examples of Mudéjar architecture.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: After lunch, embark the Aegean Odyssey. Meet in the "Observation Lounge" at 5:00 PM for a brief orientation to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Seville, Spain / cruise the Guadalquivir River
(Tuesday, June 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Free time for independent exploration of Seville.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Cruise the Guadalquivir River, the second longest river with its entire length in Spain, en route to Gilbraltar.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Gibraltar
(Wednesday, June 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: During this morning's excursion, explore Gibraltar, a strategically located British colonial outpost of just 2.3 square miles. Its vast limestone ridge often referred to simply as 'The Rock' dominates the city. It was known as the Pillars of Hercules by ancient Greeks and Romans, after the Greek legend of the creation of the Strait of Gibraltar by Heracles. Enjoy a cable car ride to Top Station for views of the Mediterranean Sea. After returning to town, visit Apes' Den for a visit with Gibraltar's most famous residents -- Barbary Apes -- before exploring the Gibraltar Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration in Gibraltar.
 Dinner: Dinner on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Málaga, Spain / Granada
(Thursday, June 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy a coach ride through the Andalucían countryside from the port of Málaga to Granada. Here you will experience the majesty of the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy. Together with the adjoining gardens and orchards of El Generalife, this remarkable site is considered an architectural culmination of Nasrid art undertaken in the 13th and 14th centuries and has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1984.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing excursion around the city of Granada before returning to Málaga.
 Dinner: Dinner on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Midnight departure for Palma. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At sea
(Friday, June 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Stretch your body and mind during early morning yoga.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Take advantage of the ship's well stocked library that has a wide selection of volumes covering classical history, literature, art, architecture, and philosophy. The frequently updated collection also includes an extensive reference section as well as modern and classic novels.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Palma, Majorca
(Saturday, June 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: A morning field trip introduces Palma, the capital of Mallorca, which was founded by the Romans, colonized by the Byzantines and occupied by the Moors for 300 years. The city is famous for La Seu, its vast cathedral originally built on the site of a mosque. Although its construction began in 1229, it did not finish until 1601 and local architect Antoni Gaudí was drafted in during a restoration project in 1901.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to further explore Palma on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At Sea
(Sunday, June 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Find your way to one of the ship's lounges for a conversation with fellow travelers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture as the ship makes its way to Bonifacio.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Bonifacio, Corsica
(Monday, June 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Free time to explore Bonifacio. Perhaps visit the cliff-top Haute Ville (Upper city). The citadel was built in the 9th century with the foundation of the city and is located on a limestone promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to Sardinia -- the view from the town is stunning.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Cruise the Iles Lavezzi & Maddalena Islands characterized by rocky granite terraine and clear blue waters.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Elba, Italy
(Tuesday, June 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Discover the beautiful island of Elba on a guided excursion. Though best known as Napoleon's place of exile after his forced abdication in 1814, the largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago drew the swords of Greeks, Etruscans, and Carthaginians spoiling for dominion of its strategic perch and mineral resources.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time to relax on board or for independent exploration of Elba.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Early evening departure for the Italian Riviera. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Cruising Cinque Terre / Portofino, Italy
(Wednesday, June 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Sail along the rugged Ligurian Coast for a look at the five cliff-top villages known as the Cinque Terre.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Free time in Portofino to stroll along its picturesque harbor and relax at a seaside café.
 Dinner: Dinner on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Late evening departure for Livorno.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Livorno, Italy / Pisa and Florence
(Thursday, June 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: From the port of Livorno, it is a short coach ride to Florence. Explore this fascinating city by beginning in its famous historic center. Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, or simply, the Duomo. From here, continue to Piazza della Signoria, Florence's most impressive square before culminating the morning's walking excursion at Santa Croce, Italy's largest and most famous Franciscan Gothic church.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit Pisa, famous for its leaning tower, but also home to more than 20 other historic churches. Explore its Piazza del Duomo, or Cathedral Square, a medieval complex that includes the Cathedral, its leaning bell tower as well as the baptistry and monumental cemetery.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Early evening departure for Rome. Free time to prepare belongings for disembarkation.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Disembark / Rome, Italy
(Friday, June 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark in Civitavecchia and transfer to Rome. Morning panoramic sightseeing excursion through the fabulous city of Rome.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: During this afternoon's walking excursion, survey the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire as well as the Roman Forum, the center of Roman civic life. Explore the Case Romane del Celio, homes dating from the turn of the millennium.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Genova
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Departures
(Saturday, June 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Rome's Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO) for departures.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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