Friday, November 27  - DEPART UNITED STATES

Depart your hometown and take an overnight flight across the Atlantic. Enjoy in-flight entertainment and meal service as you travel to start your vacation.

Saturday, November 28 - ROME ARRIVAL

After landing at Rome Airport, complete customs and immigration formalities. Your CIE Guide will welcome you to Italy and escort you and your luggage to the coach. Transfer to your hotel and check-in. Once you settle into your room enjoy the balance of the afternoon free to shop, sightsee before an independent dinner.

Sunday, November 29 - VATICAN MUSEUM & SISTINE CHAPEL

Today, tour the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, where out of respect for its sacredness, the Vatican has requested silence during your visit. While here, you will see magnificent sculptures, Maps Gallery and the Hall of Tapestries. The tour ends in the Sistine Chapel, where you can view Michelangelo's Creation and the famous Last Judgment. Next, visit the massive St. Peter's Basilica, which is the largest church in Christendom and can hold up to 60,000 people. Tradition maintains that Saint Peter's tomb is below the altar. Then you are free for individual pursuits and dining.

Monday, November 30 - COLOSSEUM & CATACOMBS

This morning, visit the Colosseum, where fit gladiators often fought in action-packed shows and early Christians were sometimes martyred. The Colosseum had the ability to hold up to 50,000 spectators and is considered to be one of the great architectural achievements of Ancient Rome. Then visit a section of the Catacombs of Rome, which is not only an underground maze of tunnels but also the final resting places of mainly non-pagan Roman citizens as early as the 2nd century. The catacombs are primarily known for displays of early Christian art but they also offer an interesting look at Christian and Jewish burial practices. After your visit, you are free to explore Rome on your own before an independent dinner.

Tuesday, December 1 - ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY

Endless adventures await in Rome. With two and a half thousand years of history, art, and culture, it is no wonder Rome is one of the most visited cities on the planet. Gaze at the masterpieces of the Vatican or walk into the past with visits to ancient relics, historic monuments, and legendary museums. Or people-watch while sipping on an espresso in a quaint cafe.

Wednesday, December 2 - MONTE CARLO, MONACO

The world's second-smallest country is big on glitz and glamour. Perhaps best known for its breathtaking casino and headline-making royal family, Monte Carlo is all manicured streets, impressive palaces, and lush city parks. Come see how the rich and famous live and play.

Thursday, December 3 - FLORENCE/PISA (LIVORNO), ITALY

How lucky to visit the Tuscan region, Florence & Pisa, resplendent in art and history. What's even more fortunate is that all the main attractions in Florence are centrally located for the perfect walking tour. See Santa Croce, Piazza del Duomo and Michelangelo's David.

Friday, December 4 - NAPLES, ITALY

Cruise to Naples, located in Italy's stunning Amalfi coast, a city rich in history. A tour around Naples' grand piazzas, cathedrals, and castles in the old center will take you back centuries. Pompeii is not too far either, a dashing city which boasts diverse cultural offerings and charming streets.

Saturday, December 5 - VALLETTA, MALTA

Although somewhat scarred by World War II, Valletta prides itself on its magnificent Baroque palaces, piazzas, gardens, and churches. The Magisterial Palace, built between 1571 and 1574, now houses the Maltese Parliament and offices of the President of Malta.

Sunday, December 6 - AT SEA

Monday, December 7 - ATHENS, GREECE

This is the cradle of civilization, the oldest city in Europe. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, but it is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine, and shopping.

Tuesday, December 8 - KUSADASI, TURKEY

Take a journey into the past in richly historic Ephesus. Once an ancient Greek city, Kusadasi was known for the famed Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built, destroyed, and rebuilt again through several notably historical periods, Ephesus boasts abounding ruins and archaeological excavation sites. View what remains of the Roman Library of Celsus, the Gate of Augustus, the Tomb of John the Apostle, and the Basilica of St. Joh, among several other ancient remnants.

Wednesday, December 9 - ISTANBUL, TURKEY (OVERNIGHT)
Thursday, December 10 - ISTANBUL, TURKEY

There's a new aura of excitement in Istanbul these days, as this center of the Ottoman empire has become one of the world's focal points for art, fashion, haute cuisine and nightlife. Of course, there's always an abundance of ancient monuments and grand mosques with stunning frescoes to see here, like the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Head to any park and you'll see why tulips have long been the symbol of this city.

Friday, December 11 - AT SEA

Saturday, December 12 - RHODES, GREECE

This Greek island just off the coast of Turkey exudes beauty and history. Take a walking tour of the old fortified city and stand in awe of the impressive Grand Master's Palace. See where the Colossus of Rhodes, a onetime Wonder of the World, once stood and savor the charm of this remarkable walled town. Along the scenic coast lies the whitewashed town of Lindos with its ancient acropolis and stunning views.

Sunday, December 13- LIMASSOL, CYPRUS

A strategic garrison for Richard the Lionhearted during the Third Crusade, Limassol provides many archaeological sites, as well as an array of contemporary designer shops for exploring. The island of Cyprus is also home to two ancient kingdoms - Kourion and Amathus.

Monday, December 14 - ASHDOD, ISRAEL

Dating back to 17th-century BC, Ashdod is one of the most ancient cities in the world. It's almost hard to believe when looking at today's modern port with its wide boulevards and meticulous planning. Don't miss the Ashdod Art Museum, Corinne Maman Museum, Beit Guvrin National Park and the pastoral setting of Tel Lachish.

Tuesday, December 15 - HAIFA, ISRAEL (OVERNIGHT)
Wednesday, December 16 - HAIFA, ISRAEL

Considered one of the Middle East's most picturesque cities, Haifa offers incredible sights everywhere you turn. It is also close to holy sites - travel to Galilee, Nazareth or Jerusalem. The views from Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel, the largest hanging gardens in the world, are incredible and make for a superb picture spot. Peruse the boutiques on Massada Street or go to the artists' village of Ein Hod for hand-blown glass and crafts.

Thursday, December 17 - AT SEA

Friday, December 18 - AT SEA

Saturday, December 19 - ROME, ITALY

Endless adventures await in Rome. With two and a half thousand years of history, art, and culture, it is no wonder Rome is one of the most visited cities on the planet. Gaze at the masterpieces of the Vatican or walk into the past with visits to ancient relics, historic monuments, and legendary museums. Or people-watch while sipping on an espresso in a quaint cafe.