MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE (ITALY france and spain) on Celebrity Cruise Line’s new ship “Apex”: June 24 - July 4, 2020 "following Paul’s ministry" (Program #200601)

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Packages starting at $3990.00

(See Program Conditions for details and full price list)

Our Itinerary:

Day One.  Wednesday, June 24, 2020: Depart USA.

Please book your air so you are scheduled to arrive no later than 9:45 AM at FCO on June 25, 2020. If you need help, contact Joan at 614-436-9343. If you are able to arrive a day before the program begins (so you have time to get over jetlag), it will make a huge different in your comprehension. Contact a Travel Consultant in our office and we will do our best to help you find a hotel with a shuttle near the airport. Call our office at 863-382-9603 or email ctsp@studytrip.info for more details.

Day Two. Thursday, June 25, 2020: Stepping into Paul’s World

Flights should plan to arrive no later than 9:45 AM into Leonardo da Vinci Airport, as our group bus will pick up arriving participants. After our transfer to the hotel to drop our luggage, we will visit nearby Ostia Antica for a walking tour in the ancient ruins. Carefully examining the excavated areas, we will look at the key features of Roman identity and begin to “settle in” to what a Roman in “class-layered society” experienced daily at the time of the New Testament. Walking ancient streets and peering into ancient homes, shops and communal areas, we will begin to embrace the magnitude of reaching that world in the first century.  Overnight: Universo Plus Rome. (D)

Day Three. Friday, June 26, 2020: How Paul passed the Torch of Ministry.

Today we visit Rome to look at Paul’s visits and criminal defense before Nero. We will explore the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and a visit to Osteria Romana in the region of St. Paul alla Regola, near where Paul likely stayed during the writing of his so-called “prison epistles.” Later, we will make our way to the place that recalls Paul’s execution while considering his words to Timothy. We also want to see some of the physical evidence in the progress of the Gospel in the early centuries at the Catacombs. Overnight: Rome. (B)

Day Four. Saturday, June 27, 2020: The Gospel in Art.

Today we will look at St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel to discern how the Gospel affected the world in western artistic traditions. In the afternoon, we will transfer to the ship at Civitavecchia for our cruise departure. Overnight: On ship (B,D)

Day Five. Sunday, June 28, 2020: The Bay of Naples - Uncovering the Biblical Past.

 Most of what we know about the Roman period was derived from the excavations of seven sites around the Bay of Naples that were all destroyed about twelve years after Paul’s last visit to the region by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Today we will visit Herculaneum and Pompeii. (B,D)

Day Six. Monday, June 29, 2020: At Sea – A Study of Paul’s Epistles

While at Sea today along the Tyrrhenian Coast of Italy, we will use our time on board for Bible study in the writings of the Apostle Paul. Stay tuned for the specific topics!

The following descriptions are from Celebrity.com website:

Days Seven. Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Florence, Pisa, La Spezia

La Spezia, which lies between Genoa and Pisa, and is just minutes to the east of Cinque Terre-the five fishing ports that enjoy National Park status-is home to the Palio del Golfo, an annual boat race that sees the Gulf of Poets; 13 historic villages face off against one another in celebration of the annual Festa del Mare. The town also offers fantastic shopping opportunities, as well as plenty of trattorias to enjoy local, Ligurian cuisine.

Day Eight. Wednesday, July 1, 2020: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco means yachts, roulette wheels and ocean views — the epitome of Mediterranean class and opulence. Cruise to Monaco to play a round of blackjack at the famous Monte Carlo Casino, and while you're there, check out its delightfully over-the-top Beaux Arts exterior and its lavish marble atrium. Pay a visit to the Palais du Prince, the 13th-century fortress where the Principality's current royal family resides. Want to spend your time in Monaco outdoors? Do some sunbathing at Larvotto Beach — the golden sands of this urban beach are just a short walk from the upscale shops of Avenue Princess Grace.

Day Nine. Thursday, July 2, 2020: Cannes, France.

Cannes, France- With long boardwalks, massive yachts anchored in the harbor, and sunny plazas, Cannes personifies the charismatic French Riviera. Its balmy climate, deep blue Mediterranean waters, and views of the magnificent Alps in the distance, have made this city an alluring retreat for wealthy aristocrats since the mid-1800s. Today, the once small fishing village is world-renowned for its annual film festival and luxurious shopping.

This unequivocal playground for the rich is the perfect locale to splurge and pamper yourself accordingly on your French Riviera cruise. And as you stroll the palm-shaded Promenade de la Croisette, you’ll find a wealth of boutiques filled with gorgeous haute couture and deluxe garments for fabulous keepsakes and souvenirs. A short distance away from the promenade you can pick up a few provisions at the Marché Forville, a great indoor food market with a fine selection of the freshest oysters, French cheeses, bread, olives, and much more for a ravishing lunch on the beach. Afterward, hop a ferry to both Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat Islands for some light hiking or visit Fort Royal where the story of the Man in the Iron Mask originated.

Day Ten. Friday, July 3, 2020: Palma De Mallorca, Spain.

This island enclave is often described as a mini-Barcelona, with a Gothic feel that has overtaken centuries of Roman and Moorish culture. Visit El Baluard, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, which was built on the site of the remnants of the 16th century Bastio de Sant Pere, or shop for bargain pearls at the city's many jewelers.

Day Eleven. Saturday, July 4, 2020: Barcelona, Spain.

Formerly a sleepy Spanish city, Barcelona has recently been reborn as an eclectic fusion of the modern and medieval. This coastal city exudes European charm and welcomes multitudes of travelers every year. It’s a major destination with must-see architectural gems that date back some 2,000 years. You’ll encounter fascinating examples from the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages, the Modern masters like Gaudî, and many Cataluñian greats. Outstanding art museums can be found throughout the city, proudly displaying the works of world-renowned artists and countrymen, including Goya, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalî, and Joan Miró. For a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city center, venture to the awaiting Mediterranean Sea and all the seaside has to offer. Maybe a brisk hike in the nearby forest covered Collserola Hills or the hilltop in Montjuïc with its botanical gardens is the perfect recharge for a rollicking evening in one of the premier party capitals of the world. Round out your cruise to Barcelona dining at a tapas bar and savor a variety of delicious small dishes to share—from traditional Spanish to the more innovative. Depart Barcelona to return to the US, or stay in Europe and extend your journey!

LAND ONLY TOUR PRICE (cruise and CTSP land tours but no air tickets) INCLUDES group airport pickup FCO (Rome), 2 nights hotel in Rome (with breakfast), 1 dinner in Rome, tips for group services, teaching by Dr. Randall D. Smith, the services of an English-speaking local guide where required and all entrance fees to sites as listed in the program; 7-night cruise on Celebrity’s new APEX, including all meals onboard, and all tips. All taxes and surcharges in effect as of July 1, 2019 are included. If additional surcharges or taxes are imposed by the airlines, cruise or governments, any additional amounts will be the responsibility of the passenger. This trip will operate with a minimum of 20 passengers. The individual prices are based on your choice of a cabin category.

Inside – Category 9              $3990

Ocean View – Cat 7             $4340

Ocean View – Cat PO/IO      $4470

Veranda – Category E4        $4820

Veranda – Category E2        $4860

Veranda – Category E1        $5120

NOT INCLUDED are lunches and dinners (drinks) during land-based touring, tips for personal favors; personal items such as laundry; excess baggage and forwarding of baggage; transfers other than with the group; optional travel insurance.

YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS are based on double occupancy in a twin-bedded room with private bath. Single rooms are available for a supplement of $220 for the two nights in Rome. All single hotel rooms are subject to availability and may be smaller than normal twin rooms. If a single cabin is desired for the cruise the cost could be as much as $3500 additional.

REGISTRATION: Go to www.studytrip.info to reserve your space. Register for program #200601 and pay the deposit.

PAYMENT:

It is preferable for passengers send a check to our office, as this does not incur bank processing fees. Our address can be found in the blue section below. Please check the box “sending check via mail” during the registration process.

A nonrefundable, non-transferable deposit of $500 per person, is required to secure your place on the program. (Deposit may be refunded only if CTSP withdraws the offer of the program.) In order to choose your cabin, you need to specifiy a roommate, and the deposit requires an additional $500 per person. An additional payment of $2000 per person is due December 1, 2019. Final payment is due to CTSP by March 1, 2020. Late payments may result in cancellation of your reservation.

If you have questions regarding the use of credit cards, check the details in our FAQ page here.

CANCELLATION FEES:

90+ days prior                                 non-refundable deposit

66-90 days prior                 50% plus non-refundable deposit

0-65 days prior                                                  No refund

*If your cancellation results in a roommate needing a single supplement, that amount will be charged to you in addition to the above fees.

*All refund claims must be in writing to CTSP. There is no refund for any services not used.

TRIP INSURANCE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

ITINERARY LENGTH: CTSP is not responsible for changes and delays in airline schedules and does not reimburse passengers for resulting expenses. Because airlines often change flight times and dates at the last minute, CTSP strongly recommends that if passengers are purchasing any connecting tickets they should be able to be changed without heavy fees or penalties. If changes necessitate extra overnights, you will be charged (per person, per night) US$140 double occupancy, or US$220 for single rooms.

AIRLINE ARRANGEMENTS are the responsibility of each passenger. Flights should arrive in FCO (Rome) no later than 9:45 AM on June 25 if they want to use the group transfer. Flights home from BCN (Barcelona) should be booked for after 11:15 AM on July 4 (or later).

YOUR LUGGAGE is restricted in size and shape by the airline, and is limited to one checked piece (50#), one carryon, plus a smaller personal piece. You should check with the airline for the specific restrictions.

STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY

CTSP agrees to provide the itinerary described in this brochure, and this represents the entire agreement between the passenger and CTSP No changes or deviations are effective unless approved in writing and signed by an authorized officer of CTSP Except as stated herein, no person is authorized to cancel, modify, or vary the study program arrangements (during the course) or to make any representation of warranty concerning the program.

All prices, itineraries, and schedules are subject to regulations and changes thereof by acts of Government, International Agreement and Airline tariff adjustments, rules and regulations.

CTSP reserves the right to change or withdraw the program, in whole or in part, at any time. In the event of a change, the sole exclusive obligation of CTSP will be to refund pro rata any payment received. In the event of rescheduling of the program due to unforeseen circumstances, the cancellation and refund clause will apply. CTSP reserves the right to refuse or revoke travel to anyone who is, in the sole judgment of CTSP, incapable of or detrimental to group travel.

Except for the willful negligence of its direct employees, CTSP assumes no liability or responsibility for any injuries, inconveniences, illness, irregularity or incidental damages occasioned by circumstances beyond the control of CTSP, or by any person or reason whatsoever, including, but not limited to events such as strikes, revolts, wars, natural disaster, closures of airports or hotels, default or omission of any common or private carrier or the default, negligence, or omission of any by any third party providing services or facilities related to or included in this program. 

The commercial carriers are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board commercial carriers. The passenger contracts, in use by all commercial carriers involved, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the commercial carriers and the passenger or purchaser of this program and/or passage and program operator assumes no liability or responsibility in connection therewith.

ENROLLMENT in and payment of the deposit for the tour constitutes your acceptance of the Program Conditions and Statement of Responsibility.