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Rome City Stay
 
Rome City Stay
 
9 days in the Eternal City from $1895 per person (double occupancy).
 
Make plans now to travel with other OC alumni to Rome from November 29 to  December 7, 2008.
 
Click here for a list of optional excursions.
 
Click here to sign up for the trip and pay your $300 deposit online with a credit card.
 

Day 1: Flight to Rome

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Rome aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Day 2: Arrival in Italy

Welcome to Rome! Touch down in Rome, where OC's Rome City Stay representative meets you as you clear customs. You'll be escorted to your centrally located hotel and have the rest of the day to unpack, relax, or begin your explorations of this timeless and thrilling city.

Included meals: breakfast (in flight)

Days 3–8: Free Time in Rome

Italy's romantic capital resonates with culture, tradition and allure as well as 25 centuries of history. You'll have time to explore this wonderful, ancient city at your leisure with your choice of independent activities. Take in all the art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn-from relics of Caesar's reign to treasures of the Renaissance.
 
Take in all the art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn—from relics of Caesar's reign to treasures of the Renaissance.
 
Italy's romantic capital resonates with culture, tradition and allure as well as 25 centuries of history. You'll have time to explore this wonderful, ancient city at your leisure with your choice of independent activities. Take in all the art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn-from relics of Caesar's reign to treasures of the Renaissance.
 
Stroll across the Spanish Steps, meeting place for all of Rome. See Bernini's captivating Fountain of the Four Rivers, and stop at the legendary Trevi Fountain, into which visitors have for centuries tossed a coin into the water to ensure their eventual return to Rome.
 
Those interested in classical sculpture might choose to plan a visit to the Capitoline Museums, which house a collection assembled in the 15th century by a pope who loved the arts. The Sant'Angelo Castle, one of Rome's less touristed stops, once guarded the entrance to the Vatican, and now contains a collection of antique arms and armor. For a taste of Gothic architecture, make a visit to the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church, inside of which you'll see a lesser-known Michelangelo work and the tomb of Fra Angelico.
 
Another interesting stop is the Keats and Shelley Memorial House, where English poet John Keats died in 1821. Be sure to spend an afternoon sipping cappuccino at a café on Piazza Navona and absorbing the passing scene, a celebrated Roman tradition!
 
OC's Rome City Stay Tour Director will be available to offer help and suggestions with your plans. Optional excursions while you're in Rome include guided sightseeing, an exploration of Vatican City, trips to Pompeii and Florence, a descent into Rome's ancient catacombs, an evening performance at one of Rome's elegant theaters, and a special "Dinner with Tenors," featuring live opera music.
 
Included meals: breakfast
 
Day 9: Departure
 
OC's Rome City Stay representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.
 
Included meals: breakfast
 
Deposit Requirements
 
A non-refundable $300 per person deposit is required to hold your spot. The deadline to pay a deposit is May 2, 2008. Deposits will only be refunded if tour is canceled due to a lack of interest from other OC alumni.
 
Passport and Visa Requirements
 
In order to enter Italy, U.S. citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return to the United States. No visa is required for U.S.citizens. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must contact the Italian consulate for your specific entry requirements.
 
Baggage Allowance
 

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Please contact your airline directly to determine your airline's maximum allowance. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you'll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage.

Base Price of 9-DAY ROME CITY STAY from OKC:
 
Total Price of Tour from OKC
$1909 (Double Occupancy)
$2174 (Single Occupancy)
 
(Price valid until 9/31/2007 and includes fuel surcharge)

 
9-DAY CITY STAY INCLUDES

• Round-trip air transportation with a major airline, airport transfers and escorts

• The services of a bilingual Go Ahead Tour Director

• 7 nights accommodations in comfortable, well-located hotels with twin beds and private bath or shower

• All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling and local taxes

• Buffet breakfast (B) daily

• Private deluxe motorcoach with reclining seats and restroom

• Go Ahead travel bag and membership in our World Traveler Club, which includes credit toward your next tour
 
Hotel Information:
 
 
Via Labicana 144
00184 Rome, Italy
Tel: 011 39 06 77 00 21
Fax: 011 39 06 77 25 01 98
Location: Hotel is situated close to the Colosseum, archaeological sites and monuments.
Public Transport: Rome offers subway and bus service throughout the city.
 
Hotel amenities:
•160 rooms
•Air conditioning
•Outdoor swimming pool
•Sun deck
 
Room amenities:
•Private bath
•Air conditioning
•Television
•Safe deposit box
•Hair dryer
 

Suggested Reading List:

A Time in Rome

by E. Bowen

Desiring Italy

by Susan Neunzig Cahill (Ed.)

As the Romans Do: The Delights, Dramas and Daily Diversions of Life in the Eternal City

by Alan Epstein

Rome: The Biography of a City

by Christopher Hibbert

City Secrets Rome

by Robert Kahn

Inside the Vatican

by Bart McDowell

The Architecture of Italian Renaissance

by Peter Murray

Clothing
Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It's always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something more formal to wear. Also, remember that bare legs and shoulders are officially not allowed in churches or other religious sites. Entrance may be denied on this basis.
 
Currency
 

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy rather than in the United States, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.

We strongly advise that you take credit cards and traveler's checks, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won't confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
 
Geography

Italy's boot kicks the island of Sicily into the Mediterranean Sea. The country neighbors France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. Mountain chains largely define the topography, with the northeast's lowland plains one of the most populated regions. Three active volcanoes, Stromboli, Vesuvius, and Etna, bubble beneath the surface.

Climate

Up north in the Alps winters are long and snowy, and summers are hot. Weather becomes milder towards the south until Rome; south of Rome, hot, humid African winds make for sultry summers.

Culture

Italy has produced more than its share of cultural trendsetters: writers Virgil, Dante, Boccaccio; composers Vivaldi, Verdi, Rossini; artists Titian, Da Vinci, Donatello, Michaelangelo; thinkers Galileo, Machiavelli; filmmakers Antonioni, Rossellini, Fellini; actors Mastroianni, Sophia Loren; fashion designers Armani, Versace. And as for shaping Western civilization, don't forget the far-reaching Roman Empire, Florentine Renaissance, and Roman Catholic Church.

Government

The Kingdom of Italy was declared in 1861, and the country became a republic after Mussolini was defeated in World War II. Italy's prime minister is Silvio Berlusconi.
 
Cuisine
 
One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. Most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but the familiar standards take on a rich, new gleam in their home country. Be sure to try the vast range of prosciutto, cheeses, rustic breads and mouthwatering desserts. Northern regions specialize in cream sauces; south of Rome, spicy tomato sauces reign. Sicilian desserts are in a class of their own: cannoli, marzipan, zabaglione, and granita are not to be missed. Coffee is uniformly excellent.
 
Shopping
 
Leather, glassware, Tuscan ceramics, Tyrolean sweaters and clothing are some of Italy's quality buys.
 
Tipping
 
In restaurants and cafés, a 10% service charge is added to the check and it is customary to leave a 5% tip on the table. Taxi drivers and local guides will expect a small gratuity. It is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a token of appreciation at the tour's end. We recommend $2 per person per day for the driver and $3-5 per person per day for your Tour Director
 
Arrival & Transportation Information
 

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Rome. When you first arrive in Rome, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

Purchasing Optional Excursions on Tour

If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while on your tour. Your tour director will only accept cash (in U.S. dollars only), Visa, MasterCard or American Express as payment for optional excursions. Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance.

International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary without advanced notice to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding.

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