Where are you off to this time anyway?

Marriott Grand Flora RomeI’ve been fielding a lot of questions about our plans for The Trip. For any vicarious travellers out there, here’s the Official Itinerary of the Great Ten Year Anniversary Trip.

We fly out Saturday June 9 on Delta Louisville to Cincinnati (6214) to Rome (32), arriving at 10:45 Sunday morning (4:45 back here).

RomaShuttle will deliver us to Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora where we’re staying courtesy of a bazillion Marriott points.

We’ll do a little sightseeing and have dinner at Obika Mozzarella Bar that night, then take the Scavi (excavations) Tour, which goes beneath St. Peter’s Basilica to the tomb of Saint Peter, Monday morning (thanks to Holly for braving the Vatican booking system months ahead of time!). The cruise route

Then it’s off to the ship after lunch. We’re shuttling out to the port to board Celebrity’s Galaxy for our 11 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise.

The cruise goes like this:

Monday Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Boarding Depart 7:00 PM
June 12 Tuesday At Sea
June 13 Wednesday Mykonos, Greece Tendered Arrive 2:00 PM Depart 11:00 PM
June 14 Thursday Rhodes, Greece Docked Arrive 9:00 AM Depart 5:00 PM
June 15 Friday Santorini, Greece Tendered Arrive 8:00 AM Depart 4:00 PM
June 16 Saturday Istanbul, Turkey Docked Arrive 1:00 PM

(We’re spending the night at Dersaadet Hotel and plan to visit Hagia Sophia, shop the Grand Bazaar, have a meyhane dinner, and the next day, with a guide, see Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque)

June 17 Sunday Istanbul, Turkey Docked Depart 2:00 PM
June 18 Monday Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey Docked Arrive 9:30 AM Depart 6:00 PM
June 19 Tuesday Athens (Piraeus), Greece Docked Arrive 7:00 AM Depart 5:00 PM
June 20 Wednesday At Sea
June 21 Thursday Naples/Capri, Italy Docked Arrive 7:00 AM Depart 6:00 PM ** Our 10-year anniversary**
June 22 Friday Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Departure Arrive 7:00 AM

Straightaway we head to Ciampino airport to fly EasyJet (flight #7848, dep. 12:00 arr. 13:30) to Lyon, France. Stay at Hilton Lyon hotel (may as well empty all our hotel points).

Saturday we’ll drive down to Le Mas du Clos de l’Escarrat near Avignon. Our little studio, the “Ventoux” is part of a 17th century building that was a hay loft in its earlier life. We’ve got six nights here, and our days are totally open. Surprisingly, I haven’t overbooked us. We cancelled our cooking class after the Derby check bouncing incident so now we’re free to get up every morning and see where we want to go.

The only real thing on my list is seeing lavender in bloom.

Grand Hotel LevequeAt the end of the week we’ll drop the car and take the high speed TGV to Paris on the 29th. We’re staying in our usual neighborhood, Rue Cler, chosen in our Rick Steves mania days. We’re at the Hotel Leveque just overnight — time for one spectacular meal — and we’re flying back the next morning, June 30 on Delta 43. (Naturally I lied to the shuttle driver). That is unless we get bumped in exchange for a fat little voucher for a future flight and a free night in Paris. Cross your fingers for us.

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6 responses to “Where are you off to this time anyway?

  1. Sounds like an amazing trip. I’m impressed that you were able to get a room at the Marriot – we had tons and tons of points with them, but everytime we tried, all they seemed to have available was the “Presidential suite.” Even with our points – still way out of our league.

  2. Have a great trip!

    One thing: I’m intrigued as to the fact that you’re staying ashore for the overnight in Istanbul. Any especial reason?

  3. Kim – we booked almost a full year ahead ;)

    Deb – you too! Too bad we won’t cross paths in Italy

    Tom – No short explanation, it deserves its own blog. But mainly I want to feel like I really went to Istanbul, not just swept in and out on a ship.

  4. Dana, I do hope you get your money back ASAP. Some people are just so ignorant. I have a crazy week here going on. I have rented a hosue for twelve years and this weekend my landlord put the hous on the market, and someone is calling to come see it tomorrow right in the midst of all my packing…ughhhh! Now I may be forced to leave my little home on my favorite street… :(
    Bon Voyage…have a great trip. I think I’ll be in Louisville for my grandson’s first birthday in July! I’ll let you know!

  5. Hey Dana & Brian
    Happy 10TH to you. We will keep you all in our prayers for safe traveling mercies. You all enjoy yourselves.
    Love, Val

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