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Old 09-18-2013, 09:45 AM   #91
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Do you know which place you will see during this tour Tianni? Thank you so much
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:19 AM   #92
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Do you know which place you will see during this tour Tianni? Thank you so much
This is the description of the tour we are taking!! I CANNOT WAIT!!!

Meet your driver on the pier for the approximately one-hour drive to the Vatican City. Upon arrival in Rome, you will meet your professionally trained, licensed tour guide and begin your private visit of Vatican City, the smallest state in the world.

Within Vatican City is the Vatican Museum. The museum is made up of over one thousand rooms and galleries containing a multitude of amazing treasures collected by popes throughout the centuries. It would take days to even scratch the surface. With your private guide and priority entrance you will avoid the long lines outside and be able to spend more time in the museum itself. You will have time to see some of the most important galleries and outstanding museum pieces, but please be aware that you will only see a portion of the museum, and that crowds are to be expected.

At the end of the museum is the Sistine Chapel, which can only be reached by a staircase. Built between the years 1473 and 1481, it is the best-known chapel in the official residence of the pope in Vatican City. Part of its fame rests on its architecture, with internal measurements of 134 feet long by 44 feet wide, the dimensions of Solomon's Temple as given in the Old Testament. Adding to its fame is its decoration, with frescoes throughout by the greatest Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo, Bernini, Raphael, and Botticelli. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted 12,000 square feet of the chapel ceiling, 68 feet above the floor, between the years 1508 and 1512. Although he resented the commission, today the ceiling, and especially "The Last Judgment," are widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievements in painting.

From the chapel, a staircase leads you past the long lines waiting to enter the Basilica, from St. Mark's Square to your last visit in the Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica. The Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. It is regarded as one of the holiest Christian sites in the world. It is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. Catholic tradition holds that Saint Peter's tomb is below the altar of the Basilica. There has been a church on this site since the 4th century.

Based on the design of Donato Brumante, the current building's foundation stone was laid on April 18, 1506. Five other designers and two additional popes would be involved before Michelangelo, then in his seventies, was forced to become the designer in 1547. He is the man considered the principal designer of a majority of the present-day building's interior, as well as the man who finally got the construction moving forward. Among the many fine pieces of art and mosaics on display are Michelangelo's "Pieta," and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit.

After your visit to the Vatican City, explore the Imperial area of Rome, reflecting twelve centuries of cultural, political and religious history. You will make an inside visit to the Symbol of the "Eternal City," the Roman Colosseum, one of the most important monuments of ancient Rome. A masterpiece of classical architecture, the Colosseum is an enormous amphitheater where gladiators, Christians and wild beasts once battled to the death in front of 50,000 spectators.

Then, visit the highlights of Old Rome, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Your guide will also make suggestions on where you might like to purchase a quick lunch along the way. At the end of the touring, your private guide will bid you farewell and you will make the return drive to the port.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to new regulations at the Vatican Museum, the guest booking the tour must provide the following information from their valid passport at the time of booking. 1) Name, 2) Birth date, 3) Place of birth.

This guest must also present their passport to the Vatican officials upon arrival at the museum. This ONLY applies to the person making the booking and not everyone in the group. Due to crowds at the site, tour may operate in a different order. All sites will be visited.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:41 AM   #93
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Sounds like a good tour. We are also taking a private tour in Rome but since it's DS's graduation present, we're letting him decide what we'll see. He wants to see St Peter's Square but not the Museum or Sistine Chapel, so I've been looking at tours that mostly include the major highlights of Rome (Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps). He also wants some time to just walk around. At this point I've only been looking, haven't booked anything yet.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:48 AM   #94
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Im interested by this tour because I'm very interested by the Vatican, maybe we will join you, I just have to check the other options. How many people can take this tour? Is it a Disney tour? Thank you so much Tianni
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:03 AM   #95
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Im interested by this tour because I'm very interested by the Vatican, maybe we will join you, I just have to check the other options. How many people can take this tour? Is it a Disney tour? Thank you so much Tianni
It is NOT a DCL excursion... We opted out of the DCL excursions for this one b/c we WANT to see EVERYTHING... We have a friend who is a travel agent and he has helped us with this one... This tour ENSURES that we will make it back to the boat ON TIME and if we do not, they pay for our arrangements to get to the next location. I am SUPER excited on this one...

MOM... chime in here.....

It can accommodate up to 12 people and the price goes down accordingly as follows:
5- $420
6- $394
7- $383
8- $370
9- $362
10- $350
11- $348
12- $343
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:52 PM   #96
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Hi all!!! Someone had asked about hotels on the FB page. Thought I'd share here too. We are staying at the Barcelona Hilton. Not the one Disney uses right near port but the one near the Barcelona football stadium. We booked for $164 the night before the cruise and $134 for 2 nights after. There is a HOHO bus stop right by the hotel and the soccer stadium is 1 mile away from the hotel.

Disney wanted $350-$400 for the Hilton near port.. No brainer to me but....

Also, we are booking a private tour in Rome if anyone is interested. Right now the price is $480 per person but that is because it is for 4 people. If we add people obviously the price will go down.
Are you taking a taxi to the port?
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:19 AM   #97
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Are you taking a taxi to the port?
Not 100% sure yet. If we end up with enough people in our hotel to get a van or something we could do that but if it is just the 4 of us we will probably take a cab.
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:06 PM   #98
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Joining you on this cruise! Me, DH, DS (11) and DD (8). 5th DCL, so we'll be gold after (woohoo)

2nd Med Cruise. First one was 10 nights in 2010. Really wanted to do a longer one but they didn't fit our school schedule.

Now looking for flights, but they're still too expensive. They have to be really cheap as DH hates flying, so if we can't get them cheap it'll be a looooooooong 15+ hours car drive each way :-(
Hi, I saw that you go to Disney Paris twice a year. How long is from Paris to Disneyland. We are staying near eifferl tower.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:46 AM   #99
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Hi, I saw that you go to Disney Paris twice a year. How long is from Paris to Disneyland. We are staying near eifferl tower.
I think it's about 50 min by RER ?
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:47 AM   #100
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LInetbo, I'd say you will have about 1 hour and thirty minutes to go from Paris to Disneyland Paris, if you use the RER. I'll check and will come back to you, but the two places are a little bit far from each other. If you want to go to Disneyland Paris, maybe you should consider to stay closer from the resort (the Kyriad hotel is a good place, and has a free shuttle to the parc). How many days do you intend to spend at Disney?
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LInetbo, I'd say you will have about 1 hour and thirty minutes to go from Paris to Disneyland Paris, if you use the RER. I'll check and will come back to you, but the two places are a little bit far from each other. If you want to go to Disneyland Paris, maybe you should consider to stay closer from the resort (the Kyriad hotel is a good place, and has a free shuttle to the parc). How many days do you intend to spend at Disney?
I will be in Paris just 3 days. I saw an excursion that go and return the same day.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:29 AM   #102
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That sounds good. Which park will you do? The Disneyland Park, the studio or both? And will your excursion allow you to see Dreams? Because this show is truly wonderful and has to be seen if you can.
Disneyland Paris is my second home (almost my first in fact! ), so if you have some question or are in need for advises, please, feel free to ask me!

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Old 09-20-2013, 07:23 AM   #103
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I think its a total of 13 hours for the whole trip. I am planning to do both. I know it's not enough tim ride everything but at least I just want to see the parks. Let's see what happens. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:34 AM   #104
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Where's the Fish Extender list. I want to start planning my gifts.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:21 AM   #105
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It depends on the day you'll go to Disneyland Paris, maybe you will be able to do everything (if you can, try to go on a week day, it can truly make a huge difference).

For those who would like to take a taxi from the airport to the city, I just bought a book which speaks about 30 dollars. And the author says that's a great way to move around Barcelona and a very good deal if you're four or more .

For the FE, maybe you should look on the first page. Not sure, but I remember I saw it on this thread.

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