optional pre cruise package
August 30 thru September 1, 2023
Vatican City Tour, Gladiator Party & Rome City Tour
|Thursday, August 29||Early Thursday Arrival Option|
|Friday, August 30||Welcome Toast & Cocktail Party|
|Saturday, August 31||Vatican City Tour & Gladiator Party|
|Sunday, September 1||Rome City Tour & Transfer to Ship|
Who wouldn’t want to get to Rome early and spend some extra time exploring the Eternal City on your own? For those OUTbounders who just can’t wait to start their vacation, we got you. Feel free to arrive at our host hotel on Thursday. Your reservation will be set for all three nights in the same room... no moving across the hall on Thursday when the rest of us arrive. Our early arrival option allows you to start enjoying your vacation right away, and take an extra day to get acclimated to the time change and shake off that jet lag.
Welcome to Rome, drenched in history, culture and food! It’s no wonder Rome is one of OUTbound’s favorite cities in the world. Once settled into your room at our host hotel, join us up on the rooftop terrace for our welcome cocktail party overlooking the famed Eternal City and kick off our Italian Odyssey Cruise! There’s nothing like the first day of vacation. Spend the evening with your hosts, catching up with old friends and meeting new OUTbounders as we embark on our Roman Holiday and tour of all things Italian. Benvenuti a Roma!
Today’s included tour will take us to Vatican City. With our Reserved Entrance, you’ll skip the line and head straight into the Vatican to explore the museums with our expert LGBTQ+ guide. Be mesmerized by Michelangelo’s world famous Sistine Chapel and Last Judgement, visit the Raphael Rooms and hear the stories behind the renowned “School of Athens”. Headsets allow you to hear the stories your art historian guide will tell as they bring these works to life. Tonight, let your inner Spartacus roar as we host our Gladiator party at one of Rome’s best know gay clubs.
Today we’ll check out of our host hotel and begin our full-day included tour of the Eternal City. Our stops will include a visit to Piazza Navona, once a massive Roman circus, and the nearby Pantheon, the largest unsupported dome in the world and home of Raphael’s tomb. Our tour will also make stops at the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps along the way. Finally, we’ll explore the Roman Forum and Capitoline Hill, seeing the House of the Vestal Virgins and walking along Via Sacre before skipping the line for our tour inside the famed Colosseum. We finish at the coastal port of Civitavecchia where we’ll board our ship.
The Hotel Ariston is an elegant, modern and comfortable 4-star hotel located in the historic center of Rome between the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and Termini train station and within walking distance to the main landmarks like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and the Spanish Steps. Hotel Ariston is just steps away from both of Rome’s main subway lines which allows easy access to any areas of the city. The building is furnished with a combination of elegance and the latest technology. Hotel Ariston features 84 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites that are stylishly designed with a fusion of comfort and Italian flair. All rooms have in-room bathrooms with showers, air-conditioning, comfortable bedding and flat-screen televisions. Internet is free and available in all public areas and in every room. A modern fitness center offers of full array of free weights, universal machines and cardio equipment.
Hotel Ariston Roma: www.hotelariston.it/en
Our host Hotel Ariston Roma is located in the historical center of Rome, just minutes from the Termini Station, near famous Santa Maria Maggiore, Colosseum, Fori Imperiali and Via Veneto. The A and B metro stops of Termini are only a block away from our host hotel... meaning that all the very best of Rome, from shopping and sightseeing to restaurants and bars, are easily within reach. Included with your reservation is a full breakfast buffet featuring a wide selection of fruits, juices, cereals, eggs, bacon, pastries and a uniquely Italian special express Cappuccino to prepare you for your day exploring Rome.
4 Day/3 Night Package
for 2 People
3 Day/2 Night Package
for 2 People
Welcome Toast & Cocktail Party
Vatican City Tour & Entrance Fees
Transport from Host Hotel to Piraeus Cruise Terminal
*Prices based on Hotel Ariston’s Standard room, double occupancy. Upgrades to Superior, Deluxe or Executive room options are available for an additional cost.
Rome’s main ‘gay street’, Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, which is just steps away from the Colosseum, with a few bars and more gay venues in the neighborhood. This area around the Colosseum has been a meeting point for the gay community since the 1960s and in 2007 it un-officially was given the name ‘Gay Street’. There are a few gay bars that line this street as well as gay friendly shops and cafes. You’ll find a friendly and welcoming gay scene in Rome, although it’s smaller and more discrete than you might expect. There are more clubs and late-night events than the ‘typical’ gay bars. Like with most of Europe, the gay scene in Rome tends to pick up later at night. Gay Rome is one of those cities that everyone dreams of visiting. The Eternal City is a vibrant mix of ruins, art, history, street life, and culture… an exhilarating experience that thrills, inspired and never, ever disappoints. Rome is one of those cities that has a place on nearly every traveler’s bucket list. Few cities in the world mesh modern with historical in the way that Rome can. It’s a major metropolitan city, and with that comes a huge population of LGBTQ+ residents. Italy as a whole is considered to be gay friendly with an increasingly liberal attitude from the public. We promise you’ll enjoy your time in Rome, whether this will be your first visit or one of many return trips. There’s no place like Rome!