LIBERTYVILLE, IL – What could be more fun than to spend Christmas in sunny Rome? TourCrafters makes it possible with a one-week package that’s only US$789 per person for a family of four in a one-bedroom apartment, though the price in a hotel double room starts at US$860 per person. The package includes seven nights accommodation, seven breakfasts, Christmas lunch in a typical restaurant, an arrival transfer, a half-day sightseeing tour of ancient Rome, a Vatican Museum sightseeing tour, a two-day Hop-On-Hop-Off bus pass, a free gelato at a gourmet gelateria, and more. Air fare is not included, but TourCrafters’ reservation agents can find the lowest fares.
In addition to its ancient monuments, the city provides plenty of Christmasy diversions. Even on a nippy December day, Rome’s brilliant sunshine allows travelers to enjoy a coffee and panettone in a sidewalk café. Then there’s the Christmas Market in the baroque Piazza Navona, which also has one of the city’s largest nativity scenes. The shopping streets near the Piazza di Spagna display beautiful Christmas lights and the Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum and the Vatican all have giant Christmas trees. (There’s also a huge menorah in the Piazza Barberini.) Those who can’t get into St. Peter’s Basilica for the Pope’s Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve can see it on big screens in St. Peter’s Square or can have a less-crowded experience at the Aracoeli Church.
The six hotels provided in the package range from the 4-star Beverly Hills (US$860) and the 4-star Colonna Palace (US$1,160) to the elegant 5-star Bernini Bristol (US$1,745). All three of these hotels are offering an eighth night free. TourCrafters’ reservation agents can also provide prices and availability for quadruple rooms. Departure dates vary from December 18 to December 21. Prices quoted are per person, double occupancy (unless otherwise specified) and are subject to availability. Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking. For additional information, visit www.tourcrafters.com . For reservations, call 800-482-5995.