The Sulzbacher Roman Holiday, the City of Rome’s public excursion boat, celebrates 10 years of offering public tours and private excursions on Rome’s rivers. The 2017 season of public tours will be offered the first Sunday of every month from April through September.
The first Rolling on the River Sunday Cruise will be held Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m. Tickets for the 2-hour tour are on sale now at RomeGeorgia.org/RomanHoliday or at the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center. Each tour is limited to 40 passengers. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under.
“We are excited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Sulzbacher Roman Holiday and 10 years of sharing a unique perspective on how Rome’s rivers have shaped the town’s history,” says Tourism Director, Lisa Smith.
To help celebrate the anniversary, two additional public tours have been added to the schedule this year on May 27 and May 28.
The May 27 cruise is a “Painting on the River” excursion that will offer a unique painting party and river experience. The Roman Holiday will anchor at the river confluence while artist Kristi Kent leads participants step-by-step through a painting inspired by the rivers. This experience will begin at 1 p.m. and is limited to 15 people, ages 21 and up. The cost per person is $35 to include all art supplies and equipment. Participants are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks to enhance the painting party atmosphere.
On May 28, local historian Mike Ragland, will lead a historical river tour. Ragland will also host two of the Sunday Rolling on the River tours on July 2 and September 3.
The 40-passenger vessel is also available for rental by private individuals and groups for cruises along the Oostanaula and Coosa rivers, which comprise portions of what is often referred to as North America’s most diverse ecosystem.
Cruise options are unlimited from ecological tours to sunset cocktail and dinner parties, family reunions, birthday parties and more. Tours can be booked for the months of March through mid-December dependent on river water levels. School and private educational tours are also available and can be combined with a river education experience at the Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center located in Ridge Ferry Park.
General pricing for a two-hour rental begins at $350 for general public; $250 for non-profits and $200 for school groups. School groups may also opt to add the river education tour of The Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center, available for an additional $2.50 per student
All tours and rentals are staffed by a Certified Coast Guard Captain and First Mate. The Sulzbacher Roman Holiday is owned by the City of Rome and is managed by the Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism.
Complete rental and public tour information can be found at RomeGeorgia.org/RomanHoliday or by calling the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center at 706.295.5576. The Rome-Floyd Visitor Center is located at 402 Civic Center Drive in Rome, Georgia.