Italy & Greece

Description

Tour code: 6480

Days: 12

Description: Rome, Florence, Venice, Olympia, Tolon, Athens

Vacation Overview

Italy and Greece are steeped in history with a treasure trove of ancient sites and scenic beauty. On this affordable Italy & Greece tour, you’ll see the fantastic features these countries have to offer, starting in Rome and ending in Athens. In Italy, you’ll stay in Rome, and the Florence and Venice areas; in Greece, you’ll stay in Olympia, Nauplia, and Athens. You’ll also spend one night on a ferry-crossing of the Adriatic Sea from Ancona, Italy to Patras, Greece.

Visit Rome with a local guide who brings ancient Imperial Rome back to life as you pass the Colosseum. Enjoy must-see sights, including Piazza Signoria, in the center of Florence; Juliet’s balcony in the medieval town of Verona; and Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower. In Venice, take a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square for some relaxation and people-watching. While in Venice, you’ll have the opportunity to watch glassblowers create works of art as they have done for centuries.

Step back in time on your visit to Athens’ Acropolis and the Parthenon, dating back to the 5th century BC and the most accurate indication of the influence and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak. Also visit Mycenae, dating back to 1350 to 1200 BC, where you’ll marvel at the arches, fountains, ramparts, and amazing masonry still standing.

All of these elements come together perfectly to create a value-minded Italy and Greece tour like no other!

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY 

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Italy’s ancient capital using your CosmosGO app. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 ROME

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment.

Breakfast

Day 3 ROME–PISA–FLORENCE

Vistas of rolling hills, cypress trees, vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa and enjoy a mini-train ride to see the Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, then on to the Florence area. End the day by joining the optional Tuscan dinner in a typical restaurant.

Breakfast

Day 4 FLORENCE

This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile. Later, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 5 FLORENCE–VERONA–VENICE AREA

Journey north to enchanting Verona to see the legendary balcony from Romeo and Juliet and spend some time at leisure strolling around Market Square. Continue to the Venice area.

Breakfast

Day 6 VENICE

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and quiet little piazzas. Take a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and enjoy time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS at work. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 7 VENICE AREA–ANCONA (EMBARKATION)–OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO PATRAS, GREECE

Travel across the flatlands of the Po Delta to reach Ancona on the shores of the Adriatic, to embark on the FERRY for the crossing to Patras.

Breakfast

Day 8 PATRAS (DISEMBARKATION)–OLYMPIA

During the crossing, enjoy all the ship’s facilities. Disembark in Patras and drive south into the Peloponnese to Olympia.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 9 OLYMPIA–NAUPLIA

Enjoy time at leisure, or make the most of this morning by taking the optional tour of the sites of ancient Olympia, including the ruins of the Temple of Zeus. In the afternoon, enjoy the rugged scenery of the Peloponnese on the way to Nauplia. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 10 NAUPLIA–MYCENAE–ATHENS

Make a morning visit with a Local Guide to the impressive ruins of MYCENAE, an ancient city of Homer’s epics. Later, stop to view the Corinth Canal, which was built between 1881 and 1893.

Breakfast

Day 11 ATHENS

Join the included sightseeing tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of the ancient capital and a visit to the ACROPOLIS. Explore the shops and museums or take a trip to the coast to swim. In the evening, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the tavernas in the old Plaka district with its narrow streets and sound of bouzouki music, or join an optional Greek dinner.

Breakfast

Day 12 ATHENS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

Vacation Highlights

ROME

Guided sightseeing

PISA

See the Leaning Tower

FLORENCE

Guided walking tour

VERONA

See Juliet’s balcony

VENICE

Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square

NAUPLIA

Visit

MYCENAE

Guided visit of the archaeological site

ATHENS

Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis

Headsets throughout the tour.

Security cruise regulations require clients’ passport information at time of booking.

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners, including dinner at a local restaurant in Florence and Nauplia

Hotels

Rome

Villa Maria Regina

Villa Maria Regina is a four star hotel situated in Via della Camilluccia in one of the most exclusive residential districts in Rome.

Florence Area

B&B Hotel City Center

Italiana Hotel and Resort

Contemporary four stars hotel located 10 minutes far from downtown and just 1 mile from exit Florence South of highway A1.

Venice Area

Poppi

Situated on the Riviera del Brenta and founded in 1965,the hotel is still family run. hotel Poppi offers 100 rooms and a renowned restaurant.

Olympia

Olympia Palace

The Olympia Palace is a 3-storey building with 65 spacious rooms, indoor and outdoor restaurants, located in the town on Ancient Olympia.

Nauplia

Rex

Hotel Rex is located in the city center of Nafplio,very close to the port in a cozy atmosphere guarantees a pleasant stay.With 42rooms and a cafeteria-bar the hotel offers rest and relax to the customers .All the archailogical sites and museums are very close to the hotel and that gives you the opportuity to visit them very easy.

Athens

Acropolis Select

Hotel is located in the city center, next to public transportation and within walking distance from the New Acropolis Museum, the ancient site of the Acropolis and the Plaka district.The Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Flee Market and Syntagma Square are within easy reach.

Pricing

Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
4/1/2019 4/12/2019 $1,959
4/8/2019 4/19/2019 $2,039
5/6/2019 5/17/2019 $2,039
5/13/2019 5/24/2019 $2,039
5/27/2019 6/7/2019 $2,039
6/3/2019 6/14/2019 $2,039
6/10/2019 6/21/2019 $2,039
7/1/2019 7/12/2019 $1,979
7/8/2019 7/19/2019 $1,979
7/22/2019 8/2/2019 $2,059
8/5/2019 8/16/2019 $1,979
8/12/2019 8/23/2019 $2,099
8/19/2019 8/30/2019 $2,099
8/26/2019 9/6/2019 $2,099
9/2/2019 9/13/2019 $2,099
9/9/2019 9/20/2019 $2,099
9/16/2019 9/27/2019 $2,099
9/23/2019 10/4/2019 $2,099
9/30/2019 10/11/2019 $2,099
10/7/2019 10/18/2019 $1,959

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