Italy and Greece are countries steeped in history with a treasure trove of ancient sites and scenic beauty, and on this Italy & Greece tour, you’ll see the highlights of what these countries have to offer, starting in Rome and ending in Athens. In Italy, overnight in Rome, the Florence area, and the Venice area; in Greece, overnight in Olympia, Nauplia, and Athens. You’ll also overnight on a ferry crossing the Adriatic Sea from Ancona, Italy to Patras, Greece and aboard a 3-night Aegean Sea cruise.Enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights, including Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s political life since the 14th century; Juliet’s balcony in the medieval town of Verona; the byzantine mosaics in medieval Ravenna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower; In Venice, take a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and watch glassblowers create works of art as they have done for centuries or discover the center at your own pace. From Ancona, you’ll cross the Adriatic Sea by overnight ferry to reach Greece.Imagine what life was like during the Roman Empire when you visit Rome’s iconic Colosseum, the amphitheater used for deadly gladiatorial contests, and the Roman Forum, the political, social, and commercial center during the Roman Empire. Step back in time at your visit to Athens’ Acropolis and the Parthenon, dating back to the 5th century BC. Also visit Mycenae, dating back to 1350 to 1200 BC, where you’ll marvel at the arches, fountains, ramparts, and amazing masonry still standing.To wrap up your Greece vacation with a few relaxing days, enjoy a 3-night cruise to some of the world’s most beautiful islands, including Mykonos, with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and whitewash houses; Heraklion, Crete, nestled picturesquely between two mountain ranges; Santorini (weather permitting), with one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas; Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation; and Kusadasi, Turkey, where you’ll enjoy an included visit of the Ephesus archaeological site.All of these elements come together perfectly to create a value-minded Italy and Greece tour like no other!
Individual headsets on land tourSightseeing:See Pisa's Leaning Tower, Verona Juliet's balcony, Venice canal boat ride, Ravenna Byzantine mosaics, visit Olympia, Corinth Canal. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Guides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Mycenae, Athens; professional Tour Director while touring. Included shore excursions: Ephesus archaeological site, Knossos Minoan palace, Santorini Oia village
NOTE:Security cruise regulations require clients’ passport information at time of booking.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Acropolis Athens
- Archaelogical Site of Olympia
- Archaeological site of Mycenae
- Historic Centre of Florence
- Piazza del Duomo Pisa
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice; ferry Ancona-Patras in 2-berth cabins with private shower and toilet. Cruise: outside cabins with private shower and toilet; all port taxes are not included; cruise ships, fare, drinks, excursions and entertainment.