Individual headsets on land tourInside visits and special features:Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Pisa, Verona, Venice, Ravenna, Olympia, Corinth Canal
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Mycenae, Athens; professional Tour Director while touring
NOTE:Security cruise regulations require clients’ passport information at time of booking.
Day 1Arrive in Rome, Italy
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Italy’s ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM. (B)
Day 3Rome–Pisa–Florence Area
Vistas of undulating hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Take a break in Pisa 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. (B)
This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Traffic is banned in part of the historic center so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty in relative peace and quiet. 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, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 5Florence Area–Verona–Venice Area
An interesting journey today northwards for a first stop in enchanting Verona to see the legendary balcony from Romeo and Juliet. Just a few more miles eastwards to Venice. (B)
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and quiet little piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)
Day 7Venice Area–Ravenna–Ancona (Embarkation)–Overnight Ferry Crossing to Patras, Greece
Start the day by journeying across the flatlands of the Po Delta to medieval Ravenna. Next, reach Ancona on the shores of the Adriatic. This afternoon, embark on the FERRY for the crossing to Patras. (B)
Day 8Patras (Disembarkation)–Olympia
Plenty of time to enjoy all the ship’s facilities. Disembark this afternoon in Patras. Drive south into the Peloponnese for an overnight in Olympia. (B,D)
Make the most of this morning by taking the optional tour of the sights 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 via Tripolis. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Morning visit with a Local Guide to the impressive ruins of MYCENAE. Later, stop to view the CORINTH CANAL, which was built between 1881 and 1893. (B)
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 and nightclubs in the old Plaka district with its narrow streets and sound of bouzouki music, or join an optional Greek dinner. (B)
Day 12Athens–Lavrion (Embarkation)–Mykonos
Board your cruise ship. Afternoon cruising in the Aegean on your way to Mykonos with its white houses, chapels, and thatched windmills. Late-evening departure for Kusadasi, Turkey. (B,L,D)
Day 13Kusadasi, Turkey
Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An optional excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation. The 11th-centruy monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit. (B,L,D)
First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, and an optional excursion can be booked. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion here takes you up to the cliff-top village of Thera for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (B,L,D)
Day 15Lavrion, Greece (Disembarkation)–Athens
Early morning arrival at the famous port of Lavrion. After disembarkation, continue to Athens for an overnight. (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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; in inside cabins with private shower and toilet; supplement for cabin upgrades are listed under Dates & Prices; all port taxes are not included
Buffet breakfasts daily; 7 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Florence and Nauplia
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