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Best of Italy and Greece

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,993 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Acropolis in daytime from a distance, Athens, Greece

Countries Visited

Italy, Vatican City, Greece ...more Italy, Vatican City, Greece

Locations Visited

Rome, Florence, Vatican City, Mestre, Venice, Ancona, Igoumenitsa, Kalabaka, Meteora, Delphi, Athens ...more Rome, Florence, Vatican City, Mestre, Venice, Ancona, Igoumenitsa, Kalabaka, Meteora, Delphi, Athens
  1. Day 1 Ciao Rome

    Welcome to Rome, the 'Eternal City'. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to view some of this city's magnificent sites.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
  2. Day 2 Discover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

    Visit St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's Pietà with a Local Specialist. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own or simply relax and watch the world go by.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Journey to Renaissance Florence

    This morning, head to the Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist. Dive Into Culture as you ascend the Bramante staircase, then admire Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Later, drive north to Renaissance Florence in Tuscany. Tonight, Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience in the Chianti countryside.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Cosmopolitan Concept
  4. Day 4 Venture to Venice

    Your Local Specialist reveals Florence's rich cultural heritage during your walking tour. Visit Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery, renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures and the Ponte Vecchio. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Then travel through the Apennines and cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This evening, you may choose to take a gondola ride through the city's enchanting canals.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Mestre Castellana
  5. Day 5 Explore the Floating City

    Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square to see the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. This afternoon, Dive Into Culture and witness the ancient Venetian tradition of glassmaking then consider taking an Optional Experience to one of the islands in the lagoon.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Board an Overnight Ferry to Greece

    Travel south to the ancient port city of Ancona to board your overnight ferry to mainland Greece.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7 Monasteries of Meteora on the way to Kalambaka

    Arrive early at the port of Igoumenitsa and travel along the foothills of the Athamanika mountains before arriving at the UNESCO-listed monasteries of Meteora. These are some of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Your Local Specialist will guide you on a visit to two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks that tower above the town. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Amalia Kalambaka
  8. Day 8 Onwards to Legendary Delphi

    Drive south towards Mount Parnassos and Delphi, where we will stay overnight. Join a Local Specialist and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world and walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo where athletes competed in the Pythian Games.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Amalia Delphi
  9. Day 9 Off to Historic Athens

    We depart the 'navel of the earth' this morning and travel to Athens where we'll discover the city's rich heritage during our morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace, the Temple of Zeus and the Acropolis. See Hadrian's Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Indulge in a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of your trip.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Divani Palace Acropolis
  10. Day 10 Farewell Athens

    Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and Travel Director after an unforgettable journey.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Italy and Greece
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Overnight ferry from Ancona to Igoumenitsa
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore Rome, Florence, Delphi and Athens with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Venice
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, Piazzale Michelangelo and Piazza della Signoria in Florence, a glassblowing factory in Venice, the monasteries of Meteora, the Temple of Apollo in Delphi and the Acropolis in Athens
  • View the ancient sites of Rome, the Duomo and Baptistery in Florence, the Doge's Palace and the Basilica in Venice and the Parthenon, Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus in Athens
  • See Hadrian's Arch in Athens
  • Scenic Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Connect with Locals Enjoy a local Tuscan Be My Guest dinner with Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th-century organic olive oil estate in the Tuscan hills, used as a location for many famous films like 'Room with a View' and 'Tea with Mussolini'. (Day 3)
  • Dive into Culture Ascend the staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. (Day 3) Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 5)

Dates & Prices

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Rome

Delights of Rome with Dinner

Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterward, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialties, alongside local music and drinks.
Adult Price: € 50

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic center, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: € 33

Florence

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you'll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist. This optional is subject to availability and involves reservations and entrance prepayments. Should you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 47

Venice

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice's dreamy, narrow waterways.
Adult Price: € 70

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

Explore the hidden maze of streets that make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic Basilica of St. Mark, where you'll admire magnificent mosaics in one of the most ornate churches in the world.
Adult Price: € 36

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-colored houses - a photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: € 72

Delphi

Flavors of Parnassos Mountain and Wine Tasting

A delightful evening commences as we meet our local wine expert at our welcoming restaurant. Located in the heart of the village of Delphi, it overlooks a sea of olive trees covering the stunning valley below. As we discover the tantalizing local wines and learn about the indigenous grape varieties cultivated locally, we savor a variety of Greek hors d’oeuvres followed by a choice of delicious entrees and sumptuous dessert. A wonderful night to remember! Wine tasting, drinks and dinner included.
Adult Price: € 51

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Eudene Anderson
Monday, October 14, 2019
Service
It was booked and all of the transports, planes, airport transports all were done very well. It was an enjoyable and fun tour of Italy and Greece.
Vacation
I enjoyed all of the experiences and outings. It was fun and educational, the sites were the historic touristy ones we all want to see, transports went well, motels were nice, we did a lot of walking, it was a fun time. My sisters took all the photos
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