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Best of Italy and Greece with 4-Day Aegean Cruise (Premier)

14-Day Italy/Greece Tour with Greek Island Cruise

Best of Italy and Greece
14 Days
4 Countries

Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Turkey

16 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Florence, Venice, Milan, Athens, Meteora, Kalambaka, Delphi, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini

26 Meals

9 Dinners, 13 Breakfasts, 4 Lunchs

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Admire the art and architecture of Rome and the rich cultural heritage of Florence. Visit the monasteries of Meteora and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Ciao Rome

Benvenuti a Roma! Open your heart to a whirlwind of antiquities and local flavors. Join your Travel Director for an introduction to the 'Eternal City' on a drive to the Basilica Santa Maria in Cosmedin for a private after-hours visit to the Mouth of Truth. See the church, crypt and relics of the famous saint of love, Valentine, and learn about the legend of the Mouth of Truth. This evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers. 

The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Midas Palace Hotel
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience Castel Sant Angelo in Rome, Italy
Rome Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Tourist puts hand in mouth of truth, Basilica Santa Maria di Cosmedin, Rome, Italy
Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin Visit

Discover Rome on a driving orientation and after-hours visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Get up close to the legendary Mouth of Tru...

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Iconic Experience

Day 2

Discover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

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

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Midas Palace Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Guided visit to the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Ancient Rome

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a Local Specialist. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Piazza's and fountains walking tour in Rome, Italy
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences See the sights and enjoy Italian dinner in Rome, Italy
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to Renaissance Florence

This morning, head to the Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist. 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.

View of fields in Tuscany, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Villa Neroli
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Local Tuscan dinner with Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th-century organic olive oil estate in the Tuscan hills
Dine with Count Fulcis near Florence

Join Count Miari Fulcis for dinner at his 15th-century organic olive oil estate, used as a location for many famous films like 'Room with a View' a...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Vatican Museums Gallery Maps Vatican City Italy
Study the Masterpieces of the Vatican Museums

Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 4

Venture to Venice (Mestre)

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 Baptistry, 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 along the city’s enchanting canals.

Brunelleschi Dome in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana Venice
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Walking tour and drive in Florence, Italy
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Leather craftsman Florence, Italy
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Michelangelo's David in Florence, Italy
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, w...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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. Later, you’ll enjoy a memorable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience where you’ll witness the ancient Venetian tradition of glassblowing. You’ll learn how the talented master craftsmen are using the same techniques their forefathers once did and how your visit helps to preserve this delicate art for generations to come. Don’t resist the urge to buy a souvenir to remember the special experience before enjoying the rest of the day to explore Venice your way. You could choose to spend a lazy evening watching the traffic on the busy waterways with a Venetian Spritz, or consider taking an Optional Experience to one of the islands in the lagoon.

Gondola on the canal of Venice, Italy
Accommodation Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana Venice
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing in Venice
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills on Venetian Glassblowing

Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing and play a part in preserving this traditional craft. Your visit directly supports United Natio...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences See St. Marks Basilica on a walking tour in Venice, Italy
Venice's Secrets

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and p...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
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 fisherman's island ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Onwards to Greece

Today we travel through Lombardy. The region is Italy's commercial powerhouse bordering Switzerland with lakes and mountains in the north and plains to the south. Later we board our flight to Athens.

Acropolis Odeon and Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Athens City Center
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 7

Monasteries of Meteora on the Way to Kalambaka

Travel north to Kalambaka and the astonishing 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. 

The Holy Trinity Monastery in Meteora, Greece
Accommodation Amalia Hotel Kalambaka
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Mountains in Meteora, Greece
Visit Monasteries of Meteora

With a Local Specialist, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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. Join a fun, interactive Greek Culinary Optional Experience and taste your creations along with other dishes prepared by your cheery chef.

Ruins in Delphi, Greece
Accommodation Amalia Hotel Delphi
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit Delphi in Greece
Delphi City Tour

With your Local Specialist, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb P...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Greek culinary experience in Delphi, Greece
Greek Culinary Experience

This evening enjoy a fun interactive Greek cooking lesson; try your hand at preparing various famous local dishes under the expert direction of you...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Off to Historic Athens

We depart the 'navel of the earth' today 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.

Dinner and drinks in Athens, Greece
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Athens City Center
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Athens, Greece
Athens City Tour

Delve into Athens with a Local Specialist. See the iconic highlights of this ancient city, from the Acropolis to the site of the first modern Olympics.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 10

Embark and Cruise to Stunning Mykonos

Board your ship in Athens. Cruise to the island of Mykonos and spend time discovering the town and sparkling beaches.

Windmills in Mykonos, Greece
Accommodation Aegean Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Experiences Countryside tour with Hora and Little Venice in Mykonos, Greece
Mykonian Countryside Tour with Hora & Little Venice

Join our Local Specialist as we head south from Chora, stopping at the leeward beach of Ornos, a picturesque fishing harbor and popular anchorage. ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Continue to Ancient Ephesus and Patmos

Arrive early at the port of Kusadasi in Turkey where you will enjoy a complimentary Shore Experience to Ephesus. Continue on to Patmos, where you might join an Optional Experience to the cave where the Book of Revelation was written.

Library of Celus in Ephesus, Turkey
Accommodation MV Celestyal Discovery
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey
Ephesus City Tour

Discover one of the world's finest ancient sites. Led by your Local Specialist, walk the Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and Amphitheater a...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Patmos countryside tour with Hora and The Grotto of the Apocalypse, Greece
Patmos Countryside Tour with Hora and the Grotto of the Apocalypse

We'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Patmos to enjoy a panoramic guided tour of the island, including a magical visit to the Grotto of the...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

A Day to Explore Beautiful Rhodes

Arriving in Rhodes, you may wish to join an optional experience for an encounter with one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World today. Walk in the footsteps of the medieval knights who conquered this land. There’s time to explore it for yourself as you trace the thick stone walls, gates and cobblestone lanes of its capital before returning to your cruise.

Saint Pauls Beach in Rhodes, Greece
Accommodation MV Celestyal Discovery
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Experiences The Acropolis Lindos in Rhodes, Greece
Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights

Prepare for an encounter with one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World today. Walking along the path of religious knights who once conquered t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Pottery Class Fit for the Gods

With its extraordinary, beautiful, distinctive, colorful and elaborate designs, pottery was considered to be a gift worthy of dedication to the God...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 13

Cruise to Crete and on to Santorini

You may decide to explore Crete's ancient Minoan culture and heritage at the Palace of Knossos. Admire its bright wall paintings that were restored at the turn of the 20th century and explore centuries of history that predate Christ. Or choose to drive deep into the beautiful countryside and experience the true flavor of Cretan lifestyle. Continue to Santorini, watching as this Cycladic island comes closer on the horizon, rising out of the Aegean with its distinctive cliff-top towns. You could consider an optional Shore Experience this afternoon, passing villages and vineyards bound for Oia with its white buildings and blue-domed churches which vie for the best views over the caldera.

Blue Dome Churches in Santorini, Greece
Accommodation MV Celestyal Discovery
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Walking tour of Rhodes, Greece
Explore the Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes

With your Local Specialist, explore the classical Acropolis of Lindos and the Temple of Athena in Rhodes. These awe-inspiring ruins date back to th...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit The Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete, Greece
Minoan Palace of Knossos - First European Civilization

Visit the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion, walk through its imposing northern entrance and admire the bright wall paintings that were restored at th...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Village excavations in Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece
Akrotiri Village Excavations

Marvel at Santorini's towering cliffs, as tender boats convey you to the port at Athinios, where a coach will take you to Santorini's most signific...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Oia village perched on the Caldera Rim, Greece
Spectacular Oia Village Perched on the Caldera Rim

We'll travel first to Megalochori village, one of the most authentic, unspoiled villages of the island with its distinctive architecture and charac...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Experience Cretan Countryside & Lifestyle

Leaving the Venetian walls of Heraklion behind us, we drive deep into the beautiful countryside of Greece’s largest island. We pass through Episkop...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 14

Disembark in Athens

This morning, disembark from your ship for your transfer to the airport.

Acropolis in Athens, Greece
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Iconic Experience
Rome Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin Visit

Discover Rome on a driving orientation and after-hours visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Get up close to the legendary Mouth of Tru...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ancient Rome

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a Local Specialist. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Dine with Count Fulcis near Florence

Join Count Miari Fulcis for dinner at his 15th-century organic olive oil estate, used as a location for many famous films like 'Room with a View' a...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Study the Masterpieces of the Vatican Museums

Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills on Venetian Glassblowing

Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing and play a part in preserving this traditional craft. Your visit directly supports United Natio...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Monasteries of Meteora

With a Local Specialist, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Delphi City Tour

With your Local Specialist, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb P...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Athens City Tour

Delve into Athens with a Local Specialist. See the iconic highlights of this ancient city, from the Acropolis to the site of the first modern Olympics.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ephesus City Tour

Discover one of the world's finest ancient sites. Led by your Local Specialist, walk the Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and Amphitheater a...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore the Acropolis of Lindos in Rhodes

With your Local Specialist, explore the classical Acropolis of Lindos and the Temple of Athena in Rhodes. These awe-inspiring ruins date back to th...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
European flight from Milan to Athens
Optional Experiences and free time
Four-night Aegean Cruise
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Fast Track Entrance to the Vatican Museums
Explore Rome, Florence, Delphi and Athens
Visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel 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

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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, w...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Venice's Secrets

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and p...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 fisherman's island ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Greek Culinary Experience

This evening enjoy a fun interactive Greek cooking lesson; try your hand at preparing various famous local dishes under the expert direction of you...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mykonian Countryside Tour with Hora & Little Venice

Join our Local Specialist as we head south from Chora, stopping at the leeward beach of Ornos, a picturesque fishing harbor and popular anchorage. ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Patmos Countryside Tour with Hora and the Grotto of the Apocalypse

We'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Patmos to enjoy a panoramic guided tour of the island, including a magical visit to the Grotto of the...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights

Prepare for an encounter with one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World today. Walking along the path of religious knights who once conquered t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Pottery Class Fit for the Gods

With its extraordinary, beautiful, distinctive, colorful and elaborate designs, pottery was considered to be a gift worthy of dedication to the God...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Minoan Palace of Knossos - First European Civilization

Visit the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion, walk through its imposing northern entrance and admire the bright wall paintings that were restored at th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Experience Cretan Countryside & Lifestyle

Leaving the Venetian walls of Heraklion behind us, we drive deep into the beautiful countryside of Greece’s largest island. We pass through Episkop...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Akrotiri Village Excavations

Marvel at Santorini's towering cliffs, as tender boats convey you to the port at Athinios, where a coach will take you to Santorini's most signific...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Spectacular Oia Village Perched on the Caldera Rim

We'll travel first to Megalochori village, one of the most authentic, unspoiled villages of the island with its distinctive architecture and charac...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Italy & Greece

  • Official Language(s) across Italy and Greece: The official language of Italy is Italian. There are also various regional languages and dialects spoken in different parts of the country, such as Sicilian in Sicily and Sardinian in the autonomous region of Sardinia. Greek is the official language of Greece
  • Currency used in Italy and Greece: The Euro (€) is the currency used in Italy and Greece.
  • Capital Cities: Rome (Italy) and Athens (Greece)
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy: Italy uses Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST) and Greece uses Eastern European Time Zone (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST).

Italy and Greece passport, visa, and entry requirements for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Italy or Greece.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

Greece has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Summers in Greece are typically long and hot, with average temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). The country receives abundant sunshine during this season. Winters are generally mild, with temperatures averaging between 8°C and 15°C (46°F and 59°F), but colder conditions can be experienced in mountainous areas. Rainfall is highest during the winter months, while summers are generally dry.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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