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12-Day Great Greece and Italy Tour from Athens, ends in Venice Tour Code: 438-18741

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Athens, Greece
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12 11
Visit Ancona, Athens, Corfu, Delphi, Florence, Kamena Vourla, Kastraki, Meteoras, Metsovo, Nafpaktos, Olympia, Oxford, Peloponnese, Rome, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Vatican City, Venice.
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    Double $1600
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Day 1: Athens

Upon arriving at the airport we will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts. Please, check the informative posters placed at the hotel reception area which have all the information about your upcoming services such as meeting place, time and the guide’s name.
Standard Hotel: Athens Hotel

Day 2: Athens

We will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide which includes the Presidential Palace, the Panathinaikos stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held, the national library, the bustling squares of the center; the new neighborhoods that emerged after the 2004 Olympic games. The tour will end at the Acropolis site (entry not included). In the evening we include a transfer to the PLAKA quarter, a place full of small Greek taverns where you can also enjoy this country´s folklore.
  • Athens, GREECE

    Athens, GREECE
    One of the oldest cities in the world, Athenian history spans more than three millennia, and served as the foundation for much of modern Western culture. Ancient monuments like the Parthenon have been standing for thousands of years.

    Panathenaic Stadium

    One of the main historic attractions of Athens, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and was the venue for 4 of the 9 contested sports. It was used for various purposes in the 20th century and was once again used as an Olympic venue in 2004.

    Hadrian's Library

    It was created by Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 132 on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens. The building followed a typical Roman Forum architectural style, having only one entrance with a propylon of Corinthian order, a high surrounding wall with protruding niches at its long sides, an inner courtyard surrounded by columns and a decorative oblong pool in the middle.

    Syntagma Square

    Named for the Greek Constitution, Syntagma Square is Athens' central public square, located in front of the Old Royal Palace, which currently houses the Greek Parliament. It was constructed in the 19th century.

    Plaka

    The old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites.

    Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes

Standard Hotel: Athens Hotel

Day 3: Athens - Kamena Vourla - Kastraki - Meteoras - Kalabaka(9611 km)

We set off in the early morning for the North of Greece. A stop at Kamena Vourla, a pretty tourist centre by the sea amidst magnificent countryside. Continuation northbound. We make a brief stop at the gorge where the battle of Thermopylae took place. We will visit Kastraki, a picturesque village with beautiful views over the whole valley. Time for lunch before visiting the Valley of the Meteoras , an impressive place declared Unesco World Heritage. We will see the whole of the valley and will have the chance to enter one of the most famous monasteries (entrance included).
  • Kamena Vourla, GREECE

    Kamena Vourla is a pretty tourist centre by the sea amidst magnificent countryside.
  • Kastraki, GREECE

    Kastraki is a picturesque village with beautiful views over the whole valley.
  • Meteoras, GREECE

    Valley of the Meteoras , an impressive place declared Unesco World Heritage.
Standard Hotel: Kalabaka hotel
Dinner: Included

Day 4: Kalabaka- Metsovo- Corfu- Lefkada(109 km)

An exciting stage full of beauty. We travel between mountains on our way to Metsovo. A coffee in this city that reminds us of the history and influence of the Slav and Turkish world in the north of Greece, before going on to Igumenitsa, where we will embark for the very beautiful island of Corfu. A one and a half hour crossing of the waters of the Ionian Seain front of the coast of Albania, we suggest lunch on board. On the island of Corfu, the Pearl of the Ionian Sea, we see its capital Kerkipa which preserves its Venetian style historic centre. We also see KANONI a beautiful Byzantine church perched on an island. We embark once more to return to continental Greece, before going on to Lefkada. Accommodation in the picturesque capital of this small island connected to the continent by a bridge.
  • Metsovo, GREECE

    A coffee in this Metsovo that will reminds us of the history and influence of the Slav and Turkish world in the north of Greece.
  • Corfu, GREECE

    A Greek island in the Ionian Sea. In 2007, the city's old town was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Standard Hotel: Lefkada Hotel

Day 5: Lefkada- Cruise of the islands of the Ionian- Lefkada

Today, the main feature is the sea and the islands of the Greek Ionian Sea. We embark on a day’s cruise that will take us to Porto Katsiki and its beautiful beach; Cephalonia, the largest island of the Ionian Sea, where we can stroll in the picturesque village of Fiscardo; Ithaca, the homeland of Ulysses and a chance to see the village of Frikes; the boat then enters a hidden grotto in Meganisi. Our boat also stops at Skorpios, the island of Onassis, where we can swim. A small lunch will be included on the cruise. Return to the port of Nydri where we disembark and return to our hotel in Lefkada.

Note: on rare occasions, the route of the boat trip might be changed (or completely cancelled or the number of islands visited changed) for the weather or operational reasons.

Standard Hotel: Lefkada Hotel

Day 6: Lefkada - Nafpaktos - Delphi - Olympia(179 km)

We travel to the south of the Ionian Sea and the Gulf of Corinth. We see Nafpaktos, where its castle reminds us that this city is Lepanto, where the famous sea battle between Christians and Turks took place. Amidst very beautiful countryside we go on to Delphi, where we arrive at the end of the morning. Entrance included to see this beautiful archaeological complex which overlooks the Golf of Corinth with incredible scenery. Time for lunch. We go on to the Peloponnese.
  • Nafpaktos, GREECE

    Nafpaktos is a town and a former municipality in West Greece, situated on a bay on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth. Its castle reminds us that this city is Lepanto, where the famous sea battle between Christians and Turks took place.
  • Delphi, GREECE

    It occupies an impressive site on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus, overlooking the coastal plain to the south and the valley of Phocis. It is now an extensive archaeological site with a small modern town of the same name nearby. It is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in having had a phenomenal influence in the ancient world.
Standard Hotel: Olympia Hotel
Dinner: Included

Day 7: Olympia - Patras.- Overnight voyage from Greece to Italy(84 km)

We will visit Olympia archeological site with a local guide. You will have a chance to visit its museum and archeological site (ticket included) which the cradle of the Olympic games in ancient times. After this, we cross the mountainous interior of the Peloponnese. We continue to Patras; we include tickets to its powerful castle built in the 6th century; time for lunch.

At 17.30 (the time may change) we board a very modern ferry, much more like a cruiser. The ship sails along the Greek coast, passing the islands of Ithaca and Kefalonia and making a stop at Igumenitsa. Accommodation in double cabins with bathroom.

Notes: Sometimes, due to the weather, the servicing of the ship or changes in times, strikes, or if the ferry is full, we might take a different ferry from Igumenitsa or travel to Rome by plane. Breakfast on the ferry not included.

  • Olympia, GREECE

    A small town in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, famous for the nearby archaeological site of the same name, which was a major Panhellenic religious sanctuary of ancient Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games were held.

    Archaeological Museum of Olympia

    The museum houses discoveries from the surrounding area, including the site of the Ancient Olympic Games. The collection includes objects produced and used in the area from prehistory to its time under Roman rule. The principal pieces in the museum are Hermes and the Infant Dionysus. The extent of its bronze collection makes it one of the most important in the world.
  • Peloponnese, GREECE

    Peloponnese, a peninsula and southern region of Greece, played a major role in the Greek War of Independence. Visitors enjoy historical and archeological sites like Olympia, as well as churches, castles, and natural surroundings of mountains, beaches, caves, and more.
Standard Hotel: Overnight voyage from Greece to Italy

Day 8: Ancona- Loreto - Rome(207 km)

Morning resting on board on our journey through the Adriatic. Arrival in Ancona scheduled at 14 hrs., disembarkation and continuation to Loreto, time to visit the sanctuary of the Holy House, the house of the Virgin Mary, and to tour its beautiful medieval town. After that we cross the Apennines amidst beautiful countryside in the Abruzzos region. Rome -Arrival at the end of the day.
  • Ancona, ITALY

    A city and a seaport in the Marche region in central Italy. Mail sights include Ancona Cathedral which dedicated to Judas Cyriacus, was consecrated at the beginning of the 11th century and completed in 1189.
Standard Hotel: Ergife/Shangrila/Green Park Hotel or similar

Day 9: Rome(7 km)

In the morning, we will have a scenic tour of Rome. We will enter the tiny state of the Vatican, visit St. Peter's Basilica, Roman Colosseum. In the evening we will transfer to the Via Cavour area, where you will find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food. Return to hotel at last.
  • Rome, ITALY

    Rome, ITALY
    The history of this amazing city spans more than two and a half thousand years. It is one of the most historic places on the planet Earth, and it's artistic and cultural contributions have colored global development.

    Colosseum

    Colosseum
    This nearly 2000-year-old structure is one of the most famous buildings in all of human history. At its height, it could hold up to 80,000 people, and was usually used for gladiatorial contests, executions, and drama productions.

    Via Cavour

    A street runs from the Piazza del Cinquecento north of Termini Station, near the Baths of Diocletian, south-westward past the basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore and San Pietro in Vincoli, and concludes at the Roman Forum, a total distance of 1.3km. It houses a large number of hotels and restaurants.
  • Vatican City, ITALY

    This small country, surrounded by the larger city of Rome, is the center of the Catholic Church and home of the Pope. Famous sights are St. Peter's Square and the Basilica, as well as the Vatican Museum.

    St. Peter's Basilica

    St. Peter's Basilica
    Perhaps the most famous church in the world and the center of Roman Catholicism, this ornate basilica in the small sovereign state of Vatican City has been a place of pilgrimage for nearly two thousand years.

    Vatican Museums

    Include: Visit Vatican Galleries, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica; Local guide; Right of entry to the Vatican included; Headset connected privately with your local guide.

    Admission (Optional): Adult €45; Child €45; Minimum group required: 20 persons|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

  • Rome, ITALY

    Rome, ITALY
    The history of this amazing city spans more than two and a half thousand years. It is one of the most historic places on the planet Earth, and it's artistic and cultural contributions have colored global development.

    Baroque Rome

    This excursion is essential to complete your stay in Rome. You can enjoy the great Rome of Bernini and Borromini, the great baroque Rome with its beautiful fountains, squares and obelisks. We will make a complete tour knowing: Lungotevere, Ara Pacis, Porta Pinciana, Via Veneto, Plaza de Espana with its wonderful fountain of the boat and its staircase Trinidad de los Montes, Fontana de Trevi where you can fulfill the rite of throwing your coin, Piazza Colona , Pantheon, possibly the best preserved archaeological temple of ancient Rome and we will finish in the extraordinary Piazza Navona.

    Admission (Optional): Adult €35; Child €35; Include transfer, local guide, individual headphones; minimum group required: 15 persons|Duration: Approx. 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Standard Hotel: Ergife/Shangrila/Green Park Hotel or similar 4 stars hotel

Day 10: Rome - Florence(230 km)

We will leave Rome for Florence. This route is graced with beautiful landscapes. Upon arrival in Florence, we will head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo. In the evening we will have a tour with a local expert, and walk through the historic centre, taking in places such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. Free time to explore. In the evening, you can dine at your favorite restaurant. In this district you can find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food.
  • Florence, ITALY

    Florence, ITALY
    Historic Florence, Italy is considered to be one of the most gorgeous cities in the world. Its long tradition of art and culture can be seen on nearly every doorstep. Millions of people travel here each year.

    Piazzale Michelangelo

    The Piazzale Michelangelo is located at the top of a hill, making it perhaps the best vantage point to take in a full panoramic view of this marvelous city. A restaurant at the top provides visitors with a good meal.

    Ponte Veccio

    Ponte Veccio
    The Ponte Veccio is a Medieval stone bridge over the Arno River in Florence. The bridge is lined by shops, something that was typical at the time of its construction in 1345; they are mostly artists and souvenir vendors.

    Piazza della Signoria

    The Piazza della Signoria features many can't-miss Florentine buildings. The Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's massive fortress of a town hall, towers above. The Loggia dei Lanzi is a beautiful piece of Renaissance architecture, bedecked with bronze and marble sculptures.

    Tuscan Dinner

    In this opportunity, you will have the chance to make a magnificent dinner in a Tuscan atmosphere. A group of musicians will set this beautiful evening. We can taste the typical products of the region. During dinner we can also enjoy live music, a pianist singer from Fiorentino will perform national and international pieces of music.

    Admission (Optional): Adult €60; Child €60; Dinner included with drinks. Minimum group required: 20 persons|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

Standard Hotel: First Hotel/Ibis Firenze Nord Aeroporto or similar hotel

Day 11: Florence - Venice(203 km)

Today we enjoy stunning mountain landscapes while crossing the Apennine Mountains. We will arrive in Venice and take the boat and cross the Giudecca to the Island of Venice. With a local guide, we will visit the St. Mark's Square and enter the Basilica.Afterwards, we will visit the Murano glass factory. At the end of the afternoon, we will have the chance to enjoy own free time or eat dinner in the Mestre district, where you can choose the type of restaurant that you prefer (Indian, Oriental, Italian, etc.).
  • Venice, ITALY

    Venice, ITALY
    This city off the coast of northeast Italy is famous the world over for its many canals. It is actually a chain of 118 islands linked together by bridges and waterways. Venice is world-renown for its art and beauty.

    Gondola Ride

    The canals of Venice are what make this city iconic. Gondolas are special boats designed to navigate these channels. No visit to Venice is complete without a romantic ride down the canals on a gondola.Musicians 1 tenor and one accordionist for the gondola group.

    Admission (Optional): Adult €35; Child €35; Minimum group required: 10 persons|Duration: Approx. 35 Minutes

    Saint Mark's Basilica

    The Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco is the most famous church in Venice and is known for its unique and ornate Italo-Byzantine architecture that includes five hemispherical domes and fine patterns. It was built in the 11th century AD.
Standard Hotel: Lugano/Novotel Mestre Castellana/Holiday Inn/Mondial Venecia or similar

Day 12: Venice

After the breakfast, the tour will come to an end. Please refer to the "Departure & Return" for more detailed information.

Price Includes

  • Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance.
  • Airport pick up service
  • 10nights hotel accommodation with breakfast buffet.
  • Boat: Cruise through the Ionian Islands with small lunch included, to the island of Venice.
  • City tour in : Athens, Olympia, Rome, Florence, Venice.
  • Evening Transfer: Plaka neighborhood in Athens, Via Cavour in Rome.
  • Transfer: Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence.
  • Ticket admission: Meteora monastery, Delphi archeological complex , Olympia archeological complex, Coliseum of Rome, Saint Mark´s Basilica and Murano Glass Factory in Venice.
  • Ferry: Igoumenitsa - Corfu - Igoumenitsa, Patras (GR)/ Ancona (IT).
  • 4 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Kalambaca, Leucada, Leucada, Olympia.

Price Excludes

  • Admission Fees:
    Destination Adult Child
    Florence
    Tuscan Dinner (Optional) €60 €60
    Rome
    Baroque Rome (Optional) €35 €35
    Vatican City
    Vatican Museums (Optional) €45 €45
    Venice
    Gondola Ride (Optional) €35 €35
    • Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
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