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Best of Italy & Greece Escorted Coach Tour from Rome to Athens

Explore the wonders of Italy and Greece on an unforgettable journey to Rome, Florence, Delphi, and Athens. Discover the renowned Vatican Museums, Piazzale Michelangelo, and the Acropolis. Head north to Kalambaka to visit the stunning Monasteries of Meteora, an incredible UNESCO World Heritage site. This trip promises breathtaking views and historical landmarks at every turn.

Best of Italy & Greece Escorted Coach Tour from Rome to Athens

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DEPARTURE DATE: September 14, 2024
Countries Visited: Greece, Italy

OVERVIEW

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

Sightseeing highlights:
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

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
September 14, 2024from $5,025 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 9 night escorted coach tour from Rome to Athens
  • Internal flights
  • 9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi (where available)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Taxes

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sat Sep 14Rome, Italy
2Sun Sep 15Rome, Italy
3Mon Sep 16Florence, Italy
4Tue Sep 17Venice, Italy
5Wed Sep 18Venice, Italy
6Thu Sep 19Athens, Greece
7Fri Sep 20Monasteries of Meteora on the Way to Kalambaka
8Sat Sep 21Delphi, Greece
9Sun Sep 22Athens, Greece
10Mon Sep 23Athens, Greece

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.

Arrival Transfer

Depart Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO) at 09:30, 12:30, 15:30

Welcome

Meet your Travel Director at 17:30

Accommodation: Midas Palace Hotel

Included Meals: Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Midas Palace Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Villa Neroli
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana Venice
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana Venice
Included Meals: Breakfast

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.

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.

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Kalambaka
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Delphi
Included Meals: Breakfast

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.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Athens City Center
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 – Farewell Athens

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

Departure Transfer

Transfer from your hotel to the airport 07:00, 10:00

Included Meals: Breakfast

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