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Best of Italy and Greece (trafalgar)

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Rome, Italy

Athens, Greece

10 days, 9 nights

June 2024 to September 2025

US$ 3902.00 (1 adult - twin)


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Italy, Vatican City, Greece


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Highlights


Dining Summary

  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 9 Breakfast (B)

Be My Guest

  • 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' and 'Tea with Mussolini', and enjoy eight generations of history with plenty of stories.

Iconic Experience

  • Rome: During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.
  • : 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 Truth, an ancient Roman marble mask said to bite any liar who places their hand in the mask’s mouth. Dare to test the legend yourself and take one of the city’s most coveted photos.
  • Vatican: 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.
  • Rome: Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a Local Specialist. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears witness to the limitless courage of the gladiators.
  • Rome: Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums.
  • Florence: Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the political heart of the city, Signoria Square.
  • Florence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.
  • 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.
  • Delphi: With your Local Specialist, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where people once sought divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.
  • Athens: 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.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Venice: Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing and play a part in preserving this traditional craft. This experience supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Must-see 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

Whats Included

  • : 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.

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.


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Midas Palace
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Rome

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.


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Midas Palace
Breakfast
Rome, Vatican, Rome

Day 3: Journey to Renaissance Florence Dive Into Culture Connect with Locals

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.


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Villa Neroli
Breakfast, Dinner
Rome, Vatican, Florence

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.


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Novotel Mestre Castellana
Breakfast, Dinner
Florence, Venice

Day 5: Explore the Floating City Make Travel Matter

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.


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Novotel Mestre Castellana
Breakfast
Venice

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.


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Crowne Plaza Athens
Breakfast
Venice, Milan, Athens

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.


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Amalia Kalambaka
Breakfast, Dinner
Athens, Meteora, Kalambaka

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.


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Amalia Delphi
Breakfast
Kalambaka, Delphi

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.


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Crowne Plaza Athens
Breakfast, Dinner
Delphi, Athens

Day 10: Farewell Athens

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


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Breakfast
Athens, Mykonos, Athens

What's included


Whats Included

  • 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.
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