Start: Rome Finish: Athens
Tour code: ICLAMLA16
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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 sight of the most important oracle in the classical world.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
Meals: Welcome Reception
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.
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.
Location: Florence, Rome, Vatican City
Accommodation: Cosmopolitan Concept
Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest
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.
Location: Florence, Mestre
Accommodation: Novotel Mestre Castellana
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.
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.
Location: Ancona, Igoumenitsa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel south to the ancient port city of Ancona to board your overnight ferry to mainland Greece.
Location: Kalabaka, Meteora
Accommodation: Amalia 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.
Accommodation: Amalia 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.
Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
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: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Board your ship in Athens. Cruise to the island of Mykonos and spend time discovering the town and sparkling beaches.
Location: Kusadasi, Ephesus, 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.
Arrive in Rhodes. Explore the fascinating medieval Old Town on your complimentary Shore Experience.
Location: Heraklion, Crete, Santorini
Disembark in Heraklion on the island of Crete, and perhaps visit the Palace of Knossos. Then cruise to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
This morning, disembark from your ship for your transfer to the airport.
VIP entry to many sights
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
9 dinners (including Be My Guest)
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Overnight ferry from Ancona to Igoumenitsa
Optional Experiences and free time
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
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