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

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

Start: Rome Finish: Athens

Visiting: Rome, Florence, Vatican City, Mestre, Venice, Ancona, Igoumenitsa, Kalabaka, Meteora, Delphi, Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion, Crete, Santorini


Duration: 13 Nights

Tour code: ICLAMLA16

Tour operator: Trafalgar


From: $5220 $5116

Extra tourhub saving: $104

Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • iconView 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
  • iconScenic Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • iconDive into Culture Ascend the staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. (Day 3) Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 5)
  • iconVisit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum 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
  • iconExplore Rome, Florence, Delphi and Athens with a Local Specialist
  • iconVIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • iconConnect with Locals Enjoy a local Tuscan Be My Guest dinner with Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th-century organic olive oil estate in the Tuscan hills, used as a location for many famous films like 'Room with a View' and 'Tea with Mussolini'. (Day 3)
  • iconDiscover Venice
  • iconSee Hadrian's Arch in Athens

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Ciao Rome

Location: Rome

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.

icon Day 2: Discover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

Location: Rome

Meals: Breakfast

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.

icon Day 3: Journey to Renaissance Florence

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.

icon Day 4: Venture to Venice

Location: Florence, Mestre

Accommodation: Novotel Mestre Castellana

Meals: Breakfast

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.

icon Day 5: Explore the Floating City

Location: Venice

Meals: Breakfast

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.

icon Day 6: Board an Overnight Ferry to Greece

Location: Ancona, Igoumenitsa

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel south to the ancient port city of Ancona to board your overnight ferry to mainland Greece.

icon Day 7: Monasteries of Meteora on the way to Kalambaka

Location: Kalabaka, Meteora

Accommodation: Amalia Kalambaka

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

icon Day 8: Onwards to Legendary Delphi

Location: Delphi

Accommodation: Amalia Delphi

Meals: Breakfast

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.

icon Day 9: Off to Historic Athens

Location: Athens

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.

icon Day 10: Embark and Cruise to Stunning Mykonos

Location: Mykonos

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.

icon Day 11: Continue to Ancient Ephesus and Patmos

Location: Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

icon Day 12: A Day to Explore Beautiful Rhodes

Location: Rhodes

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Rhodes. Explore the fascinating medieval Old Town on your complimentary Shore Experience.

icon Day 13: Cruise to Crete and on to Santorini

Location: Heraklion, Crete, Santorini

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark in Heraklion on the island of Crete, and perhaps visit the Palace of Knossos. Then cruise to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini.

icon Day 14: Disembark in Athens

Location: Athens

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

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

What's Included

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    VIP entry to many sights

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    Hand-picked Insider Experiences

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    9 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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    Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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    An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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    4 lunches

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    Overnight ferry from Ancona to Igoumenitsa

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    13 breakfasts

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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Dates & Availability

Sep 18, 2021

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Oct 01, 2021

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