Italy & The Greek Islands

13 days starting at $2,919
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  • FLIGHT 1 Night

  • Day 1

    Overnight flight

    Overnight flight
    Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.
  • FLORENCE 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Florence

    Welcome Mixer

    Arrive in Florence
    Touch down in Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region. Florence was king during the Renaissance, and it still holds on to that artsy, fashionable, cultural vibe. Top art museums, amazing food, great nightlife—for many, Florence is Italy at its best.

    Welcome Mixer
    Get to know your fellow travelers at an authentic local spot over some drinks and light appetizers.
  • Day 3

    Sightseeing tour of Florence (local guide)

    Sightseeing tour of Florence (local guide)
    Cover Florence on foot with a local guide. Get a feel for the city’s Renaissance glory days at spots like the Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio (a medieval bridge; very photogenic). Continue past the gothic Basilica di Santa Croce, which houses the final resting places of many legendary Italians, including Michelangelo and Galileo.
  • Day 4

    Free time in Florence (day)

    Optional trip to the Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre (extra cost)

    Free time in Florence (day)

    Top 5 free time suggestions:

    1. The Uffizi Gallery – Don't miss this place; it's one of the top art museums in the world.
    2. Galleria dell'Accademia – Another must-see gallery, the Accademia is home to Michelangelo’s world-famous David.
    3. Giardino di Boboli – Enjoy the fresh air in this giant green garden, complete with statues, caves and an island fountain behind the Palazzo Pitti.
    4. Shopping around piazza Santa Croce – Those seeking real Italian leather products need look no further.
    5. Palazzo Pitti – Go see this palace built by the Medici family, who invented banking during the Renaissance and controlled the city.

    Optional trip to the Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre (extra cost)
    Spend a full day exploring the Italian Riviera's gem - the tiny seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Ride up the Italian coast and catch a train to the village of Riomaggiore, where you'll take a quick tour and continue on the famous Via dell'Amore (path of love) toward the next village. Take a quick train ride to the village of Vernazza, where you'll have time to explore, shop, swim in the cove, or just relax. Then move on to Monterosso, a village known for its long sandy beach and crystal blue water. You'll have time to grab lunch and enjoy the beach before making your way back to Florence.
  • ROME 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 5

    Travel to Rome

    Travel to Rome
    Drive on to Rome. Though its imperial heyday was a couple thousand years ago, Rome today is as alive and action-packed as any European capital. Discover the busy coffee bars, the amazing food, and the incredible ancient sights.
  • Day 6

    Sightseeing tour of Rome (local guide)

    Roman Colosseum

    Forum Romanum

    Free time in Rome (night)

    Sightseeing tour of Rome (local guide)
    Go way back into the past with a local guide. Rome was the center of the Western world back in the day, and you can really feel the history as you go through the city and see the ruins of that ancient civilization.

    Roman Colosseum
    Your tour includes a visit to the massive Colosseum, built back in 70 A.D. The huge amphitheater held up to 50,000 people, who would gather to watch anything from bloody gladiator contests to mock sea battles.

    Forum Romanum
    The Roman Forum was the commercial, political, and religious center of Ancient Rome. Today it’s a grassy field scattered with ancient columns and other ruins. With a little imagination, you’re walking with the Romans 2,000 years ago.

    Free time in Rome (night)

    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:

    1. Campo de’ Fiori – Lots of young people gather early inside and outside the bars in this area, making it a good starting point.
    2. San Lorenzo area – Popular with students, this area is known for its reggae scene and many clubs.
    3. Big Mama – Blues lovers head to this music club in Trastavere.
    4. Testaccio – There is plenty of action on this circular street lined with bars and nightclubs.
    5. Opera – For a real cultural experience, go see an opera in the country where opera was born.
  • Day 7

    Visit to Vatican City

    Optional Rome Cooking Class (extra cost)

    Visit to Vatican City
    Visit this country within a city, home to the Pope. Walk through the famed St. Peter’s Basilica, which was built on the site where the saint was martyred. Also walk through the Sistine Chapel and see Michelangelo’s famous ceiling frescos.

    Optional Rome Cooking Class (extra cost)
    This is your chance to become a real Italian chef. Learn the basics of the regional specialties, as a local professional chef guides you through the process. You’ll start by making two kinds of pasta from scratch (anything from ravioli to cannelloni). Next the focus turns to the sauces. Don't worry if your skills in the kitchen are lacking—when you're done cooking you'll be treated to a three-course dinner prepared by the chef's team.
  • ATHENS 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 8

    Travel to Athens

    Introduction to Athens

    Travel to Athens
    Hop on an early flight to Athens, the capital of Greece. Athens was named after Athena, Ancient Greece’s number one goddess. Today it's a cool mix of ancient sites and modern urban life. Its outdoor café culture and pedestrian-friendly streets make it a great walking city.

    Introduction to Athens
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.
  • Day 9

    Optional Saronic Islands Cruise (extra cost)

    Optional Saronic Islands Cruise (extra cost)
    Head out for a day of island-hopping in the beautiful blue Saronic Gulf. Spend time on Aegina, Poros, and Hydra—these three picturesque islands are popular getaway spots for Athenians, who come for the beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, and amazing seaside landscapes.
  • MYKONOS 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 10

    Ferry to Mykonos

    Ferry to Mykonos
    Catch a ferry and head to cosmopolitan Mykonos. Mykonos is known for its beaches and its nightlife. Though you’ll pay a little more for your fun here than you will on the other islands, the awesome scenery and lively bar and club scene are all worth it.
  • Day 11

    Mykonos cruise/boat ride

    Mykonos cruise/boat ride
    Beach Cruise - spend the afternoon cruising through the south coast of Mykonos. Relax on the isolated Fraggia beach, snorkel in the crystal clear water, and enjoy a full BBQ lunch with traditional Greek food and wine.
  • ATHENS 1 Night

  • Day 12

    Return to Athens

    Sightseeing tour of Athens (local guide)

    Farewell Dinner

    Return to Athens
    Head back to Athens, where you’ll spend the last night of your trip.

    Sightseeing tour of Athens (local guide)
    Go back in time on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. See the Temple of Athena Nike, which once housed a gold statue of Athena. Pass the stadium where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. The highlight of the tour is a walk up to the top of the Acropolis, where you’ll get to see the legendary Parthenon up close.

    Farewell Dinner
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
  • FLIGHT 1 DAY

  • Day 13

    Fly Home

    Fly home
    It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.
Build your trip

New York/New Jersey (EWR, LGA, JFK)
 
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06/07/15
06/19/15
-$250
06/20/15
07/02/15
-$200
07/04/15
07/16/15
-$250
07/18/15
07/30/15
-$200
07/25/15
08/06/15
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08/01/15
08/13/15
-$150
08/15/15
08/27/15
-$150
08/29/15
09/10/15
-$150
09/12/15
09/24/15
-$150
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Travel between cities
  • Welcome Mixer
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Night ferry
  • Continental Breakfast Daily
  • Full-time tour director
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Entrance to select attractions
  • Rome Cooking Class
    This is your chance to become a real Italian chef. Learn the basics of the regional specialties, as a local professional chef guides you through the process. You’ll start by making two kinds of pasta from scratch (anything from ravioli to cannelloni). Next the focus turns to the sauces. Don’t worry if your skills in the kitchen are lacking—when you’re done cooking you’ll be treated to a three-course dinner prepared by the chef’s team.
  • Saronic Islands Cruise
    Head out for a day of island-hopping in the beautiful blue Saronic Gulf. Spend time on Aegina, Poros, and Hydra—these three picturesque islands are popular getaway spots for Athenians, who are drawn by the beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, and amazing seaside landscapes.
  • The Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre
    Spend a full day exploring the Italian Riviera's gem - the tiny seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Ride up the Italian coast and catch a train to the village of Riomaggiore, where you'll take a quick tour and continue on the famous Via dell'Amore (path of love) toward the next village. Take a quick train ride to the village of Vernazza, where you'll have time to explore, shop, swim in the cove, or just relax. Then move on to Monterosso, a village known for its long sandy beach and crystal blue water. You'll have time to grab lunch and enjoy the beach before making your way back to Florence.
SIGHTS YOU'LL SEE:

Florence Duomo

Colosseum

Sistine Chapel

St. Peter's Basilica

Pompeii Roman ruins

Delphi site

Delphi museum

Acropolis

Forum Romanum

CITY GUIDES

Athens Florence Rome