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Ancient Civilizations: Italy & Greece tour

Ancient Civilizations: Italy & Greece

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Relive Ancient Roman history, then switch gears to the history of Ancient Greece!
  • Indulge in pizza and pasta in Italy, then gyros, and souvlaki in Greece.
  • Take advantage of your included 48-hour Hop-On/Hop-Off Sightseeing Pass in Rome. Drive past iconic landmarks and stop wherever your heart desires.
  • Enjoy your included city tour of Athens, which includes a visit to the Acropolis Site and Museum!
  • Snap tons of gorgeous photos in Mykonos! From donkeys on its streets to its bright-blue shores, Mykonos is always the perfect picture.

Short Description

Get ready to explore ancient sites, charming streets, and bright-blue beaches! On this incredible vacation package, you'll experience the beautiful landscapes and traditional culture of Italy and Greece. See the Colosseum in Rome, the Acropolis in Athens, and the Paraportiani Church in Mykonos! Immerse yourself in rich history while indulging in delicious food and relaxing on pristine beaches. 

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Rome, Italy
End City Greece

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Rome (FCO), out of Athens (ATH)
  • All airport, ferry port, and hotel transfers
  • 3 nights in Rome at the Empire Palace Hotel or similar
  • Rome Hop-On/Hop-Off Sightseeing Pass (48-hours)
  • One-way economy class flight from Rome (FCO) to Athens (ATH)
  • 2 nights in Athens at the Hotel Titania or similar
  • Athens sightseeing tour with Acropolis Site & Museum entrance
  • High-speed ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos
  • 3 nights in Mykonos at the Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel or similar
  • High-speed ferry from Mykonos to Athens (Piraeus)
  • 1 night in Athens at the Hotel Titania or similar

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Rome, Italy!

Land in the energetic Eternal City, buzzing with culture, cuisine, and history! Enjoy a comfortable ride to your hotel, then settle into your luxurious accommodation.

Freshen up, take a quick nap, then get exploring! Spend your first night getting to know this romantic city. Take a walk to Piazza Navona and treat yourself to some scrumptious gelato!

Transfer from FCO Airport to Rome Hotel

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Day 2: Rome

Enjoy breakfast and recharge with a rich, foamy cappuccino. When you're ready to start your day, grab your camera and get going! Activate your Hop-On/Hop-Off Sightseeing Pass and embark on a scenic ride through Rome's most iconic landmarks. Be sure to "hop off" and explore at any point!

Rome Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (48 hours) - all year

Visiting the capital of Italy has never been so easy and exciting! Get on CitySightseeing open top red bus and admire this wonderful city from another “higher” perspective! Onboard you will find an interesting commentary which will provide you with information about everything around you. Bus Line A gives you the opportunity to explore the main places of interest, like the Colosseum, the Vatican City and the Trevi Fountain.

Day 3: Rome

Today, continue using your sightseeing pass. If you haven't yet, be sure to get lost in the magic of the ancient Roman Forum. Travel through time and become immersed in the history of the fascinating Roman Empire!

Be sure to spend time visiting the ancient Colosseum, then make your way to incredibly-preserved Pantheon. Feel your head swivel around as you take in the overwhelming beauty of this former Roman temple. Don't forget to look up! Its majestic ceiling will leave you breathless.

Day 4: Rome - Athens, Greece

After breakfast, wave goodbye to Rome and say hello to Athens! Enjoy a convenient transfer to the airport, then feel yourself flutter with excitement during your quick flight to Greece.

Upon arrival in ancient Athens, meet your transfer and get your first look at the city from the car window. Settle into your luxurious hotel, then get exploring! Stroll through the sight-filled streets and wander through the charming Plaka neighborhood. Indulge in an authentic gyro, then some delicious baklava!

Transfer from Rome Hotel to FCO Airport

Fly to Athens!

Transfer from ATH Airport to Athens Hotel

Day 5: Athens

Get ready for a day of adventure! Embark on your Athens sightseeing tour, on which you'll explore the Acropolis site, the Acropolis Museum, and much more. Take tons of photos and discover the secrets of Ancient Greece.

Athens Sightseeing Tour (with Acropolis)

Discover the secrets of Athens, including its famous Acropolis on your sightseeing tour! Your expert guide will take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library.

On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.

On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the famous Parthenon.

Your first taste of Athens would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural building where, at last, the statues have found their home. Here, you can admire the wonders and architectural masterpieces of the classical era.

Day 6: Athens - Mykonos

Set sail to the magical island of Mykonos! Take in amazing views as you float across the bright blue sea on a high-speed ferry. After a scenic ride, enjoy a transfer to your elegant hotel and check-in.

Spend your evening strolling through the stone streets of this charming island! Admire the traditional whitewashed buildings, adorned with colorful accents! Walk along vibrant Matoyianni Street and weave in and out of countless shops and cafes.

Transfer from Athens Hotel to Piraeus Ferry Port

Ferry ride to Mykonos!

Transfer from Mykonos Ferry Port to Mykonos Hotel

Day 7: Mykonos

Experience the unbeatable beauty of Mykonos' glistening beaches! Pack a bag and head to Psarou, Agios Ioanis, Platis Gialos, Paradise, or Elia.

During your stay in Mykonos, try to see at least a few different beaches, as they all boast their own unique characteristics. Certain beaches are home to smooth sand and bright blue waters, while others display turquoise seascapes and rocky shores.

Day 8: Mykonos

Today, take tons of photos in-front of the postcard-worthy Mykonos Windmills. Talk about a new profile picture! Gawk at the beautiful surrounding scenery, then head to the popular village of Chora. Spend the day exploring ancient churches, historic buildings, narrow streets, and local shops!

In the evening, treat yourself to an unforgettable dinner in Little Venice. Hear the waves crash against the shore and enjoy the pleasant breeze as you nibble on fresh cheeses, pita, and olive oils.

Day 9: Mykonos - Athens

After breakfast, savor the sights of the island's bright blue waters before you head back to the mainland. Enjoy a scenic ferry ride, then make the most of your last day in Athens!

Try delicious favorites, such as Pasticio and Moussaka, then stroll through bustling Monastiraki. Ancient temples and monuments lie around every corner in Athens, so make sure you've seen them all!

Transfer from Mykonos Hotel to Ferry Port

Ferry ride to Athens!

Transfer from Piraeus Ferry Port to Athens Hotel

Day 10: Depart Greece

Squeeze all your souvenirs into your luggage, then enjoy a relaxing transfer to the airport. As you float up into the sky, wave goodbye to the incredible sites you've been so lucky to see. Spend your flight home scrolling through priceless photos and dreaming about your next adventure.

Transfer from Athens Hotel to ATH Airport

Fly home!

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