2017: Italy & Greece with Aegean Cruise (6485)
16 days from Rome to Athens
Italy and Greece are countries steeped in history with a treasure trove of ancient sites and scenic beauty, and on this Italy & Greece tour, you'll see the highlights of what these countries have to offer, starting in Rome and ending in Athens. In Italy, overnight in Rome, the Florence area, and the Venice area; in Greece, overnight in Olympia, Nauplia, and Athens. You'll also overnight on a ferry crossing the Adriatic Sea from Ancona, Italy to Patras, Greece and aboard a 3-night Aegean Sea cruise.Enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights, including Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence's political life since the 14th century; Juliet's balcony in the medieval town of Verona; the byzantine mosaics in medieval Ravenna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Pisa's famous Leaning Tower; In Venice, take a boat ride to St. Mark's Square and watch glassblowers create works of art as they have done for centuries or discover the center at your own pace. From Ancona, you'll cross the Adriatic Sea by overnight ferry to reach Greece.Imagine what life was like during the Roman Empire when you visit Rome's iconic Colosseum, the amphitheater used for deadly gladiatorial contests, and the Roman Forum, the political, social, and commercial center during the Roman Empire. Step back in time at your visit to Athens' Acropolis and the Parthenon, dating back to the 5th century BC. Also visit Mycenae, dating back to 1350 to 1200 BC, where you'll marvel at the arches, fountains, ramparts, and amazing masonry still standing.To wrap up your Greece vacation with a few relaxing days, enjoy a 3-night cruise to some of the world's most beautiful islands, including Mykonos, with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and whitewash houses; Heraklion, Crete, nestled picturesquely between two mountain ranges; Santorini (weather permitting), with one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas; Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation; and Kusadasi, Turkey, where you'll enjoy an included visit of the Ephesus archaeological site.All of these elements come together perfectly to create a value-minded Italy and Greece tour like no other!
ROME NH Villa Carpegna (F) or Pineta Palace (ST)FLORENCE AREA Villa Gabriele d'Annunzio (ST)VENICE AREA Antony Palace (F) at Marcon or Poppi (ST) at MiraOLYMPIA Olympia Palace (F)NAUPLIA Rex (ST)ATHENS Acropolis Select (ST)CRUISE: MTS Olympia or MTS Nefeli
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|Offer valid through 6/30/2017|
|Day 1||Rome||Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Italy's ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.|
|Day 2||Rome||Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, the heart of the Vatican, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM. (B)|
|Day 3||Florence||Vistas of rolling hills, cypress trees, vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa to see the Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, then on to the Florence area. End the day by joining the optional Tuscan dinner in a typical restaurant. (B)|
|Day 4||Florence||This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Don't miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)|
|Day 5||Venice||Journey north to enchanting Verona to see the legendary balcony from Romeo and Juliet and spend some time at leisure strolling around Market Square. Continue to the Venice area. (B)|
|Day 6||Venice||Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and quiet little piazzas. Take a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and enjoy time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS at work. Don't miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)|
|Day 7||Overnight Ferry Crossing to Patras||Travel across the flatlands of the Po Delta to medieval Ravenna, where you will admire some of its unique byzantine mosaics, listed by UNESCO. Next, reach Ancona on the shores of the Adriatic, to embark on the FERRY for the crossing to Patras. (B)|
|Day 8||Olympia||During the crossing, enjoy all the ship's facilities. Disembark in Patras and drive south into the Peloponnese to Olympia. (B,D)|
|Day 9||Nauplia||Time at leisure, or make the most of this morning by taking the optional tour of the sites of ancient Olympia, including the ruins of the Temple of Zeus. In the afternoon, enjoy the rugged scenery of the Peloponnese on the way to Nauplia. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)|
|Day 10||Athens||Morning visit with a Local Guide to the impressive ruins of MYCENAE, an ancient city indissolubly linked to the Homeric epics. Later, stop to view the Corinth Canal, which was built between 1881 and 1893. Tonight, maybe join an optional Greek dinner. (B)|
|Day 11||Athens||Join the included sightseeing tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of the ancient capital and a visit to the ACROPOLIS. Explore the shops and museums or take a trip to the coast to swim. In the evening, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the tavernas in the old Plaka district with its narrow streets and sound of bouzouki music. (B)|
|Day 12||Mykonos||Board your cruise ship. Afternoon cruising in the Aegean on your way to Mykonos with its white houses, chapels, and windmills. Late-evening departure for Kusadasi, Turkey. (B,L,D)|
|Day 13||Kusadasi||Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit. (B,L,D)|
|Day 14||Santorini||First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away, visit Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, on the included excursion. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the 'Black Pearl of the Aegean.' The included shore excursion takes you up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas. (B,L,D)|
|Day 15||Athens||Early morning arrival at the famous port of Lavrion/Piraeus. After disembarkation, continue to Athens for an overnight. (B)|
|Day 16||Athens||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Prices based on double room occupancy.Prices are per person in twin inside cabins.Supplement for single room on land and single occupancy of inside cabin on Greek cruise:$790Reduction for triple room on land and triple occupancy of inside cabin on Greek cruise: $45Combination guaranteed shares on land and triple cabin on Greek cruise not available.Cruise port taxes $149 and gratuities $30 to service personnel on board are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate. Onboard drink package is included in the Cosmos price. Extra nights per person in Rome:in single room $124-$152, in twin $82-$106, in triple $75-$97Extra nights per person in Athens:in single room $100, in twin $69, in triple $57
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