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BEST OF ITALY AND GREECE


Explore the beauty of Italy and Greece. From Venice to the leaning tower of Pisa to visitng the world famous Sistine Chapel in Vetican City. Discover Capri - Pearl of the Mediterranean and take a ferry from Brindsi to Patra. Visit Olympia, Nafplio and the beautiful city Athens.

 

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Detailed descriptions of cities, monuments and historic sites:

St. Mark's Square, Venice - Fabulously cared for marble, buildings with delicate stone lacework, a profusion of gold and mosaics, the most beautiful palaces and churches are located in the quarter of St. Mark's. It is a veritable museum of the grandeur, nature and glory of the Republic of Venice. 

  Sistine Chapel - a pure source of inspiration for art lovers and tourists alike, specially included on your tour.

Church of St.Peter’s - the incomparable home of architectural and artistic masterpieces by Michelangelo and Bernini, which will leave you awestruck.

Colosseum - from inside, a vast amphitheater; known for its gladiator fights, the tour of Rome is incomplete without visiting this 2000 year-old stone ruin.

Discover Capri - the 'Pearl of the Mediterranean', a resort since the time of the Roman republic, it has charmed visitors for centuries. The unique coastline is dotted with hidden caves and secluded beaches. Home to Emperors, exiles and artists, Capri has inspired paintings, novels and music.

Olympia is an ancient site on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula that hosted the original Olympic Games, founded in the 8th century B.C. Its extensive ruins include athletic training areas, a stadium and temples dedicated to the gods Hera and Zeus. The Archaeological Museum of Olympia exhibits finds from the site, including a statue of Hermes attributed to the sculptor Praxiteles. Olympia still serves as the inspiration for the modern Olympic Games, which were begun in 1896: Major structures include the Temple of Zeus (6th century BC), the Temple of Hera and the Altis Sanctuary.

Nafplio - One of the most beautiful towns in the area of Argolis (in eastern Peloponnese) as well as one of the most romantic cities all over Greece, Nafplio was the first capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834.

Mycenae - The fortified city of ancient Mycenae & the Mycenaean civilization, to which it gave its name, were first introduced to the world by Heinrich Schliemann’s excavations from 1874 onwards, which carried the history of Europe far back into the Bronze Age of the 2nd millennium BC. You will visit the famous tholos tomb known as the “Treasury of Artreus” or the ‘Tomb of Agamemnon’; the Lion Gate; and the ruined Palace. 

Athens - is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments - a rare historical palimpsest. In 1834, it became the capital of the Modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm.

Acropolis Museum - The new Acropolis Museum has a total area of 25,000 square meters, with exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters, ten times more than that of the old museum on the Hill of the Acropolis. The new Museum offers all the amenities expected in an international museum of the 21st century. It is located 300 meters walking distance from the Acropolis Archaeological Site.

 

Bon voyage! Start your fun-filled tour of Italy and Greece

Day 1: Arrive Venice

Arrive into Venice where you will be met by an English speaking assistant  then transferred to your hotel in Venice area. Check in and you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Tonight enjoy a delicious dinner. Overnight in Hotel Ibis Padua, /Tulip Inn Padova/ or similar in Padua

Day 2: Romantic Venice – crossed by canals, beautiful monuments, the city that inspires poetry and passion.

After breakfast, check-out and drive to the pier and board a private boat to the heart of the traditional city of Venice for a guided tour of St. Mark's Square and its most important monuments.

This afternoon, enjoy a hot lunch. Later depart for Montecatini. Tonight enjoy a delicious dinner. Overnight in Hotel Salus,/ HotelMassimo d'Azeglio / or similar in Montecatini.

Day 3: Pisa Marvel at one of the wonders of the world – The Leaning Tower of Pisa

After breakfast, check out and proceed to Pisa to visit the Square of Miracles. Remain spellbound as you approach this precariously Leaning Tower. Photograph your family with the Leaning Tower in the backdrop. You also have some free time to shop. Enjoy lunch. Later, proceed to Rome, the incomparable home of architectural and artistic masterpieces of the ancient world. Tonight enjoy a sumptuous hot dinner in your hotel.

Overnight in Hotel Appia Park or similar in Rome.

Day 4: Vatican City

After buffet breakfast this morning, board your deluxe air conditioned coach and proceed with an expert English speaking guide to the Vatican City – the smallest country in the world (shorts or sleeveless vests not allowed). First stop at the Vatican Museum, with a visit to the world famous Sistine Chapel. This will be followed by a visit to the holy Church of St.Peter’s.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a restaurant. Later, visit the imposing Colosseum, the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Roman Forum and many more sights of this historic city. Tonight, dinner at hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Appia Park or similar in Rome.

Day 5: Naples - Discover Capri, the 'Pearl of the Mediterranean'

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, check-out and proceed to Naples pier. You will be met by your guide who will help you take ferry for Capri. After lunch at a local restaurant take the ferry for Sorrento, you will be transferred by minibus to your hotel in Sorrento. Tonight dinner at hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Marad, Hotel Moon Valley or similar in Sorrento surroundings.

Day 6: Brindisi – Patra

After breakfast check-out and proceed to Brindisi pier from where you will board your overnight ferry to Patra.

Overnight Ferry from Brindisi to Patra

Day 7: Olympia

Upon arrival in Patra you will be met by your driver at Patra port and proceed for local lunch which will be a preset menu at local restaurant in Patra, after the delicious lunch, drive to Olympia. Tonight dinner at hotel.

Overnight at hotel Neda or similar in Olympia .

Day 8: Olympia - Nafplio

After a continental buffet breakfast at your hotel, check out and drive to the Archaeological site of Olympia, where you will meet your Local English speaking guide. Visit the Archaeological site of Olympia where the first Olympic Games took place (which run from 776 BC to AD 393).

Continue with a visit to Archaeological Museum of Olympia where are housed the Masterpieces Excavated in the site. Later proceed to a local restaurant in Olympia for your local lunch. After the lunch is over you will be driven to Nafplio.

Check into your hotel and relax. Tonight dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel Rex or similar in Nafplio.

Day 9: Mycenae - Athens

After a continental buffet breakfast at your hotel, check out and drive to Archaeological site of Mycenae where you will meet your Local English speaking guide.

Later proceed to a local restaurant in Mycenae for your local lunch. After lunch you will be driven to Athens.

On arrival check in to your hotel, later enjoy a delicious dinner in the restaurant. Overnight at hotel Candia or similar in Athens

Day 10: Athens

After a continental buffet breakfast at your hotel, today enjoy full day Athens city tour with an English speaking local guide. The tour starts with a drive through the city of Athens, during which the visitor enjoys seeing from the bus: The Panathenaic stadium (not inside entrance/only view from outside), where the first Olympics of Modern times took place in 1896; The majestic Temple of Zeus, and Hadrian’s Gate; Syntagma (Constitution) square, the cosmopolitan centre of Athens, crowned by the Parliament and the Tomb of the unknown soldier; The three neoclassical buildings: The Academy of Fine arts and Sciences, the University of Athens, and the National Library.

Continue with a walking tour: visiting the Archaeological site of Acropolis with its incredible monuments, the most famous Parthenon, temple dedicated to Goddess Athena, the Erechtheion with its famous Caryatids porch, the Propylaia, monumental entrance gate, and, last but not least, the temple of Athena Nike.

After having discovered the unique monuments on the Acropolis, we walk to reach the “The New Acropolis Museum”:

Later enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. You will have some free time to stroll around. Tonight, we have arranged a delicious dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight at hotel Candia or similar in Athens.

Day 11: Fly back home.

After a continental buffet / boxed breakfast, check out and proceed to the airport for your flight back home. Arrive home with pleasant memories of your tour, which we are sure you will treasure for a lifetime.

Includes:

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast and lunch & dinner as per itinerary
  • Guided tours in Italy and Greece as mentioned in itinerary

Excludes:

  • Airfare, Visa and Medical Insurance.
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers.
  • No porterage included.
  • Taxes as applicable are extra.
  • The tour cost does not include POE charges and passport charges.
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as porterage, laundry expenses, wines, mineral water, food and drink not in the regular menu provided by us, minibar, telephone calls etc.
  • Tips of any nature i.e. drivers, guides, etc.
  • Meals other than that what is mentioned in your itinerary.
  • Cost of excursions, city sightseeing, entrance fees and local guides availed of by the passengers, other than that mentioned in the itinerary
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