- Day 1 - Arrival in Athens
KALOS ORISATE! Welcome to Greece!
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing about your tour, you will have the afternoon free to rest and explore Athens on your own.
Overnight in Athens
- Day 2 - Athens - (B)
After breakfast around 8:30 AM, we will meet you at your hotel for your guided tour of Athens.
You will explore Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathinaiko Stadium (where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896). After that, we will drive by the Prime's Minister's residence, the Royal Palace, (guarded by colorful Evzones), Zappion (Conference and Exhibition Hall), National Garden, Hadrian's Arc, St. Paul's Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schlieman's House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, and the impressive Russian Orthodox Church.
At the ACROPOLIS, you will visit Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion and the Museum of the Acropolis.
In the early afternoon, we will provide a transfer to your hotel, or we can also drop you off at the Plaka so you can wander and explore. Overnight in Athens.
- Day 3 - Athens to Mykonos - (B)
Very early in the morning, we will transfer you from your hotel to the ferry port, and put you on a fast ferry to Mykonos Island. After arrival in Mykonos, we will meet you at the harbor and provide a transfer to your hotel. Youíll check in at the hotel and have a full free day to relax or explore.
Located in the middle of the Aegean Sea, Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek islands, thanks to its beaches with crystal-clear water, windmills, charming waterfront buildings, stunning archeological sites and excellent nightlife. Archaeological records here indicate that the Ionians settled Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BC; more recent discoveries have uncovered ruins in Ftelia beach from the Neolithic-era Kares tribe dating back to 3,000 BC.
Overnight in Mykonos.
- Day 4 - Mykonos to Santorini
In the morning we will provide a transfer to Mykonos ferry port and put you on a ferry to Santorini Island. After arrival, you will check in at the hotel; you will then have the day at your leisure.
* Santorini is one of those iconic places that will be permanently etched in your mind. Everywhere you turn is a photo opportunity. Essentially, the island is what remains of an enormous volcanic eruption, which destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island. The aftermath of the explosion created what you see today, a caldera. All of the whitewashed, charming houses cling to the high cliffs of the rim, while the deep blue Aegean Sea wraps around the geological masterpiece, hundreds of feet below. Its spectacular physical beauty, along with its lively nightlife, has made this island a perennial tourist favorite.
Overnight in Santorini.
- Day 5 - Exploring Santorini - (B)
After breakfast, we will take you on a full-day tour of Santorini. You will visit Acrotiri, hop on a boat to explore the caldera, take in the hot springs, view the ruins of Thirrassia, and finish off this very memorable day by watching the famous sunset from Oia. Afterwards, you will be taken back to your hotel.
Overnight in Santorini.
- Day 6 - Santorini to Rome - (B) - (via Athens)
Around noon, we will provide a transfer to Santoriniís airport for your 50-minute flight to Athens; you will then continue onto Rome.
Arriving at Romeís airport, you will meet our representative and be transferred to your tourist-class hotel. After a short briefing about your tour, you will have the afternoon free to relax.
Overnight in Rome.
- Day 7 - Rome - (b)
After breakfast, we will commence on a half-day walking tour of Ancient Rome:
Roman Forum - the central area/commons and the administrative heart of the Roman Empire.
The Arch of Constantine is situated between the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. It was erected to commemorate Constantine, and his victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the latest of the extant triumphal arches in Rome.
The Colosseum or Coliseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was originally capable of seating 45,000-50,000 spectators, and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. After the tour, you will have free time to relax or to explore the city on your own. Overnight in Rome
- Day 8 - Rome to Venice (b)
Today, we will take you on a half-day afternoon tour of the Vatican, where you will visit the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
The Vatican Museum originated as a group of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II (1503-1513) and placed in what is known today as the ìCortile Ottagonoî.
In the late afternoon, you will depart for Venice, by comfortable first-class train. After arrival, you will check into your hotel; the rest of the day is yours to explore on your own.
Overnight in Venice
- Day 9 - Venice - (B)
After breakfast, around 11:00 AM, we will take you on a leisurely 2-hour walking tour. Youíll see:
St. Mark's Basilica - one of the most famous churches of Venice and widely-regarded as one of the best-known examples of Byzantine architecture.
Marco Polo's House ñ home of the iconic Venetian trader and explorer who, together with his father NiccolÚ and his uncle Maffeo, were some of the first Westerners to travel the Silk Road to China.
This tour will also visit the Pantheon of Venice, the Merchantsí Warehouse and the Rialto Bridge. You will have the afternoon free to relax or to explore this fantastic city on your own.
Overnight in Venice
- Day 10 - Venice to home - (B)
We will transfer you to the airport and wish you well; we hope our paths will cross again.
Total cost: __ per person in double ____ for single supplement - contact us for rates
* All land transfers
* Centrally-located, distinctive hotels (with breakfasts)
* Entrance fees, guide(s), transfers included with the tours
* Ferry tickets from Athens to Mykonos
* Ferry tickets from Santorini to Mykonos
* Flight tickets from Santorini to Athens - then to Rome
* All taxes and service charges
* International flight tickets to Athens
* International flight tickets from Venice to next destination
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