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ITALY & GREECE - 2017

Tour Code - 6480 12 days - ROME to ATHENS $2583 AUD

Discover two vibrant Mediterranean countries on one exciting vacation! Your adventure begins with two overnights in fabulous Rome, the “Eternal City.” Heading north, follow the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea to marvel at Pisa’s Leaning Tower. Then, spend two nights in Tuscany with Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” and join the included walking tour of the historical center with a Local Guide. In Verona, see Juliet’s famous balcony.  In Venice, enjoy a canal boat ride to St. Mark’s Square to marvel at the elaborate architecture  and soak in the unique atmosphere. In Ancona, board a ferry for an overnight cruise to Greece. Visit Olympia and the impressive Mycenae archaeological site, and cross the dramatic Corinth Canal. Conclude your journey with a stay in Athens, where the Acropolis is a highlight of the included sightseeing tour.

Extend your tour with a cruise (inside cabin)

 Extend your tour with a cruise (outside cabin)

Standard Features

Destinations

  • INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
    Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING
    See Pisa's Leaning Tower, Verona Juliet's balcony, Venice canal boat ride, Ravenna Byzantine mosaics, visit Olympia, Corinth Canal.
  • GUIDES
    Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Mycenae, Athens; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice; ferry Ancona-Patras in 2-berth cabins with private shower and toilet.
  • HOTELS
    Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
11
0
4

Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
4 dinners (D), including a dinner at a local restaurant in Florence and Nauplia.

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.
    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 travellers.

  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)

  3. ROME-PISA-FLORENCE AREA.
    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)

  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)

  5. FLORENCE AREA-VERONA-VENICE AREA.
    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)

  6. VENICE.
    Venice is more like a marvellous 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)

  7. VENICE AREA-RAVENNA- ANCONA (EMBARKATION)-OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO PATRAS, GREECE.
    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)

  8. PATRAS (DISEMBARKATION)- OLYMPIA.
    During the crossing, enjoy all the ship's facilities. Disembark in Patras and drive south into the Peloponnese to Olympia. (B,D)

  9. OLYMPIA-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)

  10. NAUPLIA-MYCENAE-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)

  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)

  12. ATHENS.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
03 Jul 2017 14 Jul 2017 $2746 AUD $3535 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
10 Jul 2017 21 Jul 2017 $2746 AUD $3535 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
24 Jul 2017 04 Aug 2017 $2746 AUD $3535 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
21 Aug 2017 01 Sep 2017 $2746 AUD $3535 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
04 Sep 2017 15 Sep 2017 $2773 AUD $3562 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
18 Sep 2017 29 Sep 2017 $2746 AUD $3535 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
02 Oct 2017 13 Oct 2017 $2664 AUD $3453 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
09 Oct 2017 20 Oct 2017 $2583 AUD $3372 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
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Twin Price
(from)
Triple Price
(from)
PRE ROME 05 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $207 AUD $144 AUD $144 AUD
PRE ROME 01 Jul 2017 04 Sep 2017 $169 AUD $112 AUD $112 AUD
PRE ROME 30 Mar 2017 30 Jun 2017 $207 AUD $144 AUD $144 AUD
POST ATHENS 01 Jan 2017 31 Dec 2017 $136 AUD $94 AUD $78 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $148 AUD

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