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Classical Italy and Greece

10 Days 2 Countries 8 Cities

The cultural highlights of two of Europe's most classical countries are showcased on this trip.

"We were treated to a fabulous vacation"

Kevin

About this trip

The cultural highlights of two of Europe's most classical countries are showcased on this trip, which takes in three of Italy's most historic cities and Greece's fascinating northern landscapes.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... marvelling at the monasteries of Meteora, built hundreds of years ago on almost inaccessible rock pinnacles. Our passionate expert tells you about their construction and how the monks lived high up where eagles fly.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: ICLA

9 Nights

accommodation

14 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Classical Italy and Greece

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or perhaps take a stroll through this historic city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers later for a Welcome Reception and enjoy an evening orientation drive which will take you to admire and view the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica - a perfect start to your holiday.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Crowne Plaza St. Peters

2. Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

With a Local Specialist visit St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's Pietà. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

3. Rome Sightseeing – Florence

This morning visit the Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist. Experience a Cultural Insight when you ascend Bramante's smooth and step-less spiral staircase. Admire Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling when you visit the Sistine Chapel. Later, drive north through picturesque scenery to the Renaissance city of Florence in Tuscany. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest dinner in the Chianti countryside. Please note: Due to religious celebrations throughout the Holy Year of Mercy the Rome included sightseeing may be modified.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Hotel
Cosmopolitan Concept

4. Florence Sightseeing – Venice (2 Nights)

Your Local Specialist reveals Florence's rich cultural heritage during your walking tour. Visit Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery, renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View Ponte Vecchio or shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. Travel through the Apennines and cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This sublime island city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it's the perfect introduction to this magical city.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

5. Venice Orientation and Free Time

View the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica on your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Stop at Giudecca Island to visit a traditional glassblowing workshop for a Cultural Insight into this ancient art form. Spend free time afterwards as you wish. Relax in a café, shop for souvenirs or take an Optional Experience to one of the islands in the lagoon.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

6. Venice – Overnight Ferry

Travel south to the ancient port city of Ancona to board your overnight ferry to mainland Greece.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner

7. Igoumenitsa – Kalambaka

Arrive early into the port of Igoumenitsa and travel along the foothills of the Athamanika mountains before arriving at the breathtaking monasteries of Meteora. These are some of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Visit two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks above the town with your Local Specialist. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Amalia/Dellas Boutique

8. Kalambaka – Delphi – Athens (2 Nights)

Tour Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos with your Local Specialist and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 5th century. It was here that every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games, which were dedicated to Apollo and the Arts. Later arrive in Athens.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

9. Athens Sightseeing and Free Time

Classical Athens was a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, and is widely seen as the cradle of Western Civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. Discover the rich heritage of Athens during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. Your choice of sightseeing includes a visit to Acropolis to view the Parthenon or entry to the spectacular Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities. See Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of your trip.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

10. Depart Athens

Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and Travel Director after an unforgettable journey. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 32 Reviews

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    I have to say that the two guides on our trip were crazy fantastic! Both Rudi and Anne worked to make this a wonderful experience for my family. They both worked to adapt the tour to support the limits of my 84 year old father and make it. Trip that was mor than memorable. I have no idea how,

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    Service rating : Really enjoyed the dinner in the Italian countryside and the history of the vila and how the food was prepared on the farm.Product : The hotels need to be in the cities that we were exploring. Having them outside the city prevents additional exploring on our free time. This was

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    Service rating : Everything was wonderful. Looking forward to my next trip with TrafagarProduct : It's hard to pick one moment, I enjoyed the whole trip. Thank you

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    Fantastic Time!!!!!

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    Service rating : Thoroughly enjoyed the land portion of our trip though Italy and Greece. Anonella was fantastic. The Vatican and old Rome was wonderful.The Be Our Guest dinner in Florence was amazing. Although we did not like having to get up so early everyday, the first in line for everything

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    For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Meteora, Delphi and Athens.

  • Cultural Insights
    In the Vatican ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante.

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner where the owners produce wine and olive oil.

  • Hidden Treasures
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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Rome, Florence, Venice, Delphi and Athens

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum in Rome, Piazza Michelangelo, Piazza della Signoria in Florence, the monasteries of Meteora, Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum in Athens

    • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square

    • View the ancient sites of Rome, the Duomo and baptistery in Florence, the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica in Venice, the Parthenon, Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus in Athens

    • See Hadrian's Arch in Athens


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Overnight ferry from Ancona to Igoumenitsa.


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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