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Best of Italy and Greece

10 Days 2 Countries 10 Cities

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

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10 Days 2 Countries 10 Cities

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      • Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided holiday in Europe.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
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      About this trip

      The cradles of Western Civilisation are explored on this epic voyage through Italy and Greece. Admire the art and architecture of Rome and the rich cultural heritage of Florence which sparked a revival in Europe and the end of the Dark Ages. Visit the breath-taking monasteries of Meteora and see the sight of the most important oracle in the classical world.


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      9 Nights

      accommodation

      14 Meals
      • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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

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

        • See Hadrian's Arch in Athens

        • 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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • Overnight ferry from Ancona to Igoumenitsa

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • 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


        Airport Transfers

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


       

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      Day 1

      Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

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      Rome Sightseeing

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      Rome Sightseeing – Florence

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      Florence Sightseeing – Venice (Mestre) (2 Nights)

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      Venice Orientation

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      Venice (Mestre) – Overnight Ferry

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      Igoumenitsa – Meteora – Kalambaka

      Athens, Greece

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      Kalambaka – Delphi – Athens (2 Nights)

      Athens, Greece

      Day 9

      Athens Sightseeing

      Athens, Greece

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      Depart Athens

      Day 1

      Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Day 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 for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive which will take you to view the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica - a perfect start to your holiday.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza St. Peter's

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza St. Peter's

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Rome Sightseeing Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing

      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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

      Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.

      Adult Price: €33.00

      Delights of Rome with Dinner

      Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.

      Adult Price: €49.00

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Rome Sightseeing – Florence Day 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.

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      Cosmopolitan Concept

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

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      Cosmopolitan Concept

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Optional Experiences

      Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

      Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

      Adult Price: €40.00

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      Day 4

      Florence Sightseeing – Venice (Mestre) (2 Nights) Day 4 - Florence Sightseeing – Venice (Mestre) (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 and the Ponte Vecchio. Travel through the Apennines and cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it's the perfect introduction to this magical city.

      Hotel

      Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Venice Orientation Day 5 - Venice Orientation

      Savour the unique sights and sounds of Venice as you cruise by private launch to visit some of the attractions of this unique city. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making before seeing the sights including the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. This afternoon consider taking an Optional Experience to one of the islands in the lagoon.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Gondolas and the Grand Canal

      Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.

      Adult Price: €70.00

      Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

      Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic Basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we’ll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.

      Adult Price: €36.00

      Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

      Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

      Adult Price: €70.00

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Venice (Mestre) – Overnight Ferry Day 6 - Venice (Mestre) – Overnight Ferry

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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Igoumenitsa – Meteora – Kalambaka Day 7 - Igoumenitsa – Meteora – Kalambaka

      Arrive early into the port of Igoumenitsa and travel along the foothills of the Athamanika mountains before arriving at the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage 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.

      Hotel

      Amalia/Grand Meteora

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Amalia/Grand Meteora

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 8

      Kalambaka – Delphi – Athens (2 Nights) Day 8 - Kalambaka – Delphi – Athens (2 Nights)

      Drive south towards Mount Parnassos and tour Delphi with your Local Specialist. See the site of the most important oracle in the classical world and 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.

      Hotel

      Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Athens Sightseeing Day 9 - Athens Sightseeing

      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 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 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner "Meze" Style in Psiri

      Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style”, giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the centre of the table. Also enjoy the local free-flowing wine! (Casual dress)

      Adult Price: €50.00

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Depart Athens Day 10 - Depart Athens

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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Eight generations and plenty of stories to tell. Enjoy a traditional dinner with the Landi family at their home near Florence, set within a garden of oak trees against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves

      • Cultural Insights
        Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Meteora, Delphi and Athens

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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

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

        • See Hadrian's Arch in Athens

        • 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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • Overnight ferry from Ancona to Igoumenitsa

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • 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


        Airport Transfers

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


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      The Trafalgar Experience

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      Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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      Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


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        Service rating : EXcellent tour guides and wonderful tour directorsProduct : We were disappointed that our stay in Santorini was for only a few hours and yet it features in all of the Trafalgar promotional photos.

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        Service rating : Trafalgar took care of everything.Product : Best trip ever. Will use Trafalgar again

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        Service rating : It's very easy to travel with Trafalgar. The travel director does all the bookings, reservations and planning.Product : The hotels were very nice and well located. The coach's wifi was not very good. It would have been nice to have a heads up in regards of the early wake ups (

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