Admire the art and architecture of Rome and the rich cultural heritage of Florence. Visit the monasteries of Meteora and see the sight of the most important oracle in the classical world.
VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
ORIENTATION of Venice
VISIT St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza della Signoria in Florence, the monasteries of Meteora, the Temple of Apollo in Delphi and the Acropolis in Athens
VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, the Duomo and Baptistery in Florence, the Doge's Palace and the Basilica in Venice and the Parthenon, Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus in Athens
SEE Hadrian's Arch in Athens
SCENIC CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
First Class Travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Overnight ferry from Ancona to Igoumenitsa
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights
Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Welcome to Rome, the 'Eternal City'. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to view some of this city's magnificent sites.
Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Visit St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's Pietà with a 'Local Specialist'. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own or simply relax and watch the world go by.
Rome Sightseeing – Florence
This morning, head to the Vatican with a 'Local Specialist'. 'Dive Into Culture' as you ascend the Bramante staircase, then admire Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Later, drive north to Renaissance Florence in Tuscany. Tonight, 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' dinner in the Chianti countryside.
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 and the Ponte Vecchio. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Then travel through the Apennines and cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This evening, you may choose to take a gondola ride through the city's enchanting canals.
Venice Orientation and Free Time
Savour the unique sights and sounds of Venice as you cruise by private launch to Giudecca Island, where you'll 'Dive Into Culture' and witness the ancient Venetian tradition of glassmaking. See 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.
Venice – Overnight Ferry
Travel south to the ancient port city of Ancona to board your overnight ferry to mainland Greece.
Igoumenitsa – Meteora – Kalambaka
Arrive early at the port of Igoumenitsa and travel along the foothills of the Athamanika mountains before arriving at the UNESCO-listed monasteries of Meteora. These are some of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Your 'Local Specialist' will guide you on a visit to two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks that tower above the town. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Kalambaka – Delphi
Drive south towards Mount Parnassos and Delphi, where we will stay overnight. Join a 'Local Specialist' and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world and walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo where athletes competed in the Pythian Games.
Delphi – Athens Sightseeing
We depart the 'navel of the earth' this morning and travel to Athens where we'll discover the city's rich heritage during our morning sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist'. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. See Hadrian's Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Indulge in a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of your trip.
Embark – Mykonos
Board your ship in Athens. Cruise to the island of Mykonos and spend time discovering the town and sparkling beaches.
Kusadasi – Patmos
Arrive early at the port of Kusadasi in Turkey where you will enjoy a complementary shore excursion. Continue on to Patmos, where you might join an Optional Experience to the cave where the Book of Revelation was written.
Arrive in Rhodes. Explore the fascinating medieval Old Town on your complimentary shore experience.
Heraklion – Santorini
Disembark in Heraklion on the island of Crete, and perhaps visit the Palace of Knossos. Then cruise to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini.
Disembark – Athens
This morning, disembark from your ship for your transfer to the airport.