Greco Roman Legends Tour
12-day escorted tour of Greece and Italy with free time to enjoy the sights.
Itinerary ( B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner )
DAY 1 SATURDAY: ATHENS
Arrive at the Athens International Airport and transfer to your hotel in the city. Balance of the day at leisure.
DAY 2 SUNDAY: ATHENS (B)
After breakfast, you will be met and start your morning tour through the old and new Athens. Important highlights include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Panathenaic Stadium, the national library, the University, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis, and its Parthenon, followed by a visit to the Acropolis Museum. This afternoon is at leisure. Hunt for souvenirs in the Monastiraki flea market or wander through Plaka in the evening for a sample of Athenian nightlife.
DAY 3 MONDAY: Corinth Canal - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Nafplio (B, D)
In the morning at approximately 08:30 am, embark on the coach and drive by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short photo stop). Linking the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf, the canal is narrow, and the ancient ships that once passed through have been replaced with bungee jumpers. After exploring, continue on to Mycenae for a walking tour. Learn about the development of Classical Greek culture as you walk through this fascinating archeological site. After lunch (own expense) in Mycenae, travel to Epidaurus for a tour of its archaeological site, stopping to see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sanctuary of Asklepios (shrine to the Greek god of medicine). Continue to Nafplio - a pretty seaport town - where you'll enjoy the evening at leisure.
DAY 4 TUESDAY: Nafplio - Olympia - Antirion - Delphi (B, D)
After breakfast, set off with your guide by a luxury coach, and visit the Archeological Site of Olympia. Home to the Atlis (Sanctuary of the Gods), the site was a mecca for ancient Greeks who came here to worship Zeus. See incredible ruins like the Stadium of Olympia, where the country’s ancient Olympic Games were held. In the afternoon, board your coach for a scenic drive to Antirion, passing the towns of Patras. Cross over the Rion-Antirion Bridge - considered a landmark of 21st-century Greece - and then sightsee independently in Antirion and the nearby town of Nafpaktos. Finish your day with a relaxing meal at your hotel in Delphi.
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY: Delphi - Kalampaka (B, D)
Rise early and meet your guide to explore Delphi - one of the most important archeological digs in Europe. As you walk around this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site with your guide, see monuments like the Sanctuary of Athena. Head inside the Delphi Archeological Museum and encounter numerous artifacts and relics that date back to the 15th century BC. Watch out for the Charioteer of Delphi and the intriguing Sphinx of Naxos. After spending most of your day in Delphi, head to Kalambakka by coach, traveling through the eye-catching towns of Amphissa, Lamia, and Trikala. Enjoy dinner at your hotel and then relax at leisure.
DAY 6 THURSDAY: Kalampaka - Meteora - Athens (B)
Leave your hotel to visit the rock towers of Meteora - incredible sandstone peaks topped with 11th-century monasteries. With your guide, make your way up the walking trails to visit these monasteries, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views from the top. After spending the morning exploring Meteora, head back to Athens by coach, stopping in the town of Thermopylae and at Kamena Voural hot springs. Arrive back in Athens at approximately 7pm.*In order to visit the Monasteries, skirts for the ladies and long trousers for the gentlemen are required.
DAY 7 FRIDAY: Athens - Rome (B)
After breakfast transfer to Athens Airport for your flight to Rome. Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Rome.
DAY 8 SATURDAY: Rome (B)
After breakfast joins a walking tour that will introduce you to some of the highlights of Rome. As you will immediately note during your stay in Rome, the landscape of the city is punctuated by a never-ending series of picturesque squares and monuments. With this 3-hour walking tour, you will see the most famous sites of the city. In a single morning, you will move in centuries and discover the top attractions of Rome. This itinerary begins at Campo Dei Fiori, certainly one of the most characteristic squares in Rome with its “open-air” market and the statue of Giordano Bruno in the center. Next to Campo de Fiori we will admire the magical charm of Piazza Farnese, which takes its name from the imposing Palazzo Farnese. A few steps from Palazzo Farnese stands Palazzo Spada. The building is worth a stop thanks to the brilliance of the forced perspective introduced by the famous architect Borromini. Proceed then to Piazza Navona, one of the most famous squares in the world. Its original shape repeats with extreme faithfulness the perimeter of the ancient stadium of Domitian built in 89 A.D. . The symbol of the square is the “Fountains of Four Rivers”, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and competing with Borromini’s famed church S. Agnese in Agone. In a ten-minute walk, we reach Piazza Della Rotonda housing the unmistakable structure of the Pantheon (inside visit). The Pantheon, a building of ancient Rome, has been well preserved and is a true masterpiece of architecture. Once inside, our expert guide will be glad to give a short explanation of the history and the architectural secrets of the building. In the center of the square, there is a fountain with a mist linear plan designed by Giacomo Della Porta. From Piazza Della Rotonda the distance is short to Piazza Colonna, thus named after the 2nd-century marble column celebrating the victories of Emperor Marcus Aurelius over the Germanic populations. The square is the center of Italian political life, which gravitates around Palazzo Chigi, the seat of the Prime Minister. We then cross Via del Corso and we reach the Trevi Fountain (**), a true masterpiece and certainly the most famous and spectacular fountain in Rome. The last stop of our itinerary will be Piazza di Spagna, (Spanish Steps). So original in shape, it has always been the meeting place for travelers coming from all over the world. In the center of the square, you will admire the Fontana della Barcaccia made by Pietro Bernini (father of the more famous Gian Lorenzo). This area is surely a paradise for the fashion-conscious shopper and you will find the most important and famous names of the Italian style. After the tour, you can keep walking on your own along the nice shopping area of Via Condotti, or you can just have fun and relax in the numerous shops and cafes in the area.
DAY 9 SUNDAY: ROME - NAPLES - POMPEII - AMALFI (B, L, D)
Morning pick-up at the hotel from 6.45 am to 7.15 am for your departure from ROME to NAPLES by coach with a multilingual tour leader. Upon arrival in Naples, our local guide will take you for a walking tour of the historical center to admire the Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, the Gallery of Umberto I, and the San Carlo Opera House. From Naples, continue to POMPEII, and enjoy a short visit to a coral and cameo factory. Lunch in a typical restaurant, followed by a visit to the excavations of this ancient Roman city which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvio in 79 b.C. and buried under 4 to 6 meters of ash and stones. Proceed to AMALFI via the breathtaking Amalfi coast drive with views of picturesque fishing villages including POSITANO. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10 MONDAY: AMALFI (B, D)
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Free time to discover the beauty of this wonderful coastal village, or to explore the area. You can take the hotel’s shuttle bus to reach its private beach and plunge into the water of the Mediterranean Sea. Alternatively, you may visit the city center of Amalfi. It is also possible to arrange optional excursions in the area and visit towns like RAVELLO and POSITANO. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 11 TUESDAY: AMALFI - POMPEII - ROME (B)
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. Meeting point at the hotel at 3.30 pm and transfer to Pompeii where you will join another group for your trip back to ROME. Traffic permitting, the estimated time of arrival is 9.00 pm.
DAY 12 WEDNESDAY: ROME (B)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure. Assistant During the whole tour will be provided but not in Athens, Rome and Amalfi.End of services and departure.
Please allow three hours for check-in to your international flights and two hours for domestic.
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?
Please contact us for additional pricing options from any departure airport not listed.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?
Yes, you can arrange for that by contacting us either by phone or email.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?
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11 nights in First Class hotels in standard rooms
Breakfast daily and lunch or dinners as noted
Sightseeing on air-conditioned motor coaches with English-speaking professional tour guides.
Rates are per person, based on double occupancy as described above.
Airfare is not included and is nonrefundable after booking. Additional fees: Baggage fees may apply.
Drinks at meals
Personal expenses, Tips to the guide and driver (optional)
Anything not mentioned in “Tour Features”.
(*)This is a combined tour and participants could have different city destinations. According to the tour segment, a different Tour Escort may be used.
Cancellation policy and fees:
All cancellations are subject to fees up to the date specified.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Hotels (or similar):
Athens: Amalia Hotel
Nafplio: Amalia Hotel
Delphi: Amalia Hotel
Kalambaka: Amalia Hotel
Rome: Hotel Quirinale
Amalfi: Hotel La Bussola
Every week from March 26 to October 25: