Discover Greek & Italian Culture: Athens, Crete, Venice, and Rome
Discover the rich cultures of Greece and Italy during this 14-day journey, immersing yourself in ancient history, savoring local cuisine, and exploring iconic landmarks from Athens and Crete to Venice and Rome.
Whether you’re expert historians, dedicated culture vultures, or simply curious and wanting to experience more, this trip has everything you want and so much more!
From soaking up the wondrous ancient history of Athens to taking in the incredible art of Rome, you’ll spend these two weeks (or 14 days and 13 nights) exploring the best of what Italy and Greece have to offer. From ancient palaces to freshly cooked pasta, this trip will provide the ultimate feast for all your senses.
Your trip begins in the glorious city of Athens, and we will send you to a luxurious hotel in the heart of town.
Enjoy your first night however you like. The next morning, you will head off for a magical mythology tour, where you will learn the incredible stories behind the majestic ruins of the Acropolis. You will also learn more about the history behind the mythology at the Acropolis Museum.
On day 3, we will take you on an exciting day trip to Epidaurus and Nafplio.
At Epidaurus, discover the Sanctuary of Asclepius and the ancient theatre that put this historic town on the (UNESCO World Heritage Site) map.
At Nafplio, marvel at this city's unique architecture and design that survived under multiple flags until it became the second capital of the First Hellenic Republic in 1827.
Crete: Chania & Heraklion
On the fourth day, you will fly to Crete and settle down at your charmingly chic hotel in the city of Chania.
The next day, we’ll send you off on an incredible tour of 7 nearby traditional Cretan villages, and then you can enjoy one more night in the town of Chania.
On day 6, you will head over to the historic city of Heraklion, and we will have a room ready for you at an amazing hotel in town. While you’re here, you will have a tour of the incredible Knossos Palace and the nearby museum.
Knossos Palace is Crete’s largest Bronze Age archaeological site. It may be Europe’s oldest city, and you will see for yourselves some of the remarkable legacy of the ancient Minoan civilization who once called this island home.
On the seventh day, you will fly back to Athens and take a special evening tour to discover more of the highlights of this dazzling city.
You will see everything from the ancient grandeur of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian to the contemporary beauty of Syntagma Square and Amalias Avenue.
Of course, we will provide an authentically tasty Greek mezedes dinner at the end of the tour.
The following morning, you will fly from Athens to Venice. You’ll enjoy top-notch accommodation at a fantastic hotel, and you’ll embark on a glorious sunset cruise on a gondola. Take in all the romantic beauty of the Venetian sunset as you sail through the city’s iconic canals!
On day 9, you will head out for an amazing tour of Venice, including stops at St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.
Whether you’re here for the remarkable history, the incredible art, the delectable gastronomy, or simply the uniquely cool vibes of this special city, this tour will let you experience it all and so much more!
On the tenth day, you will have a ticket to ride, and you can sit back and relax on the train as you make your way to Rome.
When you arrive in 'The Eternal City,' we will take you to a fabulous hotel in the heart of town.
Once you check in and get yourself situated at the hotel, we will send you to your own private cooking class in the city! You will learn how to make authentic Roman-style pasta and dine with one of Rome’s best chefs.
The next morning, you will take the ultimate tour of Rome. You will visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.
And if that doesn’t sound enticing enough, we will also make sure you have the opportunity to taste some real Roman pizza!
On day 12, you will enjoy the ultimate VIP experience with a special Vatican City tour. You will visit the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and even St. Peter’s Basilica!
Come for the classic art, stay for the deeply spiritual beauty, and leave with a deeper understanding of this special place.
For your final full day in Italy, we have a great day trip planned just for you. You’ll have a private transfer to Pompeii, where you will tour the ancient ruins that continue to capture the world’s attention to this day.
You will also have lunch at a local winery where you can taste the bountiful harvests of this special place while taking in the panoramic views of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius.
Once you’re done in Pompeii, we’ll take you back to Rome for one more incredible night in the city.
As much as we’d love to keep you trekking across Italy and Greece, it’s time to wrap up this amazing vacation. We will finish this trip with a private car transfer to the airport, and you should have plenty of time to catch your flight(s) back home.
Once you arrive home, feel free to tell your friends and family how you were able to see and do it all with us!
These are our top accommodation options for this trip. We only feature particular hand-picked hotels, which our team has carefully inspected. These hotels have received great feedback from our previous guests.
Athens Was is a 5-star design hotel that promises a luxurious experience with state-of-the-art facilities and top-notch services.
Blue Palace is a luxury resort in Elounda that aims to make your trip to Crete the most memorable experience of your life with stunning facilities and exclusive services!
Electra Metropolis is a 5-star hotel that offers luxurious facilities and services along with a convenient central location that will give you an authentic Athens experience.
GDM Megaron is a 5-star historical monument hotel that marries tradition with luxury and modern-day comforts for the most premium stay in Heraklion, Crete.
Experience the timeless charm of Venice from the elegant and centrally located Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia, where luxury, comfort, and the city's enchanting ambiance await.
Indulge in the ultimate Venetian luxury and immerse yourself in the rich history of Venice at Hotel Ai Reali di Venezia!
Experience the enchanting beauty of Venice from the comfort of Hotel Bucintoro, where timeless elegance and breathtaking views await your stay.
Experience the heart of Rome's vibrant history and culture by immersing yourself in the enchanting surroundings of Hotel Campo de’ Fiori.
Elevate your stay in Rome to unparalleled luxury and sophistication at Hotel De' Ricci, where timeless elegance and modern comforts intertwine seamlessly.
Elevate your stay to unparalleled luxury at Hotel Palazzo Manfredi and immerse yourself in a world of refined elegance and exceptional service.
New Hotel is a 5-star accommodation choice in Athens that provides its guest with the most opulent stay and a central location that is both convenient and beautiful.
Serenissima is a 5-star boutique hotel in Chania that promises to wrap its guests in comfort, style, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
- Boutique 4-5* accommodation
- All private tours with excellent licensed guides, as described in the itinerary
- All private transfers with luxury vehicles and professional drivers
- All domestic and international flights/trains/ferries
- Skip the line entrance fees on all sites
- All taxes and VAT
- All personal expenses
- Meals, unless specified in the itinerary
- Personal travel insurance
- Intercontinental flights