Epicurean Expedition: Florence, Bologna, Naples, Athens, Nafplio, & Kalamata
Embark on an unforgettable 15-day Epicurean Expedition, exploring the culinary and cultural treasures of Italy and Greece!
When you’re craving adventure, and especially when you’re hungry for some of the world’s greatest food, come to Greeking.me, because we’ve prepared quite the menu for you! On this 15-day (and 14-night) trip through Italy and Greece, you will visit the world-famous cities of Florence and Athens and experience the best they have to offer.
In addition, you will discover some of the delectable hidden gems of lesser-known destinations, such as Bologna in Italy and the Peloponnese in Greece. This trip is a true feast for all your senses!
Your trip begins in the glorious city of Florence. Upon arrival at the airport, we will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in town.
Feel free to settle down at the hotel or to head out and enjoy your free night in the city because we have plenty of excursions ahead.
The next day, you will head out on a walking tour that highlights the best of Florence. With a local expert guide by your side, you will learn the backstory behind the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge.
Enjoy expedited entry to the Duomo cathedral, stop at the Baptistery to check out the Gates of Paradise, and skip the line at the Accademia Gallery to find Michelangelo’s iconic David sculpture. This tour may be quite the whirlwind, but we’re confident you will enjoy this opportunity to get to know Florence better.
For your third day, you will head out to the Tuscan countryside. Your driver and guide will pick you up in an air-conditioned vehicle, and you will drive to Siena to do a walking tour of the old city, including the historic cathedral and the site of the famous Palio horse race.
Next up, you will head to the town of Chianti to tour a family-run farm and winery, then enjoy a lovely lunch that epitomizes farm-to-table cuisine: the dishes are made with ingredients grown at this farm, and you will also taste wines made at this winery!
Your tour will conclude with a journey to San Gimignano, where you will explore one of the region’s best-preserved medieval villages, and you will probably have plenty of free time to shop for souvenirs, grab some snacks, and/or see more of the town.
Bologna and Modena
On day 4, we will take you to Florence’s train station, where you will then catch the train to the beautiful city of Bologna. After you check into your new hotel in Bologna, we will send you to a very special cooking class.
You will meet a local cook at her home, and she will teach you how to make Bolognese-style pasta. This cooking class experience will include Prosecco and additional snacks, plus you’ll even get to make and taste your own tiramisu for dessert!
For your fifth day, we will send you on the train to Modena for a wonderful day trip and a private walking tour. During this tour, you will discover the majestic Piazza Grande with its Romanesque Duomo di Modena cathedral, feast your eyes on the Baroque masterpiece that is Modena’s Ducal Palace, stop at the medieval Santa Maria della Pomposa church, and wander the food stands of the Albinelli covered markets.
You will even learn about famous local resident Enzo Ferrari, whose need for speed forever changed the course of history for luxury sports cars!
Naples and Pompeii
On day 6, you will have to depart Bologna, but many more delicious discoveries await you. We will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the train station, where you will catch the train and enjoy a scenic ride down to Naples. At Naples, we will transport you to your new hotel in the city.
Later that day, you will learn the many savory secrets of Naples’ most famous creation: pizza!
On this tour, you will get to speak with local pizzeria owners and chefs about the pizzas they make, and you will taste for yourself the magic of authentic Neapolitan pizza at two pizzerias.
You will also visit a fresh produce shop and a neighborhood grocery store to sample the high-quality ingredients that locals use to make their own pizzas.
The following day, you will embark on an incredible tour of Pompeii, where you will tour the ancient ruins that continue to captivate the world to this day.
With an expert archaeologist as your guide, you will visit the ancient Roman Forum, discover ancient fast-food joints, walk the main street, find some ancient local homes, and even stop at the site of Pompeii’s ancient supermarket!
Once you’re done in Pompeii, we will provide your transportation back to Naples.
On your eighth day, it’s time for you to make your way to Greece! We will pick you up at your hotel in Naples, then we will take you to the airport, where you will catch your flight to Athens. We will also arrange your transportation from Athens Airport to your new hotel in the city.
The following day, we will send you on our signature private Mythology Tour of the Acropolis. With an expert archaeologist and licensed tourist guide, you will ascend the Acropolis rock, encounter the wondrous Theater of Dionysus, experience the mystical beauty of the cult temple of Athena at the Erechtheion, and make a pilgrimage to the Parthenon that continues to symbolize Athens’ role as the birthplace of democracy.
While you’re in the neighborhood, you will also have time to explore the Acropolis Museum, which houses many more treasures of ancient Greece.
Nafplio, Mycenae, and Epidaurus
On day 10, you will be leaving Athens to experience more of Greece in the Peloponnese region!
We will provide your transportation from Athens to Nafplio, and you will get to do a special wine tasting in the ancient village of Nemea along the way. Once you arrive at Nafplio, you can check into your new hotel and get settled.
The next day, we will send you on an exhilarating tour of the ancient archaeological sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus. At Mycenae, you will discover the Lion Gate, which served as the gateway to the Bronze Age citadel that once stood here, as well as the incredible Tomb of Clytemnestra and the Treasury of Atreus.
At Epidaurus, you will head to the Sanctuary of Asclepius and the Ancient Theatre, which are so remarkable that they became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Following your day trip, we will return you to the hotel in Nafplio for the night.
For the final leg of this trip, you will head to the stunning port town of Gythio. We will pick you up in Nafplio, then take you on a scenic drive through the Peloponnese to the enchanting Mani Peninsula. We will drop you off at your final hotel for this trip, in the beautiful coastal village of Gythio.
The next day, we will take you to a real medieval castle! We will pick you up at your hotel and transport you to the marvelous 13th-century Castle of Androusa. Then, you will walk inside the Byzantine-era castle, enjoy the amazing views of the nearby olive groves, and learn more about the history, tradition, and mythology of Androusa’s olive trees.
From there, you will walk to the nearby olive mill and learn how the tradition continues at this working farm. You will also get to taste the olive oils made here at this estate, and you will even enjoy a full mezedes-style Greek lunch on site! After your tour, we will take you back to Gythio.
For your final full day in Greece, we will let you decide how you want to finish this trip. There’s so much more to see and do in and around town, so feel free to embark on one more epic adventure in the Peloponnese. or to kick back, relax, and enjoy a “lazy day” in town.
After 15 days of fantastic experiences across Italy and Greece, it’s time to conclude this trip. We will provide one more private car transfer from Gythio to Athens Airport, where you should have plenty of time to catch your flight(s) home.
Thank you for touring Italy and Greece with us, and we’d love to tour with you again in the future!
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.
Amirandes Grecotel is a 5-star hotel in Crete that offers complete relaxation and a unique experience of luxury that will make you never want to leave.
Indulge in an unforgettable experience of art, luxury, and comfort by staying at Atelier Inès Arts & Suites, where every moment is a masterpiece of relaxation and inspiration.
Athens Ikon Hotel is a 4-star hotel that provides its guests with exclusive services and luxury amenities in the historic Greek capital.
Ergon House Athens is a luxury foodie hotel that will make your stay in the historic city a deliciously rich experience.
Indulge in the essence of timeless elegance and exceptional hospitality at Hotel Calimala, where every moment is a refined blend of luxury and comfort, creating an enchanting stay in the heart of Florence.
Indulge in the timeless charm of Florence while experiencing impeccable luxury at its finest by staying at Hotel Cerretani Firenze!
For historic charm, impeccable service, and a prime location in the heart of Naples, choose Hotel Palazzo Alabardieri!
Indulge in the epitome of luxury and hospitality at Hotel Spadai, where every moment is a captivating blend of comfort and elegance.
Experience the epitome of luxury and breathtaking views at Romeo Napoli Hotel, where the allure of Naples' historic charm meets contemporary elegance.
Experience the epitome of luxury and relaxation at San Firenze Suites & Spa for an unforgettable stay in the heart of Florence's historic charm.
- Boutique 4-5* accommodation
- All private tours, as described in the itinerary
- All private transfers with luxury vehicles
- All domestic and international flights/trains/ferries
- Skip the line entrance fees on all sites
- Services of excellent licensed guides and professional drivers
- All taxes and VAT
- All personal expenses
- Meals, unless specified in the itinerary
- Personal travel insurance
- Intercontinental flights