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Highlights of Greece & Italy: From Rome to Santorini

Experience the best of Italy and Greece in 15 days! Explore Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Athens, Naxos, and Santorini with private tours, luxury accommodations, and skip-the-line access to top attractions!

Duration
15 days
Group Type
Private
Season
Summer
Price
€4900/person
Including hotels
ABOUT THIS TRIP
Overview

Are you having a difficult time choosing between Italy and Greece for your next European vacation? With our 15-day Highlights of Italy & Greece tour, you can do both! 

Experience the imperial majesty of Rome, discover the magnificent treasures of Florence, and marvel at the stunning beauty of the Cinque Terre region during your time in Italy. Then, in Greece, dive into the legendary backstory of Athens, enjoy the picturesque charm of Naxos, and revel in the unique splendor of Santorini.

ITINERARY
Day to Day

Days 1-3: Indulge in a premium tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the ultimate tour of Vatican City, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel.

Days 4-6: Marvel at the landmarks and sights of Florence through a comprehensive VIP walking tour of the city. 

Days 7-8: Explore Cinque Terre’s and the lovely villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, with ample free time to do as you please.

Days 9-10: Take our signature Mythology Tour of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum led by a licensed guide.

Days 11-12: Delight on a private tour of the best highlights of Naxos, including a private wine and cheese tasting, and a first-hand look at the kitron distillery in the village of Chalki!

Days 13-14: Embark on a special full-day Highlights of Santorini tour, including a fine 4-course lunch paired with Santorini’s distinctive wines.

Day 15: Enjoy a private transfer to the airport, with plenty of time to catch your flight back home. 

ITINERARY
Day to Day

Days 1-3: Indulge in a premium tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the ultimate tour of Vatican City, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel.

Days 4-6: Marvel at the landmarks and sights of Florence through a comprehensive VIP walking tour of the city. 

Days 7-8: Explore Cinque Terre’s and the lovely villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, with ample free time to do as you please.

Days 9-10: Take our signature Mythology Tour of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum led by a licensed guide.

Days 11-12: Delight on a private tour of the best highlights of Naxos, including a private wine and cheese tasting, and a first-hand look at the kitron distillery in the village of Chalki!

Days 13-14: Embark on a special full-day Highlights of Santorini tour, including a fine 4-course lunch paired with Santorini’s distinctive wines.

Day 15: Enjoy a private transfer to the airport, with plenty of time to catch your flight back home. 

This itinerary can be further customized according to your wishes & preferences

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IN DETAIL
Day to Day
DAYS 1-3 : ROME

Your trip begins in Rome, where our driver will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel in the heart of the city.

You’ll have plenty of time to rest up during your first night because the next day, you will take a premium tour of the Colosseum!

Skip the lines, join a smaller and more intimate group for your tour, and carpe diem (or seize the day in Latin) with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relive the greatest moments of the Roman Empire at the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

For your third day in Italy, we will send you on the ultimate tour of Vatican City. You will be paired with an expert licensed guide, and you will again have the privilege of skipping the lines when entering the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.

On this tour, you will see everything from Michaelangelo’s world-famous frescoes at the Sistine Chapel to Bernini’s altar at St. Peter’s Basilica, plus you will find amazing ancient artworks like the Apollo Belvedere and Laocoön and His Sons at the Vatican Museums, and you’ll have a few special surprises along the way.

DAYS 4-6 : FLORENCE

On day 4, you will be leaving Rome, but we promise more great experiences ahead in Florence. In the morning, you will take the train to Florence. Then we will take care of your transportation to the hotel.

You will have the evening to yourself: Enjoy a lively night on the town, or take it easy and rest up for your upcoming adventures in town.

The following morning, you will embark on a comprehensive VIP walking tour of Florence. This includes an expedited entry into the Duomo, where you will learn more about the remarkable story of real-life Renaissance man Filippo Brunelleschi and how he designed and led the construction of one of the world’s largest domed cathedrals.

You will also get a full tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia where you will find Michaelangelo’s David and unfinished Slaves sculptures alongside additional impressive Renaissance-era works of art.

In addition, this tour will take you to many more of Florence’s best attractions, including the Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Leather Market, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge.

Day 6 will be a full free day, so feel free to revisit your favorite places from the prior day or take this time to discover more of Florence before it’s time to hit the road again.

DAYS 7-8 : CINQUE TERRE

On the seventh day, we will arrange an easy and comfortable private car transfer so you can enjoy the ride from Florence to Italy’s own “Fab Five” towns of the Cinque Terre.

Nestled in Italy’s ruggedly scenic northwestern coast, the Cinque Terre consists of five historic towns and a national park, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will have a fabulous hotel waiting for you here, and we will give you the evening to enjoy a quiet dinner at the hotel or, perhaps, an exciting night out to get a head start on your amazing adventures in this region.

The next day is yours to do as you please. Spend the day exploring Cinque Terre’s magnificent beaches, take a hike at the national park’s wondrous cliffside trails, or take your time wandering through the lovely villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

However you decide to spend your free day, you may want to get some rest during your final night here because you will soon be heading to Greece!

DAYS 9-10 : ATHENS

On day 9, we will provide your own private car transfer to the airport, where you will fly to Greece. Upon arriving in Athens, we will transport you to your hotel and leave it up to you to decide how you will celebrate your first night in our beloved country.

The next day, we will take you on our very own signature Mythology Tour of the Acropolis! During this private tour, you will learn more about the illustrious stories of ancient Greek mythology while seeing for yourself the Acropolis rock, the Theater of Dionysus, the Erechtheion (or cult temple of Athena), and the very site where ancient Athenians believed the battle of Athena and Poseidon occurred. 

This tour will also include a visit to the Acropolis Museum, where you can view many more ancient Greek artifacts and where you can learn more about the real history behind the mythology.

DAYS 11-12 : NAXOS

On day 11, we will handle all of your transportation, and you can enjoy a carefree morning before you fly from Athens to the island of Naxos.

According to Greek mythology, Zeus was raised in a cave on Mt. Zas as a god-child, and it’s easy to sense divine inspiration all across this enchanted isle.

We will arrange a private transfer from the airport to your hotel; then you can relax and enjoy a pleasant evening on this special island.

The following day, you will embark on our private tour of the best highlights of Naxos. This VIP tour will include a visit to the site of the unfinished archaic statue of Apollo, a walking tour at the beautiful “marble village” of Apeiranthos, a private wine and cheese tasting showcasing Naxos’ most delectable local creations, and a first-hand look at the kitron (which is a local citron liqueur) distillery in the village of Chalki!

DAYS 13-14 : SANTORINI

Though this trip will be nearing its conclusion, you’ll still have one more incredible destination to experience: Santorini!

On the morning of the 13th day, you will check out of your hotel in Naxos, and we will provide the ultimate ferry ride where you can take in some fantastic Aegean scenery en route to Santorini.

Upon your arrival on this island, we will arrange a private transfer to your hotel here.

For day 14, we will bring you along for our special full-day Highlights of Santorini tour! This private tour includes luxury transportation across the island.

You will stop at Prehistoric Thera, where you will discover the archaeological site full of incredible Minoan-era ruins and the history behind the myth of the Lost City of Atlantis.

You will learn even more about the Minoan civilization in the town of Akrotiri and at the Prehistoric Museum of Santorini, plus you will enjoy some of the island’s finest natural wonders, including the iconic Red Beach and the marvelous Blue Dome.

This tour will also include a fine 4-course lunch paired with Santorini’s four most distinctive wines!

DAY 15 : DEPARTURE

For your final day, let us take care of your final transfer to the airport, and we will ensure you have plenty of time to catch your flight(s) back home. We hope you will have made plenty of great memories during this trip, and we’d love to tour with you again in the future!

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WHAT TO EXPECT
Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • 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 at all sites
  • All taxes and VAT

 

Exclusions
  • Meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
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