Whispers of Antiquity: Unveiling Romance in Rome, Sicily, Athens & Peloponnese
Embark on a 14-day romantic journey through ancient history and breathtaking landscapes across Rome, Sicily, Athens, and the Peloponnese!
Can ancient history lead to a romantic experience? At Greeking.me, we work all kinds of magic to turn whispers of antiquity into the sweet sounds of love!
For this two-week (14-day, 13-night) trip, we will provide countless opportunities for romantic connection as you tour the great ancient landmarks of Rome, the incredible beauty and rich culture of Sicily, the timeless charm of Athens, and the many glorious treasures of the Peloponnese.
This trip will take you everywhere from the soaring heights of Mount Etna to the magnificent “royal street” of Kardamyli, and you will experience two of Europe’s most historically remarkable cities (Rome and Athens). We also hope that this trip will help you and your special someone create wonderful memories that you will forever cherish.
Your trip begins in 'The Eternal City' of Rome, where we will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel in the city.
Enjoy your first night in Italy with your loved one, then spend the next day taking a premium tour of the Colosseum.
On this tour, you will skip the lines, join a small group of 16 or fewer people, and follow along with your expert guide as you relive the ancient grandeur 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 have an expert licensed guide joining you for the day, and you will gain entry into the Vatican Museums an hour before it opens to the general public.
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 get to see for yourselves the Gallery of the Maps, the Raphael Rooms, and plenty more remarkable Renaissance-era art throughout the Vatican.
On day 4, you will have to bid adieu to Rome, but we promise you will have many more amazing adventures in the days ahead.
We will transport you from your hotel in Rome to the airport, where you will catch a flight to Catania in Sicily. At Catania, we will provide another private transfer to your new hotel in the charming village of Taormina.
The following day, you will head out for quite the epic adventure, as you’ll be taking a jeep tour up the slopes of Mount Etna! If you like the idea of a more rugged date with your partner, you will love this off-road excursion along the northern slopes of Europe’s tallest active volcano.
Here, you will drive by verdant pine forests, catch glimpses of old and new lava flows, and make your way to Piano Provenzana, where you will see the old Betulle hotel that’s been partially covered by lava since the 2002 eruption.
As long as it’s safe to do so, you will have opportunities to do some hiking on the mountain, and you will definitely get to enjoy a scenic lunch at a local restaurant before you return to Taormina for the evening.
On the sixth day, you will check out of the hotel in Taormina, and we will transport you to your new hotel in Sicily’s captivating capital city of Palermo.
Upon check-in, we’ll let you spend the evening as you please: Go ahead and plan your own date night, or enjoy the evening and take your time getting ready for the next day.
The next morning, you will spend the day encountering a treasure trove of ancient Greek and Roman history!
From Palermo, you will get a comfortable and air-conditioned ride to Villa Romana del Casale, an expansive ancient Roman palace that has some of the most remarkable mosaics of the ancient Roman world, as well as several stunning frescoes.
You will also head to the Valley of the Temples, the largest archaeological park in Europe and the Mediterranean basin, where you will discover the remains of 7 Doric-style temples that provide a unique window into life in Magna Graecia (or the parts of Southern Italy where ancient Greek settlers moved) in the fourth century BCE.
On day 8, it’s time to make your way to the glorious city of wisdom and reason: Athens! At Palermo, we will provide a private transfer to the airport. Then, once you fly to Athens, we will provide another private transfer to your new hotel in town.
The next day, we will take you on our signature tour, where you can experience the best of Athens in a day. This will be a private city tour where you will roll in style in your own air-conditioned Mercedes minivan, and we will pair you with an expert guide and archaeologist so you can make the most of this day trip.
Your tour will include expedited entry to the Acropolis, so you can spend more time at amazing landmarks like the Parthenon, the Temple of Nike, and the Erechtheion.
After your lunch break, we’ll take you to more of Athens’ greatest locations, including the colorful Monastiraki flea market, the heart of modern Greek democracy at Syntagma Square, and the timeless elegance of the Plaka neighborhood.
For your tenth day, you will have to depart Athens, but you still have many more adventures left to do on Greece’s gorgeous Peloponnese.
From your hotel in Athens, we will provide a private car transfer to the wondrous town of Kardamyli. Once you arrive, you will check into your new hotel, and you can spend the evening as you please.
The next day, you will head out for a guided hike around Kardamyli to discover the natural beauty and rich culture of the Mani peninsula.
Make sure to wear your best walking shoes, because you will hike along the old “royal street” that connected Kardamyli to Sparta, and you will discover many of the area’s top highlights, including Byzantine churches, fields full of local wildflowers, imposing mountain views, and multiple villages where old traditions are still part of everyday life.
For your final leg of this journey, we will pick you up at your hotel in Kardamyli and transport you to your new hotel in the town of Nafplio.
After you check in and get settled at the hotel, we will take you on a leisurely afternoon tour of the town, where you can get acquainted with this city that’s persisted from antiquity to Venetian rule during the Middle Ages, then from Ottoman rule to the establishment of modern Greece.
On day 13, the itinerary is all yours to develop and design. Feel free to plan a special date with your loved one in town, or perhaps take the opportunity to spend the day relaxing at the beach.
We hope you enjoy the entirety of this amazing two-week tour of Italy and Greece. Though we’re sad to see you leave, we will do our best to provide you with a carefree and stress-free journey home.
Upon your checkout from the hotel, we will provide a private transfer to Athens Airport and make sure you have ample time to catch your flight. Thanks so much for traveling with us, and we hope to see you again soon!
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 Ikon Hotel is a 4-star hotel that provides its guests with exclusive services and luxury amenities in the historic Greek capital.
Experience the epitome of luxury, design, and unparalleled hospitality at Chapter Roma Hotel!
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.
Elia Ermou is a 4-star hotel on the most commercial street of Athens with first-class services, amenities, and facilities.
Ergon House Athens is a luxury foodie hotel that will make your stay in the historic city a deliciously rich experience.
Embark on an unforgettable Roman sojourn at Hotel Artemide, where timeless elegance and impeccable service converge for an exceptional stay.
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.
Indulge in the ultimate Roman experience by choosing Roma Fori Imperiali for timeless luxury and prime location!
- 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