Italy & Greece with Iconic Aegean Islands Cruise


  • 16 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

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Italy and Greece are countries steeped in history with a treasure trove of ancient sites and scenic beauty. On this affordable Italy & Greece tour, you’ll see the highlights of what these countries have to offer, starting in Rome and ending in Athens. In Italy, you’ll stay in Rome, Florence and the Venice area. In Greece, you’ll stay in Olympia, Nauplia, and Athens. You’ll also spend one night on a ferry to cross the Adriatic Sea from Ancona, Italy to Igoumenitsa, Greece and then on a cruise ship for a 3-night Aegean Islands Sea cruise.

Visit Rome with a local guide who brings ancient Imperial Rome back to life as you pass the Colosseum. Enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights, including Piazza Signoria in the center of Florence: the old town center in Verona; and see Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower. In Venice, take a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and watch glassblowers create works of art as they have done for centuries—or discover the lagoon at your own pace. Step back in time at your visit to Athens’ Acropolis and the Parthenon, dating back to the 5th century BC. You’ll also visit Mycenae, dating back to 1350 to 1200 BC, where you’ll marvel at the arches, fountains, ramparts, and amazing masonry still standing.

Spend the last few days of your affordable tour of Italy and Greece in sheer relaxation aboard your cruise ship for a 3-night cruise to some of the world’s most beautiful islands. You’ll see Mykonos, with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and whitewashed houses; Heraklion, Crete, nestled picturesquely between two mountain ranges; Santorini (weather permitting), with one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas; Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation; and Kusadasi, Turkey, where you’ll enjoy an included visit of the Ephesus archaeological site.

All of these elements come together perfectly to create a value-minded Italy and Greece tour and cruise like no other!

Small Group Discovery

Select Cosmos 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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2021 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners

ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Italy’s ancient capital using your CosmosGO app. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

ROME.

Day
2

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start the included introduction to Rome’s landmarks from
St. Peter’s Square with a Local Guide. Enjoy a drive along the iconic landmarks of the city: the Tiber River, the Caius Cestius Pyramid, the Aurelian Walls and the Caracalla Baths. Complete the experience with a walk back in time from the Circus Maximus to the Arch of Constantine and to the fascinating Colosseum, symbol of the Roman Empire. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the treasures of the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel on our optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROME–PISA–FLORENCE.

Day
3

Vistas of rolling hills, cypress trees, vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa and enjoy a mini-train ride to see the Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, then on to Florence. End the day by joining the optional Gastronomy Experience in a typical restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

FLORENCE

Day
4

This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi, and, to top it all, see Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

FLORENCE–VERONA–VENICE AREA.

Day
5

Journey north to enchanting Verona to spend some time at leisure strolling around the historical center with its many highlights. Continue to the Venice area.
Today’s Distance: 242 mi/ 390 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VENICE

Day
6

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and quiet little piazzas. Take a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and enjoy time at leisure for a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers at work. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VENICE AREA–ANCONA (EMBARKATION)–OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO IGOUMENITSA, GREECE

Day
7

Travel across the flatlands of the Po Delta to reach Ancona on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, to embark on the ferry for the crossing to Igoumenitsa.
Today’s Distance: 227 mi/ 365 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

IGOUMENITSA (DISEMBARKATION)–OLYMPIA

Day
8

During the crossing, enjoy all the ship’s amenities. Disembark in Igoumenitsa and drive south into the Peloponnese to Olympia.
Today’s Distance: 172 mi/ 276 km (excluding overnight ferry)

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

OLYMPIA–NAUPLIA

Day
9

Enjoy time at leisure, or make the most of this morning by taking the optional tour of the sites of ancient Olympia, including the ruins of the Temple of Zeus. In the afternoon, enjoy the rugged scenery of the Peloponnese on the way to Nauplia. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

NAUPLIA–MYCENAE–ATHENS.

Day
10

Morning visit with a Local Guide to the impressive ruins of Mycenae, an ancient city of Homer’s epics. Later, stop to view the Corinth Canal, which was built between 1881 and 1893.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ATHENS.

Day
11

Join the included sightseeing tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of the ancient capital and a visit to the Acropolis. Explore the shops and museums or take tram to the coast. In the evening, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the tavernas in the old Plaka district with its narrow streets and sound of bouzouki music, or join an optional traditional Greek dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ATHENS–PIRAEUS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS

Day
12

Board your Celestyal cruise ship. Cruise the Aegean Sea to Mykonos, with its white houses, chapels, and windmills. Late-evening departure for Kusadasi, Turkey.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

KUSADASI, TURKEY–PATMOS, GREECE

Day
13

Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An included excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

HERAKLION–SANTORINI

Day
14

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. Join the included excursion to Knossos, the center of the 3000-BC Minoan civilization. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” An optional shore excursion takes you up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

PIRAEUS, GREECE (DISEMBARKATION)–ATHENS

Day
15

Early morning arrival at the port of Piraeus. Drive to Athens and relax, visit a museum, or go shopping.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ATHENS

Day
16

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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