Italy & Greece

Price per person
from £1,720

Price based on
London Gatwick
1st Oct 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Mediterranean

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

From the once-mighty Colosseum in Rome to the ancient Acropolis in Athens, explore the rich history, cultural legacy, iconic art and ancient archaeology of these classical powerhouses. You'll see the sights in all the top cities, with time to take in the rolling hills of Tuscany, atmospheric canals of Venice and stunning panoramas of the Peloponnese.

At a glance


  • Rome Follow your local guide to explore the key sights of Italy's cosmopolitan capital, including St Peter's Square and Basilica. Optional excursion to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • Pisa Snap the Leaning Tower from the Square of Miracles
  • Florence Enjoy a guided walking tour that includes Michelangelo's famous sculpture of David, Signora Square and lunch on Santa Croce Square. Spend time shopping for local Florentine goods.
  • Verona Wander the ancient streets of the city that inspired Shakespeare, and see the balcony where he placed his Juliet.
  • Venice Take an included boat trip through the atmospheric little canals and a guided walk through its most pretty sights. See St Mark's Square, the Bridge of Sighs, St Mark's Cathedral and Rialto Bridge, then explore at your leisure.
  • Olympia Spend time in this ancient site and explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games, or join an optional excursion to tour the sites.
  • Mycenae Visit the birthplace of Western civilisation, the UNESCO-listed ruins that dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century BCE and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture.  
  • Athens Let your guide show you around Athens on a sightseeing tour that includes the ancient Acropolis and the original site of Elgin's Marbles. Free time to explore this atmospheric city.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Overview

From the once-mighty Colosseum in Rome to the ancient Acropolis in Athens, explore the rich history, cultural legacy, iconic art and ancient archaeology of these classical powerhouses. You'll see the sights in all the top cities, with time to take in the rolling hills of Tuscany, atmospheric canals of Venice and stunning panoramas of the Peloponnese.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

Fly to Rome where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Your tour starts today. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Italy’s ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Rome

Day
2

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a local guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgement.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - Pisa - Florence area

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 to see the Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, then on to the Florence area. End the day by joining the optional Tuscan dinner in a typical restaurant.

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 most of 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, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Florence area - Verona - Venice area

Day
5

Journey north to enchanting Verona to see the legendary balcony from Romeo and Juliet and spend some time at leisure strolling around Market Square. Continue to the Venice area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Venice

Day
6

Venice is more like a marvellous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing 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 and a chance to watch Venetian glass blower 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 - Ravenna - Ancona - Ferry Crossing To Patras

Day
7

Travel across the flatlands of the Po Delta to medieval Ravenna, where you will admire some of its unique byzantine mosaics, listed by UNESCO. Next, reach Ancona on the shores of the Adriatic, to embark on the ferry for the crossing to Patras.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Patras - Olympia

Day
8

During the crossing, enjoy all the ship’s facilities. Disembark in Patras and drive south into the Peloponnese to Olympia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Olympia - Nauplia

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Nauplia - Mycenae - Athens

Day
10

Depart Nauplia this morning with a heading for Mycenae to visit an Archaeological site and a guided museum tour. Take in the scenic highlights of the Corinth Canal before reaching your final destination for the day, Athens.

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 a trip to the coast to swim. In the evening, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the tavernas in the old Plaka district with its narrow streets and sound of bouzouki music.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens - UK

Day
12

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport from your hotel this morning for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Rome: NH Villa Carpegna or Santa Costanza
  • Florence: Villa Gabriele D'Annunzio or Iotaliana Resort
  • Venice Area: Smart Holiday Mestre or Antony Palace Marcon or Poppi
  • Olympia: Olympia Palace
  • Athens: Acropolis Select

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