Southern Italy & Greece with 4 - Night Cruise


  • 19 days

  • Italy

  • Steady pace

tour : LGH

Overview

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This guided vacation through Italy and Greece includes a fantastic 4-night cruise to the Greek Islands and the turquoise coast of Turkey. Begin with two nights in Palermo on the island of Sicily to explore the magnificent cathedrals, cuisine, and culture. Tour the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento on your way to Catania on the eastern coast of Sicily. Take an excursion to Syracuse to explore the fascinating 5th-century Greek and Roman archaeological site before visiting the small island of Ortigia. Stop to gaze on the stunning hilltops and coastal cliffs of Taormina, then cross the Straits of Messina by ferry to the Italian mainland. Explore Southern Italy’s “boot” with overnights in Cosenza and Matera, including a speciality dinner at a local restaurant, and a visit to a whitewashed trullo house—the signature Alberobello architecture of circular stone houses with conical roofs. Visit the beautiful towns of Locorotondo and Martina Franca in the “heel” of Italy, and spend two nights in Lecce, the “Florence of the South.” Sightseeing includes visits to the Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica. In Brindisi, have lunch and a sightseeing tour before boarding your overnight ferry to the Ionian Sea to Patras in Greece. Cross the Gulf of Corinth via one of the world’s longest cable-stayed bridges, visit the beautiful coastal town of Nafpaktos, and overnight in Itea. Enjoy an olive oil tasting in the area famous for its Amfissa olive trees. On to Delphi, where the Oracle told the future and the god Apollo found sanctuary on Mount Parnassus. Tour the extraordinary excavations and visit the Archaeological Museum—home to the 5th-century-BC bronze Charioteer. Continue to Athens, the Greek capital and home to the iconic Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, the Theseum where Socrates taught, and many more incredible sights of Greek history and mythology.

Board your cruise ship in Piraeus and sail across the blue Aegean Sea to the island of Mykonos. From there, sail to Kusadasi, Turkey, to explore the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Cruise to the tiny Greek island of Patmos, and then to Rhodes with an included excursion to Lindos. Dock at Heraklion in Crete with exciting options to explore. Return to Piraeus to disembark your ship, then conclude your Greek cruise vacation in Athens. Your vacation through Southern Italy and Greece with a cruise to some iconic Greek islands is a true Mediterranean discovery and experience.

Highlights

PALERMO
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral and the Norman cathedral in Monreale
AGRIGENTOGuided walking tour of the Valley of Temples
CATANIAOrientation
SYRACUSAGuided visit of the archaeological site
ORTIGIA[LF] Visit the island
TAORMINAOrientation
STRAIT OF MESSINAFerry crossing
COSENZAGuided sightseeing
MATERAGuided walking tour, visit Casa Grotta; [LF] dinner with typical specialties
ALBEROBELLOGuided walking tour, visit a trullo
LOCOROTONDOOrientation
MARTINA FRANCAOrientation
LECCEGuided walking tour, visit the Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica
BRINDISIEnjoy lunch; guided sightseeing
BRINDISI-PATRASOvernight ferry crossing
NAFPAKTOSOrientation
GALAXIDI[LF] Olive oil tasting with local specialties; orientation
DELPHIGuided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum
ATHENSGuided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
ATHENS
Four night cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini
Cruise Details:
  • Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
  • Cabin categories: Inside cabin (category IB); Outside cabin (category XB)
  • All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
  • Full entertainment program on board.
  • Included drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
  • Globus Host service throughout the cruise.
  • Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. At time of publishing, the ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises. Certain departures may be operated by other Celestyal Cruises ships of similar standard.

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 17 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 11 dinners

ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY

Day
1

Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

PALERMO

Day
2

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and a visit to the magnificent CATHEDRAL. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PALERMO–AGRIGENTO–CATANIA

Day
3

Arrive in Agrigento and meet your Local Guide for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF TEMPLES with its gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. Continue to Catania and enjoy an orientation walk in the center. In Piazza del Duomo see the lava stone statue of an elephant, the city’s symbol.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CATANIA. EXCURSION TO SYRACUSE AND ORTIGIA

Day
4

Head to Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes. Enter the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE for a guided visit of the 5th-century-BC sparkling-white Greek Theater, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmaker’s Cave. Another highlight is LF a visit to the pretty island of Ortigia.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CATANIA–TAORMINA–COSENZA

Day
5

Stop in the stunning hilltop town of Taormina, time to explore its streets and visit some sites. Cross the Straits of Messina by FERRY to reach mainland Italy for an interesting drive to the city of Cosenza. With your Local Guide discover the OLD TOWN. See the open-air museum and the contrastingly modern bridge by the architect Calatrava.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi / 350 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

COSENZA–MATERA

Day
6

Drive to Matera famous for the sassi houses carved out of the rock. A special visit to CASA GROTTA has been arranged during your guided sightseeing. To top off the visit to this incredible town, LF dinner with local specialties has been arranged at a local restaurant
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

MATERA–ALBEROBELLO–LOCOROTONDO–MARTINA FRANCA–LECCE

Day
7

Today focus on the Itria Valley, one of Italy’s most fertile and beautiful valleys. Start with Alberobello where a Local Guide will take you for a walking tour of the town, and for a visit one of its unique TRULLI—whitewashed, stone, circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs. Next, stop in the quiet hilltop town of Locorotondo, classified as one of the most beautiful borghi in Italy, then in lively, elegant Martina Franca. Continue to the “heel of Italy” and arrive in Lecce, where you will stay for two nights.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LECCE

Day
8

Admire the baroque buildings and squares during your walking tour with a Local Guide and understand why Lecce has been called the “Florence of the South.” Visit the impressive DUOMO and SANTA CROCE BASILICA. Later, an interesting optional excursion to Otranto is available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LECCE–BRINDISI–OVERNIGHT FERRY TO PATRAS, GREECE

Day
9

Time to discover more of Lecce this morning before heading to the coastal city of Brindisi, endpoint of the Roman Appian way and the town from where Philleas Fogg left the continent in Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. Lunch awaits in a local restaurant followed by a sightseeing tour of Brindisi. Later board your overnight FERRY and cross the Ionian sea to Greece.
Today’s Distance: 37 mi / 60 km (excluding overnight ferry)

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

PATRAS–ITEA

Day
10

Enjoy the scenery as you approach busy Patras where you will disembark early afternoon. Take pictures of the Rion-Antirion Bridge, one of the world’s longest multi-span cable stayed bridges, crossing the Gulf of Corinth. Stop in Nafpaktos, a popular holiday destination and site of the Battle of Lepanto, beautifully located on a bay, before arriving at your hotel in Itea.
Today’s Distance: 73 mi / 118 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ITEA. EXCURSION TO GALAXIDI

Day
11

Learn about one of Greece’s most famous products—olive oil. The area around Itea is famous for its Amfissa olive trees which are protected by UNESCO. LF An OLIVE OIL TASTING with local specialties has been arranged for you. Later, stroll around the charming streets of the seaside town of Galaxidi, or sit in a seafront tavern and watch the world go by.
Today’s Distance: 20 mi / 33 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ITEA–DELPHI–ATHENS

Day
12

The morning is devoted to mystic Delphi. Meet your Local Guide and enjoy a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and visit the EXCAVATIONS. Explore the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. Continue to Athens, Greece's proud capital.
Today’s Distance: 125 mi / 200 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ATHENS

Day
13

Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, an orientation features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ATHENS–PIRAEUS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS

Day
14

Embark in Piraeus, and sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos.

Meals included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY–PATMOS, GREECE

Day
15

Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of EPHESUS. Next stop at the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John wrote the Revelation, and see the Grotto of the Apocalypse.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: RHODES

Day
16

All day is dedicated to the island of RHODES. Explore the sights in the historic OLD TOWN with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Next is LINDOS with the fabulous Temple of Athena. Sail from Rhodes in the evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE–SANTORINI, GREECE

Day
17

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION)–ATHENS

Day
18

After breakfast on board, disembark at Piraeus and return to Athens.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ATHENS

Day
19

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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