8 or 11 days
Italy, Greece

Rome and Athens are more than just cities to explore. They are living artifacts for you to explore from every angle.

In Rome, the ancient treasures are sprinkled across the map, seamlessly integrated into everyday life. In Athens, most of the relics share a spotlight on center stage, high above modern society on the Acropolis. But each city changes your views of history, and offers new perspective on the world today.


Due to national and/or religious holidays, some sites may be closed and your itinerary may be modified on the following dates in 2023: March 19, March 25, April 7-10, April 16, and June 29. These dates fluctuate each year; please contact us for more information on your specific tour and date.

  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy

  • Day 2: Rome

    Meet your Tour Director at your destination
  • Day 3: Rome

    Take a tour of Vatican City

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Sistine Chapel
    • St. Peter’s Basilica

    Take a guided tour of Rome

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Roman Forum
    • Colosseum

    Take a self-guided walking tour of Rome

    You will see:

    • Trevi Fountain
    • Pantheon
    • Piazza Navona
    • Spanish Steps
  • Day 4: Rome

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Pompeii

    Pompeii

    Gain unparalleled insight into the lives of the ancient Roman elite on this excursion. Buried in volcanic ash in 79 A.D., the former resort town of Pompeii is now fully excavated and, uniquely preserved as it was, one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. After a guided tour, enjoy an included lunch and free time before returning to Rome for dinner. Note: Comfortable shoes are recommended. 

  • Day 5: Rome • Athens

    Fly to Athens

  • Day 6: Athens

    Visit the Acropolis:

    • Parthenon
    • Temple of Athena Nike

    Take a guided tour of Athens

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Olympic Stadium
    • Syntagma Square
    • Acropolis

    Take a walking tour of Athens

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Plaka district
    • Athenian Trilogy

    Visit the Acropolis Museum, home to ancient ruins and prehistoric artefacts.

    Take a Greek dance lesson

  • Day 7: Athens

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Delphi

    Delphi

    Ponder the mysteries of your future at the sacred site of Delphi. Greece’s ancient military leaders left gifts for the Oracle in hopes of receiving good fortune in battle. Visit the Temple of Apollo, where it’s said the god communicated with mortals, and stop at the Delphi Museum, which features artefacts from 550 B.C. Note: This 11-hour excursion includes round-trip bus transfer to Delphi from Athens. 

  • Day 8: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 8: Mykonos island

    Depart on a three-day cruise of the Greek islands (Shore excursions to Kusadasi, Crete and Santorini are included for all travelers) 

    Explore the Old Town of Mykonos island on your own

  • Day 9: Kusadasi • Patmos island

    Included excursion to Kusadasi island featuring the city of Ancient Ephesus 

    Explore Patmos island on your own 

  • Day 10: Crete island • Santorini island

    Included excursion to the Palace of Knossos in Crete

    Included excursion to Oia Village in Santorini  

  • Day 11: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy

  • Day 2: Rome

    Meet your Tour Director at your destination
  • Day 3: Rome

    Take a tour of Vatican City

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Sistine Chapel
    • St. Peter’s Basilica

    Take a guided tour of Rome

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Roman Forum
    • Colosseum

    Take a self-guided walking tour of Rome

    You will see:

    • Trevi Fountain
    • Pantheon
    • Piazza Navona
    • Spanish Steps
  • Day 4: Rome

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Pompeii

    Pompeii

    Gain unparalleled insight into the lives of the ancient Roman elite on this excursion. Buried in volcanic ash in 79 A.D., the former resort town of Pompeii is now fully excavated and, uniquely preserved as it was, one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. After a guided tour, enjoy an included lunch and free time before returning to Rome for dinner. Note: Comfortable shoes are recommended. 

  • Day 5: Rome • Athens

    Fly to Athens

  • Day 6: Athens

    Visit the Acropolis:

    • Parthenon
    • Temple of Athena Nike

    Take a guided tour of Athens

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Olympic Stadium
    • Syntagma Square
    • Acropolis

    Take a walking tour of Athens

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Plaka district
    • Athenian Trilogy

    Visit the Acropolis Museum, home to ancient ruins and prehistoric artefacts.

    Take a Greek dance lesson

  • Day 7: Athens

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Delphi

    Delphi

    Ponder the mysteries of your future at the sacred site of Delphi. Greece’s ancient military leaders left gifts for the Oracle in hopes of receiving good fortune in battle. Visit the Temple of Apollo, where it’s said the god communicated with mortals, and stop at the Delphi Museum, which features artefacts from 550 B.C. Note: This 11-hour excursion includes round-trip bus transfer to Delphi from Athens. 

  • Day 8: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 8: Mykonos island

    Depart on a three-day cruise of the Greek islands (Shore excursions to Kusadasi, Crete and Santorini are included for all travelers) 

    Explore the Old Town of Mykonos island on your own

  • Day 9: Kusadasi • Patmos island

    Included excursion to Kusadasi island featuring the city of Ancient Ephesus 

    Explore Patmos island on your own 

  • Day 10: Crete island • Santorini island

    Included excursion to the Palace of Knossos in Crete

    Included excursion to Oia Village in Santorini  

  • Day 11: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this tour?

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