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14 Days / 13 Nights

Day 1 - Saturday: Rome * (pre-tour Package)
Transfer from the airport in Rome to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2 - Sunday: Rome * (pre-tour Package)
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will enjoy a 3 hrs “Discovering Rome”, walking tour (English only). You will be picked up at your hotel at about 9.00am. The tour will start from Largo Argentina and continue to Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps. (NO DROP OFF AT THE HOTEL). Rest of the day at leisure and overnight.(B)

Day 3 - Monday: Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence
American buffet breakfast. Pickup at 7.30/7.45am at the hotel and departure by coach to ASSISI for a visit of the mystic town of Saint Francis still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. At the end of the visit, we continue towards SIENA, the beautiful medieval city renown for the Palio horse race. Proceed to FLORENCE. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)

Day 4 - Tuesday: Florence
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour of the city, also known to be the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto,s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, and Santa Croce, the 13th century Franciscan Church with Cimabue,s famous crucifix. The balance of the day is at leisure for optional sightseeing (we suggest the PISA half day tour) or for shopping. Dinner at a local Restaurant and overnight at the hotel. (BD)

Day 5 - Wednesday: Florence - Padua - Venice
American buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to VENICE by coach. Along the way you will stop in PADUA, where you will visit the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello,s “Gattamelata”. Continue towards VENICE, and upon arrival enjoy a panoramic guided walking tour of this unique city. You will see the St. Mark,s square, the Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge,s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Venice. (BD)

Day 6 - Thursday: Venice - Rome
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour by boat. You will cross the lagoon with a view of the islands and reach the island of Murano where you will assist to a demonstration of glass blowing (some time will be allowed for shopping). In the afternoon, the boast will take you to the rail station or the Tronchetto for your transfer back to Rome by rail or motor coach. (means of transportation is reconfirmed one day or two before the end of the tour and advised by the assistant). Upon arrival in Rome you will be transferred directly to your hotel. If you are arriving via rail, your driver will be waiting for you at the end of platform holding a sign with your last name. Overnight in Rome. (B)

Day 7 - Friday: Rome - Athens
American buffet breakfast at the Hotel and transfer to Airport for a flight to Athens. Arrival at Athens International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Athens city center. Free time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)

Day 8 - Saturday: Athens
Early breakfast at the Hotel. At 08h:00 start sailing to the three beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. After departure, cruise guide and the hostesses will ask you to assemble in one of the main lounges of the ship to get acquainted and to give you all the information concerning the ship, the program of the cruise and the islands and to make sure you will have a pleasant day. First Port of call is Hydra. The favorite island of the jet set, whose old traditional beautiful stone houses and mansions silently witness to a long and turbulent story. The small narrow stone paved streets await you to explore them on foot or by the island,s tradi-tional “vehicle” the saddled donkeys… captivating walks along the old seaside promenade crystal clear waters, radiant fine craft shops and the beauty of Hydra will conquer you! Our stay in Hydra is about 2 hours. Next island is Poros . Although it is the smallest of the three islands that we visit, its attraction is the narrow strait offering a most enchanting view of the town of Poros. Our stay in Poros is about 1 hour. Our last stop is the island of Aegina. The largest of the three islands. Apart from its harbor, there are optional organized tours by air conditioned busses visiting the Temple of Afea (archaeological site) or the Church of Saint Nektarios, whose relics are display. The above mentioned tours are optional and are sold on board the ship. Our stay in Aegina is about 2 hours. Lunch will be served on board. On our way back to Marina Flisvos, a traditional Greek folk show with singers and dancers will entertain you up to the final moment as the ship arrives at Marina Flisvos. Return to Athens. Transfer to your Hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)

Day 9 - Sunday: Athens
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet our guide at the lobby of the hotel and start the Sightseeing Tour of Athens. This tour allows you to see the most important monuments and sites of the city. Visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon Temple and the National Archaeological Museum, rich and famous for its treasures. Continue a tour with a drive along the coastal road, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. In an idyllic position overlooking the Aegean Sea enjoy a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. According to the legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. The story goes that Aegeus, anxiously looking out from Sounion, despaired when he saw a black sail on his son Theseus's ship, returning from Crete. This led him to believe that his son had been killed in his contest with the dreaded Minotaur, a monster that was half man and half bull. He had agreed with his father that if he survived the contest, he would hoist a white sail. In fact, Theseus had overcome and slain the Minotaur, but tragically had simply forgotten about the white sail. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion. Return to Athens late in the afternoon for dinner and overnight at the Hotel. (BD)

Day 10 - Monday: Athens - Corinth - Epidaurus - Nafplion - Mycenae - Olympia
Breakfast at the hotel. Embark the coach and drive by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short photo stop). Continue the drive and visit the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and its exceptional acoustics, which permit the 14,000 spectators to perfectly hear the conversations at the center stage. Then proceed to the town of Nafplion (short photo stop), after Nafplion drive on to Mycenae, one of the major centres of Greek civilization in the second millennium BC with its Acropolis, the Palace and the famous Lion Gate. You will also visit the Tomb of Agamemnon which is one of the many 'beehive' tombs in the vicinity of the ancient site of Mycenae. It is by far the best preserved of these tholos tombs. Early afternoon depart to Olympia for dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)

Day 11 - Tuesday: Olympia - Arachova
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. There is probably no ancient archaeological site anywhere in the world that has more relevance on today's world than Olympia, the place where the ancient Olympic Games were held. Then drive through the stunning bridge connecting Peloponissos and the Mainland at Rio, pass by the picturesque seafront town of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and continue on the coastal road to the town of Arachova. After approximately an hours drive, you will arrive at Arachova, a village on the mountain well renowned for its colourful rugs and carpets. Check in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)

Day 12 - Wednesday: Arachova - Delphi - Kalambaka
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit the pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke and was the site of the omphalos, the 'naval of the world'. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and changes with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century BC, was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. While at the site, visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum. Departure for Kalambaka, a small town stated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)

Day 13 - Thursday: Kalambaka - Meteora - Athens
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Meteora, famous for its impressive scenery with ageless Monasteries*, that contain priceless historical and religious treasures as well as exquisite specimens of Byzantine art, standing between earth and sky atop huge rocks. Once you finish visiting the monasteries proceed to the town of Kalambaka and then return to Athens passing by the heroic monument of Leonidas at Thermopylae (short photo stop) where 300 strong Spartans battled the army of the Persian Empire. Arrive in Athens early in the evening for dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)

*In order to visit the Monasteries, skirts for the ladies and long trousers for the gentlemen are required.

Day 14 - Friday: Athens - Rome
After breakfast at the hotel, depart to the Athens International Airport for your return flight to Rome (end of the services). (B)

Note:
- Maximum Guests - 24 Pax
- English Speaking Tour Only
- City Tax cannot be pre-paid and is not included. Hence this must be paid directly at each hotel. The tax varies from Euro 3.00 to Euro 4.5 per room per night

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  2017        
           
  April To October 2017 - Saturdays Departures  
       
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  Tpl Occ  
  Jun 10, 24 $3,460 $4,585 $3,225  
  Jul 01 $3,460 $4,585 $3,225  
  Sep 09, 23 $3,460 $4,585 $3,225  
  Oct 07, 21 $3,460 $4,585 $3,225  
   
  Accommodations:  
   
  Rome:  
  Hotel Romanico Palace 4* or Hotel The Building 4*  
   
  Florence:  
  Hotel Rivoli / Adriatico 4* Or Similar  
   
  Venice:  
  Hotel Continental 4* Or Similar  
   
  Greece:  
  Accomodation On H/b Bases In 4* Hotels (Rooms are Run-of-the-House)  
   
   
   
   
 
Includes:

Italy :
  • Arrival transfer from the FCO/CIA airports to the Hotel in Rome
  • 3 hours walking guided tour in Rome
  • Accommodation at 4 * hotels centrally located.
  • 5 american buffet breakfast
  • 3 dinners ( drinks not included )
  • Ground transportation by deluxe motor coach with air conditioning
  • English Speaking Escort on the tour
  • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • English Speaking local guides
Greece :
  • Air Tickets ROME-ATHENS-ROME
  • Air - conditioned motor-coach
  • Hotel accommodation (4 nights) in 4* or 5* hotel in Athens in HB basis
  • Hotel accommodation in 4* hotels during the tour on HB basis
  • Professional English Speaking Guide during the tour
  • Entrance Fees to Archaeological sites and Museums
  • VAT and all legal taxes included
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