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The cradles of Western Civilisation are explored on this epic voyage through Italy and Greece. Admire the art and architecture of Rome and the rich cultural heritage of Florence which sparked a revival in Europe and the end of the Dark Ages. Visit the breath- taking monasteries of Meteora and see the sight of the most important oracle in the classical world.
Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or perhaps take a stroll through this historic city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive which will take you to view the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica – a perfect start to your holiday. (WR)
With a Local Specialist visit St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s Pietà. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own or simply relax and watch the world go by. (BB)
This morning visit the Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist. Experience a Cultural Insight when you ascend Bramante’s smooth and step-less spiral staircase. Admire Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling when you visit the Sistine Chapel. Later, drive north through picturesque scenery to the Renaissance city of Florence in Tuscany. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest dinner in the Chianti countryside. (BB, BG)
Your Local Specialist reveals Florence’s rich cultural heritage during your walking tour. Visit Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery, renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures and the Ponte Vecchio. Travel through the Apennines and cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals – it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city. (BB)
Savour the unique sights and sounds of Venice as you cruise by private launch to visit some of the attractions of this unique city. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making before seeing the sights including the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. This afternoon consider taking an Optional Experience to one of the islands in the lagoon. (BB) )
Travel south to the ancient port city of Ancona to board your overnight ferry to mainland Greece. (BB, D)
Arrive early into the port of Igoumenitsa and travel along the foothills of the Athamanika mountains before arriving at the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora. These are some of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Visit two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks above the town with your Local Specialist. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D)
Drive south towards Mount Parnassos and tour Delphi with your Local Specialist. See the site of the most important oracle in the classical world and walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 5th century. It was here that every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games, which were dedicated to Apollo and the Arts. Later arrive in Athens. (BB)
Classical Athens was a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, and is widely seen as the cradle of Western Civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. Discover the rich heritage during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. Your choice of sightseeing includes a visit to Acropolis to view the Parthenon or entry to the spectacular Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities. See Hadrian’s Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of your trip. (BB, FD)
Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and Travel Director after an unforgettable journey or join a 4-day Aegean Cruise, for more information see below. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)
A 4-day Aegean cruise is available to join at the end of the Best of Italy and Greece itinerary. On the morning of Day 10, guests will be transferred from their hotel to the port of Athens to embark the cruise.
Board your ship in Athens. Cruise to the island of Mykonos and spend time discovering the town and sparkling beaches. (BB, L, D)
Arrive early at the port of Kusadasi in Turkey – there is time to take an Optional Experience to Ephesus. Continue on to Patmos, with an optional experience to the cave where the Book of Revelation was written. (BB, L, D)
Arrive in Rhodes. Explore the fascinating medieval Old Town or join an optional experience to visit Lindos, featuring the Acropolis with stunning coastal views. (BB, L, D)
Sail to Heraklion on the island of Crete, then cruise to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini. Maybe explore Fira and Oia, where people flock just to see the sunset! (BB, L, D)
This morning, disembark from your ship for your transfer to the airport. (BB)
Flights: Onward flights from Athens airport should not be scheduled before 11am. From A$1525 per person twin share (outside cabin)
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