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Italy & Greece

Offer

Price per person
from £1,586

Price based on
London Gatwick
1st Apr 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

There's no better time to book your next adventure, with low deposits of just £49pp for European holidays.

More details
  • 12 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Italy and Greece are steeped in history with a treasure trove of ancient sites and scenic beauty. On this affordable Italy & Greece tour, you’ll see the fantastic features these countries have to offer, starting in Rome and ending in Athens. In Italy, you’ll stay in Rome, and the Florence and Venice areas; in Greece, you’ll stay in Olympia, Nauplia, and Athens. You’ll also spend one night on a ferry-crossing of the Adriatic Sea from Ancona, Italy to Patras, Greece.

Visit Rome with a local guide who brings ancient Imperial Rome back to life as you pass the Colosseum. Enjoy must-see sights, including Piazza Signoria, in the centre of Florence; Juliet’s balcony in the medieval town of Verona; and Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower. In Venice, take a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square for some relaxation and people-watching. While in Venice, you’ll have the opportunity to watch glassblowers create works of art as they have done for centuries.

Step back in time on your visit to Athens’ Acropolis and the Parthenon, dating back to the 5th century BC and the most accurate indication of the influence and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak. Also visit Mycenae, dating back to 1350 to 1200 BC, where you’ll marvel at the arches, fountains, ramparts, and amazing masonry still standing.

All of these elements come together perfectly to create a value-minded Italy and Greece tour like no other!

At a glance

Rome Guided sightseeing

Pisa See the Leaning Tower

Florence Guided walking tour

Verona See Juliet’s balcony

Venice Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square

Nauplia Visit

Mycenae Guided visit of the archaeological site

Athens Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 5 days: Aegean Cruise

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
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.

Private home pick-up service

Our private 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 private 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

Italy and Greece are steeped in history with a treasure trove of ancient sites and scenic beauty. On this affordable Italy & Greece tour, you’ll see the fantastic features these countries have to offer, starting in Rome and ending in Athens. In Italy, you’ll stay in Rome, and the Florence and Venice areas; in Greece, you’ll stay in Olympia, Nauplia, and Athens. You’ll also spend one night on a ferry-crossing of the Adriatic Sea from Ancona, Italy to Patras, Greece.

Visit Rome with a local guide who brings ancient Imperial Rome back to life as you pass the Colosseum. Enjoy must-see sights, including Piazza Signoria, in the centre of Florence; Juliet’s balcony in the medieval town of Verona; and Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower. In Venice, take a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square for some relaxation and people-watching. While in Venice, you’ll have the opportunity to watch glassblowers create works of art as they have done for centuries.

Step back in time on your visit to Athens’ Acropolis and the Parthenon, dating back to the 5th century BC and the most accurate indication of the influence and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak. Also visit Mycenae, dating back to 1350 to 1200 BC, where you’ll marvel at the arches, fountains, ramparts, and amazing masonry still standing.

All of these elements come together perfectly to create a value-minded Italy and Greece tour like no other!

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Rome, Italy

Day
1

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

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Italy’s ancient capital using your CosmosGO app. 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 and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment.

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 and enjoy a mini-train ride 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. Later, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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 crisscrossing 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 GLASSBLOWERS 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 – Ancona (Embarkation) – Overnight Ferry Crossing to Patras, Greece

Day
7

Travel across the flatlands of the Po Delta to reach Ancona on the shores of the Adriatic, to embark on the FERRY for the crossing to Patras.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Patras (Disembarkation) - 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

Enjoy 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

Make a morning visit with a Local Guide to the impressive ruins of MYCENAE, an ancient city of Homer's epics. Later, stop to view the Corinth Canal, which was built between 1881 and 1893.

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, or join an optional Greek dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens - UK

Day
12

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Athens – Lavrion/Piraeus (Embarkation) – Mykonos

Board your cruise ship for an afternoon of cruising in the Aegean on your way to Mykonos with its white houses, chapels, and windmills. Late-evening departure for Kusadasi, Turkey.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kusadasi, Turkey - Patmos, Greece

Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An included excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Heraklion - Santorini

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. Why not join the optional excursion to Knossos, the centre of the 3000 Minoan civilization? Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The included shore excursion takes you up to the clifftop village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lavrion/Piraeus, Greece (Disembarkation) – Athens

Early morning arrival at the famous port of Lavrion/Piraeus. After disembarkation, continue to Athens for an overnight stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Port taxes and gratuities to the service personnel on board and drink package are included in the Cosmos price.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

Cruise regulations mean that we will require passport information at time of booking. 

Hotels

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


Rome Villa Maria Regina

Florence B&B Firenze Centro or Italiana Hotel Florence

Venice area Poppi at Mira

Olympia Olympia Palace

Nauplia Rex

Athens Acropolis Select

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