Rome & Area
(Athens, Mykonos, Santorini)
This value tour highlights the best of both Italy and Greece, two amazing counties set on the spectacular Mediterranean Sea. Start your journey in Rome, visiting all of the must-see sights such as the Vatican and the Coliseum. Spend the next few days exploring charming Florence and the Tuscany region as you try your hand at Tuscan cooking or wine tasting. Then head to Athens to experience another iconic European capital. Visit the imposing Acropolis before hopping a ferry to Mykonos. This popular spot, part of the Cyclades chain of islands, boasts sandy beaches, excellent shopping and nightlife. Picturesque Santorini is the perfect place to end this journey or if you choose, carry onto other islands such as Paros, Crete or Rhodes.
For your added comfort, we will have Meet & Greet assistance for you upon your arrival. A representative authorised to enter the customs area will be waiting for you at the luggage belt in order to assist. If a private airport transfer has been arranged, this representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the airport.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Rome (Fiumicino/Ciampino) with a private vehicle and driver.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Discover some of the main monuments of the Eternal City in the romantic atmosphere of the evening on a 3hr shared tour including dinner. Some of the sights you pass by include The Fountain of the Nayads, The Exhibition Palace, Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. Glimpse the Imperial Roman Age as you drive by and admire the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Circus Maximus. Leap into the Papal era when, driving by coach along the banks of the Tiber, you see the Jewish Quarter and the imposing Castel Sant’Angelo closeby that heralds your approach to St. Peter’s. You can also admire the Piazza del Popolo and the famous Via Veneto symbol of “la dolce vita” in Rome. We stop at the Trevi Fountain so that you can keep up the tradition of throwing coins into the fountain. After an interesting panoramic tour of the city, you will be left in a local restaurant for a dinner (drinks included). (Includes hotel pick up – since there will be various pick ups within the city centre, you will be given a pick up time range. Please be in the hotel lobby/reception for this time. At the end of the tour, there will be a city centre drop off). Please note that shared tours can have up to approx. 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day, and are carried out in a number of languages). The group may be divided out into smaller groups so the tour is lead in one language or kept as one larger group (in which case the tour will be lead in various languages).
Hotel Trevi (3*) is two steps away from its namesake the Trevi Fountain. It offers a refined atmosphere equipped with the best facilities within a historical 16th century palace. It is located in the proximity of the famous “Via Veneto”, and the magnificent Spanish Steps. Breakfast is served on a splendid, yet peaceful, rooftop garden where guests can enjoy the view of a typical urban skyline of the Eternal City. Comfort, tradition and efficiency is the principle for making each stay unforgettable. Under new Roman law, hotels charge a small amount per traveller per day as a “tourist tax”, which needs to be paid locally through your hotel in Rome. Amounts may vary, but currently the cost is 2EUR per person for 2* & 3* hotels and 3EUR for 4* & 5* hotels. The charges will be added to your bill upon check out and are non-negotiable.
Spend the day on a shared tour in Rome. After being picked up from your centrally located hotel, you will pass by the Villa Borghese park, Porta Flaminia and cross over the Tiber river before reaching the Vatican Museum. During the visit you can admire the Hall of the Greek Cross, the Statue Gallery, the interesting cartographic study in the Geographical Maps Gallery, the Raphael Rooms, entirely frescoed by the Master and, above all, the Sistine Chapel. This is where Popes are elected and where you will find the Genesis and Last Judgement works by Michelangelo which have been recently restored. Please note that during high season there may be queues to enter the museums. Enjoy lunch (1 glass of wine included, desert not included) before spending the afternoon exploring some of the most fascinating sights of the city in the company of an English speaking guide on board an air-conditioned coach. Crossing Piazza della Repubblica with the Najadi’s Fountain, you will continue along Via Nazionale till Piazza Venezia, heart of the city with the Monument to Victor Emanuel II also called "Vittoriano" – Continue by bus to the Colosseum and the surrounding Arches of Costantine and Tirus and have a walk into the Roman Forum, the most important archeological area in the world, and possibly the Capitol Square. Proceed to Theatre Marcello to reach St. Paul’s Outside the walls by coach where you will enjoy a visit. At the end of the shared tour you will be brought back to your hotel.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Enjoy the train ride from Rome to Florence. Train duration is approximately 1 hour 30 mins.
Take a private train station transfer in Florence.
Rosso 23 Hotel (3*) is is situated in a splendid position in the historical centre of Florence. The hotel is dynamic, energetic, contemporary "City Riad", with a fascinating inner court, located in a noble building at number 23 of Piazza Santa Maria Novella. The hotel is fully decorated in red and grey tones, providing 42 rooms and very smart common areas with curious details. The fascinating staircase that leads to the upper floors is witness of the nobility of this building, nowadays home for their guest. This hotel in Florence is elegantly furnished with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and offers a bar, an elegant living room, a computer with Internet access and a beautiful breakfast room.
This exciting guided walking tour starts from the peculiar Central Market zone, characterised by its workshops and multicolored stands. Located in this area are the Medici Chapels, and the Basilica di S. Lorenzo, which is the church of the famous Medici family. A short stroll from the market-place is the Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the picturesque Cathedral from both the interior and exterior. This Cathedral is known for its dome created by Brunelleschi, its bell tower designed by Giotta, and its Paradise Door on the Saint John Baptistery. The tour continues by visiting the medieval quarters where Dante Alighieri and Beatrice once lived. Moving further through the city you will find the Palazzo del Bargello. Not to far from there you will arrive at the Piazza della Signoria, a great "open-air sculpture museum", which overlooks the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. Within the Palazzo Vecchio you will find one of the world most important museums in the world, the Uffizi Gallery. You would then proceed to the Mercato della Paglia (straw market), where the famous Piglet Fountain is located. Moving along, you will travel along the street that leads you to Ponte Vecchio, also known as the "jewel-bridge." After snapping some photos along this famous bridge, you will arrive at the wonderful Pitti Palace where this tour ends.
Florence is a great city for browsing and shopping. The street for antiques is Via Maggio: some of the furnishings and objects d'art here are from the 16th century. Florence's Fifth Avenue is Via dei Tornabuoni, the place to head for the best quality leather goods, for the best clothing boutiques, and for stylish but costly shoes. Here you'll find everyone from Armani, Gucci, Versace, Coveri, to Ferragamo. Besides shops, Florence is rich in open-air markets. The Market of San Lorenzo, situated in the center of the city, is worth checking out. The New Market, where one can acquire leather goods and souvenirs, is sheltered under the sixteenth-century Loggia del Porcellino. At the Flea Market, near Piazza Santa Croce, where you may able to make good deals on small antique items.
Take a half day shared excursion to the Chianti region - one of the most symbolic areas of Tuscany, known all over the world for its wine and its charming country-side. Vast green woods alternate with vineyards and olive groves, in a landscape dotted with beautiful Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas and castles. The tour includes a visit to a site of particular historic and artistic interest. This ancient hamlet is home to one of the most famous wine-growing estates, where guests are invited to invigorate their taste buds with a traditional snack, and enhance their pallet with the region's most prestigious wines.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer to the airport in Florence today.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Enjoy your private airport transfer today.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, ferry tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure as you relax at your hotel or enjoy the city sites.
Philippos Hotel (3*) Athens offers peaceful surroundings along with modern services to give you the feeling of a luxurious holiday. It is the most ideally located hotel in the heart of the old city district, only a two minute walk from the Acropolis, the Plaka, the Herodus Atticus ancient theatre and the new museum of the Acropolis. The 50 guestrooms and suites are fine, luminous, decorated in a modern style, softened by elegant fabrics and ambient lighting. Breakfast is being served at the coffee shop, as well as drinks and beverages, all day long. Moreover, the lounge is a perfect place to enjoy a book, a friendly chat, with a cup of cappuccino from the coffee shop.
This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides take you to see the center of the city, Constitution Square(Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the NationalLibrary .Driving down Herod Atticus street, you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace .On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian's Arch , visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea , the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally ' the harmony between material and spirit ', the monument that 'puts order in mind', the Parthenon.
This enchanting evening tour commences with a scenic drive to Piraeus, 'the place over the passage', inhabited since the 26th century BC. Visit its natural harbors, such as lively Zea with its busy yacht marina and tiny Mikrolimano, one of the most picturesque corners of Piraeus. Journey to Plaka, the charming historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. The ideal atmosphere for your traditional dinner, enjoy the rest of your evening in a vibrant Greek tavern alive with traditional folk music and dancers.
Enjoy a private port transfer in Athens with private vehicle and driver.
Enjoy a transfer by ferry to Mykonos. The duration takes approximately 5 hours.
Avail of a private port transfer with vehicle and driver.
The Yiannaki Hotel (4*) Mykonos can be found in the Ornos settlement of Mykonos Island. The hotel is just about 200 meters away from the beach and offers a scenic view of the nearby Aegean Sea. Other close attractions include Paraportiani Church and Mykonos Town. The onsite restaurant is called Aleka’s and it serves Greek cuisine along with other international delicacies. All guests staying at the Yiannaki Hotel Mykonos can enjoy wonderful scenery on the provided balcony or terrace. There are 45 guestrooms on two stories. Other amenities include a pool bar, a seawater swimming pool with chaise lounge and umbrellas, a sauna, a fitness center, a playground and a TV lounge. Welcome drink free of charge.
Mykonos is world famous. It is the most cosmopolitan of the Greek Islands and attracts many visitors from all over the globe, including large numbers of artists and intellectuals. Enjoy an optional shared tour with other people offered by the cruise line or request a quote for a private tour. On the shared optional tour, your coach will take you to “Hora” the island’s capital where you will enjoy a walking tour in the narrow cobbled streets of the town, passing by chic boutiques, elegant nightclubs and white–washed houses until reaching Alefkandra. Alefkandra is a charming corner of Hora, known also as the “Venice” of Mykonos. The houses are built on the sea, with wooden balconies that evoke Venice. These were built from the mid. 18th century onward and were homes of wealthy merchants and captains. At Louis Theoxenia Hotel, you will enjoy the atmosphere while drinking your refreshment accompanied by Greek ‘meze’. You will return then to Mykonos Town (Hora) from where you will take the ship’s shuttle service back to the port to meet your ship. The ship arrives in the port at 18:00 PM and departs at 22:00 PM. The tour is not included in the tour price and can be purchased at arrival.
Enjoy a transfer by ferry to Thira. The high speed ferry takes approx 2.5 hrs
Enjoy a private port transfer with vehicle and driver in Santorini.
Astir Thira Hotel (3*) is located 300 metres from the main square. It is a new-built hotel with 22 luxurious and comfortable rooms (8 of them with volcano and sunset view) and a swimming pool. All rooms are with private bath and balcony, telephone, refrigerator, colour TV, air conditioning and safe deposit box.
Enjoy a shared tour to the Islands Volcano, the Hot Springs and Thirassia. Start your tour with a drive to Athinios for a boat cruise. The first stop is to the isle of Nea Kameni where you have the opportunity to climb to the crater top which will take around one hour and a half. Your next stop will be to the famous Hot Springs, considered to have healing powers. Continue your tour with Thirassia Island, where you have a few hours at your leisure. Finally, the boat sails along the coast and ends its journey at the port of Athinios, where buses are waiting to take you back to your hotel.
Take a private airport transfer with vehicle and driver in Santorini.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Greece for the most up to date visa information.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Italy for the most up to date visa information.
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