Best of Italy, Croatia and Greece tour

Rome, Florence, Dubrovnik, Split, Santorini, Athens

  • Rome, Vatican, Italy
  • Visit Rome
  • Florence Italy
  • Dubrovnik Old Port, Croatia
  • Dubrovnik Minceta Tower, Croatia
  • Split Crotia
  • Santorini, Oia, Greece
  • Santorini island, Greece
  • Athens Parthenon, Greece

Overview:



PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Rome Italy
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Florence Italy
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Dubrovnik Croatia
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Split Croatia
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Santorini Greece
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Athens Greece
  • Ancient Rome & Colosseum half day tour (Afernoon walking tour)
  • Dubrovnik Old Town & City Walls walking tour
  • Full day boat trip from Split
  • Santorini semi-private half day island tour (with English speaking driver)
  • Acropolis Museum & Acropolis full day guided small group tour
  • Train tickets from Rome to Florence (first class)
  • Air tickets Florence to Dubrovnik
  • Air tickets Split to Santorini
  • Air tickets Santorini to Athens
  • All transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees during the guided tour
  • Daily breakfast
  • 24 hour assistance phone number
  • All taxes


PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities


Itinerary



DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ROME ITALY
Upon your arrival in Rome, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
DAY 2: ANCIENT ROME & COLOSSEUM HALF DAY  AFTERNOON WALKING  TOUR
After pick up at your hotel (in selected hotels in central Rome), you will reach the Archaeological Area with no stress, ready to get the most complete tour of the Colosseum , Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Access the Palatine hill with no line and discover the hill where Rome was founded at the beginning. Then reach the Colosseum and be amazed by this monument that is the symbol of Rome in the world. The Amphitheater created to entertain ancient Roman citizens with bloody show s of gladiators, animals and cruel games, is now one of the most fascinating landmark of the City. Then, walk on the original path of ancient Rome along the Via Sacra and see the Temples of Vesta, Antonino and Faustina, the ancient Basilica Julia and Aemilia and dream about the glorious past of the Roman Empire. Unforgettable! DURATION OF THE TOUR: approx. 3 hours.
Pick-up, from centrally located hotels only, starts at 1:45pm with a 20 minute grace period. If you miss it, make your way to board the coach at the office located in Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 95. The appointment is at 2.00pm. Tour departs at 2:30 pm.
DAY 3: ROME
Day at leisure to enjoy Rome.
An epic, monumental city, Rome gets under your skin fast.
Even on a short break, you’ll be smitten by its artistic masterpieces and iconic monuments, operatic piazzas and haunting ruins. Life is lived to the full here, and the city teems with trattorias and designer restaurants, street-side bars and glam fashion boutiques.
DAY 4: ROME / FLORENCE
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the train station for your train journey to Florence. Travel through the Umbrian hills and the Tuscan countryside. Upon arrival in Florence, transfer to your hotel.
DAY 5: FLORENCE
Spend the day exploring Florence at your leisure. We suggest admiring the Medici Chapels and Basilica di San Lorenzo before proceeding to the Piazza del Duomo to see the magnificent cathedral and Giotto’s  Bell Tower. After wandering through the medieval quarter you can cross the shop-lined Ponte Vecchio and visit the Pitti Palace. If the awe-inspiring architecture makes you hungry, make your way to the typical trattoria reserved and enjoy a  traditional Florentine lunch.
DAY 6: FLORENCE / DUBROVNIK
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 7: DUBROVNIK OLD TOWN & CITY WALLS WALKING TOUR
Experience the best of Dubrovnik with a half day walking tour of the old town & the city walls.
For those wanting to truly experience the best of Dubrovnik, this tour package combines 2 enjoyable walks. The first 1.5-hour walk takes you through Dubrovnik’s beautiful Old Town, where you can discover how the city became one of the most prosperous and advanced of all the historic maritime republics.
The second walk takes you on an exploration of the walls and wars in Dubrovnik. For centuries, the prosperous port city of Dubrovnik was not only protected by the diplomatic skill of its leaders, but by the walls and fortifications surrounding it.
DAY 8: DUBROVNIK / SPLIT
At the indicated time, your driver will pick you up and take you on a scenic drive to Split. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.
DAY 9: BOAT TRIP HVAR, THE BAYS OF PAKLENI ISLANDS & BRAC
Enjoy, relax and sail on a luxury mega-catamaran along the amazing, crystal clear Adriatic sea. Discover the islands of Brač, Hvar and Pakleni Islands, swim and explore the hidden beauties of these natural jewels. Enjoy in the unlimited amount of drinks and music, delicious snacks and wonderful views while you sit and relax in the sun.
DAY 10: DAY AT LEISURE
Split is the second largest city in Croatia, but it remains one of the Adriatic's most vibrant port cities, stunningly located between mountains and sea. As the economic and cultural center of the Dalmatian coast, Split is bustling with islanders who flock into the city to work even as ferries whisk tourists out to the islands. Diocletian's Palace, a World Heritage Site, is the main attraction but there are so many things to do, including day trips, world-class nightlife and restaurants that it's impossible to be bored.
DAY 11: SPLIT / SANTORINI
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Santorini. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 12: SANTORINI,  MORNING SEMI-PRIVATE HALF DAY TOUR
Explore Santorini with a 4 hour morning tour of the island (with experienced English speaking driver).
Visually, Santorini is the most spectacular of the isles in the Cyclades. With its brilliant flooded caldera, high cliffs and charming villages, it is the Greek Isle of everyone’s dreams. Our tour will take us to Santorini’s highest peak, crowned by the Mount Profitis Ilias Monastery. At 883 feet, Mt. Profitis Ilias rugged landscape is largely composed of volcanic rocks as a result of hundreds of eruptions during the last two million years, some of them being large caldera-forming events. Here, in this remote spot, we’ll have an ideal photo opportunity to capture the beauty of this ancient island.
We’ll discover the village of Pyrgos, which was the capital of Santorini until 1800. Here we’ll be able to admire the beautiful old houses and the Venetian Fortress crowned by several churches.
Our half-day tour then takes us to one of the island’s most famous traditional wineries. Viniculture is an ancient art in Santorini, and the fact that vines thrive at all is amazing considering the fact that the island has limited water resources. But the volcanic soil is an excellent medium for producing grapes, especially the Assyrtiko grape – a rare, white variety.
After our visit, we’ll drive through the countryside to visit Oia. This traditional Greek village of whitewashed cubes is perched impossibly high on cliffs at the north west tip of the island. Here, take in the stunning views of the island from one of the charming cafés or stroll above the rooftops of the homes carved into the cliffs and gaze into the deep blue waters of the caldera far below.
Balance of the day at leisure to enjoy the sun, the unforgettable view and the most romantic sunset in the world.
Day 13: SANTORINI
Day at leisure to enjoy the sun, the unforgettable view and the most romantic sunset in the world. Santorini is the essence of a Greek island, where sea meets weather-beaten rock and colors are bold and elemental. Blue-domed chapels stand on hilltops; houses are simple white cubes, sunsets flamboyant orange. The half-moon island, with its rearing cliffs and dramatic outlooks, is all that remains of a huge volcanic explosion. Inland, fertile soils provide a softer landscape of silvery olive trees, fields of tomatoes and neatly pegged vineyards that produce sweet amber-colored wine.
DAY 14: SANTORINI / ATHENS
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 15: ACROPOLIS MUSEUM & ACROPOLIS FULL DAY GUIDED SMALL GROUP TOUR
Kick-off your ancient Athens mythology experience with a visit at the magnificent Temple of Olympian Zeus which was, and still is, the unofficial entry point to Athens and the mythological start of this glorious city.
From there, your top-rated guide will take you all the way to the Theater of Dionysus and then the magnificent Acropolis. In Acropolis you will visit the Temple of Athena Nike, the Temple of Erechtheion, the Propylaia and of course, the marvelous Parthenon.
Here, the most famous ancient myths come to life, stories concerning beings such as almighty Zeus; his daughter Athena, goddess of wisdom and protector of Athens; Poseidon, god of the sea; and Dionysus, god of wine. But what’s even more intriguing is that you’ll also find out what truths hide behind these myths and why the Ancient Greeks created them.
Your ancient Athens experience continues to the Ancient Agora. It is here that democracy was born and where great philosophers such as Socrates spoke about global truths. But here you'll also learn about Theseus and the Minotaur; about Hera, the ever-jealous wife of Zeus; and about Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty.
Through the myths you will finally understand how Athens managed to create such a reputation and such monuments that are still immortal and legendary.
After a short break during which you’ll have some free time for a quick lunch at a spot of your own choice, you will reach one of the world's most important museums, the Acropolis Museum, filled with a vast collection of beautiful objects from thousands of years ago and world-famous for its stunning Parthenon Marbles.
As no ancient Athens experience is complete without meeting the people of Athens, you will be introduced to two Athenians from the city’s Golden Age, whose everyday lives you'll explore as you move through the exhibits. Their personal stories are hidden in the things they left behind, the artifacts that we encounter at the museum today. Your expert guide will lead the way connecting the past to the present through a series of fun games and activities. As you take part in the activities, you'll learn all about Ancient Greek history and culture.
By the time you finish this museum adventure, you will know what made this ancient city so special, and you'll understand, too, the modern relevance of its crowning glory, the Acropolis.
DAY 16: ATHENS AIRPORT
According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.
 

Optional Tours

MONTENEGRO FULL DAY TOUR

Take a day trip to Montenegro from Dubrovnik and explore some of the country’s main towns and sites. Enjoy the scenic drive along the Župa Dubrovacka and Konavle valleys and the beautiful Bay of Kotor.
Continue with a visit of Perast, another beautiful small town, located at the foot of St Elijah Hill. Here, you have the option to board a local boat (own expense) and head to Our Lady of the Rocks island to visit the 17th-century Baroque-style church. Continue to Kotor by minivan and enjoy a sightseeing walking tour of the town, one of the best-preserved medieval towns on the Adriatic Coast, and discover the area’s important sailing tradition. Visit St Tryphon Cathedral with your guide, before enjoying free time to explore on your own.
Next stop will be the Sveti Stefan islet and resort. From here you will enjoy the beautiful Adriatic Sea and learn the interesting history of this location from your guide. Admire views of the Montenegro coast as the drive continues toward the coastal town of Budva. Here, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town, take time to wander around Budva Old Town on your own.
Return to your hotel in Dubrovnik.
 

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