We arrive in Athens. We will enjoy a scenic visit of this modern city, which includes the Panathinaikos Stadium and the Royal Palace. In the evening we include an evening transfer to the Plaka District. This neighbourhood is full of small Greek taverns where you can enjoy the rich folklore of this country.
Free day. Visitor can enjoy the charm of this city, with free time to wander about and discover memorable places.
We depart in the morning towards the Peloponnese region. We shall stop at the Corinth Canal. After this, amid magnificent scenery, we arrive at Epidaurus, where you can learn about ancient Greek theatre located an incomparable landscape. Later on, we travel to Nafplio, which is situated along the Aegean Sea and has a historic town centre, marina and medieval castle. There is time for a lunch break and a relaxing stroll. In the middle of the afternoon we continue toward Olympia. Dinner is included.
Visit the archaeological site of Olympia In the company of a local guide. You will be able to visit the museum and archaeological site (guided visit; entry ticket to the complex is not included), which was the cradle of the Olympic Games in ancient times. We continue along the route to Patras, the third largest city in Greece. There is time to wander through its lively centre, full of commercial activity. At 5pm, we go back on board to cross the Ionian Sea. Night spent on board. Accommodation in double cabins with bathroom (we recommend that you travel with a carry-on bag for the night on board. The Sunday breakfast on the boat is not included). Note: Sometimes the ferry voyage from Patras to Southern Italy may be cancelled due to mechanical inspections, strike action or other reasons. In this case, the itinerary is usually adapted: we shall either leave by ferry from Igoumenitsa (all the planned visits will be undertaken) or by plane from Athens to Rome, in which case, there will be a Sunday excursion to Naples and Pompeii.
Early morning arrival in Brindisi. In the South of Italy, we stay on the Adriatic coast. En route, we stop at Trani, a picturesque little town by the sea, with its fishing port, an old cathedral and its streets which are full of life. Time for lunch. We continue our trip toward Naples, arriving in the afternoon, in time to enjoy a short scenic tour of the historic city centre before continuing toward Rome. We arrive by the end of the afternoon.
In the morning, we have a scenic tour of the city, which will be a great introduction to The Eternal city. We visit the tiny state of the Vatican. The Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. And we have also included admission to the Roman Coliseum, the principal symbol of Rome. This impressive construction dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in time so that we can learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire. In the evening we provide transport to the Via Cavour area, were you will find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food. Return to hotel.
We will leave Rome, heading north. This route is graced with beautiful landscapes. Upon arrival in Florence, we head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo, an impressive site in the city. In the evening we provide a tour with a local expert, and walk through the historic centre, taking in places such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and Plaza della Signoria. This city is truly an outdoor museum. Free time to explore. In the evening, you can dine at your favourite restaurant. In this district you can find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food.
Today we enjoy stunning mountain landscapes while crossing the Apennine Mountains. Arriving in Venice, we will board a Vapporetto to travel around on the canals in the historic centre. With a local guide, we will visit the marvellous Plaza de San Marcos and enter the marvellous basilica (entry cost included). Afterwards, we shall be able to visit the Murano glass factory city. It is marvellous to see the technique of crystal blowing. Free time. At the end of the afternoon, you will have the chance to eat dinner in the Mestre area, where you can choose the type of restaurant that you prefer (Indian, Oriental, Italian, etc.).
After breakfast, end of our services.