Footsteps on cobbles, aromas of coffee, back street pizzerias, and whitewashed villages are the charms that seal your experience across Italy and Greece. This highlights tour brings many of the iconic sights including Rome, Athens, Capri and Mycenae, your handcrafted selection of destinations will evoke the small pleasures that make these countries so unique while Sorrento, Naples, Nauplia and Santorini all provide their distinctive atmospheres and pleasures.
Sorrento – Sweeping Water Views and Medieval Cobbles
Land in Naples and travel along the coast as Sorrento awaits, a town of colorful houses perched on the cliffs above the Mediterranean. Admire the sweeping water views from your hotel and go for a stroll through the old cobbled center. At any hour of the day, you can smell the aroma of strong espresso, but when the lanes open, you will also find a bustling piazza with cafes lining the square and all of the smells intensified. For easing into a vacation, there is nowhere quite like Sorrento. So relax, take your time and enjoy your first impressions of Italy, be inspired by the architecture, and gasp at the town’s location on the cliffs.
Sorrento – Exploring the Bay of Naples and Isle of Capri
Naples – Legendary Ruins, Mount Vesuvius and a Modern Masterpiece
Naples – Art and Architecture of a Surprising Italian Masterpiece
Rome – First Footsteps in the Eternal City
Rome – Highlights of Rome
Rome – Vatican City Exploration
Nauplia – On the Seaside in Greece
Nauplia – Discovering Epidaurus and Mycenae
Day 10 - 11
Athens – Breathing in the Antiquated History
Santorini – Blue and White Beauty
Day 13 - 14
Santorini – Exploring and Relaxing on the Volcanic Isle
Athens – Departure
- Immerse yourself in the Eternal City of Rome and discover its antiquated brilliance
- Stand upon the Acropolis in Athens and wander leisurely past all the ancient wonders
- Relax on the island of Santorini, where blue and white facades backdrop your quiet days on the coast
- Start your trip on the Italian cliffs of Sorrento, a calm yet vibrant place to ease into the vacation
- Discover the surreal and surprising beauty of Naples, a city that will prove a great contrast to visiting Rome and Sorrento
- Find yourself on the seaside in Greece with a two-night stay in Nauplia
- Compare legendary ruins from different eras, like the Roman city of Pompeii and the ancient Greek sites of Epidaurus and Mycenae
- Contrast the Italian landscapes including Mount Vesuvius, the Isle of Capri, Profitis Ilias Mountain, and Santorini’s black-sand beaches
There are parts of Italy and Greece you cannot miss. The Colosseum in Rome, the Sistine Chapel, the Athens Acropolis and the amphitheater at Epidaurus are all essential. However, these two countries have more than just storied histories and attractions. There is the feeling of Italy that you can savor on the cobbled streets, sense it in villages standing on cliffs, and explore it in destinations full of local quirks. Fly across the Mediterranean to Greece, and there is a contrasting feeling to find. In places like Santorini and Nauplia, you can discover a true impression of Greece, so full of mystery and magic, different from the temples of Zeus and Athena.
Your handcrafted tour of highlights will be centered upon the diversity of its destinations, with one week spent in Italy and one week spent in Greece. Fly to Naples to begin and spend your first couple of nights on the cliffs with Sorrento as your base and the Isle of Capri your excursion for the next day. Then get to know Naples, a city of endless masterpieces and local flavor, rough around the edges but delightful to discover. Finish your Italian leg in Rome with private tours through the Eternal City and Vatican City, world-famous highlights complemented by the tones and hues of modern day. You will see that the Italian experience is just as much about a quiet espresso on a piazza, as standing in the Colosseum.
Fly from Rome to Athens and travel to the coast, starting your Greek experience with nights spent on the sea in Nauplia. Spend your day amid ancient history in Epidaurus and Mycenae, and then spend a couple of nights in Athens, your hotel in the shadow of the mighty Acropolis. With an expert as your guide, you can admire odes to antiquity and see what remains of the vast old empire. From the Greek capital, it is a quiet ferry ride along the Mediterranean to the island of Santorini, that place of postcard blue and white fame. Relax on the black beaches, take your time in the villages, and soak up the soothing atmosphere of this summertime retreat. Contrasts are everywhere, and as you fly home, you might make the comparisons, Santorini versus Athens, Santorini versus Sorrento, the highlights of Italy and Greece that will linger in your memory for a long time.
$5,995 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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