The Mediterranean is so much more than just a beautiful sea, as it is from this region that great civilizations have come and gone, and their beautiful landmarks still stand proud. Artistic movements have flourished and left behind riches, and the islands and cliffside villages welcome you in while the vineyards and cities have dramatic positions over water. This 10-day Europe trip celebrates the Mediterranean and its treasures, with private guides leading the way in Athens, Rome, the Amalfi Coast,...
Athens – Immersed in a 16th- and 17th-century Greek Neighborhood
Plaka has distinct energy as a maze of whitewashed alleyways leads you to small squares and churches. Rows of small shops line both sides of the streets, often their wares spilling out onto cobbles. Families walk and gather on the squares while groups of friends bring chatter to restaurant tables. You can hear the sound of plates smashing, and bells chiming and smell the indulgence of fresh produce as if a hint of olive oil permanently hangs in the air. Then you will look up and see the Acropolis looking down, in an illuminated state from dusk onwards. Plaka remains very Greek, and your hotel is located here, an ideal base for an easy first evening exploring.
Athens – All the Highlights of the Acropolis and Agora
Rome – Gladiatorial History to Italian Baroque
Rome – The Eternal City and the Vatican
Amalfi Coast – An Authentic Gritty City and an Evening of Bliss
Amalfi Coast – Free Day To Relax on the Mediterranean
Amalfi Coast – Sorrento and the Isle of Capri
Barcelona – Surrounded With Culture in the Catalan City
Barcelona – Vineyards on the Med and More of Barcelona
Barcelona – Departure
- Luxuriate on the Amalfi Coast with a three-night stay in a colorful cliffside village
- Stand at the Athens Acropolis and be surrounded by ancient temples and historical structures
- Enjoy all the energy of Barcelona, a city with so many Catalonian treasures
- Take an after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums, savoring the masterpieces with few other people around
- Spend one afternoon on the Isle of Capri, another in the Penedes vineyards, and one in the timeless city of Naples
- Explore all the highlights of old Rome, from the Colosseum and Roman Forum to the grand piazzas
- Live like a local by with accommodations in the Athenian district of Plaka
- Discover colorful city neighborhoods as guides take you beyond the beaten path in Athens, Rome, and Barcelona
The Mediterranean breathes history like no other body of water. Ancient temples look down on its blue-green water, wingless goddesses sculpted into their facades. Villages are carved into cliff faces, and each has its own story to tell. City riches shimmer in the water surface with a palace in Naples, a castle in Barcelona, and churches all over. Waves lap softly against the world’s great early cities of Athens and Rome, as this is a sea with secrets and a sea that has shaped the course of history. Look across the water, and you can see turquoise bliss, as first and foremost, the Mediterranean provides a relaxing escape.
This 10-day Europe trip celebrates the Mediterranean in all its forms. You will luxuriate in coastal villages hidden from the world, and there is mind-blowing history abounding, especially during your time spent in Athens and Rome. Unique cultures have evolved all along the water, and you will contrast them, from Athenian Plaka to Naples and Barcelona. This is not a cruise, as these three countries are connected by direct flights, while in Italy you will take a lovely journey along the coast. While the itinerary may initially seem rushed, the beauty of this region is how relaxed it can always feel. So after you marvel at Athens and Rome, there are three days tucked away on the Amalfi Coast, which should energize you perfectly for ending in Barcelona.
This Mediterranean itinerary begins in the Greek capital. Spend your afternoon and evening around Plaka to discover the city’s 17th- and 18th-century atmosphere. The next day will be all about the ancient civilization, from the Acropolis down to the Agora. Fly direct to Rome, and you will be quickly celebrating early Roman history, the Colosseum and Pantheon great to compare against the sights of Athens. Lounge on the city’s elegant piazzas before an after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums the next day, where the world-famous murals and priceless art are far more enjoyable after the crowds have left.
Traveling south from Rome, you will make a stop in Naples, a gritty city with a strong artistic legacy. The city is not picture perfect, and that is the attraction. This energetic city is on route to three nights on the Amalfi Coast, where your hotel terrace provides dreamy views over the Mediterranean. It will be time to relax. But you will still explore, with Sorrento and the Isle of Capri part of the experience. Flying Naples to Barcelona you explore Catalonia, in the city of Gaudi and out on the Penedes vineyards. These final nights are spent on the coast, strolling golden sands before dining al fresco on Barcelona plazas. Looking for more recommended European travel inspiration? Consider browsing our Europe travel reviews page.
$2,545 per person (excluding international flights)
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