You will get lost in time and beauty during your 9-day best of Greece culture tour. The scintillating past will reveal superb art and ancient feats of architecture. Your custom-tailored tour will immerse you in luxury while bringing the foundations of Western Civilization to life from the antiquity of Athens to the opulent scenery of Santorini while also including the remarkable ruins of Rome, Italy.
Rome – Open City
Much of history has subtly settled within the world's rolling countryside and numerous cityscapes. Today you will board a flight that begins your luxury vacation to Italy. Rome has not allowed her history to fade and instead displays it proudly, simultaneously preserving and presenting antiquity alongside modernity. As you fly over the Atlantic, the ardor of Rome is likely to capture your imagination; whether you fancy gladiators or gelato, the Vatican or Valentino, Rome surely has it all. Worry not, for you will soon arrive a city that has embraced its past while pioneering cultural modernity. Rome houses the ruins of one of the most powerful empires in history, which once reached from the eastern gates of Turkey to the northern highlands of England. The sheer gravity of Rome makes romantics of us all.
Arrive at the airport and be met by a private transfer who will have you at your hotel in the blink of an eye. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city that was born of mythology, where Romulus and Remus, newly escaped from Troy, founded what would become the capital of one of the greatest empires of Western Civilization. The city is spread out but easy to maneuver, which simplifies the exploration of Rome's past and present attractions. One unique aspect of Rome is the way wonders combine with the wayside. The history of Rome has become so ingrained in the everyday lives of Romans that many of Rome's great classical structures remain relatively accessible to this day.
The Pantheon is a 2,000-year-old Roman temple built in dedication to the classical gods and subsequently consecrated as a church in the 7th century. The entire structure is magnificent, and the Pantheon is noted to have inspired artists and architects such as Brunelleschi. It is one of the great landmarks of Rome, yet it remains convenient for even the busiest of tourists. Standing beneath the shaped and tiled structure, surrounded by polished marble and antique décor, you can stare into the light that shines through the open dome and know that your time in classical Europe has only begun and that it is already amazing.
Rome – As the Romans Do
Rome – Ancient Passions
Athens – Empire to City-State
Athens – Where Games Began
Athens – Futures Foretold
Santorini – Along Elegant Cliffs
Santorini – City Lost Beneath Ash
Athens – Return from Antiquity
- Journey through the historic city of Rome and enjoy its profuse ancient and classic artifacts
- Visit the sensational Sistine Chapel, known as one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces
- See the inspiring ruins of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
- Witness the daily life of Romans by venturing through the thriving streets of the city and strolling by the Trevi Fountain
- Experience the antiquity of Athens at the Acropolis
- Venture to the amazing ruins of Delphi
- Wander through the lost city of Akrotiri, believed to be the mythical Atlantis
- Luxuriate along the scenic cliffs of Santorini
The grandeur of the past is on full display before you on this 9-day tour of Rome, Athens, and Santorini. Experience the variety of life on these peninsulas as you traverse the vibrant cityscapes and take in the islands in their natural splendor. Take in the cultural monuments that have left the modern world marveling. Travel from the Colosseum to the Vatican, walk along the towering Acropolis of Greece where the Parthenon resides, and investigate beneath the fallen ash of ancient Santorini. These wonders of ancient Western Civilization are waiting to be explored, experienced, and discovered by you.
Your journey through classical Europe begins in Rome. A sprawling cityscape has emerged from Rome's illustrious history, and it is full of both the majestic ruins of antiquity and the finest modern luxuries Europe has to offer. After you settle into your luxurious accommodations, you will have the day to visit the spectacular open sites of Rome. The following day will immerse you in the city's roots as you venture on a half-day guided tour of the Vatican, exploring the enclave's museums and basilica. Conclude the day by taking in the imposing ruins of the Colosseum and the adjacent Roman Forum. Whether you choose to visit the famed fountains of Piazza Navona, appreciate the majestic Trevi Fountain, or enjoy a relaxed stroll through the Borghese, Rome is an open city, on display and filled with wonderment.
Your tour through antiquity continues as you make your way to Athens, Greece. Like Rome, Athens is a city filled with history on display. A half-day Greece tour will have you standing atop the Acropolis and appreciating the splendor of the Parthenon and the surrounding temples. A day trip to Delphi brings you close to the mythological Oracle, who made kings and conquered empires with the force of her predictions. Find yourself on Santorini, the famous island wrapping around the opulent caldera, where the luxuries of modernity are close to the hidden ruins of Akrotiri. Akrotiri was overtaken by volcanic ash during the time of Plato and is rumored to be the Lost City of Atlantis. From stone to cliffs, water to ruins, your time within the historic cities of ancient Western Civilization will be nothing less than phenomenal.
$3,064 per person (excluding international flights)
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