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