Retrace the steps of antiquity and modernity, the energy of which is encapsulated in the cities of Roma and Athena. Over the course of a week, this itinerary will enable you to drift across centuries as you visit the Coliseum, the Vatican, the Acropolis and beyond. World-renowned culinary delights will lure you back to present day, when you find yourself at a small candlelit table in a taverna or enoteche (wine bar) each evening, surrounded by local wine and delicacies. Allow yourself...
Rome – Welcome to Italy
Looking out your window as your plane descends, you might just catch your first glimpse of the magnificent, powerful and eternal city of Rome. Touching down, you will be met in arrivals by a private transfer. After arriving at your hotel, you may want to venture into the Italian streets in search of your first taste of gelato or a much-anticipated glass of Italian wine. Allow yourself to gradually adjust to the Italian rhythm as you watch the movement of the country from a street side café with an Italian staple: espresso, or il caffè.
Rome – Collision of Ancient and Modern Worlds
Rome – Alleyways and Coveted Monuments
Athens – Fly from Italy to Greece
Athens – Explore Ancient Athens
Athens – Absorb Greek Culture on the Streets of Athens
Athens – Return Home
- Wander through 25 centuries of history as you explore Rome’s most cherished sights, including the Coliseum and the Vatican
- Step into the world of the Greek gods as you climb high to the Acropolis and the Parthenon
- Tantalize your taste buds on a culinary adventure through the traditional and avant-garde delicacies of Italy and Greece
- Live like a local as you wander the boutiques, markets and quiet corners of these two classical cities
- Indulge in the glamour and elegance of luxury hotels set against the backdrop of European history
Drift away into the Roman and Greek Empires as you weave between the archaeological and modern day sights of Rome and Athens on this weeklong experience. Globally coveted sights sit parallel to quiet local corners, both of which you will grow familiar through a combination of guided and self-directed excursions. Each day occurs against the backdrop of elegant European luxury – in both Rome and Athens, you will be cared for by some of the cities most renowned hotels.
Your tour of Italy begins in the Eternal City where you will spend two days retracing the two millennia worth of history. From the Coliseum to the Vatican, you will relive the most remarkable periods of the Roman Empire. Antiquity is however contrasted by the innovation that surrounds it. Intimate wine bars and open-aired street side cafés make for innumerable stopping points along your journey. Local specialities further delight your palate, diversifying the ways in which you experience this cosmopolitan city. Dip in and out of unique neighbourhoods, growing more accustomed to the Roman way of life, before eventually moving onwards to Greece.
In Athens, you will continue to explore how old and new intersect to form this deeply unique and enchanting city. Beginning atop the Acropolis, look out over Athens to imagine the city through the eyes of those who established this monument in 5,000 BC. Wander between temples and ruins for the remainder of your days, possibly venturing out of the city onto the Aegean Sea for a taste of the Greek Islands. Return only to fill your stomach and hearts with the rich flavors laid out on a mezze in a quiet taverna, before returning to your hotel for a final sacred piece of baklava.
$1,829 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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