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Rome, Renaissance Cities & Greece Classic Tour With Meteora 2017 
Combo Tour

Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Routing:

Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence – Padua – Venice – Rome – Athens – Hydra – Poros – Aegina – Athens – Corinth – Epidaurus – Nafplion – Mycenae – Olympia – Arachova – Delphi – Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens – Rome 

 

 

Includes

• Arrival transfer from FCO/CIA airports to hotel in Rome
• Air tickets Rome – Athens – Rome
• 13 nights in 4*-5* hotels
• 13 breakfasts (B)
• 1 lunch (L)
• 10 dinners (D)
• A/C motor coach
• Tour escort – Italy
• Professional tour guide – Greece
• 3 hrs walking tour in Rome
• Service charges and taxes
• Entrance fees to Archeological sites & Museums
• Professional headset system

Accommodation (or similar)

• Rome – Hotel Villfranca(4*)
• Florence – Hotel Rivoli (4*)
• Venice – Hotel Continental (4*)
• Greece – Hotel TBA (4*)

Highlights

• Rome – Largo Argentina, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps
• Assisi – St Francis Church
• Siena – Piazza del Campo & Palace
• Florence – (exterior) Piazza del Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Baptistery of St John, Santa Croce & Franciscan Church
• Padua – Cathedral of St Anthony & Donatello’s Gattamelata
• Venice – St Mark’s Square, St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs, the Prisons & Island of Murano
• Athens – Acropolis, Parthenon temple, National Archeological Museum
• Sounion – Temple of Poseidon
• Epidaurus Ancient Theatre
• Mycenae – Acropolis, The Palace, Lion Gate, Tomb Of Agamemnon
• Olympia – Sanctuary of Zeus, Ancient Stadium, Archeological Museum
• Arachova – Pan – Hellenic Sanctuary of Delphi, Treasury of the Athenians, The Temple of Apollo, The Museum
• Meteora – Monasteries

2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2017-GT-IT-RRCGCTM14
Start Dates
End DatesTwin ShareSingle
Sat 29 AprSat 13 May3,7524,890
Sat 13 MaySat 27 May3,7524,890
Sat 27 MaySat 10 Jun3,7524,890
Sat 10 JunSat 24 Jun3,7524,890
Sat 24 JunSat 08 Jul3,7524,890
Sat 01 JulSat 15 Jul3,7524,890
Sat 09 SepSat 23 Sep3,7524,890
Sat 23 SepSat 07 Oct3,7524,890
Sat 07 OctSat 21 Oct3,7524,890
Sat 21 OctSat 04 Nov3,7524,890

Prices do not include city tax. These are paid directly to each hotel
Triple room & child rates available on request
Pre/Post Tour rates available on request
Departure transfer available on request
Only one bag per person allowed (any size) & one hand luggage
Package is on request – min 2 pax required to operate the tour

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1, Saturday: Rome

Transfer from the airport in Rome to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2, Sunday: Rome

American buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will enjoy a 3 hrs “Discovering Rome”, walking tour (English only). You will be picked up at your hotel at about 9.00am. The tour will start from Largo Argentina and continue to Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps. Rest of the day at leisure and overnight. (B)

Day 3, Monday: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence

America breakfast at the hotel followed by pickup at 7:30am at the hotel and departure by coach to Assisi for a visit of the mystic town of Saint Francis still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. After the visit, we continue towards Siena, the beautiful medieval city renown for the Palio horse race. Proceed to Florence. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 4, Tuesday: Florence

American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour of the city, also known to be the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St John, and Santa Croce, the 13th century Franciscan Church with Cimabue’s famous crucifix. Balance of the day is at leisure for optional sightseeing (we suggest Pisa half day tour) or for shopping. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 5, Wednesday: Florence – Padua – Venice

American buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to Venice by coach. Along the way you will stop in Padua, where you will visit the famous Cathedral of St Anthony, guarded by Donatello’s “Gattamelata”. Continue towards Venice, and upon arrival enjoy a panoramic guided walking tour of this unique city. You will see the St Mark’s square, the Basilica of St Mark, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Venice island. (B, D)

Day 6, Thursday: Venice – Rome

American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour by boat. You will cross the lagoon with a view of the islands and reach the island of Murano where you will assist to a demonstration of glass blowing (some time will be allowed for shopping). In the afternoon, the boast will take you to the rail station or the Tronchetto for your transfer back to Rome by rail or motor coach. (means of transportation is reconfirmed one day or two before the end of the tour and advised by the assistant). Upon arrival in Rome you will be transferred directly to your hotel. If you are arriving via rail, your driver will be waiting you at the end of platform holding a sign with your name on it. (B)

Day 7, Friday: Rome – Athens

American buffet breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for a flight to Athens. Arrival at Athens International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Athens city centre. Free time at disposal. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 8, Saturday: Athens

Early breakfast at the hotel. At 08:00am we will start sailing to the three beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. First stop is Hydra. The favourite island of jet-set, whose old traditional beautiful stone houses and mansions silently witness to a long and turbulent history. The small narrow stone paved streets await you to explore them on foot or by the island’s traditional ‘vehicle’ the saddled donkeys. Captivating walks along the old seaside promenade crystal clear waters, radiant fine craft shops and the beauty of Hydra will conquer you! Our stay in Hydra is about 2 hours. Next island is Poros. Although it is smallest of the three islands, its attraction is the narrow strait offering a most enchanting view of the town of Poros. Our stay in Poros is about 1 hour. Our last stop is the island of Aegina. The largest of the three islands. Apart from its harbor, there is optional organized tour by A/C coach, visiting the Temple of Afea (archaeological site) or the Church of Saint Nektarios. The above mentioned tours are optional and are paid directly on the spot. Our stay in Aegina is about 2 hours. Lunch will be served on board. On our way back to Marina Flisvos, a traditional Greek folk show with singers and dancers will entertain you up to the final moment as the ship arrives at Marina Flisvos. Return to Athens. Transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 9, Sunday: Athens

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide at the lobby of the hotel and start the sightseeing tour of Athens. You will see the most important monuments and sites of the city. Visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon Temple and the National Archaeological Museum, rich and famous for its treasures. Continue a tour with a drive along the coastal road, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. In an idyllic position overlooking the Aegean Sea enjoy a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. According to the legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. The story goes that Aegeus, anxiously looking out from Sounion, despaired when he saw a black sail on his son Theseus’s ship, returning from Crete. This led him to believe that his son had been killed in his contest with the dreaded Minotaur, a monster that was half man and half bull. He had agreed with his father that if he survived the contest, he would hoist a white sail. In fact, Theseus had overcome and slain the Minotaur, but tragically had simply forgotten about the white sail. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, time at leisure. Return to Athens late in the afternoon for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 10, Monday: Athens – Corinth – Epidaurus – Nafplion – Mycenae – Olympia

Breakfast at the hotel. Embark the coach and drive by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal. Continue the drive and visit the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and its exceptional acoustics, which permit the 14,000 spectators to perfectly hear the conversations at the center stage. Then proceed to the town of Nafplion, after Nafplion drive on to Mycenae, one of the major centres of Greek civilization in the second millennium BC with its Acropolis, the Palace and the famous Lion Gate. You will also visit the Tomb of Agamemnon which is one of the many ‘beehive’ tombs in the vicinity of the ancient site of Mycenae. It is by far the best preserved of these tholos tombs. Early afternoon departure to Olympia for dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 11, Tuesday: Olympia – Arachova

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. There is probably no ancient archaeological site anywhere in the world that has more relevance on today’s world than Olympia, the place where the ancient Olympic Games were held. Drive through the stunning bridge connecting Peloponissos and the Mainland at Rio, pass by the picturesque seafront town of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and continue on the coastal road to the town of Arachova. After approximately an hours drive, you will arrive at Arachova, a village on the mountain well renowned for its colourful rugs and carpets. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 12, Wednesday: Arachova – Delphi – Karambaka

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke and was the site of the omphalos, the ‘naval of the world’. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and changes with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century BC, was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. While at the site, visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum. Departure for Kalambaka, a small town stated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 13, Thursday: Karambaka – Meteora – Athens

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Meteora, famous for its impressive scenery with ageless Monasteries*, that contain priceless historical and religious treasures as well as exquisite specimens of Byzantine art, standing between earth and sky. Once you finish visiting the monasteries proceed to the town of Kalambaka and then return to Athens passing by the heroic monument of Leonidas at Thermopylae where 300 strong Spartans battled the army of the Persian Empire. Arrive in Athens early in the evening for dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)Note: In order to visit the Monasteries, skirts for the ladies and long trousers for the gentlemen are required.

Day 14, Friday: Athens – Rome

After breakfast, depart to the Athens International Airport for your return flight to Rome. End of the tour. (B)

 

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