DAY 1: ATHENS – ARRIVAL
Evening transfer to Plaka neighborhood full of small Greek taverns where you can enjoy the rich folk-lore of this country. Arrival to Athens. At night we provide and evening transfer to PLAKA area. This neighbourhood is full of small Greek taverns where you can enjoy the rich folk-lore of this country.
DAY 2: ATHENS
City tour in Athens. Enjoy a scenic visit of this modern city, which includes the Panathinaikos Stadium and the Royal Palace. We will enjoy a scenic visit of this modern city, which includes the Panathinaikos Stadium and the Royal Palace.
Note: Occasionally, the tour of Athens may take place on Wednesday right after arrival depending on how this stage develops and the sunlight. Free time during the clay to walk around and discover unforgettable places.
DAY 3: ATHENS – CORITH – EPIDAURUS – NAFPLIO – OLYMPIA
Ancient Greek theatre of Epidaurus. Visit the highly picturesque seaport town of Nafplio in the Peloponnese region. Dinner is included. We will depart for the Peloponnese region in the morning. We will stop at the CORINTH CANAL. Afterwards, we will arrive in EPIDAURUS enjoying the view of gorgeous landscapes. We will visit the magnificent Ancient Theatre which is surrounded by a unique landscape. We will later journey to NAFPLIO, a town by the Aegean Sea. We will visit its historic centre, its lovely marina and its medieval castle. Lunch break and free time to stroll around. We will resume our journey to OLYMPIA at mid-afternoon. Supper included.
DAY 4: OLYMPIA – PATRAS – AMFILOCHIA – ARTA – IGOUMENITSA (board ship)
Guided visit to Olympia. Overnight voyage from Greece to Italy. We will visit OLYMPIA archeological site with a local guide. You will have a chance to visit its museum and archeological site (guided tour, ticket to the park not included) which the cradle of the Olympic games in ancient times. We will get back on route to PATRAS, Greece is third largest city. We will visit its active, lively centre. Afterwards, we will travel to Northern Greece, AMFILOCHIA. Short stop in this quiet coastal town; ARTA, a city in the Epirus region that has a Roman bridge. Arrival in IGOUMENITSA. Supper time and boarding to cross the Ionian Sea. Night on board, overnight accommodation in double cabins with private bathroom (we recommend bringing a handbag along to spend the night on board. Breakfast on the boat Sunday
morning is not included).
Note: Occasionally, due to weather conditions, vessel inspection, strikes, fully booked ferryboats or other reasons we are forced to fly from Athens to Rome, in which case
the visits to Amfilochia and Arta are cancelled and a Sunday visit to Naples and Pompeii is included.
DAY 5: BRINDISI – TRANI – NAPLES – ROME
Highly picturesque seaport town of Trani. City of Naples. Short sightseeing tour in its historic centre before resuming our journey to Rome.
Arrival in BRINDISI early in the morning. We will follow the Adriatic coastline in Southern Italy. We will visit picturesque little town by the sea, and its fishing port, its old Cathedral and its lively streets. Lunchtime. We will resume our trip to NAPLES where we will arrive in the afternoon. Short sightseeing tour in its historic centre before resuming our journey to ROME.
DAY 6: ROME
City tour of Rome. Roman Coliseum (admission price included) and visit to the
In the morning, we have a scenic tour of the city, which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal city”, We visit the tiny state of the Vatican. The Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peters Basilica. And we have also included admission to the Roman Coliseum, the principal symbol of Rome. This impressive construction dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in time so that we can learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire. ln the evening we provide transport to the Via Cavour area, were you will find restaurants serving ltalian, Indian, Chinese and international food. Return to hotel.
DAY 7: ROME – FLORENCE
Tour with a local expert from Florence. View from Piazzale Michelangelo.
We will leave Rome, heading north. This route is graced with beautiful landscapes. Upon arrival in FLORENCE, we head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo, an impressive site in the city. In the evening we provide a tour with a local expert, and walk through the historic centre, taking in places such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and Piazza della Signoria. This city is truly an outdoor museum. Free time to explore. In the evening, you can dine at your favourite restaurant. In this district you can find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food.
DAY 8: FLORENCE – VENICE
Vaporetto boat on Venice’s Grand Canal. Visit and admission to the San Marcos Basilica, where we can admire the technique of crafting Murano Glass.
Today we enjoy stunning mountain landscapes while crossing the Apennine Mountains. Arriving in VENICE, we will board a Vapporetto to travel around on the canals in the historic centre. With a local guide, we will visit the marvellous Plaza de San Marcos and enter the marvellous basilica (entry cost included). Afterwards, we shall be able to visit the Murano glass factory city. It is marvellous to see the technique of crystal blowing. Free time. At the end of the afternoon, you will have the chance to eat dinner in the Mestre area, where you can choose the type of restaurant that you prefer (Iridian, oriental, Italian, etc.).
DAY 9: VENICE – VERONA – ZURICH
We will depart from Venice, travellin to VERONA. We will provide a shuttle from parking to thg historic centre. Our guide will instruct us on the places where you will be able to walk in Romeo and Juliet’s city – the city of lovers! Afterwards we continue the journey to Switzerland. Very beautiful lakes and mountains with snow-capped peaks line our route. Arrival in ZURICH. Free time in the historic centre next to the lake, where you will be able to dine in your chosen restaurant serving ltalian, Indian, Chinese, international or Swiss food.
DAY 10: ZURICH – GRINDELWALD – LUCERNE – ZURICH
Today’s stage has beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes. Breathtaking scenery in the region of lnterlaken. Grindelwald where we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car (ticket included) up to Grindelwald first. We will walk along the path (30 minutes) in which we shall be able to take the “footbridge over the empty” among the fantastic scenery enjoying glaciers around us. Lunch included (vegetarian option available). After that we continue to LUCERNE, one of the most beautiful cities In Switzerland. Time at the end of the day to stroll, enjoy the city and dine before returning to the hotel in Zurich.
DAY 11: ZURICH
After breakfast, end of our services.