Grand Tour of Italy and Greece in 4 weeks

Covering: 
Sicily, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Rome, Florence and, Venice in Italy
Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes and Patmos in Greece

  • Centrally located 4-star hotels
  • Friendly English speaking personnel
  • All land, airport and ferry port transfers included
  • Intercity train tickets and Island hopping ferry tickets all included
  • Inside visit to museums and ancient sites with skip the line admission
  • All the tours mentioned on the itinerary
  • Small groups 8-12 guests or less per group, (private options available)

See the price information, dates and further information below the itinerary

     Daily Tour Program

Traveling to Palermo, Italy. (Flight tickets are usually organized by the guests.
Let us know if you prefer our assistance on organizing your flight tickets. 

Arrival in Palermo
As you come off the arrivals gate,  Meet up with the driver to be transferred to your hotel. 
After check-in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, resting and recovering from jet lag. 
Overnight in Palermo.

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up with the guide and enjoy an introductory walking tour of Palermo
10:00 am at the hotel
During the tour you will visit Palermo Cathedral: The world’s most eclectic church features Norman, Arab, Byzantine, Swabian, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles.
Massimo Opera Theater: The murder of Michael Corleone’s daughter in The Godfather III was filmed on the steps of this colossal opera house.
Free time: After a stop for fresh cannoli, you can wander the piazza, do some shopping, or recharge with an espresso at a sidewalk cafe.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Palermo.

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up with the tour and enjoy a full-day tour to visit Erice and Segesta with Sicilian Food and Wine Tasting experience
Enjoy seeing spectacular views of the Tyrrhenian Sea from Sicily’s north-western coast,
See the remains of ancient Elysian and Phoenician walls indicating different stages of settlement and occupation in antiquity.
Visit Pepoli Castle, which dates from Saracen times, and the Venus Castle, dating from the Norman period, built on top of the ancient Temple of Venus, where Venus Ericina was worshipped. According to legend, the temple was founded by Aeneas. It was well known throughout the Mediterranean area in the ancient age, and an important cult was celebrated in it.
Enjoy lunch wine tasting and local cuisine in a unique setting
Enjoy free time at Segesta town center before we head back to Palermo.
Overnight in Palermo.

Breakfast at the hotel
(( Optional Mt. Etna tour transfer tours and then a flight from Catania to Naples available,  contact us if interested ))
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Meet up with the driver at the lobby at 06:30 am  and transfer to Palermo Airport
8:00 am PMO to 9:05 am NAP 1h 5m, Nonstop
Arrival in Naples,
Meet up with the driver guide enjoy a half-day introductory tour of the Amalfi Coast
During this easy driving tour, you will visit Praiano, Conca Dei Marini, Amalfi, and Ravello
it ends at 14:00 pm and yes you get off the vehicle and explore these sites.
you will then return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the relaxing or exploring the town.
Overnight stay in Sorrento.

Breakfast at the hotel
Free day at leisure. 
(( Optional Day trip to the island of Capri Is Available, contact us if interested))
Overnight in Sorrento.  

Breakfast at the hotel
Free day at leisure. 
(( Optional Path of the Gods hiking tour Is available, contact us if interested))
(( Authentic Local Cooking Class Experience is available,  contact us if interested))
Overnight in Sorrento.  

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up with the driver, drive to Pompeii Ancient Sites, upon arrival enjoy visiting Pompeii
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then we will spend the afternoon visiting the ancient site of Pompeii.
Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii has UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is one of the most popular attractions of Italy.
Transfer to Naples Train Station
>>>>>>TRAIN TO ROME >>>>>>
Upon arrival,  check-into your hotel
Overnight in Rome.

Breakfast at the hotel
AM – Meeting time to be determined.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for your comprehensive full day tour to visit the Vatican and its museums, as well as the Sistine Chapel the home of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment. ( with pre-organized skip the line admission tickets.)
Free time for lunch,  then in the afternoon we will continue to visit St. Peters Square, Basilica,  the Coliseum (From Inside)  and the Roman Forum.
After the tour,  we will return the hotel, or can always drop you near the Trevi Fountain and or at the Spanish Steps area.
Overnight in Rome.

Breakfast at the hotel –
Enjoy the day at leisure.
Overnight in Rome.

09:00 am Meeting time
Meeting location:  in front of the hotel
In the morning, we will meet you at your hotel and provide a transfer to the Train station and depart from Rome on a 1-hour 30-minute train ride to Florence.
Upon arrival, you will be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Optional afternoon tours available
Overnight in Florence.

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up with your guide and enjoy the rest of the touring Florence
Start with the Panoramic tour and get good knowledge and view of Florence
Then walking tour of the Historic center Piazza Santa Croce and Piazza Della Signoria,
Palazzo Vecchio
Academia Gallery inside visit to see David.
Florence is famous for its history. Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and has been called the Athens of the Middle Age.
It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the city is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Florence.

Breakfast at the hotel
Depart from Florence on a 2-hour 30-minute train ride to Venice.

Upon arrival, you will be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel.

After check-in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Venice.

Breakfast at the hotel

Meet up with the guide and and start the day with a guided walking tour combined with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal.  Hear the history of St Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a local guide, and visit St Mark’s Basilica.

Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreet and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.

St Mark’s Basilica See Campo Santa Maria Formosa, the home of Marco Polo and the Rialto Bridge.

Explore small back streets, narrow passageways, and piazzas, as you learn about historical Venice from your guide.

After the tour, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Venice.

Breakfast at the hotel
AM met up at the lobby then transfer to Venice Airport.
Flight to Athens >>>>  (( Flight info will be added. ))
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KALOS ORISATE! Welcome to Greece!
Meet up at the arrivals gate then transfer you to your hotel
After checking into your hotel, you will have the afternoon free to rest and explore Athens on your own.
Overnight in Athens.

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up at the lobby ( meeting time to be determined)
Start with a panoramic driving tour of Athens, with your guide and or driver guide, You ll see and learn about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Greek Parliament building, and Presidential Palace, then s short photo stop at the Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896,
Also on the way to Acropolis,  you will be pointed and learn about the Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus, the University and, the Academy of Athens, National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral,  Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church

We will then get off the vehicle, near the entrance of Acropolis then continue on visiting Propylae the gateway, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens.
The last place of the tour will be the new Acropolis Museum where you will see the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis and every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
After the tour,  we can take you back to your hotel
or we can drop you at the Plaka district if you like to wander and explore at your own pace.
Overnight in Athens.

06:00 AM in the morning, we will meet you at your Athens hotel take you to Piraeus ferry port. Depart from Athens on a scenic ferry ride to Mykonos Island.
Κ/Ξ BLUE STAR FERRIES
07:30 AM Departure from Athens 
On the way,  Ferry makes quick stops at Syros and Tinos Islands
12:45 AM Arrival in Mykonos
Upon arrival, you will be met at the harbor and transferred to your hotel.
After checking in the hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Mykonos.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free day at leisure
Optional boat trip to Delos  aka the birthplace famous Apollo and Artemis with its famous terrace of the Lions, enjoy a short and easy hike to Mount Kynthos…….
Available,  contact us if interested

Overnight in Mykonos.

In the morning, Depart from Mykonos on a scenic ferry ride to Santorini Island.
09:00 am Meeting time to be transferred to Mykonos Harbor.
Ferry Company:  SEA JETS WORLD CHAMPION JET
09:50 AM Departure from Mykonos
On the way quick stop at the IOS Islands
11:45 AM Arrival in Santorini
Transfer to your hotel, after check-in, you will have a free day to relax and explore on your own.

Santorini is one of those iconic places that will be permanently etched in your mind. Everywhere you turn is a photo opportunity. Essentially, the island is what remains of an enormous volcanic eruption, which destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island. The aftermath of the explosion created what you see today, a caldera. All of the whitewashed, charming houses cling to the high cliffs of the rim, while the deep blue Aegean Sea wraps around the geological masterpiece, hundreds of feet below. With its spectacular physical beauty, along with its lively nightlife, your Santorini visit will be unforgettable.

Optional Panoramic driving, wine tasting, and Oia Sunset watching tour available ( Contact us if interested)
Overnight in Santorini.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a boat trip to the Volcano

11:00 am Meet up at the Athinios Harbor, depart on a scenic sail to Volcano,

Upon arrival have free time to explore and hike to the top of the volcano and have a glance at the active parts, lots of fantastic photo opportunities of the volcano, and from Volcano to the different angles of Magnificent Santorini Island.

Get back to the boat for a short sail to hot Springs (Palea Kameni) Enjoy swimming, then onto Thirassia where you can eat, relax or swim and visit the traditional village of Manola.

Will then sail back to the Island and enjoy a quick stop at Armeni, then back to Athinios port.

The tour finish time will be around 17:30 pm. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure

Overnight in Santorini.

Breakfast at the hotel.
Free time to explore and enjoy  
(noon time check out from the hotel, but you can store your luggage and use hotel facilities until pick up time.
Afternoon meeting at the lobby ( Meeting time to be determined) transfer to Santorini Harbor
>>>>>>> FERRY TO CRETE >>>>>
4:00 pm Departure from Santorini
5:45 pm Arrival in Heraklion

Breakfast at the hotel.
Meet up with the driver guide,
Start the day with a short drive up to the ancient site of Knossos; your driver will give you a brief intro to the sites, hand you the skip-the-line admission tickets, and give you free time to explore the ancient site.
Meet up with the driver guide at the exit and depart from Heraklion on a scenic driver towards West.
On the way,  lunch break and free time in the town of Rethymnon.
Late afternoon arrival in Chania, check into your hotel & Overnight stay.

Breakfast at the hotel
Free time to explore the Chania town center, relax and have an easy day walking around, enjoy swimming, or relax on one of the waterfront cafes.
16:00 pm Meet up at the lobby of the hotel and drive to near-by farm for the Traditional Cretan cooking class.
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Learn to prepare tasty dishes made with extra-virgin olive oil, fresh vegetables, local meats, cheeses, herbs and a splash of wine.
Explore the Farm, Enjoy the food you and we all prepared, try local wine and Raki then finish up traditional sweets in a good company. 
After dinner and drinks private transfer back to your hotel. 
Overnight in Chania.

Breakfast at the hotel.   Meet up at the lobby of your hotel then transfer to Heraklion Airport
>>>>>>>> FLIGHT TO  Rhodes Island >>>>>
Upon arrival met up with the transfer-men for your transfer to your hotel.
After check-in,  the rest of the day and evening at leisure.
Overnight in Rhodes.

09:30 am Meet up with your guide and enjoy a 2-hour introductory walking tour of the Island.

*In ancient times, Rhodes was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Colossus of Rhodes.
This giant bronze statue once stood in the harbor. It was completed in 280 BC but was destroyed in an earthquake in 224 BC. No trace of the statue remains today. Before archaeology, myth stood in for blanks in the historical record. In Pindar’s ode, the island was said to be born of the union of Helios the sun god, and the nymph Rhode and the cities were named for their three sons.
In 1309, the Byzantine era came to an end when the island was occupied by forces of the Knights Hospitaller.
Under the rule of the newly named “Knights of Rhodes”, the city was rebuilt into a model of the European medieval ideal.

After the tour, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, experience local culture, dine in local restaurants and visit popular tavernas.
Overnight in Rhodes

Enjoy a full day at leisure.

– Optional boat tour available (contact us if interested)

– Optional tour to Lindos available (contact us if interested)

Overnight in Rhodes.

In the morning meet up with the transfer-men,  transfer to Rhodes Harbor.
Depart on a scenic ferry ride to Patmos Island.
This is a scenic Ferry ride,  making short stops on these charming Dodecanese islands, that will be nicely visible from the boat.
Islands you will be seeing
—  Chalki – Tilos – Nisyros – Kos – Kalymnos – Agathonisi – Symi – Leros – Lipsi islands
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Arrive in Patmos,  meet up with the transfer men, transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, swimming, and exploring the island.
Overnight in Patmos.

Breakfast at the hotel. 
Meet up with the driver and get a lift to the Monastery and free time to explore Chora,
Patmos’ central communities are Chora (the capital city) and Skala, the sole commercial port, with other settlements being Grikou and Kampos. The churches and communities on Patmos are of the Eastern Orthodox tradition. In 1999, the island’s historic center Chora, along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian founded by Saint Christodulos) and the Cave of the Apocalypse, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Patmos is also home to the Patmian School, a notable Greek seminary.
After visiting,  transfer back to your hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, swimming, and exploring the island.

(( you will keep your room until your departure )) 
Midnight departure on the overnight ferry to Athens.
( You will have a cabin with a private bathroom on the overnight passenger ferry)
Overnight on Board.

Early morning arrival in Athens, transfer to your hotel.
After check-in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight in Athens.

Breakfast at the hotel.
4 hours prior to your flight departure time,  we will provide a transfer to Istanbul airport and say you, Good bye and have a safe trip back home.

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