Ancient Empires of Italy & Greece Cruise

From $2199 (was $2449)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

14 Days
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The glories of the ancient world await you on this cruise tour through the hearts of Ancient Greece and Rome. From capital cities to scenic beaches
and peaceful countrysides, you will fall in love with this historic, dazzlingly beautiful, and fascinating part of the world.

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your Ancient Empires of Italy & Greece Cruise!

Trip Includes

2 Countries
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Rome
  • The Vatican City
  • Naples
  • Pompeii
  • Sorrento
  • Bari
  • Santorini
  • Mykonos
  • Athens
  • Argostoli/Kefalonia
Cruise Accommodations
  • 7 Nights
  • Cruise aboard Costa Cruise Line's Mediterranea
Hotel Accommodations
  • 5 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • All meals onboard ship
  • Daily Breakfast and 2 Dinners on land portion
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Easy going activity level

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Trip Highlights

  • Take a guided city tour and discover the highlights of Rome
  • Explore The Vatican City on foot and see magnificent works of art
  • Walk through the tragic ruins of Pompeii
  • Spend time exploring historic cities of Greece's fascinating and beautiful islands
  • Enjoy a farewell feast overlooking Lake Albano, site of the Pope's Castel Gandolfo

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Ancient Empires of Italy & Greece

Tours Starts: Rome, Italy

Tours Ends: Rome, Italy

Day 1

Depart for Italy

Your journey begins on your overnight flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Rome

If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. This evening, enjoy an included welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Ergife Hotel or similar

Day 3

Rome City Tour

Take in the sights of Rome on a guided tour today. The highlights of this Eternal City include outside views of the Roman Forum, once a marketplace and center of daily Roman life; the Colosseum (entrances not included); the Arch of Constantine; Piazza Vittorio, the Spanish Steps; and of course the fabled Trevi Fountain. (B)

Ergife Hotel or similar

Day 4

The Vatican City & Naples

This morning, you’ll tour theThe Vatican City, home of the Pope. Our guided tour explores the Vatican Museums, which house some of the most important and valuable art treasures in the world. Visit the Sistine Chapel to view floor-to-ceiling biblical frescoes painted by Michelangelo around 1512, St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square. In the afternoon, our tour continues with a drive to Naples, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, and home to the largest historic city center in Europe, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s unsurprising that Naples has always been such a desirable location, given its situation 400 feet above the Mediterranean—it boasts a fantastic view and wonderful food. During your time here, perhaps join our optional pizza-making demonstration and dinner! (B) Note: Touring the Vatican Museums requires walking up several staircases and 2-3 hours of walking.

Starhotels Terminus Naples or similar

Day 5

Pompeii and Sorrento

This morning we'll travel to neighboring Pompeii for a guided tour. Arguably the world’s most moving ruins, Pompeii is an ancient Roman city frozen in time by the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of nearby Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. A rush of superheated volcanic ash and pumice covered the city, instantaneously killing residents while preserving their bodies, buildings, and belongings at the precise moment of their burial. Tour the resting place of embracing lovers, grand and modest family homes, contemporary art, and countless remnants of the daily lives of the thousands of people caught entirely by surprise by Vesuvius’ violent eruption. Pompeii gives visitors a new perspective, and touching insight into what life was like for these doomed Romans so many centuries ago. Continue to Sorrento for an afternoon at your leisure. Enjoy the historic town and its incredible views and stunning cathedral before returning to Naples this evening. (B)

Starhotels Terminus Naples or similar

Day 6

Transfer to Bari and Embarkation (Depart 7:00 PM)

Wake up in Naples, then cross the beautiful countryside that has long made Southern Italy such an appealing destination for travelers. Ancient ruins, lavish cathedrals, and miles of rolling hills are a stunning sight from the comfort of your air-conditioned coach. Arrive in Bari this afternoon, where you will embark on Costa’s beautiful Mediterranea. Expect impeccable service, an abundance of delicious food, and a lively on-board atmosphere.

Day 7

At Sea

Day 8

Santorini, Greece (8:00 AM – 8:00 PM)

Today is yours to explore this unique island paradise at your own pace. Enjoy the day and take in the majesty of the island’s spectacular 1,000-foot-high volcanic cliffs! Also famous for the vista of its stacked whitewashed houses of Fira (the main town) perched on the side of the caldera, Santorini is one of the most photographed Greek Islands. On the southern side of the island, the resorts of Kamari and Perissa are well-known for their black volcanic sand, and Santorini is also renowned for producing some of the best wine in Greece.

Days 9 & 10

Mykonos, Greece (7:00 AM – 10:00 PM next day)

You have two full days to explore this magical island and relax on one of the many sandy beaches. Wandering the island on foot is easy — the central part of Mykonos Town is closed to traffic during most of the day, and will delight you with its whitewashed cubic houses, labyrinth of narrow streets, beautiful churches, lovely chapels, and many purple bougainvillea!

Day 11

Athens, Greece (7:00 AM – 2:00 PM)

The cradle of civilization and the oldest city in Europe, Athens is home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world. This magnificent city is also distinctly modern and full of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping.

Day 12

Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

The island of Kelafonia is full of incredible sights that visitors from around the world fall in love with—chief among them the views of the mesmerizingly blue Ionian Sea you can enjoy from nearly everywhere in Argostoli. In addition, the Lithostroto and Rizospaston are two of the main pedestrian-friendly thoroughfares in town, and are great places to eat, shop, people watch, and enjoy the lovely weather and atmosphere of this charming island city.

Day 13

Disembarkation in Bari and Transfer to Rome (8:00 AM)

Disembark this morning and continue to Rome. Make some stunning stops along the way, including in the Pope's Castel Gandolfo, which overlooks Lake Albano and is widely considered one of Italy’s most scenic towns. See the qaint town, then sit down for a wonderful included farewell feast as you appreciate the views of the sparkling waters of the volcanic crater lake from your restaurant high above in the Alban Hills. (D)

Hilton Garden Inn or similar

Day 14

Depart for Home (B)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Mediterranea Inside Cabin

A cozy nest: you will feel the comfort and Costa hospitality first hand with this type of cabin. Suitable for those who want to spend a little less for the cruise, but who still don’t want to miss out on anything, or for whom the cabin is just used to sleep in and to change clothes, because they prefer to live 360° on the ship.

Mediterranea Ocean View Cabin

A window between sky and sea: the Costa Ocean View cabins give you more direct contact with the colors of your vacation. Being able to see the sea, enjoy the sunsets and sunrises is what will make your cruise even more romantic.

Mediterranea Balcony Cabin

Face to face with the sea: a room with a balcony overlooking the sea allows us to experience the warm wind in our hair and the sweet scent of the ocean. All the comfort of a Costa cabin with your balcony overlooking the sea. A real treat.

Costa Mediterranea Deck Plans

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