Greece & Her Islands and Bella Italia Tour

From $2498 (was $2748)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

18 Days

Includes 21 meals on tour
Passport Required

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Introduction

Spend an unforgettable 19 days exploring Greece and Italy, at the heart of the Mediterranean, two countries who’s history have shaped the world we live in today. In Greece visit Athens, host city for the 2004 Olympics, and see the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the original Olympic stadium before travelling across the Aegean Sea to the iconic and stunning islands of Mykonos and Santorini.  Famous for their white box houses, blue domed roofs, churches and windmills, you’ll spend 2 nights on each island, which is plenty of time to soak up the ‘island life’ atmosphere. Separated from Greece by the Adriatic Sea, discover the romance of Italy.  See the Eternal City, Rome, and the Vatican, Colosseum, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. Explore the picturesque beauty of the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside along with Florence, Pisa and Venice, where highlights include the Ponte Vecchio, the Leaning Tower, the Grand Canal and St. Mark's Square. There’s also Verona, best known as Shakespeare’s setting for Romeo and Juliet, and the city of Milan. Over all an amazing opportunity to see and experience two unique countries where you will find over 2,500 years of history and culture.

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

Trip includes

  • Hotel Accommodations: 17-nights (2017) or 16-nights (2018) Based on twin/double rooms in moderate hotels. Greece: 4 nights Athens, 2 nights Mykonos and 2 nights Santorini. Italy: 2 nights Rome, 2 nights Montecatini, 2 nights Venice, and 1 night Milan.

  • Sightseeing: Special events as listed

  • Meals: 17 breakfasts and 8 dinners (for 2017 dates) 16 breakfasts and 5 dinners (for 2018 dates) 

  • Intra-tour flight: from Athens to Rome

  • Fully Escorted: A professionally trained English speaking Tour Director throughout. They will provide you with a wealth of information during your tour and their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.

  • Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room throughout your tour for one piece of checked baggage per person?

    Local regulations in Greece mandate that guest carry their own luggage on and off ferry boats.

Activity Level

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Trip highlights

  • Visit the most popular islands in Greece
  • 2 nights in Mykonos & 2 nights in Santorini
  • Visit the Acropolis & The Parthenon, along with the Acropolis Museum
  • Leisurely island transfers across the Aegean Sea
  • Visit Rome, the "Eternal City," Florence and Venice, Italy's three most spectacular and romantic cities, all with included sightseeing
  • See the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo frescoes in the Vatican City

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Greece & Her Islands and Bella Italia Tour

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Greece & Her Islands

Tour Starts: Athens, Greece

Tour Ends: Athens, Greece

Day 1

Depart for Athens, Greece

Your vacation begins as you depart on your transatlantic flight. Overnight in flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Athens

Arrive in Athens, Greece, the land of great philosophers, artists and the birthplace of democracy. If you purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations, you will be transferred to your hotel where the balance of the day is at leisure. This evening you'll get a chance to meet all your fellow travelers and your YMT Tour Director at the welcome briefing and dinner at the hotel. (D)

Titania Hotel or similar

Day 3

Athens

A half-day sightseeing tour of Athens to observe the striking contrasts and history that make this such a fascinating city. You will see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament, the memorial to the Unknown Soldier and Constitution Square. Then it's on to the most famous of all Athens sights, the Acropolis, atop which lies the stunning 2,500 year old Parthenon Temple built to honor the goddess Athena. Finally this morning you will visit the new Acropolis Museum. The afternoon is at leisure and you are free to explore the Plaka district, in the shadow of the Acropolis, Athens' oldest and most picturesque neighborhood. This evening you can experience an optional fun and entertaining Greek night. (B)

Titania Hotel or similar

Day 4

Athens

Today you will have the full day to explore more of this ancient city, or explore further afield. We recommend you join our full-day optional tour to Delphi and the Temple of Apollo, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greek history. Delphi was the center of the ancient world and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

Titania Hotel or similar

Day 5

Mykonos

This morning, we take the short drive to the port of Piraeus to board your ferryboat and cruise toward the islands. This afternoon, we arrive at the Island of Mykonos, world famous for its windmills, whitewashed buildings, and domed churches. This charming island is just 33 square miles and has a resident population of around 10,000. (B)

Hotel Kamari or similar

Day 6

Mykonos

Today is yours to explore this magical island. We will have a morning optional tour to the neighboring Island of Delos, fabled birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. After the 45 minute boat ride, explore the ruins of the ancient Minoan civilization, including the Agora, temples of Apollo, the Hippodrome, amphitheater and more. In the afternoon, you'll have plenty of time to explore more of the island, or relax on one of the many sandy beaches. If you choose to explore on foot, the central part of Mykonos town is closed to traffic during most of the day and has whitewashed cubic houses, a labyrinth of narrow streets, beautiful churches, lovely chapels and many purple Bougainvillea. (B)

Hotel Kamari or similar

Day 7

Santorini

After breakfast at the hotel, this morning we leave Mykonos and take the fast ferry to the volcanic island of Santorini. Here you will arrive to witness the majesty of the island's spectacular 1000 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 famous for their black volcanic sand and Santorini is also renowned for producing some of the best wine in Greece. This evening you may want to join our optional sunset dinner cruise. (B)

El Greco Hotel or similar

Day 8

Santorini

You have a full day to explore this unique island paradise at your own pace, or join our optional Island Highlights Tour where you'll visit and see all the main sights. These will include Akrotiri, a Bronze Age settlement that was destroyed by a huge volcanic eruption during the 17th century BC and has been preserved in perfect condition, and the Red and Black beaches, along with some beautiful traditional villages. Tonight enjoy an included farewell dinner at a local restaurant with newfound friends, hosted by your YMT Tour Director. (B, D)

El Greco Hotel or similar

Day 9

Santorini and Athens

The last morning in the islands is yours to relax on the beach or explore the array of shops for last minute souvenirs and gifts before we head to the port around lunchtime for our early afternoon ferryboat departure for Athens. We arrive back late evening at the port of Piraeus and take the short transfer to Athens for your last overnight stay in Greece. (B)

Titania Hotel or similar

Day 9

Santorini & Athens

The last morning in the islands is yours to relax on the beach or explore the array of shops for last minute souvenirs and gifts before we head to the port around lunchtime for our early afternoon ferryboat departure for Athens. We arrive back late evening at the port of Piraeus and take the short transfer to Athens for your last overnight stay in Greece. (B)

Titania Hotel or similar

Day 10

Athens to Rome

Transfer to Athens airport and check in for your flight to Rome to join our Bella Italia Tour. A YMT representative will welcome you at Rome Airport and you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening learn about the next stages of your tour in Italy, then relax over a tasty Italian dinner. (B, D) Hotel H10 Roma or similar

Day 11

The Vatican

This morning, we tour a city within Rome, the Vatican City, home of the Pope. At 110 acres, and a population of just over 800, Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world by both area and population. 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 the floor-to-ceiling biblical frescoes painted by Michelangelo around 1512, and St. Peter's Basilica, built on the location of St. Peter's crucifixion and burial. You'll also see St. Peter's Square, designed so that the greatest number of people could see the Pope give his blessing. Touring the Vatican Museums requires walking up several staircases and 2-3 hours of walking. (B)

Hotel H10 Roma or similar

Day 12

Rome

A full-day sightseeing tour includes the highlights of this Eternal City. Today's sights include outside views of the Roman Forum, once a marketplace and center of daily Roman life, and the Colosseum (entrances not included), the Piazza Navona and the renowned Spanish Steps along with the fabled Trevi Fountain, completed in 1762. (B) ?Hotel H10 Roma or similar

Day 13

Orvieto and Montecatini Terme

Depart Rome this morning and travel north into the picturesque Umbrian countryside. We stop and take the funicular up to the ancient town of Orvieto, where you can explore the rich history of this charming town and admire a variety of Etruscan, Medieval, and Renaissance art. The Orvieto funicular (a cliff cable railway) first opened in 1888 and uses water and gravity to transport its cars up and down the hillside. We then continue north and by late afternoon, and arrive at Montecatini Terme, a beautiful spa town that was built around its mineral water springs, where we spend the next two nights. (B)

Hotel Tamerici & Principe or similar

Day 14

Florence and Pisa

Today's full-day excursion starts with a short drive toward the Mediterranean coast and the city of Pisa. Here you will see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which as of April 2011, is free of scaffolding for the first time in 20 years. Enjoy a walking tour of Florence and see the 13th century Duomo with the Brunelleschi dome and Giotto's Campanile (bell tower). See Ghiberti's golden "Gates of Paradise" doors at the marble-clad Baptistery of St. John, the Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio, the medieval bridge spanning the River Arno, complete with shops built along it. (B)

Hotel Tamerici & Principe or similar

Day 15

Bologna and Venice

We drive northeast and stop in Bologna. Probably best known for its culinary tradition, Bologna also has an impressive history and is home to the world's oldest university, founded in 1088. Enjoy some time on your own and perhaps pasta with authentic bolognese sauce (ragu alla bolognese in Italian) before we continue toward the Adriatic coast. We'll arrive in the Venice area by late afternoon and will stay just a few miles across the lagoon from the historic city. (B, D) Crowne Plaza Venice East or similar

Day 16

Venice

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of this amazing city, now a World Heritage Site, built on an archipelago of 117 islands in a lagoon. Formed by 177 canals and connected by 409 bridges, Venice is unique in Europe in having remained a sizable functioning city in the twenty-first century entirely without motorcars or trucks. Over the years Venice has been home to some notable citizens, not least the explorer Marco Polo and the womanizer Giacomo Casanova. Transfer by boat to St. Mark's Square where you'll begin your walking tour to see the lavish Doge's Palace, once home to the Duke of Venice (entrance not included on sightseeing tour) and the fabled Bridge of Sighs as well as the Rialto Bridge, Venice's oldest, spanning the iconic Grand Canal. This afternoon you are free to wander through the labyrinth of canals and alleyways, lined with their boutiques and souvenir shops, or perhaps relax and "people watch" over an espresso or tasty Italian gelato. If you want to get out on the water, there are a variety of boat rides available (not included) from water taxis to the traditional gondolas. By the end of the day you'll be truly inspired by the history and romance of this wonderful city. (B)

Crowne Plaza Venice East or similar

Day 17

Verona & Milan

Today we head inland from Venice and the Adriatic Sea, through the lush northern Italian landscape as we drive to Verona. A city best known as the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, it also offers wonderful examples of Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. Our walking tour includes the Duomo (cathedral), Piazza delle Erbe with the famous Torre dei Lamberti (high tower), and of course the house of Juliet, with its famous balcony. Then continue west to Milan, capital of the region of Lombardy. Your panoramic sightseeing tour highlights will include Piazza del Duomo, the main central square surrounded by several important buildings, such as Milan's Gothic cathedral and the Royal Palace of Milan. You'll also have a chance to see Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an impressive and ornate indoor shopping arcade built in 1865, as well as La Scala Opera House. (B, D) Crowne Plaza Venice East or similar

Day 18

Depart for Home

Bid farewell to Italy, taking home a suitcase full of memories and stories to share. (B) Note: This tour is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking. The included sightseeing and optional tours will involve walking and standing, steps, stairs and uneven ground at ancient sites and other locations. Local regulations in Greece mandate that guests carry their own luggage on and off ferry boats.


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 tour 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.


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