- Explore Athens, the breathtaking capital of Greece and visit the legendary Ancient Acropolis
- Travel across the Corinth Canal, which separates the Peloponnese Peninsula from rest of Greece
- See the Temple of Zeus with a trip to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics
- Cross the border into Italy as you sail across the Adriatic Sea and visit Loreto, a charming town
- Visit the Vatican City and head on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, the “greatest church in Christianity”
- Head into the heart of Rome with a trip to the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the world
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Travel to two of the most ancient cities in Europe with this 8-day tour of Athens and Rome! Your journey will begin in Athens, the capital of Greece and one of the oldest cities in the world. This ancient city is considered to be “the birthplace of Western Civilization” as many ideas of modern civilization arose here. Visit the Acropolis and explore the National Archaeological Museum, two of the most famous attractions in Greece. From there you will drive towards the Corinth Canal on the Southern Greek Peninsula, which connects the Saronic Gulf to the Corinthian Sea. Travel to Mycenae, the city where the Mycenaean civilization began, home to the Cyclopean Walls, and explore Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics. See the Temple of Zeus, which once housed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and board your ferry to Ancona for a cruise across the Greek Coast. Sail through the Adriatic towards Loreto, a charming town in Italy’s Ancona Province, and travel across the Apennine Mountains to Rome, The Eternal City, and the capital of Italy. Cross the border into Vatican City to see the St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the most famous landmarks in the Christian world and visit the Colosseum. Your tour of Rome and Athens will come to an end in this fascinating end!
Day 1: Athens Arrival
Day 2: Athens
Day 3: Athens — Corinth — Mycenae — Tripoli — Olympia
Day 4: Olympia — Patras — Ancona
Day 5: Ancona — Rome
Day 6: Rome
Day 7: Rome —
- 06 Nights accommodation on a twin-sharing basis at Superior listed hotels or similar
- Luggage handling at the hotels
- Daily Breakfast
- Special Dinner in Olympia
- Arrival airport transfer in Athens
- Transportation in a modern A/C Motor Coach
- Overnight onboard the ferry from Patras to Ancona
- Service of English-speaking tour guide
- All Tours and sightseeing as per the itinerary
- City tour in Athens, Olympia, and Rome
- Ticket admission to Accra Corinth fortress, Mycenae citadel, Olympia archaeological site, Patras castle, and the Colosseum of Rome
- All local and applicable taxes
- Items of personal nature, tips, and gratuities
- Departure transfer to the airport in Rome
- Travel insurance
- Visa fees, if applicable
- Items not mentioned as included
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ancient Athens and Rome tour. You can cancel the tour up to 75 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 74 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 11 February 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 11 February 2023, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 74 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Ancient Athens and Rome tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Ancient Athens and Rome tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.IS THIS A CHILD FRIENDLY TOUR? ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age for children on escorted tours is 8. Minimum age on Safaris is 12. Minimum age for game drives in Kruger National Park (South Africa) is 12. Minimum age for Uganda programs is 15.Please note that many countries have adopted practices to prevent international abductions of children. If a person under the age of 18 years will be travelling with an adult other than his/her parents, or with only one parent, a notarized letter, granting authorization to travel, including the dates of travel should be carried. COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travelers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
- Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed throughout the tour.
How many days are enough for Europe?
You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent.
Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.
What is the best month to visit Italy?
The best time to visit Italy is between the months of April and June as well as from September to October. The weather on the Italian Peninsula during these months is ideal for going out on sightseeing tours, hiking, and exploring treasures stretching from Palermo to the lagoons of Venice. Traveling to Italy during July and August is avoided by many because of the summer heat and crowds, while the period between November to March sees the fewest visitors in big cities. However, these months coincide with the prime skiing season in the Alps, while southern parts of Italy, such as Sicily, remain relatively warm during this time of year. Find more information here.
- Will I need a visa to travel to Italy?
Is an Italian holiday expensive? How do the ATMs work in Italy? What is the currency of Italy?
While it is true that Italy is not an expensive destination, it is not exactly a budget destination either. Your vacation funds will go much further in Italy than they would in Scandinavia or the UK, with daily budgets of around USD150 per person sufficient for mid-range travelers who do not want to miss out on any of the country’s most important sights. Most banks have ATM machines (called bancomat) with English language options. All you need to do is look for the US or the UK flag. Plus, most machines accept both Visa and Mastercard. Please keep in mind that you will withdraw your cash in euros, with EUR1 slightly more than its USD equivalent.
Is English spoken in Italy? Should I learn communication phrases in Italy?
It was not too long ago that finding anyone who spoke English in Italy was an ordeal. This is not the case anymore. Most people in the cities have some understanding of the language, although numbers decrease as you move further into the countryside. Therefore, it is better to know a few basic phrases in Italian (per favore means please and grazi means thank you) if you are heading for the country. This will not only make your stay in the country easier but also ensure that you show respect to the people and their culture.