Italy & Greece CruiseItaly, Greece and the Mediterranean 18 day cruise/tour - September 9, 2023
Italy, Greece & Turkey.
Major Cities Visited:
Italy: Rome, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, Venice, Verona & Naples.
Greece: Crete, Mykonos, Santorini & Athens.
- Major Tour Highlights: Vatican Museum with the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, Rome’s many fountains, Academy Museum with the Statue of David, old town of Florence, Leaning tower of Pisa, the towers of San Gimignano, Venice Plaza Square, Gondola Ride in Venice, Acropolis, Parthenon, Mars Hill in Athens, the most beautiful island – Santorini.
- Tour managers throughout.
- Special Guest Educator During Ship Portion: S. Michael Wilcox
This special Cruise & Land Tour has it all. It gives you the very best of Italy & Greece and Ephesus in Turkey. If you have ever dreamed of doing Italy and Greece, jump on board. This fantastic vacation is for you! Italy is hard to see from a ship as there just isn’t enough time in port to really experience cities like Rome and Florence. With our well-planned land tour, we will be able to take the time to really enjoy Rome and Florence as well as visiting places the ship does not stop – places like Cinque Terra, San Gimignano, Tuscany, the Italian countryside, so much more. We even visit Verona, home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Throughout your land tour, we will stay in deluxe hotels and tour in deluxe buses.
We have added to your land tour of Italy a wonderful 9-night Mediterranean Cruise that includes the following ports of call Mykonos, Santorini one of the most beautiful Islands in Greece, Crete, Athens, Naples, & Ephesus. This really is a great cruise that offers the best of Italy and Greece. Michael Wilcox will add so much to this already wonderful tour.
Package Price Includes:
The complete Package Price Includes:
- 9-night cruise inside cabin on Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas to Rome, Mykonos, Santorini, Athens, Crete, Naples, & Ephesus.
- $275 in ship port charges and fees.
- $108.47 in ship taxes.
- Deluxe hotels in Rome, Florence, and Venice area.
- All transfers to and from airports, hotels, and ship.
- All tours, buses, and guides in Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, San Gimignano, Tuscany, and the Italian countryside.
- Special Guest Educator During Ship Portion: S. Michael Wilcox.
- Fun For Less Tour Staff throughout your tour and cruise.
- Shore excursions are not included: You have the option to purchase our discounted shore excursion package.
- Airfare is not included. You have the option to purchase our group airfare.
Package Price: $4,995*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy. Does not include International air or tips.
This is a partial list, and subject to change as needed to accomplish everything we can in each area we visit. We will have local guides who will make sure we see the very best in the time we have.
Day 1: September 9: Fly to Venice
We depart our home and travel to Venice.
Day 2: September 10: Verona – Venice
This morning after arriving into Venice, we will drive the short distance to Verona, home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This is one of the most picturesque old cities in Europe. After a tour of the old town, you will have time to explore and have lunch at one of the many sidewalk cafes. This evening we will head to Padova to overnight at your deluxe hotel.
Day 3: September 11: Venice
Today we will start our tour of Venice. Today we will visit this beautiful city. We will have plenty of time to walk the many old streets and bridges found in Venice. You will have time to enjoy a gondola boat ride and eat in one of the many quaint sidewalk cafes. We return to Padova where we will overnight.
Day 4: September 12: Cinque Terre
We drive to the stunning coastal cities called Cinque Terra. The only way you can access these colorful fishing villages is by taking a train or a ferry boat from town to town. We believe the best way to visit these cities is by our own private chartered boat. This will be a highlight day! Later this afternoon, we will travel to Florence, where we will be staying for the next two nights.
Day 5: September 13: Florence
We will have a full day to enjoy Florence and all that it has to offer. We will spend the day visiting the center of the Renaissance, whose liberating ideas helped pave the way for the reformation. This city is the home to the Medici family, Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci and Dante. We will take a guided tour of the old city, visiting such sites as the Piazza del Duomo, including the beautiful Baptistery Doors that inspired Michelangelo. We will also visit the original statue of David in the Academy Museum. You will have time to shop in the old streets of Florence and also time to enjoy the many sidewalk cafes before returning to our hotel this evening.
Day 6: September 14: Florence / Pisa / Rome
We will spend the day traveling through the Tuscany Countryside, visiting small villages, San Gimignano and Pisa, before heading to Rome, where we will overnight.
Day 7: September 15: Rome
This morning we will start our tour of Rome. Mid-afternoon, we will head to our cruise ship to check-in.
Day 8: September 16: Naples
For those who purchase our optional shore excursion package, we will drive along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world on our way to the city of Sorrento. Sorrento is fabled to be home to the sirens who attempted to lure the mythological figure Ulysses onto the rocks. We also take you to the fascinating city of Pompeii, which was buried by Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. You will be able to walk through the ancient streets that are considered to be the very best example of ancient Roman life. Pompeii was home to many wealthy ancients who craved a leisurely lifestyle. For this reason, Pompeii is home to many lavish baths, temples, and richly decorated mansions. As the ash and pumice stone rained over Pompeii, time stood still, preserving life as it was in 79AD.
Day 9: September 17: Fun Day at Sea
Today will be a free day to relax and enjoy your day at sea.
Day 10: September 18: Santorini, Greece
Not all islands are created equal. Santorini is a 10 on a scale of one to 10 and is the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. For those who purchased our optional shore excursion package will have a tour of this beautiful island.
Day 11: September 19: Athens, Greece
For those who purchase our optional shore excursion package will have a wonderful sightseeing tour of Athens and the Acropolis. There is a lot of walking on this tour, including stairs, make sure that you have good walking shoes. Some of the sites you may see along the way include; the Temple of Zeus, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Parliament, the Presidential Palace, and the Panathinaikon Stadium. The tour highlight will be the Acropolis, where you will travel 150 stairs up to the top of this famous hill. We will see the Propylaea Entrance, the Erectheum, the Temple of Wingless Victory, and of course, the Parthenon. We will head to Corinth Canal and the ruins of Corinth, where Paul taught and wrote letters.
Day 12: September 20: Mykonos Greece
We will not be offering a tour in Mykonos. You will have a free day to explore the beautiful island of Mykonos. The best way to enjoy Mykonos is to simply wander the twisting narrow streets, visit local museums (there are several, including; a folklore museum, archaeological museum even a windmill museum), shop for local souvenirs or take a cab to one of the local beaches. If you are interested, the cruise line does offer excursions.
Day 13: September 21: Ephesus Turkey
The ship is parked in Kusadasi, a fair distance from Ephesus. For those who purchased our optional shore excursion package will visit Ephesus and the surrounding area.
Day 14: September 22: Chania, Crete, Greece
If you purchased our shore excursion package, today we visit Chania, Crete. The tour includes stops at the Tombs of Venizelos, the ruins of Aptera, and a city tour of Chania. If time permits, you will have time to shop and enjoy Chania on your own before returning to the ship.
Day 15: September 23: Fun Day at Sea
Today will be a free day to relax and enjoy your day at sea.
Day 16: September 24: Rome
This morning we will disembark the cruise ship. This morning we will visit the magnificent Coliseum and Forum. In the afternoon, we will visit the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, which has been made famous by many movies, including “Three Coins in a Fountain”.
Day 17: September 25: Rome
Today we will visit a separate country, Vatican City. We will visit St. Peter’s Basilica (the largest church in the world), St. Peters Square, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel.
Day 18: September 26: Fly home
This morning we will transfer to the airport for your return flight home.