EF Tours for Graduating Seniors: Italy & Greece
Ancient history meets epic relaxation meets pasta on this trip through Italy and the Greek Islands. Envision yourself as a Gladiator in the Colosseum of Ancient Rome, nerd out on all things Greek mythology in Delphi, and unwind on one of Greece’s breathtaking islands: Corfu. After all that, travel back in time to where Western Civilization began on the Acropolis of Athens.
What are the top highlights?
- Visit the ruins of the Colosseum in Rome, where you can picture yourself as a gladiator (or one of the 80,000 spectators)
- Get a taste of the Mediterranean way of life with the best local food
- Go on a fascinating tour of Pompeii, the city devastated by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD
- Soak up the sun, and gawk at the crystal-clear water on the beaches of Corfu
- Explore the many collections of the Delphi Archeological Museum, one of Greece’s most popular museums
- Walk to the top of Athens’ ancient and famous Acropolis
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers
- Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
- Private deluxe motorcoach
- 8 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- Daily breakfast & dinner included
- Metro passes in Rome and Athens
- Entrances to select attractions
You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for our travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.
Day 1: Overnight flight
Board your overnight flight, bound for Italy. Get ready to eat spaghetti on penne on linguine on fettuccine on gnocchi on ravioli on chocolate gelato (not literally, but maybe literally).
Day 2: Arrive in Rome
Welcome to Rome, Italy’s capital city that is bursting at the seams with energy. Pasta, pizza, gelato, and coffee are everywhere you look! Rome is all big city/ancient ruins, served with a side of spaghetti.
- Meet an EF representative at the airport.
- Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
- Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
- Take a guided tour of some top sights around Rome.
Day 3: Tour Rome + Optional Vatican Excursion
They say all roads lead to Rome, but once you’re there you quickly realize that all roads actually lead to restaurants. Take the morning to satisfy your cravings and sip some espresso, then see perhaps the most staggeringly important building you can possibly see in Europe: the Roman Colosseum.
- Tour the city with a local guide who will show you why Rome is one of the most legendary cities in Europe.
- Experience the heart of ancient Rome with a visit to the Forum, once a hub of activity for the city.
- Stand in the Colosseum, where gladiators battled to the death in mortal combat, and be glad you live in the 21st century.
- See the ruins of several Roman temples, including the Temple of the Vestal Virgins.
A Visit to the Vatican(extra cost)
Visit the Pope’s house: Vatican City. Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica, and get your dose of art history up close and personal—viewing Michelangelo's famed Sistine Chapel frescoes.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
Day 4: Travel to Brindisi Ferry Port via Pompeii
As you make your way to the ferry, join a local guide for a walking tour of the ancient city of Pompeii, which stands frozen in time after Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, completely destroying the town.
- Travel back to imperial Roman times and learn about Pompeii, the city covered in volcanic ash.
- Look up at Mt. Vesuvius, the deadly volcano that annihilated this city almost 2,000 years ago.
- Experience the buildings, artifacts and even people that have been extremely well preserved over the years.
- Hop on the bus and head to the port, where you'll catch the overnight ferry to Corfu, Greece.
Day 5: Arrive in Corfu
Welcome to Corfu, an island that boasts an abundance of green trees, pristine beaches, and 6,000 species of herbs and flowers. What sets Corfu apart from other Greek islands are the olive trees. 16th century Venetians started planting them, and now there are said to be 3-4 million of them on the island.
- Settle in, and head out to explore the city of Corfu with your Tour Director.
- Check out Spianada Square, the largest square in Greece
Day 6: Paxos Cruise and Blue Caves
Time to get out on the water for the day. Depart from Corfu port, taking in the views of Old Town, Kanoni peninsula, and the palace of Mon Repos. Then cruise by the island of Paxos, through breathtaking sea caves.
Day 7: Travel to Delphi
Travel to Delphi
Pick up the pace as you travel back to the mainland, to Delphi. According to Greek mythology, Zeus sent two eagles to discover the center of the world, and they landed in Delphi.
- Ferry back to the mainland, then hop aboard a bus towards Delphi.
Day 8: Explore Delphi
Today, it is a fascinating look into the past, and a great excuse to up your Greek mythology trivia game. Beginning in the 6th century BC, Delphi began hosting the Pythian Games, similar to the Olympic Games, but with more emphasis on art and dance.
- Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, once the most important sacred site in Greece and home to the Oracle
- Lay your eyes upon The Omphalos of Delphi, a marble stone and symbol of Apollo
- Gawk at Mount Parnassus, the limestone mountain towering 8,000 feet over the city, which was home to the mythological winged horse, Pegasus.
Day 9: Travel to Athens
Welcome to Athens! 2,500 years ago, it was a bustling metropolis, and still is today—with fewer people in togas walking around.
- Step back in time in the historic Acropolis of Athens with your local guide.
- See the Propylaea, the The Panathenaic (Olympic) Stadium
- Take in incredible panoramic views of Athens from the citadel’s hilltop vantage point
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
Day 10: Fly Home
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
How do I book a tour?
Select your itinerary and date and then click “Book Now.” Enter your traveler and select your optional excursions, rooming options, and whether you want trip protection. After you confirm and book, any entered voucher information will be applied to your order balance within two business days. You can also call us at 1-800-766-2645 and we can book your trip over the phone.
What can my voucher be used for?
Your voucher can be applied to the trip cost, optional excursions, and trip protection. Please note vouchers cannot be split between multiple travelers. If your voucher amount is more than the tour price, you will be refunded the difference less $1,000. If the difference is less than $1,000 the unused portion will be forfeited.
Do I need to make a payment at time of booking?
No immediate payment is required to reserve your spot on a trip. Once you have confirmed your trip our team will apply any issued voucher to your balance within two business days and then reach out to discuss your payment options.
What if my voucher amount is less than the trip cost?
If your trip departs in more than 60 days, we highly recommend you sign up for our interest-free automatic payment plan. If your trip is within 60 days, you will need to pay the remaining difference in full. Once we have applied your voucher our team will reach out to you for payment or to enroll you on the payment plan.
Can I sign up if I don’t have an EF Future Travel Voucher?
If you are a graduating high school senior (class of 2020) from a school that travels with EF and want to travel you can sign up! Call us at 1-800-766-2645 or sign up online and we will contact you for your payment information. See here for more information about our payment plans.
How do I access my account?
During checkout you will be required to create an account and password. Once you are confirmed on the trip, you can use those credentials to access and manage your booking any time via account.efultimatebreak.com.
Why did I receive a booking confirmation from EF Ultimate Break?
EF Educational Tours is partnering with EF’s young adult program, EF Ultimate Break, to design, develop and operate these tours for 2020 graduating high school seniors with Educational Tours vouchers. EF Ultimate Break is highly experienced in operating group tours for individuals traveling on their own and in small groups of young adults. EF Ultimate Break has 24/7 traveler support and shares the same global network of on-the-ground support as EF Educational Tours.
Who do I speak with if I need to make a change?
Please contact EF Ultimate Break directly at 1-800-766-2645.
What if I sign up for a tour and need to cancel in the future?
If you enroll on a new tour using your Future Travel Voucher and end up needing to cancel, you will receive all of your money back, less $1,000, as long as you cancel at least 110 days before your new departure date.
What if COVID-19 is still going on?
The health and safety of our travelers is our top priority. We're always evaluating the safety of the destinations we visit on tour. In addition to staying connected with our local offices and partners worldwide, we actively follow the guidance of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization. If your tour’s destination is designated a Level 3 by the U.S. State Department, we will not run the departure and give you the option to rebook or reinstate your EF Educational Tours voucher for the full amount and with the same terms and conditions. You can stay up to date with our safety measures here.
Who will the Tour Director be?
All of our Tour Directors are highly experienced and have expertise working with young adults on an individual basis. Many of our Tour Directors also guide tours for EF Educational Tours.
Will there be a chaperone on the tour?
In addition to our expert Tour Directors, every EF Tour for Graduating Seniors will include a Global Educational Ambassador (GEA) or an EF Educational Tours staff member. Our GEAs are experienced education providers who have been Group Leaders on multiple previous EF Educational Tours.
What is the age range for these tours?
These tours are limited to those graduating from high school in May or June 2020, from high schools with an EF travel program. Travelers must be between 17–20 years old at the time of travel.
How big will the group be?
Our groups range from 15 to 44 people, with an average group size of 30. If fewer than 15 people sign up for your tour, we may contact you to rebook to another tour or reinstate your Future Travel Voucher with its original terms and conditions.
What kinds of accommodations do you use?
We provide accommodations in hotels and boutique hostel, all hand-picked by our team of local experts. Each property is located in a safe and convenient area. These tours will have a maximum 4 students per room, each with their own bed and with an en suite bathroom.
Do I still have the opportunity to earn college credit?
Yes, travelers on an EF Tours for Graduating Seniors can still enroll in our college course with our partner Southern New Hampshire University. You can sign up for an online SNHU course and do a project related to your tour. The cost is $215, and you will get 3 college credits from SNHU. We recommend you check with your college to confirm that the credits will be accepted. Learn more here.
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