European Summer | EF Ultimate Break

European Summer

35 Days  •  15 Cities //@ts-ignore//@ts-ignore 2

Why Go?

Summer will never be the same. Spend over a month jaunting across Europe, from France to Italy to Spain, to experience the best spots of the summer and have the most exciting answer when your friends ask “what did you do this summer?” Your friends will be jealous. Your stories, legendary. And your pasta-making skills? Tasty, just how the Italian grandma taught you in Rome. Though the tan lines will fade, the Ibiza dance-club memories (and tapas cravings) will last forever.

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What are the top highlights?

  • Gaze upon ocean views and hilltop castles in Lisbon
  • Taste-test tapas in Southern Spain, and wash them down with a glass of cava…and more tapas
  • Lounge on the beaches of a deserted island in Algarve
  • Learn to dance flamenco/embarrass yourself in Seville
  • Dance the nights away in Ibiza’s world-famous clubs and beach bars
  • Indulge in Italian food and wine while taking in the Tuscan countryside
  • Head to seaside Cinque Terre for the best Instagrams and a refreshing swim
  • Explore ancient Rome, the Vatican, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
  • Flood your camera roll with unreal vistas and Santorini sunsets
  • Climb to the top of Athens’s ancient and famous Acropolis

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private motorcoach
  • Internal flights, trains & ferries
  • 33 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Metro passes in each major city
  • Entrance to select attractions

Accommodations

You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

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Flights

Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Board your overnight flight, bound for Lisbon! You’re headed to the historically miscounted “City of Seven Hills.” Let us know how many you actually see.

Day 2: Arrive in Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon! Get ready to work those glutes, because nearly everything in Lisbon requires an uphill walk. This colorful Portuguese capital is home to classic European charm, urban innovation, and breathtaking vistas from just about anywhere you stand.

Today's Highlights:

  • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
  • Transfer to your accommodation and check in.
  • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
  • Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
  • Walk through the Barrio Alto and Chiado neighborhoods, Lisbon’s nightlife mecca.

In the evening, it’s time for our Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, take the party elsewhere.

Day 3: Discover Lisbon

With San Francisco-like inclines, cobbled European streets, and a comfy coastal climate, Lisbon is the best of all worlds. As the oldest city in Western Europe, it's inscribed with millennia of stories that uniquely shaped the vibe today and they all start with “Once upon a time…”.

Today's Highlights:

  • Meet a local guide for an in-depth tour of Lisbon (and story time, obviously).
  • Catch a ride from a fellow American—a historic trolley that was imported from the U.S. in 1901 and is now a Lisbon staple for navigating the steep ascensions.
  • Traverse the labyrinthine streets of Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon
  • Go medieval at Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George Castle), a massive fortress overlooking the city below.
  • Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore on your own.

Day 4: Transfer to Algarve Region

Leave the hills of Lisbon behind for coastal Faro, the southernmost town in Portugal. Faro’s location along Ria Formosa lagoon makes for more than just a good photo op, it also led a bunch of different people to settle here back in the day. Influenced by Phoenician, Roman, and Moorish customs, present day Faro is essentially an appetizer sampler of international cultures, with heaping sides of beautiful buildings and postcard-worthy beaches.

Today's Highlights:

  • Hop on a bus, bound for the breathtaking Algarve Region of Portugal.
  • Breathe in the ocean air and whip out the shades.
  • Walk through historic Old Town Faro with your Tour Director.
  • Spend the rest of the day exploring, eating, and Port wine (it’s from Portugal after all) to your heart’s content.

Free Time Suggestions
Bone head: Stop by Capela dos Ossos, a chapel in Faro lined with over one thousand skeletons. If you can get past the inherent creepiness of hundreds of human skulls staring down at you, you’ll notice the church is beautiful and filled with tons of history. And bones, obviously. So many bones.
Praia de Faro: Kick back on this 5km stretch of golden sand, beach bars & cafes. It’s easy-going vibe makes it a popular spot for locals and travelers alike.

Day 5: Ilha Deserta Beach Day

You’re headed to a deserted island. This sunny strip of beach is complete with untouched nature and pristine waters, and will be your home for the day. And the night, if you miss the last ferry. Punctuality, people! Now, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy a day of sun, sand, and utter island bliss on one of the most picturesque beaches in the Algarve Region.

Today's Highlights:

  • Stroll along the Santa Maria boardwalk and experience the biodiversity of Ilha Deserta. If there was a prize for natural beauty, this place would take home the crown and sash.
  • Splash around in the clear blue waters off Ilha Deserta Beach ‘til your fingers start to look like raisins.
  • Enjoy the “southern hospitality” at Cape St. Mary, the southernmost point of mainland Portugal.
  • Attempt to get all of the sand out of your hair, and head back to Faro for the night.

Day 6: Explore Seville

Today is all about you, Seville, and a local guide. Your guide will show you the best of the best when it comes to Seville. Afterwards, get out and enjoy some free time in your new favorite city. Let nothing get in your way (except for the pigeons, maybe).

Today's Highlights:

  • Arrive in Seville, and meet your local guide to experience the city’s highlights by bus and foot.
  • Gaze up at the immense Seville Cathedral, one of the largest churches in the world, and, allegedly, home to Christopher Columbus's grave (Dominicans also claim they have his remains).
  • Wander through the lavish Plaza de España and admire the Neo-Moorish architecture.
  • Visit the Moorish Alcázar, which was built in the 14th century for a king named Pedro the Cruel. Hmm...wonder if people liked him?
  • Wind your way through Santa Cruz, the former Jewish quarter and most picturesque neighborhood in Seville. Instagrammers, get your phone ready. This is your moment.

Day 7: Enjoy a Free Day in Seville

Today is yours to do as you please in Seville, the capital of Spain’s Andalucía region, and its biggest city. If you haven’t noticed by now, Seville is full of students that have definitely adopted the "study hard, play hard" lifestyle. And lucky for you, you get to skip the "study" portion.

Today's Highlights:

  • Dance your way through the colorful streets of the Triana neighborhood, known for painted ceramics and flamenco dancing, and get a true look into Sevillian culture.
  • Chill out at a local bar or restaurant and taste-test tapas to your hearts content. When in Spain, right?
  • Go green at Parque de María Luisa, a big beautiful park that stretches along the Guadalquivir River. What more can you ask for in a park? How 'bout a fountain surrounded by lions? They've got that too.

Free Time Suggestions
Take the Bull by the Horns: Visit Plaza de Toros, the oldest bullring in Spain. Only the best of the best are invited to fight here. Can you imagine going head to head with a 2,000-pound animal in front of 12,000 people? Whoa.
Las Setas: Check out the massive wooden canopies of The Metropol Parasol, known locally as “the Mushrooms”. Once you see them, you’ll understand why. Lounge on the steps, or head to the roof for stunning views of the city.

Day 8: Transfer to Granada via Córdoba

On your way south, make a pit stop in Córdoba for a tour of the Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba, and views of stunning architecture, and the second-largest historic center in Europe. Continue loving life in Andalucía, known for flamenco dancing, Islamic architecture, and tapas on tapas. Excited? Hungry? You should be. Get to it!

Today's Highlights:

  • Enjoy a scenic bus ride through the heart of Spain, making a pit stop in Córdoba before continuing on to Granada.
  • Follow a local guide through the expansive Great Mosque and Cathedral of Córdoba, regarded as one of the most impressive Moorish architectural structures and is essentially a massive mosque that functions as a cathedral. It’s okay, we’re confused, too.
  • Arrive in Granada and check into your accommodation, then get to know the area with your Tour Director.
  • Keep your eyes peeled, and your camera at the ready, for vibrant street art as you twist your way through the city.
  • Do some barhopping to ingest copious amounts of tapas and cañas (that’s draft beer here in Spain).

Day 9: Tour Granada

Lucky you. A whole day in Granada, free to do what you want. But first, join a local guide for a VIP tour of the city. There’s heavy North African and Arabic influence here, and you’ll see it all around you in the intricate architecture, fusion food, and even the music of Granada. Get ready to be dazzled by the Alhambra palace and fortress, the true highlight of Granada.

Today's Highlights:

  • Get up, get out, and get lost walking through Albayzin, a maze of cobblestone streets. Just make sure you leave a trail of crumbs to find your way home.
  • Take everything in as you wander the vast grounds of the Alhambra. It's part palace, part fortress, all parts awesome.
  • Walk along the Darro river to Paseo de los Tristes, and grab a table at a nearby café.
  • Look up and see the Alhambra looking right back down at you. Not in the creepy way, though.

Free Time Suggestions
Labyrinth (Minus David Bowie): Albayzin is perhaps the most interesting neighborhood in Granada. It sits on the hill opposite the Alhambra, and is a maze of cobblestone streets filled with monuments dating back to the Nasrid period and Renaissance era.
Truth or Darro: Walk along the Darro river to Paseo de los Tristes, and grab a table at a nearby café. Look up and see the Alhambra looking right back down at you. Not in the creepy way, though.

Day 10: Transfer to Ibiza via Valencia

You’re headed to Ibiza! Where the sun is almost always shining, and the party literally never stops. But first, stop in the coastal city of Valencia for lunch, and the chance to cross another city off your list.

Today's Highlights:

  • Leave Granada in a private motor coach, bound for Valencia.
  • Stop for lunch, and snap some selfies in front of a few of Valencia’s most famous monuments, like Valencia Cathedral, Torres de Serrans, and Llotja de la Seda.
  • Board a ferry to Ibiza, the next stop on your European summer getaway.
  • Arrive at your accommodation, and get ready for non-stop dancing, gorgeous beaches, and nightlife that is unrivaled.

Day 11: Explore Ibiza + Beach Day

Welcome to Ibiza! The settlers of this piece of paradise dedicated the island to the god of music and dance, so it’s only fitting that the island is now a hotspot for all DJ-, club-, and dance party-related things. Apart from being all about that bass, Ibiza is overflowing with vibrant nature. The island has 57 different beaches, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for it’s top-of-the-line shores and sea life.

Today's Highlights:

  • Wake up in beautiful Ibiza, and take a few minutes to convince yourself this isn’t a dream.
  • Get the lay of the land from your Tour Director.
  • Take the afternoon to explore on your own, or head to the beach with your group.
  • Brace yourself, life in Ibiza is about to get loco in all the best ways.

Free Time Suggestions
Uptown traveler: Walk up to Dalt Vila, a grand fortress that sits above the town, filled with winding cobblestone streets and quaint charm that’ll have you stepping back into history.
Sundowners: When the sun goes down in Ibiza, Café del Mar and Mambo are the places to be. With a drink in hand and the sunset in front of you, it really doesn’t get better than this.

Day 12: Free Day in Ibiza

Life in Ibiza keeps getting better and better. Take the day to hit the city’s hot spots, taste test your way through the restaurant scene, or enjoy some sunshine and serenity on the beach. And, of course, end your day in one (or a few) of Ibiza’s most epic nightlife spots.

Today's Highlights:

  • People-watch from a cafe in Plaza del Parque, a hub of restaurants and shops in the center of Ibiza Town.
  • Stroll through the yachts and jetties at upscale Marina Botafoch, and try to convince your fellow travelers to pool your savings together and buy a yacht.
  • Try to decide which beach is your favorite by laying out on a few stretches of sand, or claim your spot at a beachside bar for the day.
  • Crank up your party playlist and head to Ibiza Town for some club hopping.

Free Time Suggestions
Market time: Browse Mercat Vell, the town’s oldest market that’s been around since 1872 and is still doing it’s thing to this day. Shop for fresh produce, vibrant flowers, and local crafts.
Pacha Party: Feel like a VIP at Pacha, one of Ibiza’s most famous and best loved nightclubs among locals and travelers alike. This place doesn’t mess around, so expect to dance the entire night away.

Day 13: Travel to Barcelona

Grab a café con leche, and head to the ferry. You’re going to Barcelona, a city of endless parties, wacky architecture, and premium beaches. So throw on your walking shoes, your party pants, and any shirt you’d like. Barcelona is the fiesta that keeps on fiesta…ing.

Today's Highlights:

  • Bid farewell to Ibiza, but never fear, more gorgeous beaches and lively nightlife await in Barcelona.
  • Take an introductory walk of Barcelona with your Tour Director. Stopping for tapas is not required, but highly encouraged.
  • Hit the town (or the beach) for an epic first night out in Barcelona.

Day 14: Tour Barcelona

Experience Barcelona’s unique architecture and atmosphere with a local guide as you wander the city’s enchanting streets. This historic city is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven of which were built by Gaudi (he’s kind of a big deal around here). Take in the impressive sites, and understand why Barcelona is the only city to receive a Royal Gold Medal for architecture—the buildings are basically art.

Today's Highlights:

  • Explore the Gothic Quarter with your guide. Don't forget your black eyeliner.
  • Visit one of Antoni Gaudí’s greatest works of modernist art, Parque Güell. This colorful park is adorned with tilework, dreamlike structures, and not a straight line anywhere.
  • See the 1992 Olympic Park which lines the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Check out the unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral, where construction started over 100 years ago by Gaudí.
  • Stroll Las Ramblas, the main pedestrian thoroughfare lined with bars, cafes, shops and street performers—some more impressive than others.
  • Stop in Plaça de Catalunya, the city center where old meets new, and pigeons fly next to you, above you, and maybe even through your legs.

Free Time Suggestions
Market down: Visit La Boqueria, the famous market just off of Las Ramblas, with everything from fresh fruits to meats, flowers and sweets
Playa Long: Barcelona’s coast is lined with beaches, each with its own personality. Try party-centric Barceloneta, tranquil Caldetes, or water sports at Mar Bella.

Day 15: Transfer to Provence via Carcassonne

Kiss Barcelona goodbye—on both cheeks—it’s on to Provence, where the countryside is so scenic it inspired Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso to do their thing, and the lavender fields will make you want to roll around in them for hours. Add that to the vast vineyards and delectable ratatouille (vegetable stew), and you may never want to leave.

Today's Highlights:

  • Switch from Spanish to French as you cross the border into France.
  • Stop in Carcassonne, a French city famous of the Cité de Carcassonne medieval fortress.
  • Arrive in Provence and check into your hotel before exploring this seaside town with your Tour Director.
  • Introduce your taste buds to the rich and exquisite world of French cuisine. Ooh la la.

Day 16: Transfer to French Riviera + Free Afternoon

Continue on to the French Riviera, stomping grounds of the rich and famous for centuries, and now you. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own. If you haven’t figured out why the Riviera is nicknamed the Azure Coast, head to the beach and splash around the dazzling blue water to find out. Actually, you should probably do that either way.

Today's Highlights:

  • Say “Bonjour” to the French Riviera, and settle into your accommodation.
  • Feel closer than ever to Elton John, Bono, and Bill Gates, just to name a few of the celebs with homes in the French Riviera.
  • Lounge on world famous beaches to feel the fresh ocean breeze and work on that tan. Floppy hats and giant sunglasses are encouraged, but not required
  • Look out over the Mediterranean Sea as you treat yo’self to some South of France classics, like bouillabaisse and tapenade.

Day 17: Free Day + Snorkeling

Sleep in, slow down, and do whatever you want during a free day in the French Riviera. There’s so much to see and do, but if you’re tired of seeing and doing, take a break for beaching and relaxing. Feeling especially mermaid-y today? Join an optional snorkeling excursion and hang out with some fish.

Today's Highlights:

  • Enjoy waterfront restaurants, explore posh boutiques, and feel like an A-Lister (kind of), because you’re in the vacation hotspot of the world’s rich and famous.
  • Taste-test some local favorites, including socca, the South of France’s take on the traditional crepe, made with chickpea flour. Step aside, Parisian pastries!
  • Channel your inner Picasso and visit a few esteemed art museums and demonstrations—you’re in the former stomping grounds of many influential artists.

The French Riviera: Sun. Sailing. Snorkeling.(extra cost)

Start your excursion in Cannes, where walking with a monocle and your pinky out is practically mandatory. As a favorite resort town for the rich and famous, it’s the perfect place for you to rub elbows with the fancy and fabulous. Explore on your setting sail to the Lérin Islands. As you sail the blue waters, get ready to snorkel off Sainte-Marguerite, the largest of the islands and Saint-Honorat. When you’re snorkeled out, lounge around on the catamaran and get used to living the good life. We doubt you’ll have any trouble getting used to it.

Please note: This excursion must be booked at least 45 days prior to tour departure.

Day 18: Free Day in the French Riviera

Spend one last day in the French Riviera doing as you please! If that just means settling into a café and feasting on French food, we totally support it. Or, join your Tour Director on an optional adventure of their choosing.

Today's Highlights:

  • Dive into the culture and beauty of the Riviera at the historic Old Town.
  • Make your nose do a happy dance—you know, if noses could dance—exploring the lush flower markets.
  • Join in an optional activity that has been hand-picked by your awesome Tour Director.
  • Spend your last evening basking in the luxury and scenery of the French Riviera.

Day 19: Travel to the Italian Riviera via Monaco

Check another country off your list—Monaco, the world’s second-smallest, but possibly swankiest, nation! This country is home to the Monaco Yacht Show, where millionaires and billionaires come together in harmony to throw money at mega-yachts. In 2017, the combined total value for the yachts on sale exceeded $3 billion. After letting that sink in, continue on to the Italian Riviera.

Today's Highlights:

  • Memorize words like “arbitrage” and “commodity” to fit in during a stop in Monaco.
  • Cross the border into Italy, and practice talking like the Italians do (AKA with your hands).
  • Take in views of the colorful homes and blue shores of the Italian Riviera.
  • Arrive at your accommodation, and settle into your new Italian digs.

Day 20: Free Day + Cinque Terre (Optional)

Enjoy a full free day in the Italian Riviera, or take an excursion to Cinque Terre. Or flip a coin and let fate decide for you, because there really isn’t a bad option.

Today's Highlights:

  • Enjoy the charming fishing villages and laid back atmosphere of the Italian Riviera.
  • Explore the colorful villas and piazzas of the Riviera on your own, and experience la dolce vita.
  • Join an excursion in enchanting Cinque Terre to hike seaside cliffs and relax on rugged beaches.

Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre(extra cost)

Note: This excursion is seasonal and only runs from May through September. Availability is subject to your tour’s departure date.

Wake up and head for the coast on your way to Cinque Terre (Italian for “Five Lands”). There you’ll find yourself looking at some of the most beautiful coastal scenery you’ve ever laid eyes on. Discover villages nestled into the sides of mountains as you travel by train between them. Your fist stop is Riomaggio, home to the famous Via dell’Amore, or “path of love.” Next up is Vernazza, where you’ll get some of the iconic views of the colorful seaside buildings that Cinque Terre is known for. Then, spend the rest of your day enjoying the pebble beaches of Monterosso before heading back to Florence.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 21: Travel to Florence via Pisa

Board your private coach; you’re heading to Florence, deep in the romantic Tuscan hillside of Italy. Is that love in the air? Or just the scent of artisanal wines and cheeses? Either way, get excited. Lean in to Pisa during a stop for lunch (and the chance to check off another city), before continuing on through Tuscany to Florence. Practice saying “Che bello!” because “beautiful” describes this place to a T.

Today's Highlights:

  • Blow a farewell kiss to the Italian coast, you’re headed to the rolling hills of Tuscany.
  • Stop in Pisa for lunch and a walking tour with your Tour Director.
  • Attempt to snap the perfect pic with Pisa’s famously flawed tower.
  • Arrive in Florence, and check in to your accommodation.
  • Take a brief walk of the area with your Tour Director and fall in love with Florence. Feel free to pinch yourself, but no, you’re not dreaming.

Day 22: Tour Florence

You’ve got a full day in Florence, the compact capital of the Tuscany region known for its quaint, cobblestone streets and impressive artwork from Renaissance geniuses like Michelangelo and Donatello. Throw on some comfortable shoes and join a local guide for a walking tour of the city.

Today's Highlights:

  • Cross the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, home to many of Florence’s jewelers and art merchants. Ready to get some bling?
  • Stroll the Piazza della Signoria, home to the Uffizi Gallery and that famous naked guy (also known as Michelangelo’s David).
  • Visit the Duomo Cathedral. Return during your free time and challenge yourself to climb the 463 steps to the top for stunning views of the city.

Free Time Suggestions
Get Some Fresh Air: Loggia dei Lanzi is an open air sculpture museum, with a number of Renaissance statues. It’s beautiful, it’s in the open, and it’s free.
Leather-Bound Books: Florence is known for its plethora of leather goods, from belts and jewelry to purses and wallets. Maybe you can finally buy that leather jacket you’ve always wanted but didn’t think you could pull off. Fun fact: you can.

Day 23: Free Day in Florence

Enjoy a full free day in Florence! Whether you taste-test your way through the cafes, get lost on purpose in the lively piazzas, or spend hours soaking up Renaissance history in the various museums, your last day in Florence is sure to be a good one! Especially if you top it off with a glass (or bottle) of Chianti.

Today's Highlights:

  • Get in touch with your artsy side during your free day at the Uffizi museum. The Medici Family’s art collection makes up one of the best art museums in the world.
  • Go out on your own to stop and smell the flowers in the Boboli gardens. Keep an eye out for 16th century sculptures (you can stop and smell those, too, but it might attract strange looks).
  • Snap the perfect picture of Florence’s skyline after hiking up to San Miniato al Monte. Then reward yourself with some gelato.
  • Shop till you drop; the area between Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo is our favorite.

Day 24: Day 24: Travel to Rome via Orvieto

Goodbye, Florence. Hello, Rome, Italy’s capital city that is bursting at the seams with energy. Locals fill the streets, day and night, usually doing something that involves eating or drinking. And how can you blame them when pasta, pizza, gelato, coffee, and wine are everywhere you go? Rome is all the hustle and bustle of a big city, served with a side of ancient ruins.

Today's Highlights:

  • Board your private coach, bound for Rome.
  • Stop in Orvieto, a quaint Italian hill town that’s as fun to visit as it is to say in an Italian accent.
  • Marvel at the artistry of the facade of Orvieto’s stunning cathedral, built in 1290 (no, that’s not a typo—it’s really that old).
  • Arrive in Rome, home to art, ruins, and 2.9 million people.
  • Take a tour of the surrounding area with your Tour Director, stopping by some famous attractions, and more than few gelato shops.

Day 25: Tour Rome + Optional Pasta-Making Class

Skip the line and go back in time with a tour of the Colosseum. Then, if you choose, complete your transformation to becoming a full Italian as you learn how to make authentic pasta by hand.

Today's Highlights:

  • Tour the city with a local guide who will show you why Rome is one of the most legendary cities in Europe.
  • 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 ancient Rome.
  • Rub your belly in anticipation for the optional pasta-making class.

Taste of Italy Pasta-Making Class(extra cost)

When in Rome, do as the Romans do best: cook awesome food. It starts with crafting the dough for homemade pasta, and finishes with a delicious meal prepared by your own hands. Along the way, you’ll get to taste some of Italy's finest local snacks with a local food guide while learning about Italian food traditions throughout the ages. This is truly the authentic cuisine experience you can’t find anywhere but Italy itself.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 26: Free Day in Rome + Optional Vatican City Excursion

Today you get to explore centuries worth of culinary perfection, unbelievable architecture, and local fashion on your own. And let it be said, Rome looks goooood for being 2,000 years old. (It must moisturize.) Shop, eat, drink, and talk like an Italian (with your hands) during your free day. Embrace the culture and indulge in carbs during your last day in the Eternal City. Plus, if you're up for it, join an optional excursion to the Vatican.

Today's Highlights:

  • Get an in-depth look into Papal history and politics with an expert guide.
  • Cross another country of your list (Vatican City is an independent nation).
  • Look up (like, straight up) at the frescos of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s greatest work.
  • Visit the Vatican Museum, one of the largest, most renowned art exhibits in the world.

Free Time Suggestions
Trevi Fountain: Rumor has it, if turn your back to the Trevi Fountain and toss a coin over your shoulder, it guarantees you’ll return to the Eternal City. Throw in a second coin, and you’ll not only come back, but also find love. Fine print: Significant other not guaranteed by EF Ultimate Break.
Shopping on Vide del Corso Walk down the longest pedestrian street in the city for some prime shopping. Populated by both locals and tourists, there’s room for everyone on the narrow store-filled street.

A Visit to the Vatican(extra cost)

Hey MTV Cribs, welcome to the Pope’s house: Vatican City. Skip all the lines (you’re welcome) and take a guided tour of the Vatican Museum and get your Intro to Art History up close and personal. Make like Michelangelo and crane your neck in the Sistine Chapel to get a glimpse of the single most famous painting of two fingers touching ever made. Let the neck craning continue as you tour St. Peter’s Basilica and gawk at its iconic dome. A great excuse to go to church, and an even better excuse to make a massage appointment when you get home.

Please note: This excursion must be booked at least 60 days prior to tour departure.

Day 27: Travel to Athens

Welcome to Athens! This city is at least 5000 years old, but acts much younger. What we’re trying to say is, Athens is a beautiful city filled with art, literature, history, and tons of hip restaurants and bars.

Today's Highlights:

  • Say “Ciao” to Rome, and board your flight to Athens.
  • Arrive and check in to your accommodation, and trade in the parmesan for some feta.
  • Get acquainted with Athens on a brief walk around the city with your Tour Director.
  • Hit the town and get your first taste of Greece’s nightlife, or hit the hay and dream of gods, goddesses, ancient history, and olives (seriously, this country loves olives).

Day 28: Explore Athens

The remains of some historically significant and crazy old structures still stand in this ancient citadel, including the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike. So yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. The rest of the day is yours to explore Athens.

Today's Highlights:

  • Step back in time in the historic Acropolis of Athens with your local guide.
  • See the Propylaea, the Theatre of Dionysus, and a bunch of other structures you’ll need your guide’s help to pronounce.
  • Take in incredible panoramic views of Athens from the citadel’s hilltop vantage point, and understand why the ancient city’s name translates to “high city”.

Free Time Suggestions
Fill Up: Sample ouzo, the local anise-flavored aperitif, at an authentic Greek restaurant, locally known as a taverna.
Dig It: The National Archaeology Museum is considered one of the greatest museums in the world, with pieces ranging from Greek sculptures to Egyptian Antiquities. Mama Mia! That’s quite a collection.

Day 29: Travel to Santorini

Escape the hustle and bustle of Athens and immerse yourself in island life, Mediterranean style. You’re headed to Santorini, one of the most iconic Greek Islands, complete with whitewashed and blue-domed buildings, romantic beaches, and endless sunshine.

Today's Highlights:

  • Board your flight to Santorini, and get ready to feel the love in this iconic romantic destination.
  • Yell “OPA!” when you land in Santorini, but don’t be surprised if your seat neighbor gives you the stink eye.
  • Check in to your accommodation and get to know the picturesque island that you’ll be calling home for the next two nights.
  • Sprint to the nearest beach (hint: you’re surrounded by them) and enjoy a Santorini sunset.

Free Time Suggestions
Sun down: Oia is the traditional village in the northwestern end of Santorini and best known for its blue-domed churched, windmills and winding streets that pop up in everyone’s Instagram feeds. And for good reason. Head there before sunset for awe-inspiring sunset views and get ready to capture some likes…errr, photos.
Beach Time: Visit one of Santorini’s top beaches for an evening swim—from Perivolos to Kamari to Ammoudi Bay—there are tons to choose from and you literally can’t go wrong.

Day 30: Explore Santorini + Optional Santorini Wine Tasting + Oia Sunset

Still loving life on this romantic island? Rhetorical question: The answer is obviously yes. Enjoy another day to check out Santorini’s famous sites and hidden gems. Now, here’s your trivia question of the day— What’s black, white, and red all over? Answer: The sandy beaches that cover this volcanic island. Think you know your adult grape juice? Join an optional Cliffside wine tasting excursion.

Today's Highlights:

  • Grab your towel and your sunscreen, it’s time to hit the beach(es).
  • Take a dip in the Aegan Sea. You can pinch yourself, but we promise you aren’t dreaming, plus you’ll end up with some unnecessary bruises.
  • Shop along the narrow streets of Fira, the capital city of Santorini, or just admire the handcrafted jewelry, local artwork, and souvenirs.
  • Channel your inner wine-aficionado during an optional tasting at a Cliffside winery.

Free Time Suggestions
The Found City of Atlantis: Visit the Akrotiri Ruins, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement buried in volcanic dust. This site predates Pompeii and is considered by many to be the famed lost city of Atlantis.
The Thira of Everything: Head up to the top of the cliffs on the southeast part of the island to explore this Greek and Roman archaeological site.

Cliffside Wine Tasting & Village Tour(extra cost)

Quaint villages, wine, and a breathtaking sunset—it doesn’t get more Greek than this (unless you add in some feta cheese and olive oil). A local guide will take you from village to village, to explore, shop, and take in stunning views of the beachscapes and caldera. Make a stop at the highest point in Santorini, Profitis Elias, and then it’s on to the wine tasting. Sample a variety of local wines at a cliffside winery before hopping on the bus to Oia. When you picture Santorini, chances are you're picturing the views from the village of Oia. It's a must-see for every visitor, and you get a direct ride there to drink in the best sunset in Greece. Don't forget to snap that perfect picture for your fans (AKA Instagram followers).

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 31: Free Day in Santorini

Keep the good times and island vibes rolling with one last free day in Santorini, and take in all the romantic views and olives you can handle. Get your heart rate up with a hike from Fira to Oia, or curl up on a beach towel and work on your tan. Word of advice: don’t fall asleep with a gyro on your lap. It will result in a bizarre and hunger-inducing tan line.

Today's Highlights:

  • Head back to your favorite beach from yesterday, or go on the hunt for a new spot.
  • Wind your way along the paths of Imerovigli. When it comes to sunsets, this village is known as the “balcony to the Aegean.”
  • Enjoy dinner with a view at cliffside cafes and restaurants. Bonus points if your view includes the caldera.

Free Time Suggestions
Museum On: Get your history on at a few of the island’s museums. The Archaeological Museum of Thera and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera are home to well-preserved artifacts and fossils dating back to 17th century BC.
Skary Stories: Take a trail to Skaros Rock, an outcropping of rock that juts out over the Aegean Sea. This is the perfect place to get some scenic views (and sweaty palms, if you get too close to the edge).

Day 32: Travel to Mykonos

Head out from Santorini to Mykonos by way of ferry. Though also rich in ancient history and romantic views, this wild child of an island’s claim to fame is all-out, non-stop, dance-until-the-sun-comes-up nightlife. Between dazzling seascapes, sandy beaches and the best nightlife in the Mediterranean, get ready—you’ve got two big days and two even bigger nights here.

Today's Highlights:

  • Wave goodbye to Santorini and set your sights for Mykonos as your board your ferry.
  • Arrive in Mykonos and check in to your accommodation.
  • Get to know the area with your Tour Director on a brief walk, and start planning out your evening.
  • Spend your free time exploring a few of the islands 800 churches…or maybe just head to one of its 100 bars. You do you.

Free Time Suggestions
Sun of a Beach: The late afternoon is a great time to beach it—a little breeze kicks up and the temperature dips just enough to make it feel great.
Go to Church: Mykonos’ most famous church, the rock-like Panagia Paraportiani, is usually locked, but the fabulously photogenic whitewashed exterior is a spiritual experience in itself.

Day 33: Cruise Mykonos Beach

Spend your last day in Mykonos the right way: cruising around the bright blue coast on a boat. See the island from the water, with unparalleled views of the harbor and the iconic windmills. This is your day to boat, beach, relax, repeat. Feel like a certified baller lounging aboard the boat under the Grecian sun, and let out a big “Opa!” for Mykonos.

Today's Highlights:

  • Take the morning to rest and recover as you please, which may or may not involve a little hair of the dog, and get ready for your final day in Mykonos.
  • Board your (included) afternoon cruise around the island and say “I’m the captain now.” Kidding, please know that you one hundred percent are not the captain. Seriously.
  • Relax on isolated beaches, swim in the crystal clear water, take in the beautiful ocean and harbor views and enjoy a traditional BBQ Greek lunch.

Free Time Suggestions
Party in Paradise: By day, Paradise Beach is a hotspot for sun tanners, sand castle-builders, and partiers alike. By night, the sand is your dance floor and the entire beach erupts into a high-energy party that goes ‘til dawn.
Super Paradise: Visit Super Paradise Beach, Paradise Beach’s smaller, quainter neighbor. Relax under an umbrella, hang out in a beach bar, and soak up your last day in this island paradise.

Day 34: Return to Athens

Athens felt neglected, so it’s a good thing you’re heading back to pay it another visit. End the trip with a bang in a city known for stunning views and world-class nightlife. By now, you’re an old pro when it comes to exploring Greece, so we’re giving you the day to adventure in Athens on your own before an included farewell dinner with the group.

Today's Highlights:

  • Take a ferry from Mykonos to Athens, and greet the ancient city like a really, really old friend.
  • Revisit some favorite spots from day one in Athens, or go on a hunt to find new hidden gems.
  • Check out some of the residential areas for an authentic look at life in Athens.
  • Enjoy one last group dinner, and raise a glass to an epic trip.

Free Time Suggestions
Follow the Light: Flood-lit like a beacon towering over the city, Mount Lycabettus offers a spectacular view of the city. If you’ve been holding out on posting a scenic Instagram post, this is your moment.

Farewell Dinner
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

Day 35: Fly Home

Antio, filoi!
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. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s, “See you later.” The only question is, where?

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