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Greeks to Greece: Italy and Greek Island Getaway

13 days, 4 cities
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Overview

Why Go?

Ancient history meets epic relaxation meets pasta on this 13-day trip through Italy and Greece. Envision yourself as a Gladiator in the Colosseum of Ancient Rome, explore the beauty of Southern Italy, travel back in time to where Western Civilization began on the Acropolis of Athens, and unwind on a white sand beach, drink in hand, on one of Greece’s breathtaking islands: Mykonos.

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 and wine
  • Go on a fascinating tour of Pompeii, the city devastated by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD
  • Explore the area around Naples, where pizza is said to have originated
  • Soak up the sun, and gawk at the crystal-clear water on the beaches of Mykonos
  • 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
  • 11 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Dinner with drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Metro passes in Rome and Athens
  • Skip-the-line entrances to the Colosseum and Acropolis

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

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  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
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  • 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

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Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • 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 Dinner

    Welcome to 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 look? Rome is all big city/ancient ruins, served with a side of spaghetti.

    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.
    • Take a guided tour of some top sights around Rome.

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

  • Day 3: Tour Rome + Optional Catacombs of Rome

    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.

    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.
    • Experience the heart of ancient Rome with a visit to the Forum, once a hub of activity for the city.
    • See the ruins of several Roman temples, including the Temple of the Vestal Virgins.

    Roman Catacombs & St. Paul's Basilica (extra cost)

    Rome has a bit of a spooky side. Travel deep underground to catacombs built by early Christians. Then, head to St. Paul’s Basilica. Existing since at least 324 AD, they say St. Paul himself is buried there.

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

  • Day 4: Free day in Rome + Optional Visit to the Vatican

    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.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Piazza Navona: Head over to Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s best known public squares. Fountains, street performers, shops, restaurants, and so much more. Hangout, sip coffee, and embrace the atmosphere of this outdoor hub.
    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. (Significant other not guaranteed by EF Ultimate Break.)

    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.

    This excursion is pre-book only; please call 800-766-2645 to purchase if your trip is less than 30 days away.

  • Day 5: Travel to Naples Region + Amalfi Coast Day Trip

    Make your way to the Naples Region and explore the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is a 30+ mile stretch of coastline that happens to be pure Italian perfection—quaint towns, high cliffs towering over crashing Mediterranean waves, and enchanting views that never end. Today, you get to see all of it for yourself. Ready your camera, make room in your stomach for cake, and don’t even think about blinking. Okay you can blink. But quickly—you don’t want to miss this.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Enjoy a guided walking tour as you make your way to the hilltop town of Ravello.
    • Explore the impressive, perfectly manicured Villa Rufolo Gardens, and don’t forget to take a moment to look down at the deep blue sea below.
    • Head into a local pastry shop for a tasting (you know, for science) of some authentic Italian lemon cake.
  • Day 6: Free day in Naples Region + Optional Capri Trip

    The day is yours to do as you wish, like enjoying the thing that Naples is known for: that bready, cheesy, tomato sauce topped stuff we call pizza. Or join your Tour Director for an excursion to Capri. Trust us, you haven’t lived lavishly until you’ve cruised around the island of Capri.

    Capri Cruisin' (extra cost)

    Ferry across the Bay of Naples then around the Isle of Capri, gawking at the incredible Arco Naturale and the famous Faraglioni rocks. Then travel by funicular railway to the ancient mountaintop island resort.

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

  • Day 7: Travel to Rome Airport via Pompeii + Fly to Athens

    As you make your way to the Rome Airport for your flight to Athens, 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.

    Today's Highlights:

    • 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.
  • Day 8: Tour Athens

    Welcome to Athens! 2,500 years ago, it was kind of a happening place, and still is today—with fewer people in togas walking around. It’s a vibrant metropolis, and a perfect jumping-off point for your journey through the Greece. When the sun goes down, expect to see people socializing in the streets. It’s how they roll.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Step back in time in the historic Acropolis of Athens with your local guide.
    • See the Propylaea, the The Panathenaic (Olympic) Stadium, 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”.
  • Day 9: Travel to Mykonos

    Head out from Athens to Mykonos by way of ferry. Though also rich in history, this 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 Athens 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
  • Day 10: Free Day in Mykonos

    Spend the day in Mykonos doing what you want. Whether that’s a beach day, a food day, a food AND beach day, so be it. In Mykonos there is no wrong choice.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Take the morning to rest and recover as you please.
    • Lather on the SPF 75 (skincare is important) and head to the nearest beach.
    • Pick up that bottle of olive oil you promised mom at one of the many shops.

    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 11: Free Day in Mykonos + Optional Mykonos Boat Cruise

    Spend your last day in Mykonos doing what you want. Or, take your last day and join an optional excursion and experience the island in a whole new way—by boat.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Go on a totally optional but 100% worthwhile boat cruise.

    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.

    Mykonos Boat Ride (extra cost)

    Cruise around the bright blue coast on a boat for unparalleled views of the harbor and the iconic windmills. Then work up an appetite swimming in the crystal-clear waters and feast on a traditional Greek BBQ lunch.

    Please note: This excursion must be booked at least 7 days prior to tour departure, and will run dependent on weather conditions as determined safe by the ship's captain.

  • Day 12: Travel 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 13: 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?

    –OR–

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

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Lock in your spot, then pay over time. If you change your mind, we’ll help you change your trip—no fees, no fuss. It’s really that easy.

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