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Italy & Greece Getaway

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Overview

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Why Go?

Ancient history meets Greek mythology meets pasta on this 15-day trip through Italy and Greece. Travel back in time to where Western Civilization began on the Acropolis of Athens, and then nerd out on all things Zeus in Olympia and Delphi. Once in Italy, get a full serving of Roman ruins with a side (or full plate) of spaghetti, and have your own personal Renaissance in the breathtaking city of Florence.

What are the top highlights?

  • Hike to the top of Athens’ ancient and famous Acropolis
  • Feel at peace from 1,000 feet up at the Meteora monasteries
  • Visit Delphi, the center of the world according to the Greek God, Zeus
  • Explore ancient Rome, the Vatican and Sistine Chapel
  • Step into the Renaissance in Florence
  • Indulge in Italian food and wine while taking in the Tuscan countryside

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • 13 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Metro passes in Rome and Athens
  • Skip-the-line entrances to the Colosseum, Vatican 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
  • 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.

Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Board your overnight flight to Athens, the cradle of Western Civilization and home to some of the greatest monuments of the ancient world. Also gyros. Don’t forget about the gyros.

  • Day 2: Arrive in 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:

    • Meet an EF representative at the airport
    • Transfer to your accommodations and check in
    • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director
    • Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive

    In the evening, it's time for your Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with your new friends and travelers. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

  • Day 3: Tour Athens

    Today, take a VIP tour of Athens with a local guide. You’ll climb high above the city to what’s left of ancient Athens, also known as the Acropolis. It’s here where you’ll find the remnants of 2,500 year-old buildings and sculptures, which is quite impressive when you consider things built today last about 3,498 years less than that. Most of what you see was planned and executed by Pericles, who was named, “the first citizen of Athens.” Today, there are a few more citizens in Athens—around 660,000—who can thank him for this energetic and bustling city.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Enjoy the incredible ancient ruins of the Acropolis with a local guide
    • Pay your respects to the patron goddess of the city (and her namesake sneakers) at the Temple of Athena Nike
    • Find yourself speechless in the presence of the Parthenon—at nearly 2,500 years old, it is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and storied structures in the world

    Free Time Suggestions
    Psiri: Think of Psiri as the Brooklyn of Athens: impossibly hip, and filled with opportunities to dance, drink, or just hang out.
    Loukoumades: Sample a food that sounds better with each word: a deep fried donut covered in honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.

  • Day 4: Travel to Nafplio Region via Mycenae and Epidaurus

    It’s time to leave the big city life behind and head west to Peloponnesus, a peninsula so beautiful, it will make you wonder why everyone isn’t following you there. You’re going to the region of Nafplio, but on your way, you’ll stop for tours of Mycenae and Epidaurus.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Hop on the bus with your new friends—you’re going on a road trip!
    • Stop in Epidaurus, and visit an outdoor theater recognized for such impeccable acoustics, people can practically hear your thoughts
    • Follow a guide through Mycenae, known for the Bronze Age Lion Gate, the original entrance to the city, and wonder why your city can’t have a cool entrance like that
    • Pinch yourself (not too hard) as you arrive in Nafplio, a picture-perfect seaside town where you’ll spend the rest of the day
    • Visit the castle of Palamidi, located on the crest of a hill overlooking the city and the Argolic Gulf
  • Day 5: Travel to Olympia

    Head to Olympia, the ancient site of the Olympics. Before it became a weeks-long international competition sponsored by soft drink and insurance companies, the Olympic games began as a way to honor Zeus. (Did he even lift, bro?) Olympia today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there is a lot to see and appreciate. From the views of the idyllic countryside, to the remains of countless temples and ancient buildings, this might just turn out to be the best ancient city experience you’ve ever had.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Arrive in Olympia, surrounded by the remains of the ancient city from nearly 4,000 years ago
    • Tour the site with a local guide who may or may not challenge you to a foot race to get in the Olympic spirit
    • Admire the (literally) sculpted abs of Greek and Roman gods in the Archeological Museum
    • Stand in what’s left of the very first Olympic stadium, and wave to your imaginary fans in the imaginary stands
  • Day 6: Travel to Delphi

    Your journey continues to Delphi. According to Greek mythology, Zeus sent two eagles to discover the center of the world, and they landed in 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 (i.e. more feelings).

    Today's Highlights:

    • Hop aboard a bus towards Delphi
    • Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, once the most important sacred site in Greece and home to the Oracle AKA the guy with all the answers
    • Lay your eyes upon The Omphalos of Delphi, a big marble stone and symbol of Apollo that Zeus apparently threw from the sky
    • Gawk at Mount Parnassus, the limestone mountain towering 8,000 feet over the city, which was home to the mythological winged horse, Pegasus
  • Day 7: Travel to Kalabaka

    Head to the town of Kalabaka, located directly underneath the massive Meteora, a rock formation that’s a delight to the eyes due to its steep, jagged peaks that stand more than 1,000 feet high. The city has a modern feel, since it burned down during WWII and was rebuilt in the 1940s. However, there is evidence that an ancient Greek settlement was here as far back as the 20th century…BC.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Wander through town: Check out the quaint neighborhoods in town, passing by churches, shops, and places to eat homemade sausage, pies, and a local specialty called spatoula AKA Greek pudding.
    Shop for souvenirs: Grab yourself a gift for the folks back home—hand-made wooden objects and religious icons are very popular. Spatoula is not quite as popular—pudding doesn’t travel well.

  • Day 8: Explore Meteora Monasteries

    Now is the time for this big show. The Meteora monasteries. On top of some of those limestone rocks you’ve been admiring, are functioning monasteries (with what one can only assume is questionable cell service). The nuns and monks that reside on Meteora have chosen to spend their time praying and contemplating life, and you get to see what it’s all about. Get ready to feel the greatest sense of harmony and relaxation of the trip, while simultaneously overcoming that fear of heights.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Drive, walk, and constantly wipe the sweat from your palms as you make your way to the tops of the giant rocks for breathtaking views of the Greek landscape
    • Meet the nuns and monks of some of the most isolated monasteries in the world
    • Clear your head, feel the fresh mountain air, and imagine removing yourself from society to live up here
    • Feel like James Bond, minus the whole fighting off bad guys part—the 1981 movie "For Your Eyes Only" was filmed here
  • Day 9: Travel to Athens + Fly to Rome

    You’ve got a big travel day ahead. First, it’s back to where this adventure started, in Athens. And then you’ll hop on a plane and make your way 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.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Travel by bus to Athens
    • Board your flight, bound for Rome, and prep your taste buds for all the Italian cuisine that’s coming your way
    • Arrive in Rome and settle in for the night
  • Day 10: 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 11: 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 be