Italy & The Greek Islands | EF Ultimate Break

Italy & The Greek Islands

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Why Go?

Ancient history meets epic parties on Italy and the Greek Islands. See Michelangelo’s David up close and personal in Florence, envision yourself as a Gladiator in the Colosseum of Ancient Rome and travel back in time to where Western Civilization began on the Acropolis of Athens. After all that history, unwind on a white sand beach, drink in hand, on two of Greece’s most iconic islands: Paros and Santorini.

What are the top highlights?

  • Step into the Renaissance in Florence
  • Indulge in Italian food and wine while taking in the Tuscan countryside
  • Explore ancient Rome, the Vatican and Sistine Chapel
  • Hike to the top of Athens’ ancient and famous Acropolis
  • Partake in epic, world-class nightlife in Santorini and Paros
  • Snap a photo of the beautiful whitewashed buildings of the Cycladic Islands
  • Flood your Instagram with unreal vistas and Santorini sunsets

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

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Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Board your overnight flight. You’re heading to Italy & Greece, the yin and yang of classical history; home to endless sunshine and stylish Mediterranean living.

Day 2: Arrive in Florence

Welcome to Florence, Tuscany’s top city! The “Cradle of the Renaissance” helped usher in a more modern Europe thanks to its transformative effect on arts and architecture. Cozy up to the to top art museums, amazing food and great nightlife; Florence is Italy at its best.

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 the other travelers as they arrive

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: Explore Florence

Join a local guide for a spirited walking tour featuring the best of the city’s Renaissance artwork.

Today's Highlights:

  • Cross the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, home to many jewelers and art merchants
  • Stroll the Piazza della Signoria, where you’ll find Uffizi Gallery and a copy of Michelangelo’s David
  • Check out the celebrated Baptistry doors, the first product of the Renaissance
  • Visit the Duomo Cathedral; return during your free time to climb up 463 steps for stunning views of the city

Free Time Suggestions
Take a Hike: Snap the perfect picture of Florence’s skyline after hiking up to San Miniato al Monte.
Shop 'til You Drop: The area between Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo is our favorite.

Day 4: Free Day in Florence + Cinque Terre (Optional)

Enjoy a full free day in Florence, or take an excursion to the gorgeous Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre.

Free Time Suggestions
Art Class: View the Medici Family’s art collection at the Uffizi Gallery, one of the best art museums in the world.
One Goliath of a David: See Michaelangelo’s David at the famous Galleria dell’ Accademia.

Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre(extra cost)

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. Note: this excursion is available on trips departing between May 1 and September 30.

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

Day 5: Travel to Rome via Orvieto

Board your private coach for a delightful drive through the Tuscan countryside en route to Rome.

Today's Highlights:

  • On the way to Rome, stop in Orvieto, a quaint Italian hill town perched atop a rock cliff
  • Marvel at the artistry of the facade of Orvieto’s stunning cathedral
  • Look out at the cypress-dotted plains of Umbria
  • Benvenuti a Roma!

Settle in at your accommodations and then head out and explore Rome on your own. Tomorrow, you’ll explore the ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Day 6: Explore Ancient Rome + Optional Pasta-Making Class

Walk in the footsteps of the likes of Caesar, Cicero and Augustus; visit the Colosseum and see where Rome grew into one of history’s great empires. Skip the line with a guided tour of the Colosseum.

Today's Highlights:

  • Experience the heart of ancient Rome with a visit to the Colosseum
  • Walk the Via Sacra, the ceremonial and public main street of Ancient Roman life
  • Stand where gladiators battled to the death in mortal combat
  • See the ruins of ancient Rome

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 7: Visit to Vatican City

Peace be with you as you stroll the home of the Pope and capital of Catholicism: Vatican City.

Today's Highlights:

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

Day 8: Travel to Athens

Welcome to Athens! 2,500 years ago, it was one of the most important cities in the world; its art, politics, architecture, and literature have reverberated down through the ages. Today, Athens is a vibrant metropolis, and a perfect jumping-off point for any adventure in Greece.

Today's Highlights:

  • Board your early flight to Athens
  • Arrive and check in to accommodation
  • Feel the glory of ancient Athens on a guided tour of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon
  • Enjoy stunning views of Athens from the top of the Acropolis

The rest of the day is yours to explore! Your Tour Director will have suggestions, but here are some EF Ultimate Break favorites:

Fill Up: Sample ouzo, the local aperitif, at an authentic Greek taverna.
Get Your History Fix: The National Archaeological Museum is revered for its extensive collection of classical antiquities.

Day 9: Free Day in Athens

Your Tour Director may arrange an optional group activity, but the day is completely yours to explore Athens as you wish.

Free Time Suggestions
Lunch Break: Roam the Athens central markets and grab a bite to eat. This is a great place to try some local fare
Gifts for Mom: Shop the Monastiraki Flea Market for interesting curios or the perfect souvenir, then take in the nearby vintage shops and galleries.

Day 10: Travel to Santorini

Escape the hustle and bustle of Athens and immerse in island life, Mediterranean style. After a ferry ride to Santorini, you’ll enjoy endless sunshine, whitewashed buildings and volcanic beaches.

Today's Highlights:

  • Board your ferry to Santorini
  • Arrive and check in to your accommodation
  • Join your Tour Director for a group activity or explore the island on your own

Free Time Suggestions
Fira Way: Check out the cliffside bars, which overlook the Caldera and are a great vantage point for sunset.
Beach Time: Visit one of Santorini’s top beaches for an evening swim—there are dozens to choose from.

Day 11: Free Day in Santorini + Optional Wine Tasting

Continue to explore Santorini’s volcanic landscape. You have one more day in this island paradise; head out for an optional wine tasting at sunset, or do your own thing.

Today's Highlights:

  • Join your Tour Director for a hand-picked a group activity or plot your own adventure; you’re free to customize your day however you’d like!

Free Time Suggestions
The Found City of Atlantis: The Akrotiri Ruins are 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: This Greek and Roman archaeological site is perched high atop the cliffs on the southeast part of the island.
Museum On: The Archaeological Museum of Thera and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera are great options.

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 12: Set Sail for Paros

Set sail for Paros in the heart of the Cyclades Islands. With over 75 miles of golden sand beaches, Paros is one of the true delights of the Greek Islands. This is where locals go to vacation.

Today's Highlights:

  • Depart Santorini in the morning
  • Arrive in Paros and check in to your accommodation
  • Join your Tour Director for a hand-picked a group activity, or plot your own adventure; you’re free to customize your day any way you’d like!

Free Time Suggestions
Sunset: Enjoy a legendary Paros sunset anywhere on the western coast of the island.
Naoussa Nightlife: When the sun sets, everyone on the island heads from the beaches to the bars; Naoussa is where it begins and ends.

Day 13: Free Day in Paros

Keep exploring the best of Paros. Recharge, relax and spend the days under the blue skies on one of the island’s best beaches. Bring a bottle of wine, a book and your personal playlist—you’re in a beach paradise.

Today's Highlights:

  • Free day! Your Tour Director may coordinate a group activity, but you’re welcome to experience Paros as you’d like.

Free Time Suggestions
Chill Out: Try a quiet meal or drink inland at the village of Lefkes, a serene and rustic village in the hills above the beaches.
Go Back in Time: Stroll Parikia’s narrow, pebble-lined streets and the Frankish Castle built from the masonry originally used on an ancient temple.

Day 14: Return to Athens

It’s back on to the azure waters of the Aegean, this time returning to Athens via ferry. You’ve got one last chance to bask in the city that gave us democracy, epic poetry, tragedy, history writing, philosophy and much more.

Today's Highlights:

  • Board your ferry to Athens
  • Join your Tour Director for a group activity or plan an adventure of your own
  • Return the streets of Athens to explore the city one more time
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with your group

Free Time Suggestions
Dig It: The National Archaeology Museum is considered one of the greatest museums in the world.
Follow the Light: Flood-lit like a beacon towering over the city, Mount Lycabettus offers a spectacular view of the city.

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

Day 15: 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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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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