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Italy & the Greek Islands

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A view of the city of Florence with large red-domed buildings and a mountain range in the background
A view of the city of Florence with large red-domed buildings and a mountain range in the background
Many colorful houses grouped very close together built high on a cliff overlooking a rocky shore and blue water
White buildings with blue domes in Santorini next to colorful homes overlooking a cliff during a sunset
The outer details of ancient colosseum ruins during a clear day
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Why go?

When it comes to history, Italy and Greece are second to none. Ancient history? They invented it. Art history? The Uffizi says hi. Architectural history? Boom, Acropolis. Is food history a thing? Check. With all that history and more, this is a trip that'll go down in history, too.

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Picture yourself

  • Eating the cacio e pepe you typically dream about

  • Posing in front of the cotton-candy Santorini sunset

  • Tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain (tip: right hand over left shoulder)

  • Standing in the Colosseum, channeling your inner gladiator

  • Channeling ancient goddesses atop the Acropolis

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers

  • 3 ferry rides

  • 13 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 13 breakfasts

  • 2 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support from our travel gurus

  • 2 insider Italian-city tours with local guides

  • Tour of the Acropolis in Athens

Full trip itinerary

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 Dinner

    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.

    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!

    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.
  • Day 3: Explore Florence

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

    *Note: There is no included entry to the Duomo during the guided sightseeing on this day, but travelers will have free time to return if they choose

    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 + Optional Trip to Cinque Terre

    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)

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

    Lay your eyes on the most beautiful coastal scenery anywhere, Cinque Terre. Discover mountainside villages, iconic colorful seaside buildings, and spend the rest of your day enjoying the pebble beaches of Monterosso.

    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.

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

    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.
  • Day 6: Explore Ancient 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 7: Free Day in Rome + Optional Vatican City

    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:

    • Explore the bustling streets and famous sights while enjoying a cone of gelato.
    • Soak in the history by exploring ancient ruins.
    • Act like a fashonista on Via del Corso, the main street in historical center of Rome lined with brand names and local eateries.

    Free time suggestions

    Capitoline Museum: Strike a pose with sculptures of ancient romans (face-swaps recommended). Up on a hill overlooking the Forum, this museum has some amazing ancient sculptures.
    Piazza, please!: 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. Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

    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.
  • 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. Go from village to village with a local guide, exploring the volcanic landscape. Then, sample local wines at a cliffside winery.

    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?

    –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.

Reviews


Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 144 authentic traveler reviews
  • Book this trip!!!!!

      Hannah, traveled Sep.. 2021

    Best thing I ever did for myself. If I could give it 10 stars I would. This was my first EF trip and I’m already looking into booking a few more. I went solo and didn’t know anyone on this trip and left with some of the best friends, we already have trips planned to see each other. Italy & Greece are stunning and I loved every single stop. I would recommend ... See more

  • Best 2 weeks of my life

      MaKenna, traveled Apr.. 2022

    This trip was genuinely the best 2 weeks of my life. I never really felt stressed and yet I got to see and experience so much! The people were amazing and we had the best tour guide ever. This trip was the definition of amazing!!

  • Food to die for

      Emma, traveled Sep.. 2021

    What an incredible trip! This was an amazing trip that I didn’t want to end and my tour guide Franco made it that much better! Definitely worth it for the food and views alone, and the weather in the fall was pretty much perfect.

  • I loved this trip

      Anonymous, traveled Sep.. 2021

    This trip exceeded my expectations I loved the trip. I would definitely recommend it and my trip director was great too. Franco was such a great director! Also all the people I met were great, we all plan on going on future trips with EF.

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Dates: Jun. 23, 2023–Jul. 7, 2023June 23, 2023–July 7, 2023

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