Itinerary #1: Highlights of Italy and Greece: Rome, Florence, Venice, Athens, Mykonos, & Santorini
For a chance to explore bustling piazzas and sun-filled beaches, opt for this highlights trip plan that brings you to the best of both worlds. You'll visit major historic landmarks in the capital cities and spend time relaxing on two of Greece's top vacation islands: Mykonos and Santorini.
|Day 1||Arrive in Rome & City Walking Tour||Rome|
|Day 2||Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour||Rome|
|Day 3||Vatican & Sistine Chapel||Rome|
|Day 4||Rome to Florence, Food & Wine Tour||Florence|
|Day 5||Walking Tour of Florence's Highlights||Florence|
|Day 6||Train from Florence to Venice||Venice|
|Day 7||Venice Walking Tour & Fly to Athens||Athens|
|Day 8||Guided Acropolis & Plaka Visit||Athens|
|Day 9||Athens to Mykonos & Traditional Mykonian Dinner||Mykonos|
|Day 10||Mykonos Beach Day||Mykonos|
|Day 11||Mykonos to Santorini||Santorini|
|Day 12||Santorini Tour & Sunset in Oia||Santorini|
|Day 13||Catamaran Cruise in the Caldera Lagoon||Santorini|
|Day 14||Santorini to Athens - Depart Athens|
Begin in Rome, the "Eternal City" of the ancient Roman Empire, for three days of big city living and history in abundance. You'll hit all the city's main destinations: the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, Colosseum and Roman Forum, and the historic area surrounding the Pantheon. View pieces by Bernini and Caravaggio at the Galleria Borghese, then transfer to Florence for even more Renaissance art. You'll explore the Uffizi Gallery as well as the city's center, including the Piazza della Signoria — Florence's political heart since the Middle Ages.
From there, head north to Venice to see the ornate Doge's Palace and Basilica San Marco, well as the Grand Canal — the city's watery main thoroughfare. Catch a flight to Athens, where you'll experience an augmented reality tour of the Acropolis and spend an afternoon exploring the cobbled streets and small cafes that characterize the city's center.
End your trip with two days each on Mykonos and Santorini, where a traditional family-style dinner, plentiful beaches, sweeping sunset views, and a full-day catamaran cruise await. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Family Adventure in Italy & Greece: Rome, Athens, Naxos, & More
Bring the whole family along on this two-week trip plan of the Mediterranean's top travel spots. You'll explore the capital cities of Rome and Athens, take day trips to see nearby villages and historic sites, and spend several days soaking in the sunshine on the beaches of Naxos — all while enjoying kid-friendly activities.
|Day 1||Arrive in Rome & Citywide Scavenger Hunt||Rome|
|Day 2||Ancient Rome Tour & Pizza-Making Class||Rome|
|Day 3||Family-Friendly Vatican & Art Class||Rome|
|Day 4||Day Trip to Tivoli & Villa d’Este||Rome|
|Day 5||Flight from Rome to Athens||Athens|
|Day 6||Interactive Mythology Experience||Athens|
|Day 7||Athens Food Tour & Olympic Games Experience||Athens|
|Day 8||Sunset Tour of Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon||Athens|
|Day 9||Ferry to Naxos||Naxos|
|Day 10||Beach Day on Naxos||Naxos|
|Day 11||Ancient Naxos Guided Hike||Naxos|
|Day 12||Catamaran Cruise on Naxos||Naxos|
|Day 13||Farm-to-Table Cooking Class on Naxos||Naxos|
|Day 14||Naxos to Athens and Depart|
Start this two-week getaway in Rome, the City of the Seven Hills. You'll begin by exploring the city's historic center with a family-friendly scavenger hunt, letting your youngsters lead the way as you look for hidden statues and clues. Follow that up with a trip back to the time of the gladiators with a tour of the Colosseum and Palatine Hill, then round out the day by learning to make pizza as a family. Your next day in Rome includes a trip to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, designed to engage even the smallest art aficionados, as well as an afternoon art class. End your stay in Rome with a day trip to see Tivoli, an ancient vacation getaway for the Roman elite.
Fly to Athens, where you'll visit the Parthenon and other historic sites with guides specializing in children's education. Immerse yourself in Greek history as you reenact the battles between the gods and giants, watch professional performers act out stories of adventure, and more. Continue the immersive experience with a day at Zappeion, the first building erected specifically for the modern Olympic games, where you can test your physical prowess in the Panathenaic Stadium. End your time in Athens with an afternoon trip to the 5th-century Temple of Poseidon, which perches on the very end of Cape Sounion. From here you'll have sweeping views of the Saronic Gulf, with one of the best sunset views Greece has to offer.
Bring your trip to a close when you catch a ferry to the sunny island of Naxos where you'll hike to see historic relics, like the kouros — unfinished statues of ancient Greek gods — as well as a 9th-century Catholic church. Explore the island's coast on a full-day cruise, join a local family as you learn to prepare a full three-course meal, and kick back on one of Naxos' many beaches. Learn more
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Itinerary #3: Mediterranean Coast Getaway: Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Santorini, Crete, & More
The Mediterranean region is renowned for its coasts and beaches, and you'll spend this two-week trip plan making the most of all that sunshine and turquoise water. Spend time on the Amalfi Coast — land of picturesque beaches, old-world villages, and coastal walking paths — as well as cruising through Santorini's caldera and exploring the rocky hillsides of Crete, where ancient ruins and stunning beaches abound.
|Day 1||Welcome to Naples!||Naples|
|Day 2||Naples to the Amalfi Coast — Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius||Amalfi Coast|
|Day 3||Tour of Amalfi, Positano, & Ravello||Amalfi Coast|
|Day 4||Kayak Tour of the Amalfi Coast||Amalfi Coast|
|Day 5||From the Amalfi Coast to Sorrento, Food Tour||Sorrento|
|Day 6||Capri & Anacapri Day Trip from Sorrento||Sorrento|
|Day 7||Sorrento to Santorini & Sunset Wine Tasting||Santorini|
|Day 8||Santorini Tour & Sunset in Oia||Santorini|
|Day 9||Catamaran Cruise in the Caldera Lagoon||Santorini|
|Day 10||Free Day in Santorini & Ferry to Crete||Heraklion|
|Day 11||Tour of Knossos & Rethymno, Travel to Chania||Chania|
|Day 12||Chania Beach Day & Afternoon Walking Tour||Chania|
|Day 13||Day Trip to Elafonissi Beach||Chania|
|Day 14||Depart Chania|
Start this trip with an arrival in Naples on Italy's southwestern shore. You'll spend the next week exploring the coast, but on the first day, settle in and enjoy the region's famed cuisine: authentic Neapolitan pizza, fresh seafood, and wine. Dive into Roman history on your second day with a visit to the preserved Pompeii ruins, which were buried in ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE.
Spend the next few days visiting the cliffside fishing villages that characterize this part of the country. Go for a hike along the shoreline on a path that connects several towns, enjoy a food tour of Sorrento, and head onto the water for a day trip to see the nearby resort island of Capri, a longtime Italian favorite for vacations.
Catch a flight to Santorini for the second half of your trip, where you'll tour a family-owned winery and visit nearby medieval villages to experience traditional Greek life. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruise of the coast to visit hidden beaches and end the day with a jump into the hot springs at Nea Kameni, whose mineral-rich volcanic waters are believed to have therapeutic properties.
Day ten of your adventure will find you on a ferry to nearby Crete, where you'll visit the 3,500-year-old Minoan palace of Knossos and explore the rich Venetian and Ottoman history of Chania and its charming old town and waterfront. Round out your vacation with a full day on Elafonissi Beach, whose crystal-clear waters and pink sands make it one of the world's most beautiful. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Discover Greek & Italian History: Athens, Crete, Rhodes, Venice, Rome, & More
With an emphasis on ancient empires and a well-rounded itinerary, this two-week trip plan is perfect for hardcore history buffs and casual aficionados alike. Spend time in the big cities of Rome and Athens, then dive deeper into local culture with visits to Rhodes, Crete, and Pompeii.
|Day 1||Arrive in Athens||Athens|
|Day 2||Day Trip to Delphi||Athens|
|Day 3||Mycenae, Nafplio, and Epidaurus Day Trip||Athens|
|Day 4||Guided Acropolis Visit & Flight to Crete||Heraklion|
|Day 5||Explore Knossos and Heraklion||Heraklion|
|Day 6||Heraklion to Rhodes & Medieval Tour||Rhodes|
|Day 7||Ancient Cities of Rhodes Tour||Rhodes|
|Day 8||Flight from Rhodes to Venice & Gondola Tour||Venice|
|Day 9||Historical Venice Walking Tour & Secret Passages||Venice|
|Day 10||Venice to Rome & Guided City Tour||Rome|
|Day 11||Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour||Rome|
|Day 12||From Rome to Naples||Naples|
|Day 13||Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius||Naples|
|Day 14||Depart Naples|
Kick things off in Athens, where you'll explore the Acropolis' original splendor with a 3D augmented reality tour, which includes the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the temple of Erechtheion. Take two day trips outside of Athens — to Delphi and Nafplio — to visit ancient archaeological sites. In Delphi (once home to priestesses of Apollo), you'll see the main temples, the Treasury of the Athenians, and ancient relics at the on-site museum.
The following day you'll explore Mycenae, Nafplio, and Epidaurus on a full-day history immersion. See the tombs of Aegisthus and Clytaemnestra and the Treasury of Atreus in Mycenae (famous for its role in Homer's Iliad) and view Ottoman and Venetian architecture in Nafplio. End the day among the ruins of Epidaurus, an ancient center for healing and health.
Catch a flight to the island of Crete and then onward to Rhodes for four days of Minoan architecture, medieval castles, and hilltop villages. You'll tour the 3,500-year-old Palace of Knossos (believed to be Europe's oldest city), visit the Old Town of Rhodes with its complete medieval city and castle, and see the former site of the Colossus of Rhodes. Round out your Rhodes experience with a stop at one the island's major Greek and Phoenician trading centers during the Classical era and the three-level city of Kameiros before catching a flight to Venice.
You'll begin the second half of your trip in the north of Italy in the City of Water. Get to know Venice on the first day with a traditional gondola trip through the city's meandering canals, then head onto dry land for a day two walking tour of the city's historic center. Highlights include the 5th century San Giacomo di Rialto church, the Venetian Gothic Palazzo Ducale which was built in 1340, and a visit inside the palace to see secret rooms and back passages that are typically hidden to the public.
Continue to Rome for the last leg of your trip. Here, you'll tour the heart of the city and its main landmarks — including the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon — as well as the ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum. End your trip with a visit to Naples and the nearby ruins of Pompeii, which were infamously buried several millennia ago by the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius. Learn more
Itinerary #5: Best of Mediterranean Food & Wine: Athens, Santorini, Crete, Tuscany, Rome, & More
Eat and drink your way through the gastronomic hotspots of both Italy and Greece on this two-week culinary trip plan. With stays in the capital cities, as well as the quiet countrysides of Tuscany and Crete, you'll have ample opportunity to sample the best cuisine that the Mediterranean region has to offer.
|Day 1||Arrive in Athens, Welcome Dinner||Athens|
|Day 2||Guided Acropolis Visit & Food Tour||Athens|
|Day 3||Athens to Santorini & Sunset Tour||Santorini|
|Day 4||Santorini Food & Wine Tour||Santorini|
|Day 5||Free Day in Santorini & Ferry to Crete||Heraklion|
|Day 6||Olive Oil Tour & Farm-to-Table Lunch||Heraklion|
|Day 7||Heraklion Walking Tour & Flight to Bologna||Bologna|
|Day 8||Highlights and Tastes of Bologna||Bologna|
|Day 9||Day Trip to Parma: Ham and Parmesan Tasting||Bologna|
|Day 10||Bologna to Florence & City Walking Tour||Florence|
|Day 11||Full Day Chianti Tour: Winery & Steak Poet of Fiorentina from Florence||Florence|
|Day 12||Florence to Rome & Guided City Tour||Rome|
|Day 13||Guided Food Tour of Testaccio & Trastevere||Rome|
|Day 14||Depart Rome|
Start this two-week stay in Athens, home to several bustling markets that boast fresh-caught seafood, local produce, and street food. You'll visit these and more during your stay here, as well as the must-see Acropolis with its multitude of archaeological sites. Continue to the resort island of Santorini, whose blue-domed buildings are a landmark feature. You'll spend two days here, visiting an anhydrous farm to learn about growing methods in this volcanic landscape and visiting the medieval villages at Megalochori and Pyrgos.
From here catch a ferry to Crete, where you can tour a family-owned olive grove and explore Heraklion's Venetian past on a walking tour of the city. From there catch a flight to Bologna in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, the heart of the country's foodie scene, where you'll continue your culinary exploration with a food tour of the city's Mercato di Mezzo and a day trip to nearby Parma to sample the Parmesan and prosciutto.
Continue your trip with a transfer to Florence in the heart of Tuscany to see to see Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell’Accademia and go on a day tour of the nearby Chianti wine region. Round out your trip to the area with a visit to the legendary 8th-generation butcher Dario Cecchini, whose skill with a T-bone has made him world-famous.
End your vacation in Rome — the Eternal City, where there's as much weight placed on a visit to the Pantheon as there is to the neighborhood gelateria. Sample the many flavors of gelato (each with a regional history), enjoy a pizza accompanied (as always) by a chilled glass of prosecco or spumante, and linger over coffee at one of the many cafes in the peaceful bohemian neighborhood of Trastevere. Learn more
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