Your escorted tour through Southern Italy and Greece is an experience for the ages!
- Round trip airfare to Palermo and return Athens
- 13 night guided vacation First Class coach tour with individual headsets throughout the tour
- Transportation: Motorcoach; ferry crossing Strait of Messina; overnight ferry crossing from Brindisi to Patras.
- 12 nights First Class accommodation, 1 overnight ferry
- Meals: 13 Full buffet breakfasts; 1 lunch, 7 three-course including dinner at a local restaurant in Matera and Athens
- Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
PALERMO – Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral and the Norman cathedral in Monreale
AGRIGENTO – Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples
CATANIA – Orientation
SYRACUSA – Guided visit of the archaeological site
ORTIGIA – Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the island
TAORMINA – Orientation
STRAIT OF MESSINA – Ferry crossing
COSENZA – Guided sightseeing
MATERA – Guided walking tour, visit Casa Grotta; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner with typical specialties
ALBEROBELLO – Guided walking tour, visit a trullo
LOCOROTONDO – Orientation
MARTINA FRANCA – Orientation
LECCE – Guided walking tour, visit the Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica
BRINDISI – Enjoy lunch; guided sightseeing
BRINDISI-PATRAS – Overnight ferry crossing
NAFPAKTOS – Orientation
GALAXIDI – Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Olive oil tasting with local specialties; orientation
DELPHI – Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum
ATHENS – Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Book by January 28 and save $210 per person (price reflects savings)
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|Day 1 ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY
Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
|Day 2 PALERMO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and a visit to the magnificent CATHEDRAL. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics.
|Day 3 PALERMO–AGRIGENTO–CATANIA
Arrive in Agrigento and meet your Local Guide for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF TEMPLES with its gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. Continue to Catania and enjoy an orientation walk in the center. In Piazza del Duomo see the lava stone statue of an elephant, the city’s symbol.
|Day 4 CATANIA. EXCURSION TO SYRACUSE AND ORTIGIA
Head to Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes. Enter the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE for a guided visit of the 5th-century-BC sparkling-white Greek Theater, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmaker’s Cave. Another highlight is a visit to the pretty island of Ortigia.
|Day 5 CATANIA–TAORMINA–COSENZA
Stop in the stunning hilltop town of Taormina, time to explore its streets and visit some sites. Cross the Straits of Messina by FERRY to reach mainland Italy for an interesting drive to the city of Cosenza. With your Local Guide discover the OLD TOWN. See the open-air museum and the contrastingly modern bridge by the architect Calatrava.
|Day 6 COSENZA–MATERA
Drive to Matera famous for the sassi houses carved out of the rock. A special visit to CASA GROTTA has been arranged during your guided sightseeing. To top off the visit to this incredible town, dinner with local specialties has been arranged at a local restaurant
|Day 7 MATERA–ALBEROBELLO–LOCOROTONDO–MARTINA FRANCA–LECCE
Today focus on the Itria Valley, one of Italy’s most fertile and beautiful valleys. Start with Alberobello where a Local Guide will take you for a walking tour of the town, and for a visit one of its unique TRULLI—whitewashed, stone, circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs. Next, stop in the quiet hilltop town of Locorotondo, classified as one of the most beautiful borghi in Italy, then in lively, elegant Martina Franca. Continue to the “heel of Italy” and arrive in Lecce, where you will stay for two nights.
|Day 8 LECCE
Admire the baroque buildings and squares during your walking tour with a Local Guide and understand why Lecce has been called the “Florence of the South.” Visit the impressive DUOMO and SANTA CROCE BASILICA. Later, an interesting optional excursion to Otranto is available.
|Day 9 LECCE–BRINDISI–OVERNIGHT FERRY TO PATRAS, GREECE
Time to discover more of Lecce this morning before heading to the coastal city of Brindisi, endpoint of the Roman Appian way and the town from where Philleas Fogg left the continent in Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. Lunch awaits in a local restaurant followed by a sightseeing tour of Brindisi. Later board your overnight FERRY and cross the Ionian sea to Greece.
|Day 10 PATRAS–ITEA
Enjoy the scenery as you approach busy Patras where you will disembark early afternoon. Take pictures of the Rion-Antirion Bridge, one of the world’s longest multi-span cable stayed bridges, crossing the Gulf of Corinth. Stop in Nafpaktos, a popular holiday destination and site of the Battle of Lepanto, beautifully located on a bay, before arriving at your hotel in Itea.
|Day 11 ITEA. EXCURSION TO GALAXIDI
Learn about one of Greece’s most famous products—olive oil. The area around Itea is famous for its Amfissa olive trees which are protected by UNESCO. An OLIVE OIL TASTING with local specialties has been arranged for you. Later, stroll around the charming streets of the seaside town of Galaxidi, or sit in a seafront tavern and watch the world go by.
|Day 12 ITEA–DELPHI–ATHENS
The morning is devoted to mystic Delphi. Meet your Local Guide and enjoy a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and visit the EXCAVATIONS. Explore the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. Continue to Athens, Greece’s proud capital.
|Day 13 ATHENS
Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, an orientation features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
|Day 14 ATHENS
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.