Southern Italy & Greece with 4 – night cruise (LGH)

19 days from Palermo to Athens

2020 Tour Details

This guided vacation through Italy and Greece includes a fantastic 4-night cruise to the Greek Islands and the turquoise coast of Turkey. Begin with two nights in Palermo on the island of Sicily to explore the magnificent cathedrals, cuisine, and culture. Tour the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento on your way to Catania on the eastern coast of Sicily. Take an excursion to Syracuse to explore the fascinating 5th-century Greek and Roman archaeological site before visiting the small island of Ortigia. Stop to gaze on the stunning hilltops and coastal cliffs of Taormina, then cross the Straits of Messina by ferry to the Italian mainland. Explore Southern Italy’s “boot” with overnights in Cosenza and Matera, including a speciality dinner at a local restaurant, and a visit to a whitewashed trullo house—the signature Alberobello architecture of circular stone houses with conical roofs. Visit the beautiful towns of Locorotondo and Martina Franca in the “heel” of Italy, and spend two nights in Lecce, the “Florence of the South.” Sightseeing includes visits to the Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica. In Brindisi, have lunch and a sightseeing tour before boarding your overnight ferry to the Ionian Sea to Patras in Greece. Cross the Gulf of Corinth via one of the world’s longest cable-stayed bridges, visit the beautiful coastal town of Nafpaktos, and overnight in Itea. Enjoy an olive oil tasting in the area famous for its Amfissa olive trees. On to Delphi, where the Oracle told the future and the god Apollo found sanctuary on Mount Parnassus. Tour the extraordinary excavations and visit the Archaeological Museum—home to the 5th-century-BC bronze Charioteer. Continue to Athens, the Greek capital and home to the iconic Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, the Theseum where Socrates taught, and many more incredible sights of Greek history and mythology.

Board your cruise ship in Piraeus and sail across the blue Aegean Sea to the island of Mykonos. From there, sail to Kusadasi, Turkey, to explore the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Cruise to the tiny Greek island of Patmos, and then to Rhodes with an included excursion to Lindos. Dock at Heraklion in Crete with exciting options to explore. Return to Piraeus to disembark your ship, then conclude your Greek cruise vacation in Athens. Your vacation through Southern Italy and Greece with a cruise to some iconic Greek islands is a true Mediterranean discovery and experience.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

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
[LF] Visit the island

TAORMINA
Orientation

STRAIT OF MESSINA
Ferry crossing

COSENZA
Guided sightseeing

MATERA
Guided walking tour, visit Casa Grotta; [LF] 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
[LF] 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

ATHENS
Four night cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini

Cruise Details:

  • Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
  • Cabin categories: Inside cabin (category IB); Outside cabin (category XB)
  • All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
  • Full entertainment program on board.
  • Included drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
  • Globus Host service throughout the cruise.
  • Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. At time of publishing, the ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises. Certain departures may be operated by other Celestyal Cruises ships of similar standard.

Notes:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferry crossing Strait of Messina; overnight ferry crossing from Brindisi to Patras; cruise ship.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 lunches, including lunch in Brindisi; 11 three-course dinners, including dinner at a local restaurant in Matera and Athens

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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.
Dinner Dinner

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.
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km
Breakfast Breakfast

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 [LF] a visit to the pretty island of Ortigia.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi / 350 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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, [LF] dinner with local specialties has been arranged at a local restaurant
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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.
Today’s Distance: 37 mi / 60 km (excluding overnight ferry) (B,L,D)

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.
Today’s Distance: 73 mi / 118 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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. [LF] 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.
Today’s Distance: 20 mi / 33 km
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Today’s Distance: 125 mi / 200 km
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 14

ATHENS–PIRAEUS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS. Embark in Piraeus, and sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos. (L,D)

Day 15

CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY–PATMOS, GREECE. Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of EPHESUS. Next stop at the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John wrote the Revelation, and see the Grotto of the Apocalypse. (B,L,D)

Day 16

CRUISING: RHODES. All day is dedicated to the island of RHODES. Explore the sights in the historic OLD TOWN with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Next is LINDOS with the fabulous Temple of Athena. Sail from Rhodes in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day 17

CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE–SANTORINI, GREECE. First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. An optional excursion to Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, is available. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion takes you to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (B,L,D)

Day 18

PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION)–ATHENS. After breakfast on board, disembark at Piraeus and return to Athens.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 19

ATHENS. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

ATHENS

CROWNE PLAZA ATHENS CITY CENTRE

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Superior First-Class
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CATANIA

NH CATANIA CENTRO

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

COSENZA

ROYAL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ITEA

HOTEL NAFSIKA PALACE

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LECCE

PATRIA PALACE

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MATERA

HOTEL DEL CAMPO

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PALERMO

NH PALERMO

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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