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MEDITERRANEAN GREECE AND ITALY

13 Days / 12 Nights
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Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Palermo, Monreale, Erice, Saline della Laguna, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa Ibla, Noto, Syracuse, Taormina

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Selected departures on Fridays from April to November, from Athens

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What is included in this package

  • 2-night accommodation in Athens, according to the desired hotel category.
  • 2-night accommodation in Mykonos, according to the desired hotel category.
  • 2-night accommodation in Santorini, according to the desired hotel category.
  • Tour to Sicily on a half board basis with an Official English-speaking guide.
  • 2-night accommodation in Palermo, in a 4* hotel.
  • 1-night accommodation in Agrigento, in a 4* hotel.
  • 1-night accommodation in Ragusa in a 4* hotel.
  • 2-night accommodation in Taormina area in a 4* hotel.
  • Half-day city tour with an official English-speaking guide in Athens.
  • Evening Guided Walking Tour of Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
  • Tickets included to the archaeological sites visited during the guided excursions.
  • Flights Athens-Palermo and Santorini-Athens with 1 piece of checked-in luggage (23 kgs).
  • Ferry tickets with numbered seats Piraeus - Mykonos - Santorini.
  • Air-conditioned bus with maximum comfort and free wi-fi
  • Porterage at the Italian hotels.
  • Daily breakfast in Greece.
  • 1 Lunch in Saline della Laguna.
  • 24-hour Emergency phone line.

Not included & Optionals

  • Gratuities and personal expenses.
  • International flights not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Beverages (Coffee and Wine at meals at the Hotels in Italy)
  • Porter service in Greece.
  • Check for additional nights in Athens, Palermo and/or Taormina by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 at the time of your reservation.
  • Optional supplement Fast ferries by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1, at the time of your reservation.
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  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

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Package Tour Itinerary: Mediterranean Greece And Italy

ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
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ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

After your arrival in the mythical city of Athens, the transfer to your hotel will be conducted in one of our private vehicles. A member of our English speaking team will meet you at your hotel, help you with the check-in, inform you of all the details of your trip, introduce you to the city and its everyday way of life and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and enjoy Athens at your own pace.

Greca Tip: Extend your stay by adding more nights during Step 1 of 3 of your booking!

ATHENS SIGHTSEEING WITH ACROPOLIS, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, TRILOGY & ATHENS BY NIGHT
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ATHENS SIGHTSEEING WITH ACROPOLIS, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, TRILOGY & ATHENS BY NIGHT

After your breakfast and, at the agreed time, you will commence the panoramic tour of the Athenian Neoclassical Center: the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the University, the Library, and National Academy, the Ilion Palace, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Gate, the Panathenaic Stadium, and many other monuments and sites of great interest.  You will learn all there is to know about their history and background from the licensed English-speaking Tour Guide accompanying you on this tour.

Your next stop will be the "sacred rock", the spectacular, unique and magnificent Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. The entrance fee to both sites is included. At the end of the visit, you can either choose to return to your hotel or set out on your own adventure through the charming and picturesque streets of Plaka.

In the evening, we have included a guided walking tour that will take you through the prettiest districts of the capital, such as Anafiotika, Thissio, Monastiraki, and Plaka.

Greca Tip: In Plaka look for something alluring, like ceramics, musical instruments, handmade jewelry to specialty food shops stacked high with olives and spices.

FROM ATHENS TO MYKONOS - NAVIGATING THE AEGEAN LIKE ODYSSEUS
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FROM ATHENS TO MYKONOS - NAVIGATING THE AEGEAN LIKE ODYSSEUS

Early in the morning, your assistant will escort you to Piraeus port in one of our private vehicles and you will take the ferry to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. The crossing is scheduled at the ideal time of the day so that you can enjoy the sun on deck and marvel at the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. The name of the island denotes "heap of stones" or "rocky place", but a later version connects it to the hero Mykonos, son of the king of Delos, Anius.

Upon your arrival, one of our English-speaking representatives will welcome you, transfer you to your hotel and introduce you to this famous island.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and immerse yourself in the 'slow' way of life of the natives.

Greca Tip: You can select a fast ferry during step 1 of 3 of your reservation.

MYKONOS: RELAX, SUN, BEACH AND HISTORY
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MYKONOS: RELAX, SUN, BEACH AND HISTORY

Free day to enjoy this magnificent island. Mykonos is the meeting point of the international "jet set", famous for its wonderful beaches, the dazzling shops and vibrant nightlife.

The island's cuisine is mainly Mediterranean, which means that vegetables and olive oil are an integral part of the daily menu, together with certain spices (oregano, basil ...) as well as fish and seafood dishes.

Just a short distance away by ferry, there is the historic island of Delos, which, according to Greek mythology, was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. This small island, inhabited since 3000 B.C., was one of the most important cultural centers of antiquity.

Greca tip: We recommend hiring a car or a motorcycle to venture out on the island, experience the local customs and feel like a Mykonian, too.

FROM MYKONOS TO MAGICAL SANTORINI
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FROM MYKONOS TO MAGICAL SANTORINI

After a tasty breakfast, appreciating life like a Greek, we will pick you up at the agreed time, in one of our private vehicles, to drive you to the port, where you will continue on to your next destination, the island that is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, Santorini. As the ferry approaches the port, you will admire the capital city of Fira, with its white houses perched on the cliffside and facing the volcano.

Upon disembarkation, one of our English-speaking representatives will welcome you, escort you to your hotel and introduce you to some of the most outstanding features of this picturesque island. The rest of the day is free for you to wander through the narrow streets and become part of this amazing world.

Greca Tip: Sit back and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world from one of the coffee shops in glamorous Oia.

DISCOVERING SANTORINI, THE PEARL OF THE AEGEAN
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DISCOVERING SANTORINI, THE PEARL OF THE AEGEAN

Considered to be the lost continent of Atlantis, this is a free day for you and your companion to explore this magical island. Optionally, you can choose to go on a dazzling sailboat tour that comprises visits to the small islands inside the caldera, Nea and Palea Kameni, with the hot springs of green and yellow waters. All the time, the capital city of Fira will never be far away but will faithfully accompany us throughout the cruise tour.

Greca Tip: We also recommend you rent a vehicle in order to get to know more about this island, taste its wine and its excellent local cuisine.

GOODBYE SANTORINI - HELLO PALERMO!
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GOODBYE SANTORINI - HELLO PALERMO!

At the indicated time you will be transferred by our staff to Santorini airport, where you will embark to start the trip to Palermo via Athens.

Upon your arrival in Palermo, one of our vehicles will be waiting for you at the airport to pick you up and transfer you comfortably and quickly to your hotel.

The rest of the day will be free for you to relax, or to enjoy Palermo at your own pace.

Greca Tip: Do not miss the chance to try arancine, one of the country’s most easily recognized dishes. These savory rice balls have a creamy, risotto-like texture and are stuffed with any number of meat, sauce and cheese combinations. You’ll find them baked or fried and stacked high in most bakeries across town.

PALERMO - MONREALE - PALERMO
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PALERMO - MONREALE - PALERMO

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, you will join the morning excursion to Monreale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Monreale is famous for its almonds, olive oil and citrus fruits, not to mention its Norman architecture. Visit the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments of the world with its Moorish architecture, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments, and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Norman style.

You will then return back to Palermo to enjoy a walking tour around the Old Town and it's Cathedral. 

Late in the afternoon you will enjoy some free time and then return back to your hotel for a delicious dinner and a rejuvenating sleep.

Greca Tip: Palermo is widely known for its colourful fruit, vegetable and fish market known as Vucciria, Ballarò and Capo. Don't miss the opportunity to pay a visit! 

PALERMO - ERICE - SALINE DELLA LAGUNA - AGRIGENTO
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PALERMO - ERICE - SALINE DELLA LAGUNA - AGRIGENTO

You will enjoy a filling breakfast, and then you will depart for Erice, a medieval village into the side of Monte San Giuluano. The town originated as a settlement of the Elyrir (an ancient Sicilian tribe) and was fortified by the Phoenicians and contested by the Carthaginians and Romans. Known in antiquity as Eryx, it was famous throughout the Mediterranean for the temple of Venus Erycina, which grew out of a local Greek cult of Aphrodite. Continuing your tour you will visit Saline lagoon, where you will enjoy a unique experience. You will then have a boat trip to the islands located nearby where you will be able to admire really up close the Islands of Mozia, Isola Lunga, Isola di Schola from the Ancient Via Punica Sommersa.

You will then enjoy your lunch in a restaurant by the lagoon.

Your final destination for the day will be Agrigento, where you will visit Ancient Greek Monuments and ruins at the Valley of Temples, listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also learn about the history of the Classical Temple of Concord, the Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Jupiter.

In the evening you will check in at your hotel in Agrigento and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Greca Tip: The salt produced around Marsala is highly regarded, and can be purchased at the site.

AGRIGENTO- PIAZZA ARMERINA- RAGUSA IBLA-RAGUSA
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AGRIGENTO- PIAZZA ARMERINA- RAGUSA IBLA-RAGUSA

After enjoying breakfast, you will head to Piazza Armerina, one of Sicily's most frequented tourist spots, to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale. It was built in the middle of the 4th Century AD as a hunting lodge by a Roman patrician and home to some of the best preserved and extensive examples of Roman mosaics. It was almost completely covered by a landslide in the 12th Century and its magnificence partly rediscovered in the 19th century. It is now a UNESCO Heritage site, thanks to its well-preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes.

You will then depart for Ragusa, and visit the historical center "Ibla" full with baroque palaces and churches, also listed among the UNSECO World Heritage Sites. You will visit the old gate of San Giorgio, the Giardini Iblei and then you will walk to Piazza Pola to visit the church of San Giuseppe, considered the gem of the area. You will also have the chance to admire the Church of the Souls in Purgatory and the magnificent Cosentini Palace. 

You will arrive at your hotel in Ragusa for an overnight stay and enjoy a delicious meal.

Greca Tip: Take the opportunity to buy fresh fruit in the street markets as the price is much lower and the produce comes from the farmers themselves.

RAGUSA - NOTO - SYRACUSE - TAORMINA
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RAGUSA - NOTO - SYRACUSE - TAORMINA

After breakfast you will head to Noto, a picturesque fishing town popular for it's Baroque architecture. You will visit the Cathedral of San Nicolo and then walk around the center. 

You will then continue to Syracuse, and visit the famous "Parco Archeologico della Neapolis", where you have the opportunity to admire a huge collection of Geek and Roman ruins from all over Sicily. Also you will visit the Greek Amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius - an artificial cave. After this tour you will visit the island of Ortygia - home to Baroque churches and medieval palaces. 

Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at your hotel in Taormina, enjoy a delicious dinner and a good night's sleep. 

Greca Tip: The picturesque old town of Taormina is best explored on a short walk. Depending on the season and the number of tourists, you should plan at least 2 to 3 hours for the walk to see all the attractions and stroll through the shops, nice bars and restaurants. 

TAORMINA - MOUNT ETNA
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TAORMINA - MOUNT ETNA

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will travel to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe and the highest mountain in Italy. The beauty of this place, an icon of Sicily, is based on the fact that for centuries the volcano has created a place where nature, culture and history have come together to give rise to a unique place in the world. Weather permitting, you will have the chance to climb at 1,800m. 

After the tour is over, you will return to Taormina and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will enjoy a lovely dinner at your hotel. 

Greca Tip: Taormina can be a good place to try the typical Arancini, the delicious Italian rice balls.

 

ARRIVEDERCI TAORMINA!
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ARRIVEDERCI TAORMINA!

After a delicious breakfast and at the indicated time, we will transfer you to the airport to board your departure flight.

After spending some fantastic days with Greca, we hope to see you again to enjoy some wonderful moments that will remain forever in your memory.

Have a good trip! Or as you say: "Buon Viaggio!"

Greca Tip: You can extend your stay adding more nights at Step 1 of your reservation! 

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