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Italy & Greece 2020

Italy & Greece 2020


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Greece , Italy

Tour Itinerary

Italy and Greece are steeped in history with a treasure trove of ancient sites and scenic beauty. On this affordable Italy & Greece tour, you’ll see the fantastic features these countries have to offer, starting in Rome and ending in Athens. In Italy, you’ll stay in Rome, Florence and the Venice area; in Greece, you’ll stay in Olympia, Nauplia, and Athens. You’ll also spend one night on a ferry, crossing of the Adriatic Sea from Ancona, Italy to Patras, Greece.Visit Rome with a local guide who brings ancient Imperial Rome back to life as you pass the Colosseum. Enjoy must-see sights, including Piazza Signoria, in the center of Florence; see the Roman arena in Verona and Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower. In Venice, take a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square. While in Venice, you’ll have the opportunity to watch glassblowers create works of art as they have done for centuries. Step back in time on your visit to Athens’ Acropolis and the Parthenon, dating back to the 5th century BC and the most accurate indication of the influence and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak. Also visit Mycenae, dating back to 1350 to 1200 BC, where you’ll marvel at the arches, fountains, ramparts, and amazing masonry still standing. All of these elements come together perfectly to create a value-minded Italy and Greece tour like no other!

Day 1: ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Italy’s ancient capital using your CosmosGO app. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2: ROME.
The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built, and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment. (B)

Day 3: ROME–PISA–FLORENCE.
Vistas of rolling hills, cypress trees, vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa and enjoy a mini-train ride to see the Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, then on to Florence. End the day by joining the optional Gastronomy Experience in a typical restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km (B)

Day 4: FLORENCE.
This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi, and, to top it all, see Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile. Later, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 5: FLORENCE–VERONA–VENICE AREA.
Journey north to enchanting Verona to spend some time at leisure strolling around the historical center with its many highlights. Continue to the Venice area.
Today’s Distance: 242 mi/ 390 km (B)

Day 6: VENICE.
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and quiet little piazzas. Take a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and enjoy time at leisure for a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS at work. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

Day 7: VENICE AREA–ANCONA (EMBARKATION)–OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO PATRAS, GREECE.
Travel across the flatlands of the Po Delta to reach Ancona on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, to embark on the FERRY for the crossing to Patras.
Today’s Distance: 227 mi/ 365 km (B)

Day 8: PATRAS (DISEMBARKATION)–OLYMPIA.
During the crossing, enjoy all the ship’s facilities. Disembark in Patras and drive south into the Peloponnese to Olympia.
Today’s Distance: 78 mi/ 125 km (B,D)
(excluding overnight ferry)

Day 9: OLYMPIA–NAUPLIA.
Enjoy time at leisure, or make the most of this morning by taking the optional tour of the sites of ancient Olympia, including the ruins of the Temple of Zeus. In the afternoon, enjoy the rugged scenery of the Peloponnese on the way to Nauplia. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km (B,D)

Day 10: NAUPLIA–MYCENAE–ATHENS.
Morning visit with a Local Guide to the impressive ruins of MYCENAE, an ancient city of Homer’s epics. Later, stop to view the Corinth Canal, which was built between 1881 and 1893.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km (B)

Day 11: ATHENS.
Join the included sightseeing tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of the ancient capital and a visit to the ACROPOLIS. Explore the shops and museums or take tram to the coast. In the evening, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the tavernas in the old Plaka district with its narrow streets and sound of bouzouki music, or join an optional traditional Greek dinner. (B)

Day 12: ATHENS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Security cruise regulations require clients’ passport information at time of booking.

Sightseeing & Activities:

ROME
Guided sightseeing

PISA
See the Leaning Tower

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour

VERONA
Visit

VENICE
Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square

NAUPLIA
Visit

MYCENAE
Guided visit of the archaeological site

ATHENS
Guided sightseeing, visit the AcropolisTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; mini-train to Pisa; canal transfer boat in Venice; ferry Ancona-Patras in 2-berth cabins with private shower and toilet

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners, including dinner at a local restaurant in Florence and Nauplia


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Accommodations

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

Supplement for single room on land:
$550

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Rome: Villa Maria Regina
Florence Area: B&B Hotel City Center
Venice Area: Poppi
Olympia: Olympia Palace
Nauplia: Rex
Athens: Acropolis Select

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Questions & Answers

Question: How much walking is involved? What kind of pacing?

Plan for at least 2 hours of walking on days where excursions are included. As this is Europe expect many cobblestone roads and uneven surfaces.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
3.3
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
3.5

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Ratings based off 30 reviews - currently showing 12 reviews with comments only

I thought the tour guides you had on staff were amazing. It really made the tour great. Everything was very clear and made me comfortable. I plan on using your services again soon.

Our tour director, Giuseppe, was exceptional; his knowledge base was outstanding and he did a great job managing 44 people! Our bus drivers, Antonio in Italy and Panajotis in Greece were masters of their craft. Bus in Italy was great; Greek buses were marginal. Our local guides were great, too, particularly Stefan in Rome. In Rome, the Villa Maria Regina hotel needs to be changed. It's poorly located, has bed bugs, poor ac in the rooms and the staff were surly. The B&B hotel in Florence is very well located, but feels like a college dorm; tired and worn. Florence included dinner was marginal. Antoni Palace Hotel in Venice is not in an ideal location, but is better located than the Poppi Hotel listed in the Cosmos brochure. Also, the dinner included at Antoni was quite poor and the tour director warned us that it would be. I would encourage Cosmos to offer a dinner coupon at a nearby restaurant should any of the guests choose to eat elsewhere. Cosmos needs to re-word their ferry description from 'overnight' to 24-hour. You are also responsible for carrying all of your luggage through customs and onto the ferry. Additionally, the ferry was 5 hours late leaving Ancona (11:30p) and arrived in Patras at 11:30p. From there, we had another 2 hour bus ride to Olympia. All the Greek hotels were well located and quite nice. Verona & Olympia guides were great; Nauplia was a wonderful treat as was Mycenae. Excursions: Rome dinner was great; need more time at the Sistine Chapel or advise guests to skip going to bathroom/cafe; Uffizi Gallery was good; very poor meal for Venice evening; skip the gondola ride; Olympia tour was good, but we were exhausted from arriving at 1:30a and up at 6:00a for the tour; Athens final night lots of fun. Great trip overall with lots of warm and friendly co-travelers!

The Italy/Greece trip was a tremendous value. Our tour director Armando from Cosmos did a great job guiding us throughout the tour. I highly recommended this tour.

This was our first trip with a Guided Tour Group and it greatly exceeded our expectations. Our Tour Director and Bus Driver were exceptional, and we were able to explore Europe in a most thorough manner. From beginning to end, everything was handled for us which made it very easy. We could have never done this on our own. Thank you for an amazing travel experience.

If you are on a budget like us, I'll say it was excellent. Overall we got what we paid for. In Italy rooms were not bad, but they were not a 4 Star hotel in my opinion. worse part was customer service. In Greece was a complete different history, nicer rooms in beautiful location, but the most important part for me, every hotel we stayed, from front desk personnel, restaurant to housekeeping, very helpful, friendly people. Definitely i will book my next trip with you.

Cosmos as a corporation did a terrible job on this tour trying to cut corners. Hotels was terrible, the location was worst and the food was really not up to par. I always give cosmos great review but this trip was extremely bad service. The tour director and drivers was amazing. I have to blame this one on Cosmos. This might be my last travel with Cosmos as I dont want to find out if this type of service will reoccur again.

A few of the accommodations were only 2 star while others were 4 star. And some were 20 min away from town center, but along a bus route. Free time was very sufficient. Enough, but not too much. Overall a great trip!

Based on my trip experience, the places we visited you could not have gotten that by doing a cruise. Can't wait to book my next trip.

Affordable Tours is very professional. For the tour, Cosmos hotel in Italy need to be change because is far from downtown, the overnight Ferry food breakfast need to improve. Air Canada is not recommended .

Awesome trip...no problem whatsoever...

Our tour guide was awesome and very professional!! The drivers were great and it was a fantastic experience.

I expected less than Globus, but the bathrooms were horrible and the tour guide's accent was so strong I could not understand most of what he said. I disliked not having a restaurant in the hotels we stayed in. However, all hotels provided a good breakfast.


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