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Cosmos Italy & Greece (6480)

12 days from Rome to Athens 
Italy and Greece are countries steeped in history with a treasure trove of ancient sites and scenic beauty, and on this Italy & Greece tour, you’ll get to see the highlights of what these countries have to offer, starting in Rome and ending in Athens. In Italy, you’ll overnight in Rome, the Florence area, and the Venice area; in Greece, you’ll overnight in Olympia, Nauplia, and Athens. You’ll also overnight on a ferry crossing the Adriatic Sea from Ancona, Italy to Patras, Greece.

Enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights, including Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s political life since the 14th century and home to many ornate and famous statues; Juliet’s balcony in the medieval town of Verona; the byzantine mosaics in medieval Ravenna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower; in Venice, you’ll take a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, which is a prime people-watching spot. While in Venice, you’ll have the opportunity to watch glassblowers create works of art as they have done for centuries or to discover the center at your own pace. From Ancona, you’ll cross the Adriatic Sea by overnight ferry to reach Greece.

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. Imagine what life was like during the Roman Empire when you visit Rome’s iconic Colosseum, the amphitheater used for deadly gladiatorial contests, and the Roman Forum, the political, social, and commercial center during the Roman Empire.

All of these elements come together perfectly to create a value-minded Italy and Greece tour like no other!

Cosmos Promotions & Special Offers

  • Book early and save $50 per person on 2018 Cosmos Europe, North or South America, and Africa vacation.*
    Must be booked between 06/21/17 and 08/15/17 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/18 and 12/31/18
  • Save $150pp on select January-May 2018 air-inclusive Globus and Cosmos Europe vacations on United Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Arlines and Brussels Airlines.*
    Must be booked between 06/21/17 and 09/12/17 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/18 and 05/31/18
  • Save $150pp on select January-May 2018 air-inclusive Globus and Cosmos Europe vacations on United Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Arlines and Brussels Airlines.*
    Must be booked between 06/21/17 and 09/12/17 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/18 and 05/31/18
Restrictions May Apply

Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

Individual headsets on land tour

Sightseeing:
See Pisa's Leaning Tower, Verona Juliet's balcony, Venice canal boat ride, Ravenna Byzantine mosaics, visit Olympia, Corinth Canal. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Cosmos Hotels

ROME NH Villa Carpegna (F) or Pineta Palace (ST)
FLORENCE AREA Villa Gabriele d'Annunzio (ST)
VENICE AREA Antony Palace (F) at Marcon or Poppi (ST) at Mira
OLYMPIA Olympia Palace (F)
NAUPLIA Rex (ST)
ATHENS Acropolis Select (ST)

Itinerary (2017)

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. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2
 Rome. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, the heart of the Vatican, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM. (B)
Day 3Rome–Pisa–Florence Area.
 Vistas of rolling hills, cypress trees, vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa to see the Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, then on to the Florence area. End the day by joining the optional Tuscan dinner in a typical restaurant. (B)
Day 4Florence.
 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, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 5Florence Area–Verona–Venice Area.
 Journey north to enchanting Verona to see the legendary balcony from Romeo and Juliet and spend some time at leisure strolling around Market Square. Continue to the Venice area. (B)
Day 6Venice.
 Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing 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 and 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 7Venice Area–Ravenna–Ancona (Embarkation)–Overnight Ferry Crossing to Patras, Greece.
 Travel across the flatlands of the Po Delta to medieval Ravenna, where you will admire some of its unique byzantine mosaics, listed by UNESCO. Next, reach Ancona on the shores of the Adriatic, to embark on the FERRY for the crossing to Patras. (B)
Day 8Patras (Disembarkation)–Olympia.
 During the crossing, enjoy all the ship’s facilities. Disembark in Patras and drive south into the Peloponnese to Olympia. (B,D)
Day 9Olympia–Nauplia.
 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. (B,D)
Day 10Nauplia–Mycenae–Athens.
 Morning visit with a Local Guide to the impressive ruins of MYCENAE, an ancient city indissolubly linked to the Homeric epics. Later, stop to view the Corinth Canal, which was built between 1881 and 1893. Tonight, maybe join an optional Greek dinner. (B)
Day 11Athens.
 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 a trip to the coast to swim. In the evening, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the tavernas in the old Plaka district with its narrow streets and sound of bouzouki music. (B)
Day 12Athens.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

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

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Cosmos Pricing Details

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Supplement for single room on land:
$580

No triple room reduction.

Extra nights per person in Rome:
in single room $124-$152, in twin $82-$106, in triple $75-$97

Extra nights per person in Athens:
in single room $100, in twin $69, in triple $57

Cosmos Notes

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

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Cosmos Tour Dates


Guaranteed Departure  indicates Guaranteed Departure
*Tour Land StartCosmos RetailRequest Quote
Guaranteed Departure 08/21/2017 $2,019.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/04/2017 $2,039.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/18/2017 $2,019.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/02/2017 $1,959.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/09/2017 $1,899.00
04/02/2018 $1,999.00
04/09/2018 $1,999.00
05/07/2018 $2,039.00
05/14/2018 $2,039.00
05/28/2018 $2,039.00
06/04/2018 $2,039.00
06/11/2018 $2,039.00
07/02/2018 $2,019.00
07/09/2018 $2,019.00
07/23/2018 $2,019.00
08/06/2018 $2,019.00
08/13/2018 $2,019.00
08/20/2018 $2,019.00
08/27/2018 $2,039.00
09/03/2018 $2,039.00
09/10/2018 $2,039.00
09/17/2018 $2,019.00
09/24/2018 $2,019.00
10/01/2018 $1,959.00
10/08/2018 $1,899.00
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