Ancient Classics - Greece and Italy - cruise & land journey

17 Days
Rome to Athens
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$ 13,022
Dates & Pricing

2022 Rome > Athens

Mediterranean delights

Long ago, these Mediterranean islands and ports were the landing places for an endless tide of invaders from far off lands. From ancient Phoenicia, Persia, the Peloponnesus, Imperial Rome and Constantinople they came. Disembark Scenic Eclipse and uncover the fascinating and complex past of ancient Greece, from Greek mythology to the birth of the modern Olympics.
All that remains today are their stone ruins, ghostly shapes wrapped in myth and mystery. Today the sun-spangled seas bordered by Greece, Turkey, Italy, Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast are inviting aquatic playgrounds. Join us as we explore a paradise of forgotten islands where white-washed sands invite you to bask under Helios’ gaze, or fortress-like rocks were ancient monasteries cling like mountain climbers on towering cliffs. Disembark Scenic Eclipse to explore Greece, attributed as the birthplace of Western culture where today the charismatic people of Greece go about their modern lives surrounded by ancient ruins and landmarks. Add stunning natural beauty and sublime cuisine to the , offering and it becomes clear why a visit to this glorious country is unmissable.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ODG2
Duration:
17 days
Departure City:
Rome
Return City:
Athens

Selected Itinerary

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

    Welcome to Rome, with awe inspiring art, vibrant street life and haunting ruins. Transfer to the luxurious Scenic Eclipse and toast the start of your exploration of Italy and Greece with your captain and new friends.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Sorrento

    A resort town with a huge reputation, Sorrento, is known as the land of lemons and orange groves, and the birthplace of Limoncello.  Gateway to the Amalfi Coast and perhaps the most stunning stretch of coast line to be found anywhere in Europe, if not the world, Sorrento is a bucket list stop. Perched on cliffs that plunge into the deep blue of the Mediterranean, Sorrento is home to peaceful alleyways, villas, hotels and a gentle way of life that has been charming visitors and authors since the 19th Century, from Byron and Tolstoy to Dickens and Goethe. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion. 

    Freechoice

    Drive along the coast of Sorrento to the miraculous ruins of Pompeii, or relish the view as you take a funicular ride to the town of Capri. Choose to walk through the historical centre of Sorrento before cooling off with Sorrento’s favourite homemade ice cream, or experience a local farm in the Sorrentine hills.  

    Discovery

    Enjoy kayaking in the Bay of Leranto, the heart of a protected marine area. Visit caves and spectacular cliffs with your guide. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Lipari

    Of the seven Aeolian islands, this is the largest and the most populated. Lying off the north coast of Sicily, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Lipari is one of UNESCO’s marvellous World Heritage-listed sites. The powerful castle guards from its panoramic position, overlooking a pastel coloured seafront and elegant historic town-houses, with a rugged landscape, windswept highlands, precipitous cliffs and dreamy blue waters in the distance. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion. 

    Freechoice

    Join a panoramic tour around the island, and choose to visit the archaeological museum or going for a local tasting. Alternatively, board a private boat to Vulcano and visit the thermal wells and fumaroles before exploring the small village.

    Discovery

    Hike the unique volcanic scenery of Vulcano.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Giardini Naxos (Taormina)

    Taormina is one of Sicily’s most popular summer destinations, and the gateway to the treasures of Sicily with Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, dominating the backdrop. The picturesque small town located above the Ionian Sea is known for its stunning ancient theatre, astonishing vistas and fabulous luxury atmosphere. With rich artistic, historical and cultural heritage, it's no wonder the seaside town has drawn in flocks of visitors since the eighteenth century. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.  

    Freechoice

    Delve into the Sicilian atmosphere of the classic film trilogy The Godfather, or explore the medieval centre of Taormina. Alternatively, drive to Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano.

    Discovery

    Explore the Alcantara Gorges and the Alcantara River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Fiskardo, Greece

    Fiskardo is a sailor’s paradise, home to fish tavernas and cafes that offer the quintessential Greek dining experience that has seduced travellers since decades. Located on the northern tip of Kefalonia, Fiskardo is the only village on Kefalonia that has its original Venetian buildings intact and still in use, The hamlet was also virtually untouched by the great earthquake in 1953. This is a region of great natural beauty, perfectly preserved ruins that date back over 2000 years, and calm, azure waters. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.  

    Freechoice

    Visit the mesmerising Melissani Lake and experience the highlights of Kefalonia.

    Discovery

    If you’re feeling active, join a local for a hike or a kayak tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Monemvasia

    The medieval castle town of Monemvasia has a unique fairy-tale atmosphere. Surrounded by the teal waters of the Aegean, Monemvasia was carved on the backside of a sea rock and previously only accessible by boat. Walking around the paved streets, by the elegant stone mansions and the Byzantine churches while gazing out to the Myrtoan Sea will have you losing sense of time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Santorini

    A part of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is an island like no other. This volcanic land is home to white-washed buildings and blue-domed churches and offers stunning views across the turquoise waters. Treat your taste buds to the ultimate gastronomic experience by exploring the island's famous wineries and sample delicacies such as ‘ntomatokeftedes,’ a tomato fritter. Explore the caldera edge as you traverse the cobblestone streets from Fira to Oia and learn about the great history of Hellenistic temples and ancient Minoan settlement.    

    Freechoice

    Visit the picturesque village Oia and learn about the wine industry with a tasting, or see the black sand Perissa Beach and the enormous Mesa Vouno. Choose to explore the prehistoric city of Akrotiri with buildings 4,000 years old, or sail to thermal springs of Palea Kameni. Alternatively, gain an insight into aspects of Greek life on this panoramic tour of the island.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a glass of wine and the sunset while listening to the artistic synthesis of two incredible violinists

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Kea

    Kea (also called Tzia) is characterised by hilly countryside and quiet beaches, the local waters home to several shipwrecks including Titanic’s sister ship, Britannic, which sank in 1916. Boasting earthy tones and elegant architecture that differs from other Greek islands, Kea is also known for its verdant natural paradise, home to rare plant species and wild animals.  

    Freechoice

    Tour the island of Kea and visit two local villages for a tasting of local products and a small folklore show, or enjoy a cooking presentation before learning about the local bee hives.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Piraeus (Athens)

    Your cruise ends this morning as you say farewell to your crew and new friends. Transfer to your hotel in Athens for your three-night stay. Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers this evening for a welcome drink.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Athens

    Discover the bustling Greek capital with a guided city tour. Explore the city’s mix of ancient and contemporary with your local guide, including a visit to the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the impressive Panathenaiko Stadium. You’ll also visit many of the city’s ancient wonders, such as the World Heritage-listed Acropolis, the Propylaea, and the Parthenon, just to name a few.

    Freechoice

    Visit the Acropolis Museum, situated overlooking the famed Acropolis offering stunning 360-degree views of the city, and discover the many ancient treasures on display. Alternatively, take a walking tour through Plaka, the oldest district in Athens, learning about local handicrafts along the way.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Athens

    Aegina, the closest island to Athens, is the perfect place to experience a slice of Greek Island life, along with many ancient sites. Spend some time exploring the neo-classical buildings of Aegina-town, before discovering the magnificent Temple of Afaia, one of the best-preserved Doric temples in Greece. Head to Moni Agiou Nektariou for a wander around this 400-year old monastery nestled up in the hills before lunch at a traditional ocean-front tavern.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Nafplion

    Today travel towards Nafplion, Greece’s historic first capital. You’ll have the opportunity to stop and admire the 23-metre wide Corinth Canal, before continuing to the small village of Epidaurus, where you’ll visit the renowned Great Theatre of Epidaurus, dating back to 4th century BC. This afternoon, arrive in the charming town of Nafplion and discover this picturesque seaside port with a guided city tour. Notice the many Venetian and Ottoman influences that make this city unique, as your guide takes you through the narrow streets of the Old Town, finishing your tour at the imposing Palamidi Fortress. Relax tonight at your hotel, where you’ll enjoy a one night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Olympia

    This morning begins with a visit to the important archaeological site of Mycenae. Learn about the legendary Agamemnon, as you marvel at the fortified ruins where once stood the most powerful kingdom in Greece. As we continue towards Olympia, stop at local winery Skouras Domaine for a wine tasting. Then join a cooking class followed by a delicious lunch in the traditional village of Vytina. Continue to the small ancient town of Olympia, renowned as the site of the first Olympic Games held over 2,800 years ago. Here we’ll visit the Olympia Archaeological site, home to many extraordinary monuments such as the Temples of Hera and Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is still lit today. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum, which proudly displays relics dating back to prehistoric times. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant before your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Delphi

    Depart today for the mountainside town of Delphi, considered by Zeus to be the centre of the world if ancient Greek mythology is to be believed. Explore significant historical sites such as the ancient ruins of the Temple of Apollo, and the Archaeological Museum of Delphi. Stop at local honey farm for a tour and olive tasting before reaching your accommodation for the night,

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Meteora > Kalambaka

    Continue today to the World Heritage-listed site of Meteora. See the natural wonders of 60 million year old rock formations, with incredible Byzantine monasteries dating back to the 14th century balanced high on the rock pillars above. Originally, more than twenty monasteries once hovered high in the mountains, today only six stoically remain.

    Freechoice

    Visit the fascinating Monastery of Rousanou and the Antonite Varlaam Monastery, followed by a panoramic driving tour through the mountains for breathtaking views of this remarkable site, or for those feeling more active, follow the old footpaths monks have walked for centuries on a guided hike, exploring monasteries along the way, some still proudly standing and others in ruins.

    Tonight you’ll be treated to a home hosted dinner, before your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Athens

    Today we journey back to Athens, as we make our way to the city centre’s highest point, Lycabettus Hill.

    Enrich

    Take an enjoyable ride on the funicular railway to the peak and be rewarded with spectacular views across the city. At the top is the setting for our unforgettable farewell dinner.

    Return to your hotel in Athens for a one night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Athens

    Sadly, it is time to bid farewell and take many wonderful memories with you.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Truly all-inclusive luxury
  • Only 228 guests on board for a truly intimate experience
  • Spacious all Verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 4 member Specialist Discovery Team
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • All tipping and gratuities

Your luxury escorted journey includes
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Porterage throughout, plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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