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Italy & Greece 2019: Sicily, Capri, Sorrento, Naples, Palermo & Santorini

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19 Days
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Mar 06 - Mar 24, 2019
Los Angeles Airport. If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares
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Italy & Greece 2019

Rome – Pompeii – Naples – Sorrento – Capri – Sicily – Palermo – Scala – Agrigento – Siracusa – Mount Etna – Bari – Patras – Olympia –  Epidaurus – Nauplia – Athens – Santorini

Tour Date:  March 06  –  March 24, 2019        Price: $4,495  + Airfare + Tax

(Land Tour and Cruise Ship, 19 days)

Sunset in Santorin

Itinerary

Day 01: Los Angeles - Rome

Check-in at Los Angeles Airport. Depart for Rome, Italy. (D)

Day 02: Rome

Meet your driver and transfer to Pompeii
Morning excursion to Pompeii. Entrance fees are included to Pompeii which was buried by an eruption by Mount Vesuvius in August, 79 AD. The excavations began in the 18th Century have unearthed some of the best artifacts of Roman life.
Continue on to Naples for late afternoon hotel check-in.
The south Italian port town of Naples, principal town of the region of Campania and of the province of Nápoli, lies on the north side of the Bay of Naples, on the Tyrrhenian Sea, extending along the lower slopes of attractive hills. The old town with its narrow streets and stepped lanes and its tall balconied houses is fringed on the west and north by extensive villa suburbs. Naples possesses many historical monuments going back almost 3,000 years, particularly the treasures, to be seen in the National Museum, garnered from the cities engulfed by Mount Vesuvius.
Evening Welcome Dinner included, and overnight. (B/D)

Day 03: Capri - Naples

Breakfast included at the hotel.
Excursion to Capri, situated on a saddle between the hills of Il Capo to the east, Monte Solaro to the west, San Michele to the northeast and Castiglione to the southwest. Capri is a beautiful sight to behold. Tour includes jetfoil from Sorrento to Capri and cable car up to Capri. Lunch on own. Overnight in Naples. (B/D)

Day 04: Naples

Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Naples. The south Italian port town of Naples lies on the north side of the Bay of Naples, extending along the lower slopes of attractive hills. The old town with its narrow streets and stepped lanes and its tall balconied houses is fringed on the west and north by extensive villa suburbs. Lunch, on own. Afternoon time at leisure for shopping and sightseeing.
Evening dinner included, and overnight on the cruise ship to Sicily (B/D).

Day 05: Palermo

Breakfast included on the cruise ship.
Morning guided tour of Palermo, the capital of the island of Sicily. The city is noted for its history, culture, and architecture. Entrances include the Abbey of Monreale and the Duomo. Lunch, on own. Afternoon at leisure.
Evening dinner included, and overnight in Palermo. (B/D)

Day 06: Agrigento

Breakfast included at the hotel.
Morning visit to Scala dei Turchi, a rocky cliff of the coast of Realmonte. The Scala is formed by marl, a sedimentary rock with a characteristic white color. Lunch, on own. Afternoon olive oil tasting in the area.
Evening dinner included, and overnight. (B/D)

Day 07: Agrigento

Breakfast included at the hotel.
Guided tour of Agrigento, a hilltop city on Sicily’s southwest shore. It is known for the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas in the Valley of the Temples, a vast archaeological site with well-preserved Greek temples. Lunch, on own.
Evening dinner included, and overnight. (B/D)

Day 08: Siracusa

Drive East and stop on the way for a wine tasting
Lunch, on own. Afternoon visit to Ortigia and Siracusa. (B/D)

Day 09: Mount Etna

Breakfast included at the hotel.
Excursion to Mount Etna, an active stratovolcano on the East coast of Sicily. It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African and Eurasian Plates. Lunch, on own.
Evening dinner included, and overnight. (B/D)

Day 10: Taormina

Breakfast included at the hotel.
Morning guided tour of Taormina, a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily. Entrances include the Duomo, and the Greek Theatre. Near the Theatre, cliffs drop down to the sea forming coves with sandy beaches. Lunch, on own.
Evening dinner included, and overnight. (B/D)

Day 11: Bari - Greece

Breakfast included at the hotel.
Transfer to Bari on time to get your night cruise ship for Greece.
Dinner and overnight included on board. (B/D)

Day 12: Welcome to Greece

Arrival in Patras around noon. The bus brings you to your hotel in Olympia. Overnight in Olympia. (B/D)

Day 13: Olympia - Mercuri

Today you visit the archaeological site of Olympia. You will see at the sanctuary, known as the Altis, built in the 5th century, the Temple of Hera and the Temple of Zeus. Passing the treasure houses you reach the famous stadium, the biggest in ancient times. Discoveries from the excavations are on display in the archeological museum.
Guided tour through the Mercuri Winery in Katakalo. Take part in a wine tasting (accompanied by appetizers).
Continue on to your hotel in Isthmia. Overnight in Isthmia. (B/D)

Day 14: Epidaurus – Nauplia – Ouzo - Distillery – Isthmus Canal

Today you pass vineyards and olive trees on your way to Epidaurus. You see the amphitheatre known for its extraordinary acoustics. North of the theatre you find the sanctuary, which was dedicated to the God of Healing – Asclepius. The museum displays discoveries from the excavation site. The tour then takes you to the small charming town of Nauplia, the first capital of modern Greece. Enjoy a walk through the old town with many old picturesque houses. Afterwards at a nearby distillery learn how Ouzo is made and taste it, too. On the way to Athens we stop shortly at the famous Isthmus Canal- approx. 6 kilometers long and 23 meters wide – time to take a picture. Driving along the Saronic Gulf you reach the hotel in Athens. Overnight in Athens. (B/D)

Day 15: Athens

Today we explore the capital of Greece – Athens, symbol of freedom, art and democracy. In the centre of town are two hills, on one is the Acropolis, with its monuments from the Age of Pericles, and on the other, the Licavittos hill, is the little white church of Agios Georgios. A city tour takes you through the vibrant city of modern Athens. Visitng the Acropolis, you will see the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. See more artifacts and findings in the Acropolis museum. Enjoy hereafter the Greek flair walking through the picturesque old town of Plaka with its many taverns and souvenir shops. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Athens. (B/D)

Day 16: Santorini

In the morning you will leave Athens and take the cruise ship to the island of Santorini, which is characterized by his volcanic character. A blaze of color arises from the mostly snow-white houses and the contrary black lava rock. The blue domes of the churches and the vines that grow all over the island make a colorful picture. You go to the seafarers place Oia at the north top of the island. Overnight on Santorini. (B/D)

Day 17: Santorini Island Tour

You visit the reopened archaeological site of Akrotiri – the Pompeii of the Greeks – a prehistoric Minoan town. Then we continue on to the island’s capital Thira (also called Fira) to visit the archaeological or prehistoric museum. The following island tour offers you a marvelous view over the Caldera. Overnight on Santorini. (B/D)

Day 18: Piraeus

At noon, leave the hotel and take the cruise ship to Piraeus. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Athens.

On your own: Time for shopping. Explore Athens, the old town of Plaka with its shops and taverns. (B/D)

Day 19: Anthens - Los Angeles

Transfer to Athens Airport and fly back home.

Notes

Departure & Return

  • Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
  • If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares

Tour Includes

  • 4-5 stars  hotels with dual occupancy rooms
  • Deluxe coach between cities
  • Ferry fares
  • All entrance sightseeing fees
  • Professional English and Vietnamese speaking tour guides
  • Daily meals (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Travel insurance
  • AV Travel tour director will assist and escort travelers from departure location (LAX)

Terms & Agreements

  • A deposit of $300 per person is required
  • The final payment is due 45 days prior to departure
  • A full payment is required in booking within 45 days prior to departure
  • Tour fare does not include: Gratuity to driver & tour guide, Porterage at hotel & Personal expense
  • Tour participants are required to have a passport valid for at least 6 months before the return date 
  • It is the responsibility of the tour participants to submit valid and proper travel documentation. Non-U.S. citizens should check for visa requirements