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Grand Tour of Italy & Greece

14 days |  18 days with Santorini & Athens extension
14 days |  18 days with Santorini & Athens extension
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See the highlights of two of Europe’s most sought-after destinations

Italy and Greece often find their way to the top of many travel bucket lists—and for good reason. Both countries shine when it comes to their fresh cuisine, dreamy views, and dynamic cultures. Find inspiration in Italy as you visit Venice, Florence, and Rome. Then, head to Greece to uncover history in Delphi, Olympia, and Athens.

Your tour package includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 7 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Florence Duomo
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Spanish Steps
  • Pantheon
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Venice.

Venice2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Venice
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Italy! Meet your Tour Director and fellow group members at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Venice
Included meal: Breakfast

Admire historic churches, winding canals, and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the Queen of the Adriatic.

  • Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge’s Palace and the New Prison.
  • View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340.
  • Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and enter St. Mark’s Basilica.
  • See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

Please note: On some departures travelers may enter St. Mark's Basilica after the sightseeing tour based on ticket time availability.

Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise

From $89 per person

Private Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

From $165 per person

Florence2 nights
Day 4: Transfer to Florence & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross through the Apennine Mountains as you make your way to Florence. Once you arrive, get to know the city with a local guide.

  • View the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo.
  • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
  • Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio.
  • Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life.
Day 5: Free day in Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors

From $115 per person

Rome3 nights
Day 6: Transfer to Rome & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Depart Florence for Rome, where you’ll explore the ancient city on a guided tour.

  • Stroll past the Spanish Steps, where Bernini’s Baroque-style fountain has stood since the 1600s
  • Walk to the intricately carved Trevi Fountain, and toss a coin for good luck
  • Step inside the Pantheon, home to the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome
  • Learn about the engineering skills of the ancient Romans and how they created this well-preserved temple
  • End at Piazza Navona and see the Fountain of the Four Rivers
Day 7: Free day in Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Rome or add excursions.

Iconic Sights: Vatican City

From $125 per person

Pasta-Making Class & Dinner

From $119 per person

Day 8: Free day in Rome
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free morning exploring Rome or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy an elegant, four-course dinner at a local restaurant with live musical entertainment.

Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs

From $89 per person

Delphi Region1 night
Day 9: Flight to Athens & transfer to Delphi
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Athens, Greece this morning. Then, continue on to Delphi.

Olympia Region2 nights
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Delphi & transfer to the Olympia Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set off on a guided tour of Delphi, home of the mystical oracle. You’ll visit the Temple of Apollo where, according to legend, the gods once communicated with mortals. 

Cross onto the Peloponnese peninsula as you make your way to the Olympia region this afternoon.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Olympia
Included meal: Breakfast

Tour the historic city of Olympia with a local guide.

  • View the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • See the ancient Gymnasium and site where the first Olympic Games took place.
  • Step inside the Archaeological Museum of Olympia and enjoy free time to explore the exhibits.

Spend a free afternoon in the Olympia region or add an excursion.

Greek Cooking Class & Folkloric Show Dinner

From $69 per person

Athens2 nights
Day 12: Athens via Mycenae & Corinth Canal
Included meal: Breakfast

As you make your way to Athens, stop to visit several historic sites.

  • Head to the UNESCO-listed Archaeological site of Mycenae.
  • Take a guided tour of the ancient Mycenaean city and learn about its connection to Homer’s famous Greek epics the Iliad and the Odyssey.
  • Snap a photo of the Corinth Canal, which separates the Peloponnese peninsula from mainland Greece.
Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Athens
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital, home to the world’s first democracy.

  • Pass by the Olympic Stadium, Syntagma Square, and the Arch of Hadrian.
  • View the sixth-century Temple of Zeus.
  • See the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Hellenic Parliament, and drive through the Plaka district.
  • Set off on a walking tour around the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Athens or add an excursion.

Celebrate your trip with your fellow group members at a farewell dinner this evening.

Cape Sounion

From $75 per person

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to visit Santorini and further explore Athens.

Extension to Santorini & Athens
Want another dose of Greece’s ancient history and laid-back lifestyle? Take a ferry to Santorini to see it all alongside a local expert. Then, fly to Athens and let the myth-filled streets call you back.
Santorini3 nights
Day 14: Ferry to Santorini
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a ferry to Santorini, then enjoy free time to discover the island’s charming culture and awe-inspiring landscapes.

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Santorini
Included meal: Breakfast

Take in the local sights on a guided tour of Santorini, a volcanic isle known for its black-sand beaches, cliff-lined shores, and stunning whitewashed architecture.

  • Visit the prehistoric settlements that were unearthed during the archaeological excavations at Akrotiri.
  • Ride to the top of Mount Profitis Ilias for panoramic views of the whole island.
  • Stop in the small, picturesque village of Pyrgos.

Spend a free evening in Santorini or add an excursion.

Santorini Caldera Cruise & Dinner

From $149 per person

Day 16: Free day in Santorini
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Santorini or add an excursion.

Please note: For an additional cost, you can book a visit to the village of Oia through your Tour Director. The visit will either take place on the evening of day 14 or 16 depending on the ferry schedule.

Greek Wine Tasting & Lunch

From $89 per person

Athens1 night
Day 17: Flight to Athens
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly back to Athens today. Then, gather with your group members and raise a toast to your trip with a farewell drink.

Flight Home
Day 18: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Great tour
    5/10/24 by 2nd-time traveler Betty

    Rachel was a great tour director and lots of fun. It was a fun group of people in our tour. The tour had lots of walking and steps but it was totally worth it with all we saw and did.

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/28/24

    Hi Betty, Thank you for your review. We're so glad...

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    Tour of Italy and Greece and Santorini.
    4/26/24 by 2nd-time traveler Warren

    The tour was fantastic - I enjoyed each facet of it. Our guide was exceptional and travelled with us for the entire tour. The educational experience supported by a series of exceptional local guides was the best - we learned so much while visiting these special places. Tour was well organized safe a...

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    4 out of 5 stars

    Great trip of 24
    4/18/24 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    I want to start by saying Anna is an excellent guide - she went above and beyond with our group! We are very glad we did the tour as we know we wouldn’t have seen or done half as much on our own. It is a lot to to do - day after day - was not aware that we would be leaving hotels and would “have to”...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hotel Villa Mabapa
    Hotel Villa Mabapa

    This Art Nouveau hotel is located in Lido di Venezia. Guests enjoy a private beach area, restaurant and bar, and library. Nearby, you’ll find Lido Bea...

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    Hotel Diplomat
    Hotel Diplomat

    This charming hotel is located near the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find t...

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    Best Western Premier Hotel Royal Santina
    Best Western Premier Hotel Royal Santina

    This modern hotel is located in near Termini station. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a minibar, and laundry center. Nearby, you'll find Museo Nazionale Roman...

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    Amalia Hotel Delphi
    Amalia Hotel Delphi

    This modern hotel is located at the foot of Mount Parnassus in Delphi. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, beautiful views, and manicured gardens. Nearby, ...

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    Amalia Hotel Olympia
    Amalia Hotel Olympia

    This modern hotel is located in the Agios Georgios neighborhood. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and pool. Nearby, you’ll find the Archimedes Museum, ...

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    The Golden Age Hotel of Athens
    The Golden Age Hotel of Athens

    This modern hotel is located in the Ilisia neighborhood. Guests enjoy a fitness center, restaurant, and lounge. Nearby you’ll find the Byzantine and C...

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    Kalisti Hotel & Suites
    Kalisti Hotel & Suites

    This beautiful hotel is located in the heart of Fira, the capital of Santorini. Guests enjoy a pool, outdoor bar, and stylish accommodations. Nearby, ...

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