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Grand Tour of Italy & Greece

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
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Florence Duomo
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Roman Forum
  • Colosseum
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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! Settle in to your hotel. Then, gather with 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.

Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Private Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two
Excursion (additional cost)
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
Excursion (additional cost)
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.

  • Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus
  • Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire
  • Stop at the ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials
  • Pass Palatine Hill, see where ancient Romans raced chariots at Circus Maximus, and view the Baths of Caracalla
Day 7: Free day in Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Rome or add excursions.

Iconic Sights: Vatican City
Excursion (additional cost)
Rome Cooking Class & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 8: Free morning in Rome & dinner with tenors
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. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera’s best-loved arias.

Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs
Excursion (additional cost)
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
Excursion (additional cost)
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 Sites 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
Excursion (additional cost)
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

Explore Santorini and Athens where quaint streets, show-stopping sunsets, and delicious food await.

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
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 16: Free day in Santorini
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Santorini or add an excursion.

Greek Wine Tasting & Lunch
Excursion (additional cost)
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.

Spend a free evening in Athens or add an excursion.

Athens Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 18: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
Mar 15–Mar 28, 2020
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Apr 4–Apr 17, 2020
May 3–May 16, 2020
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May 9–May 22, 2020
May 16–May 29, 2020
Jun 6–Jun 19, 2020
Jun 13–Jun 26, 2020
Jun 20–Jul 3, 2020
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Jun 26–Jul 9, 2020
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Jul 11–Jul 24, 2020
Jul 18–Jul 31, 2020
Aug 1–Aug 14, 2020
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Sep 12–Sep 25, 2020
Sep 26–Oct 9, 2020
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Oct 10–Oct 23, 2020
Nov 14–Nov 27, 2020
Dec 5–Dec 18, 2020
Mar 13–Mar 26, 2021
Mar 27–Apr 9, 2021
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Apr 3–Apr 16, 2021
Apr 17–Apr 30, 2021
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May 1–May 14, 2021
May 8–May 21, 2021
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May 15–May 28, 2021
Jun 5–Jun 18, 2021
Jun 12–Jun 25, 2021
Jun 19–Jul 2, 2021
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Jun 26–Jul 9, 2021
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Jul 17–Jul 30, 2021
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Jul 31–Aug 13, 2021
Sep 11–Sep 24, 2021
Sep 18–Oct 1, 2021
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Oct 9–Oct 22, 2021
Oct 16–Oct 29, 2021
Nov 13–Nov 26, 2021
Dec 4–Dec 17, 2021
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by 2nd time traveler 

Our Grand Tour of Italy and Greece was beyond what we expected! We were taken care of every step of the way, the travel arrangements, the beautiful hotels, the tour guides, the food, and our Tour Director was most informative and so much fun to travel With! I would recommend, and already have, this ...

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A wonderful itinerary
by 2nd time traveler 

This tour was amazing! We got to see and experience everything we wanted to.

Wonderful unforgettable experience!!
by 2nd time traveler 

The tour was well planned allowing us to have many unexpected pleasant experiences. Our tour director David made sure we were well informed, and that the travel went flawlessly. We visited more of Italy and Greece than expected. The optional excursions were well worth the time and added cost. Thanks...

Wonderful, but exhausting trip!
by 2nd time traveler 

Francesco, our tour director was amazing - he ALWAYS had everything under control and would ensure we were well taken care of! We saw so much throughout Venice, Florence, Rome, Delphi, Olympia, and Athens. The optional excursions offered are great -- the San Gimignano medieval town and wine tasti...

Excellent Value
by 2nd time traveler 

Overall value of the tour was great. The tour guide, Francesco, was terrific...well informed, responsive, organized and funny. The cities visited were fantastic, and the local tour guides were mostly excellent. The food was consistently good, sometimes better than at other times, which was to be exp...

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.


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.

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, ...

Amalia Hotel Delphi

This modern hotel is located at the foot of Mount Parnassus. Guests enjoy free WiFi, balconies, and air-conditioning. Nearby, you'll find the Temple o...

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, ...

Best Western Hotel President

This modern hotel is located near Termini Station. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a minibar, and laundry center. Nearby, you'll find Arcibasilica di San Giov...


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Local weather
Athens, Greece
Weather averages
High 92°F Low 73°F
Florence, Italy
Weather averages
High 95°F Low 70°F
Olympia, Greece
Weather averages
High 98°F Low 72°F
Rome, Italy
Weather averages
High 90°F Low 72°F
Venice, Italy
Weather averages
High 87°F Low 69°F
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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Italy and Greece. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats and ferries.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Venice and depart from Athens. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A flight from Rome to Athens is included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a ferry from Athens to Santorini and a flight from Santorini to Athens.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at [](https://www/
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries.
  • Tuscany is world-famous for its wine, oil, sauces, and pasta. Menus favor subtle, lighter pastas and desserts made with nuts, fruit, and honey. Try a dish featuring the region’s Chianina beef, perhaps the most prized breed of cattle in all of Italy. For wine, popular Tuscan reds include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which are primarily made from the Sangiovese grape. Well-known white wines are also made around the San Gimignano region.
  • Roman food is typically freshly prepared and varies depending on the season. Must-try bites include cacio e pepe (a simple dish of pasta, cheese, and pepper) and supplí (a fried rice ball similar to Sicily's arancini).
  • For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.
  • Greece’s warm climate ensures a constant supply of fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables. Salads served with aromatic olive oil, feta cheese, and oregano are plentiful. Simple grilled fish and meat are integral to Greek cuisine, as well as squid and octopus. Don't miss the spinach and cheese pies, called spanakopita.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, F, or L plugs with two or three small, round pins.
  • Greece operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • Greece is two hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Italy and 7pm in Greece.
  • You will use the euro on tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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