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Mediterranean Escape

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The one that gives you the amazing Amalfi, rustic Rome and ancient Athens

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  • Duration

    10 days

  • Places

    12 places

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 3 Regional Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Rome, Amalfi, Overnight Adriatic Ferry, Athens, Vatican City, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, Pompeii, Bari, Patras, Corinth Canal

Top Experiences

5 included & 7 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Locally guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments including entry to the Acropolis and Parthenon

    Included

    Athens

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

    Rome

  • Dinner 'La Dolce Vita'

    EUR 40.50

    Rome

Mediterranean Escape

5 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  • Guided tour of the Vatican
  • See the impressive Corinth Canal
  • Locally guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments including entry to the Acropolis and Parthenon

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Dinner 'La Dolce Vita' EUR 40.50
  • Cruise around the shimmering waters of the Isle of Capri (Summer Only) EUR 28.00
  • See lemon groves and taste homemade limoncello on the dramatic Amalfi Coast EUR 19.00
  • Tastes of Amalfi Dinner EUR 41.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • A Traditional Athens Affair EUR 40.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 9 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    8 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Adriatic Ferry

    From historical Rome to stunning Sorrento, you'll be resting your head in comfortable hotels in enviable city locations. Sleep twin or triple share for 8 nights on the road (or pay a tad extra to slumber in your own digs), and feel the lull of the sea for 1 night on a ferry.

About this trip

It's time to relax and take in the Mediterranean on this easy pace trip. Start in Rome with all the iconic sights before heading to the Amalfi Coast. It's hard not to take life down a notch surrounded by the stunning natural beauty. Your trip ends in Athens where you get to check out all the famous, ancient landmarks that the Greek capital possesses.

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

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Map & Itinerary

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  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 3 3 nights

    Rome

  2. via via

    Vatican City

  3. via via

    Sorrento

  4. 2 2 nights

    Amalfi

  5. via via

    Capri

  6. via via

    Positano

  7. 1 1 night

    Amalfi

  8. via via

    Pompeii

  9. via via

    Bari

  10. 1 1 night

    Overnight Adriatic Ferry

  11. via via

    Patras

  12. via via

    Corinth Canal

  13. 2 2 nights

    Athens

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DAY 1 - Arrive Rome

Rome

Isn't it great to be alive? Particularly on days like today - kicking it in Rome & meeting a new pack of legends who you'll explore the Med with. Today, after you've settled into your hotel, we'll kick off the jaw-dropping experiences with a trip to some of Rome's most iconic spots. Hello Colosseum, hello Trevi...the sites will blow your mind literally at every corner. We'll refuel before we hit up the famous Trastevere district for a night out before catching some zzz's to make the most of tomorrow. 

Stay

Santa Constanza Hotel Rome (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona

DAY 2 - Rome

Rome

Open your eyes this morning and give yourself a few minutes to let the reality sink in … you may even need to pinch yourself a few times. Yes, you are actually in Rome! Opt to be guided around the Roman Forum and Colosseum first up, continuing to file info into the brain under "mind-blowing historical facts." The rest of the day is yours to chow pizza, sip coffee, watch the Vespas fly by, and just generally get in the swing of all things Italian. 

Stay

Santa Constanza Hotel Rome (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

DAY 3 - Rome

Rome

It's Day-3 and the bucket list has already had a few ticks - today, it's "visit the smallest country in the world." Also known as the Vatican City, it is a masterpiece of artwork and architecture. Ramp up your last night in Rome with an Italian feast (we're talking pastas, succulent meats and traditional Roman delights) and a evening on the town with your travel buddies. Bellissimo!

Stay

Santa Constanza Hotel Rome (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City

  • Guided tour of the Vatican

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Dinner 'La Dolce Vita'

    EUR 40.50

DAY 4 - Rome to Amalfi Coast via Sorrento

Rome

Cast your eyes on Rome one last time before we hit the road on the hunt for the Amalfi Coast. Get that camera on 110% battery, today is going to be scenic.

Sorrento

Sojourning to the south we find ourselves in Sorrento, the place you've seen on Instagram countless times, always accompanied by a pang of jealousy. It's finally your turn! Italian Riviera vibes will kick off pronto as we step into a free afternoon here, followed by an included dinner to really get into the swing of things. You're living the high life now, aren't you!

Amalfi

What a day! Settling down in the famed Amalfi Coast for the evening, we’ll be dreaming of more Italian Riviera adventures tomorrow.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

DAY 5 - Amalfi Coast via Capri & Positano

Amalfi

Sit you in front of that gorgeous coastline without throwing you into it? We wouldn't dare! Rise and shine and throw on your boating attire - a day at sea awaits us. 

Capri

Enjoy an included boat ride through the Bay of Naples to the island of Capri, home of crystal clear waters and the famous blue and green grottos. Those feeling particularly taken by the island can opt in for a Add-On cruise around the beautiful waters.

Positano

On our way back from Capri we'll stop off for an included visit of Positano with time for you to walk the coastal streets and do your own thing. You could even find a cosy spot for some dinner here if you’re so inclined.

Amalfi

After a full day out, we'll head back to the mainland well and truly satisfied. What a day, this has definitely been one to remember.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Cruise around the shimmering waters of the Isle of Capri (Summer Only)

    EUR 28.00

DAY 6 - Amalfi Coast

Amalfi

The olive groves, lemon terraces & tumbling villages of this region are yours for another day. There's a local optional that you won't want to miss today, when we visit a local family to experience the famous symbol of the Amalfi, the lemon! Here you'll sample home made lemonade and limoncello, as well as lemon cake made by Nonna herself. Delicious. Not one for citrus? Perhaps you want to see the colourful homes of Amalfi Town, maybe you're going to curl up with a good book and a tub of gelato. It's your holiday, it's your call. Tonight, a tastes of Amalfi dinner is up for grabs! Because there's nothing like the feeling of a little glam. 

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • See lemon groves and taste homemade limoncello on the dramatic Amalfi Coast

    EUR 19.00

  • Enjoy a traditional Italian feast at an organic farm on the Amalfi Coast

    EUR 41.00

DAY 7 - Amalfi Coast to Overnight Ferry via Pompeii and Bari

Amalfi

Arrivederci Amalfi coastline! You've been real. And the next few days have a lot to live up to. Luckily, with Greece on the horizon, we're in pretty safe hands. 

Pompeii

Before we farewell Italy, there's a chance to peel back the layers of history at ancient Pompeii. It's here where a volcanic erruption destroyed an entire city, which after re-discovery gives explorers a peek into ancient Roman life. Utterly fascinating and a must-see when you're in this part of the world.

Bari

After taking in the rugged beauty of the boot's south, we board our overnight ferry to Greece. Don't be ashamed if you need to wipe away a tear or two as we plough through the Ionian Sea watching Italy get smaller.

Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Stay

Overnight Ferry

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii

    EUR 24.50

DAY 8 - Overnight Ferry to Athens via Patras and Corinth Canal

Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Oh hello there...we're pulling up in Greece! The awe of this country's mainland will begin shortly after our arrival as we catch a glimpse of Corinth Canal. This manmade passageway squeezes boats through it's path, sandwiched by two steep cliffs and sitting over gloriously blue ocean.
 

Patras

 

Corinth Canal

Athens

A collage of ancient wonders and modern magnificence, the allure of Athens is hard to dismiss. Relax tonight with the knowledge that we have plenty of time to soak up the city all day tomorrow.

Stay

President Hotel Athens (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the impressive Corinth Canal

DAY 9 - Athens

Athens

A time capsule of life before us, Athens will leave you stunned from sun up 'til sun down. We will drive around the city to see old temples, the first modern Olympic Stadium and of course the gem in Athens crown, the Acropolis. With more than 3000 years of history, this place is #throwback central and the best place for learning about the birthplace of democracy. Climb around the massive Theatre of Dionysus or peruse the National Archaeological Museum. Finishing the exploring by finding a hole in the wall souvlaki haunt, saving room for an optional Traditional Athens Affair tonight with the gang.

Stay

President Hotel Athens (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments including entry to the Acropolis and Parthenon

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Feast on authentic Greek dishes and see traditional Greek dancing in the heart of Athens' historic Plaka district

    EUR 40.00

DAY 10 - End Athens

Athens

The moment we'd all been dreading - the goodbyes. As sad as they are, at least you have the memories. And another 300 Contiki trip's to jump aboard! Make the most of your last free breakfast before you kick on to your next port of call. 

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