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Mediterranean Escape plus 4 Day Cruise

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The one that gives you the amazing Amalfi, rustic Rome and ancient Athens combined with 4 days exploring the Greek Islands aboard a cruise ship

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  • Duration

    14 days

  • Countries

    4 Countries

  • Meals

    13 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners, 3 Regional Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach + Cruise Ship

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver, Captain and Crew and Local Guides

Rome, Amalfi, Overnight Adriatic Ferry, Athens, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini, Vatican City, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Bari, Patras, Corinth Canal, Kusadasi, Crete

Top Experiences

12 included & 12 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Visit the famous Isle of Capri and soak up the sun, sea and sand

    Included

    Capri

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

    Included

    Athens

  • See the traditional Cycladic buildings of Mykonos town

    Included

    Mykonos

  • 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

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

    EUR 28.00

    Capri

Mediterranean Escape plus 4 Day Cruise

12 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
  • Visit the famous Isle of Capri and soak up the sun, sea and sand
  • See the impressive Corinth Canal
  • Locally guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments including entry to the Acropolis and Parthenon
  • See the traditional Cycladic buildings of Mykonos town
  • See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos
  • Visit Kusadasi's local bazaar
  • Visit ancient Ephesus, the best preserved classical city on the Mediterranean
  • See the fortified town of Rhodes
  • Visit Heraklion town

12 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
  • Religious Visit to St Johns Monastery Grotto of Apocalypse EUR 67.00
  • Rhodes & Lindos – Medieval Tour – Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights Euro 74.00
  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise EUR 50.00
  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise EUR 50.00
  • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization Euro 74.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 13 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    8 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Adriatic Ferry, 4 nights in Cruise ship

    From historical Rome to stunning Amalfi, you'll be resting your head in comfortable hotels in enviable 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 4 nights aboard of a cruise ship.

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. Spend 4 days cruising around the Greek islands, including Crete and Rhodes. 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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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
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  • River route
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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. 1 1 night

    Amalfi

  7. via via

    Pompeii

  8. via via

    Bari

  9. 1 1 night

    Overnight Adriatic Ferry

  10. via via

    Patras

  11. via via

    Corinth Canal

  12. 2 2 nights

    Athens

  13. 1 1 night

    Mykonos

  14. via via

    Kusadasi

  15. 1 1 night

    Patmos

  16. 1 1 night

    Rhodes

  17. via via

    Crete

  18. 1 1 night

    Santorini

  19. 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. 

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. 

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!

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

  • Guided tour of the Vatican

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tonight, do as the Romans do! Besides delicious Italian food & wine, tonight's dinner is all about atmosphere – complete with live music & traditional Italian songs

    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.

DAY 5 - Amalfi Coast

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 and 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 cruise around the beautiful waters.

Amalfi

After a day out, we'll head back to the mainland well and truly satisfied. What a day, this has definitely been one to remember. You can find a cosy spot for some dinner and exchange of stories of an epic day, and get ready for tomorrow's next adventure.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the famous Isle of Capri and soak up the sun, sea and sand

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. 

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

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.

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.

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 - Athens to Mykonos

Athens

Alright sailors it's time to hit the sea! We'll board a Greek ship and head straight for the crisp white isle of Mykonos. 

Mykonos

Jetsetters and backpackers alike are drawn to this pristine, has-it-all island. Drift off under a beach cabana, snack on olives & tzatziki in a cute cafe, or stroll the white-washed lanes of the Old Town. Tonight you could head out for a few drinks in Little Venice, this quintisential waterside spot is famous the world over, so why not tick that off your list. Back on the boat we'll sleep knowing that you'll be waking up in Turkey.  

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the traditional Cycladic buildings of Mykonos town

DAY 11 - Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi

Mykonos

   

Kusadasi

Rise and shine globe trotters, our captain has kindly escorted us to Turkey! Here in the port town of Kusadasi you can rummage for treasures in the local bazaar and take a trip to Ephesus, the holiday hangout of Mark Antony and Cleopatra where our Local Guide will turn back the clock. Simply incredible, this ancient Roman town is packed full of ruins, and stories galore. Keep an eye out for the two story library, (yes, the ancient people were ahead of the times even way back when).

Patmos

Out of Kusadasi we drift on towards the rugged island of Patmos, quaint, known for it's seafood, we'll tell you straight up that the octopus is some of the best you'll ever try. Explore this holy hotspot with an optional excursion to Patmos’ UNESCO World Heritage sites of the 11th century Monastery of the Apocalypse and the Grotto of St. John. A must when you're in the area, dating back to 1088 as a protection from pirates! St John's Grotto is up next where part of the bible was written by St John himself. Nothing like a bit of history to keep things interesting. Back on the boat, a sundowner is calling, and maybe some of the ship nightlife before we wake up in Rhodes. 

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos

  • Visit Kusadasi's local bazaar

  • Visit ancient Ephesus, the best preserved classical city on the Mediterranean

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Religious Visit to St. John’s Monastery – Grotto of Apocalypse

    EUR 67.00

DAY 12 - Patmos to Rhodes

Patmos

Today we take to the mixed bag of Rhodes, influenced by its edging on Europe, Africa and Asia. Shop up a storm of leather, silver, olive oil and honey or uncover Acropolis of Lindos & the walls of Rhode’s medieval town centre on an optional tour with a Local Guide. If sand, swims and sunshine are calling you then Elli Beach might be calling your name, so grab a sunbed and get horizonal and people watch.  Beaches, local wine & fresh seafood - your life is complete. 

Rhodes

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the fortified town of Rhodes

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Rhodes & Lindos – Medieval Tour – Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights

    Euro 74.00

DAY 13 - Cruising to Santorini via Crete

Rhodes

We say goodbye to Rhodes and all it's ancient history as we cruise to our next destination, the iconic isle of Santorini.

Crete

Some may say we've saved the best 'til last, with Crete and Santorini marking our final full day. Crete is the biggest of the Greek Islands & home to the 4000 year old mythical Minoan Palace. Catch some sleep or explore it all morning with the option of exploring the Place of Knossos. As a quick 101, it's the home to the legend of the Minotaur, a half man half bull which lived in a labyrinth and was slayed by Theseus. A great way to look into days gone by, and we're talking 2000BC. With this fast and furious morning ticked, we head off to our next paradise found.

Santorini

Get a belt handy - you're going to need to strap that jaw up off the floor as the island of Santorini slowly becomes a reality. Those iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches are enough to bring a tear to the eye. Set on a caldera, or old volcano, Santorini is literally towering over the landscape. And the best way to get the sheer scale of it all is by boat, and lucky for you sweet traveller, we give you the chance to do just that! Make sure your phone is on full charge, as an Instagram upload is a must tonight. 

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Heraklion town

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise including crater hike and hot springs

    EUR 50.00

  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise including crater hike and hot springs

    EUR 50.00

  • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization

    Euro 74.00

DAY 14 - Santorini to Athens

Santorini

After breakfast it's hugs, tears, and a final batch of reminiscing. It's astounding how close a group can get in just a few  short days. Nothing says bonding quite like the good life. The Croatia Island Hopper is probably the only way to really ease the pain of this goodbye. #NOREGRETS
 

Athens

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