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. Jump aboard the ferry across to Athens before finishing up this trip on the Greek islands. Mykonos, Santorini and Ios are at your disposal and with three nights on each, you have plenty of time to shop, dine, relax or party.
Check-in to your hotel, drop off your stuff and head out into the streets of Italy to get a sneak peek at vibrant Rome. Get to know your travel buddies and Trip Manager over dinner. Make your first night in Rome one to remember! Stylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. Get into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Piazza Venezia and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the fountain’s waters (it’s meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!). Afterwards, maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back and people watch.
This morning, make the most of our Local Guide’s inside knowledge and uncover the remains of an ancient empire with a fantastic optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. With more knowledge under your belt than you can shake a stick at, take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafes and bars. In your free time this afternoon, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch of caprese and pasta on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, or an aperol if you're feeling like something stronger like the Romans do. Before you hit the shops, let your Trip Manager point you in the right direction for some tips on the best buys. Tonight is yours to explore the culinary highlights of Rome; head for pizza or try some Cacio e Pepe & Da Danilo (Roman pasta dishes) or maybe try a Caprese salad and some fresh seafood.
Get ready to check-out the smallest country in the world and home to the Pope, the Vatican City. There’s included entry and our Locally Guided tour to show you St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. With a heap of insider knowledge on the Eternal City, make the last night in Rome extra special by opting in for an optional dinner of Italian specialities. Full and ready, don’t stop there – afterwards discover Rome after dark, explore cute local hangouts or head to a bar with a view for a cocktail in style.
It's a complete change of scene today as we head south to the world famous Amalfi Coast. Cameras at the ready please, stunning Sorrento will impress. On arrival, get straight into the glamourous Italian Riviera lifestyle and indulge in some local wine and world famous Mozzarella cheese. Later, discover the crystal clear waters & rocky coastline of the Amalfi and get some pics up on Facebook as soon as you can. Pure bliss.
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. 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. 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.
Today is yours to explore one of Europe's most desirable and romantic destinations at your own pace. Discover the shimmering azure sea, pass olive groves, lemon terraces & tumbling villages. If time permits, maybe head to Amalfi Town for a day trip, park up at the beach with book, or get lost wandering among the colourful houses, plunging mountains & grand villa in search of your next delicious gelato.
From picture perfect Amalfi to Pompeii, opt in to discover the dramatic history of this ancient city. Then there’s time to chill out on the coach, crossing through the rugged landscapes of southern Italy, before boarding the overnight ferry to Greece. Check out the amazing 360 degree views from the deck!
From Patras, cross the impressive man-made Corinth Canal. Athens is next, a city crammed with myth and ancient wonders, and busy with modern, urban soul.
Use your first full day in Athens to explore more of this open-air museum. You could honour the birthplace of drama by climbing around the massive Theatre of Dionysus or get the background on Ancient Greece at the National Archaeological Museum. Otherwise, experience Athens’ urban heart. Take off into the streets and find a hole-in-the-wall food joint where you can try the famous souvlaki. This evening meet up with your Trip Manager & fellow Contiki travellers then wrap up the day on the shady slopes beneath the Acropolis with an optional dinner in the rustic district of Plaka, where traditional tavernas spill out onto the pavements. Tonight’s festive atmosphere is perfect for toasting the end of your trip.
Today, board a ferry to Mykonos and take advantage of the amazing views across the Aegean, full of rocky islands as you make your way to the beautiful, whitewashed vistas of cosmopolitan Mykonos.
Mykonos is famous for its blissful beaches and party culture. No matter what you’re after, chances are this island has got it! You’ll soon understand why this happening hub draws people from all walks of life, from jet-setters to backpackers. In your free time, head into Mykonos town and wander through the maze of tiny streets lined by whitewashed, cube-shaped houses. Maybe grab a table in the village and snack on fresh local specialities, like olives, feta and tzatziki dip. For a laid back afternoon, be sure to check out world-famous Paradise Beach. Get some friends together, chill out to the tunes pumping at the beachfront resorts, swim and relax. Wrap up the day in Little Venice and watch the sun set over the Aegean. But don’t stop there – get into the vibe and party at one of Mykonos’ many bars and hip clubs.
Today: change islands and it’s a total change of scene. Santorini will make your jaw drop with its stunning natural beauty – the result of a massive volcanic eruption. From the water, look up at the iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches. Once we’re back on land, take in the fantastic views of the neighbouring volcanic islands.
Start your day getting familiar with this gorgeous island. Head to Santorini’s highest point for full blown vistas over the crater then cool of with a swim stop at Perissa Beach. Your Trip Manager will fill you in on Fira – dramatically perched on the edge of the crater - as the group explores its narrow streets. Get tips on the best places to pick up a piece of Santorini’s famous jewellery and where to try out the delicious local specialty, domatokeftedes (fried tomato balls). Otherwise head to one of the distinctive black or red sand beaches, and soak up the breathtaking scenery. You could jump on an optional boat ride out to the active volcanic island of Nea Kamini. Cruise past lava formations and get up close to the active crater. Or head to the northern tip of Santorini with the group to catch one of the island’s famously spectacular sunsets on the Oia at Sunset optional excursion.
After free time this morning, we cruise on to Ios. Relax on the boat and hang out with the group. Peaceful by day, pumping by night, Ios is the ultimate party destination.
Relax on sandy beaches or lounge about poolside before a big night out, when Ios’ villages come alive. Head to the small streets of Hora, packed with clubs, bars and pubs and let loose to the pumping tunes. Otherwise, join the outdoor party in the squares and lanes. If you’re keen, you can keep it moving until dawn!
Wave goodbye to Ios and the Cycladic Islands as we set sail back to mainland Greece and spend a final evening together in the mythological city of Athens.
The trip ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.
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Trip Name: Mediterranean Escape plus 11 day Greek Island Hopping
Duration: 21 Days
From Price: £2,893
Supplier Tour ID: MESIA/161930
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