Ancient History – Greece and Italy

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                      Ancient History – Greece and Italy
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                      Ancient History – Greece and Italy
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                      Ancient History – Greece and Italy

The Concept

Students of history, get excited! Experience the wonders of classical and ancient history up close in the birthplace of Western civilization; Greece and Italy.  This 13-day tour begins in Athens, the home of many legendary historical sites including the Parthenon. From here students travel to Delphi and the stunning Temple of Apollo. The Italian leg of the tour includes the wonders of Pompeii, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.  During the tour there is also plenty of time for students to explore modern Greece and Italy and experience their rich cultures.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – ATHENS

Fly from Australia to Athens.

DAY 2 ATHENS (D)

On arrival, meet your English speaking tour escort (Greece part only). Enjoy a panoramic city sights tour by private coach before checking in to your hotel. Remainder of the afternoon free at teacher’s discretion.
Dinner is included on your first evening in Athens.

DAY 3 ATHENS (B, D)

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to see all the legendary sites of ancient and modern Athens including the Panathenaic Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Presidential Palace (ex Royal Palace), the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis, Athens’ crowning beauty. Highlights include the impressive Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens. We suggest you spend time at the Acropolis Museum. Dinner included this evening.

DAY 4 ATHENS (B, D)

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to continue your sightseeing of Athens at teacher’s discretion. Dinner included this evening.

DAY 5 ATHENS – DELPHI (B, D)

Following breakfast, transfer by coach to Delphi. Delphi was at the heart of the classical Greek world and considered the centre of the earth and the universe. Visit the Temple of Apollo and ancient ruins, one of the most famous sites of classical Greece renowned for its theatre. Dinner included this evening.

DAY 6 DELPHI – OLYMPIA (B, D)

After breakfast enjoy a half day tour of Delphi. Continue to Olympia to visit famous archaeological sites and the museum - experience the glory that was classical Greece.Dinner included.

DAY 7 OLYMPIA – PATRAS (B, D)

Check out after breakfast, then take a half day tour of Olympia. An afternoon transfer will take you to Patras to board the overnight ferry to Italy. Dinner included.

DAY 8 BARI – POMPEII (B, D)

Arrive in Italy after breakfast, then meet your coach and transfer to Pompeii. Take a guided tour of this once bustling Roman city, destroyed in AD 79 by Mt. Vesuvius. Dinner is included this evening.

DAY 9 POMPEII – ROME (B, D)

Following breakfast tour the nearby Roman beach resort of Herculaneum, which was also a victim of the volcano. Travel to Rome for overnight. Dinner included.

DAY 10 ROME (B, D)

Breakfast at hotel. Use public transport (a 3 day public transport pass has been included) to the Colosseum. Meet your guide for a half day walking tour of Ancient Rome including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. You can use this pass as you enjoy a free afternoon for individual sightseeing (at your teachers’ discretion). Dinner included this evening.

DAY 11 ROME (B, D)

After breakfast this morning use your public transport pass to travel to the Vatican by public transport. Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museum including the Sistine Chapel. You will have a free afternoon (at your teachers’ discretion). Dinner included.

DAYS 12 ROME – AUSTRALIA ( B)

Check out after breakfast. Transfer to the airport by private coach for your return flight to Australia.

DAY 13 AUSTRALIA

Arrive Australia (subject to airline schedules).

TURKEY ADD-ON (price on request)

Return airport transfers in Istanbul
4 nights, 3 star hotel with breakfast and dinner
Private touring coach and English speaking tour escort
Istanbul city sights tour and Bosphorus cruise
Visits to Anzac Cove, Troy, and the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
Entrance to Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque

Inclusions
  • Return international economy airfares including pre-paid taxes and charges
  • Return airport coach transfers
  • 3 nights' 2 star hotel accommodation in Athens with breakfast and dinner daily
  • 1 night's 2 star hotel accommodation in Delphi with breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night's 2 star hotel accommodation in Olympia with breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night's 2 star hotel accommodation in Pompeii with breakfast and dinner
  • 3 nights' 2 star hotel accommodation in Rome with breakfast and dinner daily
  • Overnight ferry in 4 berth cabins with breakfast and dinner
  • Private touring coach day 5 - 7 and 8 - 9
  • English speaking tour escort in Greece
  • Guided tours of Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Rome
and the Vatican Museum
  • Entrance fees to Delphi historic site, Olympia Historic site, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vatican Museum with Sistine Chapel
  • 3 Day Roma Pass