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Italy & Greece

3 countries17 cities
8 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
? NEW TOUR!A stunning journey across the Mediterranean countries of Italy and Greece. Discover imperial ancient cities, explore charming villages and admire the changing landscapes as we travel across the countryside from Bologna to Athens. Taste the local cuisine in the 'Food Valley' of Modena and Parma and visit the clifftop monasteries of Meteora.Delicious DelightsDevour the dishes of Bologna and the 'Food Valley' of Modena and Parma. Take a cooking class, see how parmigano-reggiano and prosciutto are made and sample local delights including balsamic vinegar, lambrusco and Ascoli olives. Explore Ancient PlacesAdmire UNESCO World Heritage-listed Castel del Monte, an octangular 13th century castle and delve into the far-reaching history of the ancient towns Altamura and Matera. Mountains & MonasteriesCross the Adriatic Sea to Greece and explore the beautiful gorges and mountain villages of the Zagori region. Travel to Athens via the incredible cliff-top monasteries of Meteora and the ancient ruins of Delphi. Treasures of the SaronicUncover the treasures of Ancient Greece in Athens, spend an incredible day cruising the Saronic Gulf, discovering the stunning islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina and cross the Corinth Canal to the Sanctuary of Asklepio in Epidaurus.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $265pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 19 nights in good quality hotels (3-4-star)
  • 1 night aboard the overnight ferry from Bari to Igoumenitsa in an outside cabin with private facilities
  • 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour directors
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

La Dolce Vita

  • Tour the city of Bologna, famous for its culinary delights and characterised by its red-brick palazzi, towers and lengthy porticoes.
  • Take a pasta-making class and enjoy the creations for dinner.
  • Stop in the town of Emilia Romagna to taste its famous cheese and lambrusco.
  • Taste some of the balsamic vinegar for which the Modena region is famous.
  • Visit a prosciutto manufacturer for a tasting in Parma.
  • Visit the tiny country of San Marino, the world's oldest sovereign state.
  • See the highlights on a tour of the idyllic Italian town of Urbino.
  • Explore the longest caves in Italy, the Frasassi Caves.
  • Take to the footpaths of Ascoli Piceno on a walking tour with a delicious olive tasting!
  • Visit a winery in Offida surrounded by breathtaking scenery and enjoy a wine tasting along with regional produce.
  • Admire the UNESCO Heritage-listed fortress of Castel del Monte.
  • Taste the local dish of Andria, burrata, a delicious cheese stuffed with cream and mozzarella strips.
  • Stop at a bakery to taste famous bread of Altamura.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Matera to learn more about this subterranean city.
  • Visit Ostuni, a charming, fortified hill town known as La Citt Bianca (The White City).
  • Explore the picturesque town of Alberobello, which is famous for its unique trulli - whitewashed dry stone circular houses with conical roofs.
  • Discover the remarkable baroque town of Lecce, located in the heel of 'Italy's boot'.
  • Visit Otranto, a magical town overlooking the sparkling Adriatic Sea.
  • Take a city tour of the heart and food market of Gallipoli, a quaint and old fishing village.
  • Visit the historical centre of the scenic seaside town of Polignano a Mare, known for its white pebbled beaches.
  • Enjoy lunch in a cave restaurant in Polignano a Mare and take in the endless ocean views.
  • Take a panoramic walk and see the higlights of Bari Vecchia.

Gorgeous Greece

  • Take a short boat ride to the island in the middle of Lake Pamvatis in Ioannina.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Ioannina to discover its old town and unique Byzantine castle from 528 A.C.
  • Visit some of the famous Zagorochoria (villages of Zagori).
  • In the beautiful mountain village of Monodendri take a short walk to the monastery of Agia Paraskevi, built in a unique position overlooking the impressive Vikos gorge.
  • Explore Perama cave, one of the best in the world - 1500m in length with several chambers and unique stalagmite and stalactite formations.
  • Stop in the mountain village of Metsovo, known for its local dairy products.
  • Be amazed by the fascinating cliff-top monasteries of Meteora.
  • In Delphi admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and visit the museum, home to the famous "bronze charioteer".
  • Discover Athens on a panoramic tour of the city, taking in the Academy, the National Library, the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, the Panathinaikon marble stadium where the first modern Olympics took place, Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and other monuments and landmarks of the city.
  • Enjoy a guided visit to the museum of Acropolis, considered one of the best museums in Europe.
  • Stroll through the popular Monastiraki and Plaka areas.
  • Spend a full day cruising the Saronic Gulf and exploring the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra.
  • See the famous Corinth Canal.
  • Visit Epidaurus, the most important healing center in antiquity, famous for its theatre with incomparable acoustics.
  • Explore the picturesque town of Nafplio on a walking tour.
  • Enjoy a Greek cooking demonstration and traditional Greek dances.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
23
Price From
AUD $11,545
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
01 May 201923 May 2019AvailableAUD $11,025
31 Jul 201922 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $11,225
04 Sep 201926 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $11,225
ItineraryExpand
Italy & Greece

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Bologna

Welcome to Italy and the beautiful capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, the medieval city of Bologna! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink this evening.

Day 3. Bologna

This morning we explore lively Bologna. Highlights include the sprawling Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica di San Petronio, Neptune Fountain and Two Towers. [B,D]

Special Experience: We'll take a pasta-making class and enjoy our creations for our group welcome dinner this evening.

Day 4. Parma & Modena Excursion

Special Experience: Visit the 'Food Valley' of Modena and Parma for a day tasting cheese, lambrusco, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto.

Here we see parmigiano-reggiano being made at a cheese factory and enjoy a cheese tasting with lambrusco. Our next stop is the Acetaia, where we sample a family's traditional balsamic vinegar, made with an ancient recipe. We then see the prosciutto-making process, before enjoying a sample along with another glass of lambrusco. [B]

Day 5. Bologna - San Marino - Urbino

This morning we depart for the Marche region, making a stop at the petite country of San Marino. We cross the border here and see the many amazing castles and villages perched atop clifftops. After enjoying some free time, we then continue to the idyllic Italian town of Urbino, where we enjoy a city tour of the highlights including the Ducal Palace, Church of San Domenico and the Dome. [B,D]

Day 6. Urbino - Ascoli Piceno

Today we will explore the Frasassi Caves, the longest in Italy. With a central chamber 240 metres high, it is large enough to comfortably fit the Milan cathedral! We then head to the Conero Riviera where we enjoy locally grown mussels for lunch at a local restaurant, complete with an incredible sea view. [B,L]

Day 7. Ascoli Piceno

We take to the footpaths of Ascoli Piceno today for a walking tour, discovering its historical riches and piazza. On our tour we also sample the typical Ascoli olives, which are fried and stuffed with delicious meat. [B]

Special Experience: We'll visit a winery in Offida surrounded by breathtaking scenery and enjoy a wine tasting along with regional produce.

Day 8. Ascoli Piceno - Locorotondo

Today we depart for Apulia, stopping on our way to admire the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Castel del Monte, a historic octangular castle dating back to the 13th century. Next, we continue to Andria, and taste the local dish burrata, a delicious cheese stuffed with cream and mozzarella strips. [B,D]

Day 9. Locorotondo

Altamura, one of Apulia's most ancient cities, is our first stop today. Interestingly, a human fossil was found here, as well as more than 30,000 dinosaur imprints. Here we'll take a walking tour of the town and try the famous local bread at a bakery. Our next stop is Matera and is among the longest continually inhabited settlements in the world. [B,D]

Day 10. Locorotondo

Today we explore more of the Alberobello area and visit the towns of Ostuni, the famous white city, and Cisternino with its cute white chalk houses. Tonight, we enjoy dinner in a typical vucciria, complete with little butcheries. [B,D]

Day 11. Locorotondo - Lecce

Countless intricate baroque buildings await us on our sightseeing tour in Lecce today. In the afternoon we continue to Otranto, a magical town overlooking the Adriatic Sea. [B,D]

Day 12. Lecce

After breakfast, we head to Gallipoli, an old fishing village by the Ionian Sea where we explore the heart of the town and its bustling fish markets. Our lunch will be at a local restaurant, with produce picked from the local fish market. [B,L]

Day 13. Lecce - Overnight Ferry

This morning we head north to Bari, stopping at the scenic seaside town of Polignano a Mare, known for its white pebbled beaches.

Special Experience: Enjoy lunch in a cave restaurant here as you take in the endless ocean views.

We'll then continue to the port town of Bari for a highlights tour before embarking on our overnight ferry to Greece. [B,L]

Day 14. Igoumenitsa - Ioannina

Once we arrive in Greece, we'll travel to the nearby town of Ioannina. We'll enjoy a walking tour of the city and its castle. A beautiful islet sits in the middle of Lake Pamvotida and we'll take a boat out to explore it. [B]

Day 15. Ioannina

We spend the day enjoying the natural scenery of the stunning Zagori region. We'll explore some of the 48 picturesque villages that make up this area. In Monodendri we'll visit the monastery for incredible views of Vikos Gorge. [B]

Day 16. Ioannina - Kalambaka

Today we travel to Kalambaka. Along the way we'll stop in Metsovo, a stunning village perched high on the side of a mountain. [B]

Day 17. Meteora Excursion

Special Experience: This morning we visit the amazing clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Monks have lived atop these 'columns of the sky' since the 11th century. From early Christian times, Meteora's cliffs have been regarded as the perfect place to attain absolute isolation in order to achieve peace and harmony. The tallest of these incredible rock formations reaches 400 metres high. [B]

Day 18. Kalambaka - Delphi - Athens

On our way to Athens we visit Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the centre of the world. We'll enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological ruins including the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of Athenians and visit the museum, home to the famous 'bronze charioteer'. [B]

Day 19. Athens

Athens on a panoramic city tour. Highlights include the ancient Acropolis, the magnificent Parthenon, the Greek parliament and the Panathinaikon marble stadium, where the first modern Olympics took place. We'll also wander through the lively Thisio, Monastiraki and Plaka districts to get a taste of the local atmosphere. [B]

Day 20. Athens

Special Experience: Spend an incredible day cruising the Saronic Gulf and exploring the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. [B,L]

Day 21. Athens

Today we visit the famous Corinth Canal, separating the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. We'll also admire the best-preserved theatre of Ancient Greece, the Sanctuary of Asklepio in Epidaurus. Enjoy some free time in the delightful seaside town of Nafplio before we return to Athens. [B,D]

Special Experience: Tonight we'll enjoy a farewell dinner with a cooking demonstration and traditional Greek dances.

Day 22. Depart Athens

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive Australia