Sculpted by History, Warmed by Sun: Italy and Greece’s Love Story

Feel the warm embrace of Italy and Greece, two nations refined by history and bathed in radiant sunlight. From the artistic heart of Florence to the verdant landscapes of Tuscany, and from the ancient splendor of Athens to the sun-kissed beaches of Crete, embark on a journey that intertwines myth, history, and natural beauty.

Duration

13 days

Trip Type

Private

Destinations

Florence, Tuscany, Athens, and Crete

Preferred Travel Months

Spring/Autumn

From

€ 3600/person

About this trip

This 13-day trip will take you on a unique journey of exploring the diverse cultures, landscapes, and history of two Mediterranean nations. From bustling cities, rolling hillsides, dramatic seascapes, and historical sites, you’ll get a comprehensive understanding of Italy and Greece in one unforgettable journey. Discover the wonders of Florence, such as the iconic Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery. In Tuscany, you’ll taste delectable wines from local vineyards and explore stunning medieval hill towns like Siena and San Gimignano. Then head to Athens, where ancient ruins await your exploration at Parthenon, Acropolis, and The Temple of Zeus. Discover the island of Crete, where you’ll relax on beautiful beaches and enjoy the tranquility of charming mountain villages.

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Map & Itinerary

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Day to Day

  • Day 1: Arrival in Florence
  • Day 2: Florence Walking Tour
  • Day 3: Florence Express First Entry Uffizi Tour
  • Day 4: Sienna | Tuscany Day Trips
  • Day 5: San Gimignano | Tuscan Farm House Cooking Class
  • Day 6: San Gimignano | Free Day
  • Day 7: Flight to Athens
  • Day 8: Athens Mythology Tour
  • Day 9: Flight to Crete, Chania
  • Day 10: The Ultimate Food Tour of Chania's Villages
  • Day 11: Chania Highlights Trikke City Tour
  • Day 12: Free Day in Chania
  • Day 13: Departure

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Sculpted by History, Warmed by Sun: Italy and Greece’s Love Story
Getting to know the historic significant of Athens through its stunning archaeological sites.
Sculpted by History, Warmed by Sun: Italy and Greece’s Love Story
Wandering around the Tuscan vineyards and tasting luscious Italian wine.
Sculpted by History, Warmed by Sun: Italy and Greece’s Love Story
Relaxing by the beach and enjoying lazy days on the Greek islands.
Sculpted by History, Warmed by Sun: Italy and Greece’s Love Story
Immersing yourself into the local lifestyle in Florence.
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DAY 1-3: Florence

Your first day in Italy will start with you being picked up by your private driver from the airport and taken to your accommodation.

Check in, relax after a long flight, and head out whenever you’re ready to explore the city and indulge in the local cuisine.

You’ll find plenty of delicious Florentine restaurants serving some of the most tasty Schiacciata Alla Fiorentina and Bistecca Alla Fiorentina, along with a glass of Chianti wine. You’ll have died and gone to heaven.

On your second day, wake up early to see the sights on your private guided Florence walking tour. You’ll take in some of the city’s most iconic sights, such as the Ponte Vecchio, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Michelangelo’s Statue of David, and the Duomo.

You’ll immediately be whisked away by the stories of the city and get to appreciate just how beautiful Florence is.

Spend the evening discovering the hidden gems of the city on your own. Get lost in the narrow alleyways and discover some of the oldest trattorias serving simple yet delicious Italian food. As the sun is setting, head to Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy the best view of the city.

Another early morning awaits you today, as you’ll want to skip the lines and beat the crowds of your private tour of one of Italy’s most famous museums—The Uffizi Gallery.

One of the oldest and most important art galleries in Europe, it houses some of the most iconic masterpieces, such as Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation.

Spend the rest of your day exploring different areas in the city and shopping for souvenirs before heading to Tuscany in the morning.

DAY 4-6: Tuscany

Today is full of Tuscan delights as you explore the rolling hills and cypress trees of the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

You’ll be picked up from your hotel in the morning and make the journey to three stunning destinations on the way to Tuscany.

In just one day, you’ll see, taste, and experience the best of the region. You’ll be exploring Siena’s historic center, one of Italy’s most beautiful towns.

Enjoy a homemade, locally sourced lunch and expert-led wine tasting at a family-run farm in Chianti. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of San Gimignano and indulge in stunning scenery and delicious wines.

Your day will end here in San Gimignano, and you will be dropped off at your Tuscan hotel for the next two days.

On the fifth day of your trip, take your time in the morning before heading to your Tuscan Farm House Cooking Class.

You will connect with a local host in Tuscany to learn and prepare classic dishes in her family kitchen. From starters to dessert, master traditional Tuscan recipes passed down through generations.

After you’ve prepared a delicious Tuscan lunch, you can sit back, relax, and savor your culinary masterpiece while enjoying perfectly paired wines for each course.

Some much-needed relaxation awaits you on your sixth day. You’ll have the whole day to explore the countryside and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the hills or explore nearby villages.

Enjoy some wine tasting at local wineries, or perhaps take the opportunity to pick up some artisanal souvenirs from the nearby market. Today is all about you.

DAY 7-8: Athens

It’s time to head to Athens. After breakfast, you’ll be taken in your private vehicle to Tuscany airport to catch your flight to Athens.

Upon arrival in Athens, you will be transferred to your hotel, where you’ll spend the next two nights.

On your second day in Athens, you’ll join a private expert-led mythology tour where you’ll discover the awe-inspiring Parthenon and delve into the rich history of ancient Athens.

Wander the Acropolis and immerse yourself in the captivating narratives of Greek mythology brought to life by your knowledgeable archaeologist and licensed guide.

He will help you uncover the secrets of Europe’s most important archaeological sites and witness the architectural wonders that have withstood the test of time.

In the afternoon, you’ll want to explore the iconic Plaka district. A maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with small restaurants and souvenir shops, it’s a great place to mingle with Athenians or grab a bite for lunch.

You’ll also want to make sure you take some time to explore the nearby Temple of Olympian Zeus, one of the largest monuments from Classical Greece.

On your last evening, indulge in some traditional Greek cuisine and explore some of Athens’ best rooftop bars with stunning views of the Acropolis.

DAY 9-12: Crete

For your final stop, you’ll be taken in your private transfer to the airport for your flight to Crete.

Upon arrival at Crete’s Chania International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind before soaking up the sun and exploring the natural beauties of Crete over the next few days.

Your first full day in Crete is all about food and culture. Embark on a private tour to explore the culinary delights of the island while indulging in traditional Cretan favorites.

It’s an unforgettable tasting experience as you uncover hidden gems in Chania’s mainland and Apokoronas province.

You’ll Meet local producers and savor the pure and authentic delicacies of Crete.

Start at a local olive mill to observe olive oil production and learn the secrets of extra virgin olive oil.

Visit a traditional village distillery to experience the famous Cretan spirit, ‘Tsikoudia‘ or ‘Raki.’

Enjoy a bakery stop for local bread, cookies, and biscuits, followed by a traditional cheese factory to taste ‘Graviera,’ ‘Anthotiros,’ and ‘Mizithra‘ cheese.

End with a traditional lunch at a local coffee shop, where local Cretans enjoy their meals.

You’ll have the rest of your afternoon relaxing at one of Crete’s iconic beaches or exploring a nearby village.

Today, you’ll head out on an adventurous Trikke tour of Chania Old Town and the Venetian Harbour in Minoan Crete.

Explore the stunning architecture of Chania with a local guide. Visit landmarks like the famous lighthouse, Yiali Mosque, and Grand Arsenal.

Discover charming neighborhoods, religious sites, and enjoy panoramic views of the city. You’ll quickly be able to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the old town and the oldest neighborhood, Kasteli.

The evening is free for you to do whatever you like—explore the winding streets, dine at a traditional taverna, or simply spend time enjoying nature.

On the last full day of your holiday, you’ll be left to spend the day as you wish. Crete is full of beaches, culture, and adventure.

Spend the day basking on the pink sands of Elafonisi, hiking in the gorge of Samaria, or simply wandering the streets of Chania on one last shopping spree.

Your final evening should be spent at one of Chania’s top restaurants for an unforgettable farewell dinner, where you can enjoy the flavors of Crete and savor moments from your holiday!

DAY 13: Departure

On your final day, your private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight home. As you bid farewell to Italy and Greece, take with you the cherished memories of your own unique love story with these enchanting destinations. Reflect upon the rich history of ancient Mediterranean cultures and let it inspire you for a lifetime.

Inclusions

  • Boutique 4-5* accommodation
  • All private tours with excellent licensed guides, as described in the itinerary
  • All private transfers with professional drivers and luxury vehicles
  • All domestic and international flights/trains/ferries
  • Skip the line entrance fees at all sites
  • All taxes and VAT

Exclusions

  • Meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
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