Italy & Greece in Depth - cruise & land journey

17 Days
Venice to Athens
From (AUD)
$ 15,649
Dates & Pricing

2022 Venice > Athens

Mediterranean delights

Italy is the ideal holiday destination with the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, home to the world’s favorite cuisine, and a land of warm, passionate people.
From the winding romantic canals of Venice to the jaw-dropping murals on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the country offers one magnificent moment of discovery after another. Board Scenic Eclipse and discover the Mediterranean islands and unique ports, which was the landing places for an endless tide of invaders from far off lands. From ancient Phoenicia, Persia, the Peloponnesus, Imperial Rome and Constantinople they came. The popular and hidden wonders of Italy await you on an unforgettable 9-day land journey. From being serenaded by gondoliers during your tranquil ride through the Venetian canals, to posing alongside the Leaning Tower of Pisa , there are many experiences you can check off your ‘ to do list in Italy’ . Besides visiting the popular attractions like the Trevi Fountain and Michelangelo’s masterpiece David, you will also have the chance to explore Italy’s quaint 11th century countryside and dine at a Tuscan farmhouse. Set sail on Scenic Eclipse and uncover stone ruins and ghostly shapes wrapped in mythology and mystery. Today the sun-spangled seas bordered by Greece, Turkey, Italy, Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast are inviting aquatic playgrounds. Join us as we explore a paradise of forgotten islands where white-washed sands invite you to bask under Helios’ gaze, or fortress-like rocks where ancient monasteries cling like mountain climbers on towering cliffs.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ODI2
Duration:
17 days
Departure City:
Venice
Return City:
Athens

Selected Itinerary

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Venice

    Welcome to Venice – a truly magical, unique city. A world of wonder awaits with a two-night Special Stay.  Your haven of luxury in this busy city offers the perfect place to relax before your adventure.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Venice

    Enjoy a gondola ride under ancient bridges and among magnificent canals. Marvel at the colourful Grand Canal, glide under the Rialto Bridge and explore the winding canals past ancient mansions and public buildings.

    Freechoice

    Explore the picturesque Dorsoduro district, ending in a private guided visit of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of the most renowned masterpieces of modern art in the world. Alternatively, discover Venice’s lesser-known gems on a walking tour. Appreciate the wealth and power that pervaded this maritime city in times past, see the spectacular Doge’s Palace and visit the majestic Basilica of San Marco. Stroll through the stalls of fresh produce at the Rialto Market, stopping at an osteria for a glass of wine and a few cicchetti.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Venice > Rapallo

    Your first stop today is Modena, where you will visit a producer of traditional balsamic vinegar, including a tasting and a light lunch, before arriving in Rapallo for a two-night Special Stay

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Rapallo

    The rugged coastline known as the Cinque Terre is a World Heritage-listed Site that comprises the five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. They’re accessible only via walking paths, train or boat, which lends itself to the already considerable charm of these unique 11th century villages. Bask in a full day exploring this picturesque coastline.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Rapallo > Florence

    Travel to Pisa to enjoy a guided tour and see its famous tower. Then continue on to Portofino, a gorgeous fishing village, where you will enjoy a scenic cruise. Arrive in Florence for a two-night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Florence

    Delight in a walking tour of this art lover’s paradise, including a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to admire Michelangelo’s David.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Florence > Rome

    Today drive past tranquil Lake Trasimeno to Siena and enjoy a guided tour through this delightful medieval city.

    Enrich

    Visit a Tuscan farmhouse and discover local wine and oil production techniques. Later, enjoy a tasty rustic lunch featuring the region’s wine and produce.

    Arrive in Rome for a two-night Special Stay hotel. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic centre your expert local guide will show you the iconic landmarks including the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Rome

    Begin by exploring the world’s smallest state, the Vatican City, where you will marvel at the Vatican Museum, the breathtaking Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church, which leads to the magnificent St. Peter’s Square. From there, you will continue to the Forum and the historic Colosseum.

    Enrich

    This evening enjoy a private farewell dinner near the Pantheon, hosted by a culinary connoisseur accompanied by a wine pairing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Rome

    Bid a fond farewell to Rome and transfer to the luxurious Scenic Eclipse and toast the start of your exploration of Italy and Greece.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Sorrento

    A resort town with a huge reputation, Sorrento, is known as the land of lemons and orange groves, and the birthplace of Limoncello.  Gateway to the Amalfi Coast and perhaps the most stunning stretch of coast line to be found anywhere in Europe, if not the world, Sorrento is a bucket list stop. Perched on cliffs that plunge into the deep blue of the Mediterranean, Sorrento is home to peaceful alleyways, villas, hotels and a gentle way of life that has been charming visitors and authors since the 19th Century, from Byron and Tolstoy to Dickens and Goethe. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion. 

    Freechoice

    Drive along the coast of Sorrento to the miraculous ruins of Pompeii, or relish the view as you take a funicular ride to the town of Capri. Choose to walk through the historical centre of Sorrento before cooling off with Sorrento’s favourite homemade ice cream, or experience a local farm in the Sorrentine hills.  

    Discovery

    Enjoy kayaking in the Bay of Leranto, the heart of a protected marine area. Visit caves and spectacular cliffs with your guide. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Lipari

    Of the seven Aeolian islands, this is the largest and the most populated. Lying off the north coast of Sicily, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Lipari is one of UNESCO’s marvellous World Heritage-listed sites. The powerful castle guards from its panoramic position, overlooking a pastel coloured seafront and elegant historic town-houses, with a rugged landscape, windswept highlands, precipitous cliffs and dreamy blue waters in the distance. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion. 

    Freechoice

    Join a panoramic tour around the island, and choose to visit the archaeological museum or going for a local tasting. Alternatively, board a private boat to Vulcano and visit the thermal wells and fumaroles before exploring the small village.

    Discovery

    Hike the unique volcanic scenery of Vulcano.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Giardini Naxos (Taormina)

    Taormina is one of Sicily’s most popular summer destinations, and the gateway to the treasures of Sicily with Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, dominating the backdrop. The picturesque small town located above the Ionian Sea is known for its stunning ancient theatre, astonishing vistas and fabulous luxury atmosphere. With rich artistic, historical and cultural heritage, it's no wonder the seaside town has drawn in flocks of visitors since the eighteenth century. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.  

    Freechoice

    Delve into the Sicilian atmosphere of the classic film trilogy The Godfather, or explore the medieval centre of Taormina. Alternatively, drive to Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano.

    Discovery

    Explore the Alcantara Gorges and the Alcantara River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Fiskardo, Greece

    Fiskardo is a sailor’s paradise, home to fish tavernas and cafes that offer the quintessential Greek dining experience that has seduced travellers since decades. Located on the northern tip of Kefalonia, Fiskardo is the only village on Kefalonia that has its original Venetian buildings intact and still in use, The hamlet was also virtually untouched by the great earthquake in 1953. This is a region of great natural beauty, perfectly preserved ruins that date back over 2000 years, and calm, azure waters. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.  

    Freechoice

    Visit the mesmerising Melissani Lake and experience the highlights of Kefalonia.

    Discovery

    If you’re feeling active, join a local for a hike or a kayak tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Monemvasia

    The medieval castle town of Monemvasia has a unique fairy-tale atmosphere. Surrounded by the teal waters of the Aegean, Monemvasia was carved on the backside of a sea rock and previously only accessible by boat. Walking around the paved streets, by the elegant stone mansions and the Byzantine churches while gazing out to the Myrtoan Sea will have you losing sense of time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Santorini

    A part of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is an island like no other. This volcanic land is home to white-washed buildings and blue-domed churches and offers stunning views across the turquoise waters. Treat your taste buds to the ultimate gastronomic experience by exploring the island's famous wineries and sample delicacies such as ‘ntomatokeftedes,’ a tomato fritter. Explore the caldera edge as you traverse the cobblestone streets from Fira to Oia and learn about the great history of Hellenistic temples and ancient Minoan settlement.    

    Freechoice

    Visit the picturesque village Oia and learn about the wine industry with a tasting, or see the black sand Perissa Beach and the enormous Mesa Vouno. Choose to explore the prehistoric city of Akrotiri with buildings 4,000 years old, or sail to thermal springs of Palea Kameni. Alternatively, gain an insight into aspects of Greek life on this panoramic tour of the island.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a glass of wine and the sunset while listening to the artistic synthesis of two incredible violinists

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Kea

    Kea (also called Tzia) is characterised by hilly countryside and quiet beaches, the local waters home to several shipwrecks including Titanic’s sister ship, Britannic, which sank in 1916. Boasting earthy tones and elegant architecture that differs from other Greek islands, Kea is also known for its verdant natural paradise, home to rare plant species and wild animals.  

    Freechoice

    Tour the island of Kea and visit two local villages for a tasting of local products and a small folklore show, or enjoy a cooking presentation before learning about the local bee hives.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Piraeus (Athens)

    Welcome back to Piraeus (Athens). Your cruise ends this morning as you say farewell to your crew and new friends. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your homeward flight 

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the cruise will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your luxury escorted journey includes
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Porterage throughout, plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Truly all-inclusive luxury
  • Only 228 guests on board for a truly intimate experience
  • Spacious all Verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 4 member Specialist Discovery Team
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • All tipping and gratuities

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