and Greece are steeped in history with a treasure trove of ancient
sites and scenic beauty. On this affordable Italy and Greece tour,
you’ll see the exceptional features these countries have to offer,
starting in Rome and ending in Athens. In Italy, you’ll stay in Rome,
Florence, and the Venice area; in Greece, you’ll stay in Olympia,
Nauplia, and Athens. You’ll also spend one night on a ferry, crossing
the Adriatic Sea from Ancona, Italy to Patras, Greece. Visit Rome with
a local guide who brings ancient Imperial Rome back to life as you see
the Colosseum. Enjoy must-see sights, including Piazza Signoria, in the
middle of Florence; the Roman arena in Verona, and Pisa’s famous
Leaning Tower. In Venice, take a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and
watch glassblowers create works of art as they have done for centuries
– or discover the lagoon at your own pace. Step back in time on your
visit to Athens’ Acropolis and the Parthenon, dating back to the 5th
century BC, and the most accurate indication of the influence and
wealth of Athens at its greatest peak. You’ll also visit Mycenae,
dating back to 1350 to 1200 BC, where you’ll marvel at the arches,
fountains, ramparts, and amazing masonry still standing. All these
elements come together perfectly to create a value-minded Italy and
Greece tour like no other!
ROME Guided sightseeing
PISA See the Leaning Tower
FLORENCE Guided walking tour
VENICE Boat ride to St. Mark’s
MYCENAE Guided visit of the
ATHENS Guided sightseeing, visit
Inside visits and
special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in
the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices to customize your
own experience. Please find a detailed list in your travel documents
throughout the tour
ROME Ibis Styles Roma Aurelia (F) FLORENCE AREA B&B Firenze City Center (ST) VENICE AREA Poppi (ST)
OLYMPIA Olympia Palace (F)
NAUPLIA Rex (F)
ATHENS Acropolis Select (F) HOTELS -
(SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class (ST) Superior Tourist Class
(T) Tourist Class
breakfasts daily; 3 dinners, including dinner at a local restaurant in
Florence and Nauplia
TRANSPORTATION Touring by private, first-class,
air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; mini-train to Pisa; canal
transfer boat in Venice; ferry Ancona-Patras in 2-berth cabins with
private shower and toilet
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Mycenae, Athens;
professional Tour Director while touring
AIRPORT TRANSFERS Airport transfers
may be included when you make your flight arrangements.
Day 1 Arrive in ROME, Italy Check into your hotel. The rest of the
day is free for you to explore Italy’s ancient capital using your
CosmosGO app. This evening, meet your Tour Director and travel
Day2ROMEThe “Eternal City” is steeped in
history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start the
included introduction to Rome’s landmarks from St. Peter’s Square with
a Local Guide. Enjoy a drive along the iconic landmarks of the city:
the Tiber River, the Caius Cestius Pyramid, the Aurelian Walls, and the
Caracalla Baths. Complete the experience with a walk back in time from
the Circus Maximus to the Arch of Constantine and to the fascinating
Colosseum, symbol of the Roman Empire. Don’t miss out on the
opportunity to visit the treasures of the Vatican Museum and the
Sistine Chapel, on our optional excursion.
Day 3 ROME–PISA–FLORENCEVistas of rolling hills, cypress trees,
vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your
journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa Pisa and enjoy a
mini-train ride to see the Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning
Tower, then on to Florence. End the day by joining the optional
Gastronomy Experience in a typical restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km Breakfast
Day4FLORENCEToday, discover the wonders of Florence,
starting with a guided walking tour, featuring some of the city’s
greatest attractions. See Piazza Santa Croce; world-famous Signoria
Square; 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio with its collection of artistic
masterpieces; Loggia dei Lanzi; the unique Duomo with Giotto’s Gothic
Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s ornate bronze door known as the “Gate of
Day 5 FLORENCE–VERONA–VENICE AREATravel north and cross the Po River to
Verona, setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Marvel at the
ancient Roman Arena, built for gladiator fights but now still used as a
popular venue for the festivals and concerts; shop in Via Mazzini, or
just wander the cobblestone streets of the city center.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km Breakfast
Day6VENICEVenice is a place of unmatched beauty
and a feast of fantastic sights. View the delightful crisscrossing
canals, the gondolas, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Your
included orientation features a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and a
visit to a Venetian glassblowing workshop. You’ll have time to explore
at leisure on your own, sipping a cappuccino or the typical Venetian
drink called spritz at one of the many bars or cafés. or join
one of our optional excursions, like a ride on one of the most iconic
boats in the world, the romantic gondola.
Day 7 VENICE AREA–ANCONA
(EMBARKATION)–OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO PATRAS, GREECETravel across the flatlands of the Po
Delta to reach Ancona on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, to embark on
the ferry for the crossing to Patras, Greece. Accommodation will be in
two-berth cabins with private shower and toilet. Today’s Distance: 227
mi/ 365 km
Today’s Distance: 227 mi/ 365 km Breakfast
Day8PATRAS (DISEMBARKATION)–OLYMPIADuring the crossing, enjoy the ship’s
amenities. Disembark in Patras and drive south into the Peloponnese to
Today’s Distance: 63 mi/ 100 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 9 OLYMPIA–NAUPLIAEnjoy time at leisure or make the most
of this morning by taking the optional tour of the sites of ancient
Olympia, including the ruins of the Temple of Zeus. In the afternoon,
enjoy the rugged scenery of the Peloponnese on the way to Nauplia. This
evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi/ 201 km Breakfast Dinner
Day10NAUPLIA–MYCENAE–ATHENSMorning visit with a Local Guide to the
impressive ruins of Mycenae, an ancient city of Homer’s epics. Later,
stop to view the Corinth Canal, built between 1881 and 1893.
Today’s Distance: 87 mi/ 140 km Breakfast
Day 11 ATHENSJoin the included sightseeing tour of
Athens, featuring the highlights of the ancient capital and a visit to
the Acropolis. Explore the shops and museums or take the tram to the
coast. In the evening, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the tavernas in
the old Plaka district with its narrow streets and sound of bouzouki
music, or join an optional traditional Greek dinner.
Day 12 ATHENSYour vacation ends with breakfast this
12 Day Tour
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historical and archaeological sites. From a young age, I always dreamed
of being an ambassador of my country so that I could make everyone
aware of its outstanding beauty. Today, I am proud to take people from
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with this particular touring program.
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can take you all the way from your own hometown to
some of the most beautiful touring experiences in Europe and then back
again - all with the expertise of a seasoned COSMOS professional
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Gardner President Gardner Travel
than three decades ago Cosmos
pioneered the idea of quality value
to Europe. Since then we've developed and refined the concept of
packages. Over a million people have come back to us for a second or
repeat business is the best testimony to the incredible value and
If you've never
taken a package vacation, consider this: Traveling with Cosmos is less
expensive, more comfortable, and far easier than going it alone. Our
contracting for hotels and services provides you with travel at
prices. A Cosmos package is carefully planned to make the best possible
use of your time.
Our team of
experts has refined our itineraries to combine the must-see sights with
significant time on your own, offering more choice and flexibility. You
can travel relaxed and hassle-free, knowing that we've taken care of
the details. Once you've
discovered the special advantages of traveling with Cosmos, you'll
want to travel any other way again. Cosmos is "A Smart Way To Go."
the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable
folks who show you around and help you maximize your free time. We go
to incredible lengths to find the most professional Tour Directors and
Local Guides. They deliver commentary in English, but are multilingual
so they can navigate Europe with ease and give you the richest
For all guided visits and included sightseeing in Europe, Cosmos will
provide personal audio headsets. See tour itinerary for details.
The Right Balance
No one enjoys a vacation where every second is spent on a schedule. We
build free time into every Cosmos vacation, so you can eat, shop, and
explore the way you want. Your Tour Director and Local Guides can offer
suggestions for things to see and do-or you can join one of our many
intriguing optional excursions.
Our packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that
reveal the best of Europe, North America, and South America. Enjoy
inside visits of the must-see sites with knowledgeable Local Guides who
will bring each destination to life. Inside visits and special features
are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description. See individual
itinerary pages to learn what is included in your vacation.
Vacation with MyCosmos
Cosmos lets you enhance your tour with optional excursions that are
meaningful to you. Whether you enjoy art, music, food, wine, history,
or whatever, we give you the freedom to truly personalize your trip.
Best of all, you can make your selections-and even pre-pay-in advance
online at Cosmos.com/MyCosmos.
Care of Your
you stay makes all the difference After a day's
traveling you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive
We have chosen hotels with the best rooms, service, and food for the
Of course, they vary as different countries have different standards.
we ensure that everywhere you get the best available in cleanliness and
are always located in good neighborhoods, some more centrally and
in residential areas. Especially in large cities we sometimes prefer
hotels in residential areas on the outskirts to less desirable or
Rooms at all
our hotels include private facilities: private bath or shower and a
are usually no larger than twin rooms and the third bed is often a
bed put into a twin-bedded room just for the night.
your hotels Our hotels
are mainly superior tourist-class (ST) and tourist-class (T)
but we also feature some first-class (F) hotels. Cosmos hotel ratings
standards set by the independent Official Hotel Guide (OHG) or by
tourist boards. The specific rating for each contract hotel is
by our quality controllers.
the right to substitute hotels listed on the tour pages with hotels of
equivalent standard. With your Cosmos travel documents you'll receive a
list of hotel addresses, telephone numbers, and fax numbers for your
Vacation Dollars Value-packed
vacations at bargain prices. With Cosmos,
a company that specializes in package travel arrangements, you'll visit
the world without spending a fortune. Because all our buying power is
to package travel, our clout with suppliers is powerfully concentrated
-- and we pass the savings on to you with affordable vacation packages
for every budget.
with "guaranteed share" rates More than one-third
of all people traveling with Cosmos are traveling independently. We
accept reservations on a "guaranteed share" basis. We charge singles
basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded
For mutual comfort we adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms.
shares" are not available for extra nights before or after your tour,
tours with overnight trains, or on train or cruise extensions. If we cannot
find a roommate for a traveler who has booked on a "guaranteed share"
we'll absorb the single room supplement, and that traveler will be
in a single room at no extra charge. Of course we
do offer single rooms when available to those who prefer to travel solo
and pay the single supplement.
reduction Cosmos grants
a reduction to three people who travel together and share the same
Triple room reductions, when available, are listed in the Dates and
box on the tour page.
A word of caution:
Triple rooms usually are no larger than twin rooms, and the third bed,
if there is one, is often a rollaway bed put in a twin-bedded room for
young tour members Cosmos grants
a 10 percent discount on the land tour price to travelers who are under
18 years old on the tour departure date, provided they are accompanied
by an adult. We do not accept children under eight on our tours because
we have found that they are too young to enjoy these vacations.
Offer Flexibility Joining late and
Many Cosmos land arrangements start and end in London. If you have
already spent time in the British capital, you may want to skip one or
more of the included London nights or even join at the first overnight
hotel on the Continent. Call your Travel Agent for any reductions that
apply to your vacation for joining late or leaving early. Vacations
with these reductions are sold on a land-only basis.
professional team takes care of you in London
For any help or information you might require during your London stay,
please contact the Cosmos hospitality desk at your hotel. Our
knowledgeable staff will serve you with a smile; give you guidance on
what to do and where to go; and arrange excursions, evening
entertainment, and theater outings for you.
If you'd like more hotel nights than we've provided at the start or end
of your tour, we can make reservations for you at the rates quoted
below, provided you request them at the time you book your vacation.
Rates are per person, per night, and include room with private bath,
breakfast, service charges, and taxes.
Extra nights are only available immediately prior to or after your
tour. Extra pre-tour nights in London are not available if you join
your tour later than Day 2.
Every effort is made to reserve extra nights at the hotel where your
tour stays. If space at the tour hotel is not available, alternative
accommodation will be reserved at a hotel of equivalent standard. When
this is the case, the transfer to and from the tour hotel is at our
As hotel space is limited, we cannot reserve more than two extra nights
before and/or after a tour, unless they are needed to bridge the gap
between two Cosmos vacations. During particularly busy periods, hotel
space in certain cities can become so tight that we may be unable to
sell extra nights.
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and The Globus
More than 90
years ago, Antonio Mantegazza bought a rowboat to transport commercial
goods across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Who could know that rowboat
would launch the world's leading escorted travel company? Today Globus
is a global, family-owned company reaching every corner of the world.
Globus is now the first choice among individuals looking for vacations
with both domestic and international travel in a variety of styles to
six continents and hundreds of itineraries to choose from (see Globus History video right).
frequent trips across the scenic lake led him to
consider opportunities in a different market - tourism. His
entrepreneurial instinct pushed him to gradually acquire some
motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area. In
1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring
called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches
which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland.
1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches
and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites and
the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours
and grew longer to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the
leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus
pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class
European tours to North Americans. By 1961, the company launched its
Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, value-priced European touring
for the cost-conscious British traveler.
coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon
introduced another form of travel for the British market: air holiday
packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. By 1968, Cosmos
air holidays became so popular the company formed its own airline,
Monarch Airlines. Monarch Airlines started out modestly with two used
Britannia aircraft and eventually blossomed into one of the most
successful European charter companies with a large fleet of modern jets
and its own engineering division.
the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president
and son of Antonio, Globus began expanding its markets beyond Great
Britain and North America. Since 1974, travel packages have been sold
in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most recently in Southeast Asia.
Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its
offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour
operator with packages to Africa, South and North America, Europe, the
South Pacific and Asia.
the Globus family of brands is marketed and operated
by a network of more than 32 independent tourism and aviation
businesses, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals
worldwide. Combined, Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms carry over 500,000
passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of
guided vacations worldwide. Globus attributes its success to the ideals
of founder Antonio Mantegazza. For three generations, his vision, hard
work, love for travel, and commitment have guided the company. These
values are the cornerstone on which Globus was built and will continue
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