Welcome to Rome, Share the Eternal City. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to view some of this city's magnificent sites.
Visit St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's Pietà with a Local Specialist. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held and visit the impressive Colosseum.
This morning, head to the Vatican with a Local Specialist. 'Dive Into Culture' as you ascend the Bramante staircase, then admire Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Later, drive north to Renaissance Florence in Tuscany. Tonight, 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner in the Chianti countryside.
Your Local Specialist reveals Florence's rich cultural heritage during your walking tour. Visit Piazza della Signoria and view the marble Duomo, the famous Baptistery, and Ponte Vecchio. Travel through the Apennines and cross the Veneto plains to Venice.
Cruise by private launch to Giudecca Island, where you'll 'Dive Into Culture' and witness the Venetian tradition of glass making. See the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. This afternoon, consider taking an Optional Experience to one of the islands in the lagoon.
Travel south to the ancient port city of Ancona to board your overnight ferry to mainland Greece.
Arrive early at the port of Igoumenitsa and travel along the foothills of the Athamanika mountains before arriving at the UNESCO-listed monasteries of Meteora. Your Local Specialist will guide you on a visit to two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks that tower above the town. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Drive south towards Mount Parnassos and Delphi, where we will stay overnight. Join a Local Specialist and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world and walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo where athletes competed in the Pythian Games.
We depart the 'navel of the earth' this morning and travel to Athens where we'll discover the city's rich heritage during our morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. See Hadrian's Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Indulge in a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of your trip.
Extend your 'Best of Greece' or 'Best of Italy and Greece' holiday, with a visit to Mykonos. Take your transfer to the port where you'll board your ferry bound for sunny Mykonos. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel.
Savour some free time to explore Mykonos on your own before your Trafalgar representative leads an orientation tour through the cobbled streets of Chora. You'll see the five churches of Paraportiani and the Folklore Museum, which was once a captain's mansion. Continue past the old port towards Little Venice, admiring its 18th-century whitewashed fishing houses with cerulean blue balconies that look out over the bay. Then head up the hill and see the Windmills of Kato Mili that have stood as a Mykonos landmark since the 16th-century. Keen shoppers will adore a visit to Matogianni, the main shopping street in Chora, which we'll visit before passing the Three Wells. Stop for a quick drink of its magical waters to secure your stay on the island, then enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. As the sun sets over Mykonos, there's no better place for sunsets paired with cocktails than the Peningrakis Castle's 180 Degrees Sunset Bar. Claim your front-row seat and watch Mother Nature at its best before joining your fellow travellers for dinner at a local restaurant.
Embark on a half-day sightseeing tour of the island with your fellow guests. Explore Ano Mera village and visit the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, which was originally founded in 1580 and dedicated to the protectress of Mykonos. Continue to the water sports hub of Kalaftis beach, consistently awarded Blue Flag status, then the quieter Agioa Ionnis beach just across the mystical island of Delos. Spend the rest of your day relaxing or delve into local culture and history with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, Aegean Maritime Museum and Lena's House Folk Museum. For a final unforgettable sunset, head back to Little Venice for an evening cocktail at a local taverna.
Kick back and enjoy another day in beautiful surrounds. Today is yours to relax and take in this delightful island. There is an abundance of dining establishments to suit all tastes where you can dine on a full range of international cuisine, including delightful Greek specialities.
Your island encounter has come to an end. Rise early and head to the Old Port to watch the local fishermen begin their day in their colourful boats. Later, you'll board your return ferry to Athens, where you'll transfer to your hotel.
We bid farewell to Greece and our island encounter. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
Please Note: The Mykonos Island Extension can only be booked in conjunction with either the Best of Greece or Best of Italy and Greece trips.