Trips to Greece and Italy
Athens is a common departure or arrival point for tours in Greece and Italy. (Photo: Images )
With so many enticing sights throughout Italy and Greece, a tour that packs plenty of destinations and activities into its itinerary makes an ideal choice for travelers who can keep up with the pace. Adventure-style trips through the cities, port towns and islands of Italy and Greece are available through numerous tour companies. Some include cruise portions and destinations in other countries in the Mediterranean.
Contiki Tours: Mediterranean Trail
Contiki Tours, specializes in tours for travelers aged 18 to 35. The 14-day Mediterranean Trail tour in combination with its three-day Greek Island Cruise begins in Rome and ends in Athens. It calls at Sorrento, Capri and Pompeii in Italy, then Corfu, Athens, Mykonos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini in Greece. There is also a stop at the Turkish port town of Kusadasi during the cruise portion of the tour. In addition to the many famous landmarks of these destinations, such as the Colosseum in Rome and the Acropolis in Athens, the itinerary includes several activities that are adventurous in style. Take a ride in a wooden motorboat with stops for swimming in the Bay of Naples; try parasailing, waterskiing or riding on a banana boat in Corfu; and hike up a volcanic crater on the island of Santorini.
Wilderness Travel: Journey of Odysseus
Wilderness Travel's Journey of Odysseus tours for 12 days round-trip from Athens. The adventure - which follows in the wake of Homer's Odysseus - includes 10 nights aboard a 114-passenger cruise ship and daily excursions such as walking tours and cultural exploration. It showcases ancient archeological sites including Troy in Turkey, the uninhabited Greek island of Delos, the fifth-century hilltop temple of Segesta in Sicily and Ithaca, Odysseus' home town. Other highlights include visiting the Tarxien Temples on Malta, which date to 2800 B.C., and a tour of Pompeii. The excursion features an enticing combination of scenic cruising, exploring ancient treasures and spending time in spots known for their natural beauty, such as the beaches of Ithaca, the Bay of Dexia and the storied caves of the tiny island of Gozo.