Italy and Greece Expedition
Empires of the Mediterranean
- Photograph the Parthenon of Athens.
- Swim in the crystal-clear waters off Greece's Náfplio beach.
- Examine Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
- Hike up to a remote monastery on the island of Hydra.
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Itinerary 17 Days
More than 2,000 years ago, the ancient Greeks laid the foundations for Western civilization: democracy, philosophy, history, mathematics, science, medicine, art, and architecture. Close on their heels, the Romans established the ancient world's greatest empire, stretching far beyond the Mediterranean and building on the classical traditions of the Greeks. Against a backdrop of magnificent temples and rich mythology, explore stunning islands by boat and on foot, visit archaeological sites, learn the rhythms of modern life, and experience the living legacy of the Greek and Roman Empires.
Days 1-5. Begin in magical, timeless Rome. Set out with your On Assignment team to discover the many wonders of this great city. Walk through the Roman Forum, where Julius Caesar was assassinated by conspirators. Imagine crowds cheering on the gladiators in the grand Colosseum and the chariot races in the Circus Maximus. Take in some of the world's greatest classical sculpture at the Vatican museums and the Villa Borghese. Examine Michelangelo's masterpiece: the frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Explore the streets and alleyways of this vibrant city with your team, finding hidden parks and ruins. Peer into the gaping Bocca della Verità, a sculpted mouth reputed to bite off the hand of anyone who doesn't tell the truth. Interact with street performers and local shopkeepers, sample delicious gelato near the Spanish Steps, and take in the contemporary music scene in one of Rome's many historic piazzas.