For over 35 years, GHardy Tours’ signature trip to Greece and Italy continues to be one of the most popular for teachers because of the curated expert guides, incredible locations, superlative accommodations, and well-balanced itinerary that delivers the experience of a lifetime!
Begin your journey in Athens, Greece, the birthplace of democracy and philosophy. Explore the Acropolis, where the Parthenon stands as a timeless symbol of classical architecture. Delve into the rich history at the Acropolis Museum, home to an extensive collection of ancient artifacts and one of the greatest museums in the world. Stroll through the historic Plaka district, where ancient and modern worlds intertwine amongst vibrant cafes and boutiques and where the famous Greek culture is on display.
Continue to Delphi, once considered the birthplace of the world by the ancients. The Temple of Apollo still echos with voices of the past and is where the famous Oracle of Delphi delivered cryptic prophecies that could influence ancient rulers to launch wars or found new Greek colonies.
Cross the beautiful Adriatic Sea to Italy and arrive in Rome, where the legacy of the Roman Empire unfolds before you. Walk through the Roman Forum and see where Julius Caeser was assassinated, stand in awe of the Colosseum while imagining the gladiator fights, and admire the architectural grandeur of the Pantheon. Visit Vatican City, home to the Pope, St. Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums, where Renaissance art meets religious history. You’ll also have a chance to throw a coin in the Trevi fountain and enjoy traditional pizza in an authentic trattoria!
Travel down the coast towards Amalfi and Pompeii, where the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 preserved the ancient Roman city in ash. Explore the remarkably preserved streets, homes, and artifacts, offering a glimpse into daily life during antiquity.
Finally, venture to Florence, the heart of the Italian Renaissance. Admire masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli at the Uffizi Gallery. Visit the cathedral built by the Medici family known as ‘The Duomo,’ walk across the Rialto Bridge, shop in the leather market, and savour the best gelato.
This journey through Greece and Italy is a captivating exploration of classical civilizations, where the echoes of the past resonate in the present, leaving students enriched by the timeless legacy of these remarkable cultures. Along the way you will soak up fabulous Italian culture and cuisine and enjoy the legendary Greek hospitality!