10 or 13 days
Florence, Rome, Delphi region, Athens, extension cruise to Greek Islands
Program designed to: Facilitate exploration of the roots of Western Civilization and the impact of classical Greek and Roman culture on modern history, philosophy, art and cuisine. Visit breathtaking ancient ruins, explore medieval neighborhoods untouched by time, and marvel at Renaissance masterpieces in world-renowned museums. Throughout your journey you’ll connect with locals and get an insider’s view of contemporary Mediterranean life in Italy and Greece.

Highlight: Enjoy the traditions of the Mediterranean diet—listed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity—while you explore the cultural identities of Italy and Greece.

🔹 Curated experiences: Every program is intentionally designed to feature guided learning, community engagement, and independent exploration experiences to drive global competency development, denoted on each itinerary with a blue diamond. Learn more about these experiences.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy

  • Day 2: Florence

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Florence, Tuscany’s charming capital city, which began as a Roman settlement and is now known for its classic artistry and famed craftsmanship, including Michelangelo's David, Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, and the towering Duomo

    Enjoy dinner in Florence

  • Day 3: Florence

    Take a guided tour of Florence

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Piazza della Signoria, which is lined with classic statues
    • Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge where many of Florence’s famed leather and gold artisans still keep shop 
    • Basilica of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and others are buried 
    • Gates of Paradise, bronzed doors that depict scenes from the Old Testament and are considered an icon of the Renaissance 

    Visit Palazzo Pitti, a palace built in the 15th century and occupied primary by Florence's prominent Medici dynasty

    Visit the Boboli Gardens, the first Italian-style garden filled with statues, grottos, fountains, and terraces

    🔹 Independent exploration: Spend a half day exploring Florence on your own

  • Day 4: Florence • Rome

    Travel to Rome, Italy's historic capital where the Roman Empire flourished and left an enduring mark with its intellectual, artistic, spiritual, and physical achievements 

    🔹 Guided learning: Take a guided tour of Rome

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Roman Forum, marking the former heart of the Roman Empire where Julius Caesar gave many of his political speeches
    • The Colosseum, the world’s most famous arena used for gladiatorial combat

    Enjoy a pizza dinner in Rome

  • Day 5: Rome

    Take a guided tour of Vatican City, the headquarter of the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s breathtaking frescoes
    • St. Peter’s Basilica, a site of religious and historical significance over which the Pope presides

    🔹 Community engagement: Take a self-guided walking tour of Rome

    You will see:

    • Trevi Fountain, Rome's iconic landmark
    • Pantheon, built to honor all the gods of Rome
    • Piazza Navona, a lively square lined with restaurants and shops
    • Spanish Steps, Europe's widest staircase
  • Day 6: Rome

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Ostia Antica

    Ostia Antica

    Visit the archaeological site of Ostia Antica, Rome's seaport located at the mouth of the Tiber River. Once inhabited by 100,000 people, the town is remarkable for many of its ancient features, from a lighthouse, to frescoes and mosaics, to numerous taverns and inns.

  • Day 7: Rome • Athens • Delphi

    Fly to Athens, the capital city of Greece known for being the birthplace of democracy, the Olympic Games, and the achievements of the Greek Empire

    Travel to Delphi, site of the famed Oracle, which stands as one of the most important landmarks of antiquity 

    Enjoy dinner in Delphi

  • Day 8: Delphi • Athens

    Visit the Delphi Archaeological Museum, dedicated to the Oracle of Delphi and housing a variety of artifacts dating back to 550 B.C.

    🔹 Guided learning: Take a walking tour of the sites of Delphi

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Temple of Apollo where, according to legend, gods chose to communicate with mortals
    • Ruins of Delphi, where ancient military leaders were known to leave offerings here in the hopes of earning luck in battle

    Travel to Athens

    Enjoy a traditional giouvetsi dinner, a traditional baked pasta dish

  • Day 9: Athens

    Take a guided tour of Athens

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Olympic Stadium, where the first Olympic athletes displayed physical strength as a way to honor and entertain the gods of Mount Olympus
    • Syntagma Square, the central square of Athens

    Take a guided tour of Acropolis

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Parthenon, an enduring symbol of Athenian democracy an iconic Greek landmark
    • Temple of Athena Nike, which once housed a gold statue of the goddess, her wings clipped to prevent her from deserting the city

    Take a walking tour of Athens, named for Athena, goddess of war and wisdom

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Plaka District, a hillside area of the city with cobblestone streets, whitewashed homes, and a Greek Island feel
    • Temple of Olympian Zeus, built in 515 B.C. to honor the most powerful of all Greek gods
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    🔹 Community engagement: Cape Sounion with dinner

    🔹 Community engagement: Cape Sounion with dinner

    This afternoon, travel to Cape Sounion. According to legend this is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. Your guided tour will take you to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. End your excursion with an included dinner as you take in the beautiful sunset.

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 10: Greek Island cruise: Mykonos

    Depart on a three-day cruise of the Greek islands, surrounded by beautiful crystalline waters and shaped by Greek and Roman influences

    (Shore excursions to Kusadasi, Crete and Santorini are included for all travelers)

    An all-inclusive water, tea, coffee, and soft drink package is included

  • Day 11: Greek Island cruise: Kusadasi • Patmos

  • Day 12: Greek Island cruise: Crete • Santorini

  • Day 13: Return to Athens & depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy

  • Day 2: Florence

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Florence, Tuscany’s charming capital city, which began as a Roman settlement and is now known for its classic artistry and famed craftsmanship, including Michelangelo's David, Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, and the towering Duomo

    Enjoy dinner in Florence

  • Day 3: Florence

    Take a guided tour of Florence

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Piazza della Signoria, which is lined with classic statues
    • Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge where many of Florence’s famed leather and gold artisans still keep shop 
    • Basilica of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and others are buried 
    • Gates of Paradise, bronzed doors that depict scenes from the Old Testament and are considered an icon of the Renaissance 

    Visit Palazzo Pitti, a palace built in the 15th century and occupied primary by Florence's prominent Medici dynasty

    Visit the Boboli Gardens, the first Italian-style garden filled with statues, grottos, fountains, and terraces

    🔹 Independent exploration: Spend a half day exploring Florence on your own

  • Day 4: Florence • Rome

    Travel to Rome, Italy's historic capital where the Roman Empire flourished and left an enduring mark with its intellectual, artistic, spiritual, and physical achievements 

    🔹 Guided learning: Take a guided tour of Rome

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Roman Forum, marking the former heart of the Roman Empire where Julius Caesar gave many of his political speeches
    • The Colosseum, the world’s most famous arena used for gladiatorial combat

    Enjoy a pizza dinner in Rome

  • Day 5: Rome

    Take a guided tour of Vatican City, the headquarter of the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s breathtaking frescoes
    • St. Peter’s Basilica, a site of religious and historical significance over which the Pope presides

    🔹 Community engagement: Take a self-guided walking tour of Rome

    You will see:

    • Trevi Fountain, Rome's iconic landmark
    • Pantheon, built to honor all the gods of Rome
    • Piazza Navona, a lively square lined with restaurants and shops
    • Spanish Steps, Europe's widest staircase
  • Day 6: Rome

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Ostia Antica

    Ostia Antica

    Visit the archaeological site of Ostia Antica, Rome's seaport located at the mouth of the Tiber River. Once inhabited by 100,000 people, the town is remarkable for many of its ancient features, from a lighthouse, to frescoes and mosaics, to numerous taverns and inns.

  • Day 7: Rome • Athens • Delphi

    Fly to Athens, the capital city of Greece known for being the birthplace of democracy, the Olympic Games, and the achievements of the Greek Empire

    Travel to Delphi, site of the famed Oracle, which stands as one of the most important landmarks of antiquity 

    Enjoy dinner in Delphi

  • Day 8: Delphi • Athens

    Visit the Delphi Archaeological Museum, dedicated to the Oracle of Delphi and housing a variety of artifacts dating back to 550 B.C.

    🔹 Guided learning: Take a walking tour of the sites of Delphi

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Temple of Apollo where, according to legend, gods chose to communicate with mortals
    • Ruins of Delphi, where ancient military leaders were known to leave offerings here in the hopes of earning luck in battle

    Travel to Athens

    Enjoy a traditional giouvetsi dinner, a traditional baked pasta dish

  • Day 9: Athens

    Take a guided tour of Athens

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Olympic Stadium, where the first Olympic athletes displayed physical strength as a way to honor and entertain the gods of Mount Olympus
    • Syntagma Square, the central square of Athens

    Take a guided tour of Acropolis

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Parthenon, an enduring symbol of Athenian democracy an iconic Greek landmark
    • Temple of Athena Nike, which once housed a gold statue of the goddess, her wings clipped to prevent her from deserting the city

    Take a walking tour of Athens, named for Athena, goddess of war and wisdom

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Plaka District, a hillside area of the city with cobblestone streets, whitewashed homes, and a Greek Island feel
    • Temple of Olympian Zeus, built in 515 B.C. to honor the most powerful of all Greek gods
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    🔹 Community engagement: Cape Sounion with dinner

    🔹 Community engagement: Cape Sounion with dinner

    This afternoon, travel to Cape Sounion. According to legend this is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. Your guided tour will take you to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. End your excursion with an included dinner as you take in the beautiful sunset.

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 10: Greek Island cruise: Mykonos

    Depart on a three-day cruise of the Greek islands, surrounded by beautiful crystalline waters and shaped by Greek and Roman influences

    (Shore excursions to Kusadasi, Crete and Santorini are included for all travelers)

    An all-inclusive water, tea, coffee, and soft drink package is included

  • Day 11: Greek Island cruise: Kusadasi • Patmos

  • Day 12: Greek Island cruise: Crete • Santorini

  • Day 13: Return to Athens & depart for home

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Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources

With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development
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EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

See the resources you get


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Intercultural Studies in Italy & Greece
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Amazing tour!

This tour took my group to so many beautiful and wonderful places and I loved it so much that I'm already planning to go back to Italy and Greece in the near future! ...
Katmay / Student traveler
/ Posted on November 11, 2019

Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare and transportation

    Buses, trains, cruise ships, ferries and subways—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your program. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • End-to-end Support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    To capitalize on moments for building empathy, awareness, and adaptability in a global environment, we offer a number of different tools designed to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your expert Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences while abroad.

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $15 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible Payment Options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.


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