From Roman history to the birthplace of Greek mythology, this itinerary is worthy of gods. After a day in the very exclusive and elegant Monte Carlo, Monaco, set sail back to Italian land and explore the city of Naples. The town centre is marked with many narrow pedestrian roads, but for a unique experience off the beaten path, take a stroll down “Via dei Presepi” to find endless artisanal shops dedicated to the traditional Neapolitan handmade nativity scene figurines. In Santorini, local cuisine, wine and unbelievable sights are the order of the day, but if you explore the prehistoric town of Akrotiri, you might just find the inspiration for Plato’s Lost City of Atlantis. Volos’ beauty, wealth and its long ancient history have left their mark on the city’s architecture. Take a daytrip to Pelion, a place of indescribable beauty, where crystal-clear water and white sand beaches are just the beginning. Enjoy a breathtaking view, lush vegetation and an extensive network of hiking trails through mountains where legends say you can still hear the echoing hooves of the majestic centaurs to this day.
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The world’s second smallest country is big on glitz and glamour. Perhaps best known for its breathtaking casino and headline-making royal family, Monte Carlo is all manicured streets, impressive palaces and lush city parks. Come see how the rich and famous live and play.
How lucky to visit the Tuscan region, Florence & Pisa, resplendent in art and history. What’s even more fortunate is that all the main attractions in Florence are centrally located for the perfect walking tour. See Santa Croce, Piazza del Duomo and Michelangelo’s David.
you must try the real thing before you explore the historic centre with its grand palace, cathedral and opera house. Feeling romantic? Take the hydrofoil to the isle of Capri or the Amalfi Coast drive to Sorrento and don’t forget your camera. History buffs make for Pompeii, to see how the Romans lived back in the 1st century AD.
The Sicilian port of Messina marks time with one of the world’s largest astronomical clocks, while nearby Taormina with its opera-set streets and squares and fantastic Greco-Roman theatre, sways to the rhythms of la dolce vita. Feeling adventurous? How about a cable car and 4×4 ascent up to the most recent lava flows of active Mount Etna?
One of the lushest of the Greek Isles, Corfu is rimmed in dramatic blue waters and topped with tranquil hillside villages. A collection of quaint cafes in the town of Corfu feels very continental, but the island’s secluded coves and sandy beaches could only be found in the Greek Isles.
Katakolon is a sleepy, likeable little port with a cluster of bars and shops along the harbour front. It’s also starting point for a visit to Olympia, site of the original Olympic Games, held every four years and dedicated to Zeus. As you wander past the evocative ruined temples, courts and courses, it all seems a far cry from the big business of today’s Olympics.
Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island’s charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis.
Istanbul is where Europe meets Asia and switches on sensory overload with frenetic streets, teeming souks, mosques, minarets and, flowing through it all, the equally busy Bosphorus. Must-sees are the huge Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar – unlike any market you’ve ever seen, so be prepared for a serious bout of bargaining.
This is the cradle of civilization, the oldest city in Europe. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, It is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping.
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