Luxury Romantic Italy & Greek Islands Cruise vacations

Romantic Italy & Greek Islands Cruise

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Embark on an unforgettable European journey to discover the captivating beauty of Italy, Greece, and Turkey on this meticulously crafted itinerary. This luxurious voyage includes a seven-night cruise of the Greek Islands, courtesy of Virgin Voyages, so you can seamlessly combine Italy’s enduring elegance with the sun-drenched splendor of the Greek isles and beautiful Bodrum.

Your adventure begins in Rome, the Eternal City, where ancient ruins and Renaissance masterpieces intersect with couture shopping and lively nightlife. Lose yourself in labyrinthine lanes, people-watch from a cozy trattoria, and toast “la dolce vita” as the sun sets over the Roman Forum.

Then you’ll fly to Athens for a gorgeous three-night stay at the elegant King George Hotel, based right in the city center. Explore historic sites like the Acropolis with an expert guide, and enjoy a comfortable golf buggy city tour.

Then, set sail aboard Virgin Voyages’ lavish ship, Resilient Lady, and cruise the aquamarine waters of the Aegean. Your first port of call is the volcanic island of Santorini, where sunsets over chalk-white villages and seaside cliffs will take your breath away. Wander cobblestone streets to blue-domed churches, savor Greek wine while gazing at views of the caldera, and perhaps take an optional excursion to explore local vineyards and wineries.

Next, you’ll moor off the shores of Bodrum, Turkey, with its crumbling castle and vibrant bazaar brimming with handmade carpets and ceramics.

Your last stop in Greece is the island of Mykonos, legendary for its LGBTQ+ scene, 24-hour partying, and gorgeous beaches with trendy beach bars. Mykonos also boasts chic boutique hotels, delectable seafood tavernas, and hidden corners of tranquility across its winding landscape.

*Please note this itinerary and its starting price is based on seven Virgin Voyages sailings from May to July 2024. Other Virgin Voyages cruises are available; simply speak to our luxury travel experts to find out more.

In detail

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Day 1-3 Rome

Your adventure begins in the eternal city of Rome, an unforgettable destination, especially for history lovers. Here, explore iconic landmarks like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, each telling a story of ancient grandeur.

Stay at the exquisitely designed Leon’s Place, where elegance and exceptional service are in abundance. This design-focused accommodation features some amazing rooms and suites, for every level of luxury.

Enhance your experience with bespoke private tours, and perhaps a day trip to the sovereign enclave of Vatican City, a tiny country that is steeped in history and art.

Day 1-3 Rome

Day 4-6 Amalfi Coast

Next, immerse yourself in the mesmerizing beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Your retreat sits in the lesser-known area of Ravello, an exclusive and luxurious destination on this stunning section of Italian coastline.

You’ll stay at the Palazzo Avino, an elegant waterside haven that was once a 12th-century villa and is now the epitome of style and tranquility.

From here, gaze out at the Mediterranean Sea, sipping Aperol Spritz, and embark on a private sunset yacht cruise, toasting with a glass of Italian prosecco as the sky turns golden.

Day 4-6 Amalfi Coast

Day 6-9 Athens

You’ll enjoy your stay in Athens at the King George, a hotel that exudes classical elegance, nestled in the heart of the city. Its luxurious decor features grand crystal chandeliers, Roman columns, and polished marble floors, setting the stage for your historical exploration of Athens.

Discover Athens’ ancient marvels with a knowledgeable guide, who can offer LGBTQ+ friendly insights if desired. Tour landmarks like the Acropolis, the majestic Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Theatre of Herodes Atticus, and the Temple of Hephaestus, immersing yourself in the city’s rich past.

For a different perspective, opt for a comfortable golf buggy tour, a perfect way to acquaint yourself with Athens, combining ease and comprehensive city exploration.

Evenings in Athens are for indulging in local cuisine at traditional Greek tavernas. Enjoy dishes like kleftikos and Greek salads, all while absorbing the illuminated beauty of the Parthenon.

Day 6-9 Athens

Day 9-16 Virgin Voyage - Embarkation Day

Experience a captivating Aegean voyage from Athens to the islands of Santorini, Rhodes, Bodrum, and Mykonos with Virgin Voyages. This seven-night cruise sets off from Athens and takes you on a fantastic tour before returning you to Athens where you’ll catch your return flight home.

You’ll stay in a Sea View room, with the option to upgrade to a Sea Terrace room or a RockStar Suite if they take your fancy. You can also choose a slightly different cruise itinerary if you wish – just speak to our luxury travel experts.

Day 9-16 Virgin Voyage - Embarkation Day

Santorini

As part of the Virgin Voyages cruise, your first stop will be the breathtaking island of Santorini.

This Greek isle, famous for its stunning sunsets and white-washed buildings, offers a romantic and serene setting.

Explore the winding streets, enjoy the local cuisine, and take in the spectacular views of the Aegean Sea from the iconic cliffs.

Santorini

Rhodes

The cruise then takes you to gorgeous Rhodes, an island rich in history and natural beauty.

Known for its medieval Old Town, Rhodes invites you to take a step back in time. Wander through ancient streets, visit the Palace of the Grand Master, and enjoy the island’s unique blend of Greek and medieval architecture.

There are also some wonderful golden-sand beaches on Rhodes where you can soak up the sunshine and enjoy some sea swimming.

Rhodes

Bodrum

Your next destination is Bodrum in Turkey, a vibrant port city with a lively cultural scene.

Here, you can explore the ancient Bodrum Castle, stroll along the buzzing marina, and experience the unique blend of Turkish and Greek influences that permeate the city’s architecture, cuisine, and atmosphere.

Bodrum

Mykonos

Conclude your cruise on the lively island of Mykonos.

Known for its stunning beaches and dynamic nightlife, Mykonos also offers charming streets, traditional tavernas, and an inviting, inclusive atmosphere that makes it ideal for LGBTQ+ travelers.

Here, you can relax on the sandy shores or explore the iconic windmills overlooking the island, before heading out for a night out on the town.

After your Virgin Voyages cruise, you can choose to stay for one further night in Athens or head home.

Mykonos
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