Route: Chania Athens Zakynthos Ancona Rome Pisa Siena Florence Verona Venice
Duration: 14 nights
Group Size: 5-20 people
Age Range: 18-35
Transport: Comfortable buses, ferries and high-speed trains between destinations, including two nights in sleeper cabins on night ferries.
Accommodation: 12 nights in top-rated hostels, and 2 nights in beds on the night ferries.
Activities Included: There’s a must-do included activity in every city on the trip. Check out the itinerary below to see the activities in each city.
Sustainability: This trip only creates 221kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 1112kg♻️
Reviews: All independent reviews
Our Greece & Italy route is a fast-paced tour of Europe’s most popular destinations. Experience authentic European backpacking, travelling with a small group of likeminded people, staying in hostels and travelling on public transport with an experienced guide.
You’ll have between one and three nights in each city, making this the ultimate way to experience lots of famous European landmarks in a short amount of time. With unmissable included activities and an exciting library of optional excursions as well as plenty of opportunities for self-guided exploring, this is the ultimate way to experience all that Greece & Italy have to offer.
Travelling with you throughout, your tour leader will ensure your trip goes smoothly; making sure you arrive in each destination safely. They’ll also co-ordinate essential and optional activities such as walking tours and pub crawls- not to mention making sure you’ve got a cold beer waiting for you upon arrival in each hostel.
Euroventure take all the stress out of travelling so that you’re free to relax and enjoy your trip!
Tick off some of Europe’s most famous capital cities with our 2 week Group Tour!
You’ll have one to three nights in each location, with plenty of time to explore historic sights, culture, nightlife and more. There’ll be unmissable activities which are included in your price – but there will also be other optional activities on offer. We’ve also included a few free days throughout your trip, so that you can chill out and do whatever you fancy.
Throughout the trip we’ll hang out as a group at least once in each city for drinks – you’ll be travelling with other likeminded travellers, as well as your dedicated tour leader.
Kick-off your tour in stunning Chania! Often referred to as ‘the Cretan soul’, it’s easy to fall in love with this coastal town’s sapphire waters, twisting cobbled streets and bustling waterfront restaurants. Meet your group and Euroventure tour leader in the late afternoon at your first hostel. If you need an extra night before your tour starts to fit in with your flights then you can add this at check-out.
Later on, head for an evening of traditional Cretan food, drinks, and music by the waterfront at Chalkina restaurant.
The next day, opt to go on a boat cruise to the jaw-dropping Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa from the nearby Kissamos Port. Spend the day swimming in the crystal-clear waters before heading back to Chania to enjoy some free time to explore. Why not grab a ticket to the Attikon outdoor cinema to see a blockbuster film, or watch something a bit more cultural at the Kipos showing in the National Garden. Then, head to Daliani Street for pubs and bars.
On your last day, start with some free time to explore either alone or with your group. Try local cuisines at the Agora food market or visit a local bakery for some traditional Greek bougatsa before heading for your night ferry to Athens.
Included: Chalkina Restaurant
Optional: Balos and Gramvousa
Optional: Elafonisi Beach
Suggestion: Listen to live Cretan music in Chalkina in the Old Port or Adespoto
Suggestion: Visit Agora local food market
Suggestion: Daliani Street for typical pubs and bars
Night Ferry to Athens – 9 hours
Athens is one of Greece’s most popular destinations for a reason- a hotspot for culture, history and traditional art, this is a city that should be on any explorer’s bucket list.
Your first morning in the city starts with some free time to explore. Head out and take in some of the capital’s vibrant street art, walk around Syntagma square and see Evzones Acropolis. Next, meet the rest of your group for an included tour of Acropolis and the Parthenon– two of Greece’s most treasured landmarks, before heading out for more free time in the afternoon. Grab a bite with a view on Apostolou Pavlou Street, walk to the top of Filopappou Hill for stunning sunset vistas or head for drinks and live music at Kapnikarea or A for Athens Bar.
The next day, get an early start to head to your next Greek location, Zakynthos!
Included: Acropolis & Museum
Suggestion: Visit Syntagma Square, the Parliament and the Evzones Acropolis
Suggestion: Visit Kapnikarea on Christopoulou street for live music sessions
Suggestion: Head to Apostolou Pavlou Street to eat overlooking the acropolis or try typical Greek food at Iliostasio Thisio on Herakleidon Street
Bus To Zakynthos – 5 hours
Zakynthos, home to the world-famous Zante town, is an exciting blend of world-class nightlife, ancient culture, and golden sandy beaches. With so much to see and do, this is the perfect place to finish off your whirlwind tour around one of Europe’s most incredible countries.
Your first day begins with free time to explore or spend time with your travel group at the hostel. If you want to head out, we recommend walking around Zante Town to familiarise yourself before heading up to Bohali Castle for an inspiring view of the Greek coastline.
Early the next day, head out as a group to see the jaw-dropping Shipwreck of Navagio Beach. Photographers- this may well be one of your favourite stops of the tour. White sand beaches and perfect-blue waters play host to an incredible abandoned Freightliner which makes for some amazing snaps. From the boat on the way back, you can take a swim in and around the legendary Blue Caves. Later that evening, get ready to lap up the nightlife of Zante town on an included bar and club crawl, with each destination informed by a local guide.
The next day, you’ll take a short bus to Patras before taking a night ferry to Ancona- your first stop in Italy!
Included: Shipwreck of Navagio Beach
Suggestion: Walk around Zante Town & Bohali Castle
Night Ferry to Ancona – 21 hours
Benvenuto in Italia! You’ll touch down in the quaint town of Ancona. Head out and stretch your legs around the city centre to get your first taste of Italy before getting your train to Rome later that evening. Grab some snacks and sit in Parco Della Cittadella di Ancona or marvel at the town’s many churches and cathedrals.
Suggestion: Stroll around Ancona’s beautiful centre
Train to Rome – 4.5 hours
Rome is not only one of Italy’s most sought-after destinations, but one of the most important and culturally rich cities the country has to offer. Start your day with a relaxed stroll through the city, taking in the Colosseum, the ruins of the Foro Romano, Piazza Venezia with the Altare Della Patria, Via del Corso, Trevi Fountain, Navona Square and Castel Sant’Angelo whilst the rest of the Italy Group Tour arrive. You then have the option to book on to an optional pizza cooking class and lunch to test your hand at preparing one of Italy’s most famous dishes!
After the new additions to your travel group arrive, take some free time to get to know them whilst walking around the vibrant Trastevere neighborhood, climbing the hills of Gianicolo Park before the ever-popular Colosseum Pub Crawl that evening (optional).
The next morning you will visit the world-famous Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine to soak up some culture and explore some of Italy’s most incredible landmarks. Then, why not head to the Vatican City, the world’s smallest country and the home of the Pope? The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and more await you inside. The rest of that day is completely up to you! Continue to explore the city’s bars, restaurants, and parks before leaving the city the next day.
Included: Colosseum Roman Forum & Palatine
Optional: Pizza Cooking Class
Optional: St Peter’s Basilica
Optional: Vatican & Sistine Chapel
Suggestion: Try real Italian coffee, ice-cream, and pizza
Suggestion: Take a long walk through Colosseum, the ruins of the Foro Romano, Via del Corso and the Trevi Fountain
Suggestion: Go for a walk in the Trastevere neighbourhood and climb the Gianicolo Park overlooking Rome
Train to Sienna – 2 hours
The next day is jam-packed with things to see and do as you leave Rome and head onwards to Florence. First stop- Siena, an authentic taste of Italian life outside of the major cities, enjoy your free time here in Piazza del Campo, the town’s main square, marvel at Siena Cathedral and walk around the old town.
Suggestion: Piazza del Campo, Siena Cathedral and walk around the old town
Train to Pisa – 2 hours
Next stop, Pisa! Visit the famous leaning tower and get the mandatory tourist snaps of you propping it back up before enjoying some free time to head out and try local delicacies. We recommend eating at one of the city’s many street food vendors.
One final train journey for the day and you’ll arrive at your next stopover destination. Steak lovers- this is one that will really excite you.
Included: Leaning Tower of Pisa visit
Suggestion: Grab some street food at one of the town’s many vendors
Train to Florence – 1.5 hours
Ah, Florence. Home to intricate architecture, winding streets and mouth-watering steaks, the capital of the Tuscany region does not disappoint. No matter what your interests, this is a city that will have something for you.
Spend time walking the city’s cobbled streets, marvel at the stunning architecture and ponder the artwork the city is so famous for. Your time in Tuscany is not complete without seeing its capital!
We recommend strolling Florence Cathedral, Piazza Della Signoria (try to find the Michelangelo face), Ponte Vecchio and the Porcellino Fountain being sure to touch the nose for good luck. Want to kick off your time here with some activities? Book on to optional trips to marvel at the artwork of the Uffizi Museum or have a picnic in the charming Boboli Gardens.
Optional: Duomo di Firenze
Optional: Boboli Gardens & Queue Skip
Optional: Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti & Boboli Gardens
Suggestion: See Michelangelo’s statue of David
Suggestion: Explore countless Renaissance chapels and churches
Suggestion: Check out the Pig Fountain and touch the snout for good luck
Train to Verona – 1.5 hours
Your next stop will be Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet.
Arrive in the city mid-morning with a chance to explore Piazza Erbe before Climbing the Lamberti Tower. Then, walk to the House of Juliet to touch the statue of Juliet’s breast (it’s for good luck, we promise) and take pictures from the famous balcony before walking along Castelvecchio.
Suggestion: Visit Piazza Bra, the Arena or Piazza Erbe for a break with an aperitivo
Suggestion: House of Juliet
Train to Venice – 2.5 hours
On to our final Italian destination of the tour- Venice! Known for its twisting waterways, picturesque sunsets, and unique culture, this is one of our most popular destinations- and it’s easy to see why!
Spend your first evening here with some free time to walk the Grand Canal. Venice’s main waterway looks spectacular at night, so why not grab some gelato and spend time watching the lights of the many boats that pass.
Your first full day begins with some time to hit any of the sights you didn’t get to the evening before. Why not head to St. Mark’s Square and take a look at the stunning architecture? Or, wander the twisting canals and waterways that the city is built upon.
That evening, you’ll take an included tour of the canals on one of the city’s famous Gondolas. This is a quintessentially Venetian mode of transport and gives a completely different perspective on the city.
That evening, say goodbye to the other group tour members with a farewell party and pub crawl at ANDA Hostel before you depart the following morning. If you’d like to have some extra time to explore you can include a night of post-trip accommodation before heading home the following day.
Included: Gondola Ride
Included: Murano, Burano & Torcello Islands
Suggestion: Cross the iconic St Mark’s Square
Suggestion: Get lost in the alleyways and canals of the city
Suggestion: Ride the Vaporetto down the grand canal
We can also add on transport back to London with a night train to Paris and the Eurostar from there back to London – then you don’t have the hassle of flying home with all those souvenirs!