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London to Athens

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The one that leads you through France, Spain and Italy to the breath-taking shores of Greece

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  • Duration

    17 days

  • Countries

    7 Countries

  • Meals

    16 Breakfasts, 1 Picnic Lunch, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 43 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

London, Paris, Beaujolais, Barcelona, French Riviera, Venice, Florence, Rome, Overnight Adriatic Ferry, Athens, Dover, Calais, Arles, Monaco, Pisa, Vatican City, Pompeii, Corinth Canal

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About this trip

Take the slow & steady road from London to Athens, allowing yourself time to sip wine in Contiki's French Château, role dice at the Monte Carlo casino & roam Barcelona's romantic Gothic Quarter. With just 7 countries in 17-days, you'll be no novice in these countries by the time the trip's complete.

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Top Experiences

18 included & 15 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

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    Barcelona

  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

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    Paris

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris

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    Paris

  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino

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    Monaco

  • Enjoy a French picnic in the beautiful countryside of the Beaujolais wine region

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    Beaujolais

  • Unwind on the lawn with Yoga

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    Beaujolais

London to Athens

18 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See Chablis, Burgundy and Beaujolais Vineyards
  • Wine Tasting at Contiki's Chateau
  • Enjoy a French picnic in the beautiful countryside of the Beaujolais wine region
  • Unwind on the lawn with Yoga
  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas
  • Visit the historic city of Arles
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain
  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  • See Mount Vesuvius
  • A local guide will take us on a guided city tour of Athens and the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments
  • See the first modern Olympic Stadium

15 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Eat a Parisian feast in the oh-so-chic district of Montmartre EUR 38.00
  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret Show EUR 82.00
  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas EUR 50.00
  • Nice Bike Ride EUR 25.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 26.00
  • Burano Island Cruise and Cicchetti EUR 44.00
  • Share a family-style dinner with an aperitivo and enjoy live local music as you sip local Chianti wine in the Tuscan Hill EUR 46.00
  • Welcome to Florence Walking Tour EUR 10.00
  • Sip n Dip EUR 35.00
  • Pizza Making Evening EUR 35.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 41.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 45.00
  • Dinner 'La Dolce Vita' EUR 40.50
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • A Traditional Athens Affair EUR 40.00

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DAY 1 - London to Paris

London

Welcome to the first day of the best trip of your life - we're calling it early! After a few pleasantries in London we'll get the show on the road with Paris in our sights. 

Dover

A few hours in and your jaws are on the floor already. These chalk cliffs that edge the English coastline are known as the White Cliffs of Dover, the first of many natural beauties we'll see on our trip.

Calais

After we ferry across the English Channel for France we'll arrive in Calais, where we will take in the history of World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme. 

Paris

We'll kick off our trip as we arrive in the glittering city of love, Paris. It's straight down to business with a tour of the city lit up by those famous lights. Then, we'll bond with our Contiki fam with a delicious included dinner. The French are proud of their culinary culture for a reason.

DAY 2 - Paris

Paris

Today's the day to stroll the beautiful streets of Paris, with plenty of time to lust over designer haute couture or French vintage stores, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral, order coffee and crêpes, or get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Tonight, foodies will have the chance to eat a Parisian feast in Montmartre, surrounded by cobbled lanes, village-esque cafes, street artists and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Otherwise, this is your night to sign up for an iconic Parisian cabaret show. Either option will give you the perfect way to make it one to remember!

DAY 3 - Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region

Paris

Just before you get too comfortable in that beret and striped shirt combo, we're dragging you away in search of vineyards and châteaus. 

Beaujolais

We call it "Château Hopping," but you can just call it "the good life" if you'd prefer. Southbound, we roll on through Burgundy’s wine country to Beaujolais’ green hills and vineyards.

 

DAY 4 - Beaujolais Wine Region

Beaujolais

Pinch yourself, this is another day at the Château & another chance to live your best French countryside life with a full day here in Beaujolais. Rise & shine with optional sunrise yoga on the sprawling lawn of the Château's gardens, relax in the courtyard with a coffee & croissant, or loll about poolside in our castle-like setting. Our highlight today is a picnic in the picturesque gardens. Cue panoramic views & red wine.

DAY 5 - Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona

Beaujolais

Bye-bye Beajoulais! And hello Barcelona. The Pyrénées mountains will keep our eyes satisfied today as we roll across the border for Spain's most lively city. Each day as sweet as the last.

Barcelona

Well would you look at that for timing, we've pulled into Barcelona just on sangria o'clock. Fate, you've done it again! A scrumptious Spanish feast and a night exploring this culturally rich city should have us in the fiesta mood soon enough.

DAY 6 - Barcelona

Barcelona

Cobbled lanes of the Gothic Quarter, Montjuic hilltop vistas, & wild Spanish architecture will season our day to perfection. There's plenty of free time to roam free or take a dip in the Mediterranean sea, just don't tire yourself out - chances are you'll want to partake in the evening of Flamenco fun.

DAY 7 - Barcelona to The Riviera via Arles

Barcelona

As smitten as we are by Barcelona, we have more of Europe to conquer. Much, much more...

Arles

After a dreamy drive across the border into France through landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs, we'll arrive at our lunch break town of Arles. Here we will get a peek at an ancient Roman Arena and at a typical provincial French town.

French Riviera

You're not a real celebrity until you've frolicked on the French Riviera, and who are we to keep you off the A-List? Sapphire waters & endless glamour as we roll through this glitzy coastline.

DAY 8 - French Riviera including Monaco

French Riviera

Missing an opportunity to see this part of the world up close and personal would be criminal. Speaking of things you shouldn't miss, this region is famous for lavender honey, aioli & rosé wine; all 3 in one meal should be your mission. 

Monaco

Please tell us you didn't throw away all of your pennies on perfume today? Because you're going to want a few spare coins tonight so you can play fancy. We're visiting the Monte Carlo Casino & the Royal Palace in Monaco.

French Riviera

After a night on the blackjack table it's back to the coast and to bed, the next part of the adventure starts tomorrow. 

 

DAY 9 - French Riviera to Venice

French Riviera

Today we say our farewells to the French Riviera and take our first jaunt into Italy, taking in the sights of Liguria, Lombardia, & the Veneto regions along the way. Pizza, pasta, & charming locals are just around the corner.

Venice

The floating city of gondolas, canals and pretty bridges - what a splendid way to commence our Italian love affair. Rest up tonight, you'll want to be alert for tomorrow's magical agenda.

DAY 10 - Venice

Venice

Wake-up sleeping beauties! Venice is yours for the entirety of this glorious Italian day. We'll be jumping aboard our own private boat and hitting the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. A guided walking tour and a gondola ride are up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you.

DAY 11 - Venice to Florence via Pisa

Venice

Venice we love you, but we need to see a bit more of this boot to satisfy our hungry wanderlust ways.

Pisa

As if we were going to leg it from Venice to Florence without a sneaky side trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Depriving you of the chance to perfect the holding-up-the-tower shot would be down right criminal.

Florence

For those of you not familiar with the whole Florence deal, we have two words for you: it's heaven. Potter along the River Arno, be totally Tuscan with a drop of Chianti wine, and take in the beauty of the city and its protruding Duomo Cathedral.

DAY 12 - Florence

Florence

Today is a perfect balance of guided wisdom, food and free time to roam. Take the opportunity to explore streets bursting with heritage and delicious flavours in an optional walking tour, or take yourself to the local markets and down some gelato.  Tonight, is all about choice: head to the River Arno and sketch spectacular Florence under the guide of a teacher with wine in hand OR learn how to make the perfect pizza at a local restaurant and indulge in your very own culinary masterpiece

DAY 13 - Florence to Rome

Florence

Farewell Florence - today we have the epicenter of Italy on our horizons. Pizza, piazzas...we're coming in hot.

Vatican City

When in Rome...take an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Religious or not, the Vatican's Italian Renaissance church will send shivers down your spine.

Rome

After our drift through the rustic Tuscan hillsides of cypress trees and glowing fields, we'll be back city side in the Italian capital of Rome. The Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona are just some of the icons we'll be casting our eyes upon before the sun sets.

DAY 14 - Rome

Rome

When in Rome... This is the day to learn a thing or two about the Colosseum & do a bit of your own exploring. Espressos and people watching should be high priority, as well as stuffing yourself to the brim with pasta, gelato and caprese salad all washed down with a glass of red at a local trattoria.  

DAY 15 - Rome to Overnight Adriatic Ferry via Pompeii

Rome

As completely satisfied as we already are with our Italian odyssey, we have one more stop before we're a walking talking guidebook on this beautiful boot. Goodbye Rome, hello Pompeii.

Pompeii

Once a totally vibing hang-out of the Romans, Pompeii is now an archaeological site showing remains of what was destroyed in the year...wait for it...79AD. The saying "stepping back in time" is about to take on a whole new meaning.

Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Although we don't arrive in Athens tonight, it's in our sight! Drift off to sleep to the sway of our boat knowing tomorrow you'll wake in a brand new country.

DAY 16 - Overnight Adriatic Ferry to Athens via Corinth Canal

Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Corinth Canal

The awe of Greece's mainland will begin shortly after our arrival as we catch a glimpse of Corinth Canal. This man-made passageway squeezes boats through its path, sandwiched by two steep cliffs and sitting over gloriously blue ocean.

Athens

A collage of ancient wonders and modern magnificence, the allure of Athens is hard to dismiss. Choose to sample more traditional Greek food with an optional dinner and then make the most of the final night with your new friends in this ancient city.

DAY 17 - Depart Athens

Athens

Hugs, tears, and a final batch of reminiscing; it's astounding how close a group can get in just two short weeks, but not before our Local Guide will escort us through the history of the city visiting the Parthenon and the Acropolis, as well as the first modern Olympic Stadium, host of the 1896 (!!) Games.

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