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London to Athens

plus Mykonos and Santorini Island Escape 9 days

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The one that brings you the best bits of France, Spain & Italy, before 9 days island hopping around Greece

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  • Duration

    25 days

  • Countries

    7 Countries

  • Meals

    24 Breakfasts, 1 Picnic Lunch, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach + Ferry

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

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

Top Experiences

21 included & 17 free time add-ons available to add later

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

    Included

    Paris

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

    Included

    Paris

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

    Included

    Barcelona

  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas

    EUR 50.00

    Barcelona

  • Tuscan Evening

    EUR 46.00

    Florence

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

    Rome

London to Athens plus Mykonos and Santorini Island Escape 9 days

21 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 Château Versailles (entrance not included)
  • 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
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • 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 Mount Vesuvius
  • See the traditional Cycladic buildings of Mykonos town
  • Visit Fira, the clifftop capital of Santorini
  • Dinner at a local restaurant

17 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • 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 23.00
  • Burano Island Cruise and Cicchetti EUR 44.00
  • Tuscan Evening EUR 46.00
  • Welcome to Florence Walking Tour EUR 10.00
  • Sip n Dip EUR 35.00
  • Pizza Making Evening EUR 35.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 41.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • A Traditional Athens Affair EUR 40.00
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Mykonos town by night with a locally guided walking tour EUR 30.00
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Mykonos town by night with a locally guided walking tour EUR 30.00
  • Take a private cruise along the southern coast of Mykonos with swim stops and a picnic EUR 50.00
  • Visit Oia and soak up one of the world's most famous sunsets EUR 30.00
  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise including crater hike and hot springs EUR 50.00

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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, drift along the famous canals of Venice & roam Barcelona's romantic Gothic Quarter. After all that exploring, you're going to need the 9-day trip around the delicious Greek Islands.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
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  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. London

  2. via via

    Dover

  3. via via

    Calais

  4. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  5. 2 2 nights

    Beaujolais

  6. 2 2 nights

    Barcelona

  7. via via

    Arles

  8. 2 2 nights

    French Riviera

  9. via via

    Monaco

  10. 2 2 nights

    Venice

  11. 2 2 nights

    Florence

  12. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  13. via via

    Vatican City

  14. via via

    Pompeii

  15. 1 1 night

    Overnight Adriatic Ferry

  16. via via

    Corinth Canal

  17. 2 2 nights

    Athens

  18. 3 3 nights

    Mykonos

  19. 3 3 nights

    Santorini

  20. 1 1 night

    Athens

+10 more

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.

Stay

Ibis Paris 17 Clichy Batignolles (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

DAY 2 - Paris

Paris

Croissant in one hand, cappuccino in the other - this should be your signature look for the next few days. See Louis the XIV's favourite Palace of Versailles, then head back to Paris to window shop with wishful eyes, admire old world art works, & take in the iconic sites, you have plenty of time to fall head over heels for the city of love. 

Stay

Ibis Paris 17 Clichy Batignolles (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Château Versailles (entrance not included)

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.
 

Stay

Contiki Chateau

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

  • Wine tasting at Contiki's Château

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.

Stay

Contiki Chateau

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

  • Unwind on the lawn with Yoga

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.

Stay

Contiki Chateau

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

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

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.

Stay

Urbany GO Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas

    EUR 50.00

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.

Stay

Premiere Classe Hotel Seyne sur mer (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the historic city of Arles

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. 
 

Stay

Premiere Classe Hotel Seyne sur mer (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Nice Bike Ride

    EUR 25.00

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.

Stay

Multi-share Accommodation

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.

Stay

Multi-share Accommodation

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional Gondola

    EUR 23.00

  • Burano Island Cruise and Cicchetti

    EUR 44.00

DAY 11 - Venice to Florence

Venice

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

Florence

Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum. Our local guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence’s cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Take a look into a skillful demonstration of Florentine leather making and understand this region’s traditional art. With bargains and bustle, the city’s markets are a great place to hang out. Grab a gelato and enjoy this gorgeous city. Tonight, there’s a choice of a group dinner – an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the pretty Tuscan country setting.

Stay

Multi-share Accommodation

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tuscan Evening

    EUR 46.00

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

Stay

Multi-share Accommodation

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Welcome to Florence Walking Tour

    EUR 10.00

  • Sip n Dip

    EUR 35.00

  • Pizza Making Evening

    EUR 35.00

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.

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.

Stay

Multi-share Accommodation

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain

DAY 14 - Rome

Rome

Rome wasn't built in a day but we sure can try and see it all in one day!

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

Snap pink azaleas by the Colosseum, throw coins in fountains and sip espresso in a pretty street watching Italian life float by.

Stay

Multi-share Accommodation

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

  • Vatican Tour

    EUR 41.00

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.

Stay

Overnight ferry

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Mount Vesuvius

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii

    EUR 24.50

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.

Stay

Dorian Inn Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Feast on authentic Greek dishes and see traditional Greek dancing in the heart of Athens' historic Plaka district

    EUR 40.00

DAY 17 - Athens

Athens

With two full days in Athens you have heaps of free time to uncover all the unique sides of this ancient city. From the urban hustle and bustle, the magnificent Acropolis, traditional tavernas, street art and tangible political energy. Tick off all the antiquities, shop the boutiques and markets or eat your way through the best souvlaki, tzatziki and dolmades you can get your hands on.

Stay

Dorian Inn Hotel (or similar)

DAY 18 - Athens to Mykonos

Athens

See, just like we told you. Our time in Athens was amazing and well worth delaying our island time for. But delay it further? We shall not...

Mykonos

Let's do this! 3 nights on the island of Mykonos, how did we get so lucky? Even the boat ride across the Aegean will have you awe struck and in love.

 Overnight: Paradise Mykonos (Superior Bay View Rooms)

Stay

Paradise Beach (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the cobbled streets of Mykonos town by night with a locally guided walking tour

    EUR 30.00

DAY 19 - Mykonos

Mykonos

Windmills; cafes overflowing with olives, feta and tzatziki; storybook streets - and that's before you've even taken a dip in the ocean! Explore with the crew, take up a few optionals, or simply waste the day away as you please. 

Stay

Paradise Beach (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the traditional Cycladic buildings of Mykonos town

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the cobbled streets of Mykonos town by night with a locally guided walking tour

    EUR 30.00

DAY 20 - Mykonos

Mykonos

Here we are on yet another day when it feels completely fabulous to be alive. You're still in Mykonos baby! And the day is yours to soak up sunshine and play in the sea.

Stay

Paradise Beach (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a private cruise along the southern coast of Mykonos with swim stops and a picnic

    EUR 50.00

DAY 21 - Mykonos to Santorini

Mykonos

This morning, let's spare a thought for all those travellers who only have the time and money to visit just one Greek Island. Those poor unfortunate souls...

Santorini

Saddle up! We're taking to the seas again, this time in search of the island of Santorini. It's finally your turn to be the one lulling about the white-washed blue dome churches looking like a sultry summer babe. Home to the famous Oia sunset, this is the stuff dreams are made of. Ah, life.

Stay

Armadoros Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Fira, the clifftop capital of Santorini

DAYS 22-23 - Santorini

Santorini

Rise and shine, Greek Island travellers! The island of Santorini will not explore itself. Take a swim at Perissa Beach, eat the local specialty of fried tomato balls known as domatokeftedes, and roam the streets of Fira. Just remember to plan your day around the excursion to the iconic sunset of Oia - this is not an optional you're going to want to miss.

Santorini

The beautiful thing about having two full days on the one island is you have time to both relax and explore. Whatever you didn't do yesterday is still up for grabs today. If you feel like you've crammed it all in already, just head to the black or red sand beaches and spend another glorious day ocean-side. Ain't life grand?

Stay

Armadoros Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Dinner at a local restaurant

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit Oia and soak up one of the world's most famous sunsets

    EUR 30.00

  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise including crater hike and hot springs

    EUR 50.00

DAY 24 - Santorini to Athens

Santorini

It's our last full day on trip - best hit up a big city we know and love and cause a little harmless havoc. Goodbye Santorini you sun soaked beauty, we're off to Athens. 

Athens

On arrival in Athens, tick off any last sightseeing you missed in this time capsule of a city tonight. 

Stay

Dorian Inn Hotel (or similar)

DAY 25 - Depart Athens

Athens

The moment we'd all been dreading - the goodbyes. As sad as they are, at least you have the memories. And another 300 Contiki trips to jump aboard! Make the most of your last free breakfast before you kick on to your next port of call.

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