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London to Athens

plus Mykonos and Santorini Island Escape 9 days

4.1
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The one that leads you South through Europe with 9 days sailing in Greece

Duration
26 Days
Countries
7 Countries

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

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Iconic Essentials

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach + Ferry

Highlights

  • Welcome Dinner
  • 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
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

25 nights accommodation

14 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 8 nights in Hostel, 1 night in Adriatic Ferry

You'll be hopping between some of the coolest accommodation options you've ever encountered, with 29 nights in a combination of hotels, hostels, Contiki special stop-overs, village cabins and one spent cosied up on an overnight ferry.

29 Meals

24 Breakfast, 4 Dinner, 1 Picnic Lunch

Take a culinary journey through Europe, sampling late-night tapas in Spain and handmade pasta Italy. As well as 28 breakfasts, we'll feed you a scrumptious French picnic lunch and 10 dinners.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.

Experiences

21 included, 15 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Join an evening of traditional Greek cuisine & plate-smashing in rustic Plaka, Athens*
- Find a slice of heaven at Paradise Beach & see traditional Cycladic style houses in Mykonos
- Sample some souvlaki and soak up the scenery of Fira, the gorgeous capital of Santorini
- Catch the sunset over the famous cascade of blue roofs in Oia, Santorini*
- See Gaudi's colourful Sagrada Familia & walk La Rambla in Barcelona
- Discover the secrets of Michelangelo's Florence in a locally guided walking tour

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
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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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

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

Paris

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

Paris

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

Barcelona

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

EUR 64.00

Barcelona

Learn the art of pasta-making and enjoy your creations served in a 3-course dinner with wine in Certosa

EUR 41.00

Florence

Feast on traditional Greek dishes and see traditional Greek dances in the Plaka district of Athens

EUR 40.00

Athens

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
  • Welcome Dinner
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See Château Versailles (entrance not included)
  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards
  • Wine tasting at Contiki's Château
  • 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
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour
  • See Mount Vesuvius
  • See the traditional Cycladic buildings of Mykonos town
  • Visit the main town of Fira

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
  • Watch a succession of performers whirl by as you sip champagne at a Parisian Cabaret Show EUR 84.00
  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas EUR 64.00
  • Learn the art of pasta-making and enjoy your creations served in a 3-course dinner with wine in Certosa EUR 41.00
  • Share a family-style dinner with an aperitivo overlooking the Tuscan Hills
  • Colosseum Visit
  • Vatican Tour EUR 35.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • Feast on traditional Greek dishes and see traditional Greek dances in the Plaka district of Athens EUR 40.00
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Mykonos town by night with a locally-guided walking tour EUR 28.00
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Mykonos town by night with a locally-guided walking tour EUR 28.00
  • Take a private cruise along the southern coast of Mykonos with swim stops and a picnic EUR 50.00
  • 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 28.00
  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise EUR 50.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
London
via
via
Dover
via
via
Calais
2
2 nights
Paris
2
2 nights
Beaujolais
2
2 nights
Barcelona
via
via
Arles
2
2 nights
French Riviera
via
via
Monaco
2
2 nights
Venice
2
2 nights
Florence
2
2 nights
Rome
via
via
Vatican City
via
via
Pompeii
1
1 night
Overnight Adriatic Ferry
via
via
Corinth Canal
2
2 nights
Athens
3
3 nights
Mykonos
3
3 nights
Santorini
1
1 night
Athens
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain European trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).

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