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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 8-day trip around the delicious Greek Islands.

  • Duration: 29 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: 149.305/211157
  • Starts: London, United Kingdom
  • Finishes: Athens, Greece
You will Visit
  • London
  • Paris
  • Beaujolais
  • Barcelona
  • French Riviera
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Rome
  • Overnight Adriatic Ferry
  • Corfu
  • Athens
  • Mykonos
  • Ios

Itinerary

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Day 1: London to Paris

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.
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.
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.
Kicking off night one, we arrive in none other than the lust-worthy Paris! It's straight down to business with a tour of the city lit up by the lights of night.

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Day 2: Paris

Miss the Mona Lisa yesterday? Didn't get a chance to stroll the Seine river and watch artists brushing ballerinas on easels? Keen to pack a cheese picnic and sit near Montmartre for a new view on the city. Luckily for you Paris is still your oyster (or snail) - we're in no great hurry to move on from this bliss.

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Day 3: 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.

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Day 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region

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

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Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region

Another day, another chance to explore the French countryside and lull about poolside in our castle like setting. We'll be topping the day off with a picnic, no less. Cue the panoramic views and red wine.

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Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona

Bye-bye Beaujolais! 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.
Well would you look at that for timing, we've pulled into Barcelona just on sangria o'clock. Fate, you've done it again! Tapas and a night exploring the city should have us in the Spanish mood before we know it.

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Day 7: 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.

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Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera via Arles

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

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Day 9: French Riviera incl Monaco

Fragonard Perfumery in the French Riviera, now there's a place to check out! And stock up on perfume, obviously. Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France. Later on enjoy free time on theCôte d'Azur.
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.
After a night on the blackjack table it's back to the coast and to bed, the next part of the adventure starts tomorrow.

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Day 10: French Riviera to Venice

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.
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.

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Day 11: 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.

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Day 12: Venice to Florence

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!
We are now nesting under the Tuscan sun in the breathtaking city of Florence. The adventures commence pronto with a tour of the city, a leather craft demo and many sites. Conserve some energy for the evening of Tuscan feasting and disco dancing on offer.

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Day 13: Florence

Today is a perfect balance of guided wisdom and free time to roam. We'll uncover the beautiful art of traditional leather & explore streets bursting with heritage. Take to the local markets, down some gelato & make yourself known for the evening of optional festivities.

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Day 14: Florence to Rome

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

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Day 15: Rome

Rome wasn't built in a day but we sure can try and see it all in one day!
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.
Snap pink azaleas by the Colosseum, throw coins in fountains and sip espresso in a pretty street watching Italian life float by.

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Day 16: Rome to Overnight Adriatic Ferry via Pompeii

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.

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.

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Day 17: Overnight Adriatic Ferry to Corfu


Another day, another chance to get salty & eat a smorgasbord of feta, olives and grapevines stuffed with delectable rice. Our time in Corfu is a great way for everyone to try a bit of Greek dancing - why not give it a go at our Ionian Dinner?

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Day 18: Corfu

The best version of island time? Greek island time. And you'll settle straight into it on the dream scene of Corfu. A heritage listed old town, water sports aplenty & the option to hit the seas again on a cruise - this is a what your first day in Greece will look like.

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Day 19: Corfu

Remember when you first looked at our itinerary and wondered if 3-nights in Corfu would be too much? LOL! What a joke those feels are now. It's our final full day here and we all wish it would last for 3-months. Do any daredevil things you've been putting off or give yourself a day to relax if you've been giving it a nudge since we first arrived.

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Day 20: Corfu to Athens via Corinth Canal

Before we lose all sense of reality and morph into sea-soaked island dwellers, we're making tracks to Athens for a dose of city meets history.
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.
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.

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Day 21: 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.

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Day 22: Athens to Mykonos

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...
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.

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Day 23: 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.

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Day 24: 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.

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Day 25: Mykonos to Ios

With a heavy heart we leave Mykonos behind, but with the party island of Ios in our sights, we're ready to roll.
After taking in the views from the deck of our ferry, we arrive in Ios for three nights of beach bliss. Whether you're up for partying, watersports or just kicking back with the crew, your time here is guaranteed to be nothing less than awesome.

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Day 26: Ios

Don’t underestimate the power of this village. When the sun sets, this place really comes to life. As such, we suggest a day out on the water getting salty on a boat trip, or a full day of pool hangs and beach time so you're all sun-kissed and feeling floaty by the time the night rolls in.

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Day 27: Ios

Another day, another chance to soak up the Greek sun and frolic in the sand without a care in the world. Get some adrenalin in with some watersports, or if you haven't done so already, go explore the pretty town and down a hearty meal at a local cafe. You're going to need the fuel if you want to hang out in the party scene of Hora until the break of dawn.

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Day 28: Ios to Athens

While choking back the tears and waving miserably at the dreamy islands of Greece, try to think positive thoughts: we have a boat ride to enjoy this morning, as well as one more night together in the city of Athens.
One last dose of Athens and one last chance to hang out together as the Greece loving squad that we are.

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Day 29: Depart Athens

Hugs, tears, and a final batch of reminiscing; it's astounding how close a group can get in just two short weeks. Nothing says bonding quite like the good life. The Croatia Island Hopper is probably the only way to really ease the pain of this goodbye. #NOREGRETS

Inclusions:
      Accommodation
    • You'll be hopping between some of the coolest accommodation options you've ever encountered, with 28 nights in a combination of hotels, hostels, Contiki special stop-overs and village cabins
      Food
    • 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
      Staff
    • You'll be safe in the hands of your professional Trip Manager, who knows the streets of Europe better than you know the hairs on your toes. All our special stopovers will be manned by Contiki staff, and when it comes to transport, an experienced and legendary driver team will be taking the reins. Trust us, they're always a hoot
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Tour Highlights:
  • Paris: See Château Versailles (entrance not included)
  • Beaujolais Wine Region: Picnic in the French countryside
  • Barcelona: See Gaudi's Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex,Walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
  • French Riviera: Visit a French perfumery
  • Venice: Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice,See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square,See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
  • Florence: Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence,See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria,Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
  • Athens to Mykonos: See the famous windmills
  • Mykonos: See the famous windmills,Visit Paradise Beach,See Mykonos town & see the traditional Cycladic-style houses
  • Ios: Visit Ios town