London to Athens (Ends in Athens)

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Tour Cat.: Special Stopovers & Cabins

Duration: 21  days


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London to Athens

Tour Code: CCLGMM10

Cat. Name: AccommodationType

Tour Cat.: Special Stopovers & Cabins

Duration: 21  days

Description:

Tailor made for those wishing to travel the Contiki way but at a slightly more relaxed pace. Three nights in Paris gives you plenty of time for a day trip to Versailles or Euro Disney as well as the requisite shopping on the Champs-Élysées and museum visits. Make your way down through Italy via Spain and the French Riviera, chill for a few nights on the Greek island of Corfu before ending your tour in Athens after ticking the Acropolis off your things to do list.

London to Paris

Meet up with your Contiki team before we hit the road and take a ferry past the White Cliffs of Dover. We travel via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme, to Paris.
After dinner we will depart for the 'Paris by Night tour', where the French capital transforms into the "City of Lights". Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafés give us a real taste of Paris romance. Your Trip Manager will fill you in on the worlds most recognised monuments, like the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. If youre adventurous, get right into French culture when you arrive at a Parisian café with the opportunity to try out Frances national delicacy – escargot! Youll also get to toast the start of your trip with French Champagne.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 1


Paris

This town is loaded with possibilities. Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quartiers (neighbourhoods).
Get a feel for French flair by window shopping on the Left Bank, step into the Notre Dame Cathedral or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre and get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. Try indulging in some delicious pastries and relax in one of Paris many green spaces.
Time in Paris includes a trip out to Frances most well-known château: Versailles, once home to ‘the Sun King Louis XIV, and hot spot of the French Revolution. Check out the impressive exterior of this extravagant palace. Then theres an opportunity to explore the former royal familys luxurious living quarters.
Treat yourself to a real Parisian night out, starting with an optional dinner in an atmospheric restaruant, where you can get to know your group. Then sign up for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls and Champagne.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (2 days), Dinner (1 day)
Duration
2 day(s)
Start Day
day: 2


Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region

Southbound, we stop off at the massive 16th century Château Fontainebleau. Walk around the imperial gardens and check out the châteaus imposing, regal exterior.
We continue on through Burgundys wine country to Beaujolais green hills and vineyards.
Our team will make you feel right at home in Contikis very own 16th century Château. Theres a wine tasting within the Châteaus working winery, where our resident expert will teach you about Beaujolais wine as you swirl and sip on wines made in the area for centuries.
Accommodations: Contiki Special Stopover
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 4


Beaujolais Wine Region

Theres loads of time to catch up on some sleep, laze about the Château or position yourself poolside. Explore the French countryside with a walk through the vineyards and picnic in the hills above the Château. In the afternoon, you can even get a feel for a real French country town by heading into nearby Theizé.
Accommodations: Contiki Special Stopover
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day, Picnic Lunch (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 5


Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona

Today, we head south through the rugged and dramatic scenery of the Pyrénées mountains, over the border into Barcelona.
A sizzling, festive capital any night of the week, Barcelona is all about action. In Spain fiesta time starts late, so settle in at one of Barcelonas many outdoor squares to enjoy a glass of sangria and nibble on tapas (plate-sized snacks), before a fun night out exploring the citys nightlife with your new friends.
Accommodations: Hostel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 6


Barcelona

First stop: Montjuic. The hilltop has full-blown vistas of the city and its where we stop to check out the 1992 Olympic Games complex. Afterwards, get a look into Spanish architect Gaudis wild imagination with his Art Nouveau masterpiece, the Sagrada Família church. Your Trip Manager walks you through the cobbled lanes of Barcelonas oldest district, the Gothic Quarter.
Theres free time to discover more of Barcelonas creative core. Pick up some quirky buys in the side streets or hit the big label shops on Plaça de Catalunya. Take in all of Barcelonas buzzing street life on the tree-lined La Rambla – a boulevard packed with street performers, artists, shops and stalls.
Other ideas for your afternoon off include hanging out in the colourful gardens of Parc Güell or kicking back with the locals on the beach and taking a swim in the Mediterranean sea. For lunch, theres plenty of delicious local seafood to try as well as Spains signature dish, paella.
Wrap up your time in this hot city with an optional flamenco dance show for a closer look into Spanish culture. Get some tips on regional food from your Trip Manager and head to one of the excellent local restaurants to try out the flavours of Catalan cuisine, like crema catalana (caramalised custard), cargos a la llauna (cooked snails) and the fantastic Rioja wine! Afterward, hit the pumping clubs of Port Olympico, by the water.
Accommodations: Contiki Village
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 7


Barcelona to French Riviera

Unwind on the coach and take in the rustic beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs. A stop for lunch in Arles means a look at the ancient Roman Arena and at a typical provincial French town.
Its back on the road to the rugged coast line of the stunning Côte dAzur. Follow the beautiful sapphire waters past the movie-star glamour of Cannes (famous for its annual film festival), to Antibes.
Accommodations: Contiki Village
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 8


French Riviera

Next stop on the Riviera and home to the French perfume industry is Fragonard perfumery. Learn about how perfume is made and some of its more surprising ingredients. Its also a chance to pick up a bottle or 2 at great prices.
In your free time live a bit of the lifestyle with a visit to the local markets. Try out the regions produce like lavender honey, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and mouth-watering rosé wine.
Window shop the chic boutiques or choose a beach and catch some sun among all the bronzed bodies!
Tonight get a taste of the high life in Monaco, the glamorous principality packed into just 1.92km² and home to the Formula 1. Get the inside story on the royal family and their place of residence from your Trip Manager. Try your luck at a casino later on!
Accommodations: Contiki Village
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 9


French Riviera to Venice

This morning, its your chance to splash some cash, with our stop at Serravale Designer Outlet mall for our exclusive Italian fashion experience. You can use this opportunity to get some gear to show off to your friends at home… This outlet mall is amazing, with your chance to pick up some designer fashion at incredible prices. With between 30%-70% off regular retail, the savings are epic, and because youre with Contiki youll get up to an additional 10% off! From labels like Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana & Roberto Cavalli (to name a few) – theres going to be plenty to tempt today.
With no doubt lots of bags in hand, well hit the road to the "floating city" of Venice.
Accommodations: Contiki Village
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 10


Venice

Venice is packed with character - crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals.
The group travels on our private boat through the waters of the lagoon to visit the citys historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the Gothic arches of the Doge's Palace and the expanse of St. Marks Square (pigeons and all!) show off Venices unique beauty and way of life.
Take some time to explore the floating city and lose yourself in the backstreets. Theres an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets with our Local Guide. Youll see historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market - a local favourite for food shopping.
Maybe grab a table on St. Marks Square and eat some delicious Italian food al fresco.
Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends - seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!
Accommodations: Contiki Village
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 11


Venice to Florence

Wind through the Apennine Mountains and Tuscan countryside to the Renaissance city of Florence, with a stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral rises above Florence, which serves up frescoes, markets and priceless art. After dinner, walk along the River Arno with your Trip Manager, take in the atmosphere and head into the heart of Florence, where you can sit back and relax Tuscan style with a glass of Chianti wine.
Accommodations: Contiki Village
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 12


Florence

Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum and its UNESCO World Heritage city centre.
Our Local Guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florences cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Then take a look into a skillful demonstration of Florentine leather making and understand this regions traditional art.
With bargains and bustle, the citys markets are a great place to hang out. Grab a gelato and enjoy this gorgeous city.
Tonight, theres a choice of a group dinner - an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the heart of Florence. Then keep it moving with a night out and get your groove on at Florences biggest club.
Accommodations: Contiki Village
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 13


Florence to Rome

Travel through Tuscanys rustic hills, past the recognisable cypress tree landscapes of this olive oil producing region, to vibrant Rome.
Stylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. Our special access coach tour gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Tour Manager shows you the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. Continue on foot to check out the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the fountains waters (its meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!) or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back with a few slices of pizza and people watch.
Accommodations: Contiki Village
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 14


Rome

This morning, make the most of our Local Guides inside knowledge with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica. Then check out Romes imperial glory by visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafés and bars. Before you hit the shops, let your Trip Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys.
In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do.
Accommodations: Contiki Village
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 15


Rome to Corfu

Pass gritty Naples, see Mt Vesuvius and plunge into Pompeiis well-preserved past in an interesting optional excursion and retrace ancient history with our expert Local Guide.
Then theres time to chill out on the coach, crossing through the rugged landscapes of southern Italy, before boarding the overnight ferry to Greece in Brindisi. Check out the amazing 360 degree views from the deck!
Accommodations: Adriatic Ferry
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 16


Corfu

Corfu is all thats great about Greek island living. Youll immediately find yourself on "local time", browsing the markets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town and bargaining with the laid-back locals.
Jump on board the Captains Cruise optional with a bunch friends for a fun day out on the water. It will give you another angle on idyllic Corfu. Work up an appetite swimming in the secluded spots and then feast on a lunch of olives, salad, cheeses, fresh bread and dips.
Corfu also gives you the chance to dive into action with a ion of water sports, like parasailing, banana-boating and waterskiing. Otherwise hire a car for a deeper look into Corfu and venture across the island to explore some beautiful, remote beaches.
While youre here, theres a fun toga theme party – dont worry, well supply the outfit!
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (3 days), Dinner (2 days)
Duration
3 day(s)
Start Day
day: 17


Depart Athens

Step back in time in Europes oldest city to the birthplace of democracy. Get the run down on the Parthenon and the Acropolis from our Local Guide, as you wander around the marble columns perched above the city sprawl. Then we check out the first modern Olympic Stadium from the 1896 Games.
The tour winds down in the heart of the city at Syntagma Square, home to the Greek Parliament. Make the most of a last look at the Parthenon before you farewell your friends.
Accommodations:
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 20


Corfu to Athens

From Corfu, head to the mainland and travel to the impressive, man-made Corinth Canal.
Athens is next, a city crammed with myth and ancient historical sites, and busy with modern, urban soul. Wrap up the day by heading to the traditional quarter of Plaka, set on the shady slopes beneath the Acropolis, where tavernas spill out onto the pavements. Or else, check out Athens up-and-coming district of Psiri, buzzing with trendy bars and clubs.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 21


Country Locations

France Beaujolais
France French Riviera
France Paris
Greece Athens
Greece Corfu
Italy Florence
Italy Rome
Italy Venice
Spain Barcelona
United Kingdom London
Dover

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

Paris

  • Only Contiki: Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • See Château Versailles (entrance not included)
  • See Château Fontainebleau

Beaujolais

  • Only Contiki: Special Stopover: Contiki's French Château
  • Only Contiki: Wine tasting at Contiki's Château
  • Only Contiki: Picnic in the French countryside

Burgundy

  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

Barcelona

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
  • Only Contiki: Walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

Provence

  • Visit the historic city of Arles

French Riviera

  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco
  • Only Contiki: Rub shoulders with the rich & famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino

Serravalle

  • Only Contiki: Italian fashion experience at the Serravalle Designer outlet mall

Venice

  • Only Contiki: 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

Pisa

  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Florence

  • Only Contiki: Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see where his David was gifted to the Florentines, 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 Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria
  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

Rome

  • Only Contiki: Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona

Vatican City

  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City

Naples

  • See Mt. Vesuvius

Corfu

  • See the Venetian fortress in Corfu's old town

Athens

  • Only Contiki: Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis
  • Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide
  • See the first modern Olympic Stadium

Corinth

  • See the Corinth Canal

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