Day 1 (Wednesday): Athens - Arrival
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: Evening transfer to Plaka neighbourhood.
Arrival to Athens. At night we provide and evening transfer to PLAKA area. This neighbourhood is full of small Greek taverns where you can enjoy the rich folklore of this country.
Day 2 (Thursday): Athens
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Athens.
We arrive in Athens. We will enjoy a scenic visit of this modern city, which includes the Panathinaikos Stadium and the Royal Palace.
Note: Occasionally, the tour of Athens may take place on Wednesday right after arrival depending on how this stage develops and the sunlight.
Free time during the day to walk around and discover unforgettable places.
Day 3 (Friday): Athens - Corinth - Epidaurus - Nafplio - Olympia
We will depart for the Peloponnese region in the morning. We will stop at the CORINTH CANAL. Afterwards, we will arrive in EPIDAURUS enjoying the view of gorgeous landscapes. We will visit the magnificent Ancient Theatre which is surrounded by a unique landscape. We will later journey to NAFPLIO, a town by the Aegean Sea. We will visit its historic centre, its lovely marina and its medieval castle. Lunch break and free time to stroll around. We will resume our journey to OLYMPIA at mid-afternoon. Dinner included.
Day 4 (Saturday): Olympia - Patras - Amfilochia - Arta - Igoumenitsa (Boarding)
We will visit OLYMPIA archeological site with a local guide. You will have a chance to visit its museum and archeological site (guided tour, ticket to the park not included) which the cradle of the Olympic games in ancient times. We will get back on route to PATRAS, Greece’s third largest city. We will visit its active, lively centre. Afterwards, we will travel to Northern Greece, AMFILOCHIA. Short stop in this quiet coastal town; ARTA, a city in the Epirus region that has a Roman bridge. Arrival in IGOUMENITSA. Suppertime and boarding to cross the Ionian Sea. Night on board, overnight accommodation in double cabins with private bathroom (we recommend bringing a handbag along to spend the night on board. Breakfast on the boat Sunday morning is not included).
Note: Occasionally, due to weather conditions, vessel inspection, strikes, fully booked ferryboats or other reasons, we are forced to fly from Athens to Rome, in which case the visits to Amfilochia and Arta are cancelled and a Sunday visit to Naples and Pompeii is included.
Day 5 (Sunday): Brindisi - Trani - Naples - Rome
Arrival in BRINDISI early in the morning. We will follow the Adriatic coastline in Southern Italy. We will visit TRANI, a picturesque little town by the sea, and its fishing port, its old cathedral and its lively streets. Lunchtime. We will resume our trip to NAPLES, where we will arrive in the afternoon. Short sightseeing tour in its historic centre before resuming our journey to ROME.
Day 6 (Monday): Rome
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Rome. Roman Coliseum (admission price included) and visit to the Vatican City.
In the morning, we have a scenic tour of the city, which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal city”. We visit the tiny state of the Vatican. The Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. And we have also included admission to the Roman Coliseum, the principal symbol of Rome. This impressive construction dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in time so that we can learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire. In the evening we provide transport to the Via Cavour area, were you will find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food. Return to hotel.
Day 7 (Tuesday): Rome - Florence
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Tour with a local expert from Florence. View from Piazzale Michelangelo.
We will leave Rome, heading north. This route is graced with beautiful landscapes. Upon arrival in FLORENCE, we head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo, an impressive site in the city. In the evening we provide a tour with a local expert, and walk through the historic centre, taking in places such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and Piazza della Signoria. This city is truly an outdoor museum. Free time to explore. In the evening, you can dine at your favourite restaurant. In this district you can find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food.
Day 8 (Wednesday): Florence - Venice
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Vaporetto boat on Venice’s Grand Canal. Visit and admission to the San Marcos Basilica, where we can admire the technique of crafting Murano Glass.
Today we enjoy stunning mountain landscapes while crossing the Apennine Mountains. Arriving in VENICE, we will board a Vapporetto to travel around on the canals in the historic centre. With a local guide, we will visit the marvellous Plaza de San Marcos and enter the marvellous basilica (entry cost included). Afterwards, we shall be able to visit the Murano glass factory city. It is marvellous to see the technique of crystal blowing. Free time.
At the end of the afternoon, you will have the chance to eat dinner in the Mestre area, where you can choose the type of restaurant that you prefer (Indian, Oriental, Italian, etc.)
Day 9 (Thursday): Venice - Verona - Zurich
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: We visit the city of Romeo y Juliet. Beautiful countryside while crossing the Alps (lakes and snowy mountains).
We will depart from Venice, travelling to VERONA. Our guide will instruct us on the places where you will be able to walk in Romeo and Juliet’s city – the city of lovers! Afterwards we continue the journey to Switzerland. Very beautiful lakes and mountains with snow-capped peaks line our route.
Arrival in ZURICH. Free time in the historic centre next to the lake, where you will be able to dine in your chosen restaurant serving Italian, Indian, Chinese, international or Swiss food.
Day 10 (Friday): Zurich - Interlaken - Grindelwald - Lucerne - Zurich
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: Admire the fantastic landscapes. Cable car included to Grindelwald first. Lunch included.
Today´s stage has beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes. Take a stroll through INTERLAKEN and follow to GRINDELWALD where we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car (ticket included) up to Grindelwald first. We will walk along the path (30 minutes) in which we shall be able to take the ¨footbridge over the empty¨ among the fantastic scenery enjoying glaciers around us. Lunch included (vegetarian option available). After that we continue to LUCERNE, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Returning to the heart of Zurich, enjoy an evening at the city’s most popular restaurants (Indian, Oriental, Middle Eastern, Swiss, etc.).
Day 11 (Saturday): Zurich - Bern - Paris
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Explore Bern, the capital city of Switzerland.
Embark on a scenic trip to BERN, capital city of the confederation built around a bend in the Aare River, with its medieval architecture preserved in the Old Town. Time to take a stroll and breathe in the fresh air. Next, we journey to France. Enjoy beautiful lake views on our trip to Paris. We arrive in the evening. Tour ends (or journey continues depending on rotating schedule of departures).
Recommendation: If you start or end your trip in Paris, we advise you to book an extra day or two in this city. In this way, you will be able to get to see Euro Disney, Versailles and other places of interest.
Day 12 (Sunday): Paris
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Paris. Boat ride along the Seine. Climb to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Evening transfer.
A scenic guided tour to discover the history, main boulevards and the breath-taking monuments of Paris. We end the visit at the Eiffel Tower area. You will have the opportunity to climb up to the second floor of this remarkable metal monument. End your visit with a boat cruise along the River Seine, which divides the north of Paris from the south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose. At sunset enjoy dinner in “Quartier Latin”, a very picturesque area of the historic centre where a wide variety of international cuisines await you. Return to hotel.
Day 13 (Monday): Paris - Amiens
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Amiens Historic Centre.
We go to the centre of Paris, to the area of the Louvre Museum. Free time. If you wish we can accompany you to Benlux, one of the most complete and best-known perfumeries in Paris. At around 5:30 PM we will leave Paris for AMIENS, with the highest Cathedral and beautiful historic centre alongside the river. Accommodation in the city.
Day 14 (Tuesday): Amiens - Eperlecques - Canterbury - London
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: World War II bunker. Ferry crossing to United Kingdom. Evening transfer to Soho.
We set off to the north of France. In Eperlecques we visit a huge bunker in the middle of the forest (admission included). From this point, V1 and V2 missiles were fired to the UK. Next, we leave on a ferry across the English Channel to reach CANTERBURY, the religious capital of England with a very attractive historic centre. Continuation to London. Tonight sit down for dinner at your preferred restaurant (Indian, Chinese, Thai, International, and so on) in the lively Soho district.
Day 15 (Wednesday): London
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit London. Changing of the guard. British Museum. English Teatime. Transfer to Camden Town.
Get to know LONDON on a locally guided tour featuring style, culture and history. See the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, where we shall be able to watch the famous “Changing of the Guard” (depending on the season). Afterwards, we go to the British Museum, one of the main and oldest museums in the world, where we can see relics from cultures all around the globe. If you wish, later on, you can go on an optional excursion to the “London Eye” ferries wheel.
In the afternoon, at 5pm, after a period of free time, we invite all our travellers to a traditional Afternoon Tea. Afterwards, we provide transfer to Camden, a district famous for having one of the most varied and extravagant street markets in London. Time for dinner in this area with numerous ethnic restaurants (Indian, Thai, Chinese, International, and so on).
Day 16 (Thursday): London
After breakfast, end of our services.