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Road to Athens 2017 (24 Days, London to Athens)

In 2012 London proudly hosted the Olympic Games, but Ancient Greece is where it all began. Now you can follow the torch's journey through history in reverse. As we tour Europe between these two Olympic-size cities we will experience the full list of events this fabulous region has to offer. From Paris to Barcelona, the Swiss Alps to Venetian canals; through the French Riviera and over rolling Tuscan hills; from sailing off Corfu to lighting up the night on Mykonos, this tour of Europe is a gold medal contender!

Inclusions

Paris gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower
Local guide in Florence
Stay at a resort in the heart of Tuscany
Italian feast in Tuscan hills
Paris city driving tour
Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal, Venice
French Riviera perfumery experience
3 nights sailing in Greece
Sun, sea & party on Mykonos
23 Breakfasts
23 Lunches
23 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
24
Price From
AUD $4,364
Start Location
London, United Kingdom
End Location
London, United Kingdom
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: London, England to Paris, France
Spot French poodles on an epic driving tour. Pinch yourself and instagram your first selfie before we dig into a gourmet picnic under the Eiffel Tower. Food matters. A lot. In Europe, it comes alive. Kick back under and watch Paris sparkle. Ooooh you pretty thang! Included today: -Paris city driving tour -Gourmet picnic under the Eiffel Tower Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Paris
Grab your baguette and go. Run, don't walk. More oh la la today. With Parisian charm crammed into every nook and cranny, make sure you hit all of the iconic haunts. This morning: free time en Francais. From the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay to the l'Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Later, if you are in the mood for an optional cabaret show, let us know - we'll sort it. Meals: -Breakfast Optional Activities: -Paris bike tour -Traditional Paris cabaret -Seine river cruise
Day 3: Paris to Bordeaux
If you haven't gone fromage crazy just yet, grab a few wheels before we go and bid au revoir to Paree. Next, we make a quick stop in the heart of the Loire Valley. Later, enter Bordeaux where vineyards rule and fromage is King. Drink the best drops and hear tales of how these fiery reds came to be. Raise a glass to the winemakers. Included today: -Visit to Chateau du Chambord (admission extra) Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 4: Bordeaux to Barcelona, Spain
Enter Barcelona where tapas and sangria rule. Easily one of the best cities in the world, you lucky thing! First up: driving tour of Barcelona to get your bearings. Later: if you think you’ve eaten it all, nah-ah not even close. Uncover the food market gems scattered across Barcelona and satisfy your inner gastronome. Visit La Boqueria in Barcelona for a luxe open air experience. Tonight: shall we dance? Optional flamenco show. Included today: -Driving tour of Barcelona Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Flamenco show
Day 5: Barcelona
Next up, rowdy Gaudi. Free day today to tick off Park Güell or the La Sagrada Familia. At night, rumble with Las Ramblas. Who needs the snooze button when you got a whole day in a city packed to the rafters with art nouveau, alluring accents and most importantly, tapas. Hit the side streets and alleyways give in to your inner football tragic and kneel to the sporting gods at Camp Nou. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 6: Barcelona to French Riviera, France
Bye bye, Barca. Hello, to the turquoise waters and lush stylings of the French Riv. Get that selfie stick out as we roll on north along the coast to rub shoulders with the rich and famous at the world's most lavish waterfront property, aka the French Riviera. Swap your patatas bravas for hearty French cooking and get ready for tomorrow's adventures. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 7: French Riviera including Monaco visit
Picture life in the fast lane as we cruise through dazzling Monaco (ticking off another country in the process). Glitzy and glam? You bet your fur coat it is. Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not). Included today: -Guided tour of Monaco Meals: -Breakfast
Day 8: French Riviera to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Roll up and out of the Riviera and onwards to the Alps. Aim high and think epic peaks. Before we go, we visit a French perfume factory to freshen up. New signature scent perhaps? The view out your window today plays like a documentary on 'world's sexiest views'. Unlike Toblerone, the Swiss Alps aren't all lined up perfectly so we weave up through the sexy valleys and handsome peaks. Grab your forks and prepare to chow down on Swiss cuisine then hit the bar for a nightcap. Included today: -Perfume factory visit Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 9: Swiss Alps
Scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views are on today's agenda. Go low key with a mountain walk or hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Fairytale villages en route, sky-diving out of a helicopter upon arrival (if heights don't scare you). Another local feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down. Then head back down for some snow angels and hot chocolate. #hardlife. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch Optional Activities: -Jungfrau excursion -Sky diving -Helicopter Ride -Aare River Float
Day 10: Swiss Alps to Venice, Italy
Seek out Juliet’s balcony in Verona and wave before we push through to the canal-lined maze of Venice. You know it as the floating city, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Check out St. Mark's Square, Accademia Bridge and a who's who of Venice's usual suspects. Included today: -Visit to Verona Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 11: Venice
Keep dry with a walking tour of Venice's greats, before taking to the water on an optional gondola ride. Later, head into St Mark's Square, shoo pigeons and jump over the Rialto Bridge to find the best damn pizza before we leave tomorrow. Included today: -Walking tour of Venice -Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Gondola Ride
Day 22: Mykonos
'Mykonoosss' - the DJ is calling. Go forth and party. Relax by the pool and grab a cocktail, this is your time. Oh, and don;t forget to visit the white-washed buildings. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 21: Athens to Mykonos
Two nights to kick back on Greek island time. Ferry over to Mykonos (aka 'that-island-with-the-cute-windmills-looking-into-a-blood-red- sunset' for two nights of tropical bliss. Epic beaches, sinfully good local restaurants and a bustling nightlife, what's not to love? #sorrynotsorry Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 20: Sailing in Greece to Athens
Back on land, stretch your legs and explore the cradle of civilization on a guided tour. Cue jaw drop at the Acropolis and Parthenon then grab some yiros or hit the sack. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 19: Sailing in Greece
Found your sea legs yet? Another day of loving life. And loving the turquoise water. Loving more swimming. More diving off boats. More epic Instagram shots. You could probably get used to this. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 18: Sailing in Greece
Free day in para-para-paradise. Loving it up? Good, we hope so. Soak up those rays and make the most of 50 shades of blue. Spin the compass and watch the world go by - remember, you’re on sailing time so float on and relax. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 12: Venice to Florence
Shake and shimmy past Pisa. Get THAT photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa today. Make your food baby sing as we roll into the land of hearty Tuscan cuisine and birthplace of gelato: Florence. Included today: -Visit to Pisa & the Leaning Tower Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 16: Rome to Sailing in Greece via Overnight Ferry
An Italian road trip today to meet our overnight ferry to Greece to the land of gyros and all things amazing. Play connect-the-dots with the stars or let the swell rock you to sleep as we ferry from Bella Italia to Greece. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 15: Rome including Vatican City visit
Down that espresso. Make a quick visit to the Pope - a trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without! Last chance to find the best pizza or pasta before we head off tomorrow. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Vatican city visit
Day 14: Florence to Rome
Buh-bye Florence. Later, we enter Rome where history was born and made. Become an amateur historian in no time on our guided city walking tour in Rome. Cross off some red hot ruins, oodles of obelisks and of course, the big ticket sights. Refuel on pizza. Included today: -Rome walking tour -Visit to the town of Orivieto Meals: -Breakfast
Day 13: Florence
Renaissance beauty meets Italian style. Explore the streets of Florence with a local guide today. Florence has more stories than Bilbo Baggins, more culture than a Shoreditch hipster, over 1,800 restaurants and it gave the world gelato. Say ciao to cheeky David and strut along the Ponte Vecchio, gelato in hand. Obvs later, delve into a higher state of culinary consciousness. Included today: -Walking tour of Florence with a local guide Meals: -Breakfast
Day 23: Mykonos to Athens
Catch the ferry back to Athens for one more night. Included today: -Driving tour of Athens Meals: -Breakfast
Day 17: Sailing in Greece
Bring on three great days of sailing on the Ionian Sea. Across these islands keep an eye out for ancient history steeped in mythology and sprawling ruins to sink your teeth into, what's not to love? Learn the ropes, navigate through awe-inspiring islands then laze on board like the god or goddess that you are. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 24: Athens
Today we say farewell after breakfast and say our buh-byes. Number swap and FB deets, essential to plan that next adventure. Meals: -Breakfast