The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Classic Europe for Graduating Seniors

May 11 – May 22, 2018

Details

This tour is designed for traditional-aged college graduating seniors.

Becoming a Global Citizen! Next to a good education, one of the best investments in your future is the experience of International travel. Build on your college successes and continue to learn about the world with an unforgettable voyage through England, France, Italy and Greece. Europe, in all its splendor awaits you! In London, see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London. Train through the “Chunnel” to the magnificent city of Paris. Use your museum pass to see The Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay and Musée Rodin or wander the opulent grounds of Château de Versailles. Then, get whisked away via a high-speed train to the French Riviera – playground for the rich and famous! Next up: Italy! Arrive at the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome. The Colosseum and Forum remind us of its dramatic past, conjuring up visions of Caesar and mighty gladiators. Venture across the Tiber River to Vatican City –the world’s smallest state. The art and architecture of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican museums are a wonder to behold. Southern Italy and Greece extension: Travel to Pompeii where volcanic ash preserved the city almost exactly as it was more than 2,000 years ago. It is a fascinating historical snapshot of ancient times. Relax for three days living like a Greek god or goddess on the Isle of Poros with its stunning beaches and aquamarine waters. This grand tour ends in Athens where the Acropolis is one of the world's most breathtaking ancient ruins. Let the adventure begin!

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION


Tour highlights and included features

The 12-day land package includes:

  • 10 nights in superior tourist class hotels with private bath/shower
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Four specialty dinners
  • EUROSTAR train from London to Paris
  • High-speed TGV train from Paris to Nice
  • Train from the French Riviera to Rome
  • Guided tours in London, Paris, and Rome led by a local historian
  • Tour of Versailles Palace
  • 2-day museum pass in Paris
  • Seine River cruise
  • Admission to the Colosseum & Forum as part of ROMA pass
  • ROMA-Pass (full access to public transport system, reduced admission to museums, music events, theatre, etc.)
  • Private tour director for the entire duration of the land tour
  • All scheduled sightseeing
  • All intra-European transportation by air-conditioned motor coach as per itinerary
  • All service charges and local taxes
  • Luggage tag and travel guides

The five-day Southern Italy & Greece extension includes:

  • Five nights in superior tourist class hotels with private bath/shower, including overnight on ship from Italy to Greece
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Four specialty dinners
  • Guided tours in Pompeii and Athens led by a local historian
  • Admission to the Pompeii excavations
  • Admission to the Acropolis

Dates May 11 – May 22, 2018

Cost $2,845* ($765 for the extension (May 27). Airfare is not included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land

Region Europe

Activity level

Operator

Contact Debbie Vargo
vargo.42@osu.edu
614-292-2372 or
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 1

Map

Experiences

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Itinerary

Embark on your overnight flight to London.

Meals: In-flight

Enjoy a free afternoon to relax and unwind. In the evening we’ll have our welcome orientation followed by a fun London pub crawl.

Meals: In-flight

Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Piccadilly Circus: These familiar names become familiar places on our morning tour. Afternoon at leisure, take in the city’s monuments or embark on a Harrods’ shopping spree. Why not attend a West End theater show tonight?

Meals: Breakfast

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Travel through the “Chunnel” below the English Channel, to Paris. Our local art historian shows us the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and Place de la Concorde, where the guillotine once stood. Tonight, dine on French specialties at our bistro dinner. Afterward, we take a romantic cruise down the river Seine.

Meals: Breakfast, French bistro dinner

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This morning we visit the Palace of Versailles, well known as France’s famed Sun King, Louis XIV's residence. Our museum pass gives us access to the Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Chambers and more. Marvel at the sheer size of the palace, one of the most beautiful castles in the world with an astonishing 700 rooms. The afternoon is free for you to explore the ‘City of Lights’ on your own. Ask your tour director for free time suggestions.

Tonight, consider an optional can-can cabaret show.

Meals: Breakfast

Optional activity: French cabaret show

Enjoy a free day in Paris. Your included 2-day museum pass allows access to over 70 museums and monuments in and around Paris, including the world famous Louvre, housing the Mona Lisa, Musée d’Orsay and Musée National Picasso.

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, the TGV high-speed train takes us from Paris to Nice, Queen Resort of the Côte d’Azur. Enjoy your free afternoon on picturesque beaches along the rugged Mediterranean coastline, stroll promenades lined with chic boutiques, or unwind at a sidewalk café. The thriving local art scene and buzzing nightlife is yours to discover after tonight’s brasserie dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, French brasserie dinner

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Enjoy a free day on the dazzling French Riviera. Relax on the beach, paddle in the azure sea, or sip on a smooth cocktail beneath swaying palms. Consider exploring Nice to visit the magnificent Palais Lascaris, the Cathédrale de Sainte Réparate and harbors filled with opulent yachts. Or, you may opt to join our excursion to Monaco, where Prince Rainier married Hollywood actress Grace Kelly, and glitzy Cannes, known for its famous International Film Festival.

Meals: Breakfast

Optional activity: Excursion to Monte Carlo & Cannes

Our journey takes us along the scenic Côte d'Azur’s sun-splashed beaches. We cross the border into Italy at Ventimiglia and continue along the coast to Genoa, where we switch to the high speed ‘Le Frecce’ train, whisking us to Rome this afternoon. Check in to our hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure exploring Rome. Tonight, join us for our 'Viva Italia' pizza party. Following dinner, perhaps walk to Piazza Navona, one of the city’s most beautiful baroque squares and try the local gelati.

Meals: Breakfast, Pizza party

This morning, we explore Capitoline Hill with the most spectacular view of Caesar’s Roman Forum, center of political and social activity, with ancient ruins dating from the 8th century BC. Also see Nero’s Circus Maximus where chariot races were held. A trip across the Tiber River takes us to Vatican City - the world’s smallest state. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica housing Michelangelo’s magnificent “Pieta.” During afternoon free time you may want to use your Roma Pass to visit the Colosseum, where gladiators fought to the death.

Meals: Breakfast

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The entire day is free for exploring the Eternal City. Shop on Via Condotti, or visit more of the historical and artistic sights in the city. Have fun tonight at our tasty pasta party.

Meals: Breakfast, Pasta party

Optional activity: Frascati wine tasting tour

For some of us, the celebratory tour of Europe ends in Rome this morning. Bid farewell to friends and “arrivederci” to Italy before jetting back home with memories to last a lifetime. For the rest of us: motor through sunny olive groves lining the way south to Pompeii, the city buried in 79 A.D. by 20 feet of ash and lava after Mt. Vesuvius’ volcanic eruption. Afterwards we cross the Italian “boot” and board our overnight ship to Greece.

Meals: Breakfast

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After cruising through aquamarine waters, our ship docks at Patras. Motor along the Corinthian Sea coastline, across the Peloponnese peninsula to Galatas and the island of Poros.

Relax with three days of living like a Greek god or goddess - swim, sunbathe, or take part in optional activities such as waterskiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, banana-boating or tubing.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Optional activity: Aquatic adventure

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Swim, sunbathe, or take part in optional activities such as waterskiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, banana-boating or tubing.

Optional activity: Aquatic adventure

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


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Swim, sunbathe, or take part in optional activities such as waterskiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, banana-boating or tubing. We invite everyone to our Toga Party tonight.

In the morning we board our ferry to Athens. See the 2,400-year-old Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Constitution Square. A free afternoon may find us wandering the paths of Plato, Socrates and Sophocles or trying our bargaining skills at the markets of Monastiraki. This evening follow the sounds of traditional bouzouki music and join our farewell taverna dinner in the Plaka District, Athens’ oldest neighborhood at the foot of the Acropolis.

Meals: Breakfast, Greek taverna dinner

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Reluctantly we say farewell to Europe and new-found friends. Jet back home with thoughts of planning your next European Adventure!

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.

Contact

Contact Debbie Vargo at Ohio State Alumni Tours
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 1
Email: vargo.42@osu.edu

Space is limited. Book your tour now!