This tour is designed for traditional-aged college graduating seniors.
Come join us on an unforgettable voyage through England, France, Italy, and Vatican City.. See Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, see the Eiffel Tower and explore the best museums of Paris. Get whisked away via high-speed train to the French Riviera – playground for the rich and famous! Discover the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome, where 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. Travel home or motor to Pompeii where volcanic ash preserved the city almost exactly as it was more than 2,000 years ago. Relax living like a Greek god or goddess on the Isle of Poros with its stunning beaches and aquamarine waters. End your grand tour in Athens where the Acropolis is one of the world's most breathtaking ancient ruins. Immerse in each country’s culture, cuisine, architecture and history. Let the adventure begin!
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 and train 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, 2019
Cost $2,925* ($765 for the extension which returns 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.)
Contact Debbie Vargo
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 1
May 11 Day 1 - Travel to London
Embark on your overnight flight to London.
May 12 Day 2 - London
Enjoy a free afternoon to relax and unwind. In the evening we’ll have our welcome orientation followed by a fun London pub crawl.
May 13 Day 3 - London
Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Piccadilly Circus: These familiar names become familiar places on our morning tour of London. During an afternoon at leisure, browse the many food, craft and clothing stalls at popular Camden Market, walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter at Leadenhall Market aka Diagon Alley or take a ride on the London Eye for a birds-eye view of the city and the opportunity to take great photographs. After dusk, consider taking in some Shakespeare at the Globe Theater by the Thames River or attending a West End show.
May 14 Day 4 - London / EUROSTAR Train to Paris
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
May 15 Day 5 - Paris
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.
Optional activity: French cabaret show
May 16 Day 6 - Paris
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.
May 17 Day 7 - Paris / High-Speed Train to Nice
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
May 18 Day 8 - French Riviera
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.
Optional activity: Excursion to Monte Carlo & Cannes
May 19 Day 9 - French Riviera / Train to Rome
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
May 20 Day 10 - Rome / Vatican City
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.
May 21 Day 11 - Rome
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 ‘Viva Italia’ pizza party in Trastevere, the perfect spot to get a glimpse of the old world while still enjoying the lifestyle of today’s Romans.
Meals: Breakfast, Pizza party
Optional activity: Frascati wine tasting tour at Old Minardi Farmhouse
May 22 Day 12 - Rome / Travel Home or continue on to Pompeii / Overnight ship to Greece
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.
May 23 Day 13 - Day 15 - Greek Island Center (extension)
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. We invite everyone to our Toga Party on the last night.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner daily
Optional activity: Water sports
May 26 Day 16 - Athens (extension)
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
May 27 Day 17 - Travel Home (extension)
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.