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13-Day Greece, Italy, Switzerland Tour from Athens, ends in Paris Tour Code: 938-19257

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Athens, Greece
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Visit Ancona, Athens, Florence, Olympia, Peloponnese, Rome, Vatican City, Venice, Bern, Corinth, Grindelwald, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Mycenae, Paris, Tripoli, Versailles, Zurich.
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    Single $3059
    Double $2070
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Day 1: Athens

Upon arriving at the airport we will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts. Please, check the informative posters placed at the hotel reception area which have all the information about your upcoming services such as meeting place, time and the guide’s name.
Deluxe Hotel: President/Novotel Athenes or similar

Day 2: Athens

We will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide which includes the Presidential Palace, the Panathinaikos stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held, the national library, the bustling squares of the center; the new neighborhoods that emerged after the 2004 Olympic games. The tour will end at the Acropolis site (entry not included). In the evening we include a transfer to the PLAKA quarter, a place full of small Greek taverns where you can also enjoy this country´s folklore.
  • Athens, GREECE

    Athens, GREECE
    One of the oldest cities in the world, Athenian history spans more than three millennia, and served as the foundation for much of modern Western culture. Ancient monuments like the Parthenon have been standing for thousands of years.

    Panathenaic Stadium

    One of the main historic attractions of Athens, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and was the venue for 4 of the 9 contested sports. It was used for various purposes in the 20th century and was once again used as an Olympic venue in 2004.

    Hadrian's Library

    It was created by Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 132 on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens. The building followed a typical Roman Forum architectural style, having only one entrance with a propylon of Corinthian order, a high surrounding wall with protruding niches at its long sides, an inner courtyard surrounded by columns and a decorative oblong pool in the middle.

    Syntagma Square

    Named for the Greek Constitution, Syntagma Square is Athens' central public square, located in front of the Old Royal Palace, which currently houses the Greek Parliament. It was constructed in the 19th century.

    Plaka

    The old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites.
Deluxe Hotel: President/Novotel Athenes or similar

Day 3: Athens - Corinth - Mycenae - Tripoli - Olympia (27208 km)

In the morning, we leave for the Peloponnese region. We make a stop at the Corinth Canal. After this, we have time in the immense fortress of Accra Corinth (entrance included). At the top of the settlement are the foundations of what was a temple to Aphrodite. We go on to Mycenae, a colossal citadel from the eighteenth century BC, the birthplace of the first European civilisation (entrance included). We stop in Tripoli, the provincial capital of a region that produces excellent wines. In the middle of the afternoon, we go on our way to Olympia.

  • Corinth, GREECE

    An ancient city which is located in south-central Greece.

    Corinth Canal

    Although proposed on numerous occasions throughout history (the earliest known being 700 BC), the Corinth Canal wasn't actually built until the late 19th century. Unfortunately, it is too narrow for modern boat traffic and is mostly a tourist attraction today.
  • Mycenae, GREECE

    Mycenae is one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece that was named "Mycenaean" after this very citadel. It is perhaps best known in mythology as the city of Agamemnon, the son of Atreus. King Agamemnon led the expedition against Troy during the Trojan War, which Homer accounted in his epic poem the Iliad.
  • Tripoli, GREECE

    Tripoli was established in the beginning of 14th century and until the end of 19th century it was called Tripolitsa (Ntropolitsa). It is a city known for its important part in the modern history of Greece. Many different invaders such as Venetians and Turks left their marks on the city.
Deluxe Hotel: Olympic Village Hotel Resort SPA/Amalia or similar
Dinner: Included (BUFFET)

Day 4: Olympia - Patras.- Overnight voyage from Greece to Italy (84 km)

We will visit Olympia archeological site with a local guide. You will have a chance to visit its museum and archeological site (ticket included) which the cradle of the Olympic games in ancient times. After this, we cross the mountainous interior of the Peloponnese. We continue to Patras; we include tickets to its powerful castle built in the 6th century; time for lunch.

At 17.30 (the time may change) we board a very modern ferry, much more like a cruiser. The ship sails along the Greek coast, passing the islands of Ithaca and Kefalonia and making a stop at Igumenitsa. Accommodation in double cabins with bathroom.

Notes: Sometimes, due to the weather, the servicing of the ship or changes in times, strikes, or if the ferry is full, we might take a different ferry from Igumenitsa or travel to Rome by plane. Breakfast on the ferry not included.

  • Olympia, GREECE

    A small town in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, famous for the nearby archaeological site of the same name, which was a major Panhellenic religious sanctuary of ancient Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games were held.

    Archaeological Museum of Olympia

    The museum houses discoveries from the surrounding area, including the site of the Ancient Olympic Games. The collection includes objects produced and used in the area from prehistory to its time under Roman rule. The principal pieces in the museum are Hermes and the Infant Dionysus. The extent of its bronze collection makes it one of the most important in the world.
  • Peloponnese, GREECE

    Peloponnese, a peninsula and southern region of Greece, played a major role in the Greek War of Independence. Visitors enjoy historical and archeological sites like Olympia, as well as churches, castles, and natural surroundings of mountains, beaches, caves, and more.
Standard Hotel: Overnight voyage from Greece to Italy

Day 5: Ancona- Loreto - Rome (207 km)

Morning resting on board on our journey through the Adriatic. Arrival in Ancona scheduled at 14 hrs., disembarkation and continuation to Loreto, time to visit the sanctuary of the Holy House, the house of the Virgin Mary, and to tour its beautiful medieval town. After that we cross the Apennines amidst beautiful countryside in the Abruzzos region. Rome -Arrival at the end of the day.
  • Ancona, ITALY

    A city and a seaport in the Marche region in central Italy. Mail sights include Ancona Cathedral which dedicated to Judas Cyriacus, was consecrated at the beginning of the 11th century and completed in 1189.
Standard Hotel: Ergife/Shangrila/Green Park Hotel or similar

Day 6: Rome (7 km)

In the morning, we will have a scenic tour of Rome. We will enter the tiny state of the Vatican, visit St. Peter's Basilica, Roman Colosseum. In the evening we will transfer to the Trastevere area for a stroll in the narrow cobbled streets of the district with hidden treasures, such as some modest medieval churches, small shops with the most peculiar of objects or scenes of daily life. Many trattorias (informal Italian eating establishments) and osterias (inns) imbued with the Italian spirit will be ready to serve you local dishes. Other restaurants serving Indian, Chinese and international food can be found in this area. Return to hotel.
  • Rome, ITALY

    Rome, ITALY
    The history of this amazing city spans more than two and a half thousand years. It is one of the most historic places on the planet Earth, and it's artistic and cultural contributions have colored global development.

    Colosseum

    Colosseum
    This nearly 2000-year-old structure is one of the most famous buildings in all of human history. At its height, it could hold up to 80,000 people, and was usually used for gladiatorial contests, executions, and drama productions.

    Trastevere

    This area is the 13th rione of Rome. It features narrow, cobblestone streets lined with many Medieval-era buildings. It lies on the West Bank of the Tiber River, south of Vatican City.
  • Vatican City, ITALY

    This small country, surrounded by the larger city of Rome, is the center of the Catholic Church and home of the Pope. Famous sights are St. Peter's Square and the Basilica, as well as the Vatican Museum.

    St. Peter's Basilica

    St. Peter's Basilica
    Perhaps the most famous church in the world and the center of Roman Catholicism, this ornate basilica in the small sovereign state of Vatican City has been a place of pilgrimage for nearly two thousand years.

    Vatican Museums

    This small country, surrounded by the larger city of Rome, is the center of the Catholic Church and home of the Pope. Famous sights are St. Peter's Square and the Basilica, as well as the Vatican Museum.

    Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

Standard Hotel: Ergife/Shangrila/Green Park Hotel or similar 4 stars hotel

Day 7: Rome - Florence (230 km)

We will leave Rome for Florence. This route is graced with beautiful landscapes. Upon arrival in Florence, we will head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo. In the evening we will have 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. Free time to explore. In the evening, you can dine at your favorite restaurant. In this district you can find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food.
  • Florence, ITALY

    Florence, ITALY
    Historic Florence, Italy is considered to be one of the most gorgeous cities in the world. Its long tradition of art and culture can be seen on nearly every doorstep. Millions of people travel here each year.

    Piazzale Michelangelo

    The Piazzale Michelangelo is located at the top of a hill, making it perhaps the best vantage point to take in a full panoramic view of this marvelous city. A restaurant at the top provides visitors with a good meal.

    Ponte Veccio

    Ponte Veccio
    The Ponte Veccio is a Medieval stone bridge over the Arno River in Florence. The bridge is lined by shops, something that was typical at the time of its construction in 1345; they are mostly artists and souvenir vendors.

    Piazza della Signoria

    The Piazza della Signoria features many can't-miss Florentine buildings. The Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's massive fortress of a town hall, towers above. The Loggia dei Lanzi is a beautiful piece of Renaissance architecture, bedecked with bronze and marble sculptures.

    Tuscan Dinner

    In this opportunity, you will have the chance to make a magnificent dinner in a Tuscan atmosphere. A group of musicians will set this beautiful evening. We can taste the typical products of the region. During dinner we can also enjoy live music, a pianist singer from Fiorentino will perform national and international pieces of music.

    Tour Fee (Optional): Adult €60; Child €60; Dinner included with drinks. Minimum group required: 20 persons|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

Standard Hotel: First Hotel/Ibis Firenze Nord Aeroporto or similar hotel

Day 8: Florence - Venice (203 km)

Today we enjoy stunning mountain landscapes while crossing the Apennine Mountains. We will arrive in Venice and take the boat and cross the Giudecca to the Island of Venice. With a local guide, we will visit the St. Mark's Square and enter the Basilica.Afterwards, we will visit the Murano glass factory. At the end of the afternoon, we will have the chance to enjoy own free time or eat dinner in the Mestre district, where you can choose the type of restaurant that you prefer (Indian, Oriental, Italian, etc.).
  • Venice, ITALY

    Venice, ITALY
    This city off the coast of northeast Italy is famous the world over for its many canals. It is actually a chain of 118 islands linked together by bridges and waterways. Venice is world-renown for its art and beauty.

    Gondola Ride

    The canals of Venice are what make this city iconic. Gondolas are special boats designed to navigate these channels. No visit to Venice is complete without a romantic ride down the canals on a gondola.Musicians 1 tenor and one accordionist for the gondola group.

    Tour Fee (Optional): Adult €40; Child €40; Minimum group required: 15 persons|Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes

    Saint Mark's Basilica

    The Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco is the most famous church in Venice and is known for its unique and ornate Italo-Byzantine architecture that includes five hemispherical domes and fine patterns. It was built in the 11th century AD.
Standard Hotel: Lugano/Novotel Mestre Castellana/Holiday Inn/Mondial Venecia or similar

Day 9: Venice-Innsbruck-Zurich (430 km)

We will depart from Venice, travelling to Austria. Arrival to INNSBRUCK, time to stroll in the historic centre and have lunch. Then, we will continue our journey through wonderful Tyrolean sceneries crossing towards Switzerland. 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.
  • Innsbruck, AUSTRIA

    Located in the Inn valley, lies about halfway between Munich in Germany and Verona in Italy. It is an internationally renowned winter sports center, and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics.
  • Zurich, SWITZERLAND

    Zurich, SWITZERLAND
    Sitting on the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich, this city is the largest in Switzerland. The Bahnhofstrasse ("Station Street") is an important landmark as one of the world's most expensive shopping areas.
Standard Hotel: Hotel: Novotel Zurich Airport/ Hotel Movenpick Airport/Kameha Grand Zurich or similar

Day 10: Zurich - Grindelwald - Lucerne - Zurich (183 km)

Today we will see beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes in the region of Interlaken. We will stop in Grinderwald where we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car up to mountain. We will walk along the winding path which will lead us to the "footbridge over the empty". Dare to walk along the bridge amongst the fantastic scenery enjoying glaciers all around us. We will have a lunch up the mountain before heading back down. We will then continue to Lucerne. In the evening we will have time to stroll around, enjoying the city and taking dinner before we return to the hotel in Zurich
  • Grindelwald, SWITZERLAND

    Grindelwald is a village and municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Berne in Switzerland. In addition to the village of Grindelwald, the municipality also includes the settlements of Alpiglen, Burglauenen, Grund, Itramen, Mühlebach, Schwendi, Tschingelberg and Wargistal.
  • Lucerne, SWITZERLAND

    Lucerne, SWITZERLAND
    This Swiss city on gorgeous Lake Lucerne is popular with tourists due to its amazing views of the lake, Mount Pilatus, and Mount Rigi of the Swiss Alps. Some of the buildings in Lucerne date back hundreds of years.
Standard Hotel: Novotel Zurich Airport/Hotel Movenpick Airport/ Kameha Grand Zurich or similar
Lunch: Included (Green salad. Alpine macaroni with apple compote. Frozen)

Day 11: Zurich - Bern - Paris (694 km)

We will have a scenic trip to Bern, enjoy time to take a stroll and breathe in the fresh air. Next, we will journey to France. We will then enjoy beautiful lake views on our trip to Paris. We will arrive in the evening.
  • Bern, SWITZERLAND

    Bern, SWITZERLAND
    The official language of Bern is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the Alemannic Swiss German dialect called Bernese German.In 1983 the historic old town in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Standard Hotel: Novotel Saint Denis/Mercure Paris/Residhome Issy Les Molineaux or similar

Day 12: Paris-Versailles-Paris (34 km)

We come into contact with the history of France in the immense Palace of Versailles (admission not included) with its beautiful gardens. After that, on our way back to Paris, we head to Montmartre, and take a cable car (included) to go up to this bohemian neighborhood known for its painters, artists and cabarets. To contemplate the beauty of the impressive avenues and monuments of Paris, you will have the city tour with a local guide. Return to the hotel. Optionally you can attend the variety show.​
  • Versailles, FRANCE

    A city renowned worldwide for the Château de Versailles and the gardens of Versailles, designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Located in the western suburbs of the French capital, 17.1 km from the centre of Paris.

    Palace of Versailles

    Louis IV's opulent mansion is one of the most famous symbols of French political history and power. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the center of French politics for nearly a century, until the beginning of the French Revolution.

    Admission (Optional): Adult €80; Child €80; Ticket resource is tight, it is strongly recommended that you book in advance! Dosen't include The Garden.

  • Paris, FRANCE

    Paris, FRANCE
    Paris has been a thriving city for more than two thousand years. It is known all over the world as a city of art and romance, from its high-end cafes to the famous visage of the Eiffel Tower.

    Montmartre

    This neighborhood in Paris is built on a hill, at the top of which stands the Basilica of the Sacre Couer, famous for its white dome. The area has been home to many artists like Picasso and van Gogh.

    Moulin Rouge Show

    The famous Moulin Rouge - where the hit musical movie got its name - was founded in 1889, and is credited with popularizing cabaret performances and the can-can dance. It is marked by the red windmill on the roof.

    Tour Fee (Optional): Adult €145; Child (Entry of children under 6 years old is not allowed) €145; 23:00, Round-trip transport service from and to the hotel. - Table reservation. Tips included. - Show with consumption 1/2 bottle of French champaign per person.

Standard Hotel: Mercure Paris or similar 4 stars hotel

Day 13: Paris

We will have a scenic guided tour of Paris. We will have the opportunity to climb up to the second floor of Eiffel Tower and take a boat cruise along the River Seine. We will enjoy a free afternoon.

Note: Sometimes queues to climb the Eiffel Tower are long. For organizational reasons, if deemed appropriate, the climb can be made at a different moment of the day.      

  • Paris, FRANCE

    Paris, FRANCE
    Paris has been a thriving city for more than two thousand years. It is known all over the world as a city of art and romance, from its high-end cafes to the famous visage of the Eiffel Tower.

    Eiffel Tower

    Eiffel Tower
    One of the most famous monuments in the world, the Eiffel Tower has been a symbol of Paris, France, and Europe since 1889. It was erected as the entryway to the 1889 World's Fair, and has been wowing visitors ever since.

    River Seine

    The River Seine is perhaps the most important waterway in Paris. More than 37 bridges cross its waters within the city alone, and cruises along the River pass by almost every important location and sight in the city.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup
  • 12 nights hotel accomodation
  • Travel by bus with English speaking guide
  • Basic travel insurance
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Excursion: Versailles in Paris (entrance not included).
  • Boat: to the island of Venice, Boat Trip along River Seine in Paris.
  • City tour in : Athens, Olympia, Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris.
  • Evening Transfer: Plaka neighborhood in Athens, Trastevere in Rome.
  • Transfer: Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence.
  • Ticket admission: Accra Corinth fortress, Mycenae citadel, Olympia archaeological site; , Coliseum of Rome, Saint Mark´s Basilica and Murano Glass Factory in Venice, 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • Ferry: Patras (GR)/ Ancona (IT).
  • Funicular: Cable Car to Grindelwald First, funicular ride to Montmartre district.
  • 2 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Olympia, Lucerne.

Price Excludes

Destination Adult Child
Florence
Tuscan Dinner (Optional)
Dinner included with drinks. Minimum group required: 20 persons
€60 €60
Paris
Moulin Rouge Show (Optional)
23:00, Round-trip transport service from and to the hotel. - Table reservation. Tips included. - Show with consumption 1/2 bottle of French champaign per person.
€145 €145 (Entry of children under 6 years old is not allowed)
Venice
Gondola Ride (Optional)
Minimum group required: 15 persons
€40 €40
Versailles
Palace of Versailles (Optional)
Ticket resource is tight, it is strongly recommended that you book in advance! Dosen't include The Garden.
€80 €80
  • Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
  • If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. You cannot buy / use the tickets on your own or use City Passes. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
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