DAY 01 ARIVAL IN ATHENS
Arrival in Athens and transfer to your hotel. Free time to discover Athens by night, Plaka area under the Acropolis, Monastiraki square, And Thession pedestrian way with its cafes and the view to the Parthenon on Acropolis site. Night in Athens.
DAY 02 TASTE OF GREEK PRODUCTS AND VISIT ATHENS
Taste of Athens. In the morning you will meet our guide that will make you discover in the Halls the Greek local food, and other specialities. You certainly know the Greek olives, but there is much more to discover with Greek cheese, Greek cookies, and other mezzes. Free time to lunch
15:00 Beining of the tour to visit Athens, it''''s history, with a licenced guide. Sight seeing of Athens, passing by important monuments like Syntagma square, Adrian''''s Arch, the Academy, the old constitution, and visit of the Acropolis archeological site. Night in Athens, around the Acropolis area, dinner in a tavern with the ruins enligtened at night.
DAY 03 One day cruise in the Saronic Golf
Early Morning, departure to the port for the one day cruise, to visit the 3 Saronic islands, Egina, Ydra, and Poros. Poros is known as the island of lemons dedicated to the old god Poseidon. Ydra is considered as the jet set island with one of the most beautiful amphitheatric port, and it brings many artists and jet set from Athens. Eginea is the biggest island, known for its tasty pistachoes, you can visit also the old temple of Athina Aphaia.
Lunch on board
Return late afternoon in Athens
Last night in Athens, to discover and go out in areas not known yet, near the Roman agora, or Lysicratous tower
DAY 04 CHANGE OF COUNTRY
If free time, you can visit the flea market of Monastiraki, or make an excursion to Cap Sounion. Transfer to the airport of Athens. Arrival in Roma and transfer to hotel. Night in Roma.
DAY 05 COLOSEUM-ROMAN FORUM-PALATINE HILL
HD tour with Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (3 hours).
After breakfast, your guide will be waiting for you at the meeting point and we will start our first tour for the ancient Roma with the Colosseum, named by the Romans as "Amphitheatrum Flavium", built by Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD; the symbol of the city housed the gladiatorsâ€™ games for many centuries. Next to the Colosseum weâ€™ll explore Palatine Hill, the spot where brothers Remus and Romulus battled over who would found the first empire, and where Romulus founded the city that would become Rome; then we continue our tour through the streets and trails of the Roman Forum, the heart of Ancient Rome. Home to the bustling marketplace, ruled by moneylenders and shopkeepers, this was Rome at its finest. Here politicians held rallies before elections, soldiers marched triumphantly down the Sacred Way and the Vestal Virgins decided if men lived or died. Free afternoon. Night in Roma.
DAY 06 VATICAN-SISTINE CHAPEL-ST PETER BASILICA
HD tour for Vatican with Sistine Chapel and St. Peterâ€™s Basilica (3 hours).
After breakfast, your guide will be waiting for you at the meeting point and we will start our Vatican tour. We follow a carefully planned route through the Museums, visiting the most famous rooms such as the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms, plus a wide variety of galleries full of ancient sculptures, tapestries, medieval maps, paintings and precious relics. As you travel your guide will teach you about not just the pieces you see but the stories behind them and the Vatican itself. Youâ€™ll learn about the little details in Michelangeloâ€™s Sistine Chapel frescos â€“ such as the painful punishments he painted for his enemies and his own personal message to the Pope. Youâ€™ll learn about the characters that walked these corridors before you as artists, Cardinals and Popes and the dramas that unfolded here. >From the Sistine Chapel we head to St. Peterâ€™s Basilica, so we can visit the stunning masterpieces held within such as Michelangeloâ€™s â€˜Pietaâ€™ and the incredible altar, not to mention the Basilica itself and its impressive dome â€“ the construction of which threatened to rip the church in two. Free afternoon. Night in Roma.
DAY 07 FROM ITALY TO FRANCE
After breakfast, transfer to airport of Rome
Arival in Paris and transfer to your hotel
Free time to discover Paris
Night in Paris
DAY 08 FULL DAY PARIS - EIFFEL TOWER-CRUISE ON THE RIVER
Breakfast and Lunch Included
Full Day Paris
Â This fantastic half day excursion (morning or afternoon) gives you an opportunity to discover Paris''''s famous tourist sights and monuments. It includes lunch at the restaurant on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower, a city tour by panoramic coach, and an hour-long cruise along the Seine. Experience the beauty and heritage of the French capital in three different ways.
Your tour of Paris by air-conditioned panoramic coach will last for one and a half hours: learn about the city''''s history and its well-known monuments thanks to our audio guide commentary (individual headsets). Your tour will visit some unique sights, such as Place de lâ€™OpÃ©ra Square, Place de la Concorde Square, the Champs-Ã‰lysÃ©es, the Arc de Triomphe, Place du TrocadÃ©ro Square, the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides, the Pont-Neuf Bridge, the Bastille Opera House and its square, Notre Dame de Paris, the Luxembourg Gardens, and Saint Germain des PrÃ©s.
At the foot of the Eiffel Tower, step aboard for a fantastic one-hour audio guided cruise on the Seine River with music. Admire the stunning architecture of the heart of the capital''''s most prestigious monuments that line the banks of the Seine: the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Orsay Museum, the Conciergerie, etc. Enjoy the views from the fully-glassed boat with open-air terrace. Be captivated by this river trip under Paris''''s bridges, past Parisians going about their business as they walk or cycle by.
Enjoy a memorable lunch at the restaurant located on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower, as uninterrupted views of Paris stretch out as far as the eye can see. This chic and contemporary restaurant has the feel of a Parisian brasserie. Taste fresh seasonal produce with our two-course menu.
Night in Paris
DAY 09 REIMS CATHEDRAL AND CHAMPAGNE
Reims Cathedral and Champagne
Full day excursion from Paris to the city of Reims and its region, known all over the world for the production of a unique and prestigious product that needs no introduction: Champagne. As part of this tour, your guide will show you the majestic 13th-Century Reims Cathedral, where the coronations of the Kings of France once took place. You will also visit Mumm and Mercier, two famous Champagne houses, where you can taste Champagne and admire the picturesque landscape of the region''''s vineyards.
Set off from our agency in the center of Paris at 8 a.m. for a memorable day in the Champagne Region to the east of Paris (arrival scheduled for around 10:30 a.m.).Â
Begin your excursion with a guided visit of the cellars of the famous Mumm Champagne house, where you will learn about their expertise and the secrets behind the creation of their many Champagnes. At the end of your tour, taste the famous "Red Ribbon" Champagne, one of the most popular Champagnes in the world.
Your excursion continues with a guided tour of Reims''''s imposing Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A Gothic masterpiece and site of the coronations of the Kings of France, it is also well-known for its many statues and extraordinary 13th-Century stained glass windows.Â
Spend your free time exploring Reims city center and enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants in beautiful Erlon Square, for example. Sample the many specialties of the region, such as "white pudding," a type of sausage from Rethel, Chaource and Langres cheeses, and the famous Reims pink biscuits.
The afternoon brings the chance to discover the surrounding countryside and its pretty villages, forests and prestigious Champagne vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. On arrival in Epernay, visit with an audioguide your second Champagne house of the day, Mercier, founded in 1858. You will travel by automated train to a depth of 100 feet to visit the huge cellars, before finishing your tour with a Champagne tasting.
Departure from Epernay is scheduled for 4 p.m., arriving back in
Paris at around 6:30 p.m.
Night in Paris
DAY 10 GOOD BY FRANCE
Transfer out to the airport
Athens-Acropolis-Cruise, Rome-Colosseum-Vatican-Sistinne, Paris-Eiffel tower-Reims Champagne
All transfers arrival and departure from/to the Airport and the cityPick up from the hotel only in Athens for the city tour, and the cruise9 nights in 3* hotels with breakfastLunch during the Cruise in AthensLunch during the tour of ParisAll excursions described in the program
Tour Does Not Include
Any other transfer not in the programPicjkups from center city for the excursionNo FlightsNo insurrance