Check in to Plaka hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens, Europe’s oldest city. Meet our Tour Rep and fellow Contiki travellers.
Optional dinner in the rustic district of Plaka. Perched on the shady slopes beneath the Acropolis, Plaka is full of traditional tavernas that spill out onto the pavements.
1st June - Mykonos Ferry to Mykonos - amazing views across the Aegean and of the rocky islands. Heard this is the absolute worst boat trip involved... 7 hours. Blech
2nd/3rd June - Mykonos Beaches, free time, partying. Paradise Beach is an optional here - have heard great things about it.
4th June - Turkey After another day of soaking up the sun, board cruise ship bound for Turkey and the Dodecanese. Settle in to your cabin and watch the sun set over the Aegean. Nightclub on board
5th June - Turkey In the morning, wake up to the Turkish port town of Kusadasi. Rummage through the Grand Bazaar and go local bargaining for leather goods, jewellery or local crafts. Otherwise hook up with the group and our Local Guide for an optional excursion to ancient Ephesus, a stunningly preserved city that Mark Antony and Cleopatra once visited.
Our next port of call is Patmos, with its sacred spots and wild countryside. Explore the monasteries, traditional settlements and country churches.
Optional excursion - Patmos’ UNESCO World Heritage sites: the11th century Monastery of the Apocalypse and to the Grotto of St John – the hilltop cave where John the Apostle lived for many years.
6th June - Crete and Santorini Optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos where our Local Guide will tell the story of this 4000 year old mythical Minoan Palace, where the minotaur (half-man/half-bull) was slain.
Next up: Santorini. From the water, look up at the iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches.Head up the cliff and the twisting stone steps, take a donkey ride or take it easy in the cable car for views of neighbouring volcanic islands. Optional boat ride out to the active volcanic island of Nea Kamini. Cruise past lava formations and get up close to the active crater.
7th June - Athens Piraeus, Syntagma Square, right in the heart of Athens and home to Greece’s parliament, where our tour ends. Stay at Plaka Hotel
8th June - Travel Fly from Athens, Greece to Roma, Italia. Find Fontana di Trevi.
9th June - Napoli Take le treni from Roma to Napoli.
10th June - Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius tour. Guided tour of Pompeii (approximately two hours) takes in the Forum, the Thermal Baths, Vetti's House and the Lupanare brothel, buried by volcanic ashes from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Pizza Lunch then transfer to Mt. Vesuvius. Climb Mt, Vesuvius (approximately 45 minutes), and walk around the crater at 3,900 feet (1,200 meters).
11th June - Napoli Assist with wedding planning!
12th June - Napoli Wedding
13th June - Napoli
14th June - Travel Fly Napoli, Italia to London, England
15th June - Explore London
16th June - Stonhenge, Windsor Castle and Oxford trip. Short drive to Windsor, home to the royal family for 900 years and official residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Options:
Take a free walking tour of Windsor to see the castle precincts, cobbled streets and historic buildings dating back to the 17th century.
Take an interior tour of Windsor Castle to see the magnificent State Apartments and St. George's Chapel (cost approximately Adult £15.50, Child £9.00, Seniors £15.50).
Stonehenge The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a World Heritage Site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast emptiness of Salisbury plain. Options:
Explore Stonehenge independently
Take an audio-guided tour of Stonehenge to learn about the site's spiritual importance (cost approximately Adult £6.70, Child £3.40, Seniors £5.70).
Oxford Christ Church, where the Harry Potter series was filmed, the Bodleian Library and the Sheldonian Theatre. Your visit includes free time to explore Oxford on your own also.
17th/18th June - London
19th June - Danika fly home, Nicole commence second tour.
Danika && Nicole are heading off on the trip of a lifetime in May/June 2010. The 2 of us are going to cruise around the magical greek islands, drop in to italy for a wedding, then jump up the the UK. WOOHOO!