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London to Ancient Italy and Athens by Train

France, Greece, Italy, United Kingdom - Trip code RA Discovery
Days 11
Deposit From CHF 307
Price from CHF 3069
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Leave gloomy London behind as you journey to the glorious azure waters of Greece's Aegean coast. This superb rail odyssey takes you through the backstreets of Pisa and Rome, introduces you to the delights of home-cooked Puglian cuisine, and explores a hidden mountain gem in rural Greece. Between the Colosseum and the Acropolis, take time to relax at the baroque towns and beaches close to bustling Bari.

  • Rome - Visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, as well as the fascinating, lesser-visited Testaccio district
  • Adriatic crossing - Cruise past Ithaca and Cephalonia islands, taking the leisurely route to the Greek mainland
  • Puglian specialties - Sample delicious local cheeses and try a homemade lunch in a rural farmhouse
  • Greek caique cruise - Continue your holiday with seven relaxing nights on a Greek caique. See the GC trip code for matching departures
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 9

    Lunch: 1

    Dinner: 1

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader

    Local Guide(s)

  • Transport

    Bus

    Ferry

    Train

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    Accommodation

    1 nights simple boat

    9 nights comfortable hotel

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    Trip pace:

    Full on

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    Group Size:

    12 - 18

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Trip starts at London St. Pancras Station; Eurostar to Turin via Paris

Our trip begins this morning at London's St Pancras Station, the home of the Eurostar. Here you'll meet a representative from Explore to assist you with check-in and answer any last minute questions, before you board your (unaccompanied) Eurostar train to Paris.

We meet our Tour Leader off the train at the Gare du Nord, and take the Paris metro together to the Gare de Lyon. Here we board our train to Turin, flying through the French countryside and saying 'buona sera' to Italy after arriving around 10pm this evening.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Train to Rome via Pisa; discover the famous Leaning Tower

We'll need a good, strong Italian espresso this morning as we're taking an early train out of Turin, heading south to Rome. It's worth an early start, as the train journey takes us via the charming Tuscan city of Pisa, with ample time for a visit.

After storing our luggage at the station, we'll have some time to explore the narrow streets, pastel houses and wonderfully ornate churches of Pisa. It's a pleasant walk of around 30 minutes from Pisa Centrale station to the Campo dei Miracoli (the Field of Miracles), home to the famous Leaning Tower. We'll head up the tower, climbing all 293 stairs to the top for outstanding views over the Duomo and the rest of the city. After visiting the Leaning Tower, we're free to enjoy the afternoon in Pisa. Over lunch we'll have our first real opportunity to sample proper Italian cuisine, maybe enjoying a glass of locally-produced Chianti.

In the late afternoon, we head back to the station for our three-hour train journey to Rome.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Full day in Rome; visit the iconic Colosseum and the Roman Forum

Visiting Rome can be a daunting endeavour. This city, once the centrepoint of the western world, is an absolute feast for the senses. Gorgeous Baroque architecture, world-beating art and, of course, the most important sites of the entire Roman empire are all on display here, while the scent of fresh pasta will call you from the doorways of local trattorias.

We plan to spend our two days wisely, beginning with essential visits to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, on the Palatine Hill. These magnificent sites are practically a 'who's who' of Roman history. The Palatine Hill was the site of the founding of Rome by the brothers Romulus and Remus. Julius Caesar once lived there, and it was from the white marble rostra, within the Forum, that Mark Antony delivered a funeral speech in Caesar's honour, reimagined by Shakespeare in his 'Friends, Romans, Countrymen' speech. Emperor Nero built his enormous palace 'Domus Transitoria' on the Palatine Hill before allowing Rome to burn in the fire of 64 AD. The list goes on, and we'll walk in the footsteps of these giants today.

After a full morning visiting the Colosseum and the Forum with a local guide, we'll have free time this afternoon. It's not far from here to the Vatican, where you may wish to visit the Sistine Chapel or the Vatican Museum.

This evening we'll head to the Trastevere district, where we have a meal included tonight in one of the area's many locally-run, authentic restaurants offering traditional Italian fare. This medieval area has a vibrant nightlife, making it popular with Romans and tourists alike.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 - Discover an alternative side to Rome with a trip to the less-visited Testaccio district

Our tour this morning seeks to introduce Italy's captivating capital through an exploration of one of Rome's lesser-known areas. At first glimpse, the residential district of Testaccio seems like nothing more than a pretty area of the capital. Without many tourists to speak of, you can really get a feel of the rhythm of daily life for Romans here, as the neighbourhood goes about its business.

But like in many other areas of Rome, just a little digging will bring up a vast well of history. We'll see the small hill of Monte Testaccio, which is actually a 45 metre tall ancient 'landfill' site, made up of Roman-era terracotta jars. We'll also see the Pyramid of Cestius from the 1st century BC, the only 'Egyptian' pyramid in Europe, as well as the legendary tomb of Remus.

The graves of Keats and Shelley are also found in Testaccio, at the beautiful 'non-Catholic' cemetery. Historically, citizens outside the Catholic faith (usually foreigners) would be siphoned off into this outlying cemetery for a quiet, unpublicised burial. However, as Rome's centre grew, the cemetery was enveloped within it, and it is now a peaceful place in the heart of the city.

After a morning's exploration, we'll have the afternoon free to Rome to spend at our leisure.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 5 - Train to Bari; explore the historic old town on foot

We'll take a morning train from Rome, speeding along through the Italian countryside on a Frecciargento high speed train, taking us down to Bari, on the Adriatic Coast, in just four hours. Home to one of Italy's largest ports, as well as an international airport, Bari gets a fair share of travellers blowing through without stopping, usually en route to somewhere else. Bari's loss is our gain, as the city retains an authenticity and liveliness that is well worth discovering.

Take the Bari Vecchia, for example. Bari's 'Old Town' is a tangled maze of old streets located right next to the harbour. Within it is the Basilica of San Nicola, containing the bones of Saint Nick himself - Santa Claus. And along the narrow Orecchiette Street, we'll see a line of old Italian signoras setting up their outdoor tables to make fresh orecchiette pasta, chatting to each other and passers by as they work.

Arriving around midday, we'll relax and take in the sea air over lunch (not included) before taking an orientation walk of the city, exploring the Bari Vecchia as well as the sea front. The late afternoon and evening will be free to explore at your own pace.

A visit to Puglia is all about incredible local food, and we'll be sure to eat our fill over the next two days. Try focaccia barese (typical Bari-made focaccia), a panzerotto (snack-sized calzone!) or sgagliozze - deep-fried polenta balls that are a popular snack here. As a port city, you'll also find some of the best seafood in the region. Welcome to paradise!

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 6 - Get into the heart of rural Puglia; try freshly made breads and cheeses and visit Alberobello's trulli houses

Today we'll take a trip through the rural heart of Italy's heel, which is more densely populated by olive trees than by people, and has some of the most superb cuisine in Italy.

Travelling by private vehicle, we'll drive first to Altamura, famous for being the only town in Italy with a DOP (standing for 'protected designation of origin') recognised bread. We'll visit a well-known DOP bakery to watch the bakers and their huge wood-fired ovens in action. Naturally our visit includes the chance to taste the freshly made bread!

We then drive to an organic cheese farm in Putignano, which has won several national and international prizes. We will see how mozzarella, trecce and nodini are made and have a chance to try them, as well as staying for a home cooked lunch on the farm. Continuing our gastronomic odyssey we'll visit an olive oil mill that produces oil using both a traditional and a modern press. We tour the mill and walk in the surrounding fields to see the ancient olive trees, followed by a tasting of the oils produced here.

Our final stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Listed town of Alberobello. The town is famous for its 'trullis' - unusual round houses particular to to Alberobello, with white-washed dry stone walls and pointed 'witches hat' tiled roofs. We'll take a stroll around the town to take in some of the history, before returning to Bari.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7 - Free day in Bari; cross the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on an overnight ferry to Greece

After a full day yesterday you have the day free to relax in Bari. You may want to head down to the old harbour, where fishing boats pull in regularly with their catches, and walk along the Lungomare - Mussolini's grand seafront, which is the longest in Italy. Studded with cafes and restaurants, it has some excellent people-watching opportunities, ending at one of Bari's city beaches.

Alternatively, if you'd like a day trip you can take the train or a taxi down the coast to Polignano a Mare or Monopoli. These two small coastal fishing towns are blessed with stunning azure waters, sandy beaches and historic white-washed buildings, perfect for experiencing another authentic slice of Puglian life.

For day trippers, our Tour Leader will give us clear instructions on what time to return to Bari, as we board our ferry this evening for our trip across the Adriatic to Greece. We'll be sharing a quad cabin (in bunk beds). All rooms have private bathrooms with a shower, with towels and bedding included.

Accommodation:

Grade: Simple Boat

Meals Provided: None

Day 8 - Sail past Ithaca and Cephalonia before arriving in Patras; bus and rack railway through the Vouraikos Gorge to Kalavryta

We have a wonderful arrival onto the Greek mainland today, cruising past the Greek islands of Cephalonia (the setting of Captain Corelli's Mandolin) and Ithaca (legendary home of Odysseus) before sailing into Patras port.

Our ferry docks at 1pm, and we'll take a private coach from here just one hour along the Gulf of Corinth, to Diakofto, where we pick up the historic rack railway to Kalavryta. Now this really is a train journey to remember, climbing through the dramatic Vouraikos Gorge through tunnels, over heady ravines and past rushing waterfalls. The destination is Kalavryta, a small village with a gigantic history; it was here that the Greek revolution began in 1821. In more recent times, it was the setting of one of Greece's most tragic encounters in WWII. On December 13th, 1943, in retaliation against the Greek resistance guerrillas who had been fighting around the area, the German troops invaded Kalavryta. After looting and setting fire to much of the village, they rounded up the town's entire male population of 451 men and boys, and executed them. Only 13 survived, after hiding under the bodies of the dead.

This tragedy is still very much alive in Kalavryta's collective memory, and on our arrival we will take a walk to the poignant site of the town's WWII holocaust memorial.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 9 - Optional walk to the Mega Speleo monastery; train to Athens

We have the early morning free until 11am - you may wish to visit the Folklore Museum or the Museum of the Holocaust, which are two small local museums in Kalavryta and both worth a quick stop. Otherwise, we'll meet at the tiny rack rail station for a journey further up the mountain towards Zachlorou.

Here in Zachlorou there is an optional walk to the Mega Speleo monastery. It's a 2.5 kilometre walk in each direction, taking approximately one hour uphill on a mountain path, and 45 minutes down. One of the oldest monasteries in Greece, dating back to 320AD, the monastery practically clings to the cliffside, offering impressive mountain views. There's no time to waste on this hike though, as the train times are fixed and tight. If you'd like to do it, take a packed lunch to enjoy the views at the top. If not, Zachlorou is a great local village to explore, and beautiful views can be enjoyed from a variety of viewpoints. Lunch in a traditional taverna is a great option to soak in the atmosphere before the train descent.

We'll take the train from Zachlorou to Diakofto, where we connect to Kiato and then to Athens, arriving in the Greek capital around 5.30pm this evening.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 10 - Walking tour of Athens, including a visit to the Acropolis

Athens is a fitting end to our whistle-stop tour through Europe's most enchanting classical cities. We'll set out on foot to the impressive Parliament buildings and Syntagma Square, the well-heeled home of Greece's modern capital. Wide, tree-lined roads give it a stately air, which contrasts with our next stop - the Plaka district. This area is one of the oldest in Athens, and it's labyrinthine cobbled streets, neoclassical architecture and maze of ancient churches and modern cafes are perfectly situated in the shadow of the Acropolis.

In the afternoon we'll visit the Acropolis itself. The Parthenon dominates the site, but we'll also discover the majestic ruins of the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea during our visit.

This afternoon will be free to explore the city where a visit to the Acropolis Museum is highly recommended.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 11 - Trip ends in Athens

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Athens.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Athens at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Athens International Airport (ATH), which is about one hours' drive, depending on traffic.

Some dates of this tour correspond with our Greek Island Cruise. To spend a further seven nights relaxing on a traditional Greek caique, see the trip code GC.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Climate and country information

France

Climate

Across France, from April - August, weather conditions are generally warm and pleasant with moderate rainfall; Autumn temperatures are a bit lower and the winter months (though colder) remain mild. The summer months on the Mediterranean Coast in the south tend to be warmer than the rest of France and have less rainfall, and also more mild winters; freezing conditions are nearly unheard of. The mountainous areas of the Alps, Juros and Pyrenees can be quite different. During summer the morning and evening temperatures are considerably cooler and it becomes much colder in winter with heavy snowfall. Western France, along the English Channel, there can be very strong winds and frequent rain during the winter months Nov - Apr. Wine harvesting takes place in late August/early September.

Time difference to GMT

+1

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Catholic

Language

French

Greece

Climate

Greece has predominantly hot, dry summers, May - October with tempertaures reaching into the mid thirties in July and August. May and October themselves can be less predictable and may have some rain and cooler evenings. Wild flowers bloom in April and May adding much colour to the trails. At the beginning and end of the season the villages tend to be very quiet. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable. Up to date information on the weather worldwide can be found by following the BBC weather link on this page.

Time difference to GMT

+2

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Orthodox

Language

Greek

Italy

Climate

April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.

Time difference to GMT

+1

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Italian

United Kingdom

Climate

The UK has a temperate but very variable climate. In general the summers are warm with July and August being the warmest. The winters are cool and the lowest temperatures are recorded during January and February. Whatever the season it is advisable to be prepared for rain!

Time difference to GMT

0

Plugs

3 Pin Flat

Religion

Christian

Language

English

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your adventure. Whilst the tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities. Alternatively, take time to relax; the choice is yours.

In Rome, we suggest that you pre-book tickets to avoid queues. Details below.

Rome:
Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum - From €21.00. Tickets can be purchased in advance here: https://www.thevaticantickets.com. We advise that you select a time after 2pm on either Day 3 or Day 4.

Bari:
Train to Monopoli or Polignano a Mare - From €2 each way
Taxi to Monopoli or Polignano a Mare is around €25 per vehicle per way.

Kalavryta:
Museum of the Holocaust - €3

Athens:
Acropolis Museum - €10.00

Clothing

Select your clothing carefully. Remember, you are expected to carry your own luggage so packing light is essential. In summer, most locations will be very hot, while trains will be air-conditioned, so light layers are encouraged, and waterproofs are recommended throughout the year.

Footwear

Comfortable shoes are recommended for travelling and walking around the cities.

Luggage: On tour

As you'll be taking care of your own luggage, including stowing it on the trains, it's absolutely essential that you bring a small suitcase. If you're travelling in a pair, bringing one small suitcase each is much easier than bringing one large one between you. A suitable suitcase size is approximately 61 centimetres (24 inches) in height. Suitcases with wheels are very handy for ease of transportation. Although our ideal size given might seem small, it should help reduce the chance of overpacking and will greatly improve your enjoyment of the tour!

Equipment

We advise you bring a water bottle for day to day use. We have a partnership with Water-to-Go, who have developed a filtration system that eliminates over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants. This allows you to drink from any tap, including on trains, or even streams and lakes. You can purchase your own Explore branded bottle with the discount code EXPLORE15.

Sunscreen and a sun hat are advised. We also recommend taking a power bank with you, particularly for your overnight ferry journey, where the cabins have limited plug points.

Tipping

Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. However, you might want to recognise a leader that's done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It's a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we'd recommend between £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline

France

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£11
Dinner price
£16.00 - 18.00
Beer price
£4
Water price
£1.3
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euro
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Pounds Sterling and US Dollars can only be changed in larger airports with a Bureau de Change. Please change currency into Euros prior to arriving in France.
Where To Exchange
Bureau de Change can only be found in major cities and large airports. Many French banks no longer exchange Foreign currency.
ATM Availability
In cities and most major towns
Credit Card Acceptance
In major restaurants (make sure you have informed your credit card company that you are travelling abroad as some companies will reject payments)
Travellers Cheques
Travellers Cheques are no longer commonly accepted and can only be changed in larger airports with a Bureau de Change.

Greece

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Dinner price
£12.00 - 16.00
Beer price
£3.5
Water price
£0.9
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euro
Recommended Currency For Exchange
GBP Sterling or US Dollars, cash.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports
ATM Availability
Cash can be drawn from ATMs from all types of cards in most areas in Greece, including the islands.
Credit Card Acceptance
In major restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
Banking hours may make exchanging Travellers Cheques more difficult.

Italy

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£5.00 - 10.00
Dinner price
£15.00 - 20.00
Beer price
£2.00 - 4.00
Water price
£1.00 - 2.00
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euro.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
GBP.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
Major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Larger hotels and restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
Only in major towns. Please note, the exchange rate for cash and Travellers Cheques is poor.

United Kingdom

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£10
Dinner price
£18
Beer price
£4
Water price
£0.8
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Pounds Sterling.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Carry a combination of UK Sterling cash, ATM and credit cards.
Where To Exchange
Your tour leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
ATM's are widely available in main towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Widely accepted.
Travellers Cheques
Can be exchanged at most banks and post offices.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Ferry, Train

Accommodation notes

Throughout this trip we use a range of comfortable accommodation, well located for access to train stations and for exploration of these diverse cities.

It's worth noting that there may be a maximum of 10-15 minutes' walk from train stations to accommodation, for which you will be required to carry (or pull!) your own luggage. For distances above this, we will take taxis or public transport. If you don't fancy walking at all, that's no problem - taxis are easily available from train station entrances and you can meet the group at the hotel.

On Day 7 we'll take an overnight ferry from Bari to Greece. We will book 4-berth cabins which feature 2 bunk-beds in a compartment with lockable door, toilet, shower and wash basin. All bedding and towels are provided and luggage can be stored underneath the beds. We will do our best to room groups together, although this cannot be guaranteed, and you may be sharing with non-Explore travellers in the same cabin. Breakfast on board the boat isn't included within the trip cost, but there are plenty of options to purchase on board.

If you'd like to move from a quad cabin to a twin cabin, or from a quad to a single (not included in the single room option), this is possible at a supplementary cost. Please enquire with our sales team.

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.

 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

France

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory. Tetanus recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Greece

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory but we recommend protection against tetanus and polio. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Italy

Vaccinations

Nothing required. Tetanus recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

United Kingdom

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

Dates, prices and booking

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
Thu 19 May 2022 - Sun 29 May 2022
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  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
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Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
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  • ATOL protected
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  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
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  • No surcharge guarantee
 
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  • No surcharge guarantee
 
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  • No surcharge guarantee
 
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  • No surcharge guarantee
 
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  • No surcharge guarantee
 
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  • ATOL protected
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