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Oceanic Empires 2018

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  • Paris city driving tour
  • 3 nights sailing in Greece
  • French Riviera perfumery experience
  • Local guide in Florence
The Oceanic Empires 2018 tour starts in London and ends in Dubrovnik. The Oceanic Empires 2018 is an Explorer tour that takes 33 days taking you from London to Dubrovnik and 16 other destinations in Europe. The Oceanic Empires 2018 includes trip leader, accommodation, meals, transport and some activities. Please see the Includes section for details.

Uncover magnificent Europe in all its glory as you soak up all the culture, cuisine, history and nightlife that you can handle. Experience the grand old capitals and the artistic allure and passion of the Mediterranean. This is the Europe experience of a lifetime you’ll never want to end!
Spot French poodles on an epic driving tour. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie before we dig into a gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower. Food matters. A lot. In Europe, it comes alive. Kick back and watch Paris sparkle.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Paris
-Gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

Meals:
-Dinner
Grab your baguette and go. Run, don't walk. With Parisian charm crammed into every nook and cranny, make sure you hit all of the iconic haunts. This morning: free time en Francais. From the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay to the l'Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Later, if you are in the mood for an optional cabaret show, let us know - we'll sort it.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional Activities:
-Traditional cabaret show in Paris
-Scenic river cruise on the Seine
-Bike tour of Paris
If you haven't gone fromage crazy just yet, grab a few wheels before we bid au revoir to Paree. Next, we make a quick stop in the heart of the Loire Valley. Later, enter Bordeaux, where vineyards rule. Drink the best drops of vin rouge and hear tales of how these fiery reds came to be. Raise a glass to the winemakers.

Included today:
-Visit to the Loire Valley

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Visit to Château de Chambord
Roll out of France and onwards to the top of Spain where the beaches are flawless and the food is to-die-for. Get your bearings and spend the night on the hunt for the best sangria this side of town. And, GO!

Meals:
-Breakfast
Next up, rowdy Gaudí. Tonight: shall we dance? Prepare for an optional flamenco show.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Barcelona

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Flamenco show in Barcelona
Barcelona has it all, from wacky architecture to culture, food and buzzing neighbourhoods. You won't be short of things to do.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Bye bye, Barça. Hello, turquoise waters and lush stylings of the French Riv. Get that selfie stick out as we roll on north along the coast to rub shoulders with the rich and famous at the world's most lavish waterfront property. Swap your patatas bravas for hearty French cooking and get ready for tomorrow's adventures.

Included today:
-Visit a traditional French perfumery

Meals:
-Breakfast
Picture life in the fast lane as we roll through dazzling Monaco (ticking off another country in the process). Glitzy and glam? You bet your fur coat it is. Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not).

Included today:
-Walking tour of Monaco

Meals:
-Breakfast
Out of the Riviera and onwards to the Alps. Aim high and think epic peaks. The scenes outside your window today play like a documentary on 'world's sexiest views'. Upon arrival, chow down on local cuisine and hit the bar for a nightcap.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner
Scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views are on today's agenda. Go low key with a mountain walk or hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Fairytale villages en route, plus skydiving out of a helicopter (if heights don't scare you). A local feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional Activities:
-Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe')
-Skydiving in the Swiss Alps
-Scenic helicopter ride in the Swiss Alps
-Schilthorn cable car experience
-Watch shop
Seek out Juliet's balcony in Verona and wave before we push through to the canal-lined maze of Venice. Then, Venice - you know it as the floating city, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Check out St. Mark's Square, Accademia Bridge and a who's who of Venice's usual suspects.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Verona

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
Optional activities:
-Get yourself a trip T-shirt/hoodie
Keep dry with a walking tour of Venice's greats, before taking to the water on a vaporetto ride. Later, head into St Mark's Square, shoo pigeons and jump over the Rialto Bridge to find the best damn pizza before we leave tomorrow.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Venice
-Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Gondola ride in Venice
Renaissance beauty meets Italian style. Explore the streets of Florence with a local guide today. Florence has more stories than Bilbo Baggins, more culture than a Shoreditch hipster, over 1,800 restaurants and it gave the world gelato. Say ciao to cheeky David and strut along the Ponte Vecchio, gelato in hand. Later, delve into a higher state of culinary consciousness.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Florence with a local guide
-Visit Pisa & the famous Leaning Tower

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
Say hello to Rome. Handfuls of tourists flock here each year - with very good reason. First up: prepare yourself for THE ultimate walking tour (you'll become an amateur historian in no time). Cross off some red hot ruins, oodles of obelisks and of course, the big ticket sights. Refuel on pizza and espresso shots - you'll need them!

Included today:
-Walking tour of Rome

Meals:
-Breakfast
Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Shop 'til you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness).

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Guided tour of Vatican City
A road trip today: we're off to meet our overnight ferry to Greece, the land of gyros and all things amazing. Play connect-the-dots with the stars or let the swell rock you to sleep tonight.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Bring on three great days of sailing on the Ionian Sea. What's not to love? Learn the ropes, navigate through awe-inspiring islands then laze on board like the god or goddess that you are.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
Free day in para-para-paradise. Loving it? We hope so! Soak up those rays and make the most of 50 shades of blue. Spin the compass and watch the world go by - remember, you're on sailing time so float on and relax.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
Found your sea legs yet? Another day of turquoise water and diving off boats. You could probably get used to this.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
Back on land, stretch your legs and explore the cradle of civilization on a guided tour. Cue jaw drop at the Acropolis and Parthenon then grab some yiros or hit the sack.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Athens

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner
Ferry over to Mykonos (aka 'that island with the cute windmills') for two nights of tropical bliss. Expect sun-soaked beaches, sinfully good local restaurants and a bustling nightlife.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner
The DJ is calling. Go forth and party.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Are you dreaming of another day in paradise? Great, you're in the right place. Soak up as much of this beautiful island as possible.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Wave goodbye to Mykonos and try to contain your excitement as we arrive in Santorini - home to the world's best sunset.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner
Get ready for more rom-com-worthy landscapes and views to write home about. After dark, hit the taverns to mingle with the locals.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Whip out your camera and snap one last shot of Santorini's postcard-worthy scenery. We're catching the ferry back to Athens for a final dose of ancient architecture and tragic myths.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner
Today is all about YOU! Spend it however you wish. Take the day to get lost and spend your evening searching for Greek grub and live entertainment at a traditional taverna.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Leave your fear of heights in Athens. We're driving to Meteora, perched on the nail biting cliffs of Thessaly (Google it). Visit one of six remaining 14th century monasteries (out of 24) then round up the day with good friends, good food and some Facetiming.

Included today:
-Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner
What happens when you paint a former communist capital in vivid colours? According to Tirana's artist-turned mayor-turned TED speaker Edi Rama, people start paying taxes and crime rates plummet. True story.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Tirana with a local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner
Pit stop in Montenegro en route to Dubrovnik. Lots more stunning scenery gets pushed past the window as we head up the gorgeous coast and make for the most famous walled city in Europe. Wander Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore hidden cafés and shops before grabbing some dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife.

Included today:
-Visit Budva
-Walking tour of Dubrovnik with local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner
A free day in Dubrovnik for the win! Later, steal a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic. This is the good life.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Are you a kayaker or a wall sitter? Today, you can do both. Jump on the optional kayaking day trip, or check out the residential homes further up in the old town for awesome views and a local perspective.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik walls
-Game of Thrones tour
Say your goodbyes, we're outta here after breakfast. Facebook friends, anyone?

Meals:
-Breakfast
what’s included
  • 32 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 16 dinners
  • 6 nights in hotels, 11 nights in hostels, 6 nights in bungalows at European campsites, 3 nights sailing in Greece, 5 nights in canvas cabins, 1 night in a cabin on an overnight ferry
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • English Channel crossing
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver + On-Site Chefs
  • Other services as per the itinerary
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to London and from Dubrovnik are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Oceanic Empires 2018 tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 33 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Age Requirement 18-39 yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends London, UK/Dubrovnik, Croatia
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A deposit of 89 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 05 January 2018 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Oceanic Empires 2018 tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Oceanic Empires 2018 tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Oceanic Empires 2018 tour. You can cancel the tour up to 43 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 43 days of departure.
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