Three of the World's Most Influential Cities

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  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • England

  • Italy

  • Greece

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Entertainment

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Curator’s statement

You will begin in England, the center of world power and influence from the sixteenth century lasting until the twentieth century. The capital and center of power throughout those centuries was London. Stand below Big Ben, tour Westminster Abby, watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, visit the British Museum and walk through Piccadilly Circus and Hyde Park.

Next, you will visit Italy in the city that was the seat of world power and influence from before Christ through 476 A.D., Rome. Be amazed during the Underground guided Tour of the Colosseum, walk the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You will have skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel.

Finally, you will visit Greece, where western civilization began. You will tour her greatest city, Athens. While there, you will take a guided tour of the Acropolis and

Parthenon and enjoy a day on the Mediterranean coastline.

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Day 1: Piccadilly Circus

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Head to your 4-star hotel. After you are settled in, take the train from Earl’s Court Train Station to Piccadilly Circus (Think Times Square) and stroll around. Piccadilly is London’s “Time Square”. You can see a musical; there are tons of shops, beautiful architecture and grand statues. Stroll to Trafalgar Square. Find a pub and get some fish and chips.

Day 2: Visit Buckingham Palace & St James Park

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After breakfast, head to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the Guard. After strolling this iconic area, head to St James Park towards Westminster Abby, where you will already have tickets for your headsets as you tour the Abby. After Westminster, walk over to Big Ben and London’s Parliament Square. There are many shops and restaurants nearby.

Day 3: Exploring Hyde Park

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Visit Hyde Park (London’s Central Park, only with tons of history and things to see). Walk through Kensington Gardens and tour Kensington Palace. After lunch, head to the British Museum and spend time wandering through this museum, which hosts some of the most important ancient artifacts from throughout the world. Head to the London Eye with your advanced ticket and ride this enormous Ferris wheel at night looking over the city.

Day 4: Rome, Italy

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Head to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to hop on over to Rome, Italy. Head to your 4-star Hotel in the Centro Storico (Historic Center). Spend the afternoon wandering around the beautiful area near your hotel to see the Piazza Republica, Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and other beautiful churches, restaurants and shops. Grab a gelato.

Day 5: Roman Colosseum

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Head to the Roman Colosseum for your pre-paid underground tour. See Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. Stroll the Piazza Venezia (Italy’s capital) walk to and enter the Pantheon then stroll over to the breathtaking Piazza Novana. Have a gelato...or two.

Day 6: Visit the Vatican City

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Today begins with your skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, enter the city-state of Vatican City and visit St. Peters Basilica. From here, take a short bus ride to Piazza Del Popolo and stroll Via Del Corso, visiting endless shops, incredible restaurants as you head to the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Oh, and don’t forget to have a gelato.

Day 7: Athens, Greece

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Head back to Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and fly to Athens, Greece. Head to your 4-star hotel in the city center. Once settled in, head to the National Archeological Museum.

Day 8: Tours

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After breakfast, meet your guide for your pre-paid guided tour of the Acropolis and Parthenon.

Day 9: The Athenian Riviera

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Spend the day at the waterfront and walk the Athenian Riviera. There is a Metro (Subway), tram, city busses and hop-on hop-off busses to tour you around this 30-mile stretch of Greek coastline. Here you can find sandy beaches, chic cocktail bars and fine seafood cafes alongside cultural landmarks and museums.

Day 10: Head Home

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Head back to Athens Airport (ATH) and return to London for your return flight home.

Need to Know

This is a wonderful, immersive journey into the hearts of three of the world's most iconic and influential cities. From history, to architecture, landscapes and wonderful food. This literally a world-class vacation sampler.

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Unspoken Rules for Visiting Italy.

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