Classic Europe
Young Alumni & Grad Trip from $2845

England - France - Italy - Vatican City - Greece

12 days plus a 5-day optional extension to Southern Italy & Greece

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What's Included?

The 12-day land package includes:

  • 10 nights in superior tourist class hotels or better, 2-share rooms with private bath/shower
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • 4 three-course specialty dinners
  • EUROSTAR train from London to Paris
  • High-speed TGV train from Paris to Nice
  • Train from the French Riviera to Rome
  • Guided tours in London, Paris, and Rome led by a local historian
  • Seine River cruise
  • Tour of Versailles Palace
  • 2-day Paris museum pass
  • Fragonard perfume museum
  • Roma pass (full access to public transport system, reduced admission to museums, music events, theater, etc.)
  • Admission:
    • Colosseum & Forum as part of Roma pass

The optional 5-day Southern Italy & Greece extension includes:

  • 5 nights in superior tourist class hotels or better, 2-share rooms with private bath/shower
    • including overnight on ship from Italy to Greece (4-share cabins)
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • 4 three-course specialty dinners
  • Bike ride on the Isle of Poros
  • Toga party
  • Guided tours in Pompeii and Athens led by a local historian
  • Admission:
    • Pompeii excavations
    • Acropolis

    Plus:

  • Private tour director for the entire duration of the land tour
  • All scheduled sightseeing
  • All intra-European transportation by air-conditioned motor coach and train as per itinerary
  • All service charges and local taxes
  • Luggage tag and travel guides
  • Included tour highlights

Featured Sights & Events:

  • London welcome orientation & pub crawl
  • See Big Ben, Buckingham Palace & Piccadilly Circus
  • English Channel – Eurostar train
  • French bistro dinner
  • Seine River cruise
  • Paris Museum Pass to Louvre, Musée Picasso, Versailles and more
  • See Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and morel
  • Visit Notre Dame Cathedral
  • High-speed trains to Nice & Rome
  • French Riviera beaches
  • Cote d’Azur brasserie dinner
  • Roma Pass with admission to the Forum, Colosseum , Nero’s Circus Maximus and more
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
  • Roman pasta party
  • Viva Italia pizza party
  • Pompeii archeological excavations
  • Overnight ship to Greece
  • Greek Island Center stay & toga party
  • Athens farewell taverna dinner

Click on links below to view fun videos.

ENGLAND: London

Welcome orientation and pub dinner. Pub crawl. Guided tour of London's Pomp & Pageantry. Big Ben. Buckingham Palace...


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  • FRANCE: Paris, French Riviera

    French bistro dinner. Paris by night. Seine river cruise. Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame. Arc de Triomphe. Moulin Rouge. Cote d’Azur. French Riviera. Monte Carlo option....


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  • ITALY & VATICAN CITY: Rome, Vatican City, Pompeii

    Colosseum. Roman Forum. St. Peter's Basilica. Mt. Vesuvius Volcano. Pizza party. Farewell pasta party...


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  • GREECE: Isle of Poros, Athens

    Fun in the sun. Souvlaki. Acropolis. Plaka District. Parthenon. Zeus and Socrates. Toga party. Saying good-bye...


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  • Free Airport Transfers & Discount Airfare

    When you book your airfare through AESU, you get these great benefits:

    • Free airport transfers overseas on tour start and return dates
    • Hassle free—we take care of all the details
    • Free quotes & competitive rates
    • Fly with fellow travelers
    • Flexible payment schedule
    • AESU can help with special flight requests too
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    Optional Activities & Excursions Offered on Your Trip.

    Have it your way and personalize your trip by adding fun, optional activities. These activities are not included in your land package price to allow free time for those who want to explore on their own. Rates have been specially negotiated with the suppliers and will include transportation to and from the event, where applicable. All options are based on a minimum number of travelers participating. Rates listed are approximate rates in US$ and are subject to change. Contact your tour director upon arrival overseas to book and pay for your options. Payment to tour director in cash in local currency.

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    Moulin Rouge / French Cabaret
    $165

    Since 1889 the cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge is recognized world-wide because of its famous French can-can, immortalized by artist Toulouse-Lautrec.
    The above cost includes transfers by taxi, metro and/or motor coach, entrance to the “Féerie” show at 11:00pm, and one glass of champagne.

    Cannes & Monte Carlo Excursion
    $110

    Nothing sums up the glamour of Monte Carlo more than the harbor, filled with expensive yachts and celebrities. Sun seekers bask in the sun at Plages du Larvotto with plenty in the way of fun water sports. See the legendary Monte Carlo casino, designed by French architect Jules Touzet. Cannes displays luxury yachts along its waterfront and has streets lined with equally luxurious like Ferraris and Lamborghinis. During some free time, the town known for the International Film Festival (May) has you visiting the historical Le Suquet neighborhood. Shop for designer clothes at fashionable Rue d'Antibes or people watch at the seaside promenade "La Croisette."
    The above cost includes round-trip motor coach to both Cannes and Monte Carlo including a lunch en route.

    Frascati Wine Tasting
    $65

    At the Old Minardi Farmhouse the current vintner takes us on a walk through the vineyard and cellar, explaining how Frascati wine is traditionally made, and shows us the equipment and tools used in the winemaking process. A wine tasting of up to three types of wines paired with Minardi olive oil, pizza, specialty breads,and seasonal fruit and vegetable is also part of the tour.
    The cost includes round-trip transfer by private motor coach, 4 hour Frascati tour, wine and olive oil tasting with 3 wines and snacks.

    Aquatic Adventure / Hydra Excursion
    $75

    Board the “Flying Dolphin” Hydrofoil to the white-washed island of Hydra where no cars are allowed—just donkeys. Drink in the panoramic vistas, discover hidden back alleys, shop at harbor boutiques alongside ritzy yachts, or swim in the crystal-clear waters. Enjoy lunch at a rustic, local taverna.
    The cost includes round-trip transfers from hotel to harbor, round trip Flying Dolphin tickets from Poros to Hydra, and a taverna lunch including local wine.

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    What to do during your free time? For more details or current local events talk to your tour director or your local city guide. They are always the best source for free-time activities and offer great tips on restaurants or local hang-outs.

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    Meals

    Traveling on this trip will introduce you to some native cuisine, including local specialties.

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    Hotels

    We stay in superior tourist class hotels, all with private bath/shower in 2-share rooms. Our hotels have been specially selected for their European atmosphere, friendly hospitality, and cleanliness. Our hotels are centrally located or within a short walk of public transportation to take you to the landmark of your choice in the city you are visiting. (Why stay in remote cabins, hostels, or share your room with up to 6 people, when you can stay in a centrally located hotel?)

    You'll be given a complete hotel address list with your final documents. Properties are subject to change and any substitutions would be the equivalent of those listed. *Single supplement only applies if single accommodations are requested. Independent hotel reservations, special tours and FIT tours always apply a single supplement. Please check your itinerary.

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    COPTHORNE TARA HOTEL LONDON KENSINGTON, London

    Located in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington offers an extremely convenient location, with easy access to many shops and restaurants, as well as to the popular districts of Knightsbridge and Notting Hill.

    HOTEL IBIS TOUR EIFFEL CAMBRONNE, Paris

    The Ibis Paris Cambronne Tour Eiffel is located in the heart of Paris just a few minutes from the Eiffel Tower, the Bateaux Mouches sightseeing boats and the Champs-Elysées. The rooms have free WiFi and the hotel features a restaurant, bar and 24hr snack service.

    KYRIAD NICE PORT HOTEL, Nice

    The Kyriad Hotel Nice Port is located in central Nice, just 375 yards from the ferry port and a 20 minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais. Its rooms are air-conditioned with free Wi-Fi access.The guest rooms at the Kyriad Nice Port come with flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and a private bathroom.

    DOMUS SESSORIANA, Rome

    The Domus Sessoriana is a 3 star hotel in Rome derived from the ancient monastery adjacent to the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme . Unique in its kind, this hotel combines the charm of history that runs through it with the functionality of a hotel.

    OVERNIGHT FERRY, Italy-Greece

    Superfast Ferries, the youngest and fastest ferry fleet, welcomes you on board for an unforgettable traveling experience. While most of our groups travel on Superfast Ferries from Bari to Patras on their way from Italy to Greece, it is possible that due to scheduling issues or availability, vessels such as Maritime Way will be used from Bari or Brindisi. 4-share accommodations on all vessels.

    HOTEL PAVLOU, Poros

    Hotel Pavlou is located right in the heart of Neorion Bay and right in front of the beach and only a short distance away from the hustling and bustling of Poros town. WiFi may be limited and at an additional cost.

    HOTEL ARION, Athens

    The Arion Hotel is located within walking distance of Monastiraki Metro station and the Plaka area. This is a smoke-free hotel and has a 24-hour front desk and a computer station. WiFi is free in the common areas.

    Classic Europe 12 days - end in Rome$2845.00
    Classic Europe - 17 days (12 days PLUS 5 day extension) - end in Athens$3610.00
    Click on a date below to get a quote or book online
    Start In LondonEnd In RomeLand Only
    2018
    May 14  May 24$2845

    Or call 800-638-7640 to speak with a travel expert

    If you purchase your own airfare, book your overnight flight from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date listed above.

    * Price per person based on a twin share room. If you're traveling alone, AESU will arrange for you to share a twin at NO EXTRA COST. If you prefer a single room, a single supplement of $795/$325 will apply. Single accommodations are not available on the overnight ship from Italy to Greece.

    AIRFARE

    Gateway Cities

    Fly into London, return from Rome for 12-day program or return from Athens for 17-day program.

    Airfare is not included in land price. If you choose to book air with AESU, after receipt of your land booking, AESU will email you a quote with your tour confirmation invoice. You will have 72 hours to accept or decline airfare. (Or call AESU at 800-638-7640 for a quote prior to booking).

    Book Airfare with AESU - FREE Airport Transfers

    Purchase your airfare from AESU and receive free arrival/departure transfers between the airport to your hotels. We also try to book you on the same flights as others traveling on your tour. Land only participants BOOKING OWN FLIGHT OVERSEAS, DO NOT receive airport arrival/departure transfers. If you book land only with us, book your flights from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date. If you are not booking flights through AESU, we recommend not booking airfare until your tour is guaranteed (This will be noted on website with “guaranteed” next to tour start date).

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    How to Book

    Click on a date above to get a quote or book online. You can make your $500 deposit ONLINE to confirm your space on the land tour. Full payment isn't due until 90 days before departure, and you or friends and family can make partial payments after you've booked (See NOTE below if within 90 days). Or you can scan/email or fax a booking form.

    If you just want a quote and don’t want to secure a spot on the land program, select date above and click "Get a Quote" button on next page.

    NOTE: Reservations to be paid in full 90 days prior to departure. Reservations received after this date are subject to availability and any airfare quote can only be held for 72 hours. Payment in full, for late reservations, will be due upon receipt of invoice from AESU. A late booking fee of $100 per person will apply.

    All prices reflect a cash discount (For full payment by credit card, there is a 4% processing fee.)

    To download a copy of the Terms and Conditions Click here.

    INSURANCE: We highly recommend travel insurance. (Check if trip insurance is offered directly by your Alumni Assoc.) If not, you can get a quote and purchase online through Trip Assure. See the insurance link on AESU's website under Travel Tools or copy this link into your browser: https://www.tripassure.com/main/?welcome=AESU3922MD

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    Traveling Wildcats

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