London to Rome and Athens
- Rail journey via historic Turin to Italian capital Rome
- Rome – the Colosseum, Forum Magnum and the Circus Maximus
- Ferry crossing from Italy to Greece in a comfortable cabin
- The magic of the Acropolis and the wonder of Ancient Greek history
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel between London and Bari
- Private cabin on overnight ferry from Bari to Patras in Greece
- Private meet-and-greet transfer from Patras Port to your Athens hotel
- 7 nights’ handpicked 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Flight from Athens to the UK
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, flight documentation and hotel vouchers
- All credit card surcharges and prompt delivery of your travel documents to your home
This morning, embark on your adventure at London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford, where you take the Eurostar across to Paris. After an easy crossing between Gare du Nord and Gare de Lyon in Paris, board a TGV train to north-west Italy. This journey starts of on the fast line through French arable farmland, reaching speeds of up to 200 mph, before branching off onto a more twisty and scenic route across the Alps and passing through the Fréjus Tunnel into Italy. Arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Turin in the evening and transfer to the Starhotels Majestic (or similar) for your overnight stay.
Make your way to the impressive Porta Nuova station in Turin for your high-speed train known as a Eurostar Italia Frecciarossa (Red Arrow). Reaching speeds of 180 mph it covers the 425-mile journey in just four hours. Check in at the Empire Palace Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights.
Not many cities can boast atractions spanning 3,000 years of art, culture and history (except perhaps Athens). Rome has such a profusion of famous monuments, squares and museums that you will be completely spoiled for choice.
Not to be missed highlights include the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, the Villa Borghese Gardens and most importantly, the gelaterias on the Piazza Navona. You should also throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to this beguiling city.
Leave Rome this morning on a comfortable Eurostar Italia Frecciargento (Silver Arrow) direct to the port-city of Bari, on the heel of Italy. You will have a few hours here to have a look around the city, perhaps leaving your bags in the left-luggage facility at the station.
In the late-afternoon, its time to board your overnight ferry and settle into your cabin, ready for the voyage across the Adriatic Sea to Greece.
Wake up this morning to the Greek coastline on the horizon, as you dock in Patras around lunchtime. As there is no longer a convenient rail route across the northern Peloponnese, your private car transfer will be there to meet you and will drive you across to Athens, right to the door of your hotel. Your transfer includes a half-hour stop at the magnificent Corinth Canal (pictured).
Stay for 3 nights in the excellent Herodion Hotel (or similar), right in the heart of Athens within easy reach of the Acropolis.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Stop off in the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence, as your train between Turin and Rome passes through here. We can arrange an overnight stay here to complement the splendour of the cities to come!
Spend two full days discovering the wonders of this ancient city, referred to as both the ‘cradle of Western Civilisation’ and the ‘birthplace of democracy’. You will find architecture from the Classical, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman period here alongside Art Deco and other 20th century styles.
Visit the Acropolis, dominating the city skyline, and the National Archaelogical Museum for a vast collection of artefacts from antiquity and a fascinating insight into Athens’ past.
After breakfast in the hotel and some more time to explore, it’s time to make your way to Athens airport for your flight back home. If you’d rather not fly, check out our suggested alternative routes below.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
This polished, 19th century hotel is located near all Turin’s main attractions and features modern bedrooms, an elegant restaurant complete with stained glass skylight, and an exercise room. A buffet breakfast is provided daily at the hotel. Le Regine Restaurant by Eataly serves both Piedmont and international cuisine.
Set between Via Veneto and Piazza Barberi in a restored 19th-century palazzo formerly owned by a noble family, this upscale hotel features refined rooms decorated in a classic style along with marble bathrooms. Highlights include a Mediterranean restaurant, piano bar, attractive courtyard, and fitness centre.
Situated at the foot of the Acropolis, Herodion Hotel offers elegantly decorated air-conditioned rooms. It has a beautiful roof garden with sun loungers and 2 hot tubs boasting spectacular views over Athens.
Offering direct views of the Acropolis, the rooftop PointA restaurant servesg Mediterranean cuisine, and a variety of cocktails.
EXTENDING YOUR TRIP: Apart from extending your stay in Athens itself, the port of Piraeus opens up a world of possibilities – stunning Greek islands such as Santorini (pictured), Rhodes, Mykonos or Crete are all very much reachable and we can by all means arrange such an extension for you.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: If you are feeling adventurous, why not return back to the UK by train, without re-tracing your steps through Italy? Start by taking a Greek InterCity to Thessaloniki, then an overnight sleeper with couchette accommodation through Macedonia to Belgrade in Serbia (pictured). Travel onwards via Croatia and Slovenia into Austria. After passing across the Alps and through Germany you take the Eurostar from Brussels to London. This journey will take around around an extra 3 to 4 nights, and will add around £500 per person to the price, but it would be quite an accomplishment to travel all the way to Greece and back again without flying!