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Best time of year to visit

As you might imagine, it is beautiful almost year-round in this Mediterranean area.  The winters can be rainy and some of the inland cities can be quite cold (relatively) in the winter.  However, mostly expect temperate conditions with warm to hot weather in the summers.

Key Experiences

  • Take in a Santorini Sunset

  • Visit the Acropolis

  • Travel the Corinth Canal

  • Explore the Red Beach

 

Things to do

  • Hike up the Santorini Volcano

  • River Trek in Crete

  • Sail around Milos Island

  • Stargaze at Cape Sounion

  • Mountain Bike around Lassithi Plateau

  • Hike the hills in Corfu

  • Visit the Windmills of Mykonos

 

Regional culinary delights

  • Taste and learn about the making of traditional Cretan Cheese

  • No trip to Greece would be complete without trying Ouzo!

  • So many foods are native to Greece: Tzatziki, Feta Me Meli, Choriatiki (Greek Salad) Moussaka and so many more!

Getting around

Greece has a very stable infrastructure with airports, rail, and mostly paved roads throughout the country.  You can also expect several ports and harbors with ferries and other marine transportation options.

 

LONDON

Best time of year to visit

Throughout the year, the UK is often cool, humid, rainy since its climate is influenced primarily by the ocean.  Regardless of the time of year you visit, be prepared for variable weather with rain showers.  The best time (overall) to visit for tourism with regards to weather is from mid-May to mid-September.  You’ll still likely need a light sweater depending on where you are, and definitely plan for rain!  Summertime temperatures are usually between 77F (25C)  and 86F (30C).

 

Key Experiences

  • Big Ben at Elizabeth Tower

  • Buckingham Palace

  • Westminster Abbey

  • London Eye

  • Parliament

  • Tower Bridge

  • Shopping at Harrods

 

Things to do

  • Take a Hop-On-Hop-Off Double Decker bus tour

  • Tour Warner Bros. Studio - home to Harry Potter

  • Walking tour of famous filming locations

  • Explore the Tower of London on a Beefeater tour

  • Enjoy a concert at The Royal Albert Hall

  • Picnic in Hyde Park

  • Discover London at night on a walking tour of the city

  • Stand in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres at the same time

  • Take in a show at London’s Theatre in the West End

  • Visit the Borough Market -A Foodies Delight

  • Pub Crawl
     

Regional culinary delights

  • Fish and Chips

  • Eton Mess

  • Bangers and Mash

  • Afternoon Tea - How about a tea tour in the Cotswolds?

  • Sticky Toffee Pudding

  • Of course Full English Breakfast
     

Getting around

Traveling in and around London is very user friendly.  You can Pay as you go on the bus, the Tube, trams, DLR, London Overground, Tfl Rail, River Bus and most of the National Rail services in London. You can also purchase a Visitor’s Oyster Card.  The Oyster Card is a “smart card” that is pre-loaded with pay as you go credit that you can use to pay for travel on London’s public transport systems.

 

PARIS

Best time of year to visit

The climate in Paris is temperate and is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean: it is cold but not freezing in winter, and pleasantly warm in summer; however, it receives some continental influences, so it can sometimes be very cold in winter and hot in summer. The best time to visit Paris is from mid-May to mid-September; in particular from mid-May to late June, when the days are long, nature is in bloom and there is a low risk of excessive heat.

Key Experiences

  • Eiffel Tower

  • Climb the stairs to Montmartre

  • Louvre

  • Notre Dame Cathedral

  • Galeries Lafayette

  • Moulin Rouge

  • Arc de Triomphe

  • Stroll down the Champs-Élysées

 

Things to do

  • Dinner at the Eiffel Tower

  • Private tour of the Louvre to visit the Mona Lisa

  • View the city from the top of the Arc de Triomphe

  • Take in a cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge

  • Visit the Place Vendôme

  • Ride the 3bis Metro line

  • Enjoy a river cruise along the Seine

  • Take a train to see the Palace of Versailles

 

Regional culinary delights

  • Macarons from Laduree

  • Baguette

  • Steak and Frites

  • Gelato

  • Crepe

  • Croissant

  • Escargot

  • Croque Monsieur  Croque madame

  • Chocolat l’ancienne

 

Getting around

“Grand Paris” benefit from different types of transport: by road transport; air transport for domestic and international travel, river transport for goods or recreation The Paris public transport system is run by RATP and consists of 16 lines of Métro (underground), 3 Tramway lines, 2 RER suburban express train (which interconnects with the Métro inside Paris), 351 bus and Noctilien (night bus). One of the first Parisian airports settled in le Bourget in 1914. The city of Paris is well served by road links from all points of the compass, bringing visitors from all the major cities of Europe and beyond. Journey time between exits/gates are now displayed on illuminated overhead panels. Exit signs for each gate into the city are given plenty of time in advance so as not to miss them, make sure you position yourself correctly, in the right-hand lane. The French are meticulous about staying to the right, and never drive more than a few hundred meters in the passing lane. The speed limit is 80 km/h (50mph), Watch out for the speed traps.

ROME

Best time of year to visit

The climate of Rome, the capital of Italy, is Mediterranean, though with some slight elements of continentality. Winter is mild and quite rainy. But at night it can get cold: summer is hot and sunny: with a few rare afternoon thunderstorms. The best time to visit Rome are spring and autumn, from mid-April to mid-June and from September to early October.

 

Key Experiences

  • Trevi Fountain

  • Fountain of Four Rivers

  • Piazza Navona

  • Colosseum

  • Vatican City

  • Spanish Steps

  • The Pantheon

  • Roman Forum

  • Campo de’ Fiori

  • Castel Sant’Angelo

  • Alter of the Fatherland

 

Things to do

  • Private tour of the Sistine Chapel

  • St. Peter’s Basilica

  • Throw 3 coins in the Trevi Fountain

  • Tour the Jewish Ghetto

  • Do a gelato tour

  • Tour of the catacombs

  • Tour of filming locations

  • Arch of Constantine

  • Piazza Barberini

 

Regional culinary delights

  • Allesso di Bollito

  • Artichokes

  • Cacio e Pepe

  • Maritozzi

  • Pizza al Taglio

  • Suppli

  • Porchetta

  • Trapizzino

  • Limocello

  • Espresso

 

Getting around

Rome is located in the Lazio region, along the Tiber River. Ancient Rome was built on seven hills - Aventine Hill, Esquiline Hill, Palatine Hill, Caelian Hill, Capitoline Hill, Quirinal Hill and Viminal Hill. Another river, called the Aniene, passes through modern Rome. The city spans

across 1,285 sq. km and stands at an elevation of 21 m above sea level. The area consists of urbanised regions as well as nature reserves and parks.It’s obligatory to wear seat belts, to drive with your headlights on outside built-up areas, and to carry a warning triangle and fluorescent waistcoat in case of breakdown. Drive on the right, overtake on the left. Unless otherwise indicated, speed limits are as follows:

  • 130km/h on autostradas

  • 110km/h on all main, non-urban roads

  • 90km/h on secondary, non-urban roads

  • 50km/h in built-up areas

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