Travel Tip: How Much Moolah to Bring to Europe

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Planning a trip and have absolutely no idea how much moolah to bring?  Yep, we know planning for spending cash can be pretty tricky, but don’t fear – we’re here to help.

With ample time to explore the cities and countryside or embark on optional activities during your Contiki trip, you will need to plan for spending money. The first question you have to ask yourself is: what kind of spender am I?  Do you shop like a pop star or party like a rock star? If so, you might need to take more spending cash with you to satisfy your awesome lifestyle.

Partying in FlorenceWhen it comes to the dough, the Contiki general rule of thumb is to plan on spending a minimum of 45€ per day.  Now when we say minimum, we mean minimum.  If you plan on doing some major shopping or sightseeing you may need to increase this.  Past Contikians recommend bringing 70-100€ per day in spending money.  This way you usually end up with a little extra cash at the end to put toward your next trip or go out with a bang. Remember the wise words of the boy scouts. . . “Always be prepared.”

What can you expect to spend your money on, you ask?  Well, there are three basic categories you will need extra cash for: optional activities, some meals and personal expenses.

You Got Options

On every Contiki tour, every day, you’ll experience lots of included highlights like seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris, visiting the Acropolis in Athens, relaxing on the beach in Barcelona, or cycling through Amsterdam. You will also get plenty of free time every day to do your own thing.   One of the most popular ways to explore on your own in Europe is to visit museums and major sites.  Entry fees vary from the free museums of London to 14€ for the Vatican Museum in Rome.  Contiki also offers a variety of optional activities that are handpicked to turn a great trip into an unforgettable one.  Try a gondola ride in Venice, nightclubbing in Florence, whitewater rafting in Austria, a Moulin Rouge dinner in Paris and parasailing in Corfu.  Best of all, Contiki has negotiated great prices and already organized everything for you.


All Contiki tours include breakfast every day . . . it is of course the most important meal. We don’t include every meal, (especially lunches) because we want to give you flexibility.  Go off and explore, take the opportunity to meet cool locals and try all kinds of European delicacies.

It’s Personal

Counting on winging it with the hopes of finding stacks of cash strewn about on the streets of London? Probably not the most solid plan.  It’s always a good idea to plan ahead for personal expenses.  Some common items people spend their money on include: shopping, drinking, souvenirs, phone calls home, recreational activities, transportation in cities. Chances are you already know what kind of spender you are… so always be prepared!

Advice from the Road

Michael Thomas, Tour Manager, Europe: “Money? – bring lots! And spend it – you should go home broke!! You can pay off the credit card when you get home – it is as shame to travel all this way and go home with regrets.”

David Hackett, Tour Manager, Europe: “Work out prior to the trip what sights & excursions you are most keen on and then include some extra cash for a few nice lunches, some quick food stops and all that shopping you can do in Europe. Expect to spend 50 Euro per day on average but always plan to spend more, you may only ever be able to go inside the Colosseum once in your life and this could be it!!!”

Stella Hritis, Tour Manager, Europe: “I’ve have had people not realise that they have to pay an entrance fee into museums.”

Matt Vernick, Tour Manager, Europe: “I’d budget for about £75/100€ a day. Some days you might spend 200, other days 20. At £75/100€ a day you’ll probably go home with some left over to take home or spoil yourself with towards the end of the tour.”

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