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European Discovery vs. European Encounter

19 Dec 2012 Miss Candi asked

Miss Candi

Hi guys

I am wanting to plan a Contiki tour of Europe next December 2013.

Which of these two tours would you recommend? The only thing holding me back from the 16 day one is that I am not sure how much leave I would have accumulated by that time.

If you have been on either of the two tours I would love to hear about your experience!


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  • 19 Dec 2012 RJ1817 said


    well, I havent done either, but it seems the differences between the two is the Encounter has a two-night stop in the French Riviera and Lucerne, and a 1 night stop over in Fontager and Innsbruck, while the Discovery has a one night stop over in Munich and the Tyrol, and only 1 night in Lucerne. If I had to choose between these two I’d definitely go with the Encounter. Although, personally I think 2 weeks in Europe isnt enough. If you can somehow do it, I suggest a longer tour (Panorama?)

  • 19 Dec 2012 sammi said


    i havent been on either but i have booked onto the European Discovery for the 1st august 2013, and really looking forward to it, as a solo traveller i think this will suit me best :), it visits all the places im intrested in and im not spending to long in these for example tyrol and lucrene, i think its whatever one most attracts you :)

  • 20 Dec 2012 Janelle said


    I have booked the European encounter (16 days) for me and my sister for june-july. the good thing about the european encounter is that it is all hotels. I first looked at the discovery, but learn that we needed to carry sleeping bags and only for about 6 nights use-it is a bit of a hassle really. good luck. have fun on your holiday.

  • 20 Dec 2012 Miss Candi said

    Miss Candi

    Thanks guys! I would love to spend a longer amount of time over in Europe but unfortunately I can’t at this stage due to work. As long as I can get a taste of each country and see and do all of the major attractions in each I’ll be happy.

    I might do the tour with two friends who live in the U.K, but there is a possibility that I’ll be doing it solo, which I don’t really mind.

    Thanks Janelle! I didn’t know about the sleeping bag thing with the Discovery, knowing me I would probably loose it! & with it being winter at the time I’ll be there a mere sleeping bag wouldn’t be sufficient for warmth.

    All the best for your tours! Hope you all have the time of your lives! :)

  • 20 Dec 2012 RJ1817 said


    Both the Discovery and Encounter tours are Superior tours meaning you stay in hotels all the time. I don’t know what Janelle is talking about. She may be mixing that up with another tour.

  • 20 Dec 2012 RJ1817 said


    I think you’re mixing the Discovery tour up with another tour. The only Contiki tours that you need a sleeping bag on are the camping ones, and both the Discovery and Encounter tours are Superior tours meaning you stay in hotels all the time

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