Last Updated: 20th May 2014
No matter where you travel in the world, be it from your home to the local store or on a flight from one side of the world to the other, travel time is a necessary part of any journey.
Travelling with Contiki is still takes time, but is a lot more fun than travelling by yourself. On travel days your Tour Manager (and often you travel companions) will keep you entertained. There is always music, DVD’s (not available on European Tours, interesting commentary and the occasional game. This will definitely help an 6 hour travel day pass quicker than if you were traveling by yourself.
We try to spend as little time on the coach as possible so that you have more time to get out and explore the places you visit. Europe for example looks like a small place on a map, especially when compared to countries like the USA, Canada and Australia. Looks can be deceiving though. The distance from Rome to Venice for example is a little over 500 kilometers (over 310 miles)and both those cities are in the same country.
It is important to understand that while Contiki Drivers and Tour Managers will do their utmost to ensure that you get the most out of every day, they are bound by driving laws, regulations and the responsibility to make decisions that benefit the group rather than each individual.
Road closures, poor weather and traffic jams are but a few of the myriad of factors that effect travel time on the bus between destinations. It is also not possible to move the cities any closer together, if it is 500 kilometers (310 miles) to a destination there is nothing that can change it.
Travel times between the cities will vary, some days are short and some days are significantly longer depending on the factors mentioned above. If you want to travel anywhere you have to get from A to B somehow. Contiki Tours mostly use our buses as well s occasionally trains, ferries and planes to get from A to B.
During bus journeys, stops are usually made every 2 and a half to 3 hours for food, breaks and sightseeing along the way. Driving time on each journey is dependent on the distances between the cities so while it may only take and hour and a half to get form Munich to Hopfgarten or three hours from Florence to Rome the distance is greater between other cities.