European Discovery

Tour Length
13 days
From
US$2495
Overview Reviews

European Discovery
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Whirlwind

30 May 2013 - 10 Jun 2013

Booking this trip was by far the best thing I have ever done. Despite the fact every day was exhausting with a numb bum from the bus rides, it was amazing. You get to see so many beautiful places and do things you wouldn't do back home in your 'normal' life. From whitewater rafting surrounded by snow capped mountains in Austria to exploring the alleys of Florence, I will never ever forgot this trip. P.s. best tour guide Matty and driver Geordie, best guys!

Review written Sep 2013

My Contiki was: Whirlwind, Exciting, Dream

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European Discovery
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Whirlwind

30 May 2013 - 10 Jun 2013

Booking this trip was by far the best thing I have ever done. Despite the fact every day was exhausting with a numb bum from the bus rides, it was amazing. You get to see so many beautiful places and do things you wouldn't do back home in your 'normal' life. From whitewater rafting surrounded by snow capped mountains in Austria to exploring the alleys of Florence, I will never ever forgot this trip. P.s. best tour guide Matty and driver Geordie, best guys!

Review written Sep 2013

My Contiki was: Whirlwind, Exciting, Dream

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  • LAILA
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Amazing solo Trip

29 Aug 2013 - 09 Sep 2013

my first contiki tour tavelling solo. Met and made so many friends.

Visited such amazing places. We had a great group of ppl - (chinese, usa, brazil, sa n the majority being aussie n canadian) everyone got along so well.
Out of all the places we visited. ..Italy and Paris were my favourite.i enjoyed Germany more than i expected. Austria..not much to do but simply beautiful. Italy has so much history it will keep you fascinated.

Lotsa walking on this tour so make sure you have comfortable shoes. Dont expect sleep...maybe on the coach.i recommend doing all the me time optional tours..although i didnt think swarovski world was all that.
If you not sure which optional tours to book - meet your grp first and then decide. They quite flexible with booking them.

I didnt share a room. The ppl that did had no complaints. If you used to your space and can afford to fork out extra for a room of your own i would advise it.
I went vegan on tour and managed to survive. The accommodation was good and the tour was hassle-free.

Expect to spend about 80 - 120euro per day. I bought souvenoirs in every country. Take cash but also a euro charge card.
And def get a euro sim card! I forgot to get one when i arrived in amsterdam. SA roaming rates suck - i had a R6,000 bill waiting for me when i got back.

I would definitely do another contiki tour. #NoRegrets

Review written Sep 2013

My Contiki was: fast paced, epic, memorable

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  • Default_avatar
  • LAILA
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Amazing solo Trip

29 Aug 2013 - 09 Sep 2013

my first contiki tour tavelling solo. Met and made so many friends.

Visited such amazing places. We had a great group of ppl - (chinese, usa, brazil, sa n the majority being aussie n canadian) everyone got along so well.
Out of all the places we visited. ..Italy and Paris were my favourite.i enjoyed Germany more than i expected. Austria..not much to do but simply beautiful. Italy has so much history it will keep you fascinated.

Lotsa walking on this tour so make sure you have comfortable shoes. Dont expect sleep...maybe on the coach.i recommend doing all the me time optional tours..although i didnt think swarovski world was all that.
If you not sure which optional tours to book - meet your grp first and then decide. They quite flexible with booking them.

I didnt share a room. The ppl that did had no complaints. If you used to your space and can afford to fork out extra for a room of your own i would advise it.
I went vegan on tour and managed to survive. The accommodation was good and the tour was hassle-free.

Expect to spend about 80 - 120euro per day. I bought souvenoirs in every country. Take cash but also a euro charge card.
And def get a euro sim card! I forgot to get one when i arrived in amsterdam. SA roaming rates suck - i had a R6,000 bill waiting for me when i got back.

I would definitely do another contiki tour. #NoRegrets

Review written Sep 2013

My Contiki was: fast paced, epic, memorable

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  • Laura
  • Laura
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 0 Countries
European Discovery
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

No Regrets

08 Aug 2013 - 21 Aug 2013

This Contiki tour was AMAZING! It was a very intense two weeks, so if you are looking for something really relaxing this isn't it. But if you are looking for adventure, seeing many new things, late nights and early mornings, making tons of new friends, and driving all over Europe, this is what to do! I think it was two of the best weeks of my life. Everyone bonded really quickly and made new friends from all over the world, and had a great time every day.
I loved Austria and Switzerland the best, they were amazingly beautiful!
If you're wanting to see all these places, do it!!! The tour guide and bus driver were amazing helps and taught us so much along the way.

Review written Aug 2013

My Contiki was: Exciting, Beautiful, Intense

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  • Laura
  • Laura
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 0 Countries
European Discovery
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No Regrets

08 Aug 2013 - 21 Aug 2013

This Contiki tour was AMAZING! It was a very intense two weeks, so if you are looking for something really relaxing this isn't it. But if you are looking for adventure, seeing many new things, late nights and early mornings, making tons of new friends, and driving all over Europe, this is what to do! I think it was two of the best weeks of my life. Everyone bonded really quickly and made new friends from all over the world, and had a great time every day.
I loved Austria and Switzerland the best, they were amazingly beautiful!
If you're wanting to see all these places, do it!!! The tour guide and bus driver were amazing helps and taught us so much along the way.

Review written Aug 2013

My Contiki was: Exciting, Beautiful, Intense

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  • Tristan
  • Tristan
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best time I've EVER had!!!

06 Aug 2013 - 19 Aug 2013

Going on this tour was the best decision I've ever made. It majorly exceeded my expectations. I got so close to everyone in the two weeks, and our tour guide and driver (Alex and Antonio) were awesome!! All of the optional activities were tons of fun, and I'd recommend doing all of them. We saw so much more than I would've ever been able to by myself. Favorite place was definitely Munich, along with the amazing bike tour! Definitely do this tour - it's so worth it and you'll create memories that will last you a lifetime.

Review written Aug 2013

My Contiki was: Family, Culture, Unforgettable

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  • Tristan
  • Tristan
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best time I've EVER had!!!

06 Aug 2013 - 19 Aug 2013

Going on this tour was the best decision I've ever made. It majorly exceeded my expectations. I got so close to everyone in the two weeks, and our tour guide and driver (Alex and Antonio) were awesome!! All of the optional activities were tons of fun, and I'd recommend doing all of them. We saw so much more than I would've ever been able to by myself. Favorite place was definitely Munich, along with the amazing bike tour! Definitely do this tour - it's so worth it and you'll create memories that will last you a lifetime.

Review written Aug 2013

My Contiki was: Family, Culture, Unforgettable

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  • Lauren
  • Lauren
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Completely Satisfied!

21 Jul 2013 - 03 Aug 2013

I literally just got back from this trip within the past 24hours and all I can say is that it was worth every penny spent! Our tour manager was Dane and driver was Johnny, and they completely made our trip worth while. No matter what hiccups occurred along the way from city to city (such as traffic etc.) they always made sure that we were getting the most out of each city we visited. It is a very fast paced trip and you are constantly on the go, but definitely the perfect trip for someone that wants to see a little bit of everything in Europe.

I participated in all the Me Time optionals and they were also worth every penny as well. Such a great life changing experience. Met so many wonderful people and made new friends along the way from all over the world. Definitely would love to book another trip through Contiki, and will definitely be recommending to friends and family members to book through them as well!

Review written Aug 2013

My Contiki was: Breath taking, life changing, couldn't have asked for more!

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  • Lauren
  • Lauren
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Completely Satisfied!

21 Jul 2013 - 03 Aug 2013

I literally just got back from this trip within the past 24hours and all I can say is that it was worth every penny spent! Our tour manager was Dane and driver was Johnny, and they completely made our trip worth while. No matter what hiccups occurred along the way from city to city (such as traffic etc.) they always made sure that we were getting the most out of each city we visited. It is a very fast paced trip and you are constantly on the go, but definitely the perfect trip for someone that wants to see a little bit of everything in Europe.

I participated in all the Me Time optionals and they were also worth every penny as well. Such a great life changing experience. Met so many wonderful people and made new friends along the way from all over the world. Definitely would love to book another trip through Contiki, and will definitely be recommending to friends and family members to book through them as well!

Review written Aug 2013

My Contiki was: Breath taking, life changing, couldn't have asked for more!

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European Discovery

European Discovery 12 Day Tour

11 Jul 2013 - 22 Jul 2013

I've recently returned back from the 12 day European Discovery Tour. WOW! This trip was amazing and truly offered everything i wanted. It suits both adventure enthusiasts and history fanatics, it really is a trip for all. You meet such amazing people from all ages and from all around the world. The optional activities were phenomenal; white water rafting, gondola ride, sex shows and more. Both included and optional activities your guaranteed an awesome atmosphere! Contiki is a well organised tour company, which allows you to have no worries. They even add personal touches such as day songs, which will make you remember your trip for years to come, each time you hear it play. My tour manager Hannah Bews was fantastic; a true professional who knows how to have fun. She knew everything there is to know about each city we visited and would really get you excited for the places you were about to see. Both Hannah and Polski, our bus driver, would go out of their way to help us. They added their own touches to the trip and without the pair of them the trip wouldn't have been as great. This trip is fun filled, educational, party popping, sight seeing, but most of all MEMORABLE!

Review written Aug 2013

My Contiki was: MEMORABLE, FUN-FILLED, AMAZING-RACE

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European Discovery

European Discovery 12 Day Tour

11 Jul 2013 - 22 Jul 2013

I've recently returned back from the 12 day European Discovery Tour. WOW! This trip was amazing and truly offered everything i wanted. It suits both adventure enthusiasts and history fanatics, it really is a trip for all. You meet such amazing people from all ages and from all around the world. The optional activities were phenomenal; white water rafting, gondola ride, sex shows and more. Both included and optional activities your guaranteed an awesome atmosphere! Contiki is a well organised tour company, which allows you to have no worries. They even add personal touches such as day songs, which will make you remember your trip for years to come, each time you hear it play. My tour manager Hannah Bews was fantastic; a true professional who knows how to have fun. She knew everything there is to know about each city we visited and would really get you excited for the places you were about to see. Both Hannah and Polski, our bus driver, would go out of their way to help us. They added their own touches to the trip and without the pair of them the trip wouldn't have been as great. This trip is fun filled, educational, party popping, sight seeing, but most of all MEMORABLE!

Review written Aug 2013

My Contiki was: MEMORABLE, FUN-FILLED, AMAZING-RACE

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  • Tara
  • Tara
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Sparknotes for Travelers

16 Jul 2013 - 29 Jul 2013

European Discovery is like Sparknotes. You'll receive a history overview, key facts and just enough time to visit the important sites. It was great for my husband and I who had never been to Europe before and wanted to see as much as we could in the limited amount of time we had. It was exhausting, but worth every late night and early morning. Our tour manager made our trip and helped create such great memories. We will travel with Contiki again soon. Next time we hope to take our time and really enjoy the countries we visit.

Review written Aug 2013

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  • Tara
  • Tara
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery
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Sparknotes for Travelers

16 Jul 2013 - 29 Jul 2013

European Discovery is like Sparknotes. You'll receive a history overview, key facts and just enough time to visit the important sites. It was great for my husband and I who had never been to Europe before and wanted to see as much as we could in the limited amount of time we had. It was exhausting, but worth every late night and early morning. Our tour manager made our trip and helped create such great memories. We will travel with Contiki again soon. Next time we hope to take our time and really enjoy the countries we visit.

Review written Aug 2013

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  • Aaron
  • Aaron
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

An absolute must for anyone who wants to experience Europe!

18 Jun 2013 - 29 Jun 2013

This was my first trip to Europe and I did it solo. My European Discovery trip with my Contiki family was the highlight of my holiday. We had people from all over the globe and we all got along so well it was fantastic! Our tour guide Garai and the coach driver Chris made this Contiki the best tour around Europe I could of ever have imagined! Garai’s knowledge on the monuments and history of Europe as well as his unique sense of humor bought me understand about the surroundings we were in as well as sharing a laugh.

Loved the tour, Loved the people, Loved the places!

Will remember my experience with Contiki for the rest of my life!

Review written Jul 2013

My Contiki was: People, Places, Party!!!

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  • Aaron
  • Aaron
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

An absolute must for anyone who wants to experience Europe!

18 Jun 2013 - 29 Jun 2013

This was my first trip to Europe and I did it solo. My European Discovery trip with my Contiki family was the highlight of my holiday. We had people from all over the globe and we all got along so well it was fantastic! Our tour guide Garai and the coach driver Chris made this Contiki the best tour around Europe I could of ever have imagined! Garai’s knowledge on the monuments and history of Europe as well as his unique sense of humor bought me understand about the surroundings we were in as well as sharing a laugh.

Loved the tour, Loved the people, Loved the places!

Will remember my experience with Contiki for the rest of my life!

Review written Jul 2013

My Contiki was: People, Places, Party!!!

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  • Suzy
  • Suzy
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 12 Countries
European Discovery
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Trip of a Lifetime

27 Jun 2013 - 10 Jul 2013

Where do I begin. This was the best trip/ experience I've ever had. It was a great way to get a taste of multiple countries in two weeks. The hotels were nice & clean (barely in them enough to have a complaint), the coach bus was always clean and comfortable, the food was a great sampling of each country, and I can say I left with several new friends from all over the world and many, many memories. I have to mention how incredible our tour manager, Danny Steenkamp was. Always working, always planning, always willing to go the extra mile to make everyone's holiday memorable, always positive...a wealth of information, great sense of humor, and made the experience seamless from country to country. This was my first trip to Europe and it definitely won't be my last. I am still blown away by the history and beauty of each country and truly had sensory overload. We were able to see pretty much everything we wanted to see at each stop (with some planning in advance and a quick walking pace) and Danny would have put us in the category of the "culture vultures" - but I was definitely in pure bliss through out the whole trip, taking it all in. We did most of the ME Time Optionals; The Tuscan Hills Feast is a must (one of the most memorable times with the group), Gondola ride was best way to see Venice away from the tourists and take it all in, white water rafting gave the most beautiful views of Austria & the Alps, wine tasting in St. Goar was a cool experience in a creepy, old cellar, Canal Cruise in Amsterdam great kickoff with group and relaxed way to take in views of Amsterdam, Swarvorski Crystal Museum is worth the 8 euro for a one time trippy museum experience, Mt. Stanserhorn was a breathtaking view of mountains in Switzerland and the Cabrio cable car was so cool, recommend the group photo since it was the only time everyone was together and there was a beautiful view of Florence in the background, & Cabaret Show in Paris was such a memorable way to end the trip. Only slightly disappointed with Vatican tour & Colosseum/ Roman Forum tours- they are back to back, with minimal time in Vatican museum, both are so crowded with tourists, it was crazy hot for the Colosseum & Forum and more than half our group left probably from hunger & dehydration and skipped the Forum (which was incredible to stand in a place over 2000 years old)- so plan ahead, bring water & snacks because it was a long morning and a little information overload but worth seeing! Otherwise some tips: keep change for bathrooms, introduce yourself to everyone day 1, bring cash bc it's just easier, glad I had a rain jacket & umbrella for different weather, bring meds ( i got a chest cold & heat rash- probably needed to drink more water consistently), do what you can to see everything you want to see- you might never be back, I loved having my Ramble & Rove travel journal (off Amazon) made journaling easier with writing prompts, glad I had video camera & regular camera, took IPhone but kept it on Airplane mode so could make text over iMessage, FaceTime instead of call, use for alarm clock, and get online (had wifi at most hotels)---overall have no regrets, I sure don't, I only wish I could have stayed longer.

Review written Jul 2013

My Contiki was: memorable, blissful, unforgettable

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  • Suzy
  • Suzy
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 12 Countries
European Discovery
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Trip of a Lifetime

27 Jun 2013 - 10 Jul 2013

Where do I begin. This was the best trip/ experience I've ever had. It was a great way to get a taste of multiple countries in two weeks. The hotels were nice & clean (barely in them enough to have a complaint), the coach bus was always clean and comfortable, the food was a great sampling of each country, and I can say I left with several new friends from all over the world and many, many memories. I have to mention how incredible our tour manager, Danny Steenkamp was. Always working, always planning, always willing to go the extra mile to make everyone's holiday memorable, always positive...a wealth of information, great sense of humor, and made the experience seamless from country to country. This was my first trip to Europe and it definitely won't be my last. I am still blown away by the history and beauty of each country and truly had sensory overload. We were able to see pretty much everything we wanted to see at each stop (with some planning in advance and a quick walking pace) and Danny would have put us in the category of the "culture vultures" - but I was definitely in pure bliss through out the whole trip, taking it all in. We did most of the ME Time Optionals; The Tuscan Hills Feast is a must (one of the most memorable times with the group), Gondola ride was best way to see Venice away from the tourists and take it all in, white water rafting gave the most beautiful views of Austria & the Alps, wine tasting in St. Goar was a cool experience in a creepy, old cellar, Canal Cruise in Amsterdam great kickoff with group and relaxed way to take in views of Amsterdam, Swarvorski Crystal Museum is worth the 8 euro for a one time trippy museum experience, Mt. Stanserhorn was a breathtaking view of mountains in Switzerland and the Cabrio cable car was so cool, recommend the group photo since it was the only time everyone was together and there was a beautiful view of Florence in the background, & Cabaret Show in Paris was such a memorable way to end the trip. Only slightly disappointed with Vatican tour & Colosseum/ Roman Forum tours- they are back to back, with minimal time in Vatican museum, both are so crowded with tourists, it was crazy hot for the Colosseum & Forum and more than half our group left probably from hunger & dehydration and skipped the Forum (which was incredible to stand in a place over 2000 years old)- so plan ahead, bring water & snacks because it was a long morning and a little information overload but worth seeing! Otherwise some tips: keep change for bathrooms, introduce yourself to everyone day 1, bring cash bc it's just easier, glad I had a rain jacket & umbrella for different weather, bring meds ( i got a chest cold & heat rash- probably needed to drink more water consistently), do what you can to see everything you want to see- you might never be back, I loved having my Ramble & Rove travel journal (off Amazon) made journaling easier with writing prompts, glad I had video camera & regular camera, took IPhone but kept it on Airplane mode so could make text over iMessage, FaceTime instead of call, use for alarm clock, and get online (had wifi at most hotels)---overall have no regrets, I sure don't, I only wish I could have stayed longer.

Review written Jul 2013

My Contiki was: memorable, blissful, unforgettable

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  • Jad-SW
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 0 Countries
European Discovery
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European Discovery, June 2013

08 Jun 2013 - 19 Jun 2013

Was a really hectic, fast paced and awesome trip. Definitely a great tour for those wanting to see lots in a short period of time. Not much down time on this tour, it's all go go go. I was a first time traveler and found this tour no problems at all. Just be prepared to be tired and spend a bit of time on the bus. If you can handle that, you'll love it. Scenery on the drives is amazing anyway.

Had a really knowledgeable tour manager (Kristen) who was very well organized, and had a Guru of a driver - Johnny "No Problem". Crazy fella and really first class service. Couldn't have asked for better people to run the tour.

Everything was well organized and the accommodation and food was great. You always knew where to go and what to do.

Definitely recommend doing ALL of the optional extras.

Review written Jun 2013

My Contiki was: Hectic, Amazing, Crazy

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  • Default_avatar
  • Jad-SW
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 0 Countries
European Discovery
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European Discovery, June 2013

08 Jun 2013 - 19 Jun 2013

Was a really hectic, fast paced and awesome trip. Definitely a great tour for those wanting to see lots in a short period of time. Not much down time on this tour, it's all go go go. I was a first time traveler and found this tour no problems at all. Just be prepared to be tired and spend a bit of time on the bus. If you can handle that, you'll love it. Scenery on the drives is amazing anyway.

Had a really knowledgeable tour manager (Kristen) who was very well organized, and had a Guru of a driver - Johnny "No Problem". Crazy fella and really first class service. Couldn't have asked for better people to run the tour.

Everything was well organized and the accommodation and food was great. You always knew where to go and what to do.

Definitely recommend doing ALL of the optional extras.

Review written Jun 2013

My Contiki was: Hectic, Amazing, Crazy

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
  • Ferry crossings

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Food

  • 16 meals:
  • 11 continental breakfasts
  • 5 three-course dinners

Inclusions

  • 8 World Heritage Sites visited
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
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Me Time

  • Canal Cruise (1.5 hours)
  • Wine tasting
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$191
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay
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