European Discovery (Winter)

Tour Length
13 days
From
US$1589
Overview Reviews

  • miss_meg
  • miss_meg
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 10 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Discovery AMAZING

31 Dec 2011 - 11 Jan 2012

So many amazing memories gained from this fantastic trip, if you like fast paced and full on where you can see all the main places then this trip is perfect. I learnt so much thanks to the awesome tour guide Dom (you are SO lucky if you get him as your guide!) and Pedro with incredible driving abilites. I have made life long friends and will always carry with me the fantastic stories from all the cultures and history. I cant wait to go again!

Review written Jan 2012

My Contiki was: culture, friendship, adventure

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  • miss_meg
  • miss_meg
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 10 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Discovery AMAZING

31 Dec 2011 - 11 Jan 2012

So many amazing memories gained from this fantastic trip, if you like fast paced and full on where you can see all the main places then this trip is perfect. I learnt so much thanks to the awesome tour guide Dom (you are SO lucky if you get him as your guide!) and Pedro with incredible driving abilites. I have made life long friends and will always carry with me the fantastic stories from all the cultures and history. I cant wait to go again!

Review written Jan 2012

My Contiki was: culture, friendship, adventure

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  • Valene
  • Valene
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour Review (European Discovery - Winter)

31 Dec 2011 - 13 Jan 2012

Probably the best decision I've made in a long time. This tour is VERY fast paced. You WILL NOT be sleeping in but you also won't miss a thing. Lots of options for personal time or to spend all of your time with the group. Quite a few couples and single travelers on the tour. If you're an older traveler (like me -27), the tour had a nice mix of young and mature travelers. Good balance. The hotels we're probably equivalent to Holiday Inns, Howard Johnson, and Embassy Suites (if you're familiar with American Hotels). Our tour manager and driver were outstanding at managing personalities and keeping it lively. Lots of photo ops. Great food. Excellent shopping. Late nights and early mornings. Amazing new friends. Nothing quite like partying Contiki style...

Review written Jan 2012

My Contiki was: New Friends, Unforgettable Memories, Rockstar Parties

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  • Valene
  • Valene
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour Review (European Discovery - Winter)

31 Dec 2011 - 13 Jan 2012

Probably the best decision I've made in a long time. This tour is VERY fast paced. You WILL NOT be sleeping in but you also won't miss a thing. Lots of options for personal time or to spend all of your time with the group. Quite a few couples and single travelers on the tour. If you're an older traveler (like me -27), the tour had a nice mix of young and mature travelers. Good balance. The hotels we're probably equivalent to Holiday Inns, Howard Johnson, and Embassy Suites (if you're familiar with American Hotels). Our tour manager and driver were outstanding at managing personalities and keeping it lively. Lots of photo ops. Great food. Excellent shopping. Late nights and early mornings. Amazing new friends. Nothing quite like partying Contiki style...

Review written Jan 2012

My Contiki was: New Friends, Unforgettable Memories, Rockstar Parties

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  • liselise
  • liselise
  • Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 10 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Awesome experience!

28 Nov 2010 - 09 Dec 2010

I did this tour because I wanted to go on holiday but was time-poor so wanted something fast-paced and where I could see several highlights of Europe so that I'd know where I'd like to visit again. This tour delivered all that and more. My tour manager and bus driver were amazing- friendly, helpful and experienced. They were also great fun to party with!
Tours like Conitki are great, particularly if you're travelling solo (like I did) or haven't dont much travelling before because you make "instant friends" and are shown all the main attractions of the cities without having to organise your own transport and accomodation. What you have to keep in mind with this tour though is that it is only 14 days. Realistically you are not going to see everything in 14 days and the tour also covers 8 cities. This means that there is quite a lot of time spent on the bus. That was definitely the downside to the tour but it couldn't really be helped. If you want to spend less time on the bus, either find a tour which spends longer in each city or do your own thing.
But overall this tour is AMAZING if you want to see a "snapshot" of Europe, make great friends and have an awesome time!!!

Review written Dec 2011

My Contiki was: Amazing, Memorable, FUN!

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  • liselise
  • liselise
  • Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 10 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Awesome experience!

28 Nov 2010 - 09 Dec 2010

I did this tour because I wanted to go on holiday but was time-poor so wanted something fast-paced and where I could see several highlights of Europe so that I'd know where I'd like to visit again. This tour delivered all that and more. My tour manager and bus driver were amazing- friendly, helpful and experienced. They were also great fun to party with!
Tours like Conitki are great, particularly if you're travelling solo (like I did) or haven't dont much travelling before because you make "instant friends" and are shown all the main attractions of the cities without having to organise your own transport and accomodation. What you have to keep in mind with this tour though is that it is only 14 days. Realistically you are not going to see everything in 14 days and the tour also covers 8 cities. This means that there is quite a lot of time spent on the bus. That was definitely the downside to the tour but it couldn't really be helped. If you want to spend less time on the bus, either find a tour which spends longer in each city or do your own thing.
But overall this tour is AMAZING if you want to see a "snapshot" of Europe, make great friends and have an awesome time!!!

Review written Dec 2011

My Contiki was: Amazing, Memorable, FUN!

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  • AmandaB
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 10 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)

European Discovery- winter voyage

20 Feb 2011 - 05 Mar 2011

Travel dates:End of Feb, beginning of March
Tour Manager: Steve
Driver: Gustavo
Overall review: A must do! This was my first Contiki trip and I wouldn't change a thing!

Day 1. Early morning start, heading over to the Royal National to weigh our bags and get a seat on the coach. We drove out of London and towards the White Cliffs of Dover where we boarded a ferry that would take us over to France, through Belgium and to Amsterdam. Theres lots to do on the ferry to keep you busy during your journey but if you get motion sickness I would definitely suggest that you bring something along with you. After the ferry ride we continued on to Amsterdam, arrived at the hotel, freshened up and went down for supper. Soon after that we headed back onto the bus to head into the heart of Amsterdam for optionals or free time.
*Canal Cruise- I would definitely suggest doing this cruise, almost everyone from my trip decided to do this optional and it was a great way to get to know each other and see Amsterdam from a different view point than just the street.
After the canal cruise my group split off- some heading back to the hotel, some heading out to see the red light district and some just going to see what they could. I would put a warning in here- if you plan on going out solo or with a friend make sure you know exactly where the tram stop is and what stop to get off on. The Dutch language isn’t exactly friendly when trying to guess where you are going- and it took me and a friend quite a while and asking a few people to find where we were supposed to go.
TRAMS- Once you get onto the tram- you head towards the middle of the train where you buy your ticket from a worker in a booth- don’t worry you cant miss it.

Day2. Started the morning off in Amsterdam- Went to the Anne Frank House which is something that I was really interested in going to see. The morning was considered free time and most of the group split off depending on what their interests were. Some places to consider are: Van Gough Museum, Heineken Experience, Sex Museum, and or the Hash Museum. We met back up with the group after lunch and headed out for St Goar. St. Goar is a very small, quiet and beautiful town- it ended up snowing while we were there, but not enough to change what you are packing in your suitcase. St. Goar was a place where we needed a overnight bag due to the fact that it is difficult to get the suitcases up the small staircases- remember to pack warm.

Day3. We traveled to Munich- the Holiday Inn that we stayed in was great and very nice. We headed into the city centre and had free time. I went to Peterskirche- aka Peters church- which provides some of the best views of Munich, although I must warn you that its a long walk to the top! So prepare yourself. I then headed over to some of the markets- which had lots of food that you could pick up and take with you (which is great for the bus ride the next day). Lastly we headed to the Hofbrauhaus- which was fantastic!! There is also an optional walking tour that you can take if you want.

Day4. City of Innsbruck, Austria. The city was very nice and had a small town feel- anyone that knows Banff Canada- it is very similar to that place. Fairly expensive to shop and eat.

Day5. Started our day off in Innsbruck and then made our way across the Italian border to the city of Venice. As we arrived, we learned that it was Carnival!! Venice was packed with people from all across the world, in many different costumes and masks. The Campanile is the main bell tower in Venice which provides panoramic views of the city- a must see. Its about 8 euro to take the elevator to the top- a must do in my opinion. Venice is known for is glass work, lace making and masks- so if your interested in that kind of thing, this the place to buy them. Great place to buy glass blown necklaces for gifts for people back home.
Optionals: many people went to the Venetian restaurant, which provides many different kinds of pasta and sauces. Myself, and a couple others decided to go and find our own place- we ended up sitting under the Rialto bridge and having dinner- we ended up spending less and having a better meal. (in my opinion)
Gondola ride- if you haven’t ever been on a Gondola before, you should do this optional- its worth it.

Day6/7. Left our hotel outside of Venice to head to Rome. Theres so much to see in this city- the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Emmanuelle Monument, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon are just a few. During our free time I used the subway to get around in order to cut down on time spent walking. The hotel that Contiki stays in is outside of the city limits which means that you have to take a train into the city. This was quite a memorable experience considering that because the train only comes every couple hours everybody piles on- to the point where everyone has to get off to let certain people out at stops and then get back on. Be very careful with this, pickpockets are around as well as you NEED to make sure that you get on the train- push, pull do whatever you have to. If not then you will be taking a very long cab ride back. ;p
Optionals: I did not do the Vatican Tour, but from what I heard from the others was that it was a very, very long tour and they would have preferred to go about the Vatican at their own speed, instead of being stuck in a group.

Day8. Headed towards Florence. This is the greatest place for shopping and seeing the beauty Italy has to offer. I love florence, it is one of my favorite places in the world.
Optional dinner and Disco- are a must! They are so much fun!!

Day9. Lucerne. Theres not too much to say about Lucerne, its fairly quite- beautiful but really expensive and it requires that you get new currency.

Day10. Paris. Beautiful city, but in my opinion- scary driving- be very careful when walking across the streets in this city. Lots to see and do here. It is my guess that the french are not known for their tipping after a service (compared to the way Canadian’s tip.) If you want to get a laugh- tip your taxi driver after you get back to the hotel- you wouldn’t believe how thankful they are. Moulin Rouge was our last optional of the tour and I think many people did it because we wanted to spend time together as a group. I was not overly impressed with M.R. but I think its something that you have to experience.

Budget- I budgeted about 100 Euros a day, spending money depending on if meals were included already or not. I set aside 10 euros to cover lunch and 20 to cover dinner, if we were in a city that I knew I would want to spend more on a nice meal then I put money aside for that. The rest of my money for the day went towards museums, transportation and spending money.
What to pack: The weather was great when I went towards the end of Feb and beginning of March. Depending on where you are from you should dress accordingly- a never used more than a hoodie (jumper) and a rain jacket. If you need something warmer you can always buy it while you are there.

Review written Oct 2011

My Contiki was: Fantastic, ridiculously fun, once in a life time experience

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  • AmandaB
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 10 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)

European Discovery- winter voyage

20 Feb 2011 - 05 Mar 2011

Travel dates:End of Feb, beginning of March
Tour Manager: Steve
Driver: Gustavo
Overall review: A must do! This was my first Contiki trip and I wouldn't change a thing!

Day 1. Early morning start, heading over to the Royal National to weigh our bags and get a seat on the coach. We drove out of London and towards the White Cliffs of Dover where we boarded a ferry that would take us over to France, through Belgium and to Amsterdam. Theres lots to do on the ferry to keep you busy during your journey but if you get motion sickness I would definitely suggest that you bring something along with you. After the ferry ride we continued on to Amsterdam, arrived at the hotel, freshened up and went down for supper. Soon after that we headed back onto the bus to head into the heart of Amsterdam for optionals or free time.
*Canal Cruise- I would definitely suggest doing this cruise, almost everyone from my trip decided to do this optional and it was a great way to get to know each other and see Amsterdam from a different view point than just the street.
After the canal cruise my group split off- some heading back to the hotel, some heading out to see the red light district and some just going to see what they could. I would put a warning in here- if you plan on going out solo or with a friend make sure you know exactly where the tram stop is and what stop to get off on. The Dutch language isn’t exactly friendly when trying to guess where you are going- and it took me and a friend quite a while and asking a few people to find where we were supposed to go.
TRAMS- Once you get onto the tram- you head towards the middle of the train where you buy your ticket from a worker in a booth- don’t worry you cant miss it.

Day2. Started the morning off in Amsterdam- Went to the Anne Frank House which is something that I was really interested in going to see. The morning was considered free time and most of the group split off depending on what their interests were. Some places to consider are: Van Gough Museum, Heineken Experience, Sex Museum, and or the Hash Museum. We met back up with the group after lunch and headed out for St Goar. St. Goar is a very small, quiet and beautiful town- it ended up snowing while we were there, but not enough to change what you are packing in your suitcase. St. Goar was a place where we needed a overnight bag due to the fact that it is difficult to get the suitcases up the small staircases- remember to pack warm.

Day3. We traveled to Munich- the Holiday Inn that we stayed in was great and very nice. We headed into the city centre and had free time. I went to Peterskirche- aka Peters church- which provides some of the best views of Munich, although I must warn you that its a long walk to the top! So prepare yourself. I then headed over to some of the markets- which had lots of food that you could pick up and take with you (which is great for the bus ride the next day). Lastly we headed to the Hofbrauhaus- which was fantastic!! There is also an optional walking tour that you can take if you want.

Day4. City of Innsbruck, Austria. The city was very nice and had a small town feel- anyone that knows Banff Canada- it is very similar to that place. Fairly expensive to shop and eat.

Day5. Started our day off in Innsbruck and then made our way across the Italian border to the city of Venice. As we arrived, we learned that it was Carnival!! Venice was packed with people from all across the world, in many different costumes and masks. The Campanile is the main bell tower in Venice which provides panoramic views of the city- a must see. Its about 8 euro to take the elevator to the top- a must do in my opinion. Venice is known for is glass work, lace making and masks- so if your interested in that kind of thing, this the place to buy them. Great place to buy glass blown necklaces for gifts for people back home.
Optionals: many people went to the Venetian restaurant, which provides many different kinds of pasta and sauces. Myself, and a couple others decided to go and find our own place- we ended up sitting under the Rialto bridge and having dinner- we ended up spending less and having a better meal. (in my opinion)
Gondola ride- if you haven’t ever been on a Gondola before, you should do this optional- its worth it.

Day6/7. Left our hotel outside of Venice to head to Rome. Theres so much to see in this city- the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Emmanuelle Monument, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon are just a few. During our free time I used the subway to get around in order to cut down on time spent walking. The hotel that Contiki stays in is outside of the city limits which means that you have to take a train into the city. This was quite a memorable experience considering that because the train only comes every couple hours everybody piles on- to the point where everyone has to get off to let certain people out at stops and then get back on. Be very careful with this, pickpockets are around as well as you NEED to make sure that you get on the train- push, pull do whatever you have to. If not then you will be taking a very long cab ride back. ;p
Optionals: I did not do the Vatican Tour, but from what I heard from the others was that it was a very, very long tour and they would have preferred to go about the Vatican at their own speed, instead of being stuck in a group.

Day8. Headed towards Florence. This is the greatest place for shopping and seeing the beauty Italy has to offer. I love florence, it is one of my favorite places in the world.
Optional dinner and Disco- are a must! They are so much fun!!

Day9. Lucerne. Theres not too much to say about Lucerne, its fairly quite- beautiful but really expensive and it requires that you get new currency.

Day10. Paris. Beautiful city, but in my opinion- scary driving- be very careful when walking across the streets in this city. Lots to see and do here. It is my guess that the french are not known for their tipping after a service (compared to the way Canadian’s tip.) If you want to get a laugh- tip your taxi driver after you get back to the hotel- you wouldn’t believe how thankful they are. Moulin Rouge was our last optional of the tour and I think many people did it because we wanted to spend time together as a group. I was not overly impressed with M.R. but I think its something that you have to experience.

Budget- I budgeted about 100 Euros a day, spending money depending on if meals were included already or not. I set aside 10 euros to cover lunch and 20 to cover dinner, if we were in a city that I knew I would want to spend more on a nice meal then I put money aside for that. The rest of my money for the day went towards museums, transportation and spending money.
What to pack: The weather was great when I went towards the end of Feb and beginning of March. Depending on where you are from you should dress accordingly- a never used more than a hoodie (jumper) and a rain jacket. If you need something warmer you can always buy it while you are there.

Review written Oct 2011

My Contiki was: Fantastic, ridiculously fun, once in a life time experience

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  • Holly Lynn
  • Holly Lynn
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 12 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour Review

26 Nov 2010 - 09 Dec 2010

Absolutely amazing~=!!!

Review written May 2011

My Contiki was: Experience!

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  • Holly Lynn
  • Holly Lynn
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 12 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour Review

26 Nov 2010 - 09 Dec 2010

Absolutely amazing~=!!!

Review written May 2011

My Contiki was: Experience!

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  • LaytonA
  • Level 68 Traveler
  • 68 Contikis
  • 27 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)

Tour Review

28 Dec 2010 - 10 Jan 2011

Review written Feb 2011

My Contiki was: great, awesome, fun

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  • LaytonA
  • Level 68 Traveler
  • 68 Contikis
  • 27 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)

Tour Review

28 Dec 2010 - 10 Jan 2011

Review written Feb 2011

My Contiki was: great, awesome, fun

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European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour Review

07 Nov 2010 - 20 Nov 2010

This tour was so much fun. It's a little fast-paced; sometimes it did feel like I was on the amazing race because we only had 2 hours to see a city. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see a lot of Europe in 2 weeks. Our tour guide and driver were amazing. They totally made our tour awesome.

Review written Feb 2011

My Contiki was: Fun!, Awesome, Fast

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European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour Review

07 Nov 2010 - 20 Nov 2010

This tour was so much fun. It's a little fast-paced; sometimes it did feel like I was on the amazing race because we only had 2 hours to see a city. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see a lot of Europe in 2 weeks. Our tour guide and driver were amazing. They totally made our tour awesome.

Review written Feb 2011

My Contiki was: Fun!, Awesome, Fast

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European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour Review

26 Dec 2010 - 08 Jan 2011

This trip was one of my best decisions. The tour guide, Scott, and the driver, Gustavo, made the entire group closely-bonded explorers. The music in the morning brought us together, the games on the bus passed the time, we got a wonderful discounted deal because of Contiki's frequent business, and the connection between us added the extra touch because it truly is the people and not just the places. I did not want to leave, and by the end of the two weeks, I knew more about the world, history, and made friends that not one of us did not shed tears over our last night out. I am thankful for the memories and only worry my next trip won't be as amazing as this one. Can't wait to do another one!

Review written Jan 2011

My Contiki was: Lifetime bonds, Strenuous laughter, VIP experiences

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European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour Review

26 Dec 2010 - 08 Jan 2011

This trip was one of my best decisions. The tour guide, Scott, and the driver, Gustavo, made the entire group closely-bonded explorers. The music in the morning brought us together, the games on the bus passed the time, we got a wonderful discounted deal because of Contiki's frequent business, and the connection between us added the extra touch because it truly is the people and not just the places. I did not want to leave, and by the end of the two weeks, I knew more about the world, history, and made friends that not one of us did not shed tears over our last night out. I am thankful for the memories and only worry my next trip won't be as amazing as this one. Can't wait to do another one!

Review written Jan 2011

My Contiki was: Lifetime bonds, Strenuous laughter, VIP experiences

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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

  • 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$122
  • 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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