European Encounter

Tour Length
17 days
From
US$2274
Overview Reviews

  • Court
  • Court
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter

European Encounter!

02 Jul 2014 - 17 Jul 2014

My trip was the best thing I've ever done. Meeting and become so close with my Contiki family and getting to experience Europe in the best way possible. Our tour manager Joe defiantly made the trip, his passion for travel and how he talks about each country it was like having a book on tour he just knows everything and is the best at what he does. If it wasn't for him I don't think I would of experienced as much as I did. Thank-you Joe for giving me the best days of my life. My favourite place was Lucerne in Switzerland it was like living in a picture for a few days. I'll never forget my trip and miss everyone so much already.

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: exciting , unforgetable , the best days of my life

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  • Court
  • Court
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter

European Encounter!

02 Jul 2014 - 17 Jul 2014

My trip was the best thing I've ever done. Meeting and become so close with my Contiki family and getting to experience Europe in the best way possible. Our tour manager Joe defiantly made the trip, his passion for travel and how he talks about each country it was like having a book on tour he just knows everything and is the best at what he does. If it wasn't for him I don't think I would of experienced as much as I did. Thank-you Joe for giving me the best days of my life. My favourite place was Lucerne in Switzerland it was like living in a picture for a few days. I'll never forget my trip and miss everyone so much already.

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: exciting , unforgetable , the best days of my life

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  • Damo
  • Damo
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Encounter june/july 2014

27 Jun 2014 - 12 Jul 2014

Had an absolutely amazing trip, tour manager Steve was absolutely fantastic very knowledgeable and worked hard to ensure everyone had the time of their lives. Too many brilliant stories and locations to mention and would strongly recommend this trip for anyone who wants to see a number of the major sites in Europe as well as a few hidden gems off the beaten track, big shout out to miki our driver as well. As for the optional extras, all were well worth the money and really added to the entire experience in particular the cabaret dinner and show and white water rafting were exceptional!

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: awesome, memorable, eye-opening

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  • Damo
  • Damo
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Encounter june/july 2014

27 Jun 2014 - 12 Jul 2014

Had an absolutely amazing trip, tour manager Steve was absolutely fantastic very knowledgeable and worked hard to ensure everyone had the time of their lives. Too many brilliant stories and locations to mention and would strongly recommend this trip for anyone who wants to see a number of the major sites in Europe as well as a few hidden gems off the beaten track, big shout out to miki our driver as well. As for the optional extras, all were well worth the money and really added to the entire experience in particular the cabaret dinner and show and white water rafting were exceptional!

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: awesome, memorable, eye-opening

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  • Rachel
  • Rachel
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 12 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Unforgettable honeymoon

23 May 2014 - 07 Jun 2014

The European encounter was the first adventure of our honeymoon. At first i wasn't too sure about sharing all these moments with a group of strangers, but as soon as i met everyone that was to be on the same tour, i realized that it was going to be an experience that i will never forget!

This particular tour took you to a large amount of must see's while in Europe, such as the leaning tower of Pisa, and the Eiffel tower.
The hotels that we stayed at were fine. They were not your 5 star hotels, but they had a shower and a bed so everyone was happy! You're hardly ever in your hotel room anyway so there would be no point to be in super fancy rooms!

Our tour manager, Alex, was remarkable. You could ask him almost anything about Europe and he would be able to answer it. If he couldn't answer the question he would make it his job to find out the answer for us asap. He was also super friendly and approachable which made the tour much more pleasant.

Some of the best memories of my life have been made on this tour, the people i met, the friendships i made, the sites i saw. I would recommend this tour to absolutely anyone and everyone. Don't look at it as "oh its too expensive for me" you cannot put a price on experiences, adventures and memories that you will never forget.

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: friendships, experience, best

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  • Rachel
  • Rachel
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 12 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Unforgettable honeymoon

23 May 2014 - 07 Jun 2014

The European encounter was the first adventure of our honeymoon. At first i wasn't too sure about sharing all these moments with a group of strangers, but as soon as i met everyone that was to be on the same tour, i realized that it was going to be an experience that i will never forget!

This particular tour took you to a large amount of must see's while in Europe, such as the leaning tower of Pisa, and the Eiffel tower.
The hotels that we stayed at were fine. They were not your 5 star hotels, but they had a shower and a bed so everyone was happy! You're hardly ever in your hotel room anyway so there would be no point to be in super fancy rooms!

Our tour manager, Alex, was remarkable. You could ask him almost anything about Europe and he would be able to answer it. If he couldn't answer the question he would make it his job to find out the answer for us asap. He was also super friendly and approachable which made the tour much more pleasant.

Some of the best memories of my life have been made on this tour, the people i met, the friendships i made, the sites i saw. I would recommend this tour to absolutely anyone and everyone. Don't look at it as "oh its too expensive for me" you cannot put a price on experiences, adventures and memories that you will never forget.

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: friendships, experience, best

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  • Helen
  • Helen
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best experience of my life!

23 May 2014 - 07 Jun 2014

To say this tour was the best experience of my life is the biggest understatement of the year.

This tour was life changing.

Not only did I make amazing friends for life, I got to see the places I have dreamed about since I can remember. The Optionals were better than I expected, Me and my partner done everyone and didn't regret a thing. My favourite was the gondola ride and white water rafting but all were so worth the money. I highly recommend the Nouvelle Dinner and Cabaret Show (worth more than the money spent trust

We were lucky enough to have the best tour manager and bus driver, they make the world of difference on your tour and ours went beyond their job description! The coach was comfy and we always had lots of fun.

I would highly recommend this tour if you want to see the best of Europe and have a great time with others like yourself :)

Review written Jun 2014

My Contiki was: #noregrets , Amazing , Memorable

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  • Helen
  • Helen
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best experience of my life!

23 May 2014 - 07 Jun 2014

To say this tour was the best experience of my life is the biggest understatement of the year.

This tour was life changing.

Not only did I make amazing friends for life, I got to see the places I have dreamed about since I can remember. The Optionals were better than I expected, Me and my partner done everyone and didn't regret a thing. My favourite was the gondola ride and white water rafting but all were so worth the money. I highly recommend the Nouvelle Dinner and Cabaret Show (worth more than the money spent trust

We were lucky enough to have the best tour manager and bus driver, they make the world of difference on your tour and ours went beyond their job description! The coach was comfy and we always had lots of fun.

I would highly recommend this tour if you want to see the best of Europe and have a great time with others like yourself :)

Review written Jun 2014

My Contiki was: #noregrets , Amazing , Memorable

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  • Liz88
  • Liz88
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 10 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Encounter

16 Jul 2010 - 31 Jul 2010

One of the best times in my life. I would highly recommend it!

Review written Jun 2014

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  • Liz88
  • Liz88
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 10 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Encounter

16 Jul 2010 - 31 Jul 2010

One of the best times in my life. I would highly recommend it!

Review written Jun 2014

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  • Danielle
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Incredible

01 May 2014 - 17 May 2014

Contiki is incredible, I definitely recommend doing a tour, you see so much that you wouldn't even think of doing on your own. The days are busy, long, and tiring but so worth it. I had the best time of my life on this tour, and it probably wouldn't have been as amazing without our tour manager roxy and driver jelly! They were amazing and always went above and beyond for us. It's great getting to meet and travel with so many people too, makes the trip so much better!

Review written May 2014

My Contiki was: Incredible, Exhausting, Memorable

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  • Danielle
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Incredible

01 May 2014 - 17 May 2014

Contiki is incredible, I definitely recommend doing a tour, you see so much that you wouldn't even think of doing on your own. The days are busy, long, and tiring but so worth it. I had the best time of my life on this tour, and it probably wouldn't have been as amazing without our tour manager roxy and driver jelly! They were amazing and always went above and beyond for us. It's great getting to meet and travel with so many people too, makes the trip so much better!

Review written May 2014

My Contiki was: Incredible, Exhausting, Memorable

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  • Melissa
  • Melissa
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Trip of a lifetime!!

08 Aug 2012 - 25 Aug 2012

I was going through a difficult time this past summer and decided that getting away would be the best thing for me. Contiki could not have provided me with a better experience!

Review written Jan 2013

My Contiki was: Incredible, Fun, Exciting

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  • Melissa
  • Melissa
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Trip of a lifetime!!

08 Aug 2012 - 25 Aug 2012

I was going through a difficult time this past summer and decided that getting away would be the best thing for me. Contiki could not have provided me with a better experience!

Review written Jan 2013

My Contiki was: Incredible, Fun, Exciting

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European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Loves it!

08 Oct 2010 - 23 Oct 2010

Our Tour Manager is the beat! Thanks Paul! We enjoyed the trip some more because of you! For those who can't take a vacation for a month or so, this 16 days trip is enough to see the best of the best of Europe!

What did you see, what did you do?

As per the brochure really. We did majority of the optionals, it's worth the try as you can see more of the local lifestyle. Besides, the whole group opted to go so it also is a fun to be in it.

What were the optionals like?

Descriptions as per brochure. Some people like me wouldn't want to dine at some asian restaurants as part of the optionals (yep, im asian!) simply because I am from Asia, and I just know from the moment I look at the menu whether a meal is good to try to or not (this is just my opinion). If I am in Europe, I might opt to stroll along the sidewalks and try the local food instead for an experience.

Describe your accommodation?

For a good deal that you get with Contiki, don't expect fancy rooms. Although my favorite hotel was in Switzerland, our room had an amazing view of the lake! The rest are just normal twin bed small room.

What food did you eat?

Breakfast is Continental for 16 days! =(

What did your crew do for you?

Our Tour Manager Paul and Coach Driver Thierry are the best! They are honest which ones are worth to go to and which ones aren't.

How was the transport, what were your tour mates like, best moments, would you recommend it?

Had the best trip in europe so far with Contiki because of the amazing people in our group too!

Review written Mar 2012

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European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Loves it!

08 Oct 2010 - 23 Oct 2010

Our Tour Manager is the beat! Thanks Paul! We enjoyed the trip some more because of you! For those who can't take a vacation for a month or so, this 16 days trip is enough to see the best of the best of Europe!

What did you see, what did you do?

As per the brochure really. We did majority of the optionals, it's worth the try as you can see more of the local lifestyle. Besides, the whole group opted to go so it also is a fun to be in it.

What were the optionals like?

Descriptions as per brochure. Some people like me wouldn't want to dine at some asian restaurants as part of the optionals (yep, im asian!) simply because I am from Asia, and I just know from the moment I look at the menu whether a meal is good to try to or not (this is just my opinion). If I am in Europe, I might opt to stroll along the sidewalks and try the local food instead for an experience.

Describe your accommodation?

For a good deal that you get with Contiki, don't expect fancy rooms. Although my favorite hotel was in Switzerland, our room had an amazing view of the lake! The rest are just normal twin bed small room.

What food did you eat?

Breakfast is Continental for 16 days! =(

What did your crew do for you?

Our Tour Manager Paul and Coach Driver Thierry are the best! They are honest which ones are worth to go to and which ones aren't.

How was the transport, what were your tour mates like, best moments, would you recommend it?

Had the best trip in europe so far with Contiki because of the amazing people in our group too!

Review written Mar 2012

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  • Ryan
  • Ryan
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour Review

15 Jun 2011 - 02 Jul 2011

The best thing I have ever done with my life.

Review written Sep 2011

My Contiki was: Friendships, Memories, Amazing

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  • Ryan
  • Ryan
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour Review

15 Jun 2011 - 02 Jul 2011

The best thing I have ever done with my life.

Review written Sep 2011

My Contiki was: Friendships, Memories, Amazing

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  • *Jess*
  • *Jess*
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour Review

11 Jul 2011 - 28 Jul 2011

so much fun! it was busy and tiring getting up and moving countries .. but definitely worth it! my boyfriend and i loved every minute of it. the hotels weren't as bad as our tour guide said they were.. we liked all of them :)

Review written Sep 2011

My Contiki was: awesome, good price

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  • *Jess*
  • *Jess*
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries
European Encounter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour Review

11 Jul 2011 - 28 Jul 2011

so much fun! it was busy and tiring getting up and moving countries .. but definitely worth it! my boyfriend and i loved every minute of it. the hotels weren't as bad as our tour guide said they were.. we liked all of them :)

Review written Sep 2011

My Contiki was: awesome, good price

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What's Included

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

Accommodation

  • 16 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 15 nights in hotels
  • 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

  • 15 continental breakfasts
  • 1 Regional dinner: Italian Trattoria feast
  • 7 three-course dinners

Inclusions

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

  • Volendam Restaurant
  • Canal Cruise (1.5 hours)
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$133
  • 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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