The Escape

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You will visit: Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit) & France (in transit)

Keen to see a lot of Europe in a short amount of time, all while getting a taste of the great outdoors? The Escape has got it! Start in the 'La Dolce Vita' capital, Rome, head to the floating city, Venice, then on to Munich, home of Oktoberfest. Prague's up next, with medieval vibes & cobbled streets, before a change of pace in arty, cutting edge Berlin. Finish it all off by hitting up freewheeling Amsterdam & its trendy cafés, cheese, clogs & canals. There's so much to do & see, you’ll get a lot for a little on The Escape.

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Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Arrive Rome

Meet up with your Contiki team & get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner.

Twin Share Tent Dinner

2 Rome to Venice

This morning, it’s your chance to splash some cash, with our stop at Barberino Designer Outlet mall for our exclusive Italian fashion experience. You can use this opportunity to get some gear to show off to your friends at home… This outlet mall is amazing, with your chance to pick up some designer fashion at incredible prices. With between 30%-70% off regular retail, the savings are epic, and because you’re with Contiki you’ll get up to an additional 10% off! From labels like Missoni, Bose, Dolce & Gabbana to name a few – there’s going to be plenty to tempt you today.

With no doubt lots of bags in hand, we’ll hit the road en route to the floating city of Venice.

Twin Share Tent Breakfast,Dinner

  • Italian fashion experience at the Barberino Designer outlet mall
3 Venice

Known as the “floating city”, Venice is packed with character, crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals.

The group travels on our private boat through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the Gothic arches of the Doge’s Palace and the expanse of St Mark’s Square (pigeons and all!) show off Venice’s unique beauty and way of life.

Take some time to explore the floating city and lose yourself in the backstreets. There’s an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets with our Local Guide. You’ll see historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market – a local favourite for food shopping.

Maybe grab a table on St Mark’s Square and eat some delicious Italian food al fresco.

Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends - seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!

Twin Share Tent Breakfast,Dinner

  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
  • Venice walking tour
    Euro 11.00
  • Gondola ride
    Euro 22.00
  • Tour t-shirts
    From Euro 18.50 - 29.00
4 Venice to Munich

Say farewell to the romance of Venice as we make our way to Germany & into the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich - a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture and modern lifestyle.

As we make our way through the cute villages & mountains of Austria, there’s your chance for an adrenalin rush – an awesome whitewater rafting adventure in the Austrian Tyrol!

Later, it’s back on the coach as we head to our destination. When we arrive, there’s time to explore the heart of Munich’s Old Town with the crew, and head to Marienplatz. It’s a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel - a Gothic clock, complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells.

Twin Share Tent Breakfast,Dinner

  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • White Water Rafting
    Euro 41.00
5 Munich

Use your free time to discover more of Munich. Give an optional bike tour a go and get off the beaten track and onto Munich’s side streets with our Local Guide.

Otherwise head back to the old town and hunt around the little shops on the pedestrian-only lanes or for a change of scene, head to the university area. With shaded streets, buzzing pavement cafés and cute bookstores, it’s a great way to spend a chilled-out afternoon.

Twin Share Tent Breakfast

  • Munich Bike Tour
    Euro 20.00
6 Munich to Prague

Say farewell to the good times in Germany. Relax on the coach as we head to the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague.

Prague is a beautiful and atmospheric city. It’s also pretty compact, so it’s best explored on foot. Get straight into Prague’s historic heart with your Tour Manager. You’ll walk together over the landmark Charles Bridge, through Hradčany Castle, the home of the original Bohemian Kings and to the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral along the way.

Twin Share Tent Breakfast,Dinner

7 Prague

Prague is a beautiful and atmospheric city. It’s also pretty compact, so it’s best explored on foot. Get straight into Prague’s historic heart with your Tour Manager. You’ll walk together over the landmark Charles Bridge, through Hradčany Castle, the home of the original Bohemian Kings and to the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral along the way.

Choose a lunch cruise on the Vltava River, which runs through the heart of Prague, and take in stunning views of the city from the water. The Czech capital has a really mixed past so look out for signs of the Holy Roman Empire, the Bohemian Empire, the Nazis and the Communists.

Free time means you can get deeper into Prague’s Old Town in your own time. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a jumble of little lanes, alleys and courtyards. Slow the pace down and give yourself a chance to uncover its hidden treasures.

Spend some time in the picturesque Old Town Square, where historic buildings and churches surround cafés that spill out onto the pavement. With some world-famous Czech pilsner in hand, park yourself at a table, people-watch and try out some of the traditional local dumplings. This is also the spot to pick up some famous Bohemian glass, beads or garnet and amber jewellery

By night, Prague bursts with possibilities. Loaded with all types of music, from jazz bars and hip DJs to opera, there is something for everyone, so make the most of it with your friends.

Twin Share Tent Breakfast

  • See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square
  • Visit the Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock
  • River cruise with buffet meal
    Euro 29.00
8 Prague to Berlin

As we make our way back into Germany, we’ll stop for lunch in Dresden - the former home of Saxon royalty & an economic, educational, political & cultural hub of Germany. Your Tour Manager will give you a run down on the history of the city & its gorgeous buildings, much of which were rebuilt after being controversially destroyed near the end of World War II.

Later, soak up some beautiful countryside views as we motor down the autobahn and get ready for a dose of über-cool Berlin.

We’ll give you the background on Berlin’s troubled history on a driving city tour. Learn about the East/West split at the Berlin Wall and check out the controversial Reichstag (German Parliament) as well as Tiergarten (one the world’s biggest parks), while you Tour Manager points out the little details and peels back the layers of history. Visit Checkpoint Charlie, where many East Berliners tried to escape to the West, and be reminded of Germany’s darker past at the Brandenburg Gate.

With two nights in this historical hot spot, you’ve got time to find out what makes Germany’s capital one of the most cutting-edge cities in the world. It’s hard to believe that this funky town has had such a troubled past.

Hostel Breakfast,Dinner

  • Visit the city destroyed in World War II and known as the 'Florence of the North'
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
  • Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall
9 Berlin

With free time, get inspired by Berlin’s creative scene and check out its galleries and street art. As a world forerunner in contemporary art, Berlin’s walls are covered in cutouts and graffiti.

Shopping-wise, this town has it all and is right up there defining style. Berlin is great for small boutiques, funky fashions and one-of-a-kind buys. Your Tour Manager knows Berlin’s ins and outs, so get some pointers before you splurge.

Do as the Berliners do and grab a currywurst (a local favourite) and kick back at a Bierkeller (German beer house).

Experience the world of espionage in an optional evening Eye Spy Berlin tour with our Local Guide, and enjoy a fascinating look into the Stasi (what was once the East German Secret Police). Then top off your time in Berlin with some of your new friends and explore the city’s legendary nightlife. With cool cocktail bars and some of the best techno clubs in the world, there are heaps of fun choices.

Hostel Breakfast

  • See the site of Checkpoint Charlie
  • Berlin historical walking tour
    Euro 9.50
  • Eye Spy Berlin
    Euro 16.50
10 Berlin to Amsterdam

Get ready for some fun in the vibrant free-wheeling city, Amsterdam.

Check out Amsterdam’s eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.

Try out Amsterdam’s multi-ethnic cuisine. This cultural melting pot dishes up loads of affordable food.

Twin Share Tent Breakfast

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
11 Amsterdam

Kick start the morning with an optional bike ride and cruise into the countryside, where you can bike around like the laid back locals, past working windmills, in the world-famous cheese village of Edam. In an intro into Dutch culture, see how clogs are made and try some of the famous Dutch Edam at a cheese farm.

There’s free time this afternoon to experience Amsterdam’s coffee shops, museums and quirky, cool boutiques. Wander along the canals and past gabled houses.

Tonight, say farewell to your newly formed family of friends with a final dinner in Amsterdam. Enjoy a laugh, a glass of wine and reminisce together.

Afterwards make your way into town to enjoy the wonderful night life of this unique city.

Twin Share Tent Breakfast

  • Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house
  • Bike ride
    Euro 5.00
  • Dutch Farewell Dinner
    Euro 26.00
12 Depart Amsterdam

This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your trip ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.

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What's Included

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

Inclusions

  • 5 World Heritage Sites visited
  • Italian fashion experience at the Barberino Designer outlet mall
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
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Me Time

  • Venice walking tour
  • Gondola ride
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