European Discovery (Winter)

Tour Length
13 days
From
US$1955
Overview Reviews

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

Best time ever!

29 Nov 2015 - 10 Dec 2015

Wow! I can't begin to express how much fun I had on this tour. One of the best decisions of my life was booking this tour and I don't regret a second of it. Our tour manager Beccy B (with the beats) and bus driver Conor were second to none! They put so much effort into our tour with every little thing they did. And the friends you make are probably some of the best you'll ever had.

This tour is fast pase but you really make the most of it. You'll do a lot of driving but you get to hang with your new family! Would totally recommend this tour, its a good taste of what you want to come back to Europe and see!

Review written Dec 2015

My Contiki was: Amazing, #no regrets, I did it all

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

Best time ever!

29 Nov 2015 - 10 Dec 2015

Wow! I can't begin to express how much fun I had on this tour. One of the best decisions of my life was booking this tour and I don't regret a second of it. Our tour manager Beccy B (with the beats) and bus driver Conor were second to none! They put so much effort into our tour with every little thing they did. And the friends you make are probably some of the best you'll ever had.

This tour is fast pase but you really make the most of it. You'll do a lot of driving but you get to hang with your new family! Would totally recommend this tour, its a good taste of what you want to come back to Europe and see!

Review written Dec 2015

My Contiki was: Amazing, #no regrets, I did it all

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

EU discovery

27 Oct 2015 - 07 Nov 2015

Hands down this trip was the best decision of my life! The people that I have met, the sights that I've seen and the things that I have experienced will be so precious to me. The trip was so well organised thanks to the staff everything ran really smoothly which would definitely make me want to return to Contiki .

Review written Nov 2015

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Precious, Fun

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

EU discovery

27 Oct 2015 - 07 Nov 2015

Hands down this trip was the best decision of my life! The people that I have met, the sights that I've seen and the things that I have experienced will be so precious to me. The trip was so well organised thanks to the staff everything ran really smoothly which would definitely make me want to return to Contiki .

Review written Nov 2015

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Precious, Fun

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  • Jessica
  • Jessica
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 10 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My first overseas trip, the most incredible experience of my life (so far)

21 Jan 2014 - 01 Feb 2014

I always had people tell me to "go on a Contiki tour, go on a Contiki tour!!" My word of advice after completing this tour: GO ON A CONTIKI TOUR!! We spent an overall 3.5 weeks in Europe, though only 12 days on the tour itself, but the Contiki tour had enough memories for a lifetime. Here's my brief description of our European Discovery (let's test my memory after going on the trip almost two years ago):

Day 1 - We start in London leaving off from The Royal National Hotel. I highly recommend staying here beforehand. It isn't a fancy hotel, but it does the job and it's very easy and convenient to stay here as this is where the tour leaves from. We met up the previous day with some people we spoke with on the Contiki Meet Up page doing the same tour as us to get to know each other and we became a family by the end of the trip (however, you do have a small gathering the night before anyway with your tour manager). Firstly, you head off to cross the ports and cross the English Channel, this isn't a long ship ride and there's plenty of food for breakfast. The ship docks in France and you drive through Belgium to get to AMSTERDAM. We went on a canal cruise (beer on tap say what?!) and walked through the red light district. We also had the opportunity to go to a sex show, which I recommend, it was definitely a good insight into how different the culture is. We went to a coffee shop and a nightclub, and FEBO! You MUST go to FEBO, it is the best fast food ever.

Day 2 - We visited Anne Frank house and did a tour of the Heineken Brewery. Amsterdam is beautiful. Take the time to get up early and explore, its amazing. The we get on the bus to go to St. Goar in Germany, a beautiful town in the Rhine Valley. We had a wine tasting in a cave which I recommend, we also walked up to a castle overlooking the river. It's a beautiful sight, you can't miss it.

Day 3 - Off to Munich! We were lucky to stop at Dachau Concentration Camp, very eerie but a very eye opening experience. Then we got into Munich and went to the Hoffbraus for good beer, pretzels, dancing, and an overall awesome time (see picture above).

Day 4 - We had a walking tour of Munich which was great. It was a good opportunity to see Munich as you are guided by a local. It started snowing as we left Munich, I was devastated! Then back onto the bus to go to INNSBRUCK - my favourite place in the world. Innsbruck is beautiful. You have the opportunity to go up onto the mountain and see one of the most incredible views ever. I fell in love with this town and will definitely go back. Dinner is a traditional Austrian dinner, we were lucky enough to have a show put on for us with authentic Austrian dance, music and costumes.

Day 5 - Onto Venice! You take a ferry into the heart of Venice but this is a very short trip. We went on a Gondola Ride and that was amazing. Venice seems to have a bad rep but I loved it. One tip for Italy: Do not have food or coffee on the main strip/square. It's very expensive so just have a wander through the alleys before sitting down, you can also barter with the waiters (for example, we got a free shot of limoncello with our dinner).

Day 6 - Next stop: Rome. The weather was quite bad (understatement) when we went to Rome but the first night was our only good night of weather. We saw the colosseum by night and had a lovely dinner. Today was also Australia Day so we spent the night drinking in a pub around the corner from our hotel.

Day 7 - We went to the Vatican for a tour and then had an Imperial tour of Rome (Roman Forums and Colosseum). This day was bucketing down rain so a few of us ended up leaving and sat in a cafe drinking hot chocolate hoping we wouldn't get sick. Tip: There are a lot of gypsies but just ignore them, pay them no attention and just keep walking.

Day 8 - FIORENZA! Florence was one of my favourite stops. It is such an old town with amazing scenery which made for a beautiful group photo overlooking the town. This day was mainly spent exploring the town. The optional extra was going to the largest nightclub in Florence, it was so much fun (and I'm not a person who likes clubbing).

Day 9 - Back on the bus to Lucerne, a beautifully gorgeous town. It is an incredible sight. Mainly we just walked around the town with our tour manager. Your hotel is an old jail. It was quite interesting - I didn't like the bunkbeds though. There isn't too much to do at night but there is a bowling alley/bar a couple blocks down from the hotel and we mainly sat there drinking beer and playing pool. It was a good night to relax.

Day 10 - This was our longest bus trip, Lucerne to Paris. But when you get into Paris.... wow. It is amazing, one of my top three spots. The Contiki bus took us around the main attractions by night and this is when a few of us went up the Eiffel Tower. It was such a stunning view at night, and the tower sparkles on the hour so that was an experience being up there while it sparkled. I recommend going up at night but day would be just as nice.

Day 11 - This was the biggest day of the tour. We got up early (just a group of 5 of us) and went straight to the Catacombs (an eerie but incredible experience), Notre Dame, the Louvre (which I found quite boring but you have to go) Padlock Bridge and the Arch de Triomphe. That night was saw the Moulin Rouge and we had so much fun, I highly recommend spending the money to go, it is SO worth it.

Day 12 - This was the day our Contiki came to the end. Some people got dropped off at the airport or stayed in Paris, while others went back to London (specifically to the Royal National). My European Discovery was incredible. I highly highly HIGHLY recommend this tour, especially for someone who hasn't travelled before.

#NOREGRETS

Review written Sep 2015

My Contiki was: life changing, motivating, incredible

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  • Jessica
  • Jessica
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 10 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My first overseas trip, the most incredible experience of my life (so far)

21 Jan 2014 - 01 Feb 2014

I always had people tell me to "go on a Contiki tour, go on a Contiki tour!!" My word of advice after completing this tour: GO ON A CONTIKI TOUR!! We spent an overall 3.5 weeks in Europe, though only 12 days on the tour itself, but the Contiki tour had enough memories for a lifetime. Here's my brief description of our European Discovery (let's test my memory after going on the trip almost two years ago):

Day 1 - We start in London leaving off from The Royal National Hotel. I highly recommend staying here beforehand. It isn't a fancy hotel, but it does the job and it's very easy and convenient to stay here as this is where the tour leaves from. We met up the previous day with some people we spoke with on the Contiki Meet Up page doing the same tour as us to get to know each other and we became a family by the end of the trip (however, you do have a small gathering the night before anyway with your tour manager). Firstly, you head off to cross the ports and cross the English Channel, this isn't a long ship ride and there's plenty of food for breakfast. The ship docks in France and you drive through Belgium to get to AMSTERDAM. We went on a canal cruise (beer on tap say what?!) and walked through the red light district. We also had the opportunity to go to a sex show, which I recommend, it was definitely a good insight into how different the culture is. We went to a coffee shop and a nightclub, and FEBO! You MUST go to FEBO, it is the best fast food ever.

Day 2 - We visited Anne Frank house and did a tour of the Heineken Brewery. Amsterdam is beautiful. Take the time to get up early and explore, its amazing. The we get on the bus to go to St. Goar in Germany, a beautiful town in the Rhine Valley. We had a wine tasting in a cave which I recommend, we also walked up to a castle overlooking the river. It's a beautiful sight, you can't miss it.

Day 3 - Off to Munich! We were lucky to stop at Dachau Concentration Camp, very eerie but a very eye opening experience. Then we got into Munich and went to the Hoffbraus for good beer, pretzels, dancing, and an overall awesome time (see picture above).

Day 4 - We had a walking tour of Munich which was great. It was a good opportunity to see Munich as you are guided by a local. It started snowing as we left Munich, I was devastated! Then back onto the bus to go to INNSBRUCK - my favourite place in the world. Innsbruck is beautiful. You have the opportunity to go up onto the mountain and see one of the most incredible views ever. I fell in love with this town and will definitely go back. Dinner is a traditional Austrian dinner, we were lucky enough to have a show put on for us with authentic Austrian dance, music and costumes.

Day 5 - Onto Venice! You take a ferry into the heart of Venice but this is a very short trip. We went on a Gondola Ride and that was amazing. Venice seems to have a bad rep but I loved it. One tip for Italy: Do not have food or coffee on the main strip/square. It's very expensive so just have a wander through the alleys before sitting down, you can also barter with the waiters (for example, we got a free shot of limoncello with our dinner).

Day 6 - Next stop: Rome. The weather was quite bad (understatement) when we went to Rome but the first night was our only good night of weather. We saw the colosseum by night and had a lovely dinner. Today was also Australia Day so we spent the night drinking in a pub around the corner from our hotel.

Day 7 - We went to the Vatican for a tour and then had an Imperial tour of Rome (Roman Forums and Colosseum). This day was bucketing down rain so a few of us ended up leaving and sat in a cafe drinking hot chocolate hoping we wouldn't get sick. Tip: There are a lot of gypsies but just ignore them, pay them no attention and just keep walking.

Day 8 - FIORENZA! Florence was one of my favourite stops. It is such an old town with amazing scenery which made for a beautiful group photo overlooking the town. This day was mainly spent exploring the town. The optional extra was going to the largest nightclub in Florence, it was so much fun (and I'm not a person who likes clubbing).

Day 9 - Back on the bus to Lucerne, a beautifully gorgeous town. It is an incredible sight. Mainly we just walked around the town with our tour manager. Your hotel is an old jail. It was quite interesting - I didn't like the bunkbeds though. There isn't too much to do at night but there is a bowling alley/bar a couple blocks down from the hotel and we mainly sat there drinking beer and playing pool. It was a good night to relax.

Day 10 - This was our longest bus trip, Lucerne to Paris. But when you get into Paris.... wow. It is amazing, one of my top three spots. The Contiki bus took us around the main attractions by night and this is when a few of us went up the Eiffel Tower. It was such a stunning view at night, and the tower sparkles on the hour so that was an experience being up there while it sparkled. I recommend going up at night but day would be just as nice.

Day 11 - This was the biggest day of the tour. We got up early (just a group of 5 of us) and went straight to the Catacombs (an eerie but incredible experience), Notre Dame, the Louvre (which I found quite boring but you have to go) Padlock Bridge and the Arch de Triomphe. That night was saw the Moulin Rouge and we had so much fun, I highly recommend spending the money to go, it is SO worth it.

Day 12 - This was the day our Contiki came to the end. Some people got dropped off at the airport or stayed in Paris, while others went back to London (specifically to the Royal National). My European Discovery was incredible. I highly highly HIGHLY recommend this tour, especially for someone who hasn't travelled before.

#NOREGRETS

Review written Sep 2015

My Contiki was: life changing, motivating, incredible

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  • Amol
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Simply Amazing

17 Oct 2014 - 29 Oct 2014

If you are looking to have a good time and looking to see a lot of Europe in short amount of time, this trip is for you.

Review written Dec 2014

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  • Amol
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Simply Amazing

17 Oct 2014 - 29 Oct 2014

If you are looking to have a good time and looking to see a lot of Europe in short amount of time, this trip is for you.

Review written Dec 2014

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  • Marci
  • Marci
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

If I paid for my new friends, I didn't pay enough :)

26 Dec 2013 - 08 Jan 2014

We kept a journal, and we had all our friends write in daily. Sometimes I go back to read it and, then I am like "really, we did that"

I went with my cousin, and we had the trip of a life time. We met a group of all randoms, one couple, two solo men, and then us, and our roomie. We are ALL still in contact, and one as even come to see us from a 22 hour plan ride away. I took this trip last winter, and I can't say enough about the friends it has given us! we love them all! It was winter, and cold! plan on that! plan on extra money. Plan on granola bars b/c your breakfast is going to SUCK. Plan on good rooms, plan on crappy rooms. Plan on being on a bus for long hours, and plan on some rain. but, most important plan on a trip of a lifetime. I thought about giving a day by day play, but it's what you make of it! We did and tried everything. We also kept a journal and had all our friends write in it! that was the best. drunk thoughts, crazy thoughts! Just go have fun! Know that some things are going to suck, just go with it!

Review written Nov 2014

My Contiki was: Wanderlust , NoRegrets!, TAKEMEBACK

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  • Marci
  • Marci
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

If I paid for my new friends, I didn't pay enough :)

26 Dec 2013 - 08 Jan 2014

We kept a journal, and we had all our friends write in daily. Sometimes I go back to read it and, then I am like "really, we did that"

I went with my cousin, and we had the trip of a life time. We met a group of all randoms, one couple, two solo men, and then us, and our roomie. We are ALL still in contact, and one as even come to see us from a 22 hour plan ride away. I took this trip last winter, and I can't say enough about the friends it has given us! we love them all! It was winter, and cold! plan on that! plan on extra money. Plan on granola bars b/c your breakfast is going to SUCK. Plan on good rooms, plan on crappy rooms. Plan on being on a bus for long hours, and plan on some rain. but, most important plan on a trip of a lifetime. I thought about giving a day by day play, but it's what you make of it! We did and tried everything. We also kept a journal and had all our friends write in it! that was the best. drunk thoughts, crazy thoughts! Just go have fun! Know that some things are going to suck, just go with it!

Review written Nov 2014

My Contiki was: Wanderlust , NoRegrets!, TAKEMEBACK

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

One of the best two weeks of my life!

03 Nov 2014 - 15 Nov 2014

I currently write this as I am trying to pass time at the airport making my way home from the European discovery back to NY. Man what a great 2 weeks. So many unforgettable moments and so many great memories with people you will never forget. So many lifelong friendships were created with people on the other side of the world who you probably may never see again. Tears will be shed when it's time for goodbyes... Big thanks to Evana and Miki for being great leaders for our tour. They absolutely made this the best trip possible. If anyone is reading this trying to decide whether to book or not I say DO IT! You won't regret it. This was my first time doing a group tour and being in Europe so I had a few reservations about how things would go coming into the trip. I also booked it very spontaneously around 1 week before the actual trip. So I did not know what to expect and how much I would enjoy the vacation. But in then end I am incredibly happy with my decision. Not only do you learn about other countries and cultures, but you also learn a lot about yourself. Such a great 2 weeks and I wish I could just keep reliving them over and over with the people I met and never go back to work! Will definitely do Contiki again

Review written Nov 2014

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

One of the best two weeks of my life!

03 Nov 2014 - 15 Nov 2014

I currently write this as I am trying to pass time at the airport making my way home from the European discovery back to NY. Man what a great 2 weeks. So many unforgettable moments and so many great memories with people you will never forget. So many lifelong friendships were created with people on the other side of the world who you probably may never see again. Tears will be shed when it's time for goodbyes... Big thanks to Evana and Miki for being great leaders for our tour. They absolutely made this the best trip possible. If anyone is reading this trying to decide whether to book or not I say DO IT! You won't regret it. This was my first time doing a group tour and being in Europe so I had a few reservations about how things would go coming into the trip. I also booked it very spontaneously around 1 week before the actual trip. So I did not know what to expect and how much I would enjoy the vacation. But in then end I am incredibly happy with my decision. Not only do you learn about other countries and cultures, but you also learn a lot about yourself. Such a great 2 weeks and I wish I could just keep reliving them over and over with the people I met and never go back to work! Will definitely do Contiki again

Review written Nov 2014

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  • Katrina
  • Katrina
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Discovery

16 Oct 2014 - 27 Oct 2014

This tour would have to be the best decision of my life. The tour was amazing, the places you go are breathtaking. Our tour manager Joe was amazing, very knowledgeable and insightful. Our bus driver Jonny was incredible if you ever get these two together on a tour you won't be disappointed.
The me time options are great. I would have to say Amsterdam is a night you won't forget. The group of people on the tour were fantastic and was very hard to leave. It's surprising on how close we got and the bonds we made within a short amount of time.
This is a tour that everyone should do if you want a taste of Europe. :) #NOREGRETS

Review written Nov 2014

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable, Incredible

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  • Katrina
  • Katrina
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Discovery

16 Oct 2014 - 27 Oct 2014

This tour would have to be the best decision of my life. The tour was amazing, the places you go are breathtaking. Our tour manager Joe was amazing, very knowledgeable and insightful. Our bus driver Jonny was incredible if you ever get these two together on a tour you won't be disappointed.
The me time options are great. I would have to say Amsterdam is a night you won't forget. The group of people on the tour were fantastic and was very hard to leave. It's surprising on how close we got and the bonds we made within a short amount of time.
This is a tour that everyone should do if you want a taste of Europe. :) #NOREGRETS

Review written Nov 2014

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable, Incredible

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  • ChristaC
  • ChristaC
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Unforgettable - European Discovery 30/12/13 - 10/1/14

30 Dec 2013 - 10 Jan 2014

It's hard to capture into words the experiences I had on this trip. It was one of the greatest times of my life and I'll be forever appreciative to our TM Zsofi, our TD Marcin, and my entire tour group for it.
No matter where you came from, Europe was always going to be a different experience. Yes, reading reviews is helpful in choosing the right tour for you, and if you want to label this tour something, it's a taste-tester of all the major sites that mainstream tourists would want to visit (plus other hidden morsels along the way). But one of the best things you can do with these tours is to approach it with little to no preconceptions. Let it sweep you away, teach you things that you never would have thought possible, experience magic in each moment. For example, the food in Germany (Rhineland) wasn't what you might consider the greatest. But you know what? You're in Germany. You're sitting on a land of hundreds of years of significant history. Who cares if the food sucks in your estimation? It's just a matter of different tastes and they've obviously been eating it for longer than we've been alive. You then learn that that food's not to your taste and you don't pick it next time you go out to a restaurant. The next day you're visiting Hofbräuhaus in Munich and it can take you at a minimum of half an hour to find a table among the hundreds that eat there every night, with servers (men and women alike) carrying 8 x 1 litre steins in both hands weaving in and out between everyone, and proceeding to eat a pork knuckle the size of your head after you do find a table (slight exaggeration). A completely different experience.
It's pretty self-explanatory that a tour of 12 days and fitting 8-9 countries in isn't going to be a leisurely stroll in the park. The excitement came from cramming as much action into the days as you could, running in those last minutes to make sure you didn't miss the bus, reading a map for the first time and trying to pronounce the unpronounceable, the smiles of the locals at your funny accents, the puking on the bus after New Year's Eve in Germany (still makes me nauseous thinking about it), the wonder on a little Roman girl's face when she found out I was from Australia (priceless), deliberately getting lost on the canals in Venice. There's all these little moments at the places you visit that adds extra meaning to everything you experience. The optionals are exactly that, optional, so you don't have to feel obliged to do everything. Again, 8-9 countries in 12 days doesn't leave you with a lot of spare time but take on board the things that you do with the group and you're still getting a lot from each place. You can't expect it to be smiles and roses the whole time; you're on board a bus with numerous other people, some with rusty social skills. Take the good and the bad and turn it into one of the best things you ever chose to do.

#noregrets

Review written Jun 2014

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Magical, Eye-opening

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  • ChristaC
  • ChristaC
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Unforgettable - European Discovery 30/12/13 - 10/1/14

30 Dec 2013 - 10 Jan 2014

It's hard to capture into words the experiences I had on this trip. It was one of the greatest times of my life and I'll be forever appreciative to our TM Zsofi, our TD Marcin, and my entire tour group for it.
No matter where you came from, Europe was always going to be a different experience. Yes, reading reviews is helpful in choosing the right tour for you, and if you want to label this tour something, it's a taste-tester of all the major sites that mainstream tourists would want to visit (plus other hidden morsels along the way). But one of the best things you can do with these tours is to approach it with little to no preconceptions. Let it sweep you away, teach you things that you never would have thought possible, experience magic in each moment. For example, the food in Germany (Rhineland) wasn't what you might consider the greatest. But you know what? You're in Germany. You're sitting on a land of hundreds of years of significant history. Who cares if the food sucks in your estimation? It's just a matter of different tastes and they've obviously been eating it for longer than we've been alive. You then learn that that food's not to your taste and you don't pick it next time you go out to a restaurant. The next day you're visiting Hofbräuhaus in Munich and it can take you at a minimum of half an hour to find a table among the hundreds that eat there every night, with servers (men and women alike) carrying 8 x 1 litre steins in both hands weaving in and out between everyone, and proceeding to eat a pork knuckle the size of your head after you do find a table (slight exaggeration). A completely different experience.
It's pretty self-explanatory that a tour of 12 days and fitting 8-9 countries in isn't going to be a leisurely stroll in the park. The excitement came from cramming as much action into the days as you could, running in those last minutes to make sure you didn't miss the bus, reading a map for the first time and trying to pronounce the unpronounceable, the smiles of the locals at your funny accents, the puking on the bus after New Year's Eve in Germany (still makes me nauseous thinking about it), the wonder on a little Roman girl's face when she found out I was from Australia (priceless), deliberately getting lost on the canals in Venice. There's all these little moments at the places you visit that adds extra meaning to everything you experience. The optionals are exactly that, optional, so you don't have to feel obliged to do everything. Again, 8-9 countries in 12 days doesn't leave you with a lot of spare time but take on board the things that you do with the group and you're still getting a lot from each place. You can't expect it to be smiles and roses the whole time; you're on board a bus with numerous other people, some with rusty social skills. Take the good and the bad and turn it into one of the best things you ever chose to do.

#noregrets

Review written Jun 2014

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Magical, Eye-opening

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European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour 18/3/14 - 29/3/14

18 Mar 2014 - 29 Mar 2014

I did this tour from 18/3/14 - 29/3/14 and had the absolute time of my life! We have a full bus of 51 people and the best tour manager and driver we could have imagined. It was a quick trip but it was amazing! Can't believe we did 9 countries in 12 days. It gave us all a taste of what Europe has to offer. Will definitely be doing another Contiki tour in the future!

Review written Apr 2014

My Contiki was: amazing, taster, lovely

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European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tour 18/3/14 - 29/3/14

18 Mar 2014 - 29 Mar 2014

I did this tour from 18/3/14 - 29/3/14 and had the absolute time of my life! We have a full bus of 51 people and the best tour manager and driver we could have imagined. It was a quick trip but it was amazing! Can't believe we did 9 countries in 12 days. It gave us all a taste of what Europe has to offer. Will definitely be doing another Contiki tour in the future!

Review written Apr 2014

My Contiki was: amazing, taster, lovely

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  • Cushlia
  • Cushlia
  • Level 6 Traveler
  • 6 Contikis
  • 13 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Discovery (Winter)

19 Nov 2013 - 30 Nov 2013

I absolutely enjoyed the European tour was fast but you got a taste of each country in the amount of time you had, saw all the big attractions without huge crowds. Accommodation was brilliant, food was varied and culturally diverse. We had an awesome bunch of people on tour was like one big family, sad to finish the tour. But big thumbs up to Johnny our driver and Matt out tour guide, couldn't have asked for better people to take us around Europe.

Thanks Heaps for a tour of a lifetime!!
Cushlia

Review written Apr 2014

My Contiki was: Fast paced, Exciting, Amazing

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  • Cushlia
  • Cushlia
  • Level 6 Traveler
  • 6 Contikis
  • 13 Countries
European Discovery (Winter)
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European Discovery (Winter)

19 Nov 2013 - 30 Nov 2013

I absolutely enjoyed the European tour was fast but you got a taste of each country in the amount of time you had, saw all the big attractions without huge crowds. Accommodation was brilliant, food was varied and culturally diverse. We had an awesome bunch of people on tour was like one big family, sad to finish the tour. But big thumbs up to Johnny our driver and Matt out tour guide, couldn't have asked for better people to take us around Europe.

Thanks Heaps for a tour of a lifetime!!
Cushlia

Review written Apr 2014

My Contiki was: Fast paced, Exciting, Amazing

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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
  • Gondola ride
  • Venetian Dinner
  • Vatican Tour
  • Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
  • Souvenir group photo
  • Tuscan Evening
  • Space Disco
  • Moulin Rouge Dinner & Show
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$150
  • 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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