Europe’s pretty big on history, but there are so many cool things happening in the here and now. That’s why our trips take you from the timeless to the trendy in the blink of an eye, showcasing the best of a destination’s historical charm and hipster hangouts.
Take a gondola ride along the canals
Ah, Venice. The floating city is regarded by many as the most romantic in the world, and for a good reason. The best way to experience its twisting canals, hidden passages and impressive piazzas is the classic way - gliding along on a traditional gondola, maybe while your skilled gondolier sings you a classic Italian song.
An intoxicating blend of urban grit and hipster cafes, Kreuzberg is a colourful microcosm of Berlin. Whether you’re enjoying a delicious Turkish feast, checking out the numerous art galleries and museums or trying some of the best coffee in the city, this vibrant district is an unmissable part of Berlin’s cultural make-up.
Bypassing the long lines and exploring the incomparable Colosseum Arena via the Special Access ‘Gladiators Gate’, you’ll slip into a secretive side entrance that gives you a genuine view of what it would have been like to enter this amphitheatre thousands of years ago. You’ll hear your local guide bring the crumbled ruins to life, conjuring images of the arena’s bloody history.
Get a peerless perspective of Amsterdam’s spectacular historic centre on the new A’dam lookout swing, an enthralling sky deck swing that suspends you over the UNESCO world heritage canals and quirky neo-gothic architecture. The best bit? With Contiki you’ll get exclusive early access, just for you, allowing you to appreciate the views without the crowds.