Best of Europe (start Paris)
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Check-in to your hotel and head out to explore a bit of Paris before later, meet up with your Contiki squad and Trip Manager over dinner.
Lamp-lit bridges, a sparkling Eiffel Tower, & evening coffee haunts, tonight we fall in love with everything Paris. Our Trip Manager fills us in on the city's secrets, then to celebrate our first night in the city, we'll head up to the viewing platform on Gustav Eiffel's famous tower.
Miss the Mona Lisa yesterday? Didn't get a chance to stroll the Seine river and watch artists brushing ballerinas on easels? Keen to pack a cheese picnic and sit near Montmartre for a new view on the city. Luckily for you Paris is still your oyster (or snail) - we're in no great hurry to move on from this bliss.
Croissant in one hand, cappuccino in the other - this should be your signature look for the next few days. See Louis the IV's favourite Palace of Versailles, then head back to Paris to window shop with wishful eyes, admire old world art works, & take in the iconic sites, you have plenty of time to fall head over heels for the city of love. You'll also have a chance to visit Fragonard Perfumery now there's a place to check in on Facebook! And stock up on perfume, obviously. Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France.
Just before you get too comfortable in that beret and striped shirt combo, we're dragging you away in search of a different scene!
We will quickly find ourselves in the famously eclectic capital of The Netherlands. Waste no time sussing out its quirks, starting with the canals and gable houses before heading on to the Red Light District if you're feeling adventurous.
You know the cheese, and now you're going to know the place that pioneered it. We'll cycle into the countryside to see windmills & gorgeous tulip fields on our way to an actual cheese farm & clog maker's house.
Amsterdam is cute as a button & sure to win your heart with its canals, obscure museums & a café culture like no other. This afternoon use your time to get local, bar hop, museum crawl, and see what other tastes take your fancy, this town is famous for pancakes, frites and so much more.
Out of Amsterdam, onto the autobahn and on the fast-track to uber-cool Berlin. That's on today's agenda.
On the world map of cool party vibes, Berlin has a gold star. We've got two nights to explore every inch of this amazing city, and we'll kick it off with a bit of history into the city and its troubled and interesting past. Once we arrive your Trip Manager can point you in the right direction to go and see the sights.
Get into the mood of exploration. Berlin has so much to offer the hungry traveller, from the obvious icons like Checkpoint Charlie to all the obscurities tucked away in the side streets. Spend the day lapping up history, scouting the Berlin Wall and dialing up your intellect at sites like the Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building. That way you can let loose a little in the evening without a hint of remorse.
"More city hangs" you'll all scream in unison as we motor out of Berlin, high on life & still wanting more. Since you asked so nicely, let us present you with Prague, the darling of Europe.
A drive from Berlin to Prague would not be complete without stopping in Dresden. Destroyed by World War II, the rebuilt town is now a symbol of resilience, soaked in the rebirthed beauty of an Opera house, the domed Frauenkirche, & the Royal Residence.
On arrival in the compact & lovable city of Prague, we'll get out and go exploring, seeing castles and cathedrals and learning of Bohemia Kings and gothic history. The night is yours to amble around the Old Town Square and find a few haunts to let the hours slip away in.
With a full day to explorer, expect an entire photo album of Gothic architecture, market antics & you cheers-ing Czech beer; not to mention life!
Time to say goodbye to Prague, but fear not - our adventure isn't over. Today we are off to the airport to catch a short flight to Rome.
It oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. Get into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Piazza Venezia and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain’s waters (to better your chances of returning to Rome!) or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back with a few slices of pizzas and people watch.
With two full days in this hot city, you’ll get a real feel for Rome. Then check out Rome’s imperial glory by visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafés and bars. Before you hit the shops, let your Trip Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys. And then tonight, you and the squad can opt in to be a chef - Italian style of course!
The end might be near, but we're in no great hurry to start winding down the adventure. Not when we still need to swing by the Pope's house and gawk at the magnitude of the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica. As it's our last night on tour, an optional dinner has been organised in a Roman restaurant complete with an opera singer, live music and pasta. We like to end things on a high note - no opera pun intended.
That's a wrap! Our European love affair has officially come to a close but will carry on filling our thoughts way into the future. Particularly when we're back in the real world dreaming of the good life on tour.
* Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging
* High speed train journey between Paris & Amsterdam
* Flight from Prague to Rome
* Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
Best of Europe (start Paris)
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