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European Contrasts plus Corfu

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The one that gives you a taste of all of Western Europe with a few days of resort relaxing in Greece

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Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    29 days

  • Countries

    13 Countries

  • Meals

    28 Breakfasts, 1 Picnic Lunch, 9 Dinners

  • Group Size

    Average 42 people

  • Average Group Age

    Coach + Ferry

  • Team

    Experiened Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

London, Paris, Beaujolais, French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Corfu, Overnight Adriatic Ferry, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Munich, Austrian Tyrol, Swiss Alps, Rhine Valley, Amsterdam, Dover, Calais, Monaco, Pisa, Vatican City, Pompeii, Mauthausen, Liechtenstein, Heidelberg, Edam, Belgium

Top Experiences

28 included & 26 free time add-ons available to add later

  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

    Included

    Paris

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris

    Included

    Paris

  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino

    Included

    Monaco

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

    Rome

  • Take a Captain's Cruise across the glittering med with lunch, swim stops and watersports, Corfu

    EUR 43.00

    Corfu

  • Experience Austria’s cultural heritage with a Mozart & Strauss concert

    EUR 32.50

    Vienna

European Contrasts plus Corfu

28 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards
  • Wine Tasting at Contiki's Chateau
  • Enjoy a French picnic in the beautiful countryside of the Beaujolais wine region
  • Unwind on the lawn with Yoga
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain
  • See a gob-smacking renaissance masterpiece: St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
  • 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
  • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
  • Reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Mauthausen Concentration Camp
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • See this mountain region famous for adventure sports
  • Scenic drive through the Alps
  • Visit the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Scenic drive along the Rhine River
  • See the famous Lorelei Rock, where sirens are said to sing their beguiling songs
  • See Heidelberg's medieval castle
  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house
  • Visit Edam and take a bike ride through the countryside

26 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Eat a Parisian feast in the oh-so-chic district of Montmartre EUR 38.00
  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret Show EUR 82.00
  • Nice Bike Ride EUR 25.00
  • Tuscan Dinner EUR 41.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 41.00
  • Grab yourself a gelato & dip your toes in the azure waters of Positano (public ferry and free afternoon) EUR 30.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • Explore Corfu by night and taste its delicacies with a foodie walking tour EUR 35.00
  • Take a Captain's Cruise across the glittering med with lunch, swim stops and watersports, Corfu EUR 43.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Eat cicchetti in local bars and learn about the culinary traditions of Venice EUR 37.00
  • Experience Austria’s cultural heritage with a Mozart & Strauss concert EUR 32.50
  • Eat Schnitzels & take thrill rides at one of the world's oldest theme parks, Prater in Vienna EUR 34.00
  • Pivo and Pubs EUR 26.00
  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner EUR 32.00
  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike's Bikes EUR 22.50
  • Feel the unique thrill of White Water Rafting in the stunning Austrian Alps (Summer Only) EUR 50.00
  • Soar over the spectacular Austrian Alps on a exhilarating paragliding experience (Summer Only) EUR 132.00
  • Swiss Mountain EUR 54.00
  • Adventure Park EUR 37.00
  • Canyon Swing EUR 130.00
  • German Wine Tasting in the picturesque village of St.Goar, the Rhine Valley EUR 9.00
  • Gain exclusive access to the A'DAM Lookout Tower & Swing and get an enthralling view of the city EUR 15.00
  • Glide along the canals of Amsterdam with an evening sightseeing cruise and on-board bar EUR 23.00
  • Sea Palace Dinner EUR 35.00

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About this trip

So, fancy the scenic views of The Swiss Alps, the French Riviera & Rhine Valley? What about roaming cities like  Prague, Rome and Paris? With this trip you will leave no path untrodden visiting 12 countries in less than a month plus 3 nights resort side on a Greek Island. You're welcome.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. London

  2. via via

    Dover

  3. via via

    Calais

  4. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  5. 2 2 nights

    Beaujolais

  6. 2 2 nights

    French Riviera

  7. via via

    Monaco

  8. via via

    Pisa

  9. 1 1 night

    Florence

  10. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  11. via via

    Vatican City

  12. 1 1 night

    Sorrento

  13. via via

    Pompeii

  14. 4 4 nights

    Corfu

  15. 1 1 night

    Overnight Adriatic Ferry

  16. 2 2 nights

    Venice

  17. 2 2 nights

    Vienna

  18. via via

    Mauthausen

  19. 2 2 nights

    Prague

  20. 1 1 night

    Munich

  21. 1 1 night

    Austrian Tyrol

  22. via via

    Liechtenstein

  23. 2 2 nights

    Swiss Alps

  24. via via

    Heidelberg

  25. 1 1 night

    Rhine Valley

  26. via via

    Edam

  27. 2 2 nights

    Amsterdam

  28. via via

    Belgium

  29. via via

    Calais

  30. via via

    Dover

  31. London

+21 more

DAY 1 - London to Paris

London

Welcome to the first day of the best trip of your life - we're calling it early! After a few pleasantries in London we'll get the show on the road with Paris in our sights. 

Dover

A few hours in and your jaws are on the floor already. These chalk cliffs that edge the English coastline are known as the White Cliffs of Dover, the first of many natural beauties we'll see on our trip.

Calais

After we ferry across the English Channel for France we'll arrive in Calais, where we will take in the history of World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme. 

Paris

Kicking off night one, we arrive in none other than the lust-worthy Paris! It's straight down to business with a tour of the city lit up by the lights of night. 

Stay

Ibis Budget Porte de Montmartre (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

DAY 2 - Paris

Paris

Drool over haute couture, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral whilst juggling coffee and crêpes & get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, you will probably want to get involved with dinner and the Nouvelle Eve Champagne show. Smitten and it's only day two!

Stay

Ibis Budget Porte de Montmartre (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat a Parisian feast in the oh-so-chic district of Montmartre

    EUR 38.00

  • Watch a succession of performers whirl by as you sip champagne at a Parisian Cabaret Show

    EUR 82.00

DAY 3 - Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region

Paris

Just before you get too comfortable in that beret and striped shirt combo, we're dragging you away in search of vineyards and châteaus.

Beaujolais

Here at Contiki’s very own 16th century Château we'll get involved with some wine tasting and play royalty amongst the endless grapevines. Eeeepp!!

Stay

Contiki Chateau

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

  • Wine tasting at Contiki's Château

DAY 4 - Beaujolais Wine Region

Beaujolais

Pinch yourself, this is another day at the Château & another chance to live your best French countryside life with a full day here in Beaujolais. Rise & shine with optional sunrise yoga on the sprawling lawn of the Château's gardens, relax in the courtyard with a coffee & croissant, or loll about poolside in our castle-like setting. Our highlight today is a picnic in the picturesque gardens. Cue panoramic views & red wine.

Stay

Contiki Chateau

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Enjoy a French picnic in the beautiful countryside of the Beaujolais wine region

  • Unwind on the lawn with Yoga

DAY 5 - Beaujolais to French Riviera via Monaco

Beaujolais

Yes, yes, you could stay here forever, but unfortunately the show must go on. And there is more French fabulousness just around the corner, we promise.

French Riviera

Glamorous beach resorts, coastal villages, superyachts & high-rolling casinos - we must be in the French Riviera. We'll arrive in time to check into our accomodation for the night, ready to rub shoulders with the Jet Set tomorrow.

Stay

Beach Hostel (or similar)

DAY 6 - French Riviera via Monaco

French Riviera

Take to the beach for a stroll in Nice. People watch, stock up on some French fashion or chat to the squad about the good times, and the many more to come.

Monaco

Home to the world's most famous casino, yes that's right, we've arrived in Monaco. Ogle at supercars before trying your luck on the blackjack table (if you wish) all dressed in your best at Monte Carlo casino.

Stay

Beach Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Nice Bike Ride

    EUR 25.00

DAY 7 - French Riviera to Florence via Pisa

French Riviera

Today we say our farewells to the French Riviera and take our first jaunt into Italy. Pizza, pasta, & charming locals are about to warm us from the inside out. But first, we stock up on legitimate French perfume and discover how these sweet scents are made with a stop at Fragonard perfumery.

Pisa

No trip around Europe is complete without seeing the world's most famous #AwkwardLean, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Once you've got that perfect snap of you holding the thing up like you're Arnold Schwarzenegger, we'll be on the fast-track to Florence. 

Florence

The dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city making certain we know we have arrived in Florence

Stay

Plus Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tuscan Dinner

    EUR 41.00

DAY 8 - Florence to Rome

Florence

Farewell Florence - today we have the epicenter of Italy on our horizons. Pizza, piazzas...we're coming in hot.

Rome

After our drift through the rustic Tuscan hillsides of cypress trees and glowing fields, we'll be back city side in the Italian capital of Rome. The Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona are just some of the icons we'll be casting our eyes upon before the sun sets.

Stay

Hostel Trustever/ Hello Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain

DAY 9 - Rome

Rome

Rome wasn't built in a day - so get up and get going early to make the most of this ancient city.

Vatican City

When in Rome...take an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Religious or not, the Vatican's Italian Renaissance church will send shivers down your spine. This is also the day to learn a thing or two about the Colosseum & do a bit of your own exploring.

Rome

Then hit the streets for your own discoveries. Snap pink azaleas by the Colosseum, throw coins in fountains and sip espresso in a pretty street watching Italian life float by. 

Stay

Hostel Trustever/ Hello Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See a gob-smacking renaissance masterpiece: St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

  • Vatican Tour

    EUR 41.00

DAY 10 - Rome to Sorrento

Rome

Soak up the sweeping views on route to gorgeous Sorrento. Later, choose to take a stunning drive along the Amalfi coast with a visit to breathtaking Positano.

Sorrento

Stay

Sister's Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Grab yourself a gelato & dip your toes in the azure waters of Positano (public ferry and free afternoon)

    EUR 30.00

DAY 11 - Sorrento to Bari via Pompeii

Sorrento

We'll wave goodbye to Sorrento and the gorgeous Mediterranean ocean this morning. Will we be sad? Urr, nope, not with both the ancient ruins of Pompeii and the equally gorgeous Adriatic on our day's to-do list.

Pompeii

Once a totally vibing hang-out of the Romans, Pompeii is now an archaeological site showing remains of what was destroyed in the year...wait for it...79AD. The saying "stepping back in time" is about to take on a whole new meaning.

Corfu

Still marvelling at the wonders of Pompeii, our final mainland stop for the day is the Port city of Bari, where we'll hop on board our ferry pointed firmly in the direction of sunny Corfu. Greek island dreams, we're coming for you...

Stay

Overnight ferry

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii

    EUR 24.50

DAY 12 - Corfu

Corfu

The best version of island time? Greek island time. And you'll settle straight into it on the dream scene of Corfu. A heritage listed old town, water sports aplenty & the option to hit the seas again on a cruise - this is a what your first day in Greece will look like.

Stay

Bintzan Hotel (or similar)

DAY 13 - Corfu

Corfu

With your vibe set to full explorer mode, the next two days are yours to do as you see fit, and that could be dialling it up or pulling it back, it's your turn to steer the ship. On the cards could include a traditional Ionian Dinner which is lots of Greek dancing, local retsina wine and Greek tastes just like you've seen on Pinterest. Those who like it salty and sunny could take to the high seas for a Captain’s Cruise, which frankly words just can't describe. Those who like it a little more on land could hire a car and cruise the island. The choice is yours sweet traveller!

Stay

Bintzan Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore Corfu by night and taste its delicacies with a foodie walking tour

    EUR 35.00

  • Take a Captain's Cruise across the glittering med with lunch, swim stops and watersports, Corfu

    EUR 43.00

DAY 14 - Corfu

Corfu

Remember when you first looked at our itinerary and wondered if 3-nights in Corfu would be too much? LOL! What a joke those feels are now. It's our final full day here and we all wish it would last for 3-months. Do any daredevil things you've been putting off or give yourself a day to relax if you've been giving it a nudge since we first arrived.

Stay

Bintzan Hotel (or similar)

DAY 15 - Corfu to Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Corfu

Before we lose all sense of reality and morph into sea-soaked island dwellers, we're making tracks to Venice for a dose of city hangs. Goodbye Greek Islands, you gorgeous goddess collective!

Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Sleep soundly tonight as we drift our way across the Adriatic Sea. Dream of pretty canals filled with storybook gondolas - tomorrow it will be a reality.

Stay

Overnight ferry

DAY 16 - Overnight Adriatic Ferry to Venice

Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Sunshine and boat hangs will season our morning to perfection before we cruise into Italy. Then as the sun sets in the distance we make our way to one of Europe's most iconic cities and a romance hub of Italy, Venice. Packed with canals, gondolas and good times, you can use your 2-nights here to drink it all up at your own pace, savouring every last cobbled lane and every minute of your boat rides. Dreeeeaammy!

Venice

Stay

Wombat's Mestre (or similar)

DAY 17 - Venice

Venice

Wake-up sleeping beauties! Venice is yours for the entirety of this glorious Italian day. We'll be jumping aboard our own private boat and hitting the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. A guided walking tour and a gondola ride are up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you.

Stay

Wombat's Mestre (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional Gondola

    EUR 23.00

  • Eat cicchetti in local bars and learn about the culinary traditions of Venice

    EUR 37.00

DAY 18 - Venice to Vienna

Venice

Arrivederci, Venice! You've been splendid. We're back on the road through the Dolomite Mountains en route to Vienna, the home of delicious cakes, Mozart and more.

Vienna

Armed with excitement of what's up next, we arrive in Vienna ready for a serious cultural fix. For those culture vultures among us, you could end the day with a classic concert and a night out. 

Stay

A&O Hauptbahnhof (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Experience Austria’s cultural heritage with a Mozart & Strauss concert

    EUR 32.50

DAY 19 - Vienna

Vienna

A whole day lies ahead to uncover the ethereal Austrian capital. Our Trip Manager will uncover the historical heritage of Schönbrunn Palace, the State Opera House and the gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. And once you've seen all that, you'll have a bit of free time to check out art galleries and local coffee houses, maybe even try a slice of homemade apple strudel.

Stay

A&O Hauptbahnhof (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House

  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat Schnitzels & take thrill rides at one of the world's oldest theme parks, Prater in Vienna

    EUR 34.00

DAY 20 - Vienna to Prague

Vienna

Today we travel out of Austria to its northern neighbour, Czech Republic. But don't despair, we will be in the fine country of Germany in just a few days for you to keep practising your German!

Mauthausen

Before we arrive in Prague, we make a sobering stop at Mauthausen Concentration Camp memorial to remember Germany's turbulent past. 

Prague

Now positively inspired by our newest crush, the Czech Republic, we head north out to its capital city of Prague. Fast becoming a European hotspot, Prague will woo you with its cathedrals & pretty bridges.

Stay

PLUS Prague (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a moment to reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Mauthausen Concentration Camp Austria

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Pivo and Pubs

    EUR 26.00

DAY 21 - Prague

Prague

With a full day to loiter, expect an entire photo album of Gothic architecture, market antics & you cheers-ing cheap beer; not to mention life! 

Stay

PLUS Prague (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner

    EUR 32.00

DAY 22 - Prague to Munich

Prague

We warned you about falling head over heels for Prague! Sorry kids, you can not live here forever. Unless....?

Munich

Wiping away our Czech tears we traipse into Germany on the hunt for some delightful Bavarian culture. Munich may be known for its Oktoberfest festivities, but the spirit of things kicks on year round. An optional bike tour will get you very well acquainted with things, just after you've swooned at a Gothic glockenspiel complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells.

Stay

Haus International (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike's Bikes

    EUR 22.50

DAY 23 - Munich to Austrian Tyrol

Munich

Goodbye Munich, hello mountains. We're hitting the road in search of lands so sweet they made The Sound of Music.

Austrian Tyrol

This part of the world is famous for adventure sports, so best put your name next to the optional White Water Rafting and get in the spirit of things. Next up, Contiki’s very own Austrian Gasthof (guest house) is waiting for us with open arms. Before we swing into action with a themed party, get outside and explore the dreamy setting we've descended upon.

Stay

Haus Schoneck (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Feel the unique thrill of White Water Rafting in the stunning Austrian Alps (Summer Only)

    EUR 50.00

  • Soar over the spectacular Austrian Alps on a exhilarating paragliding experience (Summer Only)

    EUR 132.00

DAY 24 - Austrian Tyrol to Swiss Alps via Liechtenstein

Austrian Tyrol

Farewell life in the blissful Austrian Alps, but fear not, the alpine air will fill your lungs later today at our next amazing destination, but not before a few stops to explore even more along the way.

Liechtenstein

We'll make a well earned pit stop in the capital of the tiny country of the Principality of Liechtenstein - famous for being double landlocked - surrounded by the two already landlocked countries of Switzerland and Austria, now there's a fact we bet you never thought you would learn.

Swiss Alps

Arrive in this picture perfect setting ready for two nights in the Swiss Alps, starting off with a traditional and oh so cheesy fondue and a night in the infamous 'bomb shelter' bar.

Stay

Mattenhof (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive through the Alps

  • Visit the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Swiss Mountain

    EUR 54.00

DAY 25 - Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps

Open the window of your room & drink in the incredible view - if you can find words or photos that do it justice, we applaud you! Feel free to explore this classic European adventure town.

Stay

Mattenhof (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Adventure Park

    EUR 37.00

  • Canyon Swing

    EUR 130.00

DAY 26 - Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley via Heidelberg

Swiss Alps

Out with the altitude, into Germany for a brand new day and a brand new country. Once we've crossed the border out of Switzerland we will be coasting into beer and wine territory in the castle dotted landscapes of the Rhine Valley.

Heidelberg

We keep the suspense with a stop off in Heidelberg and its medieval vibes which are matched only by its student vibes before we're back on the road and the alpine air.

Rhine Valley

After the scenic journey of fairytale castles, vineyards and valleys, you'll be charmed before we even arrive in Germany's famous Rhine Valley. This back-in-time town is our wine tasting host for the evening. Squeal!!!

Stay

Hotel Montag (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Learn how beer steins are crafted

  • Scenic drive along the Rhine River

  • See the famous Lorelei Rock, where sirens are said to sing their beguiling songs

  • See Heidelberg's medieval castle

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • German Wine Tasting in the picturesque village of St.Goar, the Rhine Valley

    EUR 9.00

DAY 27 - Rhine Valley to Amsterdam via Edam

Rhine Valley

This morning we'll drag you all away from Germany kicking and screaming that you want to stay forever. Only to see you equally infatuated with another dot on the European map hours later...

Edam

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 & picturesque Dutch houses on our way to an actual cheese farm & clog maker's house. 

Amsterdam

Pretty canals lined with quaint crooked houses and cafes bursting with life. Amsterdam is all that and way more than what you could ever imagine.

Stay

Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house

  • Visit Edam and take a bike ride through the countryside

DAY 28 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam

It's our last full day on trip & our last night to party up a storm with the squad. Use the day to explore quirky museums & sample the endless array of cuisines this city has on offer. The best way to say farewell to this gorgeous city? Opt to take the A'DAM lookout swing, an incredible observation deck with unrivalled panoramas of the twisting canals below.

Stay

Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Gain exclusive access to the A'DAM Lookout Tower & Swing and get an enthralling view of the city

    EUR 15.00

  • Glide along the canals of Amsterdam with an evening sightseeing cruise and on-board bar

    EUR 23.00

  • Enjoy a reist tafel dinner at a popular floating restaurant smack in the middle of Amsterdam

    EUR 35.00

DAY 29 - Depart Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Get your tissues ready, it's time to say goodbye to your new Contiki family. We'll escort you to Schiphol Airport by about 10am.

Belgium

For those not leaving us until London, we'll travel south through Belgium - cross another country off your list.

Calais

Dover

London

This afternoon we cross from France to England and then back to London-town, where you'll be left to start dreaming up your next big adventure.

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

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Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).