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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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  • Duration

    29 days

  • Countries

    13 Countries

  • Meals

    28 Breakfasts, 1 Picnic Lunch, 9 Dinners

  • Group Size

    Average 32 people

  • Average Group Age

    Coach + Ferry

  • Team

    Experienced 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

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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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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. 

DAY 2 - Paris

Paris

Today's the day to stroll the beautiful streets of Paris, with plenty of time to lust over designer haute couture or French vintage stores, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral, order coffee and crêpes, or get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Tonight, foodies will have the chance to eat a Parisian feast in Montmartre, surrounded by cobbled lanes, village-esque cafes, street artists and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Otherwise, this is your night to sign up for an iconic Parisian cabaret show. Either option will give you the perfect way to make it one to remember!

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 a very special château.

Beaujolais

Rolling into the Beaujolais region of France amidst vineyards, we'll arrive at Contiki’s very own 16th century château. This might just be our most decadent accommodation yet, complete with newly-renovated bedrooms & bathrooms, an on-site nightclub, artwork in every room, a games room, and a powder room for makeup and hair. And we haven't even shown you the pool or the gardens yet! Tonight we'll start off with an included dinner and wine tasting here at the Château, because, when in France...

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

DAY 9 - Rome

Rome

This morning we're up and out early to make the most of our chance to explore this ancient city. Starting with a visit to the world's smallest country, Vatican 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

Back in Rome, we'll have time to hit the streets and discover the incredible ancient civilisation on our doorstep. You can opt to take a tour of the famous Colosseum and walk in the footsteps of Emperors and Gladiators in a guided tour, or snap epic selfies against a background of pink azaleas by the entrance. Visit the Trevi Fountain and throw coins to make a wish, sip espresso in a cobbled backstreet and soak up Italian life as it dances by.

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

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...

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

DAY 17 - Venice

Venice

Buongiorno! Venice is ours for a full and glorious Italian day. We'll start exploring The Floating City by jumping aboard our own private motoscafo boat and cruising the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. Here we'll take selfies at the Bridge of Sighs, see the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square. Next, you have the chance to take a traditional gondola ride, or just explore these famous streets on your own. Tonight, you can choose to sign up for a city exploration combined with food in a Traditional Tastes of Venice walking tour.

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. 

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.

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.

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! 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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.

Top Experiences

26 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

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    Paris

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

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    Paris

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

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    Beaujolais

  • Unwind on the lawn with Yoga

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    Beaujolais

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

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    Monaco

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

    EUR 45.00

    Rome

European Contrasts plus Corfu

26 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 and 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
  • Take a traditional Motoscafo across the iconic lagoon to the island of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road of Vienna & see St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road of Vienna & see St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House
  • Reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Mauthausen Concentration Camp
  • See the Glockenspiel and 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
  • Walk (or jog) along the breathtaking River Rhine & spot castles on the German hillside
  • See the famous Lorelei Rock, where sirens are said to sing their beguiling songs
  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house

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
  • Enjoy an Italian Feast nestled in the heart of Florence with the local Chianti wine EUR 41.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 45.00
  • 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 26.00
  • Eat cicchetti in local bars and learn about the culinary traditions of Venice EUR 44.00
  • 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 24.00
  • Sea Palace Dinner EUR 35.00

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