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12 nights accommodation
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Our European selection of hotels will be your accommodation of choice for 12 fabulous nights. Sleep twin or triple share, or upgrade to a single room if you prefer to sleep alone.
16 included Meals
5 Dinner, 11 Breakfast
Prep your taste buds for a culinary sensation. Hearty French, Dutch, Austrian and Italian cuisine will be on offer each day, with 11 continental breakfasts and 5 dinners included.
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Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
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All transport included during the trip
Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.
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Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
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21 included, 12 optional that you can add
The coolest and most fascinating snippets of each city are included as standard. Don your lederhosen and sip on tasty brews in a traditional German beer hall, indulge your senses at a Parisian perfumery and consider quitting your day job after learning the Florentine art of leather craft.
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Whet your European appetite on the European Discovery. From a traditional German beer hall to a breathtaking Austrian mountain range, and a gelateria in Rome, you will get a taste for all the best bits, ticking off 9 countries in one trip. By the time you get back to London you'll be completely smitten by all things Europe. 
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Belgium
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Amsterdam
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Rhine Valley
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Austrian Tyrol
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DAY 1 - Arrive London
London
Check in to your hotel after 2:00pm and head out into the humming capital of Britain for a sneak peek at what’s to come. At 4:00pm meet up with your Trip Manager and get to know your fellow travellers.  
DAY 2 - London to Amsterdam
London

Your heart-pounding adventure kicks off today. Meet up with your Contiki posse & share notes on London town before hitting the road to Amsterdam.

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See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
See the White Cliffs of Dover
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Canal Cruise (1.5 hours)
EUR 31.50
Dover

Shortly before we find our ferry for Europe, we'll be taking in the English coastline beauty of the White Cliffs of Dover. They owe their gorgeousness to their composition of chalk - you're learning and we haven't even left the UK!

Calais

Off the ferry we arrive in the port town of Calais - French soil! We travel north via Belgium before reaching ... Amsterdam!

Belgium
Cross off another country off your list as you cruise through Belgium on your way to Amsterdam.
Amsterdam

Tonight, the famed for fun Amsterdam is ours to explore following an optional evening canal cruise. An undisguised Red Light District & plenty of bars are there for the curious.

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Tulip Inn Riverside (or similar)
DAY 3 - Amsterdam to Rhine Valley
Amsterdam

Now it's time to pour some sunlight on the agenda & take in the beauty of canals, crooked buildings, obscure museums & a café culture like no other. 

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Learn how beer steins are crafted
Scenic drive along the Rhine River
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Wine Tasting
EUR 9.00
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!!! 

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Hotel Montag (or similar)
DAY 4 - Rhine Valley to Munich
Rhine Valley

Too much grape juice last night? Not to worry, the prospect of Munich should lift your spirits as we travel south & swap wine culture for beer.

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See the Lorelei Rock
See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Mike's Bike Tour
EUR 21.00
Munich

Today our eyes will be treated to a famous gothic clock, a charming old town & traditional Bavarian culture. You'll have the option to explore the side streets by bicycle and afterwards why not choose to explore one of the cities many beer halls, where you can try a stein of beer or even a pork knuckle! 

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NH Munchen Ost Conference(or similar)
DAY 5 - Munich to Austrian Tyrol via Innsbruck
Munich

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

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See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports
See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
White Water Rafting (Summer Departures only)
EUR 45.50
Innsbruck

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.

After some adventure time, its time to head to this famous Olympic town and your jaw will drop at the sight of the famous ski jump, and you'll have a chance to soak up the medieval old town atmosphere before it's back on the road to our Gasthof for the night!   


 
Austrian Tyrol

Tonight you'll rest up in a local Austrian Gasthof (guest house) that is waiting for us with open arms. With so much fresh air to breathe in outside, explore the dreamy setting we've descended upon. 

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Haus Lukas (or similar)
DAY 6 - Austrian Tyrol to Venice
Austrian Tyrol

Wake up roamers, we have a bountiful breakfast and a floating city in Italy to tend to. Life's tough! 

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Scenic drive past vineyards orchards and castles
Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
Locally guided walking tour of Venice
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Gondola ride
EUR 23.00
Venetian Dinner
EUR 34.50
Venice

You'll think you've seen enough beauty for one day after taking in the Central Austrian Alps & Brenner Pass en route to Italy. And then we'll arrive in Venice & your jaw will hit the floor over hidden lanes, story book bridges & a private canal boat ride. 

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3-4 Star Standard Hotel
DAY 7 - Venice to Rome
Venice

Farewell floating city, but Italy, we're not done with you yet, our next destination the Eternal City of Rome is just around the corner.

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Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
Gelato on us
Rome

The afternoon will really take it up a notch as we uncover Italian icons in the country's capital of Rome as you get a glimpse of it's glory by night. Gelato, pizza and ancient monuments - perfecto!

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3-4 Star Standard Hotel
DAY 8 - Rome
Rome
Rome wasn't built in a day - so get up and get going early to make the most of this ancient city.
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See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
EUR 30.00
Vatican Tour
EUR 35.00
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. 
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3-4 Star Standard Hotel
DAY 9 - Rome to Florence
Rome

We may be hitting the road again, but we're not done with Italy just yet. We have one more city to lust over…

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Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence
See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
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Group Photo
EUR 12.00
Tuscan Evening
EUR 42.00
Space Electronic Disco
EUR 16.00
Florence

The dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Take a moment to take in the unique beauty of this beautiful city where culture and la dolce vita is evident in every direction you look at. We'll become history buffs on a guided walking tour before we learn the art of leather. Tonight you can choose to begin your Tuscan love affair at an optional dinner - think olives, cured meats, crostini & wine. 

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3-4 Star Standard Hotel
DAY 10 - Florence to Lucerne
Florence

Say a fond farewell to Italy, and hello to the land of creamy chocolate, cheese and not to mention watches. Hello Switzerland!

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See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Lake Cruise
EUR 24.00
Swiss Mountain
EUR 50.00
Lucerne

Swans float under wooden bridges, snowcapped mountains stand regally behind us & chocolate tastes like heaven on earth. You're in the Swiss Alps & you cannot wipe the smile off your face. Eeek!!!

Stay
Ibis Budget Hotel Luzern City (or similar)
DAY 11 - Lucerne to Paris
Lucerne

Out with the altitude, in with the inner-city Parisian bliss. Once we've crossed the border out of Switzerland we will be coasting through the pretty wine producing region of Burgundy before our arrival in Paris.

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See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour
Get a view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower
Paris

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 the Montparnasse Tower.

Stay
Ibis Porte D'Italie Hotel Paris (or similar)
DAY 12 - Paris
Paris

Fragonard Perfumery now there's a place to check out, and stock up on perfume, obviously! Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France. Later you can drool over haute couture, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral whilst juggling coffee and crêpes, & get artsy at the many exhibitions of the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, you will probably want to get involved with dinner and the Nouvelle Eve cabaret show. With your last night looming, make it one to remember in the city of lights.

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Visit a French perfumery
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Parisian Cabaret Dinner & Show
EUR 124.00
Stay
Ibis Porte D'Italie Hotel Paris (or similar)
DAY 13 - Paris to London
Paris

Soak up your last dose of Paris this morning over a coffee and croissant and marvel at how much you've seen. And how close you've grown to your Contiki pals. Sob! Hop back on the coach for a complimentary transfer to CDG airport this morning, or stay onboard for the ride back to London. Plenty of time to start planning the next reunion...

Calais
Dover
London

What a journey! Say a fond farewell to the group as you wrap up the trip on arrival in London.

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Kate Woolway
Traveled Jan 2019
It was a good experience. I really enjoyed the trip.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2019
Enjoyed it. Would travel with contiki again
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Kristina Salazar
Traveled Jan 2019
The trip was planned perfectly for cities to see, activities to do, and places to eat. I felt that I saw everything that I wanted to in such a short amount of time. Also our trip advisor was extremely knowledgeable of the areas and would give us suggestions to do in our free time. This made it easy to navigate the cities without stress.
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Wesley Cerff
Traveled Jan 2019
All great, spend more time in the Rhine-Valley and Munich.
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Patricia Stark
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The contiki was Good value
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Mia Torrance
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Good value for money, the extras were great too
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2018
The trip manager and bus driver did an excellent job. The trip manager was very knowledgeable, professional, organised, and good at problem solving. The trip manager provided an overview of each country and bucket list items to see in each country which was great. The driver was very safe, efficient, skilled and knowledgeable about when and where to drive. The bus was always clean and it was very helpful to have USB ports on each chair. The hotels were clean and nicer then expected. The get to know you activities where a little cringey but beneficial and necessary as they broke the ice and encouraged group bonding. I felt the amount of free time was an awqward amount of time. There was often not enough time to actually go out and do or see anything meaningful. A lot of the time we spent free time walking around pointlessly or eating just killing time of 1.5hours. When we had more than 1.5 hours of free time it was great because we could actually do things rather than just kill time. We did most of the free time add ons but still have to cover the cost of a lot of things. I thought more things would have been included in the total cost of contiki. I also feel that contiki as a company should cover the cost of the tip for the trip manager and driver, rather than the customer. I would recommend contiki to others if it suites their personality, and style of travel. I would recommend contiki to those who want to go on a very organised holiday, where everything is planned, and if they want to meet new people.
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Matthew Oconnor
Traveled Dec 2018
As a customer I want no fuss, no frills. I want everything packaged up nice and neat however with this tour I don't feel like that was the case. Essentially you are purchasing an incomplete product. The free time addons are quite clearly a markup when you are on tour. It's quite apparent that the Euro is stronger than many of the other currencies in Europe. I found cheaper prices for the same addons via Google search in the local currency as opposed to paying for the ones we paid for on tour in Euro. Absolutely disgusting sales techniques and very disappointing. These should be included prior to purchase and I wouldn't have known the wiser. The tipping fee, again, should be included prior to purchase. The trip manager and bus driver did not do anything outside of their job description. Yet they still ask for more money, in Euro. What? There is nothing I dislike more than having to fork out additional money for things that should have been included initially. It's comparable to micro-transactions within a mobile game. Once again, I wouldn't have known the wiser if it was included from the start. Please re-evaluate how you structure your payment methods and sell a complete product from the day one. If some addons do not run for whatever reason, provide a refund. People who do not want to do them can opt-out prior to purchase. Fairly simple. Give the customer a package that is complete from the start. I would not go on another tour like this again for this reason. I would rather save myself some money and organise it myself.
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Megan Lee Kurzewska
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Professional and well organized in every aspect!
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Hannah Boland
Traveled Dec 2018
The contiki was the best thing I have ever done. The tour manager Nick was awesome, full of insightful information. The coach driver Mike was a good laugh, and the whole experience was so much fun. I learnt so much about Europe in such a small amount of time.
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Emilie Godwin
Traveled Dec 2018
Utterly wonderful, seeing Europe was all I, and more than I hoped it would be
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2018
Experience was very good , likes to travel to other places with contiki
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Steven Jolliffe
Traveled Dec 2018
Europe in winter is amazing we even went to the top of the mountain in Austria and played in the snow between the wine food and great friends it was the best trip of a life time
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2018
It was fun seeing learning and discovering so many places in that time frame. Didn't think it would be possible but it was!
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Kristin Sitek
Traveled Dec 2018
This trip exceeded expectations. I got to see the highlights of each city with incredible people. I couldn't have did what I did at such a low cost and had this much fun without Contiki.
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Hannah Bauer
Traveled Dec 2018
Regret purchasing a tour from this company because of their lack of professionalism, empathy and concern for their customers.
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Tayler Harder
Traveled Dec 2018
No way we could have done this trip for anywhere close of the cost with contiki. Everytime I tell people what all we did they can’t believe how cheap it was
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Vincent Clavizzao
Traveled Dec 2018
Everything was very reasonable considering what we got.
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2018
Too focused on drinking spots versus historical sites. With such little time there should be way more cultural points than taking us to stores trying to get us to shop while the tour manager receives gifts for bringing us there like sheep.
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2018
More cultural would be cool instead of mainly party focused and managing expectations of bus rides, plan for the day and the add ons. Otherwise value for money and really appreciated the history and bus games.
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