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The one that uncovers Europe’s finest in just under 2 weeks, complete with Bavarian beer and gondola rides

Travel Style

Discoverer

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

  • Duration

    12 days

  • Countries

    9 Countries

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

London, Amsterdam, Rhine Valley, Munich, Austrian Tyrol, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, Paris, Dover, Calais, Belgium, Innsbruck, Vatican City

Top Experiences

27 included & 12 free time add-ons available to add later

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

    Included

    Amsterdam

  • Learn how beer steins are crafted

    Included

    Rhine Valley

  • Visit a traditional beer hall

    Included

    Munich

  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar

    EUR 30.00

    Amsterdam

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

    EUR 9.00

    Rhine Valley

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

    EUR 22.50

    Munich

European Discovery

27 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Included Dinner at Delirium Cafe Amsterdam - the chill craft beer cafe right on the banks of the IJ
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Scenic drive along the Rhine River
  • Included Dinner at Delirium Cafe Amsterdam - the chill craft beer cafe right on the banks of the IJ
  • See the famous Lorelei Rock, where sirens are said to sing their beguiling songs
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • Visit a traditional beer hall
  • See this mountain region famous for adventure sports
  • Dinner of traditional Austrian food prepared by Contiki Chefs
  • See the Golden Roof & Royal Palace in Innsbruck
  • Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • Get a locally guided tour across the stunning canal city of Venice
  • Gelato on us
  • 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
  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Get a panoramic view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower
  • Visit a French perfumery

12 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar EUR 30.00
  • German Wine Tasting in the picturesque village of St.Goar, the Rhine Valley EUR 9.00
  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike's Bikes EUR 22.50
  • White Water Rafting EUR 50.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Feast on an authentic Venetian 3-course meal with specialities like antipasti & local seafood EUR 39.50
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 41.00
  • Tuscan Evening EUR 46.00
  • Take a cruise along the glittering Lake Lucerne, framed by the Swiss Alps EUR 25.00
  • Swiss Mountain EUR 54.00
  • Nouvelle Eve Dinner and Show EUR 124.00

Where I'll Stay?

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About this trip

Ready for the beginning of your sweet love affair with Europe? This trip uncovers Europe’s finest in 12 days, complete with Bavarian beer & a private boat through the Venetian canals. We'll discover Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Munich, Venice & Florence, flirting with many more destinations along the way, from a traditional German beer hall to the breathtaking Austrian Tyrol mountain range and a visit to our fave Roman gelateria (on us). You’ll get a taste for all the best bits of the continent and travel through 9 countries in one trip. By the time you get back to London you'll be completely smitten.

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Did you know this trip runs all year round? Check out our departure dates for European Discovery (Winter) and discover Europe with fewer crowds and traditional winter vibes.

Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. London

  2. via via

    Dover

  3. via via

    Calais

  4. via via

    Belgium

  5. 1 1 night

    Amsterdam

  6. 1 1 night

    Rhine Valley

  7. 1 1 night

    Munich

  8. via via

    Innsbruck

  9. 1 1 night

    Austrian Tyrol

  10. 1 1 night

    Venice

  11. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  12. via via

    Vatican City

  13. 1 1 night

    Florence

  14. 1 1 night

    Lucerne

  15. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  16. via via

    Calais

  17. via via

    Dover

  18. London

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DAY 1 - 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.

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.

Stay

A&O Amsterdam (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

  • Delirium Cafe Amsterdam

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar

    EUR 30.00

DAY 2 - 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. 

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.

Stay

Hotel Montag (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Learn how beer steins are crafted

  • Scenic drive along the Rhine River

  • Delirium Cafe Amsterdam

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 9.00

DAY 3 - 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.

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! 

Stay

NH Munchen Ost Conference(or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

  • Visit a traditional beer hall

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 22.50

DAY 4 - 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. 

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.  This is the perfect cosy retreat to swap stories with new friends while tucking into authentic Austrian food and local beer prepared on site and served by our amazing chefs and bar staff.

Stay

Haus Lukas (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

  • Dinner of traditional Austrian food prepared by Contiki Chefs

  • See the Golden Roof & Royal Palace in Innsbruck

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • White Water Rafting (Summer Departures only)

    EUR 50.00

DAY 5 - 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! 

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. 

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

  • Get a locally guided tour across the stunning canal city of Venice

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional Gondola

    EUR 23.00

  • Feast on an authentic Venetian 3-course meal with specialities like antipasti & local seafood

    EUR 39.50

DAY 6 - 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.

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!

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Gelato on us

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

DAY 7 - 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

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

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 8 - 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…

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. 

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace

  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tuscan Evening

    EUR 46.00

DAY 9 - 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!

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)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a cruise along the glittering Lake Lucerne, framed by the Swiss Alps

    EUR 25.00

  • Swiss Mountain

    EUR 54.00

DAY 10 - 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.

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)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

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

  • Get a panoramic view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower

DAY 11 - Paris

Paris

It's time to stroll the dreamy streets of Paris, moan over haute couture you can't afford, 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 a ticket to an iconic cabaret show and dinner. With your last night looming, make it one to remember in the city of lights.

Stay

Ibis Porte D'Italie Hotel Paris (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit a French perfumery

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Nouvelle Eve Dinner and Show

    EUR 124.00

DAY 12 - 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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Frequently Asked Questions

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What documents do I need to travel?

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).