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European Discovery

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12 nights accommodation
12 nights in Hotel
For 12 nights, you'll be treated to the luxury of hotels in the best bits of each destination we visit. Sleep twin or triple share, or upgrade to single share for a little bit extra.
16 included Meals
5 Dinner, 11 Breakfast
We'll be gourmandising all over Europe on this trip, sampling moreish local cuisine like fresh seafood and saucy pasta. 11 continental breakfasts will be included and 5 three-course dinners.
Team
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.
Transport
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.
Your group
Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
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.
Experiences
21 included, 11 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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Don your knitwear and whet your appetite for Winter in Europe 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 12-days. 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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Innsbruck
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Venice
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Rome
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Vatican City
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Florence
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Lucerne
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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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Corendon Village (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
Winter Walking Tour
EUR 9.00
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 foot and afterwards why not choose to explore one of the city's many beer halls, where you can try a stein of beer or even a pork knuckle! 

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3-4 Star Standard Hotel
DAY 5 - Munich to 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 the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Nordkette Mountain (Hafelekar)
EUR 30.00
Innsbruck

After crossing through the Bavarian Alps, 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 for the afternoon, don't forget to try a piece of delicious Austrian strudel and some local schnaps!

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Hotel Dollinger (or similar)
DAY 6 - Innsbruck to Venice
Innsbruck
Wake up with the gorgeous snow capped Alps as your backdrop 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
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
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
View the Lion Monument
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 to the viewing platform on Montparnasse tower. 

Stay
Ibis Paris 17 Clichy Batignolles (or similar)
DAY 12 - Paris
Paris

Today you can 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 Moulin Rouge cabaret show. With your last night looming, make it one to remember in the city of lights.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Moulin Rouge Dinner & Show
EUR 160.00
Stay
Ibis Paris 17 Clichy Batignolles (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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Beautiful places! Awesome people, an unforgettable experience
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Great way to see some highlights of Europe. I think we spent just enough time in each place to get a taste of it and decide if we would like to return for a longer stay.
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Deni Armas
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Loved every minute and cried when it was over haha
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I genuinely believe the age groups need to be partitioned off a bit more, 18-35 is too wide a gap.
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Sara Hillock
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Great for a short trip to see all the sights
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Caitlin Duckworth
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So much to see and do. Got to see some amazing sights. Loved every minute
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The only things I would suggest changing is the hotels in St Goar and Venice. They are not 'bad' but I feel like there possibly could be others that are a little nicer. The rest of the hotels were incredible for the price. The Austria night show was interesting and Amsterdam was even more interesting. The free time add ons, the food, and everything else was amazing!
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Amy Cook
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Everything we did was fun and worthwhile! All of the extras were great and made the trip! Places were great!
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Ella Louise Findlay
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The cost amount of the trip was definitely money for value during the trip.
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Mariana Rodriguez Gomez
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Muy justo el precio por todo lo que visitamos, los hospedajes, las actividades incluidas.
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Justin Bonner
Traveled Feb 2019
Value for money which offers exceptional value and offers a slice of some much in such a short time.
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Anonymous
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There's so much to do and see. You fall in love with everything you see and there's not a bad point in the whole experience.
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Adrian Epifanino
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Fantastic value and overall great trip
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Anonymous
Traveled Feb 2019
The European Discovery is definitely worth the money spent. All the add ons and activities included/available are definitely worth participating in. The trip itself and the people you meet along the way make the experience something you will remember forever. #noregrets
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Appropriate for what it was.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2019
The European Discovery winter tour was a great way to see a lot of Europe in a short amount of time. It however meant a lot of driving and not always enough time in each city/country! Definitely a good first trip, but next time I'll be sure to book a longer or more specific tour. Overall I had an amazing time, saw a lot of sights and made new friends.
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Jack Armstrong-Wright
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Everyone was just awesome
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Michael Halley
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It was an affordable way to see Europe while meeting new people.
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Haley Pizzey
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All round great price for an incredible 12 days
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Loved it, however some hotels were extremely dirty and old
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