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European Dream

4.8
6 reviews
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The one that combines a culture-packed lap around Europe with a 7 day discovery of the Balkans

Duration
20 Days
Countries
11 Countries

Visiting London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Split, Ljubljana, Venice, Lucerne, Paris, Dover, Calais, Belgium, Dresden, Bratislava

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Discoverer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar
  • Entry to local club - drinks included
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

19 nights accommodation

19 nights in Hotel

Spend 20 comfy nights in hotels. Stay twin share, save a bit of cash and go triple share, or splash out and snooze alone.

23 Meals

4 Dinner, 19 Breakfast

27 meals: Sample Dutch croquettes and Hungarian goulash as we meander through the culinary heaven that is Europe. All your breakfasts will be taken care of, as well as 8 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.

Experiences

17 included, 19 optional that you can add

We’ll whiz you round the walls of Dubrovnik, visit the Berlin Wall and take you bike riding through the insanely picturesque landscapes of the Dutch countryside. On top of this, all the greats of every city will be included as standard.
You’ve dreamt of this moment. You’ve fantasised about the lamp-lit bridges of Paris, the sun-kissed shorelines of Croatia and the eclectic street art of Berlin. This is the trip to make your dreams a reality, hitting up Europe’s major cities without scrimping on its spectacular scenery. Over 20 glorious nights, you’ll unearth the very best of Europe on this life-changing journey.

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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

Amsterdam

Entry to local club - drinks included

Amsterdam

Take in commemorative artwork and the remains of the Berlin Wall

Berlin

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

EUR 30.00

Amsterdam

Historical Walking Tour

EUR 11.00

Berlin

TV Tower

EUR 22.50

Berlin

European Dream

17 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Entry to local club - drinks included
  • City orientation of Berlin seeing famous sites like the Brandenburg gate and the Berlin Wall
  • Take in commemorative artwork and the remains of the Berlin Wall
  • See Hradčany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus
  • Visit the Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock
  • Orientation tour of Prague
  • Visit the richly historical city of Dresden that was decimated in WW2 and then reborn
  • Guided walking tour
  • Visit Mostar and see the historical bridge
  • Take a walking tour through Dubrovnik's UNESCO-listed old town and spot GoT filming locations
  • Take a walking tour through Dubrovnik's UNESCO-listed old town and spot GoT filming locations
  • Catch a traditional motoscafo and sail to Venice
  • Get a locally guided tour across the stunning canal city of Venice
  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • Included Dinner
  • Visit the bohemian and oh-so-chic district of Montmartre, Paris

19 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • ADAM-Tower-and-Drink EUR 22.00
  • Feast on a seafood or steak dinner in the Dutch fishing village of Volendam EUR 39.00
  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar EUR 30.00
  • Historical Walking Tour EUR 11.00
  • TV Tower EUR 22.50
  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner EUR 32.00
  • Microbrewery Tour EUR 29.00
  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast EUR 43.00
  • A photo of you and all your new friends is the perfect souvenir from your trip EUR 11.00
  • Dine with the locals in their homes and hear their stories of wartime living in Sarajevo, Bosnia EUR 34.00
  • Journey through time at the inspirational Sarajevo War Tunnels museum, where civilians escaped to safety EURO 15.00
  • Dubrovnik City walking tour EUR 7.50
  • Admire the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik from the water with an Adriatic cruise and meal EUR 39.00
  • Enjoy a farm-to-table Croatian meal at a family-run restaurant with figs, olives, wine & more EUR 42.00
  • 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
  • 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

Itinerary

Nights spent per location

  1. London

  2. via via

    Dover

  3. via via

    Calais

  4. via via

    Belgium

  5. 2 2 nights

    Amsterdam

  6. 2 2 nights

    Berlin

  7. via via

    Dresden

  8. 2 2 nights

    Prague

  9. via via

    Bratislava

  10. 2 2 nights

    Budapest

  11. 2 2 nights

    Sarajevo

  12. 2 2 nights

    Dubrovnik

  13. 1 1 night

    Split

  14. 1 1 night

    Ljubljana

  15. 1 1 night

    Venice

  16. 2 2 nights

    Lucerne

  17. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  18. via via

    Calais

  19. via via

    Dover

  20. London

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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).

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