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European Dream

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

Travel Style

Discoverer

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

  • Duration

    20 days

  • Countries

    13 Countries

  • Meals

    19 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 42 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager and Driver Team and Local Guides

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

Top Experiences

16 included & 18 free time add-ons available to add later

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

    Included

    Amsterdam

  • Take in commemorative artwork and the remains of the Berlin Wall

    Included

    Berlin

  • See Hradčany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus

    Included

    Prague

  • 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

  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner

    EUR 32.00

    Prague

European Dream

16 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
  • 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
  • Locally guided tour of Budapest
  • Guided walking tour
  • Visit Mostar and see the historical bridge
  • See one of the world's best preserved Roman buildings: Diocletian's Palace, Split
  • Included dinner at Slovenia's oldest restaurant, Ljubljana
  • 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
  • Montparnasse Tower Visit

18 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Get a unique perspective of Amsterdam on the enthralling A’DAM Lookout Tower & Swing with a 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
  • Alternative Berlin (Summer Departures Only) EUR 26.00
  • Microbrewery Tour EUR 29.00
  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner EUR 32.00
  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast EUR 43.00
  • 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 EUR 15.00
  • Admire the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik from the water with an Adriatic cruise and meal EUR 39.00
  • Dubrovnik City walking tour - take a stroll through Dubrovnik’s history, literally! With our expert Local Guide on hand to show you the sights on this walking tour – learn about this World Heritage Listed city & it’s old walls – which make Dubrovnik so distinctive. Full of history & s Kuna 50
  • 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

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 19 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    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.

About this trip

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 19 glorious nights, you’ll unearth the very best of Europe on this life-changing journey.

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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. 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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DAY 1 - London to Amsterdam

London

The adventure of a lifetime kicks off today. Meet up with your new Contiki family in 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 another country off your list as you cruise through Belgium on route..

Amsterdam

Tonight, famous for fun Amsterdam is ours to explore. The infamous Red Light District & plenty of bars are there for the curious. 

Stay

Ibis City South (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Get a unique perspective of Amsterdam on the enthralling A’DAM Lookout Tower & Swing with a drink

    EUR 22.00

DAY 2 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is cute as a button & sure to win your heart with its canals, obscure museums & a café culture like no other. Today use your time to get local, bar hop, museum crawl, and see what other tastes take your fancy, this place is famous for pancakes, frites and so much more, and that's all before we enjoy a delicious included dinner with the rest of our Contiki fam.

Stay

Ibis City South (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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

DAY 3 - Amsterdam to Berlin

Amsterdam

Today's agenda? Out of Amsterdam, onto the autobahn and on the fast-track to uber-cool Berlin. 

Berlin

Willkommen to Berlin! The city full of cool culture, edgy fashion, and irresistible street food. Once we arrive, your Trip Manager can point you in the right direction to go and see the sights, including the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate.

Stay

Ibis Berlin Messe (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building

DAY 4 - Berlin

Berlin

It’ll be hard not to leap out of bed today knowing Berlin is ready and waiting to be explored. Today, we’ll learn more about the city’s fascinating history with a chance to do a Historical city walk. Not your jam? Why not opt for an alternative Berlin tour, showing you another side of the city. Tonight, we’ll get a taste of the city’s famed nightlife as we turn it up, Berlin-style. 

Stay

Ibis Berlin Messe (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Discover Berlin's tumultuous past on a historical walking tour including the site of Hitler's bunker

    EUR 11.00

  • Take an alternative walking tour and uncover a different side to Berlin (Summer Departures Only)

    EUR 26.00

DAY 5 - Berlin to Prague via Dresden

Berlin

Still not done with the city vibes, we'll head out of Amsterdam and onto Prague.

Dresden

A drive from Berlin to Prague would not be complete without stopping in Dresden. Destroyed by World War II, the rebuilt town is now a symbol of resilience, soaked in the rebirth beauty of an Opera house, Frauenkirche, & the Royal Residence.

Prague

On arrival in the compact & lovable city of Prague, we’ll get orientated with a walking tour, being blown away by beautiful bridges, rivers and gothic architecture. The night is yours to amble around the Old Town Square and find a few haunts to let the hours slip away in. 

Stay

Hotel Duo (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Taste beers & Czech out some of Prague’s best beers on a craft beer tour

    EUR 29.00

DAY 6 - Prague

Prague

Today is the day we get to know the real Prague. If you’re looking to give your feet a rest, hop on a bike to whirl through the city with ease, stopping off for chimney cakes to keep energy levels high. The evening will see us immerse ourselves in Czech culture with an optional Traditional Czech evening, featuring a folklore show and dinner.

Stay

Hotel Duo (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner

    EUR 32.00

DAY 7 - Prague to Budapest via Bratislava

Prague

Prague, you’ve been nothing short of an Eastern fairytale setting but today we’ll scoot off to Hungary, heading for Budapest.

Bratislava

A quick lunch stop in Bratislava, this is your chance to culture up your Instagram feed with shots of this beautiful capital, sitting on the border of 3 different countries, and tick another country off your list!

Budapest

Arriving in Budapest, we’ll barely be able to contain our excitement. With an appetite for Goulash, we’ll tuck into our included hotel dinner before hitting the streets to uncover the city’s famous ‘ruin bars’ as we discover Budapest after dark. 

Stay

Ibis Budapest City South (or similar)

DAY 8 - Budapest

Budapest

Those still keen to explore can jump on the Budapest Past and Present Tour and continue learning about this incredible city. The House of Terror, the Parliament Building and more, we will take you on a journey of old and new. After all the beauty and knowledge you soaked up yesterday at the church of St Matthias, the Royal Palace and the Chain Bridge, you’ll probably be feeling like a day soaking in the city's famous outdoor thermal pools, set amongst Art Nouveau architecture while getting a bargain-priced massage. As the evening draws in, why not take an optional River Cruise and dinner? Gliding across the shimmering night-lit river of Danube, you’ll get to experience the beautiful sights of Budapest while enjoying a delicious al-la-carte Hungarian feast.

Stay

Ibis Budapest City South (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided tour of Budapest

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast

    EUR 43.00

DAY 9 - Budapest to Sarajevo

Budapest

Bye bye Budapest, your soothing spas and unique charm will remain in our hearts forever. We’ll journey south through Hungary, passing through Croatia to Bosnia. 

Sarajevo

Touchdown in Sarjevo, Bosnia’s eclectic capital city. With a full day of discovering this Eastern gem on the cards tomorrow, we’ll turn in for an early night after our included hotel dinner. 

Stay

Hotel Hollywood (or similar)

DAY 10 - Sarajevo

Sarajevo

The only way to uncover the town of Sarajevo is with the wisdom shared on a guided walking tour. We'll help you tap into history & understand the magnitude of our destination before having a chance for a tantalising cultural immersion as you enjoy a quintessential Sarajevo dinner in the home of some local chefs and hosts. Afterwards, enjoy an evening of bars and nightlife, should you so choose.

Stay

Hotel Hollywood (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided walking tour

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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

    EUR 15.00

DAY 11 - Sarajevo to Dubrovnik

Sarajevo

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll depart Sarajevo and head to the famous town of Mostar for a spot of lunch. 

Dubrovnik

After being wowed and enthralled by Mostar’s medieval charm, we’ll make our way to Croatia and roll up to Dubrovnik, where we’ll be greeted by limestone walls, an Old Town filled with Hollywood sights, and a mountain meets sea situation. Tonight, after dinner with the crew, we’ll paint the town red. 

Stay

Hotel Petka (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Mostar and see the historical bridge

DAY 12 - Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

The city of Dubrovnik is so much more than just a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Game of Thrones location - not that either of those claims to fame are even mildly mediocre. After you’ve been guided around the city with intricate detail with out local guide, you’ll be armed with the knowledge to pick out a waterside rock bar where you can swim and play to your heart's content. Tonight, why not opt for a dinner cruise with the crew?

Stay

Hotel Petka (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Admire the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik from the water with an Adriatic cruise and meal

    EUR 39.00

  • Take a walking tour through Dubrovnik's UNESCO-listed old town and spot GoT filming locations

    Kuna 50

DAY 13 - Dubrovnik to Split

Dubrovnik

We’ll set off from sunny Dubrovnik today and head north, bound for the sensational seaside delights of Split.

Split

Upon arrival into majestic Split, you can choose to head up into the Hills optional “Let’s Split” dinner, in which local artisans are on site preparing oils & handicrafts to purchase, with all proceeds going back into the local community. Full and content, it's time to spend a few hours on the dance floor. The nightlife here goes off, and your Trip Manager knows all the best places to head. We’ll also say a fond farewell to those only doing the first part of the trip.

Stay

Hotel Split Inn (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See one of the world's best preserved Roman buildings: Diocletian's Palace, Split

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy a farm-to-table Croatian meal at a family-run restaurant with figs, olives, wine & more

    EUR 42.00

DAY 14 - Split to Ljubljana

Split

Our Croatian love affair is drawing to a close, but the enchanting allure of Slovenia lies ahead as we make our way to the capital city of Ljubljana.

Ljubljana

Although you might find nods to neighbouring countries within Slovenian culture, a distinct identity has evolved from this melody of influences. After our guided walking tour, explore the bohemian art district of Metelkova Mesto, sit by one of the cities atmospheric watercourses & join us for a delicious regional meal. 

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Ljubljana (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included dinner at Slovenia's oldest restaurant, Ljubljana

DAY 15 - Ljubljana to Venice

Ljubljana

Ever the advocates of a balanced holiday, today we’re trading in the obscure unknown for the globally adored hot spot of Venice. Whoop!

Venice

Yes, it’s as cute as you imagined. Yes, you’ll feel like you’re part of an Italian fairytale. Yes, you are actually hanging out in the gondola filled floating city of Venice! A private boat ride, gothic architecture and a web of lanes to explore will keep you day filled quite nicely. 

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Catch a traditional motoscafo and sail to Venice

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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

DAY 16 - Venice to Lucerne

Venice

We have a few days left - Switzerland & France, we’re coming for both of you.

Lucerne

Passing Lake Como, we cruise out of Italy and find ourselves in Switzerland, pulling up in the fairytale town of Lucerne, famous for its wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and beautiful setting against Lake Lucerne. And chocolate. Don’t forget to eat ALL the chocolate.

Stay

Barabas Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

DAY 17 - Lucerne

Lucerne

There’s no reason why today can’t be wasted strolling these beautiful streets or sitting in a coffee shop pondering mountain life, and consuming more chocolate - that’s perfectly acceptable too. Those wanting to spice up their day can visit the top of a Swiss Mountain and enjoy a lake cruise, giving yourself a better look at the stunning Swiss Alps reflected off the water. Spoilt for choice much?

Stay

Barabas Hotel (or similar)

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 18 - 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 to the viewing platform on Montparnasse tower before enjoying a delicious French feast.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

  • Montparnasse Tower Visit

DAY 19 - Paris

Paris

It's time to stroll the dreamy streets of Paris - and we'll start with a morning visit to Montmatre's cobbled street, village-esque cafes, street artists and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Then there's plenty of time to lust 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 VIP seats and dinner at the Nouvelle Eve cabaret show. With your last night looming, make it one to remember in the city of lights.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Nouvelle Eve Dinner and Show

    EUR 124.00

DAY 20 - Paris to London

Paris

Soak up your last dose of Paris and feel the astonishment of how much you’ve seen during this awesome trip, not to mention how close you’ve grown to your Contiki pals.

Calais

Dover

London

What a journey! On arrival in London say a fond farewell to the group - the adventure has come to an end.

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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.

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