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European Encounter

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The one that ticks off highlight European cities over 16 days

Duration
16 Days
Countries
8 Countries

Visiting London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Salzburg, Venice, Rome, Florence, The Italian Riviera, Lucerne, Paris, Dover, Calais, Belgium, Dresden, Vatican City, Pisa

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
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
  • 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?

15 nights accommodation

15 nights in Hotel

For 15 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.

19 Meals

3 Dinner, 15 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

We'll be dining all over Europe on this trip, sampling moreish local cuisine like saucy pasta. 15 continental breakfasts will be included, as will 6 delicious dinners. The rest of the time is there for you foodies to roam free and discover just what all the fuss is about around this continent of delectable tastes.

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

25 included, 19 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Witness the art-covered remains of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery*
- Cycle past Dutch windmills on a visit to a traditional Edam cheese farm and clog maker's house
- Cruise through the canals & islands of Venice in a private boat
- Catch a train along the pastel-hued villages & dramatic cliffs of the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre
- See the wooden chapel bridge & breathtaking Swiss Alps in Lucerne
- Discover lamp-lit bridges & a sparkling Eiffel Tower in an exclusive 'Paris by Night' tour

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Small budget, small window of time, big list of Must Dos? The European Encounter should do the trick. Make your way through 10 countries, catching some rays on the Italian Riviera, downing pizza in Rome & exploring castles in Prague. If you know a better way to spend just under two and a half weeks, we need to hear about it! 

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Did you know this trip runs all year round? Check out our departure dates from October to April for off-peak deals, and discover Europe with fewer crowds and traditional winter vibes.

Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

Amsterdam

See East Side Gallery

Berlin

See East Side Gallery

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

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

EUR 32.00

Prague

European Encounter

25 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
  • See East Side Gallery
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
  • See East Side Gallery
  • See Hradčany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus
  • Visit the richly historical city of Dresden that was decimated in WW2 and then reborn
  • See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House and Frauenkirche
  • Take a locally guided bike tour of opulent Prague (Summer departures only)
  • See the Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • 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
  • Included day pass to explore the Cinque Terre by train
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • Get a panoramic view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower
  • Visit a French perfumery

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
  • Experience the unique thrill of 'base-flying' off a building in Berlin (Summer Departures Only) EUR 65.00
  • 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
  • See all the iconic sites of melodic Salzburg including many from the Sound of Music EUR 12.00
  • Salzburg Farmers Dinner EUR 37.00
  • Feast on an authentic Venetian 3-course meal with specialities like antipasti & local seafood EUR 39.50
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Uncover a hidden Venice with an in-depth walking tour followed by an aperitivo EUR 17.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 41.00
  • Taste local favourites in a street food walking tour of Florence EUR 50.00
  • Swiss Mountain EUR 54.00
  • Take a cruise along the glittering Lake Lucerne, framed by the Swiss Alps EUR 25.00
  • Watch performers whirl by as you sip champagne in your VIP Moulin Rouge seats, accompanied by dinner EUR 160.00

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. 1 1 night

    Salzburg

  10. 1 1 night

    Venice

  11. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  12. via via

    Vatican City

  13. 1 1 night

    Florence

  14. via via

    Pisa

  15. 1 1 night

    The Italian Riviera

  16. 1 1 night

    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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