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Your heart-pounding adventure kicks off today. Meet up with your Contiki posse & share notes on London town before hitting the road to Amsterdam.
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!
Off the ferry we arrive in the port town of Calais - French soil! We travel north via Belgium before reaching ... Amsterdam!
Tonight, the famed for fun Amsterdam is ours to explore. An undisguised Red Light District & plenty of bars are there for the curious.
After taking on Amsterdam like the true traveller pro's that we are, we are ready now to head south and into a new country...tick! Germany, here we come. We'll zip down the Autobahn on our way to the 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!!!
This morning we'll drag you all away from Germany kicking and screaming that you want to stay forever. Only to see you equally infatuated with another dot on the European map hours later...
Passing pretty countryside we cruise out of Germany and find ourselves in Switzerland, pulling up in the fairytale town of Lucerne famous for its wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and beautiful setting. Though you'll already be feeling sky high, you should probably say yes to the optional trip above the clouds on Mt. Pilatus. And chocolate. Don't forget to do ALL the chocolate.
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. 10am? YOLO! You're on holidays. And for those wanting to get their Swiss food fix - you'll love our Stadtkeller Lunch, its got cheese and chocolate fondue!! And for those wanting to spice up their day later on, can take an optional river cruise allowing a better look at the stunning Swiss Alps reflected off the water.
Exchanging one amazing country for another today we smooch Switzerland goodbye and make our way into Austria.
3 countries in one day - squeal!!! Although just a tiny dot on the map, Liechtenstein is an economically and geographically incredible place, known for its stunning mountain castles. We'll enjoy lunch in its capital, Vaduz, before continuing our journey to Austria.
After an unfathomably scenic drive we'll pull into Innsbruck, a laid-back student city made glamorous by a medieval old town, an old Olympic Ski Jump & a Royal Palace. Make the most of our afternoon here - tomorrow our Italian odyssey will begin.
Wake up roamers, we have a bountiful breakfast and a floating city in Italy to tend to. Life's tough!
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 with a tour of the cute lanes hearing tales of days gone by it's the ideal way to feel local in an instant.
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.
The evening 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 its glory by night. Gelato, pizza and ancient monuments - perfecto!
You have your very own walking talking guidebook - make the most of it this morning with our Local Guide's optional tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
We may be hitting the road again, but we're not done with Italy just yet. We have one more city to lust over…
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.
Farewell Florence - today we have the French Riv on our horizons. Glamour town, we're coming in hot.
As if we were going to leg it from Florence to the French Riviera without a sneaky side trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Depriving you of the chance to perfect the holding-up-the-tower shot would be down right criminal.
You're not a real celebrity until you've frolicked on the French Riviera, and who are we to keep you off the A-List? Sapphire waters & endless high-end vibes mark this glitzy coastline that we will call home for the next 2-nights.
Please tell us you didn't throw all of your pennies into the Trevi Fountain? Because you're going to want a few spare coins tonight so you can play fancy & sign-up to our optional dinner. We're visiting the Monte Carlo Casino & the Royal Palace in Monaco.
After a night on the blackjack table it's back to the coast and to bed, the next part of the adventure starts tomorrow.
Enjoy the day soaking up the beautiful architecture as you wander the streets and shop in the local boutiques with whimsical eyes, or head to the local markets and stock up on lavender and honey. No matter whate you choose to do with your day, glamorous seaside vibes are a certainty.
Before we leg it out of the Riv we'll hit up the Fragonard Perfumery where you can stock up on perfume, obviously. Especially exciting given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France. You'll also learn a thing or two about how these delicious scents are made.
Slicing our sweet cake of a day will be Avignon, an old Pope town & home to Papal Palace. This is a great place to taste the laid back Provençal lifestyle, quite literally given we're stopping here for lunch.
After rolling past pretty French vistas we'll pull up at Lyon where a charming Old Town is calling our names. This is the second largest city in France making it the perfect place to warm up our excitement for tomorrow night in Paris!
Now sufficiently pumped on the whole French city thing, we take a drive out of Lyon and up through the Burgundy Region in search of the world's most romantic city.
Lamp-lit bridges, a sparkling Eiffel Tower, & evening coffee haunts, tonight we fall in love with everything Paris on a 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour - topping it off we'll head up to the viewing platform on Gustav Eiffel's famous tower.
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.
Soak up your last dose of Paris and feel the astonishment of how much you've seen during this awesome trip. And how close you've grown to your Contiki pals.
What a journey!? On arrival in London say a fond farewell to the group as you wrap up the journey on arrival.