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European Encounter (Winter - until Feb 2017)

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Small budget, small window of time, big list of Must Dos? The rugged up winter wonderland of the European Encounter should do the trick. Make your way through 10 countries, playing fancy in Monaco, downing pizza in Rome, & exploring castles and vineyards in the Rhine Valley. If you know a better way to spend 16-days, we need to hear about it! 

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October 2016

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14
  • Friday 14th October
  • Sunday 30th October
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November 2016

Nov
4
  • Friday 4th November
  • Sunday 20th November
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$2,455
Nov
25
  • Friday 25th November
  • Sunday 11th December
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$2,455

December 2016

Dec
6
  • Tuesday 6th December
  • Thursday 22nd December
Definite departure $2,455
$2,455
Dec
10
  • Saturday 10th December
  • Monday 26th December
Definite departure $2,455
$2,455
Dec
23
  • Friday 23rd December
  • Sunday 8th January
Definite departure $2,519
$2,519
Dec
26
  • Monday 26th December
  • Wednesday 11th January
Definite departure $2,519
$2,519

January 2017

Jan
3
  • Tuesday 3rd January
  • Thursday 19th January
Definite departure $2,519
$2,519
Jan
20
  • Friday 20th January
  • Sunday 5th February
Definite departure $2,389
$2,389

February 2017

Feb
3
  • Friday 3rd February
  • Sunday 19th February
Definite departure $2,389
$2,389
Feb
17
  • Friday 17th February
  • Sunday 5th March
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March 2017

Mar
3
  • Friday 3rd March
  • Sunday 19th March
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Full
Mar
17
  • Friday 17th March
  • Sunday 2nd April
Definite departure $2,435
$2,435

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United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, Holy See (Vatican City State), Monaco United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, Holy See (Vatican City State), Monaco +5 MORE
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London
1 day
Dover
Calais
Belgium
Amsterdam
2 days
Edam
Rhine Valley
1 day
Lucerne
2 days
Liechtenstein
Innsbruck
1 day
Venice
1 day
Rome
2 days
Vatican City
Florence
1 day
Pisa
French Riviera
Monaco
French Riviera
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Avignon
Lyon
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Paris
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London
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  • lgatt
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled December 2010
  • 20
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Tour Review

Awesome awesome awesome- don't want to go back to study. Time of my life and then some.

My Contiki was: Adventure-Great photos-Life experience

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21 December 2010 - 5 January 2011

  • Natasha
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled December 2012
  • 20
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

Recommend it to all!

I had the most amazing time on this tour. I made so many new friends and had many new experiences that I will never forget. The crew were amazing and I can't wait to go on my next trip!

My Contiki was: Amazing-inspirational-life changing

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12 December 2012 - 27 December 2012

  • Nat
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled November 2014
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

The most amazing experience of my life

This was the best 16 days of my life. The entire experience from seeing the canals in Amsterdam, the unbelievable views in Switzerland and the Eiffel Tower in Paris is unforgettable and was worth every single cent. My tour manager Steph and bus driver Attila were incredible, wonderful people. The made the experience that much more amazing. The tour is full on, fast paced and exhausting but I wouldn't change a minute of it. The people you travel with become like your family, it feels like you've known them for years, not just 16 days. Do every single inclusion if you are able because they are great value for money and help you to really get to see the culture of the places you visit. Don't wait, book it now I promise you won't regret it!

My Contiki was: #contikiclarence-#iwantitthatway-#unbelievable

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8 November 2014 - 23 November 2014

  • Fyrefly_Faerie
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled November 2011
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Epic European adventure!

This tour was amazing! A great way to see a lot of Europe in a short amount of time. There were so many optionals to choose from, though the most memorable for me were the trip up Mt. Pilatus in Lucerne and the Moulin Rouge in Paris. The accommodations, for the most part, were pretty good. The only thing I wasn't thrilled about was having to share one key with my roommate. The Contiki crew was awesome! Our Tour Manager, Krista, was very helpful and knowledgeable about each of the places we visited. Her sunny personality kept our group lively and happy. Gustavo, our Tour Driver, transported us in a safe and timely manner, and he, too was awesome. Our group was like one big, happy dysfunctional family. Most of my tour mates were Australian, but it was great meeting everyone from all parts of the globe. We all keep in touch via Facebook, which is great! It was also fun meeting up with other Contiki tour groups on some of our stops. I highly recommend this tour to everyone, especially those who want to see all that Western Europe has to offer (and are on a time constraint) and want to make great friends from all over the world.

My Contiki was: incredible-memorable-epic!

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3 November 2011 - 20 November 2011

  • MissAdventure
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled November 2010
  • 19
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Tour Review

This trip was the most fun I have ever had, the people I met and the places I went were amazing! Whether you travel by yourself or with others Contiki made everyones trip fun! The excursions were great and I had a fantastic time. The driver, Tyson, and the tour manager, Steve, made the trip so much better and I am sure all Contiki employees are as much fun and as great a people as they are! I will be recommending Contiki to ALL of my friends. Thank you Contiki for a fantastic time!

My Contiki was: Amazing-Life-Changing-Experience

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27 November 2010 - 12 December 2010

  • MattNZ
  • Booked from New Zealand
  • Traveled December 2011
  • Level 5 Traveller
  • 5 Contikis
  • 18 Countries

Something for everyone!

Being winter it was a bit cold but we didn’t have a drop of rain throughout the whole tour and the most perfect clear day when we went up Mt Pilatus in Luzern. Also on the plus side there were hardly any queues. Some of the included meals weren’t as good as I was expecting but in saying that most of the optional dinners were terrific. I was happy with the accommodation; it’s not super flash or anything I did get the occasional lukewarm shower but it was clean and in the end it’s just a place lay your head. You don’t get long in each location but it’s enough to see and do the main tourist attractions and it gives you the confidence to go back and do the best parts more thoroughly. You could see that our tour guide Mike had put a lot of planning and research into the tour. He could off the cuff give us a rundown of each country we travelled through. He would try to help anyone who had specific spots they had heard about not included in the tour or where to do shopping for certain things. From the information he provided we could maximise our time and hit the ground running. And let’s not forget Mark our driver. He did a brilliant job getting us where we needed to be and avoiding low bridges that GPS doesn’t warn you about. They both brought the best of the group out. What really makes the Contiki is the group; and we had one of the best. Cheers guys. I recommend people do all the optional activities. I saw and did things I would have never have done had I travelled on my own like the Moulin Rouge for instance. This was my first solo tour and if you’re still on the fence about it my advice is just go for it.

My Contiki was: Friends-Legendary-

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30 December 2011 - 14 January 2012

  • jpmcnab
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled January 2013
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Mamma Mia!

Absolutely the best! As a first timer travelling through europe, this option was the best. It gave me glimpses of most of the countries one wonders as a child on how it is their culture and society; beside the rich history. It is a good start for anyone who wants to go a second time though, we only could stay 2 days max. on some of the places we were. My favorites were Lucerne, Innsbruck, Rome and Paris. Beware of switzerland! it is a wee bit expensive, you may want to check how much money you'll be carrying there; and beware of the street sellers in Italy, they tend to get "pushy". I made amazing friends on the trip, certainly will make a visit when I get the chance. I'm very pleased, though forget about sleeping and relaxing (except in Nice), too little time to spend sleeping in the coach. Try it!

My Contiki was: --

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31 January 2013 - 17 February 2013

  • Emily
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled February 2015
  • 20
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

Amaaazing!

I went on the European Encounter in February of this year. It was my first ever experience to Europe, and my first experience with Contiki. I cannot describe how absolutely amazing my trip was. Every moment was sacred, each person I met was amazing and I couldn't expect any more from my tour guide Cam and driver Joao. I learnt things I will remember for the rest of my life! A few #regrets I had was that I didn't take more photos and videos with the people in my group. At the end of the day, I will always remember each place I visited, but I wish I had more photos with the people I got to share it with. I have just booked my next contiki to America next year, and if it is half as good as the European Encounter, I will be completely satisfied. I am planning my next one solo, rather than with a friend, as I believe contiki allowed me to get the confidence to meet others and embark on a journey by myself. I am very jealous of everyone that is going on this trip in the future, I wish I was there to share it with you!

My Contiki was: amazing-love-#noregrets

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21 February 2015 - 8 March 2015

  • Tutts
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled December 2011
  • 19
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

European Encounter NEW YEARS!!!

To be honest, going into the contiki tour i was quite nervous. But as soon as we got on the bus and listened to our tour guide, all my doubts quickly faded away. It was the best and greatest experience of my life. All the cities, the people and professionalism and experience of the tour guide just made it the perfect holiday. I also have 50 new friends from all over the world, what more could you get? I would, and have recommended this to all of my friends. Thanks Mike, Mark and CONTIKI!

My Contiki was: The -Best -Time

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30 December 2011 - 14 January 2012

  • AmyHayward
  • Booked from New Zealand
  • Traveled December 2013
  • 24
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

Great Trip

Good for those who want to see a lot in a small amount of time. Wasn't really a party trip, more of a bucket list trip! The knowledge of the Tour Manager was second to none, althought it was Winter, some might see this as a hinderance - but we didn't - our tour was lucky with only one day that it rained (while in Venice!). But we were very lucky with the weather, was mostly clear blue skies all other days, and then travelling into Italy, it was lightly snowing which was cool for all the Aussies who hadn't seen snow before! Great trip to tick off most of the 'must sees' in Europe - be prepared for the yearning of wanting to come back to see more, and potentially in the Summer!

My Contiki was: Bucket List-Well Rounded-Quick and Fun

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27 December 2013 - 11 January 2014

  • Explorer1304878
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled March 2012
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Glad i did it

Everything was great would highly recommend. Was sad to see it finish. Worlds best bus driver and tour manager. Will never forget thank you so much!!!

My Contiki was: --

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3 March 2012 - 18 March 2012

  • Catie
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled January 2012
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Once in a life time

This trip was truly a once in a life time experience. Who else can say that they visited Rome when it was under a foot a snow. When you are confronted with weather conditions that may affect your tour you just have to go with the flow and find something else to do that will give you a memory like no other. We had ample free time to discover places for ourselves and treat ourselves to true local food and culture. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is not scared of a little cold snow and just wants to have a good time. Our contiki crew were amazing and added to the experience of travelling through Europe. I also made friends for life.

My Contiki was: snow--

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28 January 2012 - 12 February 2012

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